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Independence Day Fireworks Canceled, Parade Still Scheduled

The City of College Park and University of Maryland today announced the cancellation of the annual Independence Day fireworks and concert due to COVID-19’s continued impact on the supply chain. They apologized for any inconvenience and anticipated the return of the event in 2023.

Doulas Associated With Better Maternal Health Care, Particularly for Patients of Color, Study Finds

University of Maryland researchers have found that a valuable but scarce resource in the field of maternal health is linked to better pregnancy outcomes and more respectful health care from doctors and nurses: a doula.

Water Quality Data System Aims to Prevent Farm Nutrient Runoff

In the July issue of the journal Water Research, Gurpal Toor, a professor and extension specialist in the University of Maryland’s Department of Environmental Science and Technology, describes a network of sophisticated monitoring stations across the state to identify what flows off the land every few minutes during rainfalls.

With New Marketing-Style Analysis, UMD Researchers Link Consumer Behavior, Americans’ Climate Impacts

University of Maryland geographical sciences researchers are the first to use highly detailed consumer data to see how specific segments of the U.S. population affect climate change.

Terps to Face UConn in Final of NCAA Baseball Regional Tournament

Maryland won two do-or-die games on Sunday, beating UConn, 7-6 in 11 innings that evening to force a rematch of the teams tonight for the College Park NCAA Regional Championship. The Terps (48-13) and Huskies (48-14) are scheduled to play at 7 p.m.

Terp Wins 2022 Tewaaraton Award, Highest Honor in College Lacrosse

Maryland attackman Logan Wisnauskas last night was named the 2022 Tewaaraton Award winner, the most prestigious honor in college lacrosse.

Performing Arts Venue Administrator Named Executive Director of The Clarice

After a national search, longtime arts leader Terrence “Terry” Dwyer has been named the next executive director of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Study of Aging in Brain Could Lead to Treatments for Alzheimer’s, Other Neurological Diseases

A $2.7 million award from the National Institutes of Health will fund a multi-campus University of Maryland study targeting how aging impacts the brain.

UMD Research Scientist Tapped to Lead New Federal Health Agency

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has appointed Adam Russell, chief scientist at the University of Maryland’s Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), to serve as acting deputy director of the new Advanced Research Project Agency for Health (ARPA-H).

Maryland Baseball to Host NCAA Regional Tournament

The Maryland baseball team earned the No. 15 seed in the 2022 NCAA Baseball Championship and will serve as the top seed this week in the first College Park regional tournament.

Pines Encourages Flexible Summer Schedules for Faculty, Staff

University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the campus community today: Our university community persevered through an unusually challenging period, particularly over the past two academic years. You have met many challenges with professionalism, creativity and great energy.

USM Foundation Wins Endowment of the Year Award

The University System of Maryland (USM) Foundation’s investment office was recognized last month at Institutional Investor’s 19th annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards, winning the Endowment of the Year category. Led by Chief Investment Officer Sam Gallo, the office manages endowment funds for the benefit of institutions and foundations affiliated with the USM as well as six Maryland community college foundations.

Professor’s New Company Adds to College Park Quantum Ecosystem

A new College Park-based company founded by a University of Maryland professor further solidifies the area’s status as a global hotspot for quantum-related start-ups.

Researchers’ New Tool Boosts Genome Editing Power in Plants

A team of scientists from the University of Maryland has developed a method to edit multiple genes in plants while simultaneously changing the expression of other genes. Known as CRISPR-Combo, this new tool will enable genetic engineering combinations that work together to boost functionality and improve breeding of new crops.

UMD Ranked Among World’s Top Quantum Research Institutions

The University of Maryland ranks among the world’s top five universities for quantum research, according to The Quantum Insider, a news and market information source for the quantum technology industry.

Public Health Beyond Borders Wins ‘Most Collaborative’ Award in U21 RISE Showcase

The student-led nonprofit Public Health Beyond Borders (PHBB) won the “Most Collaborative” prize in the 2021-22 Universitas 21 (U21) RISE Showcase & Awards.

Education Researcher Awarded $350K as Grant Scholar

An assistant professor at the University of Maryland College of Education has been selected as a 2022 William T. Grant Scholar, an honor for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences that comes with a $350,000 award.

$9M Cooperative Agreement Funds From Military Support Next-Gen Battery Research

A $9 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Defense will fund efforts by the University of Maryland’s Center for Research in Extreme Batteries (CREB) to improve military battery technology to support the U.S. Army’s complex project to transform itself into the fighting force of the future.

UMD Refugee Day Welcomes Families to Campus Tomorrow

Members of the UMD community and refugees who have settled in Prince George’s County will come together at the Cambridge Community Center from 1-4 p.m. tomorrow to mark UMD Refugee Day, an event that will feature music, food, sports and games.

Student Winners of Sadat Art Competition Announced

Lotus blossoms, spider-like wood shapes and reimagined self-portraits were among this year’s winners of the annual Sadat Art for Peace competition, held for UMD art students by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Department of Art. The theme of the 2022 competition was Islamophobia.

Three Honorees to Be Recognized at Women of Influence Awards

The President's Commission on Women’s Issues (PCWI) will virtually host its annual celebration of exceptional campus women, the Women of Influence Awards, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Art Attack Outdoor Festival Events Canceled

Student Entertainment Events (SEE) has canceled Art Attack 38’s day events on Saturday due to anticipated inclement weather. The evening concert, featuring Polo G and Flo Milli, will still take place at 8 p.m. at the Xfinity Center.

New Creative Placemaking Minor to Prepare Students to Envision Public Spaces

The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the College of Arts and Humanities will debut a minor in creative placemaking this fall that will use art, culture and design to spark conversations about a community's future.

Two Terps Selected in 2022 NFL Draft

University of Maryland football players Nick Cross, a defensive back, and Chigoziem Okonkwo, a tight end, were selected in the 2022 NFL Draft this weekend in Las Vegas.

Baseball Player Pitches Program’s First Perfect Game Since 1959

In his first Friday night start, UMD pitcher Ryan Ramsey retired all 27 Northwestern hitters he faced, recording Maryland’s first perfect game in more than 60 years as it won, 13-0.

Campus Invited to Facilities Master Plan Forum

UMD students, faculty and staff and community members are invited to attend open forums Wednesday to provide input on a new facilities master plan that will guide future campus development.

UMPD, DEA to Host National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The University of Maryland Police Department in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) welcomes Terps to participate in the 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30.

Grand Challenges Grants Information Session Scheduled Tuesday

A virtual information session from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday will provide an overview of the University of Maryland's new Grand Challenges Grants Program, the largest and most comprehensive program of its type ever introduced at UMD.

Nominations Sought for President’s Medal and Distinguished Service Awards

The President's Awards Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for awards to be conferred at the Faculty and Staff Convocation on Sept. 14. There are two categories of awards: the President's Medal and the President's Distinguished Service Awards.

Do Good Challenge Teams Split $20K in Prizes

Student teams working to prevent opioid overdoses and protect the mental health of health-care workers each took the $5,000 first-place prize in the 10th annual do Good Challenge last night.

Dining Services Celebrates Earth Day With ‘Total Vedge Out’

Dining Services will celebrate Earth Day today in The Diner by offering all-vegetarian menus for lunch and dinner, featuring products from Beyond Meat, founded by UMD alum Ethan Brown M.P.M. ’97.

COVID-19 Protocols Remain in Place; Tests Available on Campus

Dr. Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, University Health Center director, sent the following email to the campus community today: Over the past 10 days, many areas of the country, Maryland included, have seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. These cases are driven by new, more contagious Omicron sub-variants, but thankfully seem to present with mostly mild symptoms due to the continued effectiveness of vaccines and boosters.

Maryland Athletics Named Opendorse’s NIL Power 5 Partner of the Year

Maryland Athletics was awarded Opendorse’s Power 5 Athlete-Driven Partner of the Year, an honor presented to the athletic program that is going above and beyond to help student-athletes protect, build and monetize their personal brands.

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