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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.

NSF Ranks University of Maryland in Top 10 Public Universities for Research Spending for 3rd Straight Year

The University of Maryland remains a top 10 public U.S. research institution, according to the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey, widely recognized as the preeminent national ranking for universities engaged in sponsored research.

How to Get UMD’s Inclement Weather Notifications

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to the campus community yesterday evening: At the start of winter weather season, we wanted to remind you of our inclement weather procedures. The university may close or delay opening the campus in the event that inclement weather conditions pose a serious threat to the health and safety of the university community.

Tickets Available for Terps’ Appearance in Duke’s Mayo Bowl

Faculty and staff tickets are available for the Terps’ bowl game faceoff against former ACC rival North Carolina State on Dec. 30 in Charlotte, N.C. Maryland students can also purchase tickets at a discounted price of $35 by signing into their accounts.

UMD Wins Award for Best Venue for Camps and Youth Retreats

The University of Maryland won a 2022 Planner’s Choice Award as Best Venue for Youth Retreats and Camps in the annual awards sponsored by the marketing and membership organization Unique Venues.

More International Trade Means Less Homicide, Study Finds

Countries that frequently trade with others have fewer “cross-national homicides”—or homicides compared to other countries—according to a recent study of 78 countries’ 1960-2013 homicide rates and “globalization” measures published last month in the journal Social Forces by Gary LaFree, a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Bo Jiang Ph.D. ’19 of the University of Macau.

UMD Extends Test-optional Admissions Through Fall 2025

The University of Maryland's test-optional undergraduate application process will remain in effect through the Fall 2025 semester, allowing prospective students to continue to determine whether they want standardized test results considered in their application reviews, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Shannon Gundy announced today.

UMD Center to Help State Department Stay Abreast of Quantum Technologies

The Quantum Technology Center (QTC) at the University of Maryland is partnering with the U.S. Department of State to supply the department with technical information and input regarding the latest developments in quantum technologies and related enabling technologies. It will also facilitate discussions and networking on this developing technology with other U.S. government and industry partners.

Meet Finalists for Director of Diversity Training and Education

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion welcomes the campus community to meet candidates for the director of its Diversity Training and Education (DTE) unit.

Maryland to Face NC State in the 2022 Duke’s Mayo Bowl

The University of Maryland football team will make its 29th bowl appearance when it meets North Carolina State in the 2022 Duke’s Mayo Bowl at noon Dec. 30 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

UMD Recognized as a ‘Most Engaged Campus’ for Student Voting

The University of Maryland was named an inaugural “All In” Most Engaged Campus for Student Voting by a national nonpartisan initiative for its efforts to encourage student engagement in the democratic process.

Former UMD, NFL Player to Host 20th Annual Coat Drive

Former University of Maryland football standout and NFL All-Pro Shawne Merriman will hold his 20th annual Lights On Foundation Coat Drive leading up to Saturday's Maryland-Rutgers football game at SECU Stadium.

Maryland Opera Studio Wins National Production Award

The UMD School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio was named a first-place winner in the National Opera Association 2021–22 Opera Production Competition for its spring production of John Musto and Mark Campbell’s “Later the Same Evening.” The awards recognize “creative, high-quality” opera productions at academic institutions and music conservatories across the country.

$500K NSF Grant Funds Economists’ Project to Smooth Nation’s Transition to Renewable Energy

A $500,000 award from the National Science Foundation is funding a study by the University of Maryland and University of Wisconsin to solve challenges that renewable energy generator companies face when they try to connect their wind-, water- or solar-powered energy source to the U.S. power grid.

California Utility Taps UMD-linked Drone Company in $50M Inspection Contract

As utility and energy companies seek improved ways of monitoring equipment to maintain power delivery amid rising environmental challenges, a Baltimore-based uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) startup with links to the University of Maryland is stepping up.

UMD’s Upward Bound Program Awarded $3M to Support Prince George’s High Schoolers

Local high school students seeking to attend college will get an extra boost of financial literacy and support, thanks to a new five-year, $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

UMD Study: Paris Climate Goal Out of Reach, but Peak Warming Can Be Curbed

While the world is unlikely to meet the Paris Agreement goal of capping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in this century, it can adopt climate strategies that limit the amount of time spent above that threshold, potentially cutting it by decades, according to a new study by University of Maryland researchers and colleagues.

UMD, Ukrainian University Sign Agreement to Pursue Joint Endeavors

Against the backdrop of the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia, the University of Maryland has begun a new partnership with a higher education institution in the Ukrainian capital.

Multinational Firms Suffered Disproportionately During Pandemic, UMD Study Finds

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the value of globalization was a given for many firms. But the crisis amplified the vulnerabilities of doing business across borders, and now, new University of Maryland research from is helping to tally the potential dark side of multinational operations.

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