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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.

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).

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