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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.

$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.

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