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Health Center to Offer Separate Testing, Treatment Spaces for COVID, Non-COVID Patients

University Health Center Director Dr. Spyridon S. Marinopoulos sent the following email to the campus community today: The following information will help ensure you know what to expect when visiting the UHC and outline the various testing options on campus.

Merrill College, iSchool to Offer ‘From-Anywhere’ Master’s in Data Journalism

The University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and College of Information Studies (iSchool) will begin accepting applications this fall for a from-anywhere data journalism master’s degree launching in the Fall 2022 semester. 

Guidance on University-Related Travel Updated for Unvaccinated Employees, Students

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice and Vice President for Administration and Finance Carlo Colella sent the following email to the campus community: We are updating the travel guidance communicated in May based on current guidance from the federal government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The university also follows guidance from the U.S. Department of State and the state of Maryland regarding travel during the global coronavirus pandemic.

UMD Students Sweep 2021 Vertical Flight Society Design Competition

University of Maryland students took top spots for both the graduate and undergraduate categories in the 2021 student design competition sponsored by the Vertical Flight Society (VFS). It marks the fourth sweep for UMD teams at this competition and the university's 20th win in the graduate category.

TerrapinSTRONG Program Manager Hired

An administrator in the Office of Resident Life with experience in diversity and inclusion efforts as well as training programs has been named program manager of TerrapinSTRONG, the University of Maryland’s new onboarding initiative to affirm its mission, culture and values as a diverse, united, proud, respectful, inclusive, accountable and empowered community.

UMD Ready for Energy Demands; Industry Partnership Aims to Avoid Overloading Grid

The University of Maryland has joined with industry partners to maintain a stable and sustainable electricity supply when energy demands outpace the grid’s ability to supply power, most often during extreme weather conditions. 

UMD Wins Regional ‘March Madness of Food Science,’ Places 2nd Nationally

Three students from the University of Maryland’s Food Science Club reached new heights at the national Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) College Bowl competition, winning the regionals and placing second nationally for the first time.

UMD-led Study Could Offer Hope to Pompe Disease Patients

Pompe disease is a rare genetic disorder that disables heart and skeletal muscles and can lead to early death if untreated. The only available treatment is enzyme replacement therapy that must be frequently injected and can cost up to a half-million dollars yearly.

Libraries Boosting Streaming Media; New Collections Available as Expansion Study Gets Under Way

The UMD Libraries have recently expanded their streaming media collections and will be partnering on a study this year on expanding its licensing of online content.

Journalism Centers Publish Investigation of College Football Deaths from Exertion-Related Illnesses

The University of Maryland’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism have teamed up for the first time to publish an investigation into the 22 Division I college football player deaths from exertion-related illnesses since 2000.

Campus Vaccine Clinics Announced

Students, faculty, staff and community members can receive COVID-19 vaccinations at the following clinics:

$1.5M NIH Grant to Examine Role of Copper in Heat Generation, Fat Burning

A $1.5 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will fund a University of Maryland researcher’s ongoing exploration of the role of copper in the body’s adaptive response to cold, and its likely connection to an individual’s metabolism and fat burning abilities.

UMD’s Performing Arts Announces Fall 2021 Season

A play spoofing slasher flicks, a performance of contemporary music using ancient Korean instruments and vocals, and a program featuring Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” by the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra are among the highlights of the Fall 2021 season happening at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center announced today by the performing arts at Maryland.

Two Terps Earn Olympic Bronze Medals in Field Hockey, Women’s Basketball

Two former University of Maryland student-athlete standouts ascended the Olympic podium this week, with both taking bronze in their sports at the Tokyo Games.

Student Affairs Names Dean of Students; AVP Overseeing Career Center, Stamp, Greek Life; and Director of Student Conduct

Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo sent the following message to the campus community today: I am very excited to write to you today about our national search processes for senior leadership positions in the Division of Student Affairs, notably the assistant vice president (AVP) for the engagement areas and our inaugural assistant vice president and dean of students (AVP/DOS).

UMPD Seeks Donations of School Supplies for Local Children

The University of Maryland Police Department is collecting new school supplies for United Communities Against Poverty, Inc. (UCAP) in hopes of outfitting approximately 35 to 40 children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

UMD Nominated for Two ‘Best Of’ Awards; Terp Voting Encouraged

The University of Maryland has been nominated in two categories in the 2021 "Best Of" awards competition sponsored by marketing and membership organization Unique Venues.

Scientists Make Surprising Discovery About How Tuberculosis Suppresses Immunity

University of Maryland researchers have discovered how the bacterium associated with tuberculosis suppresses immune defenses in infected human cells, which can exacerbate the infection.

Campus Vaccine Clinic Scheduled Thursday-Friday

The University Health Center will offer vaccinations with the Pfizer vaccine from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday and Friday. The shots for both first and second doses are available to all students, faculty and staff.

Analysis of Marsquakes Reveals Red Planet’s Unexpectedly Large Core

Mars has a larger molten core and a less dense crust than previously estimated, according to an international team of researchers—including several from the University of Maryland—that conducted the first comprehensive review of seismic wave data collected on the red planet’s surface by NASA’s InSight mission.

UMD Offers Spelling Bee Winner Full Scholarship

The University of Maryland has offered a full scholarship to the 14-year-old winner of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

$500K Grant Supports Research on Muscle Growth in Pigs, With Broader Health Implications

A $500,000 award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture is supporting University of Maryland research to enhance pork production through improved muscle growth in pigs.

African Arts Scholar Named 2021–22 Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art History by UMD, Phillips Collection

The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at the Phillips Collection has named a scholar of African arts as the 2021–22 postdoctoral fellow in modern and contemporary art history.

Interim Women’s Golf Coach Tapped for Head Coaching Job

Kelly Hovland, interim coach of the University of Maryland women’s golf team, has been named head coach following a nationwide search.

Parking, Shuttle-UM, Other DOTS Resources Available for Fall 2021

UMD students, faculty and staff can prepare their Fall 2021 commuting plans now with newly available parking and revised transportations options.

New UMD Research Shows Epigenetic Changes Passed Through 300 Generations

A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland provides a potential tool for unraveling the mystery of how experiences can cause inheritable changes to an animal’s biology.

START Launches Online Master’s Program in Security and Terrorism Studies

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) has launched a new, fully online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Security and Terrorism Studies, now open to students applying for the Fall 2021 semester.

Contest: ‘Vax 4 Maryland’ to Win $250 Gift Card; Health Center to Host Vaccination Clinic July 7-8

The University of Maryland is launching a weekly contest this month to encourage Terps to get vaccinated against COVID-19–and to reward those who already are. Every Friday from July 9 to 30, “Vax 4 Maryland” champions will have the opportunity to win a $250 University Book Center gift card.

Study: Proximity to Sun’s Magnetic Field Influenced Mercury’s Hefty Iron Core

For decades, many scientists argued that hit-and-run collisions with other bodies during the formation of our solar system blew away much of Mercury’s rocky mantle and left the big, dense, metal core inside. But new research reveals that collisions don’t explain the planet’s composition—the sun’s magnetism does. 

Grant to Fund Study of Latinx Representation in Higher Education Leadership

A two-year, $75,000 grant will fund a University of Maryland researcher’s study of a nationwide deficit of Latinx representation in research university administrations, a topic of growing relevance as colleges become increasingly diverse.

UMD Outlines How to Request COVID-19-Related Disability Accommodations, Considerations

Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Ann G. Wylie and Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo sent the following email to the campus community today: In preparation for the resumption of in-person instruction and operations this fall, we share this information about accommodations and requests for consideration.

‘Social Sensing’ Could Better Predict Elections, Other Trends, Researchers Find

A perspective piece published today in Nature by a team including a University of Maryland researcher presents a new approach to forecasting elections and trends: “social sensing,” which relies on human interaction and social awareness to fill in gaps where surveys and other scientific analyses fall short.

Daily COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring Ends July 1; Campus Vaccine Clinic Scheduled Next Week

Patty Perillo, vice president for student affairs, and Dr. Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, University Health Center director, sent the following email to the campus community today: We hope you are well and enjoying the summer. Since the last campus update we shared in late May, our campus COVID-19 positivity rates have fallen to near zero while our COVID-19 vaccination rates have remained high. As a result, we have decided to make an immediate change in our campus expectations.

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