Bowie, MD, United States

Bowie State University
Bowie, MD, United States

Bowie State University , is a public university located on 355½ acres in unincorporated Prince George's County, Maryland, United States, north of the suburban city of Bowie. Bowie State is part of the University System of Maryland. Bowie State is Maryland's oldest historically black university and one of the ten oldest in the country. Bowie State is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Wikipedia.

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The vigil, with the theme "In Solidarity We are United," is being hosted by Portland Indivisible Oregon D-3. SEE: In Solidarity We are United Vigil WHAT: Vigil for Victims of Hate Attack WHEN: Saturday, May 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. PDT WHERE: Hollywood/Northeast 42nd Avenue Transit Center MAX Station, 1410 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97213 CONTACT:  CAIR-Oregon Ad Hoc Committee Members Zakir Khan,, 626-419-0243; Seemab Hussaini,, 310-948-2040; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, Later in the evening (8:30 p.m.), there will be another prayer and vigil for the victims, followed by an interfaith Ramadan fast-breaking meal at: Muslim Educational Trust Community Center, 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97223 A suspect apprehended following the attack is reportedly a white supremacist who has been photographed giving the Nazi salute. SEE: Suspect in Portland Hate Crime Murders is a Known White Supremacist Several GoFundMe pages have been established for the victims and their families. Bilal Mosque in Beaverton, Ore., has set up a fund to help the victims' families. Select the category "Portland Heroes - Families of the MAX incident" at: SEE ALSO: and Yesterday, CAIR's national headquarters called on President Trump to speak out personally against rising bigotry and acts of racial violence in America targeting Muslims and other minority groups. Video: CAIR Calls on Trump to Speak Out Against Deadly Hate Attack in Oregon CAIR also urged local Muslim communities to step up security measures during the month-long fast of Ramadan. CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety." The booklet may be requested through CAIR's website: Earlier this week, CAIR condemned the murder of an African-American Bowie State University student by a suspect who is a member of a white supremacist group on Facebook called "Alt-Reich Nation." SEE: CAIR Condemns Murder of Maryland College Student by Suspect with White Supremacist Links CAIR recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period. SEE: New CAIR Report Shows More than 50 Percent Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents Last week, CAIR released an updated report indicating that the most prevalent trigger of anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017 has been the victim's ethnicity or national origin. Eleven percent of incidents have occurred as a result of an individual being perceived as Muslim. A Muslim woman's headscarf has been a trigger in 8 percent of incidents. The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. Become a Fan of CAIR on Facebook                     Subscribe to CAIR's Email List              Subscribe to CAIR's Twitter Feed                  Subscribe to CAIR's YouTube Channel To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

Bowie State University President Dr Mickey L. Burnim hugs Richard Collins Jr., father of Richard Collins III, at the school's graduation ceremony: Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun via AP The father of a black student who was murdered in a suspected hate crime, has accepted his son’s degree. In an emotional ceremony at Maryland's Bowie State University, Richard Collins Jr was cheered as he took the podium. "I really have not tried to process motive or intentions behind this yet," he told NBC News before the ceremony. “I'm in no place to feel very many emotions beyond sadness and just deep sense of personal loss.” His son Richard Collins III, a 23-year-old newly commissioned Army officer, was stabbed to death over the weekend, days before he was due to accept his Business Administration degree. Police have charged 22-year-old Sean Urbanski with his murder. As he was a member of a racist Facebook group called Alt-Reich: Nation, the FBI have joined the investigation because it could be a possible hate crime. He is alleged to have stabbed Mr Collins as he waited with friends for an Uber taxi near the College Park campus just north of Washington DC. After approaching the group, Mr Urbanski, a student at the nearby University of Maryland, allegedly said: “Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you.” After Mr Collins refused Mr Urbanski stabbed him in the chest and fled the scene. Mr Collins later died in hospital. The attack was caught on CCTV and a knife was recovered, police said. At the graduation ceremony, Mr Collins' graduation gown was draped over front row chairs. "Let us pause now in a moment of silence and contemplation of what each of us might do to promote greater peace, harmony and love that seems to be so lacking in our country and our world today," he said. Indeo Ragsdale, a friend of Mr Collins from Bowie State's officer training program, said he would be "truly missed. " He said: "It's sad that it happened up the street from here, but it's out of our control. We're not focused on the negativity today. We're focused on the positivity. Collins was a joyful person."

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The 23-year-old had recently been commissioned as an officer in the army: Facebook The FBI is investigating the fatal stabbing of a black student as a possible hate crime, after discovering the suspect may have been a member of an online white supremacist organisation. Richard Collins III died after being stabbed on the campus of the University of Maryland, where he was visiting friends. The 23-year-old, who had recently been commissioned into the army as a lieutenant, was due to take part in a graduation ceremony at nearby Bowie State University. Police have arrested 22-year-old Sean Urbanski and charged him over the fatal stabbing, which took place on Saturday morning. Reports said the FBI had been asked to join the investigation after it was revealed that Mr Urbanski was allegedly a member of a white supremacist group on Facebook. The Associated Press said the University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell, said he had asked the FBI to assist after being told that Mr Urbanski belonged to a group called “Alt-Reich: Nation", where members post disparaging material about African Americans and others. “We are here to evaluate that as an ongoing concern with respect to whether or not this was a hate crime,” said Gordon Johnson, special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Baltimore. Officials said Mr Collins was with two friends near a bus stop on campus around 3am on Saturday when they allegedly heard Mr Urbanski screaming and watched him approach them. Mr Urbanski said “Step left, step left if you know what's best for you”, according to police documents. Mr Collins refused to do so, before Mr Urbanski allegedly stabbed him once in the chest. Mr Mitchell, the police chief, said the attack had spread fear across the university. “If I’m a person of colour, I would certainly look at this as something that could happen to me. In fact, I know on Facebook our students are saying that,” Mr Mitchell said. Artie Lee Travis, vice president for student affairs at Bowie State, said the school hoped the investigation moved forward as quickly as possible “Hate has no place in America,” Mr Travis said. “Hate has no place on a college campus, where young minds are coming together to try to change the world.” The young man’s family said he was a keen athlete. “He loved lacrosse and soccer. He was a runner,” his father, Richard Collins, told NBC. “He was just competitive at heart, and had a loving and giving heart.”

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 199.61K | Year: 2012

This Research Initiation Award entitled - Modeling Inquiry Behaviors in Mobile Learning Environments - has the goal to enhance the human computer interaction (HCI) research program at Bowie State University by conducting research to model inquiry behaviors in mobile learning environments, introducing HCI research into the computer science curriculum, and supporting student development. This research will produce a design framework that enables mobile learning researchers to create environments that support sophisticated learner interactions. The research seeks to extend the use of Intelligent Tutoring Systems to include mobile learning environments that integrate new mobile applications and media. The resulting models will advance the understanding of human interaction with emerging technologies to benefit everyone interested in modeling human interactions for learning or training purposes.

The project seeks to model the behavior of users engaged with mobile learning environments and explore childrens ideas for novel mobile learning environments. The two research questions to be answered are: 1) Can inquiry behaviors and complex thinking in personalized mobile learning environments be modeled? As users interact with technologies, they exhibit usage patterns that can be used to create models of their behaviors and understanding such behaviors is critical for making realistic learning environments. This question seeks to understand how to both model and create meaning from these interaction patterns. 2) How can advanced learning technologies extend and support traditional instruction in ways that personalize instruction for various learners? The use of children as design partners, via participatory design sessions, will change their role from that of end user to designer and result in mobile learning applications that extend beyond those commonly available in the popular mobile application marketplaces.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 399.73K | Year: 2014

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) through Targeted Infusion Projects supports the development, implementation, and study of evidence-based innovative models and approaches for improving the preparation and success of HBCU undergraduate students so that they may pursue STEM graduate programs and/or careers. The project at Bowie State University (BSU) seeks to use the platform of the existing collaboration between Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, BSU and Godfrey Okoye University (GOU) on DNA barcoding projects to infuse basic and advanced interdisciplinary biotechnology concepts and laboratory skills into its biology undergraduate degree program and to train students that are equipped to function as independent laboratory technicians and/or pursue postgraduate degrees in biotechnology/STEM. The Bowie State Applied Biotechnology Initiative (BSABI) builds on a previous NSF project that supported a genomics lab and a Biotechnology Summer Institute in the Natural Sciences Department.

The BSABI has three key objectives: a) Curriculum enhancement of the Molecular Biology (Biol 303) course, by infusing it with intensive research for discovery-based learning; b) Research infrastructure upgrade to support the curriculum redesign for hands-on research experience for students; and c) International research experience, to provide students opportunity to collect and categorize germplasm in their native environments. The project augments faculty capacity to instruct students through the provision of cutting edge equipment for research and teaching, and by infusing hands-on laboratory activities and undergraduate research projects into an existing molecular biology course. The DNA barcoding project enables BSU to respond to the growing demands for understanding and categorizing biodiversity. In perspective, besides training 160 minority students to join the STEM workforce, the broader impact of this project is to promote global exploration, biodiversity conservation and utilization of indigenous genetic resources.

The collaboration among Bowie State University (BSU), the DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), NY, and (GOU), Nigeria, fosters a diversity of research experiences, both locally and internationally, for undergraduates in the Department of Natural Sciences at BSU. BSU uses the platform of this existing liaison on DNA barcoding projects among the three institutions to infuse basic and advanced interdisciplinary concepts and laboratory skills into its biology degree program. The ultimate goal is to create student driven class projects that answer pertinent biological questions while providing students with the opportunity to acquire basic but vital laboratory skills for concentration in biotechnology. The hands-on research experience built into the courses operates on an open-lab concept that is designed to promote peer-mentoring and provide students with independence to explore and be creative in their discovery-based learning experience.

Over the course of the three-year project, at least one hundred and sixty (160) underrepresented minority undergraduates will receive state of the art education and advanced training in molecular biology and biotechnology. An extensive evaluation process is incorporated into the project to monitor and measure program effectiveness. Outcomes of this project will be widely disseminated for the benefit of the academic community.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 299.50K | Year: 2012

The Targeted Infusion Project entitled - A Problem-Based Learning Approach to Teach Gaming and Development of Gaming Instructional Modules to Enhance Student Learning in Lower Level Core Courses - has the goal to implement a problem-based learning approach to teaching game development that focuses on developing critical thinking in game design and development of gaming instructional modules to enhance student learning in lower level core Computer Science courses. The objectives are: to develop gaming instructional modules; to enhance the Computer Science course curriculum with problem-solving activities based on gaming instructional educational modules to improve students understanding of the theoretical concepts; to prepare competitive engineers and computer scientists at Bowie State University, a Historically Black University; to assess and evaluate student understanding; and to disseminate the project findings through journal articles, conferences and colloquia presentations.

The deliverables of this project will be a repository of gaming instructional modules that could be integrated in any computer science curriculum with minimal modifications to existing courses. Outreach activities include the use of networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube, which will lead to increased public interest in the field of Computer Science and help to recruit students from underrepresented groups to pursue STEM careers. The students trained and educated will be better positioned for admittance to graduate school and employment in a constantly evolving interdisciplinary workforce.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 475.57K | Year: 2013

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Targeted Infusion Project at Bowie State University (BSU) lays the foundation for a concentration in the institutions plant science curriculum. Undergraduate students are introduced to interdisciplinary teaching and cross-disciplinary research to meet 21st century global challenges in sustainable energy, environmental and climate change as well as renewable and green energy research. The goals of the project at this minority-serving institution are to:
1. Increase student interest, understanding, and research competencies in Plant Sciences through academic and summer faculty and peer-mentored research;
2. Infuse an interdisciplinary approach to Plant Science;
3. Create and implement a laboratory intensive Plant Science course;
4. Enhance the General Biology and Plant Physiology laboratory course curricula by integrating research and introducing new experiments into the curriculum; and,
5. Develop state-of-the-art teaching and research infrastructure in Plant Science laboratories through the acquisition of new research equipment.

Collaboration with University of Maryland and other research organizations, acquisition of new research equipment, faculty and student STEM professional development will result in a sustainable plant science program for BSU and the surrounding community. Evaluation and dissemination activities will be shared throughout the institutions STEM community and broader through BSUs website, presentations at STEM research and education conferences and publications in STEM journals.

The project aligns with the College of Arts and Sciences strategy of promoting the engagement of minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines through integrated and diversified experiences.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: FED CYBER SERV: SCHLAR FOR SER | Award Amount: 701.23K | Year: 2013

The goal of this project is to stimulate interest in cybersecurity competitions through the development of a visualization and broadcast system targeted to enhancing learning and understanding among spectators. The system engages the spectator by presenting information pertinent to understanding the real-time details of the game in a usable and spirited manner. It accomplishes this through the combination of various techniques, including real-time network security visualization, live video and audio monitoring, animation, computer graphics and commentary. As a result, the project improves the educational value and excitement for the spectator and broaden interest in the field of cybersecurity.

The proposed tool captures computer and network activities for all the competing teams and present them in a user-friendly manner for the benefit of the spectator using state-of-the-art broadcasting, animation and commentary. Although visualization has been utilized at large-scale cyber defense competition, such as the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, it is still used only in a limited way. Further, it does not target the spectator in a serious way and it is rarely used for small-scale cyber defense competitions, which is the main target of this project.

By improving the spectator experience, more students are attracted to collegiate cyber defense competitions and ultimately to cyber security related fields. The tool is also beneficial to competition participants, especially to student teams who could use the tool for network security visualization.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 263.79K | Year: 2012

Though many children use mobile applications to support their learning and entertainment, the devices and underlying interactions were not designed specifically for children. The goal of this project is to make touch and gesture interactions more accessible and user-friendly to young users. This research will yield new understanding about the appropriate and successful ways to sense, recognize, and recover from errors in touch-based interactions with children. The approach involves studying children interacting with mobile applications that gather data on their touch and gesture interactions, as well as conducting design sessions with children to elicit their preferences for mobile device interactions and error feedback and recovery strategies. This approach will result in design guidelines for those creating applications and tools for young users. The proposed research contributes towards the evolution of alternative interaction technologies such as touch and gesture, and the understanding of child-computer interaction with new gesture-based technologies.

Broader impacts: The broader impacts of this project lie in contributions towards the evolution of alternative interaction technologies such as touch and gesture, and the understanding of child-computer interaction with new gesture-based technologies. This work also will develop and validate an approach for investigating such interaction issues and designing improvements for them that can be used in future work with other populations such as older individuals or those with varying physical abilities. The grant will support two female young investigators, and will fund research experiences to benefit computer science students attending Bowie State University, a minority serving institution.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 662.56K | Year: 2015

Implementation Projects in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate program provide support to design, implement, study and assess comprehensive institutional efforts to increase the numbers of students and the quality of their preparation by strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and research. This implementation project at Bowie State University (BSU) seeks to transform the first two years of STEM teaching and learning. The project is grounded in theories of science identity and constructivism and will provide a student-centered learning environment that is integrated into the STEM curriculum at the institution. The evidence-based strategies for student success will serve as a reference and provide a framework for other institutions with whom BSU shares similar characteristics. The project is guided by an on-going evaluation, as well as an internal steering committee and an external advisory committee.

The project is implementing three goals and related interventions to support mainly first and second year STEM students and faculty as follows: to develop students identity by building student learning communities, providing career-related mentoring and providing undergraduate research learning opportunities; to integrate problem-solving and entrepreneurship in the STEM curriculum by adapting technology commercialization into STEM courses, and expanding access to a maker space to support students multidisciplinary learning; and to provide professional development to faculty on experiential learning and evidence-based instructional practices.

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