Spring Semester 2009
Capital Urban Spaces and Transatlantic Exchange
Capital cities occupy a special position among modern metropoles and nation states, but what exactly characterizes the specific historical and contemporary significance of such capital cities? Focusing on the examples of Berlin and Washington, this graduate seminar investigates the political, cultural and spatial dimensions of these capitals. We will look at the historical foundations of these cities and their continuous reconstructions as seats of government and political power. Apart from discussing capital planning and urban landscape design, students will examine the, often controversial, debates about the physical commemoration of the national past as manifested for example in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe. The seminar is a collaborative venture with the Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Technical University Berlin and is offered concurrently by Sonja Duempelmann (University of Maryland) and Dorothee Brantz (Technical University Berlin). UM students will visit Berlin during spring break when students from the TU Berlin will take them on tours of the city. On April 11-18 UM will host the students from Berlin in Washington and at UM, presenting to them the U.S. capital and its environs. The study tour to Berlin is sponsored by a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
"International Summer School in Wetland Science and Management"
First "International Summer School in Wetland Science and Management" will be held July 31-August 16, 2008. The College of Agriculture & Natural Resources will be hosting graduate students from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in a symposium designed to engage the students in complex wetland science and management issues. The German and UM graduate students will attend lectures, student presentations, field and laboratory exercises, structured discussion, and visits to restored and natural wetlands in the U.S.’s mid-Atlantic region. Read more...
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January 26-February 9, 2008: Nine undergraduate students at Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering (MSUEE) visited UM, where they toured two waste water treatment plants, USDA in Beltsville, MD, and soil and water pollution classes on the UMCP campus. IPAN Assoc. Director Dr. Richard Weismiller, has been teaching the MSUEE students for several years by weekly video-conferences.
Their tour was kicked off January 28, 2008, by a video-conference led by UM Pres. Mote with MSUEE Rector Kozlov Dimitri Vyacheslavovich.
For most of the students, this is their first trip outside of Russia. Escorting the students are Andrei Sorokin, MSUEE's International Programs director.
AGNR professors Dr. Trish Steinhilber and Dr. Robert Hill are participating in the MSUEE tour.
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Last updated: 03/22/2009
The Department of Nutrition and Food Science is conducting a one-week course for undergraduate students from Shih-Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan, beginning March 27 - April 3. The students and will visit USDA Beltsville Agriculture Research Center (BARC) and meet with leading scientists at BARC on cutting-edge research related to humane nutrition and food safety. They will attend a lecture on food processing technology with UM students and participate in lab activities. Dr. Martin Lo said the visiting students will also be trained in Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) tailored for industrial professionals. The training program will strengthen the students' understanding on how processes are assessed and analyzed by the U.S. food industry to establish food safety programs.