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Tickets Available for Terps’ Appearance in Duke’s Mayo Bowl

Faculty and staff tickets are available for the Terps’ bowl game faceoff against former ACC rival North Carolina State on Dec. 30 in Charlotte, N.C. Maryland students can also purchase tickets at a discounted price of $35 by signing into their accounts.

UMD Wins Award for Best Venue for Camps and Youth Retreats

The University of Maryland won a 2022 Planner’s Choice Award as Best Venue for Youth Retreats and Camps in the annual awards sponsored by the marketing and membership organization Unique Venues.

More International Trade Means Less Homicide, Study Finds

Countries that frequently trade with others have fewer “cross-national homicides”—or homicides compared to other countries—according to a recent study of 78 countries’ 1960-2013 homicide rates and “globalization” measures published last month in the journal Social Forces by Gary LaFree, a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Bo Jiang Ph.D. ’19 of the University of Macau.

UMD Extends Test-optional Admissions Through Fall 2025

The University of Maryland's test-optional undergraduate application process will remain in effect through the Fall 2025 semester, allowing prospective students to continue to determine whether they want standardized test results considered in their application reviews, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Shannon Gundy announced today.

UMD Center to Help State Department Stay Abreast of Quantum Technologies

The Quantum Technology Center (QTC) at the University of Maryland is partnering with the U.S. Department of State to supply the department with technical information and input regarding the latest developments in quantum technologies and related enabling technologies. It will also facilitate discussions and networking on this developing technology with other U.S. government and industry partners.

Meet Finalists for Director of Diversity Training and Education

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion welcomes the campus community to meet candidates for the director of its Diversity Training and Education (DTE) unit.

Maryland to Face NC State in the 2022 Duke’s Mayo Bowl

The University of Maryland football team will make its 29th bowl appearance when it meets North Carolina State in the 2022 Duke’s Mayo Bowl at noon Dec. 30 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

UMD Recognized as a ‘Most Engaged Campus’ for Student Voting

The University of Maryland was named an inaugural “All In” Most Engaged Campus for Student Voting by a national nonpartisan initiative for its efforts to encourage student engagement in the democratic process.

Former UMD, NFL Player to Host 20th Annual Coat Drive

Former University of Maryland football standout and NFL All-Pro Shawne Merriman will hold his 20th annual Lights On Foundation Coat Drive leading up to Saturday's Maryland-Rutgers football game at SECU Stadium.

Maryland Opera Studio Wins National Production Award

The UMD School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio was named a first-place winner in the National Opera Association 2021–22 Opera Production Competition for its spring production of John Musto and Mark Campbell’s “Later the Same Evening.” The awards recognize “creative, high-quality” opera productions at academic institutions and music conservatories across the country.

$500K NSF Grant Funds Economists’ Project to Smooth Nation’s Transition to Renewable Energy

A $500,000 award from the National Science Foundation is funding a study by the University of Maryland and University of Wisconsin to solve challenges that renewable energy generator companies face when they try to connect their wind-, water- or solar-powered energy source to the U.S. power grid.

California Utility Taps UMD-linked Drone Company in $50M Inspection Contract

As utility and energy companies seek improved ways of monitoring equipment to maintain power delivery amid rising environmental challenges, a Baltimore-based uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) startup with links to the University of Maryland is stepping up.

UMD’s Upward Bound Program Awarded $3M to Support Prince George’s High Schoolers

Local high school students seeking to attend college will get an extra boost of financial literacy and support, thanks to a new five-year, $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

UMD Study: Paris Climate Goal Out of Reach, but Peak Warming Can Be Curbed

While the world is unlikely to meet the Paris Agreement goal of capping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in this century, it can adopt climate strategies that limit the amount of time spent above that threshold, potentially cutting it by decades, according to a new study by University of Maryland researchers and colleagues.

UMD, Ukrainian University Sign Agreement to Pursue Joint Endeavors

Against the backdrop of the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia, the University of Maryland has begun a new partnership with a higher education institution in the Ukrainian capital.

Multinational Firms Suffered Disproportionately During Pandemic, UMD Study Finds

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the value of globalization was a given for many firms. But the crisis amplified the vulnerabilities of doing business across borders, and now, new University of Maryland research from is helping to tally the potential dark side of multinational operations.

Terp Named to Canadian Team’s World Cup Roster

Former Maryland men’s soccer goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair was named on Sunday to Canada’s 26-man squad for the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

Field Hockey Advances to Final Four With Win Over Syracuse

The No. 2 Terps advanced to the field hockey Final Four with a dramatic 3-2 shootout victory over No. 8 Syracuse on Sunday in College Park. It is the team’s second year in a row to advance to the NCAA Semifinals and their 21st such appearance in 35 seasons under head coach Missy Meharg.

Nominations Deadline Extended for Board of Regents’ Staff Award

The nomination period is now open for the University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Staff Award, with the deadline for submission extended to Nov. 18.

Researchers’ Survey Uncovers Three Distinct Attitudes to Stormwater Management

Climate predictions suggest the mid-Atlantic will face more frequent and severe rainstorms in coming years, which begs the question of what to do with the additional rainwater. Researchers from the University of Maryland surveyed a variety of stakeholders and found that everyone agrees the old centralized way of managing stormwater needs to change, with opinions breaking down into three general camps.

First-Generation Students to Be Celebrated

Terps whose parents didn’t graduate from college are invited to share advice, encouragement and other stories and to be photographed for a new display as part of today’s newly expanded First-Generation College Student Celebration Day event.

Researchers Show How Molecular Tug-of-war Gives Shape to Cells

University of Maryland researchers in a new study have demystified the process by which cells receive their shape—and it all starts with a protein called actin.

UMD-led System Provides Key Forest Carbon Data for State’s Greenhouse Gas Monitoring

A new report published by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) showing that the state is on track to meet its 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) targets and is the first in the nation to use a NASA-owned remote-sensing system developed by the University of Maryland for measuring carbon stored in forests.

Stamp to Host Campuswide Story Exchange That Builds Community, Empathy

The Stamp Student Union will host a campuswide “story exchange” from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Stamp Colony Ballroom to break down barriers, shatter stereotypes, and build curiosity, empathy and community.

McKeldin Hosts Movie Marathon for Halloweekend

In an homage to the old Blockbuster video rental stores, McKeldin Library puts on its own Halloween costume for a weekend of holiday film fun.

UMPD to Host Drug Take Back Day

The University of Maryland Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Good Neighbor Day Food Drive Seeks Volunteers, Donations

The University of Maryland Office of Community Engagement and partners welcome donations of food, monetary contributions and volunteers to pack food and meals for its annual Good Neighbor Day Food Drive.

UMD Critical Issues Poll: American Support for Ukraine Remains Strong

Despite rising interest rates and other inflation-related aches, a new University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll finds American support for Ukraine is holding steady.

Students Invited to Design Forums for 5 Cultural Centers

A series of virtual forums will be held this week to gather students’ input on the design of upcoming cultural centers in Cole Field House.

UMD Community Invited to College Park Day

Free activities, giveaways and live entertainment will all be part of the City of College Park’s signature event, College Park Day, scheduled from noon-6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the College Park Aviation Museum and Airport. The community celebration includes diverse groups from the University of Maryland.

Researchers Awarded $400K to Develop Guidebook for Equitable Transit Investment

Researchers at the University of Maryland National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) have received a $400,000 grant to develop a guidebook to help transportation agencies plan for equitable, inclusive transit investments.

Faculty, Staff to Receive 4.5% Cost-of-Living Adjustment Nov. 1

University President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to faculty and staff today: I write to you with good news for our workforce, the people who power the University of Maryland. Yesterday, Gov. Larry Hogan announced all regular status state government employees, including UMD faculty and staff, will receive a 4.5% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase, effective Nov. 1, 2022.

$2.6M DOE Grant Supports UMD-led Study on Genetics of Plant Growth for Biofuels

A University of Maryland researcher was awarded $2.6 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate the genetics underlying how poplar trees sense nutrients and regulate their metabolism—information that could help farmers maximize yields of this and other plants used in biofuel production.

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