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Winning UMD Team Cements Terp Soil-Judging Dynasty

A University of Maryland team took first place at the 58th National Collegiate Soils Contest—the fifth such title and the third in the last seven years.

Cirovski, Reese Selected to DC Sports Hall of Fame

University of Maryland head coaches Cathy Reese and Sasho Cirovski have been selected for induction into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame. They are among 11 honorees who will be inducted during a June 23 ceremony at Nationals Park before the Washington Nationals play the Atlanta Braves.

$1.2M Northrop Grumman Grant Funds UMD-Led Machine Learning Team

UMD machine learning researchers are helping to lead Northrop Grumman Corp.’s new industry-academia consortium, Research in Applications for Learning Machines (REALM). The consortium company announced yesterday that it has given $1.2 million in research funding to three multi-university team partners.

University of Maryland Garners Top Honors From Unique Venues

The University of Maryland, for the third consecutive year, took home the Unique Venues’ Best Of Award in the "Best Venue for Youth/Sports Groups" category.

Four Terps Selected in 2019 NFL Draft

Defensive back Darnell Savage Jr. was taken in the first round and 21st overall by the Green Bay Packers, defensive lineman Byron Cowart in the fifth round (159th) by the New England Patriots, running back Ty Johnson in the sixth round (186th) by the Detroit Lions and offensive lineman Derwin Gray (219th) in the seventh round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Report Illustrates Complexities of Teen Substance Use

Research produced in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Public Health finds that while adolescent substance use is often associated with lower socioeconomic status, kids of all classes are vulnerable.

$3.5M NIH Award to Fund Study of Immune Response to HIV

Researchers at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) will use a $3.5 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how the immune system produces highly specialized antibodies, with the goal of designing and and testing novel vaccine candidates that improve the protective antibody response against HIV-1, the most common variant of the virus.

Women’s Golf Team Earns NCAA Regionals Bid

The Maryland women's golf team is heading to the NCAA Auburn Regional, its sixth all-time team bid to the NCAA tournament and its first since 2012.

Dingman Center, WeWork Team Up to Expand Startup Accelerator Program

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship has expanded its Terp Startup summer accelerator program to host 15 student startups this year. The launch of WeWork College Park in the Discovery District offered the opportunity for expansion, providing more space, access and resources.

Study Finds High Rates of Combined Opioids, Methamphetamine Use

The Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) at the University of Maryland released a report showing high rates of combined opioid and methamphetamine use in patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.

University of Maryland Graduation Rate Among Nation's Top 10

The University of Maryland has been honored as one of America’s top ten public institutions with the best six-year graduation rates by The Chronicle of Higher Education. UMD’s graduation rate was ranked No.10 nationally among over 500 public colleges.

Study: Climate Change Could Undermine Children’s Education and Development in Tropics

A new study by a University of Maryland researcher published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes that exposure to extreme heat and precipitation in prenatal and early childhood years in countries of the global tropics could make it harder for children to attain secondary school education.

UMD Innovators Honored With Invention of the Year Awards

Return of GEDI’s First Data on Forests

A University of Maryland project aboard the International Space Station designed to give insight into how much carbon is stored in Earth’s trees and how much carbon dioxide they can absorb is now producing data, NASA announced yesterday.

Long-lived Bats Could Hold Secrets to Mammal Life Spans

University of Maryland biologists have identified four bat lineages that live at least four times longer than similar-sized mammals and revealed new traits associated with bat longevity.

Jalen Smith to Return for Sophomore Season

Good Neighbor Day Collecting Food for Pantries Now

Good Neighbor Day is getting a head start with a campuswide food drive. The eighth annual community day of service, hosted by the university, the city of College Park and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Reese Becomes UMD’s Winningest Women’s Lacrosse Coach

With the No. 2 UMD women’s lacrosse team’s 16–6 win over No. 8 Virginia on Wednesday, Head Coach Cathy Reese notched her 261st victory at the helm, becoming the program’s all-time-wins leader.

Science Terps Place Ninth in International Math Competition

A team of undergraduates from the University of Maryland placed ninth out of 568 teams and earned an honorable mention nod in the 2018 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, popularly called “the Putnam."

Researchers Advance 3D Printing in Effort to Rebuild Damaged Bone Tissues

Bioscientists are moving closer to 3D-printed artificial tissues to help heal bone and cartilage typically damaged in sports-related injuries to knees, ankles and elbows.

Graduate School Announces Three-Minute Thesis Contest Winners

Graduate students spanning disciplines from civil engineering to counseling psychology distilled years of research down to a mere 180 seconds yesterday for the annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition sponsored by the Graduate School.

Fungal Disease Threatens Hundreds of Amphibian Species Worldwide

A new international study is the first to determine the comprehensive global impact of the deadly fungal disease chytridiomycosis—and the news is not good. The disease, which eats away at the skin of amphibians such as frogs, toads and salamanders, has caused dramatic population declines in more than 500 amphibian species—including 90 extinctions—within the past 50 years, according to the findings. 

UMD-led Research Examines Alcohol Use in Early Stages of HIV Treatment

A UMD-led study that monitored patients beginning HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa found high rates of unhealthy alcohol use in nearly a third of the participants—pointing, the researchers say, to the need for alcohol use intervention to be integrated into HIV care, especially as access to treatments expands globally.

Federal Grant to UMD Faculty to Address National Need for More Chemical Engineering Ph.D.s

UMD researchers led by Akua Asa-Awuku, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, have received a $447,750 U.S. Department of Education grant to increase the number of graduate students obtaining doctoral degrees in chemical engineering—an area of national need that addresses seven of the 14 Grand Challenges defined by the National Academy of Engineering.

Terp Selected to U.S. Collegiate National Volleyball Team

Redshirt sophomore Katie Myers was one of 12 volleyball players in the country selected to the U.S. Collegiate National Team and will tour with the team in Japan in May, USA Volleyball announced yesterday.

Wood-based Technology Creates Electricity From Heat

Researchers at the University of Maryland have created a heat-to-electricity device that runs on ions that could someday harness the body’s heat to provide energy.

Peace Corps Names UMD a Top 10 Volunteer-Producing School

The University of Maryland ranked No. 10 among large schools on the Peace Corps’ list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2019. There are 55 Terps currently volunteering in countries around the world.

Alligator Study Reveals Insight into Dinosaur Hearing

A University of Maryland biologist has found that alligators map the location of sound the way birds do, suggesting the hearing strategy existed in their common ancestor, the dinosaurs.

St. John Center Recognized for Sustainability Commitment

The Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center (ESJ) was recognized last week by the Maryland chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council with a 2019 Leadership Award for Green Schools—Higher Education.

Wrestling Coach McCoy to Step Down After NCAA Championships

Kerry McCoy, who has served as head wrestling coach for the past 11 seasons, will step down following the NCAA Championships, he announced yesterday. 

Women’s Basketball Team Drops B1G Tournament Championship to Iowa

Junior Kaila Charles scored a career-high 36 points yesterday as the No. 8 Maryland women’s basketball team fell in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game to No. 10 Iowa, 90-76.

Fourth Finalist for VP of Diversity and Inclusion Visits Today

The fourth of four finalists for the university’s new position of vice president for diversity and inclusion will be on campus today for interviews and to meet with students, faculty and staff.

Athletics Advisory Committee Holds First Public Meeting

The advisory committee formed to review the implementation of reforms on procedures and protocols related to student-athlete health and safety and the culture of the football program met yesterday to discuss the athletic department’s progress to date.

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