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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.

Smith School Dean Triantis to Step Down

After more than 25 years of service to the University of Maryland, Alexander Triantis will step down as dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business on Aug. 14. He will be joining the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business as dean.

Loh Announces July 5 Holiday for UMD Community

University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh announced Tuesday that the Fourth of July holiday, on a Thursday this year, would stretch an extra day into Friday, creating a four-day weekend for the university community.

2019–20 First Year Book Announced

“Demagoguery and Democracy” by Patricia Roberts-Miller has been selected as the 2019–20 First Year Book, Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies William A. Cohen announced on Monday.

Ball Reappointed BSOS Dean

Gregory Ball, who has served as dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) since 2014, will continue to lead the college for another five-year term, Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin announced yesterday.

UMD, City of College Park to Host July Fourth Celebration

The University of Maryland and the city of College Park will host the annual Independence Day celebration from 5–10 p.m. Thursday, July 4.

Fernando Selected in NBA Draft

Terps center Bruno Fernando became the first Angolan national to be selected in the NBA Draft when he was picked 34th overall last night, the fourth choice of the second round. The pick was made by the Philadelphia 76ers but Fernando was later traded to the Atlanta Hawks.

Terp Earns Honda Award for Lacrosse

A Terps lacrosse goalkeeper on Monday won the Honda Sport Award, presented annually by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards to the top female athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. Megan Taylor is now a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the Class of 2019 Honda Cup.

Economists Develop New Metric for Assessing U.S. Job Market

With unemployment at a 50-year low, you might think the tight labor market would be causing marked increases in wages. That’s not happening, and two UMD economists offer a new theory why: The job market is not quite as strong as the unemployment rate suggests.

UMD Ranks Among Top Colleges for LGBTQ+ Students

The University of Maryland ranks No. 5 among best colleges in the nation for LGBTQ+ students, according to a new ranking from Best Colleges and Campus Pride.

DOTS to Move From Student Affairs to Administration and Finance

In a letter to campus today, University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh announced that the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS), now part of the Division of Student Affairs, was being relocated to the Division of Administration and Finance.

Cowan to Return for Senior Season

Two-time All-Big Ten guard Anthony Cowan Jr. has elected to return for his senior season, he announced yesterday via social media.

UMD Ranked Among Public Universities Graduating the Most Startup Founders

The University of Maryland is among the nation’s top-ranking public institutions when it comes to graduating successful entrepreneurs, according to new rankings from Crunchbase News.

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