Category Archives: In the News

Roy T. Meyers, Political Science, in CityBizList

In a new article on CityBizList, Roy T. Meyers, professor of political science, responds to the publication’s previous coverage of “tax flight”—the idea that the very wealthy move from state to state in search of more favorable tax structures. Although taxes for the most wealthy are lower in Florida than in Maryland, Meyers argues, “That a few millionaires might be tipped to declaring residence in Florida by a 1% increase in their marginal tax rates is not materially relevant in the accounting sense.” Additionally, Meyers suggests, one must take note of the unique financial benefits of living in Maryland, such as access to federal government contracts and a well-trained workforce with technical expertise.

Bill Thomas, Erickson School, in AARP Journal

“Persistently and deliberately misinterpreted as mere decline, elderhood is actually the rich reward that goes to those who manage to outgrow the frenzied jangle of adulthood and enter voluntarily into a new and much more soulful way of being.” This is the crux of William H. Thomas’ argument in the recent AARP Journal essay, “Eldertopia.” A geriatrician and faculty member at UMBC’s Erickson School, Thomas encourages older readers to reinterpret the physical changes that come with aging as “important signifiers or our unique journey through life” rather than as flaws. Recognizing the deeply personal nature of this challenge, he suggests that older adults “stop pining for what is already gone” and “start searching for the person [they] are meant to become.”

Libya Confirms Detention of Journalist Matthew VanDyke ’02, Political Science, in Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun reports that Libyan authorities have acknowledged detaining journalist Matthew VanDyke ’02, political science, according to Maryland Rep. Ruppersberger. The UMBC community has been following VanDyke’s status since he was reported missing in March. In recent months, his mother, Sharon VanDyke, has been working with the US State Department and Red Cross, as well as other organizations, to locate her son and secure his release. In a June AP article, Thomas Schaller, professor of political science, called VanDyke one of his smartest students, saying, “I just know he’s going to come out on the other end with quite a yarn.”

Donald F. Norris, Public Policy, in the Gazette

When Harford County Executive David Craig told Gazette editors that he’s considering running for governor or comptroller of Maryland in 2014, reporter Sarah Breitenbach turned to UMBC public policy chair Donald Norris to make sense of the statement. Although serious campaigning for the gubernatorial race won’t begin until after the 2012 general election, Norris argues that it is wise for Craig to throw his hat into the ring early. “You run other possible candidates out of a primary,” he says. “It’s not just announcing. It’s announcing, getting fundraising going, locking in the donors.” Craig would likely encounter more conservative Republic challengers in a gubernatorial primary, Norris suggests, noting, “It’s conceivable that he’s not conservative enough for [Maryland Republicans].”

Erle Ellis, Geography and Environmental Systems, in Science

Erle Ellis, associate professor of geography and environmental systems, talks about his research in an article recently published in the journal Science looking at the impact of expanding populations on ecosystems.

“The dynamics play out differently, depending on where you are,” Ellis explains.

The article, “Are More People Necessarily a Problem?” appears in the July 29 issue of Science.

Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, in Foreign Affairs Magazine

“If the people of Mumbai want a safer city, the city must be able to govern itself,” argues Sunil Dasupta, director of UMBC’s political science program at Shady Grove and non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution, in the current Foreign Affairs magazine. In “Why Mumbai Needs a Mayor: The Consequences of India’s Hands-Off Democracy,” Dasgupta writes, “India’s democracy has survived by ruling with a light hand…” He continues, “The light touch was meant to hold a diverse country together and should have protected it from homegrown terrorism by allowing all ethnic and religious groups to flourish politically, socially, and economically. But the recent [terrorist] attacks challenge that notion.” Following on the recommendation of Mumbai businessman Anand Mahindra, Dasgupta suggests a city-level chief executive (such as a mayor) would help Mumbai begin to address security its pressing security needs.

Christine Mallinson, LLC, in the Baltimore Sun

Christine Mallinson, assistant professor of language literacy and culture, was mentioned in an August 5 post on the Baltimore Sun’s “You Don’t Say” blog by John McIntyre. The post discussed podcasts she produced with her graduate students, including one on the word “hon,” which McIntyre said “should be a welcome change from the recent shouting over the word.” The full post can be read here.