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New Critical Issues Poll Examines Americans' Differing Views of State of U.S. Democracy

Nearly one year after the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, a new UMD Critical Issues Poll study provides insight on how that event impacted Americans’ feelings about the state of American democracy, as well as what citizens believe are top issues facing the country.

Most Staff, Faculty Granted Administrative Leave Dec. 23

University President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to staff and faculty today: As we approach Winter Break, I continue to reflect on my gratitude for your commitment and service to our university through the many ups and downs over the past two years. I could not be more proud to serve as the president of this great university and as your colleague.

Pre-Winter Break Health Reminders to Prevent COVID: Get Boosted, Stay Masked

Dr. Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, University Health Center director, sent the following email to the campus community today: Like many places throughout the country and the world, we are currently experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases on our campus over the last week. While our overall case counts remain relatively low for a community our size, this increase is a reminder to all of us that we must remain vigilant in our efforts to limit the spread of the virus on our campus.

New Women’s Soccer Coach Named; Helped Lead Rutgers to No. 3 Ranking and 2021 Big Ten Championship

Maryland native, 2021 Big Ten Champion and national championship semifinalist Meghan Ryan Nemzer was named head coach of the Maryland women’s soccer program today by Barry P. Gossett Director of Athletics Damon Evans.

Terps to Face Virginia Tech in New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29

The University of Maryland football team will make its 28th all-time bowl appearance when it meets Virginia Tech in the 2021 New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. The game is scheduled for a 2:15 p.m. kickoff and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Athletics, Men’s Basketball Coach Mark Turgeon Part Ways

In a mutual decision, Maryland Athletics announced that Mark Turgeon is stepping down as the head coach for the men's basketball program after more than 10 seasons. Damon Evans, Barry P. Gossett Director of Athletics, named Assistant Coach Danny Manning the interim head coach for the remainder of the season, starting with the Terps' home game on Dec. 5 against Northwestern.

UMD’s Giving Tuesday Initiative Surges to Nearly $300K

The University of Maryland raised nearly $300,000 for projects across campus during this year’s Giving Tuesday, a global philanthropy movement held annually after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

UMPD, Athletics Team Up for Toys for Tots

The University of Maryland Police Department and Maryland Athletics are partnering for the annual Toys for Tots drive, with donations going directly to families in Prince George’s County.

Leave Available for Employees Seeking Flu and COVID Vaccines, Boosters

Rythee Lambert-Jones, assistant vice president and chief human resources officer, sent the following email to employees today: Protecting the health and safety of our campus community is a top priority. Since March 1, 2021, the university has provided employees with administrative leave to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Release time or administrative leave is now available for employees to get COVID-19 vaccines, additional doses and boosters, and the seasonal flu vaccine.

New Study Shows Largest-Known Comet Was Active at Near-Record Distance

The largest comet ever discovered became active much farther from the sun than previously believed, according to a new study by University of Maryland astronomers.

Psychology Professor Named Faculty Ombuds Officer

University President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to faculty and administrators today: It is my great pleasure to introduce Dr. Karen M. O'Brien as the university's faculty ombuds officer, effective Jan. 3, 2022. In this role, she will serve as a neutral and impartial officer to provide confidential and informal assistance to faculty and administrators in resolving concerns related to their work.

Nominate the Next UMD First Year Book

First-year students at UMD over the years have read short stories about immigrants, poetry about African American life and a biography of Thurgood Marshall. Now, the First Year Book Committee is accepting nominations for next year’s selection.

DOTS Shares Thanksgiving Break Travel, Bus and Parking Plans

As the campus community gears up for Thanksgiving break next week, the University of Maryland’s Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) is offering guidance on how students can prepare for travel and parking on campus.

School of Public Policy Joins Big Ten Civic Involvement Collaboration

The University of Maryland is joining with the other policy schools in the Big Ten Conference to launch “Democracy in the 21st Century,” a collaboration to promote active civic education and engagement.

Technica Returns to In-Person Hacking This Weekend

Technica, the world’s largest hackathon for women and people from underrepresented genders, returns tomorrow at the University of Maryland as an in-person experience following 2020’s virtual version, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

$2.9M NSF Grant to Fund Research on Networks of Brain Neurons to Speed Up Computers

A $2,949,109 award from the National Science Foundation will help University of Maryland researchers explore the “rules of life” of networks of neurons in the brain—a project that could one day lead to better computing tools.

After Pandemic-driven Decline, Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Surge Upward Again, UMD Research Finds

Global carbon emissions have rebounded to near pre-pandemic levels, according to a report by University of Maryland researchers released during the United Nations’ climate summit in Glasgow.

Community Open Forums Announced for UMD Strategic Planning Process

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to the campus community today: Strategic planning at the University of Maryland presents an important moment in our history for us to examine our current state and to evaluate strengths and trends across campus and across the evolving higher education landscape.

Extension, State Announce Farm Stress Assistance Program

The University of Maryland Extension (UME) and Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) today announced a new statewide Farm Stress Assistance program to provide physical and mental health resources to rural communities. The program is funded by a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

$510K USDA Grant to Fund Researchers’ Work Enhancing Food Safety Culture on Farms

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $510,000 to researchers at the University of Maryland Extension and partner institutions to train small and medium-sized farms that grow produce in food safety procedures to meet recent federal requirements.

New Study Finds Links Between Political Beliefs and COVID-19 Health Behaviors

A recent study by an international group of researchers—including members of the University of Maryland Department of Psychology—confirms the conventional wisdom that health-related behaviors like wearing a mask or getting vaccinated against COVID-19 have become tied up in political rhetoric in the United States.

Good Neighbor Day Expands to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Registration is now open for a supersized 10th annual Good Neighbor Day, a community-wide day of service in Greater College Park to be held on Saturday, Nov. 13.

IonQ Joins UMD Quantum Startup Foundry

IonQ, a developer of quantum computing devices based in part on research at the University of Maryland, has become the newest member of UMD’s Quantum Startup Foundry (QSF). The collaboration builds upon a partnership and commitment between IonQ and UMD to accelerate cutting-edge quantum technologies and develop a thriving quantum ecosystem in the region.

NIST Renews Funding for Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science

The Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS)—a research powerhouse focused on quantum computation, quantum communication and quantum cryptography—recently received a renewal of federal funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

On-campus Hearing and Speech Clinic Begins Accepting Private Insurance

Patients at the on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic no longer must pay out of pocket if they are enrolled in the university’s preferred Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Healthcare insurance plans.

With Every Goal, Field Hockey Team Supports Boy Recovering From Cancer

The Maryland field hockey team on Sunday will amp up its season-long campaign to support a local boy who battled cancer—and is also the young nephew of team captain Kyler Greenwalt.

President Pines Urges Support for Maryland Charity Campaign

University of Maryland faculty and staff are encouraged to support the Maryland Charity Campaign, which helps thousands across the state in need, including those affected by COVID-19.

Events Slated for Mental Health Awareness Week

National Mental Health Awareness Week is a great time to start improving your mental health. Join the Counseling Center and campus partners Oct. 4-8 for free programming to break down health barriers, stamp out stigmas and take time for self-care.

New Maryland Gear Made From Recycled Water Bottles

Terp fans attending Friday night’s home football game against Iowa will have the chance to buy Maryland apparel made with post-consumer recycled water bottles.

UMD Annual Safety and Security and Fire Safety Reports Released

Chief David B. Mitchell of the University of Maryland Police Department sent the following email to the campus community today: The 2021 Annual Safety and Security Report (ASR) and Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) are available for your review. The ASR provides safety and security resources and information to current and prospective students and their parents, as well as to faculty and staff members.

Applications Welcomed for $300K in Sustainability Fund Grants

The University Sustainability Fund will award $300,000 this year to projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at the University of Maryland. Applications are being accepted for 2020-21 projects through Oct. 15.

Toolkit Aims to Help Small Businesses Stay in Place

The University of Maryland’s Small Business Anti-Displacement Network (SBAN) has compiled an interactive toolkit of more than 20 implementable strategies for small business leaders to protect vulnerable businesses, especially those owned by immigrants and people of color, from displacement, closure and the ongoing stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vote Now: Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate Nominated for 2021 Three Minute Thesis Competition

Patricia Razafindrambinina, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is one of 20 contestants in this year’s Universitas 21 Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT), which challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a nonspecialist audience in a concise and compelling way.

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