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UMPD Seeks Donations of School Supplies for Local Children

The University of Maryland Police Department is collecting new school supplies for United Communities Against Poverty, Inc. (UCAP) in hopes of outfitting approximately 35 to 40 children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

UMD Nominated for Two ‘Best Of’ Awards; Terp Voting Encouraged

The University of Maryland has been nominated in two categories in the 2021 "Best Of" awards competition sponsored by marketing and membership organization Unique Venues.

Scientists Make Surprising Discovery About How Tuberculosis Suppresses Immunity

University of Maryland researchers have discovered how the bacterium associated with tuberculosis suppresses immune defenses in infected human cells, which can exacerbate the infection.

Campus Vaccine Clinic Scheduled Thursday-Friday

The University Health Center will offer vaccinations with the Pfizer vaccine from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday and Friday. The shots for both first and second doses are available to all students, faculty and staff.

Analysis of Marsquakes Reveals Red Planet’s Unexpectedly Large Core

Mars has a larger molten core and a less dense crust than previously estimated, according to an international team of researchers—including several from the University of Maryland—that conducted the first comprehensive review of seismic wave data collected on the red planet’s surface by NASA’s InSight mission.

UMD Offers Spelling Bee Winner Full Scholarship

The University of Maryland has offered a full scholarship to the 14-year-old winner of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

$500K Grant Supports Research on Muscle Growth in Pigs, With Broader Health Implications

A $500,000 award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture is supporting University of Maryland research to enhance pork production through improved muscle growth in pigs.

African Arts Scholar Named 2021–22 Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art History by UMD, Phillips Collection

The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at the Phillips Collection has named a scholar of African arts as the 2021–22 postdoctoral fellow in modern and contemporary art history.

Interim Women’s Golf Coach Tapped for Head Coaching Job

Kelly Hovland, interim coach of the University of Maryland women’s golf team, has been named head coach following a nationwide search.

Parking, Shuttle-UM, Other DOTS Resources Available for Fall 2021

UMD students, faculty and staff can prepare their Fall 2021 commuting plans now with newly available parking and revised transportations options.

New UMD Research Shows Epigenetic Changes Passed Through 300 Generations

A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland provides a potential tool for unraveling the mystery of how experiences can cause inheritable changes to an animal’s biology.

START Launches Online Master’s Program in Security and Terrorism Studies

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) has launched a new, fully online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Security and Terrorism Studies, now open to students applying for the Fall 2021 semester.

Contest: ‘Vax 4 Maryland’ to Win $250 Gift Card; Health Center to Host Vaccination Clinic July 7-8

The University of Maryland is launching a weekly contest this month to encourage Terps to get vaccinated against COVID-19–and to reward those who already are. Every Friday from July 9 to 30, “Vax 4 Maryland” champions will have the opportunity to win a $250 University Book Center gift card.

Study: Proximity to Sun’s Magnetic Field Influenced Mercury’s Hefty Iron Core

For decades, many scientists argued that hit-and-run collisions with other bodies during the formation of our solar system blew away much of Mercury’s rocky mantle and left the big, dense, metal core inside. But new research reveals that collisions don’t explain the planet’s composition—the sun’s magnetism does. 

Grant to Fund Study of Latinx Representation in Higher Education Leadership

A two-year, $75,000 grant will fund a University of Maryland researcher’s study of a nationwide deficit of Latinx representation in research university administrations, a topic of growing relevance as colleges become increasingly diverse.

UMD Outlines How to Request COVID-19-Related Disability Accommodations, Considerations

Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Ann G. Wylie and Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo sent the following email to the campus community today: In preparation for the resumption of in-person instruction and operations this fall, we share this information about accommodations and requests for consideration.

‘Social Sensing’ Could Better Predict Elections, Other Trends, Researchers Find

A perspective piece published today in Nature by a team including a University of Maryland researcher presents a new approach to forecasting elections and trends: “social sensing,” which relies on human interaction and social awareness to fill in gaps where surveys and other scientific analyses fall short.

Daily COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring Ends July 1; Campus Vaccine Clinic Scheduled Next Week

Patty Perillo, vice president for student affairs, and Dr. Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, University Health Center director, sent the following email to the campus community today: We hope you are well and enjoying the summer. Since the last campus update we shared in late May, our campus COVID-19 positivity rates have fallen to near zero while our COVID-19 vaccination rates have remained high. As a result, we have decided to make an immediate change in our campus expectations.

Engineering Students Excel in NASA Competition

Two University of Maryland teams took “Best in Theme” for their concepts in NASA’s 2021 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts—Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) program.

Researchers Get First Clear View Into Boiling Cauldron Where Stars Are Born

University of Maryland researchers have created the first high-resolution image of an expanding bubble of hot plasma and ionized gas where new stars ignite. Previous low-resolution images did not clearly show the bubble or reveal how it expanded into the surrounding gas.

Marzullo Reappointed as iSchool Dean Through June 2026

Keith Marzullo was reappointed to a second-five year team as dean of the College of Information Studies, through June 30, 2026, Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Ann Wylie announced today.

Rice to Start as Provost July 1; Wylie to Become Interim Chief Financial Officer

President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to campus leaders today: I write to inform you that Jennifer King Rice will begin her new role as senior vice president and provost earlier than planned, on July 1. We are thankful for her enthusiasm and readiness to take on the significant role of chief academic officer.

Education Abroad Programs to Resume in 2021-22 Academic Year

Ross Lewin, associate vice president of international affairs, sent the following email to the campus community this afternoon: As you may have seen from communications shared with students and advisors, our Education Abroad team opened applications for Fall 2021 in-person programs at the beginning of April. Today, I am pleased to confirm that Education Abroad plans to move forward with many of these Fall 2021 programs.

UMD Recognized Among the 30 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs

The American College Personnel Association-College Student Educators International and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education have selected the University of Maryland Division of Student Affairs as one of the 30 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for 2021.

UMD Astronomer Spots Triple Galaxy Merger That Sheds Light on Black Hole, Galaxy Formation

A recent analysis of a super-bright region of the sky 800 million light years from Earth reveals a merger involving three different types of galaxies, including two that likely contain supermassive black holes called active galactic nuclei (AGN). This new finding was led by University of Maryland astronomy graduate student Jonathan Williams, who presented the analysis of this three-galaxy system today at the 238th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

UMD Awarded $2M SBA Grant for Veterans Business Outreach Center

The University of Maryland has been awarded a five-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to launch the Mid-Atlantic Veterans Business Outreach Center. Located in College Park, the center will serve as a regional epicenter for training, consulting and technical assistance for aspiring veteran entrepreneurs and veteran-owned small businesses.

Terp Named Best Men’s College Lacrosse Player as Tewaaraton Winner

Jared Bernhardt ’21 on Saturday was named the winner of the 2021 Tewaaraton Award, which recognizes the best male and female collegiate lacrosse players. He led Maryland to one of the program's greatest campaigns in its 96-season history, as the Terrapins advanced to the national championship game, captured the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles and won 15 straight games.   

Restrictions Relaxed on Research Operations

Following the university’s recent announcement that it is lifting COVID-19 campus restrictions to align with federal, state and county public health guidelines, the Division of Research today announced changes in UMD research operations.

Terps Place 1st in Global A Cappella Competition

University of Maryland students hit all of the right notes at last month’s 2021 International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella. Students from Faux Paz, the university’s premier all-gender a cappella group, took home first place honors, as well as special awards for “Outstanding Soloist” and “Outstanding Choreography” at the world’s largest a cappella competition.

Student Project Wins ‘Most Collaborative’ Award in U21 RISE Showcase

A project led by a UMD student won the prize for “Most Collaborative” in this year’s Universitas21 (U21) RISE Showcase and Awards. FundEd, created by Shubham Mittal ’24, a computer engineering major, was one of five projects chosen from 55 nominated from across U21’s international network of 27 prominent research universities to receive a $2,000 award.

UMD Joins Cohort of Schools Supporting First-Generation Students

The University of Maryland has been selected to be part of the Center for First-Generation Student Success’ First-Gen Forward and First Scholars programs, which recognize and connect institutions committed to the advancement of first-generation college students.

Friday Night Lights: Maryland Football to Host Iowa on Oct. 1

The Maryland football team will play its 2021 home game against Iowa on Friday, Oct. 1 at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, Maryland Athletics announced today. This will mark the third consecutive year that the Terps host a Friday night game. 

Terp Senior Named ODK’s National Leader of the Year

A government and politics major with a long resume of service to UMD and her local community was named the Omicron Delta Kappa Society’s Gen. Russell E. Dougherty National Leader of the Year—its highest collegiate honor. The award comes with a $4,000 prize. 

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