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Big Ten Network to Air 24 Hours of Maryland Coverage Tuesday

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

Research: Hummingbirds See Colors Humans Can Only Imagine

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

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

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

Scientists Detect Unexpected Structures Near Earth’s Core

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

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

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

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

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

University Preparing to Restart On-campus Research

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

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

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

USM Launches COVID App Challenge

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

Undergraduate Researchers of the Year Announced

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

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

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

Memorial Chapel to Go Red to Celebrate Grads

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

UMD Updates Telework and Leave Guidance

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

Severe Research Restrictions to Continue Through at Least June 1

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

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

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

UMD Virtual Town Hall Today

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

AgEnterprise Challenge Winner Developing Option to Conveniently ‘Munch’ Microgreens

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

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

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

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

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

SEE to Host Live Q&A With Kota The Friend

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

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

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

Alumna Awarded Payne Fellowship

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

Two Terps Selected in 2020 NFL Draft

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

Votes Sought for Ag Enterprise Challenge’s Audience Choice Award

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

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

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

Student Affairs to Provide Updates in Online Conversation

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

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.

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