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Longtime Terp Matt Swope Named Baseball Head Coach

Matt Swope ’03, who has been associated with Maryland baseball for more than two decades, was named head coach of the Terrapins by Damon Evans, Barry P. Gossett Director of Athletics, on Monday. 

UMD Students Advance to Global Finals in Programming Competition

A team of University of Maryland computer science students advanced to the global finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) this fall with a third-place finish last month at the North American Championship, coming in second among U.S. competitors and securing UMD’s best-ever finish in the competition.

Amid Wildfire Smoke Alert, Provost Urges Limiting Outdoor Activity, Keeping Doors and Windows Shut

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to the university community today: Across Maryland, we are experiencing poor outside air quality due to smoke from Canadian wildfires. We urge people with special health conditions to take precautions.

UMD-Led Study Reveals Unique Structure of the ‘BOAT’—Brightest of All Time Gamma-Ray Burst

Scientists who detected the gamma-ray burst known as GRB 221009A last October dubbed it the BOAT: the brightest of all time. A paper published yesterday in the journal Science Advances this week offers a possible explanation for its powerful and persistent glow.

UMD Researchers’ Elastocaloric Cooling System Opens Door to Climate-Friendly AC

In a recent study in the journal Science, a team led by materials science and engineering Professor Ichiro Takeuchi and mechanical engineering professors Reinhard Radermacher and Yunho Hwang introduced a high-performance elastocaloric cooling system that could represent the next generation of cooling devices.

$1.9M in USDA Grants Supports Research to Boost Meat and Dairy Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded three teams of UMD animal science researchers $650,000 each to help farmers improve production through better selective breeding or disease mitigation. The grants are part of a $13 million USDA program to promote innovative work in cellular, molecular, genomic and whole-animal aspects of nutrition, growth and lactation.

Smith School Establishes Risk Management Consortium

UMD’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is launching an initiative to assess and address risks to government and industry due to extreme weather and climate change, cybersecurity, and instability in national economies and many industries.

Several Summer Road Closures on the Way

As commencement ceremonies end, marking the end of the academic year, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Carlo Colella alerts drivers of summer road closures for construction of the state’s light-rail Purple Line though campus and several other projects underway at the university.

UMD Study Finds Brain Connectivity, Memory Improves in Older Adults After Walking

Regular walks strengthen connections in and between brain networks, according to new University of Maryland School of Public Health research, adding to growing evidence linking exercise with slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

UMD Astronomer Leads Study That Finds Water in Asteroid Belt Comet

Using infrared technology on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, a University of Maryland-led team of astronomers for the first time has confirmed the presence of gas—specifically water vapor—around a comet in the solar system’s main asteroid belt.

MAPP, School of Public Health Announce Awardees of New Seed Grants

The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (MAPP) and the School of Public Health (SPH) announced today the awardees of their inaugural Healthy Places Seed Grants, a funding program designed to spark innovative research around the challenges of building healthy, equitable communities.

College of Education Receives $4.8M Grant to Launch School Improvement Leadership Academy

The University of Maryland College of Education has launched a program to support school leaders in their efforts to increase student achievement. Funded by a $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary & Secondary Education’s Supporting Effective Educator Development Program, the School Improvement Leadership Academy will bring together 180 principals and assistant principals from Title I, high-need and/or targeted support and improvement schools in Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware for comprehensive, evidence-based professional learning and development.

UMD-led Study on How Cells Get Signals From Physical Senses Could Lead to New Disease Treatments

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by a University of Maryland-led team has opened the door to seeing how cells respond to physical signals.

UMD Astronomer, Team Use James Webb Space Telescope to Study Elusive Exoplanet’s Atmosphere

For more than a decade, astronomers have been trying to get a closer look at a planet known as GJ 1214b that orbits a star 40 light years from Earth, but a thick layer of haze stymied their efforts to study its atmosphere.

College of Education, Prince George’s County Renew Partnership for School Improvement

Leaders from the University of Maryland and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on May 3 to renew their partnership for another three years. 

Five Terps Selected in 2023 NFL Draft

Led by first-round pick Deonte Banks, five University of Maryland football players were selected this weekend in the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City, Mo., the most for the program since 2009.

University System of Maryland Ranks Among World’s Top Patent Producers

Together with other schools in the University System of Maryland (USM), the University of Maryland, College Park ranks 14th among U.S. public institutions and 32nd in the world for patents awarded in 2022. According to the report, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year granted a total of 89 patents to five USM institutions, 41 of which are held by UMD.

UMD Researchers Help With First Detection of Seismic Waves Passing Through Mars’ Liquid Core

An international team of scientists that included two University of Maryland seismologists observed seismic waves traveling through Mars’ core for the first time and confirmed model predictions of the core’s composition.

UMD Researcher Joins Japanese Space Agency-led Mars Exploration Mission

A University of Maryland expert on the dusty surfaces of moons and asteroids has joined the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission, which will launch a spacecraft to Phobos, the larger of the planet’s two moons, in 2024.

Meet the Finalists for AVP of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites members of the campus community to meet the four finalists for the position of assistant vice president for diversity and inclusion.

UMPD to Host Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The University of Maryland Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its offices in the Pocomoke Building, 7569 Baltimore Ave.

NBA Shooting Coach Headlines ‘Dream Team’ Youth-Police Basketball Event

NBA shooting coach and Prince George’s County native Chris Matthews will join University of Maryland, county and community partners at Ritchie Coliseum on Saturday for the College Park Dream Team’s Community Unity Youth Clinic and Basketball Game.

University Senate Seeks Committee Volunteers

The University Senate invites active faculty and staff and currently enrolled students to join one of its committees for the 2023-24 academic year.

UMD Named ‘Bee Campus USA’ in Effort to Protect Pollinators

The University of Maryland on Monday received certification as a Bee Campus USA affiliate by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, joining 163 other higher education institutions in a movement dedicated to creating and maintaining pollinator-friendly campus habitats.

UMD Center Offers Free Sustainability Resources

The University of Maryland’s National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) has launched a collection of free sustainability-focused resources to engage more teachers and students in discussions about sustainability—with the hope that a greater diversity of perspectives and experiences can yield more robust and creative solutions.

Miller, Meyers Among Highest Picks in WNBA Draft

Two Terps were among the top picks in last night’s 2023 WNBA Draft, with Diamond Miller taken second overall by the Minnesota Lynx and Abby Meyers selected No. 11 by the Dallas Wings.

New Digital Storytelling and Poetics Minor to Launch in Fall 2023

The Department of English in the College of Arts and Humanities will debut a minor in digital storytelling and poetics this fall that will empower students from a range of academic backgrounds to make and tell stories in digital and new media spaces.

Nomination Deadline Extended to April 10 for President’s Awards

All faculty and staff are invited to submit nominations electronically or by mail by April 10 for the President's Medal and the President's Distinguished Service Awards (click on links to view past recipients), which will be conferred at the Faculty and Staff Convocation on Sept. 13.

Students, Faculty, Staff Invited to Take Survey on Libraries’ Service Quality

The University of Maryland Libraries invites students, faculty and staff to participate in a brief, anonymized online survey about their experiences with UMD Libraries.

Aminé, Tai Verdes to Headline Art Attack Concert

Student Entertainment Events (SEE) will welcome Aminé with special guest Tai Verdes for the University of Maryland’s annual Art Attack concert on May 5 in the Xfinity Center. Tickets can be purchased at starting at noon on Friday.

Purple Line Construction to Close Campus Drive During Spring Break

From Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24, work on the Purple Line light-rail project will close the intersection of Regents and Campus drives for repaving.

UMD Study Rules Out Melted Meteorites as Source of Earth’s Water

Water covers 71% of Earth’s surface, but no one knows how or when such massive quantities of it arrived on our planet in the first place.

Pollinator Conservation Initiative Seeks Bee Campus USA Designation

The Arboretum and Botanical Garden has announced a collaboration at the University of Maryland to earn the distinction of Bee Campus USA in time for Maryland Day on April 29.

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