In Brief


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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