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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.

Nominations Sought for President’s Medal, President’s Distinguished Service Awards

The President’s Awards Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for awards to be conferred at the Faculty and Staff Convocation on Sept. 13. There are two categories of awards.

Smith School to Offer Online Master of Science in Management Studies

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is launching a new master’s program for recent graduates from any academic background and professionals in any industry seeking a time- and cost-efficient means to develop their foundational business skills.

Army ROTC to Host Helicopter Landings, Takeoffs Today

A series of helicopter landings and takeoffs is planned on Chapel Fields as part of educational and training exercises for the Army ROTC program. These events are standard practice and are not cause for alarm. There will be minimal disruption to foot traffic on Chapel Fields during landing and takeoff.

Ukrainian Students to Host Candlelight Vigil for Victims of War

The University of Maryland’s Ukrainian Student Association will host a candlelight vigil for Ukraine at 4 p.m. today by the sundial on McKeldin Mall. It will mark the anniversary tomorrow of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and will honor the victims of Ukraine’s ongoing fight for freedom and democracy.

SEE to Welcome TikTok Star Chris Olsen

Student Entertainment Events (SEE) will host a discussion with TikTok celebrity and comedian Chris Olsen at 8 p.m. March 30 in the Stamp Student Union’s Colony Ballroom.

Turkish Students Seek Donations for Earthquake Victims

The University of Maryland’s Turkish Student Organization is collecting donations to support the victims of last week’s devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, which have killed at least 35,000 people and affected more than 20 million.

New SPH Trail Teaches the Power of the Heart, Physical Activity

Kinesiology Professor Jim Hagberg built his career on researching how exercise lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, practicing what he teaches outside the classroom by walking some 30 miles a week in Howard County, Md.’s Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA).

Campus Community Invited to Meet Candidates for LGBTQ+ Equity Center Director

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Georgina Dodge sent the following email to the campus community today: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hiring a new director for our LGBTQ+ Equity Center and invites you to meet the four finalists for the position.

New Initiatives to Support Staff Work Life Experience Announced

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Carlo Colella, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Georgina Dodge and Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo sent the following email to University of Maryland faculty and staff today: The University of Maryland's strategic plan, Fearlessly Forward, boldly commits to making new and sustained investments in our people and communities.

SEE to Host Atsuko Okatsuka for All Niter Comedy Show

Student Entertainment Events (SEE) will welcome stand-up comedian, actor and writer Atsuko Okatsuka for its Spring Comedy Show, to be held as part of the Stamp’s annual All Niter event.

Pitch Dingman Competition 2023 Expands to USM Schools

After hosting nearly a decade of “Shark Tank”-style student pitch competitions, the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship is expanding its annual Pitch Dingman Competition to include other University System of Maryland entrepreneurs.

U.S. News Ranks UMD Business, Engineering Online Grad Programs in Top 20

Engineering and business master’s programs at the University of Maryland maintained their positions among the nation’s best in 2023 U.S. News and World Report rankings released today.

ARPA-E Awards $4.9M for UMD Research on Advanced Electric Vehicle Batteries

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded nearly $4.9 million to support a University of Maryland research project aimed at creating more affordable, convenient, efficient and resilient electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

Online Dashboard to Share Updates on Policing Task Force Recommendations

Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Carlo Colella and Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Georgina Dodge sent the following email to the campus community today: President Pines announced the path forward for the university's response to the recommendations of the Public Safety and Community Policing Task Force, including the establishment of a Campus Safety Advisory Council (CSAC).

$1M Grant Funds New Press Freedom Initiative

The University of Maryland is launching a new press freedom initiative funded by a nearly $1 million grant from the nonprofit First Look Institute, the organization and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism announced today.

UMD Team Awarded $750K to Improve Food Security in Maryland

A University of Maryland team has been awarded $750,000 to address the complex and interconnected challenges of food and nutrition security in Maryland.

New Director of University Senate Office Appointed

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to the campus community today: I am delighted to announce that after a successful, highly competitive search, Ms. Veronica Marin has been appointed to the position of director of the University Senate Office.

$4.2M USAID Grant Supports Researcher Tackling Terror Threat in Northern Ghana

While global patterns of terrorist attacks show a decline since 2016, such violence has been on the rise in parts of West Africa, said John McCauley, an associate professor in the University of Maryland Department of Government and Politics: “Terrorism is anything but getting better in this particular part of the world.”

$3.8M NIH Grant Funds Expansion of Researcher’s Opioid Use Recovery Approach to Rural Maryland

A University of Maryland psychologist is taking the peer-based opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment model she and her team developed in Baltimore, Md., to the state’s Eastern Shore with the support of a $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Major Campus Traffic Pattern Changes Announced

With construction of the Purple Line light rail route scheduled to ramp up in January, long-term traffic pattern changes in the core of the University of Maryland campus will begin on Dec. 27, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Carlo Colella said today.

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