Saturday, July 11, 2020
Produced by the Office of Strategic Communications

In Brief


Undergrad’s Infrared Innovation Wins USM COVID App Challenge

A University of Maryland computer science student was one of six winners from around the state in the University System of Maryland (USM) COVID App Challenge, a competition launched in late May by the USM COVID Research and Innovation Task Force to develop innovative mobile software to solve a COVID-19-related problem.

Mizzou Improving, But Not Done Addressing Racial Crisis, Finds Report Co-written by UMD Researcher

The University of Missouri has made moderate progress in improving diversity, equity and inclusion since its 2015-16 racial crisis, but must continue to address trauma and tensions on the campus, according to a new report by the American Council on Education (ACE) co-written by a University of Maryland professor.

Big Ten: Fall Sports Would Move to Conference-Only Schedules

Maryland Athletics today shared the following statement from the Big Ten Conference.

Non-industrialized Cultures Facing Collective Threat Create Stricter Rules, Research Finds

Non-industrialized societies from centuries past have tightened or loosened their social rules depending on external threats, just as industrialized ones today do, a new study has found. 

Commission Reaffirms UMD’s Accreditation

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has reaffirmed the University of Maryland’s accreditation, following a nearly yearlong review.

Registration Opens for COVID-19 Testing on Campus July 14-15

The university is offering voluntary COVID-19 testing to all faculty, staff and students on July 14 and 15, Jewel Washington, assistant vice president for University Human Resources, said in an email today.

Student Journalists’ Project Highlights Criminalization of Homelessness

From laws banning panhandling to bulldozers and firehoses clearing encampments, a new project from University of Maryland student journalists and partners nationwide is showing how homelessness is frequently criminalized and leads to a cycle of arrests and fines that make emerging from crisis almost impossible.

Maryland Releases Student-Athlete COVID-19 Testing Results

No student-athlete tested positive for COVID-19 during an initial on-campus screening of 105 student-athletes earlier this month, Maryland Athletics announced yesterday.

Big Ten Network to Air 24 Hours of Maryland Coverage Tuesday

The Big Ten Network will air 24 hours of solely Maryland programming on Tuesday, featuring 16 games across six sports and highlighted by the television debut of "Unlocked," the behind-the-scenes documentary showcasing UMD football.

Research: Hummingbirds See Colors Humans Can Only Imagine

With their reliance on color to find food and dazzle potential mates, escape predators and navigate diverse terrain, it’s no surprise birds have excellent color vision. New research that includes a University of Maryland biologist shows that hummingbirds can even see colors that combine the visible spectrum with ultraviolet light.

Research: Fentanyl Tops List of Drugs Found in Baltimore Overdose Patients

Fentanyl tops the list of drugs detected in overdose patients at two Baltimore hospital emergency departments, suggesting that hospitals and medical systems throughout the United States consider adding the potent synthetic opioid to their routine drug testing panels, new University of Maryland research has found.

Scientists Detect Unexpected Structures Near Earth’s Core

University of Maryland geophysicists who analyzed thousands of recordings of echoes from the boundary between Earth’s molten core and the solid mantle layer above it have discovered more widespread, heterogenous structures—areas of unusually dense, hot rock—at the core-mantle boundary than previously known.

$10M USDA Grant to Fund UMD-led Project to Sustain Corn Belt Crop Production

University of Maryland researchers will lead a five-year, $10-million project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to help farmers in the Corn Belt maximize crop production.

Hundreds of COVID-19 Tests Administered as Research, Athletics Enter Phase 1 of Reopening

The University of Maryland tested 251 employees and students for COVID-19 yesterday and Monday in a first-of-its-kind effort on campus. 

University Preparing to Restart On-campus Research

A plan to resume research activities on the Maryland campus remains in Phase 0, a planning and preparation phase to ready the campus for the resumption of laboratory work, Vice President for Research Laurie Locascio said in an email today to the UMD community.

$1.2M NSF Grant to Support Study of Cell Movement, Training of Underrepresented Groups in Science

A $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help a UMD researcher answer a longstanding question in biology: How do cells go from being stationary to motile—that is, able to move around the body to perform various functions?

USM Launches COVID App Challenge

The University System of Maryland (USM) COVID Research & Innovation Task Force yesterday announced a competition inviting its community to develop apps that solve problems related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Undergraduate Researchers of the Year Announced

Seven seniors were named Maryland’s top undergraduate researchers of the year. Nominated by faculty for the awards, which are sponsored by the Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research and the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the students receive $1,000 prizes. This year, their substantial accomplishments are being celebrated virtually.

Virtual Town Hall Planned to Discuss Relaunching of On-Campus Research

Vice President for Research Laurie Locascio will host a virtual Town Hall at 2 p.m. tomorrow to discuss the planning and preparation for restarting research activities at the University of Maryland.

Memorial Chapel to Go Red to Celebrate Grads

The university’s Office of Community Engagement (OCE) will sponsor the lighting up of the Memorial Chapel with red illuminating lights on the evenings of Friday through Sunday to celebrate University of Maryland students' graduation.

UMD Updates Telework and Leave Guidance

Jewel M. Washington, assistant vice president for human resources, provided new information to faculty and staff yesterday, updating her guidance issued on April 6 related to employee compensation and recording leave on timesheets that is set to expire on May 22.

Severe Research Restrictions to Continue Through at Least June 1

The University of Maryland will continue operating under severe research restrictions through at least June 1, following Prince George’s County’s extension of a stay-at-home order through that date, Vice President for Research Laurie E. Locascio announced in an email this afternoon.

Grads: Share Your Photos, Videos to Be Featured in Commencement Ceremonies

The University of Maryland invites Spring 2020 graduates to share photos, videos and messages of memories, experiences and hope with fellow Terps using the hashtag #UMDgrad on social media for the opportunity to be included in the virtual commencement ceremony on May 22.

UMD Virtual Town Hall Today

University President Wallace D. Loh and other UMD leaders will host a virtual town hall for the university community at 3 p.m. today.

AgEnterprise Challenge Winner Developing Option to Conveniently ‘Munch’ Microgreens

A student startup with an invention that could sprout three pounds of nutritionally dense baby greens a week won the top prize in the 2020 AgEnterprise Challenge, an annual pitch competition by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources—presented online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OCE Hosts Census-centric Video Challenge; Prizes to Total $1,000

Have some free time on your hands with social distancing? The Office of Community Engagement suggests putting your TikTok-inspired creativity to use in its Count Me In Video Challenge.

Severe Research Restrictions Extended Through May 15; Research Town Hall Planned This Month

The University of Maryland has extended severe research restrictions until May 15 to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, Vice President for Research Laurie E. Locascio wrote in an email yesterday to the campus community.

SEE to Host Live Q&A With Kota The Friend

Hip-hop artist Kota The Friend will join Student Entertainment Events (SEE) for a Facebook Live Q&A at 5 p.m. tomorrow to discuss his latest album and the release of his new song.

Arabic Studies Major Named UMD’s First James C. Gaither Junior Fellow

A senior majoring in Arabic studies has been named the University of Maryland’s first James C. Gaither Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Alumna Awarded Payne Fellowship

Leyla Merlo ’19, who graduated with a degree in public health science, has been awarded the USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship. It provides up to $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships and professional development activities to prepare for a career in the USAID Foreign Service. Merlo is one of nine fellows selected from across the nation and UMD’s first recipient of this award.

Two Terps Selected in 2020 NFL Draft

Two Terps football players will join the Pittsburgh Steelers following their selection in the 2020 NFL draft on Saturday. The team took running back Anthony McFarland Jr. in the fourth round with the No. 124th overall pick and defensive back Antoine Brooks Jr. in the sixth round with pick No. 198. 

Votes Sought for Ag Enterprise Challenge’s Audience Choice Award

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is encouraging the UMD community to vote online for the Audience Choice Award in its annual AgEnterprise Challenge.

Women’s Basketball’s Kaila Charles Drafted by Connecticut Sun

Maryland women’s basketball guard Kaila Charles was selected by the Connecticut Sun in the second round of the WNBA draft on Friday night.

Student Affairs to Provide Updates in Online Conversation

In order to virtually bring people together and answer questions about the University of Maryland’s ongoing response to COVID-19, the Division of Student Affairs will host an online conversation from 3:30–5 p.m. tomorrow.

Campus Drive to Close for Purple Line Construction

A portion of Campus Drive will close on or around Sunday as part of ongoing Purple Line construction.

MICA Encourages UMD Community to Share ‘Moments of Joy’

Amid the flood of uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, UMD’s Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) is striving to spread a little joy.

UMD Part of New Global Study to Measure University Students’ Media Use During Pandemic

University of Maryland researchers are joining with more than a dozen other universities in the United States and Canada, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia to launch a global study of how undergraduate and graduate students are using media during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jalen Smith to Enter 2020 NBA Draft

Star UMD men’s basketball forward Jalen Smith will enter the 2020 NBA Draft and forgo his remaining NCAA eligibility, he announced yesterday.

Prorated Student Refunds to Post by April 30; Direct Deposit Will Greatly Speed Process

The University of Maryland aims to have all prorated refunds for room and board, parking, athletics and some other fees posted to student accounts by April 30, according to an email to students today from Student Cashiering and Financial Services.

Virtual Town Hall to Address Research Under COVID-19 Restrictions

While the University of Maryland operates under severe research restrictions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, Vice President for Research Laurie Locascio will host a virtual town hall and panel discussion on Zoom from 1-2 p.m. tomorrow to discuss research administration, funding and other topics.

Legal Assistance Resources Available From Office of General Counsel

Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the UMD Office of General Counsel is reminding Terp community members who are facing hardship that they may qualify for pro bono legal assistance.

Povich Center to Host Online Panel on COVID-19’s Impact on Sports

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism and the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism will hold an online panel discussion from 7–8 p.m. tomorrow about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sports world.

Hogan Orders Marylanders: ‘Stay Home’

As COVID-19 cases skyrocket in the National Capitol Region, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a stay-at-home order set to take effect at 8 p.m. today.

Free Access to Virtual Textbooks for Rest of Semester

As the university shifts today to all-online learning, students will have free access to virtual textbooks from the University Book Center through the rest of the semester, the Stamp Student Union announced yesterday.

Libraries Provide Open Access to COVID-19 Information, Digital Content to Support Virtual Learning

UMD Libraries, in collaboration with libraries around the globe, is providing free access to research information and data about the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic to support scientists and other experts working to counter this threat and head off future outbreaks.

University Human Resources Offers Guidance on Timesheets, Payment to Non-Teleworking Faculty and Staff

In an email today to university employees, Jewel M. Washington, assistant vice president for human resources, urged those who do not need to report to campus to continue to stay home and to telework, if possible. She also provided the following updated guidance on payment and filling out timesheets for employees who cannot telework or report to work, and are eligible for administrative leave:

Northrop Grumman Pledges $10K to Support Hand Sanitizer Production

A $10,000 gift from Northrop Grumman is supporting the continued production of hand sanitizer in Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering labs, filling a crucial need for first responders and others.

Presidential Transition Team’s Work Paused

The UMD Presidential Transition Team will postpone its work, including planned listening sessions, due to the coronavirus pandemic, said Darryll J. Pines, dean and Farvardin Professor at the A. James Clark School of Engineering, who will lead the university starting July 1.

SPH Dean to Answer UMD Community’s Coronavirus Questions on Instagram

Tomorrow, Dr. Boris Lushniak, dean of the School of Public Health, will be live on Instagram answering questions from members of the university community about COVID-19.

Pines Introduces Transition Website, Subcommittees; Invites Feedback from Campus Community

Darryll J. Pines, who will succeed Wallace D. Loh to become UMD’s next president in July, introduced a new website with information on his transition and a way for campus community members to offer solutions and ideas.

Women’s Basketball Team Ends Season Ranked in Top Five

The Big Ten champion Maryland women’s basketball team ended the 2019–20 season ranked in the top five in all three national polls. The Terrapins are No. 3 in the final RPI ranking, No. 4 in the final Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the final USA Today/WBCA Division I Coaches Top 25.

DIT Survey Measures Students’ Access to Technology Off-Campus

As the university prepares to move course instruction online after spring break, the Division of Information Technology (DIT) is gauging students’ access to off-campus technology and familiarity the university’s web-based learning platform through a new online survey.

UMB, UMCP to Launch Joint Public Safety Master’s Program

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in Baltimore and the University of Maryland College of Behavioral and Social Sciences in College Park are starting an online master’s degree program to prepare public safety officials for careers in a field that is rapidly changing with technology advances, the rise of social media and increased public scrutiny.

Researchers Study Characteristics of Extremists Who Pursue Chemical, Biological Weapons

New research from UMD’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) could help authorities better head off plans for chemical and biological attacks by identifying commonalities among violent non-state actors who pursue such methods.

Purple Line Impacts and Closures Announced

The university announced the following upcoming road closures on and around campus due to continuing work on the light-rail Purple Line.

3 COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Montgomery County

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan last night announced three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County, Md.

Briber Appointed Interim Clark School Dean

Robert Briber, professor of materials science and engineering, will become interim dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering on April 1 after Dean Darryll J. Pines steps down to prepare to become the next University of Maryland president in July, Provost and Senior Vice President Mary Ann Rankin announced in an email yesterday to campus leaders.

Terp Young Scholars Named to TeenLife’s Top 100 Most Popular Summer Programs List

Terp Young Scholars, a UMD program that invites academically talented high school students to experience campus life and earn college credit, was named to TeenLife’s Top 100 Most Popular Summer Programs list for 2020.

Pronoun, Name Pronunciation Options Available on ELMS-Canvas

Members of the campus community now have the option to include pronouns and name pronunciation in the university’s digital portal for turning in assignments, completing quizzes and communicating with instructors.

UMD Cancels Education Abroad for Spring Break, Summer Sessions Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

As novel coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, the university today announced the cancellation of all Education Abroad programs for spring break 2020 and for summer session 2020.

Coronavirus Prompts Suspension of Education Abroad in Italy; Returning Students Asked to Self-quarantine

The university yesterday canceled Education Abroad programs in Italy after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned against nonessential travel to the country as novel coronavirus cases continue to multiply.

Maryland Senate Recognizes College of Education’s Centennial

The state Senate yesterday unanimously passed a resolution praising UMD’s College of Education for "100 years of creating knowledgeable and transformative educators, who improve communities throughout Maryland and the world."

Coronavirus Outbreak Spurs Cancellation of South Korea Education Abroad

The University of Maryland has suspended Education Abroad programs in South Korea this semester in light of growing novel coronavirus risk in that country, Mary Ann Rankin, provost and senior vice president, announced yesterday in a campuswide email.

$850K NSF Grant Aims at Understanding How Food Plants Fight Destructive Fungi

Researchers at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) and the University of Maryland have received $850,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance our understanding of how fungi such as powdery mildew infect plants, including food crops, and how plants fight back. 

UMD Named Top Fulbright Producer

The University of Maryland has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright students by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for 2019-20. UMD was ranked among 45 top-producing research institutions in the nation.

Art Attack 2020 to Become Outdoor Music Festival

UMD’s annual spring concert is undergoing a redesign this year in an effort to revamp and increase attendance at Art Attack, Student Entertainment Events (SEE) announced yesterday.

Good Neighbor Day Seeking Team Leaders and Environmental Ambassadors

The Office of Community Engagement is seeking volunteers to serve as team leaders or environmental ambassadors on Good Neighbor Day, the annual community day of service in College Park to beautify shared spaces and engage in sustainable practices. 

Grants From Edward St. John Foundation, Others to Support Maryland Blended Reality Center

A $50,000 grant from the Edward St. John Foundation to the Maryland Blended Reality Center (MBRC) will support the use of new immersive technologies for education, humanitarian purposes and social change.

$2.6M NIH Grant to Support Computational Tools for Reconstructing DNA

A University of Maryland researcher has received a $2.6 million federal grant to develop a suite of computational tools for use in reconstructing DNA segments, which could ultimately help scientists better understand the role that certain microbes have in human health and disease.

$1.16M E-Nnovation Fund Grant Will Support Neuroscience Research

The University of Maryland received $1.16 million for an endowed professorship through the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund, a state program created to spur basic and applied research in scientific and technical fields at Maryland colleges and universities, Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Friday.

University Travel to China on Hold; Coronavirus Information Website Launches

The University of Maryland has stopped authorizing travel to China until further notice, and suspended Education Abroad programming in China for undergraduates for Spring 2020 due to concern about the outbreak of coronavirus in China and its spread abroad, Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin said yesterday in an email to the campus community.

University Libraries Wins 2020 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for Digital Humanities, Outreach

The University of Maryland is one of three recipients of the 2020 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award by the Association of College and Research Libraries. The award recognizes college and university library programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the institution’s educational mission.

Justice Department to Help Fund Business Researchers’ Effort to Predict Physician Fraud

An $800,000 federal grant will support research by experts at the Robert H. Smith School of Business to determine if data science can predict and detect physician fraud.

$1.5M Award Funds Research Into Quantum Materials Synthesis

A $1.5 million award by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will fund a UMD researcher’s study of the complex behavior of electrons in quantum materials.

Alumni Gift Establishes Journalism Scholarship


A gift from a University of Maryland alumni couple has allowed for the launch of an endowed journalism scholarship this semester.

MilkBoy Leaves College Park, With Art Performances Produced by The Clarice to Continue

The Philadelphia-based entertainment company MilkBoy and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center released the following statement on Saturday regarding MilkBoy ArtHouse, the restaurant and music venue located at 7416 Baltimore Ave.

ResLife’s Annual Terp Toy Drive Extended Through Friday

The Department of Resident Life has extended its annual Terp Toy Drive through Friday, encouraging UMD students, parents and faculty to donate and help spread holiday cheer in the local community.

UMD Returns to Solar Decathlon

The University of Maryland will once again chase solar victory next October at Solar Decathlon Middle East 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Maryland is the only team representing the United States in the competition, and will go head-to-head against 19 other collegiate teams from around the world to create a high-performance, affordable, net-positive home powered entirely by the sun.

Share Your Thoughts on College Park

Students, faculty, staff and residents of College Park can share their thoughts and experiences on living and working in the community through a new survey launched by the College Park City-University Partnership.

UMD Astronomers Catch a Natural Comet Outburst in Unprecedented Detail

University of Maryland astronomers have made the most complete and detailed observations to date of the formation and dissipation of a naturally occurring comet outburst.

‘Make a Difference Award’ Winners Celebrated

UMD’s Office of Community Engagement (OCE) honored community and university partners last night during its annual Making a Difference Awards ceremony.

UMD Researchers Receive $1M Spencer Award to Investigate Disparities in Resources for Children

University of Maryland researchers, supported by a $1 million award from the Spencer Foundation, will investigate inequality in public and private investments in children from different backgrounds, and recommend interventions to reduce racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps and improve outcomes for underserved youth.

World Carbon Emissions Inch Up, But U.S. Went Greener in 2019, New Analysis Projects

A worldwide team of scientists that includes two University of Maryland geographers has projected further growth of global climate emissions in 2019 in an annual report outlining the current picture of the global carbon cycle.

$1M DARPA Award to Support AI Research

Three researchers in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) have won an award of nearly $1 million to develop artificial intelligence that will improve the decision-making capabilities and contextual awareness of robots working cooperatively.

UMD Ranked Among World’s Top Quantum Computing Research Universities

The University of Maryland ranks among the top five quantum computing research universities in the United States and among the top 12 in the world, according to The Quantum Daily, a quantum computing news website.

NSF Awards $1M to Develop Open Knowledge Database for Business

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1 million to a multi-institutional team that includes a UMD business professor to help develop an open knowledge database to benefit entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Roots Africa Named UMD Representative for Universitas21 RISE Showcase

The University of Maryland has selected Roots Africa as its representative for the 2019 Universitas21 (U21) RISE Showcase and Awards.

A.J. Francis Canned Food Drive at This Weekend’s Terps Games

Terps sports fans can also give back to those in need this weekend at the annual A.J. Francis Canned Food Drive at all Maryland Athletics home events. 

Taqueria Habanero Hosting Free Community Thanksgiving Meal

Terps staying in College Park this Thanksgiving can enjoy a festive holiday meal with a quick jaunt up Baltimore Avenue. In partnership with the University of Maryland’s Office of Community Engagement, the local Taqueria Habanero is hosting a free community Thanksgiving meal from 2–5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

UMD International Programs Rank High on National Survey

The University of Maryland’s Education Abroad programs ranked No. 20 nationally for the number of students participating in a semester-long study abroad program, according to rankings released yesterday by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. State Department.

Lacrosse Programs Net Inside Lacrosse ‘Best of the Decade’ Honors

The University of Maryland men’s and women’s lacrosse teams both earned recognition in Inside Lacrosse magazine’s new "Best of the Decade" edition. Men’s Head Coach John Tillman was named Coach of the Decade, while women’s Head Coach Cathy Reese took home the honor on the women’s side. Also from the women’s team, Taylor Cummings (2013–16) was named Midfielder of the Decade, Megan Douty (2012–15) was named Defender of the Decade, and the program overall was named Program of the Decade. 

Student Robotics Team Takes 2nd Place in International Drone Race

An interdisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with the Maryland Robotics Center on Tuesday took second place in the autonomous drone racing event at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in Macau.

$400K NSF Grant to Fund Study of Bioethics in Human Genome Editing

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $400,000 to Kathleen Vogel, an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and senior fellow at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland, for the study, "The Social and Ethical Implications of Human Germline Genome Editing."

Merrill College Project on Baltimore ‘Heat Islands’ With NPR Honored

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism and NPR were named the 2019 recipients of the National Press Foundation’s Innovative Storytelling Award yesterday for the first project by the new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, "Code Red: Baltimore’s Climate Divide."

Smith School Moves Up in Bloomberg Rankings

The Robert H. Smith School of Business full-time MBA program climbed to No. 26 (from 35th in 2018) in Bloomberg Businessweek's ranking of the best U.S. business schools of 2019–20.

Health Center Offers Flu Prevention Tips

As the flu season approaches, the University Health Center reminds the campus community of important ways to stay healthy, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Flu Preventive Steps.

Athletics Announces New Xfinity Center Features, Promos for Basketball Season

Terps fans cheering on the men's and women's basketball teams at their season-opening games yesterday might’ve noticed a few new features at the Xfinity Center. 

New Smart Sensors to Help Address Humidity Issues

As part of the university’s recently launched MoistureWatch program, Facilities Management this month will enhance efforts to address concerns about moisture and humidity by replacing 50 manual sensors with "smart" sensors to collect a larger sample of data. 

Applications Sought for Student Regent Positions

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents is seeking student regent nominations for 2020–21 and 2020–22. The University of Maryland, College Park, along with the system’s other institutions, can nominate up to two candidates, with online applications due Monday at 5 p.m.

UMD-led Team Calls for Innovation, Collaboration in Protest Data Collection, Analysis

The United States has seen a surge in street protests since President Donald Trump’s election nearly three years ago, but current methods for studying this form of social activism are struggling to keep pace, sociology Professor Dana Fisher argues in a paper published yesterday in Sciences Advances.

UMD Receives $1M NSF Grant for Program Training STEM Education Researchers Focusing on Equity

A new University of Maryland training program for early career STEM education researchers, supported by a $1M grant from the National Science Foundation, aims to strengthen researchers’ design, measurement and analysis skills.

UMD Signs Amicus Brief in Support of DACA

The University of Maryland has joined 164 colleges and universities across the nation to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

‘Lazarus Superconductivity’ in Rediscovered Material Could Aid Quantum Computer Development

A research team including University of Maryland physicists observed a rare phenomenon called re-entrant superconductivity in the material uranium ditelluride. ...

Health Benefits Open Enrollment Fair on Tuesday

University Human Resources will hold its annual health benefits open enrollment fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Stamp Student Union’s Colony Ballroom.

Faculty and Staff Charity Campaign Begins

The Faculty and Staff Community Campaign, an annual effort among campus employees to focus their collective philanthropy on needy causes in the state, kicks off today.

NIH Grant Funds Study to Connect Peers, Patients to Address Opioid Crisis

A National Institutes of Health grant will fund University of Maryland-led research to examine whether retention rates in opioid use disorder (OUD) recovery programs improve with the involvement of peer recovery coaches: trained individuals who have experience with OUD.

Homecoming Office Decorating Competition Scheduled

Registration opens today for the university’s sixth annual Homecoming Office Decorating Competition.

City to Celebrate 10th Annual College Park Day

The annual College Park Day at the College Park Aviation Museum from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday will feature live entertainment from Maryland students and local talent, a huge variety of food from restaurants and vendors, and family-friendly activities.

Students, Recent Alumni Invited to Win Funds, Recognition for Global Impact Projects

The University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute and Office of International Affairs encourage students and recent alumni to apply by Sunday to win UMD’s nomination for the international Universitas21 (U21) RISE Competition.

UMD Launches Science Academy With Professional STEM Programs

The University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) has launched the Science Academy to provide graduate ...

Preparations Announced for Friday’s Game Against Penn State

In a letter last week, Provost and Senior Vice President Mary Ann Rankin reminded the campus community about preparations for Friday’s night game against Penn State, when 50,000 fans and guests are expected to pack Maryland Stadium for the 8 p.m. kickoff.

Stamp Student Union Forges New Partnership With M&T Bank

M&T Bank will soon open a full-service branch at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union—Center for Campus Life and support student programming through a new partnership announced yesterday.

Terps to Honor Former Head Coach Friedgen During Game vs. Penn State

Ralph Friedgen, who restored the Maryland football program to national relevance during his tenure as head coach from 2001–10, will be honored on the field during the first half when UMD hosts No. 13 Penn State on Friday, Sept. 27.

Spirit of Maryland Award Nominations Sought

The 2019 Homecoming Committee is seeking nominations for the Spirit of Maryland Award, an honor presented annually in lieu of a traditional homecoming king or queen.

UMD Researchers Join Effort to Make Water, Nutrients Go Further on South Plains Farms

The University of Maryland is part of a new multi-institutional consortium announced Thursday to focus on improving water- and nitrogen-use efficiency for farmers while boosting soil health in the semi-arid southern Great Plains.

UMD Names New Head Softball Coach

The former Louisiana Tech head softball coach, a 2019 Conference USA Co-Coach of the Year, will take the helm as the University of Maryland's fifth head softball coach, Director of Athletics Damon Evans announced Monday. Mark Montgomery comes to UMD with 19 years of collegiate head coaching experience.

NSF Awards $2M For Research on Quantum Machine Learning With Photonics

A new $2 million National Science Foundation award is funding University of Maryland-led research to develop a new approach to quantum computing that uses machine learning concepts to bypass roadblocks to building practical quantum computers.

Researchers Employ Twitter to Gauge Exercise Around U.S.

To learn who’s exercising, what activities they’re pursuing and where, researchers including a University of Maryland professor of epidemiology and biostatistics turned to a haven more commonly used by political junkies and celebrity gossipmongers: Twitter.

Enzyme That Promotes Cancer Found to Also Protect Healthy Cells

In a surprise twist, an enzyme that ‘immortalizes’ cancer cells also prevents tumors and slows a key stage in normal cell death, according to new research from the University of Maryland and the National Institutes of Health.

NSF Awards $1M to Study Gut-Brain Link

A University of Maryland (UMD) team has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant by the National Science Foundation to investigate the complex effects of intestinal serotonin on both gut and brain health. The project aims to provide a more realistic picture of the complex gut-microbiome-brain axis system.

Breakpoint Café Fully Open in Iribe Center

The new Breakpoint Café, which quietly opened over the summer in the lobby of the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering, is now offering a full menu.

New Presidential Search Website Seeks Nominees, Provides Updates

Members of the University of Maryland community can nominate candidates to succeed UMD President Wallace D. Loh, who is stepping down after this academic year, on a newly launched website.

New App Rewards Smart Commuting Choices

Commuters in the Washington, D.C., region looking to save time, money and fuel while earning rewards for planning trips can take advantage of a UMD-born app that’s launching today.

ODK Honor Society Now Accepting Applications

Omicron Delta Kappa, the national society that recognizes campus leadership across a range of fields, is now accepting applications for the Fall 2019 semester.

SEE Comedy Show to Feature John Mulaney

Comedian John Mulaney will perform at the UMD annual Homecoming Comedy Show at 8 p.m. Oct. 30, Student Entertainment Events announced on Friday. For the first time, it will be hosted in Xfinity Center in partnership with the Stamp and Maryland Athletics.

Engineering Students Twice Victorious at International Rotorcraft Design Competition

UMD engineering teams took top honors in both the graduate and collaborative categories in an international competition sponsored by Airbus to design a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.

UMD, Partners to Combat Sexual Harassment in Political Science

Associate Professor Stella Rouse from the Department of Government and Politics will work with the American Political Science Association and colleagues from Purdue University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Nevada Las Vegas on the effort, "#MeTooPoliSci: Leveraging a Professional Association to Address Sexual Harassment in Political Science."

Free Tickets Available to All Faculty/Staff for Football Opener

With football season kicking off this weekend, all University of Maryland faculty and staff can cheer on the Terps with free tickets to the opener vs. Howard.

Research Maps Global ‘Hot Spots’ Where Climate Change Could Impact Child Nutrition

With climate change expected to increasingly have an impact on child nutrition, new research led by University of Maryland geographers pinpoints areas of the globe where children could face the biggest risk from events like severe drought or periods of extreme rainfall.

Campus Resources Available Following U.S. Mass Shootings

Georgina Dodge, vice president for diversity and inclusion, emailed the campus community today in the wake of the mass shootings in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio; to remind students, staff and faculty that many campus resources are available for those struggling with the tragedies.

UMD-Phillips Book Prize Awarded to Manuscript on Slavery and Abolition

The University of Maryland Center-Phillips Collection Book Prize has been awarded to a manuscript addressing sculpture’s relationship to slavery and abolition in transatlantic contexts.

Zacker Named Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

John Zacker, assistant vice president for student affairs, will serve as interim vice president for student affairs, University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh announced today.

Green Infrastructure Handled Heavy Rainfall Better in Local Study

An area of Clarksburg, Md., replete with green infrastructure like rain gardens, dry detention ponds and sand filters handled increased rainfall more effectively than one with traditional stormwater infrastructure, University of Maryland researchers found.

Construction Around M Circle to Begin

Construction crews will begin removing traffic islands around M Circle on or about August 15 as part of preparations for the Purple Line light-rail project.

Changes to UMD Wireless Networks to Begin Monday

Changes simplifying the University of Maryland’s wireless network offerings will go into effect Monday, the Division of Information Technology announced last week in an email. "Eduroam" will be the preferred wireless network for students and employees, and the "umd-secure" wireless network will no longer be available. Beginning Aug. 13, the "umd" wireless network will also no longer be available.

Enterprise Resource Planning Steering Committee Announced

Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin today announced the steering committee for the university’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project, a multi-year effort to revisit systems, processes and workflows at UMD that broadly impact students, faculty and staff.

UMD to Host Friday Night Football Game; Early Dismissal for Employees, Changes to Class Schedule Announced

The university will grant administrative leave to all non-essential employees starting at noon on Friday, Sept. 27, when up to 50,000 fans are expected to turn out for an 8 p.m. Terps football game against Penn State, Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin announced in an email Monday.

Linebaugh Appointed to Third Year as Interim MAPP Dean

Don Linebaugh, interim dean of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, will continue to serve in that post for a third year, Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin announced.

2019 UMD-Phillips Collection Postdoctoral Fellowships Awarded

The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at the Phillips Collection recently announced the two recipients of its 2019–20 Postdoctoral Fellowships.

State Lauds UMD for Sustainability Work

The Maryland Environmental Service (MES) yesterday recognized the University of Maryland’s efforts to reduce waste, save energy and create a smaller carbon footprint with its Environmental Excellence-Sustainability Award.

Katie Dougherty Named Women’s Tennis Head Coach

Katie Dougherty has been named head coach of the Maryland women’s tennis program, Director of Athletics Damon Evans announced last week. She has served on the Terps’ staff for the past three seasons, most recently as associate head coach.

2019–20 Season at The Clarice Announced 

The schedule features more than 150 events, ranging in genre from classical and jazz to theater and contemporary dance.

Smith School Dean Triantis to Step Down

After more than 25 years of service to the University of Maryland, Alexander Triantis will step down as dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business on Aug. 14. He will be joining the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business as dean.

Loh Announces July 5 Holiday for UMD Community

University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh announced Tuesday that the Fourth of July holiday, on a Thursday this year, would stretch an extra day into Friday, creating a four-day weekend for the university community.

2019–20 First Year Book Announced

"Demagoguery and Democracy" by Patricia Roberts-Miller has been selected as the 2019–20 First Year Book, Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies William A. Cohen announced on Monday.

Ball Reappointed BSOS Dean

Gregory Ball, who has served as dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) since 2014, will continue to lead the college for another five-year term, Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin announced yesterday.

UMD, City of College Park to Host July Fourth Celebration

The University of Maryland and the city of College Park will host the annual Independence Day celebration from 5–10 p.m. Thursday, July 4.

Fernando Selected in NBA Draft

Terps center Bruno Fernando became the first Angolan national to be selected in the NBA Draft when he was picked 34th overall last night, the fourth choice of the second round. The pick was made by the Philadelphia 76ers but Fernando was later traded to the Atlanta Hawks.

Economists Develop New Metric for Assessing U.S. Job Market

With unemployment at a 50-year low, you might think the tight labor market would be causing marked increases in wages. That’s not happening, and two UMD economists offer a new theory why: The job market is not quite as strong as the unemployment rate suggests.

Terp Earns Honda Award for Lacrosse

A Terps lacrosse goalkeeper on Monday won the Honda Sport Award, presented annually by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards to the top female athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. Megan Taylor is now a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the Class of 2019 Honda Cup.

UMD Ranks Among Top Colleges for LGBTQ+ Students

The University of Maryland ranks No. 5 among best colleges in the nation for LGBTQ+ students, according to a new ranking from Best Colleges and Campus Pride.

DOTS to Move From Student Affairs to Administration and Finance

In a letter to campus today, University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh announced that the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS), now part of the Division of Student Affairs, was being relocated to the Division of Administration and Finance.

Cowan to Return for Senior Season

Two-time All-Big Ten guard Anthony Cowan Jr. has elected to return for his senior season, he announced yesterday via social media.

UMD Ranked Among Public Universities Graduating the Most Startup Founders

The University of Maryland is among the nation’s top-ranking public institutions when it comes to graduating successful entrepreneurs, according to new rankings from Crunchbase News.

Maryland Athletics to Transition to Autonomous, Integrated Model for Student-Athlete Health Care

The University of Maryland Athletics Department announced today that it will transition to a model where its athletic medical staff, including the head team physician, athletic trainers, nutritionists and mental health practitioners, will be employed outside of the athletics department, as part of the Division of Student Affairs in the University Health Center (UHC).

Stephen Hawking Letters Donated by UMD Professor Fetch Nearly $300K for Endowment

Letters from the famed British scientist Stephen Hawking to a friend and fellow physicist at the University of Maryland sold today for far beyond their estimated values in a Christie’s online auction—including one letter by a factor of more than 10.

Reese, Forbes Selected to National Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Maryland women’s lacrosse Head Coach Cathy Reese and former Terps teammate and pro player Sarah Forbes have been selected for induction into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. They will be inducted in a ceremony on Oct. 19 in Hunt Valley, Md.

UMD Ranked No. 1 Among Maryland Universities in RecycleMania

The University of Maryland continued to make improvements in several major categories in an annual competition among colleges and universities in North America to collect the most recyclable materials.

Terp Competes in NCAA Women’s Golf Championships for 1st Time in Program History

Sophomore Virunpat Olankitkunchai of the Maryland women's golf team, the first player in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championships, finished tied for 43rd on Monday at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

Women’s Lacrosse to Battle Northwestern in 11th Straight Final Four

After defeating Denver, 17–8, in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday, the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team will take on No. 4 Northwestern in its 11th straight Final Four at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Johns Hopkins University.

3 Lacrosse Players Named Tewaaraton Award Finalists

Seniors Jen Giles and Megan Taylor from the Maryland women’s lacrosse team and junior Jared Bernhardt from the men’s squad have been named finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, which annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States.

Terp Advances to Women’s Golf NCAA Championships

Sophomore Virunpat Olankitkunchai of UMD’s women's golf team finished tied for third in the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Regional on Wednesday hosted by Auburn University, becoming the first in program history to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Winners Named in New Writing Contests Honoring Capital Gazette Journalists

Two Philip Merrill College of Journalism students and an adjunct faculty member are the first winners of three awards established in memory of three slain Capital Gazette journalists with connections to the college. Keombré McLaughlin ’21 won the Gerald Fischman Award for News Commentary and Criticism, Andy Kostka ’20 won the John McNamara Sports Writing Award and David Lightman ’71 won the Rob Hiaasen Adjunct Faculty Award.

Three Green Offices Achieve Platinum Status

Three campus offices that have exceeded the goals of the UMD Office of Sustainability’s Green Office Program have gone platinum. The program, which awards offices and departments that have earned, then exceeded, the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels in their commitment to sustainability, added the platinum level this academic year. It recognizes those that have been Gold-certified for at least two years and have performed actions that go above and beyond.

Women’s Lacrosse Falls in Big Ten Championship; Ranked No. 1 for NCAA Tournament

The No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team (18¬–1) lost for the first time this season, dropping the Big Ten Tournament Championship game yesterday to No. 5 Northwestern, 16–11.

Open Forum With Search Committee for New UMD President on May 8

Robert L. Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, invites the campus community to attend an open forum with the search committee for the next University of Maryland president from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Stamp Student Union atrium.

Winning UMD Team Cements Terp Soil-Judging Dynasty

A University of Maryland team took first place at the 58th National Collegiate Soils Contest—the fifth such title and the third in the last seven years.

Cirovski, Reese Selected to DC Sports Hall of Fame

University of Maryland head coaches Cathy Reese and Sasho Cirovski have been selected for induction into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame. They are among 11 honorees who will be inducted during a June 23 ceremony at Nationals Park before the Washington Nationals play the Atlanta Braves.

$1.2M Northrop Grumman Grant Funds UMD-Led Machine Learning Team

UMD machine learning researchers are helping to lead Northrop Grumman Corp.’s new industry-academia consortium, Research in Applications for Learning Machines (REALM). The consortium company announced yesterday that it has given $1.2 million in research funding to three multi-university team partners.

University of Maryland Garners Top Honors From Unique Venues

The University of Maryland, for the third consecutive year, took home the Unique Venues’ Best Of Award in the "Best Venue for Youth/Sports Groups" category.

Four Terps Selected in 2019 NFL Draft

Defensive back Darnell Savage Jr. was taken in the first round and 21st overall by the Green Bay Packers, defensive lineman Byron Cowart in the fifth round (159th) by the New England Patriots, running back Ty Johnson in the sixth round (186th) by the Detroit Lions and offensive lineman Derwin Gray (219th) in the seventh round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Report Illustrates Complexities of Teen Substance Use

Research produced in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Public Health finds that while adolescent substance use is often associated with lower socioeconomic status, kids of all classes are vulnerable.

$3.5M NIH Award to Fund Study of Immune Response to HIV

Researchers at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) will use a $3.5 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how the immune system produces highly specialized antibodies, with the goal of designing and and testing novel vaccine candidates that improve the protective antibody response against HIV-1, the most common variant of the virus.

Women’s Golf Team Earns NCAA Regionals Bid

The Maryland women's golf team is heading to the NCAA Auburn Regional, its sixth all-time team bid to the NCAA tournament and its first since 2012.

Dingman Center, WeWork Team Up to Expand Startup Accelerator Program

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship has expanded its Terp Startup summer accelerator program to host 15 student startups this year. The launch of WeWork College Park in the Discovery District offered the opportunity for expansion, providing more space, access and resources.

Study Finds High Rates of Combined Opioids, Methamphetamine Use

The Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) at the University of Maryland released a report showing high rates of combined opioid and methamphetamine use in patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.

University of Maryland Graduation Rate Among Nation's Top 10

The University of Maryland has been honored as one of America’s top ten public institutions with the best six-year graduation rates by The Chronicle of Higher Education. UMD’s graduation rate was ranked No.10 nationally among over 500 public colleges.

Study: Climate Change Could Undermine Children’s Education and Development in Tropics

A new study by a University of Maryland researcher published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes that exposure to extreme heat and precipitation in prenatal and early childhood years in countries of the global tropics could make it harder for children to attain secondary school education.

Return of GEDI’s First Data on Forests

A University of Maryland project aboard the International Space Station designed to give insight into how much carbon is stored in Earth’s trees and how much carbon dioxide they can absorb is now producing data, NASA announced yesterday.

UMD Innovators Honored With Invention of the Year Awards

From quantum computing and augmented reality to biomedical advances and innovative new materials, the 2018 Invention of the Year award ...

Long-lived Bats Could Hold Secrets to Mammal Life Spans

University of Maryland biologists have identified four bat lineages that live at least four times longer than similar-sized mammals and revealed new traits associated with bat longevity.

Jalen Smith to Return for Sophomore Season

All-Big Ten Freshman Team honoree Jalen Smith will return for his sophomore season in 2019-20, Maryland men’s basketball Head Coach ...

Good Neighbor Day Collecting Food for Pantries Now

Good Neighbor Day is getting a head start with a campuswide food drive. The eighth annual community day of service, hosted by the university, the city of College Park and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Reese Becomes UMD’s Winningest Women’s Lacrosse Coach

With the No. 2 UMD women’s lacrosse team’s 16–6 win over No. 8 Virginia on Wednesday, Head Coach Cathy Reese notched her 261st victory at the helm, becoming the program’s all-time-wins leader.

Science Terps Place Ninth in International Math Competition

A team of undergraduates from the University of Maryland placed ninth out of 568 teams and earned an honorable mention nod in the 2018 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, popularly called "the Putnam."

Graduate School Announces Three-Minute Thesis Contest Winners

Graduate students spanning disciplines from civil engineering to counseling psychology distilled years of research down to a mere 180 seconds yesterday for the annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition sponsored by the Graduate School.

Researchers Advance 3D Printing in Effort to Rebuild Damaged Bone Tissues

Bioscientists are moving closer to 3D-printed artificial tissues to help heal bone and cartilage typically damaged in sports-related injuries to knees, ankles and elbows.

Fungal Disease Threatens Hundreds of Amphibian Species Worldwide

A new international study is the first to determine the comprehensive global impact of the deadly fungal disease chytridiomycosis—and the news is not good. The disease, which eats away at the skin of amphibians such as frogs, toads and salamanders, has caused dramatic population declines in more than 500 amphibian species—including 90 extinctions—within the past 50 years, according to the findings. 

UMD-led Research Examines Alcohol Use in Early Stages of HIV Treatment

A UMD-led study that monitored patients beginning HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa found high rates of unhealthy alcohol use in nearly a third of the participants—pointing, the researchers say, to the need for alcohol use intervention to be integrated into HIV care, especially as access to treatments expands globally.

Federal Grant to UMD Faculty to Address National Need for More Chemical Engineering Ph.D.s

UMD researchers led by Akua Asa-Awuku, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, have received a $447,750 U.S. Department of Education grant to increase the number of graduate students obtaining doctoral degrees in chemical engineering—an area of national need that addresses seven of the 14 Grand Challenges defined by the National Academy of Engineering.

Wood-based Technology Creates Electricity From Heat

Researchers at the University of Maryland have created a heat-to-electricity device that runs on ions that could someday harness the body’s heat to provide energy.

Terp Selected to U.S. Collegiate National Volleyball Team

Redshirt sophomore Katie Myers was one of 12 volleyball players in the country selected to the U.S. Collegiate National Team and will tour with the team in Japan in May, USA Volleyball announced yesterday.

Peace Corps Names UMD a Top 10 Volunteer-Producing School

The University of Maryland ranked No. 10 among large schools on the Peace Corps’ list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2019. There are 55 Terps currently volunteering in countries around the world.

Alligator Study Reveals Insight into Dinosaur Hearing

A University of Maryland biologist has found that alligators map the location of sound the way birds do, suggesting the hearing strategy existed in their common ancestor, the dinosaurs.

St. John Center Recognized for Sustainability Commitment

The Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center (ESJ) was recognized last week by the Maryland chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council with a 2019 Leadership Award for Green Schools—Higher Education.

Wrestling Coach McCoy to Step Down After NCAA Championships

Kerry McCoy, who has served as head wrestling coach for the past 11 seasons, will step down following the NCAA Championships, he announced yesterday. 

Women’s Basketball Team Drops B1G Tournament Championship to Iowa

Junior Kaila Charles scored a career-high 36 points yesterday as the No. 8 Maryland women’s basketball team fell in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game to No. 10 Iowa, 90-76.

Fourth Finalist for VP of Diversity and Inclusion Visits Today

The fourth of four finalists for the university’s new position of vice president for diversity and inclusion will be on campus today for interviews and to meet with students, faculty and staff.

Athletics Advisory Committee Holds First Public Meeting

The advisory committee formed to review the implementation of reforms on procedures and protocols related to student-athlete health and safety and the culture of the football program met yesterday to discuss the athletic department’s progress to date.

Spring Football Game, Lacrosse Showdowns Scheduled on Maryland Day

For the first time since 2011, the University of Maryland football team will host its annual Red-White Spring Game on Maryland Day. The game at noon April 27 will kick off an action-packed day at Maryland Stadium that also will features the nationally ranked men's and women's lacrosse teams hosting rival Johns Hopkins at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.

Third Finalist for VP of Diversity and Inclusion Visits Today

The third of four finalists for the university’s new position of vice president for diversity and inclusion will come to campus today for interviews and to meet with students, faculty and staff.

Second Finalist for VP of Diversity and Inclusion Visits Today

The second of four finalists for the university’s new position of vice president of diversity and inclusion will be on campus today for interviews and meetings with students, faculty and staff.

Sprinter Places Third at National Championships

Maryland junior sprinter Kameron Jones placed third in the 600-meter race at the Toyota USA Track & Field Indoor Championships at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in New York City on Sunday.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Professors Elected to American Academy of Microbiology

Jianghong Meng of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and Utpal Pal of the Department of Veterinary Medicine have been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology. The honor, one of the highest awarded to researchers in this field, recognizes excellence, originality and leadership.

Fire Experiment Ignites Aboard International Space Station

Scientists in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering on Friday ignited their first flames on the International Space Station. Although the researchers themselves stayed firmly planted on earth, their experiments could only have been conducted in space.

Marching Band Members Featured in Kennedy Center’s "Music Man"

Count more than a few Terps among the "Seventy-Six Trombones" finale in the Kennedy Center’s production of "The Music Man" The classic Broadway musical, which ends its six-day run today, stars Norm Lewis, Jessie Mueller and Rosie O’Donnell—along with about 90 members of the Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band who appear in the final number.

$5.3M NIH Grant Allows UMD Researchers to Delve Into Brain’s Workings

Three University of Maryland researchers have received $5.3 million for their roles in a 5-year "BRAIN Initiative" project funded by the National Institutes of Health. Electrical and computer engineering Assistant Professor Behtash Bahbadi, biology Professor Patrick Kanold and physics Professor Wolfgang Losert, members of UMD’s Brain and Behavior Initiative, are part of an 11-investigator team that aims to revolutionize our understanding of brain function.

DOTS "Pool Party" Seeks to Create New Rideshares

Take a dip this semester with the Department of Transportation Services, which is hosting a series called "Pool Party" to encourage car- and vanpool matching among UMD employees.

Geographical Science Researchers Help Tackle a Toxic Practice in Thailand

With funding from NASA, UMD researchers are collaborating with partners in Thailand on an interdisciplinary project aimed at assessing alternative methods for managing crop residue that would not only help reduce emissions but also improve soil quality.

Nominations Sought for University Awards Program

The Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life and Omicron Delta Kappa are seeking nominations of outstanding undergraduates through Friday for the University Awards Program.

NIH Awards $3.6M Toward Development of Disease-Fighting Biotherapeutics

A UMD professor of cell biology and molecular genetics and a fellow at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), is one of a team of investigators that received a $3.6 million National Institutes of Health award to expand the scope of its research on T cells, an important component of human immune response.

Memorial Service to Be Held Friday on Campus for Professor Emeritus Robin Sawyer

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the university's Memorial Chapel for Professor Emeritus Robin Sawyer, ...

Study Finds Exercise Benefits Brains, Changes Blood Flow in Older Adults

As exercise improves brain health of older adults with memory loss and leads to higher scores on cognitive tests, it also changes the way blood flows in the brain—but in a counterintuitive twist, it reduces the flow rather than pumping up the flow, according to new findings by School of Public Health researchers.

Terp Signs Homegrown Contract With D.C. United

Junior center back Donovan Pines, a member of Maryland’s 2018 national championship soccer team, signed a Homegrown Player contract with D.C. United, the club announced Tuesday. He will forgo his final season as a Terp and join the MLS club immediately.

OMSE Seeks Excellence in Service Award Nominees

The Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education (OMSE) is accepting nominations through Feb. 1 for university faculty, staff, tutors and mentors who have made outstanding contributions to advancing the inclusive excellence of multi-ethnic students on campus.

Engineering Researchers Announce Smallest-ever 3D-Printed Fluid Circuit—and It’s Economical

UMD engineers have created the tiniest-known 3D-printed fluid circuit element, an important step in developing implantable biomedical devices that release therapies directly into the body.

UMPD Helps Homeless Through Fourth Annual Scarf Tree Program

Members of the University of Maryland Police Department collected hundreds of holiday gifts and winter items last month to warm the spirits of local people in need.

$5 Faculty/Staff Tickets for Men’s Basketball

This holiday season, University of Maryland faculty and staff and their friends and families can cheer on the men’s basketball team for $5 per ticket.

Health Center Confirms Total of 35 Adenovirus Cases; Precautions Urged to Stay Healthy Over Break

The University of Maryland has confirmed a total of 35 cases of students who have tested positive for Adenovirus, according to a letter sent to campus yesterday by Dr. David McBride, director of the University Health Center.

A Grammy Nod for National Orchestral Institute

UMD’s National Orchestral Institute hit a high note on Friday with a Grammy nomination for best orchestral performance.

Research: Social Media Use Could Predict Whether You’ll Get a Flu Shot

According to a new study from researchers at the School of Public Health, adults who turn to Twitter or Facebook as sources of health information were more likely to get a flu shot than those who don’t use the platforms for this reason.

Residence Halls to Get Deep Cleaning Over Break; Adenovirus Cases Reach 30

With the University Health Center now reporting 30 confirmed cases of students with Adenovirus, Residential Facilities announced yesterday it was expanding its winter-break residence hall cleaning program to help halt the spread of colds and flu.

Faculty-Staff Appreciation Day at UMD Book Center

The UMD Book Center will host its annual Faculty-Staff Appreciation Day today, offering substantial one-day discounts, light refreshments and complementary gift wrapping.

New "Fearless Connections" Catalog Highlights Community-Serving Initiatives

The Office of Community Engagement premiered its new "Fearless Connections: Campus and Community Engagement" catalog last night at the annual Making a Difference Award Celebration, highlighting initiatives that serve UMD’s students, campus family and collective community in College Park and around the state of Maryland.

Purple Line Construction to Impact Local Roads

Several area roads will have lane closures on an as-needed basis because of Purple Line construction in December.

UMD Physicists Contribute to More Gravitational Wave Observations

Scientists in College Park announced four new observations of gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of space-time—from the final moments of black hole mergers. University of Maryland physicists are among those who have contributed to identifying a total of 10 such mergers and one neutron star merger over a two-year span.

UMD Ranked No. 5 Top College for Veterans

A new list of the four-year colleges and universities that best support the needs of veterans ranked UMD No. 5 in the nation.

ROTC Cadet Wins Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement

U.S. Army Cadet Dan Morrison ’19 won the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement ROTC Award, which recognizes one ROTC student in each of eight brigades across the country.

22 Cases of Adenovirus Confirmed Among Students

The university has confirmed 22 cases of students with Adenovirus, Dr. David McBride, University Health Center director, said on Friday in an email to campus.

Men’s Soccer Beats No. 3 Kentucky to Reach Final Four

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Senior Sebastian Elney scored the game’s only goal as the 11th-seeded Maryland men’s soccer team pushed past No. 3 seed Kentucky on Friday to advance to the program's 14th College Cup. Maryland will face No. 2 seed Indiana at 10:45 p.m. this Friday in the final four’s semifinals.

Phillips Collection Seeking Interns

UMD partner the Phillips Collection—the renowned modern art museum in Washington, D.C.—is accepting applications through Dec. 28 for paid internships for the Spring 2019 semester.

Sustainability Report Highlights Significant Progress on Climate Action

The University of Maryland recently released its Sustainability Progress Report, featuring an array of sustainability achievements from the past year.

UMD Part of $12M Grant Research Team to Improve Health Care Access for Chronic Disease Patients

Communication Professor Linda Aldoory and Cynthia Baur, endowed chair and director of the School of Public Health’s Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, are part of a research team that’s received a five-year, $12 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve access to health care for the estimated 1.2 million people with chronic diseases in Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.

Call for 2018 Women of Influence Award Nominations

The President’s Commission on Women's Issues is seeking to recognize members of the university community who have distinguished themselves by working with and for women on our campus and in our community.

iSchool Team Wins Two Awards in Competition to Make K-12 School Data Understandable

A team of students from the College of Information Studies took home two awards in a competition this month sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the nonprofit Data Quality Campaign to create user-friendly ways to convey this type of information.

A.J. Francis Canned Food Drive Begins Tomorrow

The annual A.J. Francis Canned Food Drive, named for the former UMD defensive lineman, kicks off tomorrow before Maryland’s noon game vs. Ohio State at Capital One Field.

Engineering Professor's Experiment Will Orbit Earth For More Than a Year

A University of Maryland researcher’s experiment will be onboard a scheduled resupply mission launching tomorrow to the International Space Station (ISS) from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. Raymond Adomaitis, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering with an appointment in the Institute for Systems Research, and his Thin Films Group are conducting a materials science experiment that will expose a range of material samples to the surprisingly active environment of low Earth orbit for more than a year.

Registration Open for Winter Session 2019

Students can start the new year with an extra push toward graduation. In the three-week Winter Session 2019, from Jan. 2–22, they can earn up to four credits and satisfy general education or major requirements.

$600K Grant Funds Research on Impact of Arts Education

Does arts education for high school students lead to better academic outcomes compared to students with no arts instruction? New research led by Kenneth Elpus, associate professor of music education, and funded by a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences hopes to answer that question using new data and cutting-edge methodology.

USM Staff Awards Nominations Due Friday

Nominations for the University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Staff Awards are due to the University Senate Office by Friday. These are the highest system-wide recognitions of the exceptional work done by staff members across the University System of Maryland.

Men’s Soccer Earns No. 11 Seed in NCAA Tournament

The Terps came in as the No. 11 seed as the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Committee announced the field and bracket for the 2018 tournament yesterday. UMD will host the winner of North Carolina State vs. Campbell at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ludwig Field.

Maryland Charitable Campaign Reaches One-Month Mark

University of Maryland employees raised more than $30,000 for those in need during the first month of the annual Faculty and Staff Community Campaign. The effort, which runs from Oct. 9–Dec. 18, is part of the Maryland Charity Campaign to raise money for nonprofits throughout the state.

UMD Trio Inducted Into State Athletic Hall of Fame

Former University of Maryland football standout LaMont Jordan, longtime field hockey coach Missy Meharg and former basketball star Buck Williams were among six people inducted into the 59th Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame class last night.

Astronomers Find Pairs of Black Holes at Centers of Merging Galaxies

For the first time, astronomers have observed several pairs of galaxies in the final stages of merging, peering through thick walls of gas and dust to capture supermassive black holes drawing closer together before they coalescence.

Nominations for Senior Marshals Sought

Recruiting for senior marshals at the university’s main Commencement ceremony on Dec. 18 is under way. Marshals will represent their college and the entire graduating class.

Hult@UMD Seeks Problem-Solving Ideas for $1M Startup Funding Prize

Do you have the next million-dollar idea? Students who think so can register their team for the 2019 Hult Prize challenge, a competition that awards $1 million in startup funding to students able to bring new problem-solving ideas to life. Teams must register by Nov. 16.

UMD Ranked Among "Best Global Universities"

The University of Maryland was ranked No. 15 among U.S. public institutions and No. 31 among all U.S. institutions in the 2019 Best Global Universities Rankings released yesterday by U.S. News & World Report.

Registration Open for DOTS Thanksgiving Break Transportation

The Department of Transportation is offering Terps bus rides for Thanksgiving break to Metropark, N.J.; Cherry Hill, N.J. and Port Authority, N.Y.

Researchers Encouraged to Mark 2018 Biosafety Month in Labs

The Biosafety Office in the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk is encouraging the university’s research community to focus on biological safety in their labs during Biosafety Month in October.

NextNOW Fest Student Curators Sought

The Artist Partner Program at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is recruiting student curators for the 2019 NextNOW Fest. Held each September at The Clarice, NextNOW Fest is a two-day festival for Terps, by Terps that features music, theatre and dance performances, as well as comedy, spoken word, film, visual art installations and other artistic experiences.

Contest Calls for Students’ Best Agriculture Business Ideas

Have an idea worth cultivating in the world of agriculture? Student teams can register now for the third Annual AgEnterprise Challenge hosted by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

SAFE Center Awarded $843K to Expand Mental Health, Emergency Crisis Services

The University of Maryland SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors has been awarded a $843,337 grant from the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention to maintain and expand its services.

Alumni Association Seeks Top Terps for Honors

The Alumni Association is seeking nominees for the Maryland Awards, which honor fearless alumni who have risen to the highest levels of public service, launched successful companies and made groundbreaking discoveries. The deadline to submit the nomination form for the awards is Oct. 31.

All in the Family: Relative of Gravitational Wave Source Discovered

In October 2017, an international group of astronomers and physicists reported the first simultaneous detection of light and gravitational waves from the same source—a merger of two neutron stars. Now, a team that includes several University of Maryland astronomers has identified a direct relative of that historic event.

Doctoral Candidate Represents UMD in International Thesis Contest

Pravrutha Raman, a doctoral candidate in biological sciences, is the university’s representative in the International 3 Minute Thesis Contest, which includes honors of first prize, a judges’ highly commended prize and a people’s choice award.

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