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UMD Researchers Bolster New State Center for Behavioral Health and Public Safety

Researchers from the Maryland Crime Research and Innovation Center (MCRIC) at the University of Maryland (UMD) have developed a strategic plan for a new center that will serve as a hub for the state to improve access to behavioral health care and reduce engagement with the criminal justice system.

City of College Park Celebrates First Sale in New Homeownership Program

ew program that provides a path to affordable homeownership in College Park for middle- and low-income residents celebrated its first home sale Wednesday.

New Awards, Initiatives to Recognize, Support UMD Staff

Follow up to announcement of three new staff-focused initiatives to support the work of UMD's Fearlessly Forward strategic plan commitment to invest in people and communities.

Homecoming Office Decorating Competition Registrations Welcomed

Registration is open through noon Oct. 3 for the University of Maryland’s 10th annual Homecoming Office Decorating Competition.

UMD to Host College Access Fair for Spanish-Speaking Families

The University of Maryland, in collaboration with Prince George’s County Public Schools, will host Estudios Universitarios a Su Alcance (A College Education Within Your Reach), a college access fair in Spanish, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center.

Big Ten Open Books Project Launches First Collection

University of Maryland Libraries and other libraries in the Big Ten Academic Alliance announced the launch of the Big Ten Open Books Project, a collaboration between the university presses and libraries of the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Johns Hopkins APL, UMD Partner to Advance Space Engineering Research

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and the University of Maryland signed an agreement on Friday to partner on advanced research opportunities in space missions, as well as spacecraft instrument definition and design.

New Maryland Fellows Program to Focus on Local, Public Service

The University of Maryland has created a new branch of its Fellows Program to prepare undergraduates for careers in local and state public service.

Proposals Welcomed for Teaching Innovation Grants

The University of Maryland is seeking proposals for Teaching Innovation Grants to support effective, engaging and inclusive learning experiences that prepare students to navigate a technology-rich world.

Applications Open for 2023-24 Sustainability Fund

The University of Maryland Sustainability Fund will cultivate a new crop of projects this year with $665,000 in seed money available to support campus improvements, student engagement and sustainability-focused research.

Do Good Institute Recruits Students for Grant, Fellows and Workshop Programs

The Do Good Institute is accepting applications this fall for Accelerator Fellows, Mini-Grants and its newest student program, ChangeMaker Pathways.

Actor, Comedian Eric André to Headline SEE Homecoming Comedy Show

Actor and comedian Eric André will headline Student Entertainment Events’ annual Homecoming Comedy Show at the University of Maryland.

Updated Campus Preparedness Resources Now Available

What would you do in the event of a tornado warning? What safety and security measures are in place to keep you safe on campus? The Office of Emergency Management and Business Continuity (OEMBC) has updated its emergency preparedness resources and reminds the campus community of safety lessons during September, National Preparedness Month.

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.

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