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Campus Community Advised to Plan Ahead for Friday Night Football Game

A new academic year also means another year of cheering on our student-athletes, and this fall, on Friday, September 15 at 7 p.m., Maryland Football will host the University of Virginia for a Friday night game.

Maryland Hires League-Winning Softball Coach

A two-time Coach of the Year in a Great Lakes-centric athletic conference has been named to lead the Maryland softball program, Damon Evans, the Barry P. Gossett Director of Athletics, announced on Thursday.

ODK Leadership Society Seeks Nominations

Applications are available for nominations to the University of Maryland’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

Celebrate College Colors Day With a T-shirt Trade-in

Are T-shirts from college visits collecting dust in the back of your closet? College Colors Day, when people nationwide are encouraged to wear their school colors, is the perfect chance for Terps to make a trade and rock the red, black and gold just before football season kicks off.

$1.5M NSF Grant Supports Advances in Residential and Commercial Solar Power Systems

Supported by a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant, University of Maryland faculty are leading new interdisciplinary research that could lead to major breakthroughs in power-electronic interfaces for solar energy conversion systems.

Journalism Investigation Surveys Maryland School District Spending, Creates Public Database

Billions of local, state and federal tax dollars go to funding Maryland’s public schools every year—and now, it will be easier to find out how your local school district spent that money.

UMD-Washington Post Poll Sheds Light on Partisan Perception of Climate Change

A summer marked by wildfires, polluted air, heat waves and other extreme weather couldn’t bridge the wide partisan divide on climate change, according to a new University of Maryland poll with The Washington Post.

Forbes, Newsweek Rank UMD Among Best Workplaces in America

The University of Maryland has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best-In-State Employers for 2023 for the third year running. The honor comes on the heels of the university’s additional recognition as one of America’s Greatest Workplaces in 2023, according to Newsweek.

$300,000 Grant Targets Cold Storage Problems for Honeycrisp Apples

Honeycrisp apples are among the most highly profitable varieties for U.S. growers, with wholesale prices nearly triple that of others. But the cold temperatures needed to maintain freshness on the journey from harvest to a grocer’s display can injure the sensitive fruits, turning that crisp, snappy texture to brown mush.

Sports Management Program Kicks Off

University of Maryland students seeking to break into the sports industry can get a leg up on the competition with a newly launched Sports Management Program.

Campus Drive and Other Major Routes to Reopen for Start of School Year

Starting in mid-August, key UMD roadways will reopen after summer closures for Purple Line and other construction work. The progress made on these projects outside of the academic year will reduce impacts when students return to campus.

$1.25M NIH Grant Aims to Boost Diversity in Communication Sciences Field

A new undergraduate research program designed to spark underrepresented students’ interest in the communication sciences field is launching this month at the University of Maryland, supported by a $1.25 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Alum-Founded Tech Firm Acquired by Leading Organ Transplant Company

A technology startup with ties to the University of Maryland was recently acquired by CareDx, a leading company focused on health care solutions for transplant patients and caregivers. The move sets the stage for ramped-up innovation in a field long plagued by delays and logistical problems.

Music Professor Appointed Director of Arts for All

University of Maryland School of Music Associate Professor Craig Kier has been appointed director of Arts for All, effective Sept. 1.

Student Startup Connecting Older Adults Recognized in International Showcase

A University of Maryland student-led startup won the $2,000 prize for “Most Potential” in the 2023 Universitas (U21) RISE Showcase & Awards. The project is one of four social-enterprise projects recognized among the 22 submitted through the U21 network of 27 research universities around the world.

Marriott, SAFE Center to Expand Hospitality Training Program for Trafficking Survivors

The national rollout of the Future in Training (FiT) Curriculum will span 11 metropolitan areas throughout the continental United States and is expected to train up to 150 survivors by July 2024. It was announced Thursday in recognition of World Day against Trafficking in Persons on July 30.

UMD Nominated for Unique Venues Planner’s Choice Award

The University of Maryland has been nominated for a 2023 Unique Venues Planner’s Choice Award in the category Locally Sourced Catering.

College Park-U of Md Metro Station to Close July 22 for Improvements

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will close the Green Line between Fort Totten and Greenbelt from July 22 to Sept. 4 as part of substantial maintenance on and modernization of the Metrorail system this summer. This work, announced in January, includes the College Park-U of Md Metro Station.

Assistant Coach, Goalie Represent Terps in Women’s World Cup

Two Maryland women’s soccer alums are taking the sport’s biggest stage at this year’s FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Keri Sarver is an assistant coach for the New Zealand national team, which began play with a 1-0 win over Norway on Thursday. Yewande Balogun is a goalie for the Nigerian national team, which opens its tournament schedule vs. Canada on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Newsweek Ranks UMD Among America’s Greatest Workplaces in 2023

The University of Maryland was included in Newsweek’s 2023 list of America’s Greatest Workplaces, one of only eight universities recognized among the 1,000 major employers.

Maryland Dairy Debuts Flavor Honoring Alum Jim Henson for National Puppetry Festival

Kermit’s Kiss, which honors University of Maryland alum and Muppets creator Jim Henson ’60, features mint ice cream and Belgian chocolate flakes and is available starting Wednesday at the Dairy in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union.

DOTS to Require Registration of E-scooters, E-bikes; Process Opens July 24

J. David Allen, executive director of the Department of Transportation Services, sent the following email to the campus community today: In recent years the UMD campus community, like many cities and communities around the world, has seen the popular adoption of motorized micromobility vehicles, such as e-scooters and e-bikes. When operated safely, micromobility vehicles are a quick, convenient and sustainable way to get around campus.

UMD Poll: Partisan Divide Deepens Following Recent Russian Mutiny

The Russian mutiny by the Wagner mercenary group heightened the partisan divide among Americans on U.S. policy toward Ukraine, according to the latest University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll.

Varshney Reappointed Dean of College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to campus leaders: I am pleased to inform you that I am reappointing Dr. Amitabh Varshney as dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) for a second five-year term, extending through June 30, 2028.

Terp Shortstop Becomes Highest MLB Draft Pick in Program History

University of Maryland junior shortstop Matt Shaw was selected No. 13 overall by the Chicago Cubs on Sunday evening, making him the highest draft pick in program history.

$4.4M NIH Award Supports UMD Research on Enzymes to Combat Pneumonia

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) has awarded $4.4 million to a University of Maryland researcher and a colleague to develop both a novel therapeutic and a vaccine approach to address Streptococcus pneumoniae, which is the leading cause of bacterial community-acquired pneumonia and the cause of death for about 1.6 million people annually.

UMD Researchers Develop New Imaging Technology That Can ‘See’ Hidden Objects

University of Maryland researchers helped create an imaging technology that could one day result in video cameras able to peer through fog, smoke, driving rain, murky water, skin, bone and other materials that obscure objects from view by reflecting scattered light.

5 Terps Win Gold With Team USA in 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s Championship

The 2023 World Lacrosse Men's Championship came to a close on Saturday with the United States team—which prominently featured five former University of Maryland players—topping Canada 10-7 to win its second consecutive World Championship.

UMD Astronomer Helps Find First Evidence of Constant, Low-Frequency Gravitational Waves

Scientists using large radio telescopes to observe rapidly rotating stars called pulsars have found the first evidence of gravitational waves at extremely low frequencies, according to a set of five papers published this week in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. The discoveries could help researchers unlock the secrets of gravity and its effect on the cosmos.

UMD Researchers Document Surge in Tropical Rainforest Destruction

Data released this week by the University of Maryland Global Land Analysis and Discovery (GLAD) laboratory shows a 10% increase in tropical rainforest loss in 2022 compared to the previous year—with the resulting destruction of 4.1 million hectares equivalent to losing 11 football fields of forest area every minute.

Union Lane to Close for Purple Line Construction

A new road closure will go into effect next week on the University of Maryland campus to expedite construction of the Purple Line, adding to several other closures in support of the light-rail and other construction projects.

New Partnership Aims to Make Key Quantum Computing Hardware Available to Researchers

The Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) at the University of Maryland is joining industry partners and a federal research lab to make state-of-the-art quantum computing components available to leading U.S. research groups to enable groundbreaking scientific research and discovery.

Faculty-Founded Food Safety Tech Firm Acquired by Longtime Partner

Hazel Analytics, a global leader in food safety technologies born out of University of Maryland research, was recently acquired by longtime partner and global sustainability leader Ecolab.

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