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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.

Justice Department to Help Fund Business Researchers’ Effort to Predict Physician Fraud

An $800,000 federal grant will support research by experts at the Robert H. Smith School of Business to determine if data science can predict and detect physician fraud.

MilkBoy Leaves College Park, With Art Performances Produced by The Clarice to Continue

The Philadelphia-based entertainment company MilkBoy and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center released the following statement on Saturday regarding MilkBoy ArtHouse, the restaurant and music venue located at 7416 Baltimore Ave.

ResLife’s Annual Terp Toy Drive Extended Through Friday

The Department of Resident Life has extended its annual Terp Toy Drive through Friday, encouraging UMD students, parents and faculty to donate and help spread holiday cheer in the local community.

UMD Returns to Solar Decathlon

The University of Maryland will once again chase solar victory next October at Solar Decathlon Middle East 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Maryland is the only team representing the United States in the competition, and will go head-to-head against 19 other collegiate teams from around the world to create a high-performance, affordable, net-positive home powered entirely by the sun.

‘Make a Difference Award’ Winners Celebrated

UMD’s Office of Community Engagement (OCE) honored community and university partners last night during its annual Making a Difference Awards ceremony.

UMD Astronomers Catch a Natural Comet Outburst in Unprecedented Detail

University of Maryland astronomers have made the most complete and detailed observations to date of the formation and dissipation of a naturally occurring comet outburst.

Share Your Thoughts on College Park

Students, faculty, staff and residents of College Park can share their thoughts and experiences on living and working in the community through a new survey launched by the College Park City-University Partnership.

UMD Researchers Receive $1M Spencer Award to Investigate Disparities in Resources for Children

University of Maryland researchers, supported by a $1 million award from the Spencer Foundation, will investigate inequality in public and private investments in children from different backgrounds, and recommend interventions to reduce racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps and improve outcomes for underserved youth.

World Carbon Emissions Inch Up, But U.S. Went Greener in 2019, New Analysis Projects

A worldwide team of scientists that includes two University of Maryland geographers has projected further growth of global climate emissions in 2019 in an annual report outlining the current picture of the global carbon cycle.

$1M DARPA Award to Support AI Research

Three researchers in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) have won an award of nearly $1 million to develop artificial intelligence that will improve the decision-making capabilities and contextual awareness of robots working cooperatively.

UMD Ranked Among World’s Top Quantum Computing Research Universities

The University of Maryland ranks among the top five quantum computing research universities in the United States and among the top 12 in the world, according to The Quantum Daily, a quantum computing news website.

A.J. Francis Canned Food Drive at This Weekend’s Terps Games

Terps sports fans can also give back to those in need this weekend at the annual A.J. Francis Canned Food Drive at all Maryland Athletics home events. 

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.

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