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UMD Refugee Day Welcomes Families to Campus Tomorrow

Members of the UMD community and refugees who have settled in Prince George’s County will come together at the Cambridge Community Center from 1-4 p.m. tomorrow to mark UMD Refugee Day, an event that will feature music, food, sports and games.

Student Winners of Sadat Art Competition Announced

Lotus blossoms, spider-like wood shapes and reimagined self-portraits were among this year’s winners of the annual Sadat Art for Peace competition, held for UMD art students by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Department of Art. The theme of the 2022 competition was Islamophobia.

Three Honorees to Be Recognized at Women of Influence Awards

The President's Commission on Women’s Issues (PCWI) will virtually host its annual celebration of exceptional campus women, the Women of Influence Awards, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Art Attack Outdoor Festival Events Canceled

Student Entertainment Events (SEE) has canceled Art Attack 38’s day events on Saturday due to anticipated inclement weather. The evening concert, featuring Polo G and Flo Milli, will still take place at 8 p.m. at the Xfinity Center.

New Creative Placemaking Minor to Prepare Students to Envision Public Spaces

The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the College of Arts and Humanities will debut a minor in creative placemaking this fall that will use art, culture and design to spark conversations about a community's future.

Two Terps Selected in 2022 NFL Draft

University of Maryland football players Nick Cross, a defensive back, and Chigoziem Okonkwo, a tight end, were selected in the 2022 NFL Draft this weekend in Las Vegas.

Baseball Player Pitches Program’s First Perfect Game Since 1959

In his first Friday night start, UMD pitcher Ryan Ramsey retired all 27 Northwestern hitters he faced, recording Maryland’s first perfect game in more than 60 years as it won, 13-0.

Campus Invited to Facilities Master Plan Forum

UMD students, faculty and staff and community members are invited to attend open forums Wednesday to provide input on a new facilities master plan that will guide future campus development.

UMPD, DEA to Host National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The University of Maryland Police Department in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) welcomes Terps to participate in the 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30.

Grand Challenges Grants Information Session Scheduled Tuesday

A virtual information session from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday will provide an overview of the University of Maryland's new Grand Challenges Grants Program, the largest and most comprehensive program of its type ever introduced at UMD.

Nominations Sought for President’s Medal and 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. 14. There are two categories of awards: the President's Medal and the President's Distinguished Service Awards.

Do Good Challenge Teams Split $20K in Prizes

Student teams working to prevent opioid overdoses and protect the mental health of health-care workers each took the $5,000 first-place prize in the 10th annual do Good Challenge last night.

Dining Services Celebrates Earth Day With ‘Total Vedge Out’

Dining Services will celebrate Earth Day today in The Diner by offering all-vegetarian menus for lunch and dinner, featuring products from Beyond Meat, founded by UMD alum Ethan Brown M.P.M. ’97.

COVID-19 Protocols Remain in Place; Tests Available on Campus

Dr. Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, University Health Center director, sent the following email to the campus community today: Over the past 10 days, many areas of the country, Maryland included, have seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. These cases are driven by new, more contagious Omicron sub-variants, but thankfully seem to present with mostly mild symptoms due to the continued effectiveness of vaccines and boosters.

Maryland Athletics Named Opendorse’s NIL Power 5 Partner of the Year

Maryland Athletics was awarded Opendorse’s Power 5 Athlete-Driven Partner of the Year, an honor presented to the athletic program that is going above and beyond to help student-athletes protect, build and monetize their personal brands.

Climate Survey Asks Students About Experiences With Sexual Assault

A biennial campuswide climate survey sponsored by the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM) and the School of Public Health (SPH) is aiming to assess the scope and nature of sexual assault at UMD, and identify effective means of intervention and prevention.

Three Colleges Unveil Digital Generalist Badge

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), the College of Information Studies (iSchool) and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences’ Department of Computer Science are expanding the Office of Undergraduate Studies’ badging program with a credential that signals students’ ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills in data science.

Do Good Institute Recruits Accelerator Fellows for Summer 2022

From creating low-cost prosthetic devices to offering health care to unhoused populations in Baltimore and combating domestic violence in Haiti, Terps are doubling down on their commitment to making a difference for the causes and issues important to them.

Art Attack Performers Announced

Rapper Polo G will headline the University of Maryland’s 38th Art Attack concert at the Xfinity Center on May 7, hosted by Student Entertainment Events (SEE), with TikTok sensation Flo Milli as the opening act.

New Graduate Student Housing Option Offered

Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jennifer King Rice, and Graduate School Dean Steve Fetter sent the following email to graduate students today: We have listened and understood that a primary need from our graduate student community is access to affordable and convenient housing. We, and President Pines, have prioritized investing in the needs of our graduate students as part of our broader work to create an inclusive community.

Merrill College Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame Class

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism will kick off its 50th anniversary celebration with the unveiling of the Merrill College Hall of Fame. The inaugural class will include five distinguished alums and one celebrated faculty member, Dean Lucy Dalglish announced Tuesday.

Terp Business Directory Debuts

The University of Maryland Alumni Association unveiled the Terp Referral Exchange Business Directory at its EnTERPreneurship event last night at The Hall CP, featuring a discussion between President Darryll J. Pines and the restaurant and event venue’s developer, Scott Plank ’88. More than 300 alums, students and other supporters attended.

UMD Again Recognized Among the Best Places to Work in Student Affairs

The American College Personnel Association-College Student Educators International and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education have selected the University of Maryland Division of Student Affairs as one of the 16 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs in 2022.

UMD Named Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

The University of Maryland was named a 2021-22 top-producing institution for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, according to rankings published Monday in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Researcher at Center of Clean Energy Projects Supported by $5.6M in ARPA-E Funding

The University of Maryland and the UMD-linked startup HighT-Tech this week announced a combined $5.6 million in awards from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) as part of a funding program to support novel approaches to clean energy.

Gene Editing Breakthrough in Ticks to Help Combat Lyme Disease

A multi-institutional research team that includes a University of Maryland scientist has uncovered a new method that allows for gene editing in ticks at the embryo stage—a process previously thought impossible. The results, published Feb. 15 in iScience, could diminish the ability of ticks to serve as vectors for disease and pathogen transmission, decreasing the public health threat of tick-borne diseases like Lyme.

Inaugural Neuro-Link Grant to UMCP-UMB Team Supports Research to Improve Brain Cancer Treatment

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BIOE) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Department of Neurosurgery today announced the award of the inaugural Neuro-Link program grant to a team of UMB/UMCP researchers working to develop a novel technique to treat glioblastoma, the deadliest and most common type of adult brain cancer.

UMD Leads International Report Urging New Framework for Land-use Policymaking

An associate research professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences has co-led a new paper containing 10 facts that land use scientists around the world believe are oft-overlooked in global policy debates about sustainability, conservation, climate change and more.

New Study Shows Ag Sector Has Yet to Fully Grapple With AI Ethics

Artificial intelligence (AI) has made inroads into almost every industry and socioeconomic sector in recent decades, carrying with it a promise of making life easier and more efficient while raising new concerns about privacy, implicit bias and a host of potentially harmful, unintended consequences.

Dean Chang Named to Interim Post Leading UMD’s Innovation Efforts

Interim Vice President for Research Amitabh Varshney and incoming Vice President for Research Gregory Ball sent the following email this morning to deans, department heads and directors: We are excited to share with you that Dr. Dean Chang will serve as interim chief innovation officer and associate vice president for innovation and economic development in the Division of Research at the University of Maryland.

DIT Announces New Privacy Policy on University Data

The Division of Information Technology is marking National Data Privacy Day today by announcing both a new UMD policy to establish clear principles and expectations on the appropriate use of university community members’ data, and an accompanying Data Privacy Program web page.

University Updates Weather Closure Notification Procedures

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice and Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Rythee Lambert-Jones sent the following email to the campus community today: As we begin the spring semester, we are writing to remind you of the university’s inclement weather procedures for 2022.

ODK Leadership Society Opens Applications for New Members

Omicron Delta Kappa, one of the most prestigious national societies to recognize leadership, is now accepting applications for the Spring 2022 semester.

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