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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.

School of Public Health to Host Showing of PBS Public Health Documentary

The University of Maryland School of Public Health will kick off its Global Health Film Series on Wednesday with a screening of a film about the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps that features the school’s dean, Boris D. Lushniak, a member of the uniformed service branch for 27 years.

Registration Still Open for Good Neighbor Day

The University of Maryland, the City of College Park and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will host the 12th annual Good Neighbor Day from 8:30 a.m to noon Oct. 21. Good Neighbor Day is a collaborative partnership that brings together residents of College Park and surrounding communities with UMD students, staff, faculty and alums for a day of service.

First Year Book, ODI to Host Talk With Contractor Who Removed Confederate Memorials

A Virginia-based construction firm owner, Devon Henry, will offer a unique take on the University of Maryland’s First Year Book, “Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America's Public Monuments.”

UMD Libraries Expands LGBTQIA+ Literature Collection

The University of Maryland Libraries has enlarged its LGBTQIA+ English literature collections with 170 new titles of transgender and bisexual fiction and poetry.

$3.24M NIH Grant to Fund UMD Researcher's Study of Structural Racism and Cancer

A $3.24 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities will fund a study by a University of Maryland researcher and a colleague seeking to understand how structural racism, discrimination and lived experiences impact African Americans’ cancer risk and prevention and screening behaviors.

City to Host College Park Day on Saturday

The city of College Park on Saturday will host its annual College Park Day, a fun- and information-filled event that brings together the community, from noon to 6 p.m. at the College Park Aviation Museum and Airport.

UMD Researchers Bolster New State Center for Behavioral Health and Public Safety

Researchers from the Maryland Crime Research and Innovation Center (MCRIC) at the University of Maryland (UMD) have developed a strategic plan for a new center that will serve as a hub for the state to improve access to behavioral health care and reduce engagement with the criminal justice system.

City of College Park Celebrates First Sale in New Homeownership Program

ew program that provides a path to affordable homeownership in College Park for middle- and low-income residents celebrated its first home sale Wednesday.

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