EFR's for 2012-2013 (Session 32)

EFR 32.36: AnthProm 2013

Organization: Practicing Anthropologist Student Association
Status: Closed
This formal event is organized by Anthropology graduate students to celebrate the completion of the 2012-2013 school year. Formal wear is required (though outrageous prom gear is welcomed, if not encouraged), and it will take place at The Barking Dog on Route 1 in College Park, MD. Music, drink specials and finger food will be provided from 7-11 PM. All graduate students of the University of Maryland are welcome to attend, and guests (or prom dates) are welcome as well.

EFR 32.35: DC/MD/VA Astrophysics Summer Meeting for Graduate Students

Organization: N/A
Status: Agreement
This meeting is the first conference of graduate students in the DC/MD/VA area, planned by graduate students at the University of Maryland (astronomy department). The aim of this meeting is to provide a space for astronomers in the DC/MD/VA area, especially graduate students, to present their work and facilitate networking and interaction between the institutions, as this area features such a dense collection of astronomy research institutions. Graduate students from any department at UMD and surrounding universities doing work in the realm of astrophysics (this includes students in astronomy, physics, geology, atmospheric sciences, aeronautical engineering, chemistry, and beyond) are invited to submit abstracts to present their research in the form of both talks and posters. The format for presentations will be 15 minutes talks with 5 minutes for questions, and there will 3 sessions for viewing posters. The conference will be one day long. When selecting talks, we will give preference to senior graduate students that represent a variety of fields of research. This will allow these students an opportunity for experience in sharing their work with a broad audience and a chance to build collaborations and network with scientists at all levels, in various departments here at the university and beyond. Registrants for the conference is not limited to graduate students, nor to only astronomy department members. Anyone (faculty, undergraduates, post-docs, etc.) can register and attend the talks and view the posters, but the presentations will only be given by upper-level graduate students. We estimate that 60 people will attend this conference, likely approximately half from UMD departments. This event will take place on Friday, June 28th. The local organizing committee is entirely UMD-CP astronomy graduate students, and support has been promised from the Department of Astronomy and the Joint Sciences Institute at UMD-CP.

EFR 32.34: A Dialogue about Development in Tibet

Organization: Diversity Committee of Graduate Student Government
Status: Agreement
The dialogue is about the development of Tibet in the past and the future with a particular focus on how Tibetans can benefit from the development.
We hope to build a platform for exchanging different perspectives on development in Tibet. One thing we did to ensure the diversity of opinions is to diversify the composition of guest speakers. We have invited Tibetans, Mainland Chinese, American scholars, and officials from the United Nations Development Programs and China's embassy to attend this dialogue. Xue Haipei, a commentator of Phoenix TV, has agreed to attend the dialogue. We are waiting for the reply from Losang Rabgeyand,Tashi Rabgey, two active Tibetans and NGO's organizers knowledgeable about development issues in Tibet.
We believe that the dialogue will appeal to an increasing interest in Tibet, triggered by the Dalai Lama's visit. So we expect a large turnout of around 150 attendants. In addition, it will contribute to development policy making in a minority -concentrated and is therefore beneficial to graduate students whose works are related to development and minority issues, such as economics, history, anthropology, sociology, governance and public policies.
The dialogue is going to be held at Charles Carroll Room at Stamp on May 6th from 7;00 PM to 9;00 PM. The fund will be used for serving refreshments.

EFR 32.33: Mayfest 2013

Organization: Linguistics Graduate Student Association
Status: Accepted
Mayfest is a workshop that brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to discuss fundamental issues in linguistics. Over the course of two days, participants engage in talks and discussion sessions to stimulate new insights and collaboration. This year, we will be discussing the use of prediction in language and its neural instantiation.Ten researchers studying language perception, production, and development have been invited to speak about the representational properties, temporal dynamics, and neural underpinnings of expectations in language, as well as their implications. The workshop presentations and discussions will be extremely beneficial for the graduate students working on language research at various programs and departments at the University of Maryland, such as Linguistics, Biology, Psychology, Speech and Hearing, Second Language Acquisition and Application, English, Philosophy, Computer Science, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, not to mention researchers and students from other universities in the DC area. In order to encourage academic interactions, we are not charging any registration fee for participation in the workshop. We are planning to advertise our workshop by asking relevant department chairs to forward our announcement to their department email lists, so that interested graduate students can access our website for more detailed information.
Invited Speakers: Dr. Suzanne Dikker (Psychology, New York University) Dr. Kara Federmeier (Psychology, University of Illinois) Dr. Frank Keller (Informatics, University of Edinburgh) Dr. Akira Omaki (Cognitive Science, John Hopkins University) Dr. Martin Pickering (Psychology, University of Edinburgh) Dr. Lisa Sanders (Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Dr. Nathaniel Smith (Informatics, University of Edinburgh) Dr. Adrian Staub (Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Dr. Mike Tanenhaus (Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester) Dr. Xing Tian (Psychology, New York University)

EFR 32.32: TEMPO - Divinum Mysterium - Spring 2013 Concert

Organization: TEMPO
Status: Agreement
TEMPO is a contemporary music ensemble run entirely by graduate students of the University of Maryland School of Music. Concerts specialize in performance of music written post-1950. TEMPO had its second call for musical scores this spring and received over 100 pieces from students across the world! Works to be performed include the winning piece chosen from our call by Canadian student composer, Lucas Oickle, Earl Kim, and current composition professors, Mikolaj Gorecki and Daniel Kellogg.
The purpose of the concert will be to introduce the music of important contemporary composers to the university community and encourage interdisciplinary dialogue. TEMPO has produced a concert every semester since the fall of 2008. Admission is free and attendance fulfills a concert-reporting requirement for students taking music courses. We foresee attendance by a mixture of faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduates, and community members. A reception will follow the performance.

EFR 32.30: Monroe Martin Talks

Organization: AMSC Student Coucnil
Status: Agreement
The Monroe Martin Talks are named after Professor Monroe H. Martin who served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics, and as founding director of the Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Applied Mathematics in 1949, now known as the Institute for Physical Science and Technology. Award money for the talk winners has been generously provided through the Monroe Martin fund of the Institute of Physical Science and Technology.
The event consists of three days of talks by graduate students. Each contestant gives a 20 minute talk on research in which they are participating. The talk should be designed for an audience of first year graduate students or advanced undergrads. This is not intended to be a highly technical talk.
Three winners are selected by a panel of graduate student judges. Prize money is provided by IPST.
The talks are given by students in the math, statistics, and applied math departments and will have appeal to graduate students in various departments. Students in AMSC work in diverse fields, including engineering, biology, neuroscience, cancer research, chemistry, computer science, business, and finance. We thus expect these talks to appeal to the overall graduate community.
The event will be open to all graduate students and will be advertised other students via FYI notices and posters.
The goal is that the event will promote knowledge of mathematics and applied mathematics and help promote collaboration by giving graduate students a forum to present their current research.
Sources of funding are as follows. $1250 is provided by the Institute for Physical Sciences and Technology Monroe Martin Fund to be used for prizes and non-food expenses. $600 will be contributed by ASMC and $250 will be contributed by MATH. We hope that $700 can be provided by the GSG, as it has been in previous years.

EFR 32.28: PHLINT 1: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Beliefs and Desires

Organization: Philosophy and Linguistics Student Association
Status: Accepted
We are hosting our first-biennial interdisciplinary UMD workshop: as part of our current, two-year project on propositional attitudes, the theme of this year's workshop is beliefs, desires, and other mental states. The workshop is intended to bring together graduate researchers at Maryland from linguistics, philosophy, psychology and other departments who are currently working on or are interested in mental states. We aim to inter-relate the discussion of mental states within these fields, bringing into conversation (among other things) the work on mental and linguistic representations of beliefs and desires and the neural and cognitive bases of these representations. As part of the day's events, we are bringing in four young faculty researchers (representing three different departments) currently working on these topics to share their research with graduate students with the aim of fostering new collaborations. Graduate student researchers will also be presenting their own work during two poster sessions which will allow them to gain constructive feedback from their peers and instructors

EFR 32.27: Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference

Organization: Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Association
Status: Agreement
The Physical Cultural Studies program at the University of Maryland in association with the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Association is hosting its 6th annual student conference, titled "Through the Looking Glass: Regulating the [Active] Body," on Friday, April 26th, 2013. The goal of the conference, which will consist of a keynote and student presentations, is to showcase student work and advance scholarship in Physical Cultural Studies and other related fields (e.g., Sociology, Women's Studies, Anthropology, Urban Studies, LGBT Studies, etc.).

EFR 32.26: Coffee Hour and Research Day

Organization: Association of Agricultural and Resource Economists at the University of Maryland, College Park
Status: Accepted
At each coffee hour, four posters presentations will be organized permitting graduate students an opportunity to learn about one another's research and promote cross-disciplinary discussions at the Coffee and Research Days. Our aim is twofold: (i) to foster inter-disciplinary discussions between graduate students interested in environmental, agricultural and development issues, in order to spur interdisciplinary collaboration; and (ii) to increase interaction between graduate students and faculty in the department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC). Graduate students from AREC, ECON, GEOG, and other relevant departments will extend our cross-disciplinary reach by inviting students from other departments to present posters at the event. At each coffee hour, at least one poster will be presented by a student outside of the AREC department. One focus of these presentations will be to showcase the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration by increasing an awareness of ongoing research projects in other departments. As an incentive to become involved, we plan to pay for poster printing with funds provided by the AREC Department. Announcements requesting poster presentations will be distributed to several departments, including Geographical Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Engineering, Computer Science, History, etc. We plan to advertise the events using posters in the Stamp Union. We will also notify the entire campus through the FYI and Grad Student Service Announcements, on the GSG, and Agricultural and Resource Economics department's websites. We will emphasize that the event is open to both undergraduates and graduates from different backgrounds. We will make concerted efforts to target recruitment presenters from outside of the department. We will request faculty at other departments to personally distribute announcements and invitation notices. We may specifically invite students registered for the University of Maryland Council on the Environment Green Fund Fellowship contact list, as these individuals demonstrate a clear interest in cross-disciplinary collaborations related to the environment. Last year our Coffee Hour and Research Day was a major success, with six research posters presented by students from two departments. Over 60 graduate students and faculty from more than a dozen departments attended the event. The event also served as a valuable networking opportunity for presenters and attendees, as two senior economists from the US EPA attended to learn about research related to current EPA research efforts. The event is open to all graduate students. We will advertise the event to outside departments and to the campus at large. In the past, some undergraduate students have also come to these events, though the majority are graduate students. The event is really open to anyone interested in attending.

EFR 32.25: Sparsh 2013

Organization: Students Council of India
Status: Agreement
In keeping with the spirit of spring the Students council of India, is gearing up for its flagship event. Representing the graduate student community at large, the Students council of India is one of the largest student organizations encompassing a membership of more than a thousand patrons- including alumni. We strive to encourage social mixing while showcasing the remarkable Indian culture.
Sparsh represents the SCI's largest and most exorbitant annual celebration. Lasting a total of 7 hours, the events agenda will include a variety of cultural and social events ranging from quizzes, music performances, solo as well as group dances, fashion shows, quirky games as well as a feisty end to it all with an open dance floor. The cuisine featured for the night will be authentic and traditional Indian. The event will see the largest congregation of students from UMD as well as neighboring universities, families affiliated with the SCI as well as alumni of UMD. Sparsh is an annual event looked forward to by many.
The SCI takes pride in hosting all its events as open to the entire UMD graduate body. In the past SCI has seen colossal success in events that have had GSG's helping hand. Continuing so, the SCI wishes to live up to past celebrations of Sparsh and set new trends by encouraging larger than before social interaction and cultural amalgamation across the graduate community, with GSG's support.

EFR 32.24: Name Persian New Year (Nowruz)

Organization: Iranian Graduate Student Foundation (IGSF)
Status: Agreement
Event Description Persian New Year, called Nowruz (new day) in Persian language, is the most important event in Iranian culture. Nowruz is the celebration of spring equinox on March 21st. It is the most cherished of all the Iranian festivals. This occasion has been renowned in one form or another by all the major cultures of ancient Mesopotamia. What we have today as Nowruz, with its uniquely Iranian characteristics, has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years. Today, Nowruz is celebrated not only in Iran, also in Afghanistan, Turkey, Tajikistan and several other Central Asian countries. Unfortunately, due to facing funding difficulties in the past, we have only been able to organize brief Nowruz events. Since Iran is the largest country that celebrates Nowruz as its official New Year, we have been told by other students from other countries that they expect us to initiate the Nowruz celebration events. We hope to be able to organize a more comprehensive introduction and celebration event for Nowruz 2012 in order to first, introduce this beautiful ancient culture to our friends from other countries who may have never heard about it, and second, to renew our cultural bounds with those friends who come from countries that share it with us. This event is a great opportunity for the students who would like to learn about the Persian culture. We hope this event will: - introduce Iranian traditions and Persian culture to non-Iranian members of the campus community. - provide a warm and friendly atmosphere in which students can discuss things other than academic issues. - allow the students to have entertainment and relaxing time during their Spring break. We would like to organize Nowruz as a free event if we can get enough funding for it.

EFR 32.23: AnthroPlus: "Community and Culture": Expanding the Conversation

Organization: Practicing Anthropologist Student Association
Status: Agreement
Anthroplus is a student conference created and run by the graduate students of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. This conference provides the opportunity for students of Anthropology and akin disciplines to present original research, in the forms of papers, posters, and rapid-fire three minute sessions, to an audience of their peers and professional anthropologists. This creates a space for students to gain experience presenting at a professional conference while getting feedback from other students and professionals alike. The sessions will be monitored by practicing anthropologists from the DC-metropolitan area, providing also a wonderful networking opportunity for graduate students. This event is open to all University of Maryland students; both graduate and undergraduate research is welcomed for submission. This year's theme will center around work with communities and expanding the conversations between the academic and the wider world.

EFR 32.22: AnthroPlus: Community and Culture: Expanding the Conversation

Organization: Practicing Anthropologist Student Association
Status: Closed
Anthroplus is a student conference created and run by the graduate students of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. This conference provides the opportunity for students of Anthropology and akin disciplines to present original research, in the forms of papers, posters, and rapid-fire three minute sessions, to an audience of their peers and professional anthropologists. This creates a space for students to gain experience presenting at a professional conference while getting feedback from other students and professionals alike. The sessions will be monitored by practicing anthropologists from the DC-metropolitan area, providing also a wonderful networking opportunity for graduate students. This event is open to all University of Maryland students; both graduate and undergraduate research is welcomed for submission. This year's theme will center around work with communities and expanding the conversations between the academic and the wider world.

EFR 32.21: Persian New Year (Nowruz)

Organization: Iranian Graduate Student Foundation (IGSF)
Status: Declined
Persian New Year, called Nowruz (new day) in Persian language, is the most important event in Iranian culture. Nowruz is the celebration of spring equinox on March 21st. It is the most cherished of all the Iranian festivals. This occasion has been renowned in one form or another by all the major cultures of ancient Mesopotamia. What we have today as Nowruz, with its uniquely Iranian characteristics, has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years. Today, Nowruz is celebrated not only in Iran, also in Afghanistan, Turkey, Tajikistan and several other Central Asian countries. Unfortunately, due to facing funding difficulties in the past, we have only been able to organize brief Nowruz events. Since Iran is the largest country that celebrates Nowruz as its official New Year, we have been told by other students from other countries that they expect us to initiate the Nowruz celebration events. We hope to be able to organize a more comprehensive introduction and celebration event for Nowruz 2012 in order to first, introduce this beautiful ancient culture to our friends from other countries who may have never heard about it, and second, to renew our cultural bounds with those friends who come from countries that share it with us. This event is a great opportunity for the students who would like to learn about the Persian culture. We hope this event will: - introduce Iranian traditions and Persian culture to non-Iranian members of the campus community. - provide a warm and friendly atmosphere in which students can discuss things other than academic issues. - allow the students to have entertainment and relaxing time during their Spring break. We would like to organize Nowruz as a free event if we can get enough funding for it.

EFR 32.20: Reawakening To Vivekananda

Organization: Develop Empower Synergize India
Status: Accepted
Professor John Henry Wright of Harvard University who described Swami Vivekananda as the "cyclonic Hindu monk". He told Swami Vivekananda: "To ask you, Swami, for your credentials is like asking the sun about its right to shine." The year 2013 marks the 150 th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the first spiritual leader to advocate universal brotherhood and struggle against colonialism.
"Reawakening to Vivekananda" aims to highlight Indian philosophy, culture, humanism and create awareness about the ideals of Swami Vivekananda, who introduced concept of non- dualism (monism) to the west. We intend to conduct various events highlighting arts, culture and spirituality. We plan to collaborate with several organizations, including the Indian embassy, Deloitte Consultancy, Tata Consultancy Services, who have worked with us in the past. 2013 is also special for our group as it marks the 10th anniversary of our groups inception.
Our event will be mainly focussing on India. We see various dimensions that surround our present living conditions in India, which includes politics, economics/business, culture, and spirituality. As one of the largest growing democracies there are challenges in every aspect of life in India. Indian americans or ingeneral asian americans should get flavour of these challenges, so that in case they want to contribute in future, they should have a clear perspective and direction to go about that.
Goal is to focussing on each of these aspects and bringing it into certain perspective for students who are studying here away from their country or have settled in US for good. Similar effort was made by us in 2011, kindly take a look at this: http://www.studentorg.umd.edu/desi/Events/India_Week/ to get a clear idea about what we are trying to convey through this event.
We often get emails from UMD community requesting us to talk about our culture, problems and solutions related to India, many a times we are requested to talk to about various languages that exist in India. So it is clear to us that there is certain amount of interest in UMD academic community to learn about India. This event will give them a chance to know more about India and cultures around the world that are directly or remotely related to it.
Programs will include: Talks, workshops, performance (dance, singing, drama), debates. Right mix of all is our goal. We plan to invite speakers of varied interests to discuss about present political conditions in India, business relations of India with other countries. We plan to invite researchers to give talk on ancient civilizations, ancient languages like Sanskrit that existed in India. There are more than 20 Indian cultural dance schools in DC area, we plan to invite these various art and cultural dance groups to perform during our event. Indian Embassy has agreed to take part in our event to enlighten us regarding the present political conditions in India.
In short speakers will be professors, entrepreneurs, independent researchers, and officers from Indian Embassy. Performers will be professionals from various dance groups, students from University of Maryland.

EFR 32.19: biochemistry graduate student and postdoc seminar series

Organization: N/A
Status: Agreement
A monthly graduate student run seminar for biochemistry and related areas of research. Each month two speakers give separate 25 minute talks to an open audience highlighting their personal research and specialized methods in their laboratories. The seminar is designed to accomplish several key objects; (i) give graduate students and post docs professional speaking experience, (ii) highlight unique research being carried out at the University of Maryland. (iii) inform interested parties of specialized methods in

EFR 32.18: Spring Festival Gala of 2013

Organization: Chinese Student and Scholar Association
Status: Closed
Chinese New Year, known as "Spring Festival" in China, is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. The biggest event of any Chinese New Year is the reunion dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve. At that time, all family members go back home and get together. After dinner, the whole family sits together, chatting and watching the New Year's Gala broadcast on China Central Television Station (CCTV). The broadcast with performers in the arts, drama, dance, and song selected from all over the country has a yearly viewership of over 700 million. 50 million overseas Chinese also attach great importance to the gala. They will watch the visual and musical feast as well as hold their own gala in their local areas to reunion overseas Chinese, welcome the New Year and share holiday happiness.
Chinese Student and Scholar Association at University of Maryland, College Park(UMCP CSSA) plans to hold a Spring Festival gala to organize Chinese students and scholars at UMCP and overseas Chinese living around the whole DC area to celebrate Chinese New Year and spread the Chinese traditional culture and customs.
One threshold reason for presenting an entertainment involves the dramatically expanding number of Chinese students at UMD. Statistics indicate that over 600 Chinese students entering Fall 2012 will celebrate Spring Festival overseas and most of them will be away from home during the most significant national holidays for the first time. Therefore, our reunion celebration is bound to comfort their homesick hearts, create topics of conversations and enhance the festival atmosphere. Additionally, the performance allows a wide range of Chinese students at UMD to be in an ideal environment to display their talent and artistry, widen their social circles and forge new friendships with students of different fields and backgrounds, resulting in stronger bonds in the Chinese community.
Next, the profound effects of the performances are not limited to enrichment of Chinese students' campus lives, but also strengthening America-China cultural ties and reflecting China's rich cultural tapestry. Leading Chinese entertainers, in collaboration with American artists, will offer an admirable performance which covers pop music, dancing, short plays, comic dialogues, Chinese Gongfu show and fashion show. In addition, we will invite the president of University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Wallace Loh and the Chinese ambassador Yesui Zhang to attend our event. All the deans of university departments and important sponsors will be invited as well. CSSAs of other universities in the DC area will be present out event site. There is no doubt that it is an excellent opportunity to promote mutual understanding and cultural exchange and many American students who are considering Study Abroad Program to China can gain a new appreciation of modern China.

EFR 32.17: 6th Annual GEO Conference: "(Dis)realities and the Literary and Cultural Imagination"

Organization: Graduate English Organization
Status: Closed
The conference will focus on the notion of (dis)reality as an imaginative category open to interpretation within various disciplines. The conference seeks to explore Western and non-Western notions of (dis)reality and its relationship to realities in various cultural and literary imaginaries. Questions we want to consider include, what do we mean when we say "(dis)reality"? Who and what delineate the constraints of reality? In what ways has "reality" been defined, upheld, or employed? In what ways has a "reality" been challenged, undermined, brought into play, and (dis)located by various writers and cultures? How do we understand the histories of Western and non-Western realities in the Digital Age?
The conference, modeled on professional conferences of the academic world, will provide graduate students with opportunities for professional development.

EFR 32.16: HVAC&R Industry for Future Engineers by ASHRAE National President

Organization: ASHRAE UMD
Status: Closed
Mr Thomas "Tom" Watson is the current National ASHRAE President and chief engineer, Daikin McQuay, Staunton, Virginia. He would be talking about his presidential theme," Broadening ASHRAE's Horizons" and how young professionals have brought the Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry into the exciting arena of sustainable design, net-zero-energy buildings and the ever-evolving standards that shape the future. This is a rare opportunity for UMD students to meet the ASHRAE national President, and talk to him about how the industry has evolved over the years and what it may have in store for the future graduating engineers.

EFR 32.15: 2013 University of Maryland HGSA 7th Annual Conference

Organization: History Graduate Student Association
Status: Agreement
The HGSA Graduate Conference is a regional graduate conference that provides an important opportunity for students to present their work to an audience of their peers. We accept papers on a variety of topics from interested graduate students from across the country. We encourage graduate students from all disciplines to submit their work, but we ask that submitted papers have a historical emphasis and investigate topics of interest to the discipline of history. The conference lasts one day, and features a keynote speaker, normally a history professor of some distinction. The conference normally has three sessions consisting of two panels each. The panels each include three presenter, a graduate student commentator, and a professor serving as chair. In the panels, presenters are given feedback by both the commentator and the chair, and also answer questions from the audience. The conference offers graduates a low-stress forum in which they may present their ideas and receive feedback on their work from colleagues and faculty

EFR 32.13: Yalda Night

Organization: Iranian Graduate Student Foundation
Status: Accepted
Yalda Night is the evening of December 20th, and it is the official night of the start of winter and the longest night of the year. Yalda has a very long history, and it is an ancient Persian custom to celebrate this night by reading poems, eating special foods, fruits and vegetables and performing music and dance. Watermelons play the role of Halloween pumpkins for Yalda. In the last years this event turned out to be our most successful event attracting people from all different nationalities including Iranian, American, Brazilian, Russian, Colombian, Chinese, Indian and Romanian students of UMCP. This event is a great opportunity for the students who would like to learn about the Persian culture and literature.
We hope this event will:
- Introduce the old Iranian traditions and culture to non-Iranian members of the campus community. - Provide a warm and friendship atmosphere in which students can discuss things other than academic issues.
- Let the students have entertainment and relaxing time right after the final exams. In summary, we hope to be able to organize a memorable celebration event for Yalda 2012 in order to first, introduce this beautiful ancient culture to our friends from other countries who may have never heard about it, and second, to renew our cultural bounds with those friends who come from countries that share it with us. This event is a great opportunity for the students who would like to learn about the Persian culture. Toward our goals in this event, our agenda for 2012 Yalda celebration includes the following (Orders of first 5 programs are not fully fixed yet but they'll come before dinner). 1. Welcome notes (5 min, 7 pm) 2. IGSF activities clip (10 min) 3. History of Yalda by Dr Ahmad Karimi Hakkak, director of Rsohan Center at UMD (15 min). 4. Traditional Persian music performance (20 min) 5. Persian dance performance (25 min). 6. Dinner (9 pm). Traditionally, some especial foods are served in the Nowruz celebration (such as rice and fish) and we plan to have traditional Iranian dinner in this event due to cultural and religion reasons. 8. DJ music and open floor to dance and socialize (10 pm).

EFR 32.12: Annual End-of-the-Semester Celebration

Organization: National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
Status: Agreement
NOBCChE-UMD will be hosting an end of the year celebration coupled with a toy drive. The objective of this event is to increase visibility of our organization and to highlight opportunities that the organization has to offer for all students on campus! In addition, this holiday party will be an opportunity for others to learn more about NOBCChE-UMD's many professional development and outreach activities of the past, present ,and future.
The primary goal of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) is to form an eminent community of scientists that contribute in some facet to the advancement of the fields as a whole. With the incorporation of the series of "Professional Development Seminars" last year and the overwhelming support from The Graduate School as well as the Department of Engineering for our national conference we anticipate an even greater level of success this academic year.
NOBCChE-UMD also offers free tutoring services. Several students have now found out about the services we provide and are taking advantage of them! Currently, our chapter tutors ~8 students with more students requesting tutoring on a weekly basis! We attribute our recent success to the first End-of-the-Semester Celebration which we held last year and hope to continue gaining support by keeping ourselves visible on campus.
This event will provide a jovial environment that not only allows the celebration of the end of the semester and the holiday season, but will also provide a forum for NOBCChE members to promote the mission of our organization, outreach and tutoring opportunities and events that NOBCChE has to offer. In support of our chapter incentives, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has agreed to match funds given by the GSG. The department's willingness to help on this front is not surprising as they provide support for 2-3 graduate students to attend the National NOBCChE conference each year.
The event will consist of a toy drive, a raffle, a catered dinner, and a showcase of all that NOBCChE has to offer. Advertising will consist of flyers, Facebook and Twitter updates, FYI announcements, and emails to various graduate departments on campus.

EFR 32.11: Coffee Hour and Research Day

Organization: Association of Agricultural and Resource Economists at the University of Maryland, College Park
Status: Agreement
At each coffee hour, four posters presentations will be organized permitting graduate students an opportunity to learn about one another's research and promote cross-disciplinary discussions at the Coffee and Research Days. Our aim is twofold: (i) to foster inter-disciplinary discussions between graduate students interested in environmental, agricultural and development issues, in order to spur interdisciplinary collaboration; and (ii) to increase interaction between graduate students and faculty in the department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC). In previous years, all coffee hour posters were presented by students in the AREC department. Students from other departments were invited to attend to learn more about AREC research and to foster cross-disciplinary discussions. This year, we will extend our cross-disciplinary reach by inviting students from other departments to present posters at the event. At each coffee hour, at least one poster will be presented by a student outside of the AREC department. One focus of these presentations will be to showcase the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration by increasing an awareness of ongoing research projects in other departments. As an incentive to become involved, we plan to pay for poster printing with funds received from GSG. Announcements requesting poster presentations will be distributed to several departments, including Geographical Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Engineering, Computer Science, History, etc. We plan to advertise the events using posters in the Stamp Union. We will also notify the entire campus through the FYI and Grad Student Service Announcements, on the GSG, and Agricultural and Resource Economics department's websites. We will emphasize that the event is open to both undergraduates and graduates from different backgrounds. We will make concerted efforts to target recruitment presenters from outside of the department. We will request faculty at other departments to personally distribute announcements and invitation notices. We may specifically invite students registered for the University of Maryland Council on the Environment Green Fund Fellowship contact list, as these individuals demonstrate a clear interest in cross-disciplinary collaborations related to the environment.

EFR 32.10: TEMPO Fall 2012 Concert

Organization: TEMPO
Status: Closed
TEMPO is a contemporary music ensemble run entirely by graduate students of the University of Maryland School of Music.Concerts specialize in performance of music written post-1950. TEMPO had its first call for musical scores this fall and received scores from students across the world! Works to be performed include the two winning pieces chosen from our call, one work by future graduate student Petra Anderson (the incoming UMD music student who was a shooting victim of the Aurora, Colorado event), and works by American born composers Margaret Brouwer and Roy Harris.
The purpose of the concert will be to introduce the music of important contemporary composers to the university community and encourage interdisciplinary dialogue. TEMPO has produced a concert every semester since the fall of 2008. Admission is free and attendance fulfills a concert-reporting requirement for students taking music courses. We foresee attendance by a mixture of faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduates, and community members. A reception will follow the performance.

EFR 32.09: Early Voting Shuttle

Organization: GSG - LAC
Status: Agreement
We would provide a free, continuously running shuttle between campus and the early voting location at the College Park Community Center. It would run between 10am and 5pm on October 29 - November 1. The purpose is to increase graduate student participation in the election.

EFR 32.08: Biweekly NACS Student Seminar Series (Remainder)

Organization: Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Graduate Student Organization (NACS GSO)
Status: Agreement
The Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Graduate Student Organization (NACS GSO) is the official graduate student group for the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) program, which currently has student members from 10 different departments across campus. This past year, the NACS GSO held a series of biweekly student seminars that provided an opportunity for this diverse graduate student group to come together in a relaxed setting to share current research with their graduate peers. Not only did this give our students an opportunity to present their research and receive critical feedback, but it also provided students a chance to practice for upcoming conference or dissertation talks in a more informal setting, where students from a wide variety of backgrounds might offer a broader perspective to the speaker's research.
With generous funding from GSG, the first seminar of the school year (9/12) was a smashing success with 31 graduate students in attendance from 5 different departments. While the majority of these graduate students were affiliated with the NACS program, we hope to reach out and bolster attendance of non-NACS affiliated graduate students in future events. This was over twice our average attendance from last year (14 seminars with an average of 13 attendants per seminar at an average cost of $92). While we do not expect all future seminars to be so well attended, we hope to attract between 15-25 graduate students.
Space for the meetings, as well as audio/video equipment, are provided by the Psychology and Biology departments. Thus, the only expense for these meetings are lunches that are provided in order to 1) bolster participation 2) allow students to attend research talks during a lunch break and 3) create the relaxed and informal atmosphere for open discussion. Last year, funding was provided exclusively from the NACS program. This year, the NACS program has offered to match any funds we are able to raise from outside sources.
GSG funding will provide us greater food vendor flexibility, which we believe will substantially decrease the cost of food per attendee and let us cater to a greater variety of dietary considerations. More importantly, however, the funding will allow us to continue these casual lunch meetings. Having faculty and students from ten different departments on campus working together to help uncover the mysteries of the mind, can lead to incredible discoveries and progress and the strength of the NACS program lies in this interdisciplinary nature. However, this strength can only be realized if members of the program are given sufficient opportunities to interact, which can be difficult given our distribution across and off campus. Funding from the GSG will allow NACS interactions to continue, as well as allow us to reach a broader graduate student audience that may be interested in the neuroscience and cognitive science research currently taking place on campus. We welcome the opportunity to share our research with students outside the NACS program, and our affiliated departments, whether they have merely a passing interest or hope to collaborate with NACS faculty or students in the future. If we are successful in obtaining GSG funding, we plan to have 14 seminars (7 each semester) and the time, location, and title of NACS biweekly seminar talks will be posted on the GSG calendar, on department calendars and disseminated through the relevant graduate student listservs (e.g., NACSGRAD and departmental listservs: Biology, Psychology, Kinesiology, Linguistics, Electrical Engineering, etc.).

EFR 32.07: Professional Time Management Workshop by Prof R. Radermacher

Organization: ASHRAE UMD
Status: Closed
This lecture is part of ASHRAE UMD Chapter's effort to help its member students and any other students interested to come and learn about time management. Professional softwares such as MS project are used to demonstrate time management, which is useful for both undergrad and graduate students as they can be applied to graduation timelines, project planning etc. Prof Radermacher is a world-renowned name in area of HVAC and a recent Minta Martin Proffersor.

EFR 32.06: Biweekly NACS Student Seminar Series

Organization: Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Graduate Student Organization (NACS GSO)
Status: Agreement
The Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Graduate Student Organization (NACS GSO) is the official graduate student group for the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) program, which currently has student members from 10 different departments across campus. This past year, the NACS GSO held a series of biweekly student seminars that provided an opportunity for this diverse graduate student group to come together in a relaxed setting to share current research with their graduate peers. Not only did this give our students an opportunity to present their research and receive critical feedback, but it also provided students a chance to practice for upcoming conference or dissertation talks in a more informal setting, where students from a wide variety of backgrounds might offer a broader perspective to the speaker's research. Last year was the first year these seminars took place, and they were largely successful (14 seminars with an average of 13 attendants per seminar at an average cost of $92), especially considering our students work all across campus, as well as at NIH and Children's Hospital. Space for the meetings, as well as audio/video equipment, are provided by the Psychology and Biology departments. Thus, the only expense for these meetings are lunches that are provided in order to 1) bolster participation 2) allow students to attend research talks during a lunch break and 3) create the relaxed and informal atmosphere for open discussion. Last year, funding was provided exclusively from the NACS program. This year, the NACS program has offered to match any funds we are able to raise on our own. GSG funding will provide us greater food vendor flexibility, which we believe will substantially decrease the cost of food per attendee and let us cater to a greater variety of dietary considerations. More importantly, however, the funding will allow us to continue these casual lunch meetings. Having faculty and students from ten different departments on campus working together to help uncover the mysteries of the mind, can lead to incredible discoveries and progress and the strength of the NACS program lies in this interdisciplinary nature. However, this strength can only be realized if members of the program are given sufficient opportunities to interact, which can be difficult given our distribution across and off campus. Funding from the GSG will allow NACS interactions to continue, as well as allow us to reach a broader graduate student audience that may be interested in the neuroscience and cognitive science research currently taking place on campus. We welcome the opportunity to share our research with students outside the NACS program, and our affiliated departments, whether they have merely a passing interest or hope to collaborate with NACS faculty or students in the future. If we are successful in obtaining GSG funding, we plan to have 14 seminars (7 each semester) and the time, location, and title of NACS biweekly seminar talks will be posted on the GSG calendar as well as disseminated through the relevant listservs (e.g., NACSGRAD and departmental listservs).

EFR 32.05: Freshers Party - 2012

Organization: Students Council of India
Status: Agreement
FRESHERS - 2012 ! With the arrival of the fall semester, SCI sees a golden opportunity to embrace the new arrivals to the UMD family by the celebration of a Fresher's Welcome Reception. This year again, large volume of international students will be a part of UMD family. We intend to use this event as a platform for the newcomers to exchange information and make new friends. The event would be open to all & would like to see an amalgamation of different traditions & cultures in a series of enthusiastic stage performances, a palate pleasing authentic Indian cuisine, and general social interaction. The event will also feature seniors educating the newcomers about life in Maryland - On and Off Campus. We invite all the graduate students to be a part of this wonderful evening. The event is already very popular among graduate students and promises to be a huge success.
SCI prides itself in helping out new incoming students at UMD by providing them airport pickup and temporary accommodation. We also encourage students to participate in various recreational activities (Sports, Cultural Heritage, Social Services). Our main aim is to help UMD students in whatever way we can.

EFR 32.04: OZ Charity Basketball Tournament

Organization: OZ Sports Philanthropy Club
Status: Declined
A charity basketball tournament for OZ's member to raise money for a cause to be determined later.

EFR 32.03: Language Science Day

Organization: Language Science Student Association (LSSA)
Status: Agreement
The University of Maryland hosts arguably the largest and most integrated community of language scientists in North America. Language Science Day aims to bring together the cross-departmental community of language science students and faculty to improve awareness of the rich opportunities for language science at the University of Maryland. The goal is to showcase research activities and opportunities, to make students aware of training possibilities, and to jump-start potential interdisciplinary connections.
The event will begin with a catered lunch, followed by a series of short presentations about research and training resources available to language scientists at Maryland. The rest of the afternoon will be devoted to the Research Fair, during which research groups from around campus will be able to share their research goals and recent work. We hope the informal set-up will allow participants to find new opportunities and connect with other researchers that share their interests.
Language Science Day hopes to include all areas of language science, including cognitive, computational, engineering, clinical, theoretical, philosophical, biological, and educational approaches.
Language Science Day is sponsored by the Language Science Student Association with help from NSF-IGERT program on the Biological and Computational Foundations of Language Diversity, the Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL), the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Psychology, the Second Language Acquisition Program, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Human Development, and the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program. The event is being organized by the Language Science Student Association.

EFR 32.01: 66th Independence day celebrations of India

Organization: Develop Empower Synergize India
Status: Accepted
65 years have rolled by since India woke up to freedom. That was an awakening inspired by the loftiest moral ideals upheld by the brave men and women of courage and integrity. Time has come for us to pay homage to that moment and those men and women whose principles still motivate us in our pursuit of truth.
DESI cordially welcomes you to join India's 66th Independence Day celebrations. Commencing with the Flag Hoisting ceremony at 5:30 PM at Nyumburu amphitheater, followed by cultural events at Nyumburu cultural center. The event includes, in modest representation of our cultural diversity, dance performances, Skit, patriotic singing, enchanting instrumental music, best ethnically dressed male and female and some tasty Indian food
It's a great occasion to associate with the home away from home.