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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.

NSF Awards $1M to Study Gut-Brain Link

A University of Maryland (UMD) team has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant by the National Science Foundation to investigate the complex effects of intestinal serotonin on both gut and brain health. The project aims to provide a more realistic picture of the complex gut-microbiome-brain axis system.

Breakpoint Café Fully Open in Iribe Center

The new Breakpoint Café, which quietly opened over the summer in the lobby of the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering, is now offering a full menu.

New Presidential Search Website Seeks Nominees, Provides Updates

Members of the University of Maryland community can nominate candidates to succeed UMD President Wallace D. Loh, who is stepping down after this academic year, on a newly launched website.

New App Rewards Smart Commuting Choices

Commuters in the Washington, D.C., region looking to save time, money and fuel while earning rewards for planning trips can take advantage of a UMD-born app that’s launching today.

ODK Honor Society Now Accepting Applications

Omicron Delta Kappa, the national society that recognizes campus leadership across a range of fields, is now accepting applications for the Fall 2019 semester.

SEE Comedy Show to Feature John Mulaney

Comedian John Mulaney will perform at the UMD annual Homecoming Comedy Show at 8 p.m. Oct. 30, Student Entertainment Events announced on Friday. For the first time, it will be hosted in Xfinity Center in partnership with the Stamp and Maryland Athletics.

Engineering Students Twice Victorious at International Rotorcraft Design Competition

UMD engineering teams took top honors in both the graduate and collaborative categories in an international competition sponsored by Airbus to design a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.

UMD, Partners to Combat Sexual Harassment in Political Science

Associate Professor Stella Rouse from the Department of Government and Politics will work with the American Political Science Association and colleagues from Purdue University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Nevada Las Vegas on the effort, “#MeTooPoliSci: Leveraging a Professional Association to Address Sexual Harassment in Political Science.”

Free Tickets Available to All Faculty/Staff for Football Opener

With football season kicking off this weekend, all University of Maryland faculty and staff can cheer on the Terps with free tickets to the opener vs. Howard.

Research Maps Global ‘Hot Spots’ Where Climate Change Could Impact Child Nutrition

With climate change expected to increasingly have an impact on child nutrition, new research led by University of Maryland geographers pinpoints areas of the globe where children could face the biggest risk from events like severe drought or periods of extreme rainfall.

Campus Resources Available Following U.S. Mass Shootings

Georgina Dodge, vice president for diversity and inclusion, emailed the campus community today in the wake of the mass shootings in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio; to remind students, staff and faculty that many campus resources are available for those struggling with the tragedies.

UMD-Phillips Book Prize Awarded to Manuscript on Slavery and Abolition

The University of Maryland Center-Phillips Collection Book Prize has been awarded to a manuscript addressing sculpture’s relationship to slavery and abolition in transatlantic contexts.

Zacker Named Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

John Zacker, assistant vice president for student affairs, will serve as interim vice president for student affairs, University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh announced today.

Construction Around M Circle to Begin

Construction crews will begin removing traffic islands around M Circle on or about August 15 as part of preparations for the Purple Line light-rail project.

Green Infrastructure Handled Heavy Rainfall Better in Local Study

An area of Clarksburg, Md., replete with green infrastructure like rain gardens, dry detention ponds and sand filters handled increased rainfall more effectively than one with traditional stormwater infrastructure, University of Maryland researchers found.

Changes to UMD Wireless Networks to Begin Monday

Changes simplifying the University of Maryland’s wireless network offerings will go into effect Monday, the Division of Information Technology announced last week in an email. “Eduroam” will be the preferred wireless network for students and employees, and the “umd-secure” wireless network will no longer be available. Beginning Aug. 13, the “umd” wireless network will also no longer be available.

Enterprise Resource Planning Steering Committee Announced

Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin today announced the steering committee for the university’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project, a multi-year effort to revisit systems, processes and workflows at UMD that broadly impact students, faculty and staff.

UMD to Host Friday Night Football Game; Early Dismissal for Employees, Changes to Class Schedule Announced

The university will grant administrative leave to all non-essential employees starting at noon on Friday, Sept. 27, when up to 50,000 fans are expected to turn out for an 8 p.m. Terps football game against Penn State, Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin announced in an email Monday.

Linebaugh Appointed to Third Year as Interim MAPP Dean

Don Linebaugh, interim dean of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, will continue to serve in that post for a third year, Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin announced.

2019 UMD-Phillips Collection Postdoctoral Fellowships Awarded

The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at the Phillips Collection recently announced the two recipients of its 2019–20 Postdoctoral Fellowships.

State Lauds UMD for Sustainability Work

The Maryland Environmental Service (MES) yesterday recognized the University of Maryland’s efforts to reduce waste, save energy and create a smaller carbon footprint with its Environmental Excellence-Sustainability Award.

Katie Dougherty Named Women’s Tennis Head Coach

Katie Dougherty has been named head coach of the Maryland women’s tennis program, Director of Athletics Damon Evans announced last week. She has served on the Terps’ staff for the past three seasons, most recently as associate head coach.

2019–20 Season at The Clarice Announced 

The schedule features more than 150 events, ranging in genre from classical and jazz to theater and contemporary dance.

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