We know you've been in Byrd Stadium, but have you been above it and below it? Josh Sheldon shared these photos with us, and we thought we'd share them with you. We're not encouraging any sort of behavior, mind you meddlin' kids...check out more cool stuff like this on Josh's blog, Do Things (with Josh Sheldon).
We've had another anonymous contribution, this time for the Tropical Aquaculture Lab run by the Department of Biology. Their website has some information on the lab and head researcher. Basically, they are studying color signals and visual communication of fish, native mostly to the Great Lakes of Africa. The lab also does a great deal of work to contribute to the larger, genetic understanding of these species. More info on that aspect of their research here: http://cichlid.umd.edu/cichlidlabs/kocherlab/bouillabase.html. Like last time, we've decided to protect the location of the Lab for the sake of the fish.
So we know we posted about the Bat Cave, but this is an actual bat cave with live bats. We received an anonymous submission profiling some of the great research going on around campus. UMD faculty and researchers are studying bats to do research on projects like texture discrimination using echolocation, social influences on foraging in bats, and somatosensory signaling for flight control. The University of Maryland takes its animal research and care extremely seriously, and is accredited by the Association of Assessment and Accreditation Laboratory and Animal Care. Now these little guys are rather sensitive, and we don't want anyone poking around there and accidentally messing with these fellas, so we haven't specified the location of the lab on our map. For science! #umdresearch
So, we know Adele's isn't a huge secret. But seriously people, you act like it's hidden until suddenly the end of the semester comes along and you need to spend those dining points! And then it's impossible to get in. Stop by some time now, and it'll be a lot less crowded. Don't forget to get the special Maryland dessert at the end. Bon appetit!
We love going here on Sundays. The produce is fresh and cheap, plus they have honey, apple cider, fresh juice made to order from all different kinds of fruit, baked goods, a giant chess set and even live music sometimes by a lively band!
There exists an awesome place in the basement of Hornbake. The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), while not usually open to the public, provides an awesome, startup-style space for its members to work, eat, and hang out. I mean seriously. It's beautiful. We always thought MITH was a myth, but Michael Gubbels sent us these pictures the other day. According to MITH's website, "MITH specializes in text and image analytics for cultural heritage collections, data curation, digital preservation, linked data applications, and data publishing" and is "a leading digital humanities center that pursues disciplinary innovation and institutional transformation."
We've all seen it, walked and drove past it. But how many people have actually gone inside? Despite what you may think, the campus farm is still a working farm and is open to the public. As long as you stop by during regular business hours, you have free rein to roam around. So for those of you who have yet to explore--don't worry, we did a little bit of it for you.
The farm has 3 main barns, a poultry house, outdoor teaching arenas, a storage shed, and an office building according to The Department of Animal and Avian Sciences website.
We want to give a shout out to Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology, Lori J. Kader, who tipped us off about the beauty of the farm. Lori emailed us this morning and said, "Hi - As I was driving in to work this morning I noticed that the farm looked beautiful! Not sure that many students realize that this is still a working farm. Also, not that long ago... it was the edge of campus!" Thanks, Lori!
Everyone knows about McKeldin and Hornbake. But did you know about the number of hidden libraries in various dorms and buildings on campus? Some of them are filled with history books; others with books on art and dance. The library in Dorchester Hall, also known as the Writer's House, has hundreds of books on poetry and other literature. An armchair, a fake pipe, and a basket of free books completes the feel of the library room.