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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.

Maryland Dairy Debuts Flavor Honoring Alum Jim Henson for National Puppetry Festival

Kermit’s Kiss, which honors University of Maryland alum and Muppets creator Jim Henson ’60, features mint ice cream and Belgian chocolate flakes and is available starting Wednesday at the Dairy in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union.

DOTS to Require Registration of E-scooters, E-bikes; Process Opens July 24

J. David Allen, executive director of the Department of Transportation Services, sent the following email to the campus community today: In recent years the UMD campus community, like many cities and communities around the world, has seen the popular adoption of motorized micromobility vehicles, such as e-scooters and e-bikes. When operated safely, micromobility vehicles are a quick, convenient and sustainable way to get around campus.

UMD Poll: Partisan Divide Deepens Following Recent Russian Mutiny

The Russian mutiny by the Wagner mercenary group heightened the partisan divide among Americans on U.S. policy toward Ukraine, according to the latest University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll.

Varshney Reappointed Dean of College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to campus leaders: I am pleased to inform you that I am reappointing Dr. Amitabh Varshney as dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) for a second five-year term, extending through June 30, 2028.

Terp Shortstop Becomes Highest MLB Draft Pick in Program History

University of Maryland junior shortstop Matt Shaw was selected No. 13 overall by the Chicago Cubs on Sunday evening, making him the highest draft pick in program history.

$4.4M NIH Award Supports UMD Research on Enzymes to Combat Pneumonia

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) has awarded $4.4 million to a University of Maryland researcher and a colleague to develop both a novel therapeutic and a vaccine approach to address Streptococcus pneumoniae, which is the leading cause of bacterial community-acquired pneumonia and the cause of death for about 1.6 million people annually.

UMD Researchers Develop New Imaging Technology That Can ‘See’ Hidden Objects

University of Maryland researchers helped create an imaging technology that could one day result in video cameras able to peer through fog, smoke, driving rain, murky water, skin, bone and other materials that obscure objects from view by reflecting scattered light.

5 Terps Win Gold With Team USA in 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s Championship

The 2023 World Lacrosse Men's Championship came to a close on Saturday with the United States team—which prominently featured five former University of Maryland players—topping Canada 10-7 to win its second consecutive World Championship.

UMD Astronomer Helps Find First Evidence of Constant, Low-Frequency Gravitational Waves

Scientists using large radio telescopes to observe rapidly rotating stars called pulsars have found the first evidence of gravitational waves at extremely low frequencies, according to a set of five papers published this week in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. The discoveries could help researchers unlock the secrets of gravity and its effect on the cosmos.

UMD Researchers Document Surge in Tropical Rainforest Destruction

Data released this week by the University of Maryland Global Land Analysis and Discovery (GLAD) laboratory shows a 10% increase in tropical rainforest loss in 2022 compared to the previous year—with the resulting destruction of 4.1 million hectares equivalent to losing 11 football fields of forest area every minute.

Union Lane to Close for Purple Line Construction

A new road closure will go into effect next week on the University of Maryland campus to expedite construction of the Purple Line, adding to several other closures in support of the light-rail and other construction projects.

New Partnership Aims to Make Key Quantum Computing Hardware Available to Researchers

The Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) at the University of Maryland is joining industry partners and a federal research lab to make state-of-the-art quantum computing components available to leading U.S. research groups to enable groundbreaking scientific research and discovery.

Faculty-Founded Food Safety Tech Firm Acquired by Longtime Partner

Hazel Analytics, a global leader in food safety technologies born out of University of Maryland research, was recently acquired by longtime partner and global sustainability leader Ecolab.

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.

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