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UMD, Deloitte Launch New Artificial Intelligence Initiative

The Robert H. Smith School of Business has joined Deloitte to launch the Deloitte Initiative for AI and Learning (DIAL), an artificial intelligence (AI) research initiative to expand learning and development opportunities for faculty and students across the University of Maryland’s schools and colleges.

Survey to Assess Transportation Needs of Campus Community

Starting today, students, faculty and staff are invited to make their voices heard by filling out a survey from the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) aimed at creating a greater understanding of campus commuting behaviors and interests.

Quantum Computing Graduate Certificate Program to Debut in Spring 2023

The University of Maryland will offer a new graduate certificate in quantum computing program starting in Spring 2023 that will provide working professionals with training and advanced knowledge that could help revolutionize a range of fields and disciplines, from secure communications to data science and artificial intelligence.

At White House Summit, UMD Terrorism Expert Urges Greater Focus on Hate-driven Violence

Ending hate-driven violence in the U.S. will require policymakers to direct their focus beyond a relatively few number of domestic terrorist attacks to the hate crimes that outnumber them 100-to-1, a University of Maryland terrorism researcher said at a White House summit today.

Campus Invited to Facilities Master Plan Virtual Forums

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend virtual open forums on Monday to learn about and provide input on a new facilities master plan to guide future campus development.

Application Period Open for Sustainability Fund Grants

Applications will be accepted through Oct. 15 for projects funded through the University Sustainability Fund. Approximately $400,000 is available to support proposals that bolster the University of Maryland’s environmental performance and enhance the student experience.

New Guidelines for Campus Battery Recycling Aim to Cut Fire Risk

All batteries dropped in the university’s battery recycling bins across campus must have their metal terminals taped, the Recycling and Solid Waste Unit of Facilities Management has announced.

Provost Announces Strategic Campus Investments for the Public Good

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to the campus community today: Welcome back to a new academic year! I hope you all were able to find some time over the summer months for rest and renewal, and that you are ready to embrace the rich opportunities of a new semester. The start of the new academic year is always an energizing time at the University of Maryland!

Maryland Athletics Launches NIL Marketplace for Student-Athletes

Maryland Athletics on Monday announced the launch of the Maryland Marketplace, in partnership with Opendorse, to maximize name, image and likeness (NIL) opportunities for Terrapin student-athletes.

New Computing Cluster Scales Up Infrastructure for Undergrads

New infrastructure at the University of Maryland is expanding high-performance computing access for undergraduate students while allowing machine learning researchers to model more data than ever before.

Terrapin Tech Moves to St. John Center

Terrapin Tech, the university’s one-stop shop for IT support, tech purchasing, and device repairs, has moved from McKeldin Library to the ground floor of the Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center (ESJ 0398).

Entomology Researchers Discover New Plant Hosts for an Invasive Insect Threatening Agriculture

Among the most aggressive invasive insect pests in the Mid-Atlantic, spotted lanternflies damage fruit trees and grapevines, posing serious economic threats to farmers. While efforts to control them have been hindered in part by a lack of knowledge, University of Maryland researchers have just contributed important new information about what they eat and what plant species host them at different stages of their life-cycle.

University Names Interim Title IX Administrator

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Georgina Dodge sent the following email to campus leaders today: I am writing to inform you that Angela Nastase, J.D., (she/her/hers) has been named our new interim Title IX coordinator and director for the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM).

Presumptive Monkeypox Case Found at UMD; Health Center Recommends Precautions

University Health Center Director Dr. Spyridon Marinopoulos sent the following email to the campus community today: I am writing to notify you that we have our first presumptive case of monkeypox (MPX) within the University of Maryland community. The staff member has taken all necessary medical steps and is doing well.

Project, Workshop Nominations Sought for 2022 Good Neighbor Day

The Good Neighbor Day Planning Committee is accepting nominations through Aug. 26 for in-person, hybrid or virtual projects and workshops for the 11th annual community service day that brings together local residents and University of Maryland students, staff, faculty and alums.

Hibernation Slows Biological Aging in Bats, UMD-led Study Finds

The most common bat in the United States, the big brown bat, boasts an unusually long lifespan of up to 19 years. A new study led by University of Maryland researchers identifies one of the secrets to this bat’s exceptional longevity: hibernation.

Health Center Director Recommends Monkeypox Precautions; No Campus Cases Reported

University Health Center Director Dr. Spyridon Marinopoulos sent the following email today to the campus community: As many of you have likely seen, monkeypox has been in the news for several weeks. As of August 8, cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in 49 states. At this time, there have not been any cases within our campus community. However, I’m writing to provide some basic information about monkeypox, and to remind everyone of the everyday precautions you can take to protect yourself.

Lushniak Reappointed as School of Public Health Dean Through June 2027

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to campus leaders today: I am pleased to inform all of you that I am reappointing Dr. Boris Lushniak as Dean of the School of Public Health for another five-year term, extending through June 30, 2027.

3 iSchool Professors Awarded $1.4M to Develop Library and Archival Services

Three College of Information Studies faculty members have been awarded a total of $1.4 million from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to train and support a diverse network of library and archives professionals.

Health Center Provides COVID Safety Reminders; Fall Masking Guidance Coming Later This Month

University Health Center Director Dr. Spyridon Marinopoulos sent the following email to the campus community today: I hope you are enjoying a healthy and safe summer break. I’m writing today with a few updates and reminders regarding our current COVID-19 requirements and protocols for the Fall 2022 semester.

UMD Nominated in Unique Venues’ Awards Competition

The University of Maryland has been nominated in the 2022 awards competition sponsored by Unique Venues in the category Planner’s Choice for Youth Retreats & Camps.

$1.34M Grant to Reinforce Smith’s Center for Global Business

A $1.34 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education through its Title IV Centers for International Business program will enable the Center for Global Business (CBG) at UMD’s Robert H. Smith School of Business to expand its portfolio of programs through 2026. The primary focus will involve applying lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure U.S. companies’ competitiveness into the future.

Wave of Activism After Floyd’s Murder Grew Based on Multiple Issues, Identities, Study Finds

The Washington, D.C., demonstrations that followed George Floyd’s May 2020 murder by a police officer marked some of the most racially diverse protests against racial injustice ever documented in the United States. Participants were motivated not only by systemic racism, but other salient issues tied to their personal identities as well, according to University of Maryland research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences.

Provost Invites Participation in Four Strategic Plan Committees

University of Maryland Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice on Monday invited members of the campus community to volunteer for one of four committees to guide the implementation of UMD’s strategic plan, “Fearlessly Forward: In Pursuit of Excellence and Impact for the Public Good.”

$1.75M Grant to Continue Expansion of Digital Access to Books From Pre-modern Islamicate World

The University of Maryland has received a $1.75 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue development of open-source technology to expand digital access to manuscripts and books from the premodern Islamicate world in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Urdu.

New Maryland Men’s Golf Head Coach Named

A golf coach who brought Virginia teams to the last eight NCAA Championships will lead the Maryland men’s program, Damon Evans, Barry P. Gossett Director of Athletics, announced on Tuesday.

Big Ten to Expand in 2024 With USC and UCLA

The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday that the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) will join as members, adding two storied West Coast athletics programs to the roster of schools that will regularly face the Terps in conference competition.

Lacrosse Player Nominated for ESPY Award

Maryland lacrosse attackman Logan Wisnauskas has been named a 2022 ESPY nominee, ESPN announced Tuesday.

Maternal Mortality Jumped During Pandemic, With Black and Hispanic Mothers Bearing Brunt, Study Finds

The mortality rate for Americans who were pregnant or just gave birth outpaced that of the overall population in the first nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to federal data, and now a new analysis from the University of Maryland and Boston University has found that the rise disproportionately impacted Black and non-white Hispanic mothers.

UMD Names Private-Sector Finalists for Project to Upgrade, Decarbonize Energy System

The University of Maryland announced the two finalists for the private sector partner of the NextGen Energy Program. Finalists were selected following the university’s review of their responses to the request for proposals to design, engineer, finance, install and maintain the university’s energy system.

UMD Offers Survey, Conversations on Investing in Staff

The university has launched a survey and will host virtual campus conversations for staff members to inform a new staff investment plan. One of the priorities of UMD’s new strategic plan, Fearlessly Forward, is to invest in people and communities, so the university is asking staff to share perspectives on their work life and ideas for improvement on the short survey, which is open until 5 p.m. July 1. Participation is voluntary, and responses will be anonymous.

UMD Marks 10 Years of DACA Expanding Opportunities

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Georgina Dodge sent the following email to the campus community today: This year marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama issued an executive order that created the program that has come to be known as DACA. On this anniversary, we pause to acknowledge how DACA expanded opportunities, changed lives and strengthened campuses, workplaces and the country over the past decade.

UMD-Post Poll: Most Americans Oppose Allowing Transgender Women to Play Competitive Women’s Sports

Most Americans oppose allowing transgender female athletes to play sports against other girls and women at the professional, college and high school levels, even as they increasingly see acceptance of transgender people as good for society, according to a new poll conducted by the University of Maryland and The Washington Post.

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