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DOTS Accepting ‘Bicycle Recycle’ Donations Through Monday

If you have two wheels too many crowding the garage or shed, the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) will take that old bike off your hands through May 31—and come next semester, you might just see a gussied-up version of it crossing campus under the power of a new owner.

Education Professor Laura Stapleton Named College’s Interim Dean

College of Education Professor Laura Stapleton will serve as interim dean of the College of Education, effective Aug. 11, Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Ann G. Wylie announced today. 

Men’s Lacrosse Team Headed to Final Four

The No. 1-ranked and undefeated Maryland men’s lacrosse team advanced to its 27th NCAA semifinals, rallying to defeat sixth-seeded Notre Dame, 14-13, in overtime in South Bend, Ind., on Sunday.

UMD Libraries Helping to Lead Project to Digitize Records That Link Labor, Civil Rights Movements in American South

The University of Maryland Libraries and Georgia State University Library are embarking on a three-year project to digitize records on the labor movement’s ties to the civil rights movement. The project, “Advancing Workers Rights in the American South,” is funded by a $350,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Campus Community Invited to Meet Finalists for Position Overseeing Compliance With Disability, Accessibility Laws

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites the campus community to meet the three finalists for the position of ADA/504 coordinator. As the university works to be a more inclusive campus, this position will be important in ensuring the coordination and development of ongoing efforts for ADA compliance management.

Friday’s Bike to Work Day Celebrated on Campus

If you’re attending Commencement on Friday, how about arriving by bike? (Just don’t get your gown tangled in the chain.) That’s the day commuters and bike riders across the Washington, D.C., area are encouraged to get on their two wheels as part of Bike to Work Day, coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Restrictions on Out-of-state Travel Lifted; University-related International Trips Still Require Authorization

The University of Maryland today issued updated travel guidance that allows essential and non-essential university-related out-of-state travel, but maintained restrictions on international travel.

Alum Reginald Dwayne Betts Named Among Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders

Poet, lawyer and activist Reginald Dwayne Betts ’09 has been named one of Fortune magazine’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” Last year, in conjunction with The Andrew Mellon Foundation and Yale Law School, Betts launched the Million Book Project, which brings books to prisons and juvenile detention centers in the United States.

University Releases Vaccination Requirements for International Students, Faculty, Researchers

With COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all employees and students returning regularly to campus for the Fall 2021 semester, the University of Maryland yesterday released guidelines to help international students, faculty and scholars comply with requirements.

UMD Libraries Joins Open-Access Publishing Initiative; $15K Faculty Grants Available

The University of Maryland has joined TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), a national initiative to advance open-access publishing of monographs in the humanities and social sciences. TOME aims to make important long-form scholarship available to readers across the globe, without cost and permission barriers, by creating a system in which academic institutions subsidize the publication of open-access books.

Project Examines Switch From High-fat to High-carb Diet in Newly Hatched Chickens

A University of Maryland researcher is leading a team examining the mysteries of embryonic and newborn chickens—a project that could improve poultry production and benefit both animal and human health. Supported by a $500,000 award from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Nishanth E. Sunny, assistant professor of animal and avian sciences, is studying a transition that occurs in the first week after hatch, when chickens undergo a dramatic metabolic switch, from the fat-rich diet the embryos grow in to a high-carbohydrate diet.

$1.5M Department of Energy Award to Support Research to Enable Fusion Energy

The Quantum Technology Center (QTC) at the University of Maryland has received $1.5 million to study quantum diamond magnetometers in collaboration with Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), a Massachusetts Institute of Technology spin-off commercializing fusion energy.

Terp Named Women’s Lacrosse Big Ten Defender of the Year

Lizzie Colson, a redshirt senior on the Terps’ women’s lacrosse team, was unanimously named the Big Ten Defender of the Year, the conference announced on Monday.

Nominations for President’s Medal, Distinguished Service Awards Due May 7

The President’s Awards Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for two categories of awards to be conferred at Faculty and Staff Convocation on Sept. 15: the President’s Medal, and the President’s Distinguished Service Awards.

UMD’s First Memorial Celebration to Be Held Thursday

The university's first annual Memorial Celebration will honor the lives of Maryland students, faculty, emeriti faculty and staff members lost over the last year in a hybrid in-person and virtual event from 2:30-3 p.m. Thursday, May 6.

College Park Metro Station Shutdown Scheduled This Weekend in Preparation for Summer Closure

The College Park Metro Station, along with the stations at Prince George’s Plaza and Greenbelt, will close this coming Saturday and Sunday for platform reconstruction work, the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced.

Cantu Named Big Ten Women’s Golf Coach of the Year

Maryland women’s golf head coach Diana Cantu has been named the Big Ten Women's Coach of the Year, the conference announced on Wednesday. This marks the first of her career, as well as the first for the women's golf program. 

Ocean Currents Link, Divide Genetics of Global Mangrove Populations, UMD Researcher and Colleagues Show

A University of Maryland (UMD) postdoctoral researcher is one author of a new large-scale study examining the genetic diversity of mangroves over more than 1,800 miles of coastline in the Western Indian Ocean, including Eastern Africa and several islands. Until now, little work has been done classifying and highlighting genetic diversity in African mangrove populations for conservation.

COVID Vaccine Appointments Available on Campus, Nearby

University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the campus community today: While we continue to see promising numbers in the decline of COVID cases in the state of Maryland, this pandemic continues to cause human suffering across the country and world, and we must not let our guard down.

UMD Scholar Part of Panel Calling for Changes in Policing to Reduce Inappropriate Use of Force

In a new report, an international panel of experts on police use of force that included a University of Maryland researcher called for increased legal accountability, as well as enhanced training and more mental health treatment for officers. Joseph Richardson, the Joel and Kim Feller Endowed Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology and acting chair of the Department of African American Studies, was one of the panelists.

UMD Partners on Open Science Framework, Offers New Portal for Researchers

University of Maryland researchers now have access to the Open Science Framework (OSF), an online research management and collaboration platform from the Center for Open Science, the University of Maryland Libraries and the Division of Research announced.

UMD Team One of 10 Selected to Build ‘Eco Restoration Base’ on Burning Man Property

A team of University of Maryland students and recent alums is one of 10 groups worldwide selected in a design competition centered on a remote property owned by the nonfprofit that stages the annual Burning Man festival, where the Terps plan to build a self-sustaining “eco-restoration base.”

Safeway to Offer 3,000+ COVID Vaccines on Campus Next Week by Appointment

Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo sent the following email to the campus community today: We have been actively cultivating potential partnerships for vaccine administration. We now have the opportunity to have more than 3,000 additional community members vaccinated on campus next week.

No. 1 Men’s Lacrosse Team Wins Regular-Season Big Ten Title

The No. 1 Maryland men’s lacrosse team captured its fifth regular-season Big Ten championship with an 18-8 win over No. 12 Ohio State on Sunday evening at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

Grant to Support Substance Abuse Recovery in Md.’s Appalachian Region

A team of University of Maryland researchers has been awarded a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to spend the next six months developing a plan to help residents recovering from substance use disorder return to work in Western Maryland.

Pass/Fail Deadline Reminder: Changes to Grading Method Due Last Day of Class

As the last weeks of the semester approach, students are encouraged to review their grading method selections for each course to ensure they are accurate. The deadline to make final grading method selections is the last day of the class.

Pines Recognized as Top 50 Leader in Higher Education

UMD President Darryll J. Pines was named a “Top 50 leader in Higher Education” by the National Diversity Council at the 17th annual National Diversity and Leadership Conference.

Rest of U.S. Can Learn From Desert City About Water Management, Green Infrastructure, Research Finds

Grassroots efforts have driven policy changes on water management in Tucson, Ariz., a growing urban area in the middle of a desert, according to a study from a University of Maryland researcher and partners published recently in the Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning.

Women of Influence Awards to Celebrate Contributions of Four Campus Honorees

The President’s Commission on Women’s Issues (PCWI) invites the campus community to join this year’s Women of Influence Awards virtual ceremony on Thursday from 1-2 p.m.

Athletics Announces Attendance Guidelines for Spring Football Game

Maryland Athletics today announced guidelines for fans to safely attend the 2021 Spring Football Game at noon April 24 at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. The new operating guidelines, established in accordance with public health officials, are designed to ensure the health and safety of student-athletes and fans and provide an enjoyable experience.

South America Rapidly Losing Natural Ecosystems, New UMD Study Shows

A new study out today from Department of Geographical Sciences researchers reveals that the South American continent has lost 20% of its natural ecosystems since 1985—equivalent to about 22 soccer fields of natural land being degraded or converted by human activity each minute for more than three decades.

DIT Advises Vigilance Against Tax Refund Phishing Scam Targeting Colleges

The IRS warned this week that scammers are impersonating the federal agency in fake emails targeting college students and staff expecting tax refunds. The emails to .edu addresses display the IRS logo and use subject lines like “Tax Refund Payment” and “Recalculation of your tax refund payment” to lure people into turning over personal data.

Frese Named AP’s National Coach of the Year

Maryland women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese was named National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press Wednesday. Frese, who recently finished in her 19th season at Maryland, was also voted National Coach of the Year by ESPN and The Athletic earlier this month.

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