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NSF Awards $1M to Develop Open Knowledge Database for Business

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1 million to a multi-institutional team that includes a UMD business professor to help develop an open knowledge database to benefit entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Roots Africa Named UMD Representative for Universitas21 RISE Showcase

The University of Maryland has selected Roots Africa as its representative for the 2019 Universitas21 (U21) RISE Showcase and Awards.

Taqueria Habanero Hosting Free Community Thanksgiving Meal

Terps staying in College Park this Thanksgiving can enjoy a festive holiday meal with a quick jaunt up Baltimore Avenue. In partnership with the University of Maryland’s Office of Community Engagement, the local Taqueria Habanero is hosting a free community Thanksgiving meal from 2–5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

UMD International Programs Rank High on National Survey

The University of Maryland’s Education Abroad programs ranked No. 20 nationally for the number of students participating in a semester-long study abroad program, according to rankings released yesterday by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. State Department.

Lacrosse Programs Net Inside Lacrosse ‘Best of the Decade’ Honors

The University of Maryland men’s and women’s lacrosse teams both earned recognition in Inside Lacrosse magazine’s new “Best of the Decade” edition. Men’s Head Coach John Tillman was named Coach of the Decade, while women’s Head Coach Cathy Reese took home the honor on the women’s side. Also from the women’s team, Taylor Cummings (2013–16) was named Midfielder of the Decade, Megan Douty (2012–15) was named Defender of the Decade, and the program overall was named Program of the Decade. 

Student Robotics Team Takes 2nd Place in International Drone Race

An interdisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with the Maryland Robotics Center on Tuesday took second place in the autonomous drone racing event at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in Macau.

$400K NSF Grant to Fund Study of Bioethics in Human Genome Editing

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $400,000 to Kathleen Vogel, an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and senior fellow at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland, for the study, “The Social and Ethical Implications of Human Germline Genome Editing.”

Merrill College Project on Baltimore ‘Heat Islands’ With NPR Honored

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism and NPR were named the 2019 recipients of the National Press Foundation’s Innovative Storytelling Award yesterday for the first project by the new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, “Code Red: Baltimore’s Climate Divide.”

Smith School Moves Up in Bloomberg Rankings

The Robert H. Smith School of Business full-time MBA program climbed to No. 26 (from 35th in 2018) in Bloomberg Businessweek's ranking of the best U.S. business schools of 2019–20.

Athletics Announces New Xfinity Center Features, Promos for Basketball Season

Terps fans cheering on the men's and women's basketball teams at their season-opening games yesterday might’ve noticed a few new features at the Xfinity Center. 

Health Center Offers Flu Prevention Tips

As the flu season approaches, the University Health Center reminds the campus community of important ways to stay healthy, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Flu Preventive Steps.

New Smart Sensors to Help Address Humidity Issues

As part of the university’s recently launched MoistureWatch program, Facilities Management this month will enhance efforts to address concerns about moisture and humidity by replacing 50 manual sensors with “smart” sensors to collect a larger sample of data. 

Applications Sought for Student Regent Positions

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents is seeking student regent nominations for 2020–21 and 2020–22. The University of Maryland, College Park, along with the system’s other institutions, can nominate up to two candidates, with online applications due Monday at 5 p.m.

UMD-led Team Calls for Innovation, Collaboration in Protest Data Collection, Analysis

The United States has seen a surge in street protests since President Donald Trump’s election nearly three years ago, but current methods for studying this form of social activism are struggling to keep pace, sociology Professor Dana Fisher argues in a paper published yesterday in Sciences Advances.

UMD Receives $1M NSF Grant for Program Training STEM Education Researchers Focusing on Equity

A new University of Maryland training program for early career STEM education researchers, supported by a $1M grant from the National Science Foundation, aims to strengthen researchers’ design, measurement and analysis skills.

UMD Signs Amicus Brief in Support of DACA

The University of Maryland has joined 164 colleges and universities across the nation to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

‘Lazarus Superconductivity’ in Rediscovered Material Could Aid Quantum Computer Development

Health Benefits Open Enrollment Fair on Tuesday

University Human Resources will hold its annual health benefits open enrollment fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Stamp Student Union’s Colony Ballroom.

Faculty and Staff Charity Campaign Begins

The Faculty and Staff Community Campaign, an annual effort among campus employees to focus their collective philanthropy on needy causes in the state, kicks off today.

NIH Grant Funds Study to Connect Peers, Patients to Address Opioid Crisis

A National Institutes of Health grant will fund University of Maryland-led research to examine whether retention rates in opioid use disorder (OUD) recovery programs improve with the involvement of peer recovery coaches: trained individuals who have experience with OUD.

Homecoming Office Decorating Competition Scheduled

Registration opens today for the university’s sixth annual Homecoming Office Decorating Competition.

City to Celebrate 10th Annual College Park Day

The annual College Park Day at the College Park Aviation Museum from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday will feature live entertainment from Maryland students and local talent, a huge variety of food from restaurants and vendors, and family-friendly activities.

Students, Recent Alumni Invited to Win Funds, Recognition for Global Impact Projects

The University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute and Office of International Affairs encourage students and recent alumni to apply by Sunday to win UMD’s nomination for the international Universitas21 (U21) RISE Competition.

UMD Launches Science Academy With Professional STEM Programs

Preparations Announced for Friday’s Game Against Penn State

In a letter last week, Provost and Senior Vice President Mary Ann Rankin reminded the campus community about preparations for Friday’s night game against Penn State, when 50,000 fans and guests are expected to pack Maryland Stadium for the 8 p.m. kickoff.

Stamp Student Union Forges New Partnership With M&T Bank

M&T Bank will soon open a full-service branch at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union—Center for Campus Life and support student programming through a new partnership announced yesterday.

Terps to Honor Former Head Coach Friedgen During Game vs. Penn State

Ralph Friedgen, who restored the Maryland football program to national relevance during his tenure as head coach from 2001–10, will be honored on the field during the first half when UMD hosts No. 13 Penn State on Friday, Sept. 27.

Spirit of Maryland Award Nominations Sought

The 2019 Homecoming Committee is seeking nominations for the Spirit of Maryland Award, an honor presented annually in lieu of a traditional homecoming king or queen.

UMD Researchers Join Effort to Make Water, Nutrients Go Further on South Plains Farms

The University of Maryland is part of a new multi-institutional consortium announced Thursday to focus on improving water- and nitrogen-use efficiency for farmers while boosting soil health in the semi-arid southern Great Plains.

UMD Names New Head Softball Coach

The former Louisiana Tech head softball coach, a 2019 Conference USA Co-Coach of the Year, will take the helm as the University of Maryland's fifth head softball coach, Director of Athletics Damon Evans announced Monday. Mark Montgomery comes to UMD with 19 years of collegiate head coaching experience.

NSF Awards $2M For Research on Quantum Machine Learning With Photonics

A new $2 million National Science Foundation award is funding University of Maryland-led research to develop a new approach to quantum computing that uses machine learning concepts to bypass roadblocks to building practical quantum computers.

Researchers Employ Twitter to Gauge Exercise Around U.S.

To learn who’s exercising, what activities they’re pursuing and where, researchers including a University of Maryland professor of epidemiology and biostatistics turned to a haven more commonly used by political junkies and celebrity gossipmongers: Twitter.

Enzyme That Promotes Cancer Found to Also Protect Healthy Cells

In a surprise twist, an enzyme that ‘immortalizes’ cancer cells also prevents tumors and slows a key stage in normal cell death, according to new research from the University of Maryland and the National Institutes of Health.

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