In Brief


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Graduate School Announces Three-Minute Thesis Contest Winners

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

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

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

Fungal Disease Threatens Hundreds of Amphibian Species Worldwide

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

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

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

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

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

Wood-based Technology Creates Electricity From Heat

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

Terp Selected to U.S. Collegiate National Volleyball Team

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Astronomers Find Pairs of Black Holes at Centers of Merging Galaxies

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

Nominations for Senior Marshals Sought

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

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

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

UMD Ranked Among “Best Global Universities”

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

Registration Open for DOTS Thanksgiving Break Transportation

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

Researchers Encouraged to Mark 2018 Biosafety Month in Labs

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

NextNOW Fest Student Curators Sought

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

Contest Calls for Students’ Best Agriculture Business Ideas

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

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

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

All in the Family: Relative of Gravitational Wave Source Discovered

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

Doctoral Candidate Represents UMD in International Thesis Contest

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

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.

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