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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.

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.

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