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On-campus Hearing and Speech Clinic Begins Accepting Private Insurance

Patients at the on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic no longer must pay out of pocket if they are enrolled in the university’s preferred Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Healthcare insurance plans.

With Every Goal, Field Hockey Team Supports Boy Recovering From Cancer

The Maryland field hockey team on Sunday will amp up its season-long campaign to support a local boy who battled cancer—and is also the young nephew of team captain Kyler Greenwalt.

President Pines Urges Support for Maryland Charity Campaign

University of Maryland faculty and staff are encouraged to support the Maryland Charity Campaign, which helps thousands across the state in need, including those affected by COVID-19.

Events Slated for Mental Health Awareness Week

National Mental Health Awareness Week is a great time to start improving your mental health. Join the Counseling Center and campus partners Oct. 4-8 for free programming to break down health barriers, stamp out stigmas and take time for self-care.

New Maryland Gear Made From Recycled Water Bottles

Terp fans attending Friday night’s home football game against Iowa will have the chance to buy Maryland apparel made with post-consumer recycled water bottles.

UMD Annual Safety and Security and Fire Safety Reports Released

Chief David B. Mitchell of the University of Maryland Police Department sent the following email to the campus community today: The 2021 Annual Safety and Security Report (ASR) and Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) are available for your review. The ASR provides safety and security resources and information to current and prospective students and their parents, as well as to faculty and staff members.

Applications Welcomed for $300K in Sustainability Fund Grants

The University Sustainability Fund will award $300,000 this year to projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at the University of Maryland. Applications are being accepted for 2020-21 projects through Oct. 15.

Toolkit Aims to Help Small Businesses Stay in Place

The University of Maryland’s Small Business Anti-Displacement Network (SBAN) has compiled an interactive toolkit of more than 20 implementable strategies for small business leaders to protect vulnerable businesses, especially those owned by immigrants and people of color, from displacement, closure and the ongoing stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vote Now: Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate Nominated for 2021 Three Minute Thesis Competition

Patricia Razafindrambinina, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is one of 20 contestants in this year’s Universitas 21 Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT), which challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a nonspecialist audience in a concise and compelling way.

CMNS Dean Varshney Named Interim Vice President for Research

University President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to campus administrators today: Today, I am announcing the appointment of Dr. Amitabh Varshney, Ph.D., as interim vice president for research for the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), effective Monday, Oct. 11.

$7.5M Award Funds Research on Memory Architecture for Quantum Computers

A University of Maryland quantum computing expert is part of a multi-institutional team awarded $7.5 million by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to understand and create a quantum computing counterpart to the random access memory, or RAM, that helps everyday computers operate.

Employee Guidance Issued in Advance of Friday Night Football

Maryland Football will host the Iowa Hawkeyes at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium at 8 p.m. Oct. 1—a Friday—so faculty are being asked to consider hybrid or virtual instruction, and employees can look into other adjustments to their workday.

Actor, Comedian Jimmy O. Yang to Headline Homecoming Comedy Show

Student Entertainment Events (SEE) at the University of Maryland will welcome “Silicon Valley” and “Space Force” actor and stand-up comic Jimmy O. Yang as the 2021 Homecoming Comedy Show’s featured act.

UMD Hosts Forums Welcoming Terps to Help Shape Data Privacy Policy

The University of Maryland seeks the campus community’s input as it develops a new data privacy policy to establish clear principles and expectations related to the appropriate use of members’ data.

Wealthy Americans’ Diet Is Healthier, But Worse for Earth, Geographical Sciences Study Finds

A new study by University of Maryland researchers and international colleagues shows that wealthier Americans tend to eat healthier than lower-income Americans—with less sugar and more meats, dairy and fruits—but have a worse impact on the environment.

‘Terps in Service’ Initiative Encourages Employee Volunteerism

University President Darryll J. Pines sent the following message to faculty and staff today: The University of Maryland has a long history of service to our surrounding communities. From our annual Good Neighbor Day events to the numerous partnerships between campus groups and community organizations, Terps make a genuine difference in the lives of our neighbors.

Musicology Professor Tapped to Lead Arts for All Initiative

Musicology Professor Patrick Warfield has been appointed associate dean for arts and programming in the College of Arts and Humanities, where he will direct the campuswide Arts For All initiative and support the college’s programming, Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill announced.

Researchers Uncover Barriers to Green Infrastructure in Chesapeake Bay Watersheds

A University of Maryland study that examined barriers to deploying “green infrastructure” (GI) to manage storm water and mitigate the effects of climate change revealed a need for both increased transparency and communication from government and greater resident participation and buy-in on the concept.

Spirit of Maryland Award Applicants Sought

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Spirit of Maryland Award, presented annually to two members of the senior class who through their achievements have most exemplified the “spirit” of the University of Maryland.

UMPD Comfort Dog’s Name Revealed

Meet Teddy! The University of Maryland Police Department’s adorable comfort dog now has a name, thanks to input from the UMD community.

UMD Joins NSF-funded $25M Center for Optoelectronic, Quantum Technologies

The National Science Foundation has announced a five-year, $25 million grant to fund a multi-institutional center including the University of Maryland that will conduct research to bring atomic-level precision to the devices and technologies that underpin much of modern life.

UMD’s Chief Information Officer Urges Precautions Against Ransomware Attacks

Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jeffrey K. Hollingsworth sent the following email to faculty and staff this afternoon: In light of recent ransomware attacks in the state and region, I call your attention to five important precautionary measures you can take to minimize the chances of falling victim to scams and exposing UMD to ransomware attacks.

LGBTQ+ Equity Center Announces New Name

The University of Maryland’s LGBT Equity Center announced today that it has changed its name to the LGBTQ+ Equity Center.

UMD Events to Mark 9/11’s 20th Anniversary

The University of Maryland will mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with discussions, remembrances and reflections, and a call to service.

Help Name UMPD’s New Comfort Dog

The fuzziest and cuddliest member of the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) has just arrived on campus—and he needs your input on his name. From now until Sept. 10, you can go online and vote for what you want the 10-week-old chocolate Labrador, who will serve as UMPD’s new comfort dog, to be called.

Master’s Degree Program in Extension Education Announced

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, which administers the University of Maryland Extension (UME) program, is launching a Master of Extension Education program, with classes and curriculum geared toward university extension career seekers and existing extension professionals.

$100K Mellon Grant Funds Continuation of Persian, Arabic Digitization Project

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to support the continued development of user-friendly, open-source software capable of creating digital texts from Persian and Arabic books.

College Park’s Metro Station, Three Others to Reopen Sept. 7

Four Metro stations on the Green and Yellow lines, including College Park, are scheduled to reopen for service on Sept. 7 for the first time since spring. The Green Line will resume operations from Branch Avenue to Greenbelt, and the Yellow Line will resume from Huntington to Greenbelt.

ODK Applications Open Through Sept. 17

Juniors, seniors and graduate students can now apply for membership to the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

UMD Text Alerts System to Notify Campus Community of Emergencies, Provide Safety Guidance

UMD Alerts sent the following message to the campus community today: As a member of the UMD community, you will now automatically receive UMD Text Alerts. The University of Maryland will send out a UMD Text Alert when a significant emergency or a dangerous situation is occurring on or near campus that poses an immediate threat to health or safety.

Provost Welcomes Back Faculty, Applauds Their Success in Innovating, Adapting

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to faculty and academic staff: I hope you were able to find some time for rest and renewal over the summer, and are looking forward to reconnecting with our community. I remain honored to step into my new role on campus, and I am especially delighted to welcome you to the 2021-22 academic year.

QR Codes in Classrooms to Enable Early Contact Tracing

As the Fall semester begins with in-person classes the norm once again, the University of Maryland has implemented a new classroom-based way to carry out early coronavirus contact identification.

Open-Access Publishing Grant Applications Available

A University of Maryland program that’s part of a nationwide movement to revolutionize scholarly book publishing is now accepting applications for three grants of up to $15,000 to sponsor the publication of open-access, digital monographs by UMD faculty members.

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