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Survey to Ask Students About Sexual Assault

​​A biennial campuswide climate survey sponsored by the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct and the School of Public Health (SPH) aims to assess the scope and nature of sexual assault at UMD and to identify effective means of intervention and prevention.

During Love Data Week, UMD to Show D’adoration

Hosted annually since 2016 during the week of Valentine’s Day, International Love Data Week celebrates all things data.

Newsweek Lists UMD Among America’s Best Workplaces for Women

Newsweek on Wednesday named the University of Maryland to its 2024 list of America's Greatest Workplaces for Women.

UMD Joins National Consortium Dedicated to Improving AI Trustworthiness and Safety

The University of Maryland (UMD) has joined with more than 200 of the nation’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) stakeholders in a wide-ranging new federal effort to improve the trustworthiness and safety of AI systems.

1856 Project to Host Inaugural Research Update

A new report from The 1856 Project at the University of Maryland explores the story of an enslaved family that could have lived where the Xfinity Center stands today, as well as the Rossborough Inn’s potential ties to the Underground Railroad. On Wednesday, the research group will hold its first Annual Research Update to discuss its latest work.

ARHU’s Harmony Fellows Program Pairs Faculty Across Campus

The College of Arts and Humanities has named seven pairs of fellows for its new Harmony of Interdisciplinarity program to foster collaborative approaches to curriculum, research and programming.

SEE to Host ‘Emergency Intercom’ Podcasters

Student Entertainment Events (SEE) will welcome Enya Umanzor and Drew Phillips, creators of the hit podcast “Emergency Intercom,” for its annual spring lecture on Feb. 15.

Seeking Information About Weather-Related Closures? Here Are All the Ways to Find It

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to the campus community on Friday: As we begin the spring semester and the potential for severe weather increases, we want to remind everyone about how the university communicates weather-related closures and schedule changes.

Department Renamed to Encompass African American and Africana Studies

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences’ Department of African American Studies has changed its name to the Department of African American and Africana Studies (AAAS) in recognition of its broadened mission.

Precautions Urged to Prevent Spread of Illness; Reporting of Positive COVID-19 Test No Longer Required

Dr. Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, University Health Center director, sent the following email to the campus community on Thursday: The new semester brings fresh starts, even as we navigate peak season for colds, flu, COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Your health and well-being remain our priority. By embracing preventive measures and accessing campus resources, we can support one another and keep our community safe and healthy.

Purple Line Update: Light-Rail Tracks Installed, Temporary Bike Path to Open, Road Closures Continue

Carlo Colella, vice president and chief administrative officer, sent the following email to the campus community on Monday: As we prepare for the start of the spring semester, I am sharing changes on campus related to construction of the Purple Line light rail. Below is important rail safety information for pedestrians, bicycle and micromobility riders and vehicles.

Magazine Honors Libraries’ DEI Commitment

The University of Maryland Libraries was named a recipient of the Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, honoring academic libraries that encourage and support diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in areas including research, technology, accessibility, exhibitions and community outreach.

Task Force on Antisemitism and Islamophobia Members Named

University President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the campus community on Thursday morning: On Nov. 27, I announced several measures to help prioritize a safe and inclusive community at the University of Maryland, including the establishment of a Joint Presidential and University Senate Task Force on Antisemitism and Islamophobia.

UMD Earns Top Score on Newsweek’s List of America’s Best Workplaces for Diversity

Newsweek on Wednesday named the University of Maryland to its 2024 list of America's Greatest Workplaces for Diversity.

Merrill College Launches Documentary Master’s Concentration

The University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism will launch a documentary master’s concentration beginning in the 2024-25 academic year.

Pines Announces Early Start to Winter Break

President Pines designates Dec. 22 as an administrative leave day for all regular and contingent II faculty and staff.

Young Alum Establishes Scholarships Targeting BSOS, Computer Science Students From Baltimore

A 2018 UMD graduate has made a $180,000 gift to establish undergraduate student scholarships for four students per year.

Campus Drive to Close for Purple Line Construction

Beginning on or about Dec. 20, Campus Drive from Regents Drive (near Symons Hall) to Union Lane (near the Stamp Student Union) will be closed through Jan. 19.

New Testudo Offerings to Benefit Campus Pantry

University of Maryland student leaders are launching a new effort during finals week to expand the tradition of leaving offerings to the bronze Testudo statue in front of McKeldin Library by doing good for others.

UMD Startup Ionic Devices Wins Microbattery Design Prize

An innovative startup that emerged from the research labs of two University of Maryland faculty members has been awarded the Phase 1 Microbattery Design Prize by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office.

Maryland to Face Auburn in the 2023 TransPerfect Music City Bowl

The University of Maryland football team will make its 30th bowl appearance when it meets Auburn in the 2023 TransPerfect Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. The 2 p.m. game will be televised nationally on ABC.

2 Terps Named to D.C. Innovators Under 25 List

A University of Maryland undergraduate and alumna were named to DC Inno’s Inno Under 25 class of 2023.

Alumna Wins International Architecture Award for Thurgood Marshall Hall

The School of Public Policy’s new home won an international architectural award for its cutting-edge teaching and collaborative spaces that blend traditional and contemporary styles and invite people to gather for public discourse.

UMD-Led Team Selected for Competition Aimed at Mass Casualty Response

A multi-institutional team led by the University of Maryland has been selected for the DARPA Triage Challenge, in which participants compete to develop novel methods of detecting injuries, particularly in mass casualty incidents, so that medical personnel can respond more quickly, efficiently and precisely.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule Changed: Monday Classes Online, Tuesday Classes Canceled

President Darryll J. Pines and Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to the campus community about the extension of Thanksgiving break.

FOX to Air Football Pregame Show on Saturday From UMD

The University of Maryland will be home to FOX's “Big Noon Kickoff” show on Saturday, when the Terrapins host No. 2 Michigan at SECU Stadium.

National Orchestral Institute + Festival Partnership Fosters Musical Mentorship and Training

The National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F), a program of the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, will be the orchestra partner for 2024’s National Seminario Ravinia: Orchestras for All initiative.

Field Hockey Team to Host First Round of NCAA Tournament

The Maryland field hockey team (16-5) on Sunday night earned its 35th overall NCAA Tournament bid. The Terrapins, the No. 4 overall seed, will take on Old Dominion (14-5) at noon Friday in the first round at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

Nonbinary Option Now Available as Gender Marker in Testudo

University of Maryland students can now update their gender marker in Testudo to include a nonbinary option, the Office of the Registrar announced.

Graduate Students Invited to Open Forums

The University of Maryland will host a series of open forums for graduate students focused on their central role in the institution’s success.

UMPD to Host Drug Take Back Day

The University of Maryland Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will participate in National Prescription Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28.

Scientists Discover Molten Layer Covering Martian Core

An international research team that includes a University of Maryland scientist discovered the presence of a molten silicate layer overlying Mars’ metallic core—providing new insights into how Mars formed, evolved and became the barren planet it is today.

Mini-grants Available for Student Art Projects on Black Lives

Artists at the University of Maryland are invited to submit proposals to a mini-grant program supporting projects that affirm Black life and vitality and interrogate white supremacy and anti-Blackness.

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