Friday, July 30, 2021
Produced by the Office of Strategic Communications

In Brief

Campus Vaccine Clinic Scheduled Thursday-Friday

The University Health Center will offer vaccinations with the Pfizer vaccine from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday and Friday. The shots for both first and second doses are available to all students, faculty and staff.

Analysis of Marsquakes Reveals Red Planet’s Unexpectedly Large Core

Mars has a larger molten core and a less dense crust than previously estimated, according to an international team of researchers—including several from the University of Maryland—that conducted the first comprehensive review of seismic wave data collected on the red planet’s surface by NASA’s InSight mission.

UMD Offers Spelling Bee Winner Full Scholarship

The University of Maryland has offered a full scholarship to the 14-year-old winner of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

$500K Grant Supports Research on Muscle Growth in Pigs, With Broader Health Implications

A $500,000 award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture is supporting University of Maryland research to enhance pork production through improved muscle growth in pigs.

African Arts Scholar Named 2021–22 Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art History by UMD, Phillips Collection

The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at the Phillips Collection has named a scholar of African arts as the 2021–22 postdoctoral fellow in modern and contemporary art history.

Interim Women’s Golf Coach Tapped for Head Coaching Job

Kelly Hovland, interim coach of the University of Maryland women’s golf team, has been named head coach following a nationwide search.

Parking, Shuttle-UM, Other DOTS Resources Available for Fall 2021

UMD students, faculty and staff can prepare their Fall 2021 commuting plans now with newly available parking and revised transportations options.

New UMD Research Shows Epigenetic Changes Passed Through 300 Generations

A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland provides a potential tool for unraveling the mystery of how experiences can cause inheritable changes to an animal’s biology.

START Launches Online Master’s Program in Security and Terrorism Studies

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) has launched a new, fully online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Security and Terrorism Studies, now open to students applying for the Fall 2021 semester.

Contest: ‘Vax 4 Maryland’ to Win $250 Gift Card; Health Center to Host Vaccination Clinic July 7-8

The University of Maryland is launching a weekly contest this month to encourage Terps to get vaccinated against COVID-19–and to reward those who already are. Every Friday from July 9 to 30, "Vax 4 Maryland" champions will have the opportunity to win a $250 University Book Center gift card.

Study: Proximity to Sun’s Magnetic Field Influenced Mercury’s Hefty Iron Core

For decades, many scientists argued that hit-and-run collisions with other bodies during the formation of our solar system blew away much of Mercury’s rocky mantle and left the big, dense, metal core inside. But new research reveals that collisions don’t explain the planet’s composition—the sun’s magnetism does. 

Grant to Fund Study of Latinx Representation in Higher Education Leadership

A two-year, $75,000 grant will fund a University of Maryland researcher’s study of a nationwide deficit of Latinx representation in research university administrations, a topic of growing relevance as colleges become increasingly diverse.

UMD Outlines How to Request COVID-19-Related Disability Accommodations, Considerations

Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Ann G. Wylie and Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo sent the following email to the campus community today: In preparation for the resumption of in-person instruction and operations this fall, we share this information about accommodations and requests for consideration.

‘Social Sensing’ Could Better Predict Elections, Other Trends, Researchers Find

A perspective piece published today in Nature by a team including a University of Maryland researcher presents a new approach to forecasting elections and trends: "social sensing," which relies on human interaction and social awareness to fill in gaps where surveys and other scientific analyses fall short.

Daily COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring Ends July 1; Campus Vaccine Clinic Scheduled Next Week

Patty Perillo, vice president for student affairs, and Dr. Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, University Health Center director, sent the following email to the campus community today: We hope you are well and enjoying the summer. Since the last campus update we shared in late May, our campus COVID-19 positivity rates have fallen to near zero while our COVID-19 vaccination rates have remained high. As a result, we have decided to make an immediate change in our campus expectations.

Engineering Students Excel in NASA Competition

Two University of Maryland teams took "Best in Theme" for their concepts in NASA’s 2021 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts—Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) program.

Researchers Get First Clear View Into Boiling Cauldron Where Stars Are Born

University of Maryland researchers have created the first high-resolution image of an expanding bubble of hot plasma and ionized gas where new stars ignite. Previous low-resolution images did not clearly show the bubble or reveal how it expanded into the surrounding gas.

Marzullo Reappointed as iSchool Dean Through June 2026

Keith Marzullo was reappointed to a second-five year team as dean of the College of Information Studies, through June 30, 2026, Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Ann Wylie announced today.

Rice to Start as Provost July 1; Wylie to Become Interim Chief Financial Officer

President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to campus leaders today: I write to inform you that Jennifer King Rice will begin her new role as senior vice president and provost earlier than planned, on July 1. We are thankful for her enthusiasm and readiness to take on the significant role of chief academic officer.

Education Abroad Programs to Resume in 2021-22 Academic Year

Ross Lewin, associate vice president of international affairs, sent the following email to the campus community this afternoon: As you may have seen from communications shared with students and advisors, our Education Abroad team opened applications for Fall 2021 in-person programs at the beginning of April. Today, I am pleased to confirm that Education Abroad plans to move forward with many of these Fall 2021 programs.

UMD Recognized Among the 30 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs

The American College Personnel Association-College Student Educators International and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education have selected the University of Maryland Division of Student Affairs as one of the 30 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for 2021.

UMD Astronomer Spots Triple Galaxy Merger That Sheds Light on Black Hole, Galaxy Formation

A recent analysis of a super-bright region of the sky 800 million light years from Earth reveals a merger involving three different types of galaxies, including two that likely contain supermassive black holes called active galactic nuclei (AGN). This new finding was led by University of Maryland astronomy graduate student Jonathan Williams, who presented the analysis of this three-galaxy system today at the 238th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

UMD Awarded $2M SBA Grant for Veterans Business Outreach Center

The University of Maryland has been awarded a five-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to launch the Mid-Atlantic Veterans Business Outreach Center. Located in College Park, the center will serve as a regional epicenter for training, consulting and technical assistance for aspiring veteran entrepreneurs and veteran-owned small businesses.

Terp Named Best Men’s College Lacrosse Player as Tewaaraton Winner

Jared Bernhardt ’21 on Saturday was named the winner of the 2021 Tewaaraton Award, which recognizes the best male and female collegiate lacrosse players. He led Maryland to one of the program's greatest campaigns in its 96-season history, as the Terrapins advanced to the national championship game, captured the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles and won 15 straight games.   

Restrictions Relaxed on Research Operations

Following the university’s recent announcement that it is lifting COVID-19 campus restrictions to align with federal, state and county public health guidelines, the Division of Research today announced changes in UMD research operations.

Student Project Wins ‘Most Collaborative’ Award in U21 RISE Showcase

A project led by a UMD student won the prize for "Most Collaborative" in this year’s Universitas21 (U21) RISE Showcase and Awards. FundEd, created by Shubham Mittal ’24, a computer engineering major, was one of five projects chosen from 55 nominated from across U21’s international network of 27 prominent research universities to receive a $2,000 award.

Terps Place 1st in Global A Cappella Competition

University of Maryland students hit all of the right notes at last month’s 2021 International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella. Students from Faux Paz, the university’s premier all-gender a cappella group, took home first place honors, as well as special awards for "Outstanding Soloist" and "Outstanding Choreography" at the world’s largest a cappella competition.

UMD Joins Cohort of Schools Supporting First-Generation Students

The University of Maryland has been selected to be part of the Center for First-Generation Student Success’ First-Gen Forward and First Scholars programs, which recognize and connect institutions committed to the advancement of first-generation college students.

Friday Night Lights: Maryland Football to Host Iowa on Oct. 1

The Maryland football team will play its 2021 home game against Iowa on Friday, Oct. 1 at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, Maryland Athletics announced today. This will mark the third consecutive year that the Terps host a Friday night game. 

Terp Senior Named ODK’s National Leader of the Year

A government and politics major with a long resume of service to UMD and her local community was named the Omicron Delta Kappa Society’s Gen. Russell E. Dougherty National Leader of the Year—its highest collegiate honor. The award comes with a $4,000 prize. 

DOTS Accepting ‘Bicycle Recycle’ Donations Through Monday

If you have two wheels too many crowding the garage or shed, the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) will take that old bike off your hands through May 31—and come next semester, you might just see a gussied-up version of it crossing campus under the power of a new owner.

Education Professor Laura Stapleton Named College’s Interim Dean

College of Education Professor Laura Stapleton will serve as interim dean of the College of Education, effective Aug. 11, Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Ann G. Wylie announced today. 

Men’s Lacrosse Team Headed to Final Four

The No. 1-ranked and undefeated Maryland men’s lacrosse team advanced to its 27th NCAA semifinals, rallying to defeat sixth-seeded Notre Dame, 14-13, in overtime in South Bend, Ind., on Sunday.

UMD Libraries Helping to Lead Project to Digitize Records That Link Labor, Civil Rights Movements in American South

The University of Maryland Libraries and Georgia State University Library are embarking on a three-year project to digitize records on the labor movement’s ties to the civil rights movement. The project, "Advancing Workers Rights in the American South," is funded by a $350,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Campus Community Invited to Meet Finalists for Position Overseeing Compliance With Disability, Accessibility Laws

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites the campus community to meet the three finalists for the position of ADA/504 coordinator. As the university works to be a more inclusive campus, this position will be important in ensuring the coordination and development of ongoing efforts for ADA compliance management.

Friday’s Bike to Work Day Celebrated on Campus

If you’re attending Commencement on Friday, how about arriving by bike? (Just don’t get your gown tangled in the chain.) That’s the day commuters and bike riders across the Washington, D.C., area are encouraged to get on their two wheels as part of Bike to Work Day, coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Restrictions on Out-of-state Travel Lifted; University-related International Trips Still Require Authorization

The University of Maryland today issued updated travel guidance that allows essential and non-essential university-related out-of-state travel, but maintained restrictions on international travel.

Alum Reginald Dwayne Betts Named Among Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders

Poet, lawyer and activist Reginald Dwayne Betts ’09 has been named one of Fortune magazine’s "World’s 50 Greatest Leaders." Last year, in conjunction with The Andrew Mellon Foundation and Yale Law School, Betts launched the Million Book Project, which brings books to prisons and juvenile detention centers in the United States.

University Releases Vaccination Requirements for International Students, Faculty, Researchers

With COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all employees and students returning regularly to campus for the Fall 2021 semester, the University of Maryland yesterday released guidelines to help international students, faculty and scholars comply with requirements.

UMD Libraries Joins Open-Access Publishing Initiative; $15K Faculty Grants Available

The University of Maryland has joined TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), a national initiative to advance open-access publishing of monographs in the humanities and social sciences. TOME aims to make important long-form scholarship available to readers across the globe, without cost and permission barriers, by creating a system in which academic institutions subsidize the publication of open-access books.

Project Examines Switch From High-fat to High-carb Diet in Newly Hatched Chickens

A University of Maryland researcher is leading a team examining the mysteries of embryonic and newborn chickens—a project that could improve poultry production and benefit both animal and human health. Supported by a $500,000 award from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Nishanth E. Sunny, assistant professor of animal and avian sciences, is studying a transition that occurs in the first week after hatch, when chickens undergo a dramatic metabolic switch, from the fat-rich diet the embryos grow in to a high-carbohydrate diet.

$1.5M Department of Energy Award to Support Research to Enable Fusion Energy

The Quantum Technology Center (QTC) at the University of Maryland has received $1.5 million to study quantum diamond magnetometers in collaboration with Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), a Massachusetts Institute of Technology spin-off commercializing fusion energy.

Terp Named Women’s Lacrosse Big Ten Defender of the Year

Lizzie Colson, a redshirt senior on the Terps’ women’s lacrosse team, was unanimously named the Big Ten Defender of the Year, the conference announced on Monday.

Nominations for President’s Medal, Distinguished Service Awards Due May 7

The President’s Awards Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for two categories of awards to be conferred at Faculty and Staff Convocation on Sept. 15: the President’s Medal, and the President’s Distinguished Service Awards.

UMD’s First Memorial Celebration to Be Held Thursday

The university's first annual Memorial Celebration will honor the lives of Maryland students, faculty, emeriti faculty and staff members lost over the last year in a hybrid in-person and virtual event from 2:30-3 p.m. Thursday, May 6.

College Park Metro Station Shutdown Scheduled This Weekend in Preparation for Summer Closure

The College Park Metro Station, along with the stations at Prince George’s Plaza and Greenbelt, will close this coming Saturday and Sunday for platform reconstruction work, the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced.

Cantu Named Big Ten Women’s Golf Coach of the Year

Maryland women’s golf head coach Diana Cantu has been named the Big Ten Women's Coach of the Year, the conference announced on Wednesday. This marks the first of her career, as well as the first for the women's golf program. 

Ocean Currents Link, Divide Genetics of Global Mangrove Populations, UMD Researcher and Colleagues Show

A University of Maryland (UMD) postdoctoral researcher is one author of a new large-scale study examining the genetic diversity of mangroves over more than 1,800 miles of coastline in the Western Indian Ocean, including Eastern Africa and several islands. Until now, little work has been done classifying and highlighting genetic diversity in African mangrove populations for conservation.

COVID Vaccine Appointments Available on Campus, Nearby

University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the campus community today: While we continue to see promising numbers in the decline of COVID cases in the state of Maryland, this pandemic continues to cause human suffering across the country and world, and we must not let our guard down.

UMD Scholar Part of Panel Calling for Changes in Policing to Reduce Inappropriate Use of Force

In a new report, an international panel of experts on police use of force that included a University of Maryland researcher called for increased legal accountability, as well as enhanced training and more mental health treatment for officers. Joseph Richardson, the Joel and Kim Feller Endowed Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology and acting chair of the Department of African American Studies, was one of the panelists.

UMD Partners on Open Science Framework, Offers New Portal for Researchers

University of Maryland researchers now have access to the Open Science Framework (OSF), an online research management and collaboration platform from the Center for Open Science, the University of Maryland Libraries and the Division of Research announced.

UMD Team One of 10 Selected to Build ‘Eco Restoration Base’ on Burning Man Property

A team of University of Maryland students and recent alums is one of 10 groups worldwide selected in a design competition centered on a remote property owned by the nonfprofit that stages the annual Burning Man festival, where the Terps plan to build a self-sustaining "eco-restoration base."

Safeway to Offer 3,000+ COVID Vaccines on Campus Next Week by Appointment

Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo sent the following email to the campus community today: We have been actively cultivating potential partnerships for vaccine administration. We now have the opportunity to have more than 3,000 additional community members vaccinated on campus next week.

No. 1 Men’s Lacrosse Team Wins Regular-Season Big Ten Title

The No. 1 Maryland men’s lacrosse team captured its fifth regular-season Big Ten championship with an 18-8 win over No. 12 Ohio State on Sunday evening at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

Pass/Fail Deadline Reminder: Changes to Grading Method Due Last Day of Class

As the last weeks of the semester approach, students are encouraged to review their grading method selections for each course to ensure they are accurate. The deadline to make final grading method selections is the last day of the class.

Grant to Support Substance Abuse Recovery in Md.’s Appalachian Region

A team of University of Maryland researchers has been awarded a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to spend the next six months developing a plan to help residents recovering from substance use disorder return to work in Western Maryland.

Pines Recognized as Top 50 Leader in Higher Education

UMD President Darryll J. Pines was named a "Top 50 leader in Higher Education" by the National Diversity Council at the 17th annual National Diversity and Leadership Conference.

Women of Influence Awards to Celebrate Contributions of Four Campus Honorees

The President’s Commission on Women’s Issues (PCWI) invites the campus community to join this year’s Women of Influence Awards virtual ceremony on Thursday from 1-2 p.m.

Rest of U.S. Can Learn From Desert City About Water Management, Green Infrastructure, Research Finds

Grassroots efforts have driven policy changes on water management in Tucson, Ariz., a growing urban area in the middle of a desert, according to a study from a University of Maryland researcher and partners published recently in the Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning.

Athletics Announces Attendance Guidelines for Spring Football Game

Maryland Athletics today announced guidelines for fans to safely attend the 2021 Spring Football Game at noon April 24 at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. The new operating guidelines, established in accordance with public health officials, are designed to ensure the health and safety of student-athletes and fans and provide an enjoyable experience.

South America Rapidly Losing Natural Ecosystems, New UMD Study Shows

A new study out today from Department of Geographical Sciences researchers reveals that the South American continent has lost 20% of its natural ecosystems since 1985—equivalent to about 22 soccer fields of natural land being degraded or converted by human activity each minute for more than three decades.

DIT Advises Vigilance Against Tax Refund Phishing Scam Targeting Colleges

The IRS warned this week that scammers are impersonating the federal agency in fake emails targeting college students and staff expecting tax refunds. The emails to .edu addresses display the IRS logo and use subject lines like "Tax Refund Payment" and "Recalculation of your tax refund payment" to lure people into turning over personal data.

Frese Named AP’s National Coach of the Year

Maryland women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese was named National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press Wednesday. Frese, who recently finished in her 19th season at Maryland, was also voted National Coach of the Year by ESPN and The Athletic earlier this month.

Federal Grant Funds UMD-County Partnership on School Counseling Course For Mental Health

Amid increasing mental health issues in youth spurred by the pandemic, a new University of Maryland College of Education (COE) course is preparing school counselors and school counseling graduate students to better address mental health issues in Prince George’s County Public Schools middle and high school students. 

Public Health Researcher Recruiting 1,000 UMD Students for COVID Vaccine Study

Starting this week, a School of Public Health researcher is looking to sign up 1,000 University of Maryland students ages 18-26 to participate in a nationwide study to learn if the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is able to protect people from infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as prevent its transmission to others.

UMD-led NASA Harvest Program Teams Up With CropX to Support Sustainable Agriculture

NASA Harvest, NASA’s Food Security and Agriculture Program led by researchers in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, announced yesterday that it is teaming up with Israel-based CropX, a global leader in soil analytics for agriculture, to improve farming sustainability through resource conservation and enhanced crop yields.

Impact Interns Offers 30+ Paid Opportunities This Summer; Applications Due Sunday

The Do Good Institute has extended the deadline through Sunday for its premier internship program, Impact Interns. More than 30 paid internship opportunities are available for both undergraduate and graduate students for this summer in social impact careers.

Continued Vigilance Against COVID Urged; Vaccine Signups Encouraged as Eligibility Expands

Dr. Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, University Health Center director, sent the following email to the campus community this afternoon. As we are all returning from Spring Break, I am writing to provide you with an update regarding COVID-19. Now is the time to remain vigilant to stop the spread of the virus.

Research Activities to Transition to 75% Occupancy on April 5

Laurie E. Locascio, vice president for research, sent the following email to faculty and staff this morning: On April 5, 2021, we will transition to the next phase for on-campus research other than human subjects research. Researchers will be allowed to increase occupancy of all research spaces up to 75% occupancy provided they observe the following 4 Maryland guidelines within that space.

Task Force on Policing Seeks Participation on Campus and Community Safety Survey

The President's Task Force on Community Policing invites Terps to take the new UMD Campus and Community Safety Survey to help it better understand individual experiences of and expectations for campus safety. Participation will be used to help the university consider how best to create a physically and emotionally safe environment for all.

Panel Discussion to Celebrate Female Scientists

The School of Public Health will host a Women's History Month event at 3:30 p.m. Thursday about a 2020 documentary that chronicles the groundswell of and contributions from female researchers, despite experiencing everything from subtle slights to overt sexual harassment.

Nominations Welcome for President’s Medal and President’s Distinguished Service Awards

The President's Awards Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for awards to be conferred at the Faculty and Staff Convocation on Sept. 15. There are two categories: the President's Medal and the President's Distinguished Service Awards.

Men’s, Women’s Basketball Teams Play in NCAA Tourneys Today

The No. 10-seeded Terps men’s basketball team (17-13) will take on second-seeded Alabama (25-6) at 8:45 p.m. today on TNT in the second round of the NCAA tournament, while the second-seeded Maryland women (24-2) will take on No. 15-seeded Mount St. Mary's (17-6) in the first round at 4 p.m. today on ESPN. 

Administrative Leave Offered for Vaccination Appointments

Rythee Lambert-Jones, interim assistant vice president for University Human Resources (UHR) sent the following email to faculty and and staff today: Protecting the health and safety of the campus community during the continuing pandemic remains a priority. As COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, all university employees are encouraged to get vaccinated when they are eligible to help control the spread of the virus.

Cirovski Wins 400th at Maryland as Terps Topple Michigan

Sasho Cirovski won his 400th match as head coach of the Maryland men’s soccer team as the Terps defeated No. 6 Michigan, 2-1, yesterday at the Legacy Center in Brighton, Mich.

UHR Shares Guidance on Employees’ Extended Spring Break

Rythee Lambert-Jones, interim assistant vice president, University Human Resources, sent the following email to faculty and staff today: President Pines has extended Spring Break for faculty and staff by granting Administrative Leave for Thursday, March 18 and Friday, March 19.

Frese, Morsell Lead Big Ten Honorees on Women’s, Men’s Basketball Teams

The Maryland women’s and men’s basketball teams took home conference awards this week, highlighted by women’s Head Coach Brenda Frese being voted Big Ten Coach of the Year by her peers and the league's media panel, and men’s senior guard Darryl Morsell being named the 2021 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s 14 head coaches.

Pines Extends Spring Break for Faculty, Staff Through March 19

University President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to all staff and faculty this morning: The past year has been like no other in our history. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every one of us, both personally and professionally. Recognizing that this pandemic has taken a very real toll on every member of our community, I announce today that we will provide two additional university holidays to our faculty and staff from March 18-19.

Minor in Robotics and Autonomous Systems Announced

Starting in Fall 2021, the University of Maryland will introduce a new undergraduate minor, Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) that will prepare computer science and engineering graduates for the evolving demands of STEM fields.

Reservations Open for Pines’ Inauguration Events

Vice President for University Relations Brodie Remington sent the following email to the campus community today: As I shared with you last month, we will be celebrating the investiture of Darryll J. Pines as the 34th president of the University of Maryland with a week of events showcasing the University of Maryland's greatness, April 19-24.

UMD Extends Optional SAT/ACT Tests through 2023 Admission

In recognition of ongoing and disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on prospective students, the University of Maryland announced today that it will extend its recent practice of making SAT and ACT scores optional for admission through Fall 2023. This announcement marks the university’s commitment to access and equity, ensuring that Maryland’s process does not further disadvantage interested freshman and transfer applicants.

Students, Recent Alums Invited to Listening Session on Campus Safety

On behalf of the President's Task Force on Community Policing and in partnership with campus student organizations, UMD students and recent alums are invited to a virtual listening session about campus safety from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday.

New Pitch Dingman Competition Track Welcomes Students Without a Business

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship has added a new track this year to its signature annual competition, welcoming undergraduate and graduate students who have not yet developed a venture. 

In-Person Study Abroad Won’t Resume for Summer 2021

Ross Lewin, associate vice president for international affairs, made the following announcement this afternoon: I regret to inform you that we have made the decision not to reopen in-person study abroad for Summer 2021.

Women’s Basketball Team Clinches Share of Big Ten Title

The No. 8-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team defeated No. 12 Michigan, 88-63, in Ann Arbor on Thursday to pick up its ninth straight victory and to take a share of its third straight Big Ten championship.

NSF Grant Funds iSchool Study of 311 Use During Crises

A University of Maryland researcher is collaborating with George Mason University and the regional planning organization Connected DMV to understand how area residents use 311—a number to reach non-emergency municipal services—to help local governments improve service during crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Integrity Week Begins; Online Form Launching for Terps to Ask Questions Anonymously

The Office of Student Conduct is hosting its annual Integrity Week all this week to celebrate and promote academic and personal integrity and to address aspects of ethics and character. 

Researcher Works With Aquaculture Industry to Improve Rainbow Trout Filet Quality, Yield

Rainbow trout is a favorite of anglers but it’s also central to a $100 million aquaculture industry in the U.S. To help meet a growing global demand for food and support domestic producers, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a $500,000 grant to support University of Maryland-led research exploring genomic selection as a method to increase filet quality and yields in rainbow trout.

Counseling Center Offers Mental Health Resources for Students During Enhanced COVID Safety Measures

Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo and Counseling Center Director Chetan Joshi sent the following email to students today: The rapid rise in COVID-19 cases on our campus necessitated implementing sequestration procedures that call for you to limit your activity and stay in place as much as possible. Understandably, you may be concerned about feeling lonely, isolated or worried about the impact of the pandemic on your mental health.

Virtual Fitness Challenge to Honor Alum Astronaut’s History-making Planned Flight

The Women in Engineering (WIE) program in the A. James Clark School of Engineering is hosting a March fitness challenge to celebrate Women’s History Month and honor astronaut Jeanette Epps Ph.D. ’00, M.S. ’94, scheduled to become the first African American woman to join the International Space Station crew this year. The WIE Run the World 93 Minute Virtual Movement Challenge is a virtual community-building event centered on the time it takes for the International Space Station to orbit the planet.

New UMD App Brings Together Important Information, Popular Resources

A new University of Maryland app for students, faculty and staff, and visitors offers an all-in-one consolidating a range of services and resources in one virtual location.

Discussion to Draw Links Between Japanese Latin Americans’ Campaign for World War II-era Redress, Slavery Reparations

A webinar Monday sponsored by the Juanita Tamayo Lott Endowment in Asian American Studies will feature experts and activists in a discussion of the links between the Black Lives Matter movement and Japanese Latin Americans’ fight for recognition.

Web App to Designate Undergraduate Classes as Pass/Fail Goes Live

Undergraduate students can now make changes to their grading methods under the Spring 2021 semester pass/fail grading policy using a Testudo web app, Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Ann G. Wylie announced today. 

University Named Top Producer for Fulbrights

The University of Maryland was named a Top Producing Institution for the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar programs for 2020-21, according to rankings published Monday in The Chronicle of Higher Education. UMD was one of 17 colleges and universities in the country honored in both categories.

UMD Co-sponsors Venture Surveying Middle East Scholars

The University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll and George Washington University's Project on Middle East Political Science are sponsoring a new initiative to probe the assessments of scholars on the Middle East.

Art Attack to Return With New Hybrid Format

Student Entertainment Events is reimagining the UMD springtime tradition of Art Attack as a weeklong festival highlighted by a nightly variety show, Liv Brady, SEE's concerts director, announced Friday. Art Attack 2021, running April 26-30, will not have a concert, but will include all types of events, from DIY crafts to game shows, and each night will conclude with an outdoor movie showing and the student variety show competition.

Undergrads Among Winners of USM’S COVID Public Health Challenge

A video by a cross-disciplinary quartet of Terps and a messaging campaign by a public health science major were among the winners announced yesterday of the University System of Maryland’s COVID Research & Innovation Task Force’s Public Health Challenge. 

Pines Anticipates In-Person Instruction, On-Campus Staffing in Fall

University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the campus community today: In the coming weeks, we will cross the one-year threshold since the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated remote instruction for the vast majority of our courses and telework for most of our operations. I want to thank all of you for your resilience and resolve during this challenging time.

Women’s Lacrosse Opener at Johns Hopkins Postponed

The UMD women's lacrosse season opener at Johns Hopkins scheduled for Sunday has been postponed, Maryland Athletics announced today. The institutions mutually agreed to the decision out of an abundance of caution due to positive COVID-19 test results in the Blue Jays' program.

Applications Welcomed for ODK Membership

The UMD chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, one of the most prestigious national societies to recognize leadership, is accepting applications for the Spring 2021 semester. ODK brings together juniors, seniors and graduate students with outstanding faculty members to recognize campus leaders and to encourage other students to achieve.

New Vigilance in 4 Maryland Behaviors Urged Amid Rise of COVID Variants

University Health Center Director Dr. Spyridon S. Marinopoulos sent the following email to the campus community tonight: I hope everyone's semester is off to a healthy start. I'm writing today with a few critical updates and reminders, which are detailed within this email.

Enhanced Health Precautions Instituted in La Plata Hall

The university today implemented enhanced health precautions within La Plata Hall following a rise in positive COVID-19 cases there.

Search Committee for New Provost Announced

University President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the campus community today: I am pleased to announce the search committee for the university's next senior vice president and provost, who will be charged with ensuring excellence and diversity of programs, faculty and students across the entire university as our chief academic officer.

Virtual Landmark Tour to Showcase Black History at UMD

Virtual campus tours planned for Black History Month will underscore the positive and meaningful African American presence at the University of Maryland.

New Child Care Center Opens

The University of Maryland Child Development Center opened to families this morning, providing a convenient new option for the university and local community, Carlo Colella, vice president for administration and finance, announced.

3 Women’s Lacrosse Players Named Preseason All-Americans

Three Maryland women’s lacrosse players were named preseason All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse, the publication announced today: Lizzie Colson, Brindi Griffin and Grace Griffin.

Do Good Institute's Black History Month Series Showcases Social Impact Leaders

The Do Good Institute will celebrate Black history this month in its ongoing speaker series The Leadership Exchange: Real Conversations with Leaders Making a Difference.

Sunday’s Women’s Basketball Game vs. Michigan Postponed

The Maryland-Michigan women’s basketball matchup scheduled for Sunday has been postponed due to an activity pause within the Wolverines’ athletic department.

Applications Welcome for Parking Lot ‘Art Park’

The Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) is turning unoccupied parking spaces on campus during the pandemic into a temporary outdoor home for the arts. The DOTS Art Park initiative aims to foster creative expression by inviting UMD student artists and programs and departments to apply to create an installation or presentation that expresses their thoughts and feelings during this time.

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

The Do Good Institute and Office of International Affairs encourage students and recent alumni to apply by Feb. 5 to serve as a UMD nominee for the international Universitas21 (U21) RISE Showcase and Awards. Now in its second year, U21 RISE (Real Impact on Society & Environment) aims to showcase student achievement in sustainability and social innovation around the world.

Arts and Humanities, Journalism Dean Appointments Extended

Two University of Maryland deans—Bonnie Thornton Dill of the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) and Lucy Dalglish of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism—were reappointed to lead their colleges for another year beyond the end of their second regular five-year terms, Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin announced today.

Five Men’s Lacrosse Players Named to Preseason All-America Team

Five Terps were named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association preseason All-America team, the organization announced this week: Jared Bernhardt, Bubba Fairman, Roman Puglise, Justin Shockey and Logan Wisnauskas.

$300K Gift From CNN to Establish Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Journalism

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism and CNN have established an endowed graduate fellowship honoring an alum and founding employee of the network, Dean Lucy A. Dalglish announced Thursday. The fellowship is funded by a $300,000 gift from CNN to honor Merrill College alum Richard "Rick" Davis M.A. ’84.

Plant Scientist Expands Capabilities of Gene-editing Tool CRISPR

A University of Maryland researcher has developed a new variant of the much-heralded gene editing tool CRISPR-Cas9, an advance won its original discoverers a Nobel Prize in Chemistry last year and opened new paths in science.

Giant Dinosaur Was More Stork Than Croc, New Research Suggests

Since its discovery in 1915, the giant dinosaur Spinosaurus has puzzled palaeontologists worldwide, with scientists last year suggesting it was an aquatic predator that used its large tail to swim and actively pursue fish in the water. New research from the University of Maryland and Queen Mary University of London reignites the debate, arguing in a study published today in the journal Palaeontologia Electronica that Spinosaurus was more like a giant, flightless heron or stork than an agile underwater hunter.

Athletics Updates Women’s Hoops Schedule

The Feb. 10 women's basketball matchup between No. 7 Maryland (11-2, 7-1 Big Ten) and Michigan State (9-2, 4-2) has been moved to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Xfinity Center, Maryland Athletics announced today. It will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Infielder Named Preseason First-Team All-American

Junior infielder Maxwell Costes was selected as a preseason first-team All-American, announced Monday. Costes, who emerged as one of the premier first basemen in the Big Ten Conference during his COVID-shortened sophomore campaign, slashed .432/.620/.750 in 15 games last spring.

Thursday’s Women’s Basketball Game vs. Rutgers Postponed

The Maryland women’s basketball game against Rutgers scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday has been postponed, Maryland Athletics announced Monday. The decision was mutually agreed upon out of an abundance of caution surrounding the health and safety of participants.

UMD Advances to Finals of Department of Energy’s Solar District Cup

An interdisciplinary team from the University of Maryland has won a finalist slot in the U.S. Department of Energy’s second annual Solar District Cup. UMD was one of 35 teams from 34 collegiate institutions (progressing from the original 59 teams from 57 institutions) in the United States selected to advance to the finals and vie for solar victory in April.

Pitch Dingman Competition Boosts Prize Funding to $65K, Seeks Applicants

Applications are now being accepted for the University of Maryland’s "Shark Tank"-style event for student entrepreneurs, the Pitch Dingman Competition. Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors are invited to compete for a record $65,000 in startup money.

$2M in Wireless Networking Upgrades Planned for 3 Apartment Communities

The Division of Information Technology has begun work to improve networking equipment in South Campus Commons, Graduate Hills and Graduate Gardens apartments. This nearly $2 million upgrade will include more than 2,100 new wireless access points that support Wi-Fi 6, increased wireless coverage and density and expanded bandwidth.

Thursday’s Women’s Basketball Game vs. Iowa Postponed

The Maryland-Iowa women’s basketball matchup scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed, Maryland Athletics announced last night. Out of caution due to today’s inauguration activities in Washington, D.C., Iowa decided not to travel to Maryland.

Pines Urges Terps to Participate in Biden Inauguration Virtually

University President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the campus community this morning:  Earlier this week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan joined Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in making a joint statement about the upcoming inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the nation's 46th president.

Saturday’s Maryland-Nebraska Men’s Basketball Game Postponed

The Maryland men’s basketball game against Nebraska scheduled for noon on Saturday has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 testing results among Tier 1 personnel in the Huskers’ program, Maryland Athletics announced today. 

Johnny Holliday Named 2020 Maryland Sportscaster of the Year

"Voice of the Maryland Terrapins" Johnny Holliday was named the 2020 Maryland Sportscaster of the Year, the National Sports Media Association announced today. Holliday, who also earned the honor in 2014 and 2018, is in his 42nd season as the beloved play-by-play voice of the University of Maryland's football and men's basketball teams.

UMD Prepares for Safe, Efficient Distribution of COVID Vaccines

Dr. Sacared Bodison, interim director of the University Health Center, and Dr. Spyridon Marinopolous, incoming director, sent the following email to the campus community today: We are writing to update you regarding the status of our COVID-19 vaccine efforts, in this follow-up to our letter sent in December.

Football Game vs. Michigan State Canceled After 21 Positive COVID Tests Among Terp Student Athletes, Staff

Saturday’s football game against Michigan State has been canceled following positive COVID-19 tests for 15 Terp student-athletes and six staff members from Dec. 10-16, Maryland Athletics announced today.

Task Force Formed on Vaccine Distribution

Dr. Sacared Bodison, interim director of the University Health Center, and Dr. Spyridon Marinopolous, incoming director, sent the following email to the campus community this afternoon: As you may know, COVID-19 vaccines will be available in 2021, and the University Health Center (UHC) is preparing for a safe and efficient vaccination plan for the UMD community.

Former Clark School Dean George Dieter Dies at 92

George Dieter, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, and dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering from 1977–94, died Saturday at the age of 92. 

Terps Donate $5K in Gifts Through Holiday Toy Drive

The 25th annual Terp Toy Drive hosted by the UMD Department of Resident Life will make the holidays happier for dozens of local children.

Interim Associate Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Named

University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the campus community today: I write today to share an update on the search for an associate vice president for finance and chief financial officer (AVP/CFO). The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear the need for a steady and experienced leader as we navigate the financial impact on our institution.

College of Education Announces Graduate Scholarship Awards for AmeriCorps Alums

The University of Maryland College of Education is joining the AmeriCorps Schools of National Service program, an initiative launching Tuesday to support college access and accessibility. This new partnership reflects the college’s commitment to civic engagement and growing the teacher pipeline throughout Maryland.

CESAR to Expand Drug Emergency Monitoring Program Outside Maryland

A new grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will allow the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) to expand a drug overdose surveillance program to five hospitals outside Maryland.

$3M in Grants to Support Teacher-coaching Model on Middle Schoolers’ Reading Comprehension

UMD researchers have received $3 million in U.S. Department of Education grants to refine a coaching model that targets teachers’ literacy instruction to improve reading comprehension among middle school students. Work on the Adaptive Intervention Model (AIM) Coaching is supported by two complimentary grants: $1.4 million from the department’s Institute of Education Sciences and $1.6 million from Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Students, Recent Alums Invited to Apply for Do Good Challenge

The Do Good Challenge application is now open to Terps who are advocating, fundraising, volunteering and/or developing solutions for pressing social issues.

Webinar to Reflect on 20th Anniversary of Graduation of UMD’s First Black Female Ph.D. Students in Mathematics

Two decades after they became the first cohort of Black women to earn doctoral degrees in mathematics at the University of Maryland, Tasha R. Inniss, Sherry E. Scott and Kimberly S. Weems will join their mentor and former chair of mathematics, Raymond Johnson, for a celebratory Zoom conversation at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

Women’s Basketball Adds Matchup vs. James Madison

No. 14 Maryland (3-1) women’s basketball added a matchup with James Madison (4-1) on Saturday, Dec. 19, the Terrapins announced Friday.

Data Challenge 2021 Registration Deadline Approaches

Registration is open through Dec. 15 for the fourth annual UMD Data Challenge, running Feb. 20-27. Students from the University of Maryland, College Park, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and U.S. Naval Academy are invited to participate in the data exploration event hosted by UMD’s College of Information Studies.

Women’s Basketball vs. Mount St. Mary’s Canceled

The Maryland women’s basketball team’s game against Mount St. Mary’s scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday has been canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test within the Mountaineers’ program.

COVID Testing Urged Before Winter Break

Dr. Sacared Bodison, University Health Center interim director, sent the following email to the campus community this afternoon: Testing remains a critical component of COVID-19 mitigation. As a reminder, we recommend that everyone on campus get tested for COVID-19 before winter break begins.

Researchers Develop NASA Dashboard to Monitor Pandemic’s Effect on Global Agriculture

To better analyze COVID-19’s global impact on agricultural production and food security, University of Maryland researchers have led the creation of the new NASA Harvest COVID-19 Dashboard.

Giving Tuesday Efforts Raise Nearly $200K

The University of Maryland raised nearly $200,000 for campus projects—more than double last year’s fundraising total—on Giving Tuesday, the global day of philanthropy that annually follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Women’s, Men’s Basketball Teams Announce Schedule Changes

Upcoming games for the Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams have been canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests in their opponents’ programs. 

Campus Invited to Meet Finalists for Bias Incident Support Services Director

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hiring a new director for Bias Incident Support Services (BISS) and invites the campus community to meet the four finalists for the position.

Football Game vs. Michigan Canceled

Saturday’s Terps football game against the University of Michigan has been canceled after a rising number of positive COVID-19 test results among Wolverines student-athletes, the Michigan Athletic Department announced today. The game will not be rescheduled.

Men’s Basketball to Play James Madison on Saturday as Replacement for Canceled Towson Game

The Maryland men’s basketball team will travel to Harrisonburg, Va., to play James Madison at 3 p.m. Saturday. The game was added as a replacement for UMD’s previously scheduled contest against Towson, which was supposed to take place Tuesday but was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test in the Tigers’ program.

Len Bias Selected to National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Legendary Maryland men’s basketball player Len Bias was selected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021, the organization announced yesterday.

Five Faculty Members Named AAAS Fellows

Five University of Maryland faculty have been newly chosen as fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of journals such as Science.

Pines, Black Student Leaders Partner to End anti-Black Racism

University President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the campus community today: I write to you today to commend the leadership of Black student leaders who have agreed to partner with me and other university leaders to pursue an anti-racist agenda here at the University of Maryland.

Athletics Launches Terrapin Club+ With New Online Programs

Maryland Athletics announced the launch of Terrapin Club+, a new online streaming platform featuring exclusive video content and programming for Terrapin Club members. Terrapin Club+ (TC+) debuts today with a free preview of two shows: "The Johnny Holliday Show" and "Behind the Play." 

Football Team Resumes Practice, Prepares to Play Indiana on Saturday

The Maryland football team will resume practices today in preparation for Saturday’s game at Indiana. It will be the first game since matchups with Ohio State and Michigan State were canceled amid a surge of positive COVID-19 test results within Maryland Athletics earlier this month, including for Head Coach Michael Locksley.

Football Game vs. Michigan State Canceled After Locksley, Others Test Positive for COVID

Maryland Athletics today canceled Saturday’s scheduled football game against Michigan State following new positive test results for COVID among student-athletes and staff, including Head Coach Michael Locksley. The game will not be rescheduled, with the announcement following the cancellation of last Saturday’s Ohio State matchup after earlier positive tests.

Plans for On-Campus Dining Throughout Thanksgiving Break Announced

Dining Services said today that it will open a dining hall for the duration of Thanksgiving break, as well as serve a traditional holiday meal, to safely accommodate the estimated 1,200 students who will be staying on campus. The Diner in the Ellicott Community will welcome students on dining plans and with Dining Dollars as it offers a limited menu each day, Tuesday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 2.

Jalen Smith Selected 10th Overall in NBA Draft

The Phoenix Suns selected Terps All-American forward Jalen Smith with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft Wednesday evening.

Men’s Basketball Big Ten Schedule Announced

The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday announced the Maryland men's basketball team's 2020-21 schedule, featuring home-and-home league matchups against No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 24 Rutgers, No. 25 Michigan, Purdue, Minnesota, Penn State and Nebraska.

UMD Contributes to National CSforALL Initiative

The University of Maryland has joined an expanded national effort announced today to advance accessibility and educational opportunities for young people interested in computer science.

Non-conference Basketball Schedules Announced

The Maryland men's and women's basketball teams released their 2020-21 non-conference schedules today. The Terrapin men will host six matchups, including a multi-team event, while the women will host three matchups at Xfinity Center.

Recruitment Open for CARE to Stop Violence Peer Education and Outreach Programs

Campus Advocates Respond and Educate to Stop Violence (CARE) is now accepting applications from undergraduate students interested in addressing power-based violence—such as sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment and stalking—through its Peer Educators and Outreach Peers programs.

UMD Named Best Venue for Weddings in ‘Best Of’ Awards

The University of Maryland was named "Best Venue for Weddings" in the 2020 "Best Of" awards sponsored by marketing and membership organization Unique Venues.

Ohio State Game Canceled, Football Paused After Positive COVID-19 Test Results

Maryland Football has paused all team-related activities due to an elevated number of COVID-19 cases in the Terrapins’ program, Maryland Athletics announced today. The Ohio State game scheduled for Saturday has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

Nominations Sought for 2021-22 First Year Book

The First Year Book Committee is accepting nominations for the 2021-22 First Year Book. As with all past First Year Books, the committee is looking for texts that relate to current events and important issues for the University of Maryland community to discuss.

Virtual Bulletin Board Launched to Support Future First-Generation Terps

This year, as part of a national program to encourage more first-generation college students, the University of Maryland community is invited to contribute to a new virtual bulletin board. Suggestions and tips posted there will help UMD's Student Success Office create a new website of resources and information for potential Terps who would be the first in their families to attend college.

Athletics Announces Community Service Partnerships

Maryland Athletics announced on Friday an expansion of its student-athlete development program, with enhanced relationships with Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) and Team IMPACT and a new partnership with UMD’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Phillips Collection Seeks Photo Submissions for 2020 Project

The Phillips Collection, a partner of the University of Maryland, has launched a project to capture this unprecedented year in unique photography. "Community in Focus" aims to put together a collective portrait filled with human emotions that connect us all: bravery, humor, sadness, creativity and kindness.

SEE Resets Comedy Show With Hasan Minhaj for Nov. 17

Student Entertainment Events has rescheduled its 2020 Homecoming Comedy Show featuring Hasan Minhaj. The virtual event, initially planned for Oct. 29, will now be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 with a pre-show Jackbox game with the UMD community at 7:30 p.m. 

iSchool Researcher Developing AR/VR Workforce Training in Manufacturing

A University of Maryland researcher is working to bring augmented and virtual reality training to manufacturing-industry workforces that now generally rely on low-tech employee training methods like videos and manuals, and face an increasing skills gap.

COVID-19 Reduces Comfort With In-Person Voting, Does Not Increase Confidence With Mail-in Voting, UMD Study Finds

Concerns about contracting the coronavirus are making voters wary of casting ballots in person, but they’re still not sold on voting by mail either, finds new research from the UMD Department of Government and Politics.

USM Calls for Applications for Student Regent

The University of Maryland is seeking applicants for the two candidates it may submit for student regent. The winning nominee systemwide will serve from July 1, 2021-June 30, 2023 on the Board of Regents, the governing board for the system’s 12 institutions of higher education, three regional higher education centers and one system office.

Athletics to Debut ‘Terps Tailgate Show’ on Friday

With Terp fans unable to attend games at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium this season due to COVID-19, Maryland Athletics is launching a new interactive pregame show. The Terps Tailgate Show will debut at 6:10 p.m. Friday ahead of UMD’s Homecoming game against Minnesota.

Good Neighbor Day, Returning in Hybrid Format, Seeks Volunteers

Good Neighbor Day, an annual event that brings together the College Park community to beautify shared spaces, educate and engage in sustainable practices, and take pride in Greater College Park, has been rescheduled for Nov. 7. The organizers—the University of Maryland, the city of College Park and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission—are recruiting volunteers.

Program to Prepare Future Research Leaders Announces Inaugural Cohort

Eighteen faculty members from across the university will participate in the new Research Leaders Fellows Program, designed to help expand their impact and compete for significant multidisciplinary awards, the Division of Research announced today. Announced by UMD President Darryll J. Pines in his first message to the campus, the program is designed to lead to cross-disciplinary teams and projects that create major impacts in areas of research critical to society.

Researchers Track Arctic Sea Ice Loss From Space

University of Maryland geographers are investigating how sea ice is rapidly disappearing in the Arctic by using the latest satellite-based technology to measure detailed changes in individual melt ponds, ridges, cracks and floes.

Army Research Lab to Fund $30M in Equipment Innovations for Service Members

The University of Maryland and U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have announced a $22.8 million agreement to accelerate cutting-edge additive manufacturing materials and technology, aiming at helping the Army more efficiently and cost-effectively produce equipment with enhanced capabilities for service members.

Pop-up COVID-19 Testing Site to Be Held Friday in College Park

The Prince George’s County Health Department will host a pop-up mobile COVID-19 testing site behind the Hotel at the University of Maryland, 7878 Diamondback Drive, from 9-11 a.m. Friday. No appointments or insurance is needed, but identification is required. Walk-ups and drive-through clients are welcome. Anyone with health insurance must present an insurance card, but there will be no out-of-pocket cost or copayment regardless of insurance status.

Pines: Remain Vigilant Against COVID-19

President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the campus community today: We are entering a crucial phase in our ongoing battle against the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. The cooler temperatures will keep us indoors more often, our immune systems will be tested by the traditional flu season, and all of us face the fatigue of the pandemic’s seventh month.

Athletics Releases One Maryland Mobile App

Maryland Athletics, in partnership with sports software company FanThreeSixty, yesterday launched the One Maryland mobile app, a one-stop shop for all things Terrapin Athletics, including the latest news, schedules, rosters, stats, scores and content from all 20 sports programs. 

Temporary Salary Reduction Plan Amended to Exclude Sponsored Awards

President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to faculty and staff this afternoon: Today, I write to you with an update to the previously announced budget mitigation plans aimed at lessening the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our university. Upon a review of the temporary salary reduction portion of the mitigation measures, we are implementing a revision to exclude any portion of salary supported by sponsored awards.

Provost Outlines 3 Thanksgiving Recess Options

Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin sent the following email to the campus community today: I am writing to you today to share some updates regarding the academic calendar for the fall semester and winter term.

University of Maryland Astronomers Find X-rays Lingering Years After Landmark Neutron Star Collision

A new start-to-finish view of a neutron star merger—the most complete such process ever observed—rewrites the way scientists understand these events. A UMD-led study of the event was published today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. In the three years since the landmark detection of a neutron star merger from gravitational waves, an international team of researchers led by University of Maryland astronomer Eleonora Troja has been continuously monitoring the subsequent radiation emissions.

Big Ten Adjusts Football Schedule; Homecoming Game Moved to Oct. 30

The Big Ten Conference announced the first week of the 2020 football schedule with dates, times and television coverage in addition to selected Friday games for the season. Maryland opens the 2020 season at Northwestern at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, a game that will air on the Big Ten Network. It will be the Terps’ first-ever trip to Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. 

UMD-led Research Will Track Role of Atlantic Cod in History

For a millennium, the Atlantic cod has played a vital role in feeding societies, developing markets and facilitating trade for coastal and inland communities throughout the Atlantic. Now, armed with a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers from the University of Maryland Department of Anthropology and collaborators from the University of Alaska, the University of Iceland the University of Akureyri will examine how this fish and other Atlantic species have evolved, as well as their changing relationship with humans and the environment.

Pines, Rankin Ask Faculty for Flexibility to Help Students Vote, Work at Polls

University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines and Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin sent the following email to faculty today: Our students have asked the administration several times if we would be willing to cancel classes in honor of Election Day. In discussion with deans and other unit heads, the general consensus was that this might disrupt both in-person instruction and virtual learning.

Pines: Help Our Community Through Maryland Charities Campaign

University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to faculty and staff today: In my short time as president of the University of Maryland, we have all faced challenging moments—from the two pandemics of COVID-19 and the long-festering wounds of racial injustice, to the challenges of starting classes both virtually and in-person. As we proceed with the fall semester, I now ask you to turn your attention to people who need our help.

UMD Researchers Overcome Barrier Limiting RNA Imaging for 50 Years

University of Maryland scientists have developed a method to determine the structures of large RNA molecules at high resolution, overcoming a challenge that has limited 3D analysis and imaging of RNA to only small molecules and pieces of RNA for the past 50 years.

Call for Proposals for Pepsi Enhancement Fund Grants

The Review Committee for the Pepsi Enhancement Fund is seeking proposals for program funding for the Spring 2021 semester. A $50,000 fund, provided by PepsiCo, will underwrite the cost of programs that broadly affect the campus population.

SEE Welcomes Hasan Minhaj for Homecoming Comedy Show—Virtually

Comedian Hasan Minhaj will headline Student Entertainment Events’ (SEE’s) 2020 Homecoming Comedy Show at the University of Maryland on Oct. 29. 

Introducing the Elevate Project to Upgrade Campus-wide Computing Systems

In two zoom sessions this fall, the University of Maryland will provide an overview of its Elevate Project to upgrade computing systems used for everything from registering for classes to tracking university finances and filling out timesheets. Over the coming years, the project will transition the university from older mainframe systems—many of which were designed more than 20 years ago—to a modern cloud-based solution.

14 Student-Athletes Test Positive for COVID in Latest Results, a Rate of 1.2%

Fourteen Terps student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19 during the most recent round of on-campus screening, Maryland Athletics announced today. Ten were already in quarantine. 

Study: Vaccine Opposition Unites Around Idea Refusal Is a Civil Right

As anti-vaccination discourse ramped up on Facebook over the last decade, it coalesced around the argument that refusing to vaccinate is a civil right, according to a study including a University of Maryland public health researcher that was published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Researchers Find That Mosquitos Lost ‘Essential’ Gene and Survived

University of Maryland entomologists have discovered that a gene critical for survival in other insects is missing in mosquitoes. A related gene evolved to take over the missing gene’s job of properly arranging the insect’s segmented body.

Maryland Athletics Coaches Volunteer for Additional Pay Cuts

Thirteen Terps coaches and Athletic Director Damon Evans have volunteered to take additional pay cuts, Maryland Athletics announced today. Every Terrapin head coach who receives supplemental pay has agreed to up to an additional 10% voluntary pay cut, on top of the university-imposed base pay salary reduction. Evans will take an additional voluntary pay cut of 10% from his supplemental pay.

UMD to Lead $1M NSF Project to Build a Quantum Network

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1 million to a University of Maryland-led team of researchers to develop a quantum network to interconnect quantum computers, an important step toward development of a quantum internet. 

Weekly COVID Testing to Start Oct. 8; New Test Date Offered Oct. 9

Dr. Sacared Bodison, interim director of the University Health Center, sent the following email to the university community yesterday: Testing continues to be an important tool we are using to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Pines Urges: Vote and Be Counted

President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the university community today: We knew we could count on 2020 to be a significant year for American democracy, marked by both the decennial census and a presidential election. We, as a nation, did not anticipate two pandemics in 2020—that at the same time we would battle a global public health crisis and confront racial injustice that has plagued our nation throughout history.

Presidential Distinguished Forums on Grand Challenges to Debut

All University of Maryland students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a unique series of virtual Presidential Distinguished Forums featuring renowned experts working at the forefront of today's most pressing issues. The forums are part of university President Darryll J. Pines’ new course, "Grand Challenges of Our Time," taking on the topics of COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, voter access and the Black Lives Matter movement.

COVID-19 Administrative Leave Update; Talent Share Program Launching

Jewel M. Washington, assistant vice president for human resources, sent the following email to the campus community today: Now that our fall semester is well under way, I am writing to provide an update on several important topics.

Flu-Palooza Week Continues With Vaccination Clinics

The University Health Center is hosting Flu-Palooza Week through Friday to encourage students to get vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will likely spread this fall and winter, making it more important than ever to get vaccinated from seasonal flu. 

$2.5M NSF Grant Supports Math Learning for Multilingual Students

A new $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant will support University of Maryland-led research on how family-school collaborations that build on the strengths of multilingual families and teachers might improve math learning for multilingual students. 

Nominations Welcome for Spirit of Maryland Award

The 2020 Homecoming Committee is seeking nominating students for the Spirit of Maryland Award. The award is presented annually, in lieu of a traditional homecoming king or queen honoree, to two members of the senior class who through their achievements have most exemplified the "spirit" of the University of Maryland.

UMD Researchers Use Satellite Imagery to Evaluate China’s Food Security

Rapid economic growth, geopolitical turmoil, trade tensions, a global pandemic and widespread flooding are all contributing to concerns about China’s ability to feed its population of 1.4 billion. New research from the UMD Department of Geographical Sciences and Beijing Normal University is helping to gauge the severity of the problem and validate information reported by China. 

Scripps Howard Foundation Establishes Journalism Fellowships at UMD, ASU

The Scripps Howard Foundation has pledged up to $1.5 million to establish a fellowship program in honor of journalist and news executive Roy W. Howard, open exclusively to journalists who have completed studies at the Howard Centers for Investigative Journalism at Arizona State University and the University of Maryland.

Athletics Announces Updated 2020 Football Schedule

The University of Maryland’s updated 2020 football schedule, which features nine games against conference opponents, was released today by the Big Ten. Maryland opens its 2020 season on Oct. 24 with its first-ever trip to Evanston, Ill., to face Northwestern. The Terps begin their home slate the following week against Minnesota on Oct. 31, before traveling to play Penn State on Nov. 7.

Enhanced Health Precautions for Denton Hall Residents Announced

The Department of Resident Life sent the following email today to students living in residence halls: The health and safety of our community is our fundamental priority. We are committed to on-going work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Funds Available for Student Groups Encouraging Voter Engagement

The Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement (CDCE) will award grants this fall to student organizations working to increase civic engagement and improve voting accessibility for the 2020 elections. 

UMD Adjusts Zoom Settings to Increase Virtual Community Security

Jeff Hollingsworth, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, and Georgina Dodge, vice president for diversity and inclusion, sent the following email to the campus community today: We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for our limited in-person instruction this semester, and virtually for remote instruction and rich co-curricular activities. 

On-campus COVID-19 Testing Date, Times Added

Dr. Sacared Bodison, interim director of the University Health Center, sent the following email to campus today: Thank you for being attentive to your health and the health of others in our community. Testing is a critical component for managing the spread of COVID-19. While many universities are not offering free testing in an ongoing way, at the University of Maryland we feel it is an essential strategy and tool to help keep our community as safe and well as possible.

Study Finds Rise in Reported Discrimination Against Chinese Americans

The COVID-19 pandemic is fueling xenophobia against Chinese Americans, with parents and youths reporting racial discrimination and damage to their mental health, according to a new study from University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland, Baltimore County researchers. This study, the first to examine online and in-person instances of perceived racial discrimination due to the novel coronavirus, was published online this month in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

First Look Fair Goes Virtual, Featuring 400+ Organizations

First Look Fair, one of the most popular fall traditions at the University of Maryland, is for the first time going virtual. The event, hosted by the Stamp Student Union’s Student Organization Resource Center, will host more than 400 student clubs and organizations, departments and corporate sponsors so students can gather information about what interests them, learn how to get involved, and connect with other students with similar interests.

Spring 2021 Education Abroad Programs Canceled

University of Maryland has canceled all in-person study abroad programs for the Spring 2021 semester, out of concern for health ...

LGBTQ+ Students Struggle During Pandemic, Survey Finds

LGBTQ+ students are reporting high rates of emotional and psychological distress, substance use and difficulty meeting basic needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey led by John P. Salerno, UMD doctoral student in behavioral and community health. The national survey of 565 undergraduate and graduate LGBTQ+ students from May to August found that 65% met the clinical criteria for moderate or severe psychological distress. Forty-three percent had lost their job, while 25% reported that their grades

Free Masks to Be Distributed to Students on Campus

The University of Maryland is giving away two free face coverings to students as part of its efforts "4 Maryland" to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., students can pick up masks from tents outside of three locations: the Physical Sciences Complex, Tawes Plaza and Xfinity Center.

Army Research Office Grant to Fund Study to Improve Intelligence Analysis with AI

A three-year, $616,700 grant from the Army Research Office will fund a University of Maryland-led team examining how intelligence analysts can improve their work by incorporating artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled systems. AI could help review greater volumes of material, help extract key findings and assemble them into actionable intelligence, while aiding in the accuracy and efficiency of analysts’ work. But increased use of AI might also have drawbacks.

USDA Grant Supports Genomic Approach to Preventing Infections in Dairy Cattle

With consumer trends moving toward antibiotic-free animal agriculture, selecting disease-resistant livestock has become a priority for both animal welfare and production. Now, a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture will help researchers led by Li Ma, an associate professor of animal and avian sciences, analyze millions of cattle breeding records to identify genes and underlying mechanism for disease resistance in dairy cattle.

UMD Community Invited to Virtual Conversation on the University’s Budget

University of Maryland students, faculty and staff are invited to join President Darryll J. Pines and Vice President for Administration and Finance Carlo Colella tomorrow to learn about and discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the university’s budget. 

Voluntary Registry of Close Contacts, Personal COVID-19 Dashboard Launch

Jeff Hollingsworth, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, sent the following email to the campus community today: We are all adapting to learn and work during the COVID-19 pandemic while striving to keep our community safe and healthy. Today I am pleased to announce new ways that technologies developed by the Division of IT, in consultation with the University Health Center, can help us all stay healthy.

New COVID Tests Required for Students Living On, Near Campus, and All Coming to Campus as of Sept. 14

Dr. Sacred Bodison, interim director of the University Health Center, sent the following message to the campus community today: As we continue the gradual reopening of campus, with the expectation that in-person undergraduate education will begin on Sept. 14, this email provides important updates about testing requirements and your next opportunity for COVID-19 testing on campus.

Athletics Training Suspended After 46 Terps Test Positive for COVID-19

Terps athletics training has been suspended after on-campus COVID-19 screenings by the University Health Center on Monday and Tuesday returned 46 positive results for 501 student-athletes tested, affecting 10 teams, Maryland Athletics announced this evening. The suspension is a precautionary measure pending the results of a screening scheduled for Sept. 8.

University Leaders: Practice Safe Behaviors During Labor Day Weekend

In an email to campus today, University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines, Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo and Dr. Sacred Bodison, interim director of the University Health Center, said resuming in-person instruction as planned on Sept. 14 could depend on vigilance against COVID-19 during the extended Labor Day holiday weekend.

$2.36M Federal Grant to Support Services for Low-income, First-generation Students

The University of Maryland Academic Achievement Programs has received a $2,355,070 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund its counseling and academic services for low-income and first-generation participants. The grant is nearly $80,000 larger than the last award. "We are thrilled—this grant boost means we’ll be able to help more students with underrepresented backgrounds but high academic potential achieve high academic performance," said Jerry L. Lewis, executive director of Academic Achievement Programs (AAP).

Howard Center Project Investigates Evictions Amid COVID-19

As the arrival of COVID-19 caused millions to lose their jobs and the federal government to enact an eviction moratorium, the University of Maryland’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism today released a package of stories published in news outlets nationwide examining whether that ban successfully kept people from becoming homeless.

Quantum Technology Center, Naval Research Lab Announce Partnership

The Quantum Technology Center (QTC)—a joint venture between the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences—today entered into an education partnership agreement with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to identify and pursue quantum technology research opportunities. The new partnership with NRL is focused on advancing quantum information science for applications relevant to national defense, and will involve exchanges of expertise and samples; collaborations in experimental, theoretical and educational work; mutual research proposals; and the exchange of researchers.

UMD Nominated for Two Unique Venues Awards

The University of Maryland has been nominated in two categories in the 2020 "Best Of" awards competition sponsored by Unique Venues, an organization for event planning. UMD is on the ballot for "Best Venue for Youth Retreats & Camps" and "Best Venue for Weddings."

NIH Grants to Support Research on Reducing Stigma as a Barrier to Infectious Disease Care

Supported by two recent grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a University of Maryland research team will partner with the South African Medical Research Council to focus on how disease stigma affects tuberculosis (TB) and HIV patients in South Africa, home to the largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS and one of the highest rates of TB globally. The same community health workers deployed to interact with HIV and TB patients are now charged with doing home-based testing for COVID-19, which is prevalent and increasing in South Africa.

Campus Drive Near Metro Station Reopens

A portion of Campus Drive that had closed to make way for the light-rail Purple Line has reopened to vehicle traffic and pedestrians. Campus Drive east of Baltimore Avenue at the underpass near the College Park Metro station closed in April until Aug. 23.

Glass Recycling Returns to UMD

The University of Maryland has launched a new glass recycling collection program, part of a partnership with colleagues at a county facility in Northern Virginia that aims to maximize the value of the material.

Leadership Tips: How to Hold Each Other Accountable ‘4 Maryland’

Vice President for Administration and Finance Carlo Colella, Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo and Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin sent the following email to the campus community today:  We are hearing from students, faculty and staff who want to work together to hold each other accountable for achieving the goal of successfully completing fall semester with in-person instruction and other academic and social experiences.

Walk-in COVID-19 Testing Added at Maryland Stadium; More Dates, Regular Testing Planned

Dr. Sacared Bodison, interim director of the University Health Center, sent the following email to the campus community today: Testing is an essential tool in managing the spread of COVID-19, and as more students, faculty and staff physically return to campus, I wanted to clarify testing expectations for all members of our campus community. All students who are physically returning to campus or the College Park area must have a pre-arrival and post-arrival COVID-19 test.

Office of Student Conduct: ‘Swift Action’ Against Violations of 4 Maryland Guidelines

Andrea Goodwin, director of the Office of Student Conduct, sent the following email to students today: Over the past several weeks you have received a lot of communication from campus about the 4 Maryland Commitment, healthy behaviors and compliance. As a result, I have received many questions about what will happen if students fail to adhere to the 4 Maryland guidelines.

Free Masks to Be Distributed to Students on Campus Three Ways

The University of Maryland is giving away two free face coverings to students as part of its efforts "4 Maryland" to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Pines Warns Against Large Parties, Gatherings as County Positivity Rate Falls

President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the campus community today: Over the past week, several prominent academic institutions were forced to pull back from their return-to-campus plans due to outbreaks of COVID-19 and the evolving pandemic. Positive cases on college campuses have been measurably linked to attending large gatherings or house parties.

Center Awarded $300K to Help Small Businesses Amid Pandemic

A federal $300,000 grant has been awarded to the U.S. Economic Development Administration-supported University Center at the University of Maryland, College Park and Morgan State University (UMD-Morgan EDA Center) to help Maryland small businesses respond to the devastating economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Aerospace Engineering Grads Win, Undergrads Take Second at International Rotorcraft Competition

In the 15th century, Leonardo da Vinci envisioned a craft that flew using a single helix-shaped propeller—the aerial screw—viewed by many as the first vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) machine ever designed. In 2020, University of Maryland aerospace engineering graduate students won first place and undergraduates took second place in the Vertical Flight Society’s (VFS) 37th Annual Student Design Competition, which challenged students from across the world to reimagine da Vinci’s design.

UMD Researchers Identify Structure of Blue Whirls

A team of researchers at the University of Maryland and Texas A&M University has identified the structure of "blue whirls," small, spinning blue flames that produce almost no soot when they burn and are a potential new avenue for low-emission combustion.

Research Activities to Transition to Phase 2

The University of Maryland will transition its on-campus research operations to Phase 2, or "immediate presence," on Aug. 24, Vice President for Research Laurie E. Locascio wrote in an email to staff and faculty today. Researchers who are able to continue to do their research remotely should do so and not return to campus at this time.

Grant to Fund Higher Ed Reopening Research

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $300,000 grant to University of Maryland researchers to provide decision-making tools to colleges and universities during the coronavirus pandemic and for any similar scenarios in the future. 

COVID-19 Testing Required for All Returning to Campus; Free On-Campus Testing Available

The University of Maryland announced yesterday that all UMD students must take a COVID-19 test after arriving for the fall semester, in addition to the testing required of all students, faculty and staff within 14 days before they come to campus, following University System of Maryland guidance.

Online Workshops to Aid Instructors in Antiracist Work

Three upcoming online workshops from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC) will explore how instructors can incorporate antiracist teaching practices and tackle potentially uncomfortable discussions in a classroom setting.

Res Life Releases Housing Assignments, Move-in Appointments; Extends Cancelation Deadline

The Department of Resident Life will release appointments for moving into residence halls tomorrow, and has extended the deadline for canceling an On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement for the 2020-21 academic year through noon on Wednesday.

Stamp Student Union Reopens

The Stamp Student Union has reopened, featuring a renovated and expanded University Book Center. Grab a Starbucks coffee, lunch to go or a scoop at the Maryland Dairy. 

Locksley Forms National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches

University of Maryland Head Football Coach Michael Locksley today announced the formation of the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches (NCMFC), which he founded to remove roadblocks, increase awareness and spur action toward fair and equitable hiring at all levels of football.

Revised 2020 Maryland Football Schedule Released

The Big Ten Conference today released the University of Maryland’s revised 2020 football schedule, which features 10 games against conference opponents, and acknowledged the continued work needed to control the novel coronavirus on campuses and in communities nationwide.

$1.9M NIH Grant to Support Development of New Methods to Create Drugs

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded a five-year, $1.9 million grant to a University of Maryland researcher who is breaking new ground in the effort to synthesize drugs.

No Positive COVID-19 Tests for Student-Athletes, Athletics Staff Members From July 27 Screening

An on-campus screening of 227 student-athletes and athletics staff members for COVID-19 on July 27 yielded no positive test results, ...

USDA Grant Funds UMD-led Research of Solar Power on Agricultural Land

Agricultural economists at the University of Maryland have been awarded nearly $500,000 by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) to lead a multi-institutional investigation into the legal, economic and policy implications of solar power production on rural or agricultural land.

No Student-Athletes, Athletics Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19 During July 20 Screening

An on-campus screening of 192 student-athletes and athletics staff members for COVID-19 on July 20 resulted in no positive test results, Maryland Athletics announced today. 

Three-Week Virtual Training Program Offered on Racial Trauma, Accountability, More

A group of Black counseling psychologists and colleagues across the nation, including one from the University of Maryland, has organized three weeks of personal and professional development for academics to learn about racism and practice accountability and collective action.

Survey Seeks Staff’s Views on Well-Being, Tech, Fall Plans

Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin and Vice President for Administration and Finance Carlo Colella sent the following email to staff members today:

COVID-19 Travel Guidance Extended

Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin and Vice President for Administration and Finance Carlo Colella sent the following email to the campus community today:

Maryland Athletics Launches ‘VoTERP’ Initiative

Maryland Athletics today launched the "VoTERP" initiative, a campaign to provide student-athletes and staff with nonpartisan resources to educate, activate and vote.

1% Positivity Rate for 1,400+ COVID Tests Conducted at UMD

University President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the campus community today: 

Big Ten Network to Air Another 24 Hours of Maryland Coverage

The Big Ten Network will again air 24 hours of solely Maryland programming tomorrow, featuring 13 games across 11 sports and highlighted by the BTN debut of two classic Terp games from 1984. 

SAT, ACT Optional for Spring and Fall 2021 Admission

The University of Maryland will make SAT and ACT scores optional for the spring and fall 2021 freshman and transfer application processes, the Office of Enrollment Management announced today.

UMD Libraries Expands Researchers’ Access to Big Data

University of Maryland Libraries is now among 10 Big Ten Academic Alliance libraries to join the Collaborative Archive & Data Research Environment (CADRE), which provides researchers access to secure, high-quality data on academic research, publication trends and patents in all knowledge domains. 

Voluntary Football Training Suspended After 9 Student-Athletes, Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19

Maryland Athletics, as part of a gradual, phased approach to the return of student-athletes to campus, is working with the University Health Center to conduct regular COVID-19 testing. In preparation for this ongoing testing period, it worked with state, county and university health officials to develop appropriate protocols in the event of positive test results, including education, contact identification and tracing, and self-isolation.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

$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."

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.

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 ...

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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