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Climate Survey Asks Students About Experiences With Sexual Assault

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

Three Colleges Unveil Digital Generalist Badge

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), the College of Information Studies (iSchool) and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences’ Department of Computer Science are expanding the Office of Undergraduate Studies’ badging program with a credential that signals students’ ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills in data science.

Do Good Institute Recruits Accelerator Fellows for Summer 2022

From creating low-cost prosthetic devices to offering health care to unhoused populations in Baltimore and combating domestic violence in Haiti, Terps are doubling down on their commitment to making a difference for the causes and issues important to them.

Art Attack Performers Announced

Rapper Polo G will headline the University of Maryland’s 38th Art Attack concert at the Xfinity Center on May 7, hosted by Student Entertainment Events (SEE), with TikTok sensation Flo Milli as the opening act.

New Graduate Student Housing Option Offered

Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jennifer King Rice, and Graduate School Dean Steve Fetter sent the following email to graduate students today: We have listened and understood that a primary need from our graduate student community is access to affordable and convenient housing. We, and President Pines, have prioritized investing in the needs of our graduate students as part of our broader work to create an inclusive community.

Merrill College Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame Class

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism will kick off its 50th anniversary celebration with the unveiling of the Merrill College Hall of Fame. The inaugural class will include five distinguished alums and one celebrated faculty member, Dean Lucy Dalglish announced Tuesday.

Terp Business Directory Debuts

The University of Maryland Alumni Association unveiled the Terp Referral Exchange Business Directory at its EnTERPreneurship event last night at The Hall CP, featuring a discussion between President Darryll J. Pines and the restaurant and event venue’s developer, Scott Plank ’88. More than 300 alums, students and other supporters attended.

UMD Again Recognized Among the Best Places to Work in Student Affairs

The American College Personnel Association-College Student Educators International and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education have selected the University of Maryland Division of Student Affairs as one of the 16 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs in 2022.

UMD Named Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

The University of Maryland was named a 2021-22 top-producing institution for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, according to rankings published Monday in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Researcher at Center of Clean Energy Projects Supported by $5.6M in ARPA-E Funding

The University of Maryland and the UMD-linked startup HighT-Tech this week announced a combined $5.6 million in awards from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) as part of a funding program to support novel approaches to clean energy.

Gene Editing Breakthrough in Ticks to Help Combat Lyme Disease

A multi-institutional research team that includes a University of Maryland scientist has uncovered a new method that allows for gene editing in ticks at the embryo stage—a process previously thought impossible. The results, published Feb. 15 in iScience, could diminish the ability of ticks to serve as vectors for disease and pathogen transmission, decreasing the public health threat of tick-borne diseases like Lyme.

Inaugural Neuro-Link Grant to UMCP-UMB Team Supports Research to Improve Brain Cancer Treatment

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BIOE) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Department of Neurosurgery today announced the award of the inaugural Neuro-Link program grant to a team of UMB/UMCP researchers working to develop a novel technique to treat glioblastoma, the deadliest and most common type of adult brain cancer.

UMD Leads International Report Urging New Framework for Land-use Policymaking

An associate research professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences has co-led a new paper containing 10 facts that land use scientists around the world believe are oft-overlooked in global policy debates about sustainability, conservation, climate change and more.

New Study Shows Ag Sector Has Yet to Fully Grapple With AI Ethics

Artificial intelligence (AI) has made inroads into almost every industry and socioeconomic sector in recent decades, carrying with it a promise of making life easier and more efficient while raising new concerns about privacy, implicit bias and a host of potentially harmful, unintended consequences.

Dean Chang Named to Interim Post Leading UMD’s Innovation Efforts

Interim Vice President for Research Amitabh Varshney and incoming Vice President for Research Gregory Ball sent the following email this morning to deans, department heads and directors: We are excited to share with you that Dr. Dean Chang will serve as interim chief innovation officer and associate vice president for innovation and economic development in the Division of Research at the University of Maryland.

DIT Announces New Privacy Policy on University Data

The Division of Information Technology is marking National Data Privacy Day today by announcing both a new UMD policy to establish clear principles and expectations on the appropriate use of university community members’ data, and an accompanying Data Privacy Program web page.

University Updates Weather Closure Notification Procedures

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice and Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Rythee Lambert-Jones sent the following email to the campus community today: As we begin the spring semester, we are writing to remind you of the university’s inclement weather procedures for 2022.

ODK Leadership Society Opens Applications for New Members

Omicron Delta Kappa, one of the most prestigious national societies to recognize leadership, is now accepting applications for the Spring 2022 semester.

7 Terps Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 Lists

Seven University of Maryland graduates were named to the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 lists, a compilation of what the magazine calls 600 of the brightest young entrepreneurs, leaders and stars.

The Clarice to Require Proof of Vaccination of Patrons

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center joins with University of Maryland Athletics in announcing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for patrons attending all performances. The requirement will go into effect on Jan. 24 and remain until further notice.

UMD Joins U.S. Cyber Command’s Academic Engagement Network

The University of Maryland has joined 83 other academic institutions in a new initiative to bolster the nation’s cybersecurity education and workforce development.

UMD and Underwriters Laboratories to Lead Worldwide Partnership to Improve Understanding of Wildfires and Fire Modeling

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people die in fires that cause economic damage equivalent to 2% of combined global income. With that toll expected to continue to increase, researchers from the University of Maryland will co-lead two new global initiatives designed to expand our knowledge and understanding of wildfires and fire modeling.

New Report Details Extremist Group Proud Boys’ Leading Role in Jan. 6, 2021, Attack on Capitol

Most of the defendants accused of breaching the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, who had links to organized extremist groups were affiliated with the Proud Boys, according to a new research brief from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.

Maryland Athletics Announces Vaccine Requirement for Indoor Sports Events

Maryland Athletics announced that a vaccine requirement will go into effect on Jan. 9 for all indoor sporting events, including men's and women's basketball. The measure will remain in effect until further notice.

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.

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