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Karen Shih ’09

Karen Shih has come full circle from her toddler days, when she lived with her parents in University of Maryland graduate housing. She's written for a variety of schools, including Brandeis University, Tufts University and Perkins School for the Blind, and she's always ready to cover the next great food or animal story.


Green illustrations of leaves, recycle symbols, hands holding up a globe, clouds, windmills, electric cords

5 Ways to Combat Climate Doomism

Extension Specialist Offers Practical Tips—and Hope—Through Popular Webinars

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Disloyal boyfriend meme with "Buffalo, NY gets buried in more snow" written on girl, "many of us" written on disloyal boyfriend, and "climate activists" written on angry girlfriend. Another meme with picture of fire over city that reads, "It's not climate change. It's called weather."

What’s in a (Climate Change) Meme?

Doctoral Student Delves Into Dark Humor About Global Challenge

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Aaliyah Flores stands near stained glass windows in her office

A Peek Inside … Aaliyah Flores’ Office in Plant Sciences

‘More Is More’: Administrative Assistant Shares Ethos Behind Vibrant, Verdant Space

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Julia Ruth ’14 hangs from a Cyr wheel

Balancing Act

Circus Performer Combines Passions for Physics and Acrobatics

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students flex muscles during Alternative Break group photo

What It Takes: Alternative Breaks

Terps Swap Sunscreen for Shovels in Short-Term Service Opportunities

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three students collect bugs

A Bug Club’s Life

Bio Major’s New Student Org Gives Undergrads Chance to Explore Entomology

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Big Time Rush performs

‘Big Time’ Manager Comes Full Circle

Alum Credits SEE for Jump-starting Entertainment Career With New Kids on the Block, Lea Michele and More

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Geoff Larson ’80 stands in front of brewing equipment in Alaska

Beer, Off the Beaten Track

Alum Celebrates 35 Years of Craft Brewing Success in Alaska

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tree and garden grow next to house

Backyard Climate Guard

Extension Experts: Climate-Resilient Gardening’s Just a Few Steps Away

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Boris Lusniak poses in his office

A Peek Inside … Public Health Dean Boris Lushniak’s Office

Proud Ukrainian American Shares Family Heirlooms, Mementos From Missions Around Globe

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Campus Farm manager helps lamb nurse

What It Takes: The Campus Farm

From Wrangling Lamb-Stealing Sheep to Collecting Stomach Fluid From Cows, Staff and Students Carry On UMD’s Agricultural Tradition

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2023 UMD Summer Camps

Perennial Favorites and New Programs Offer Choices for Kids of All Ages

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