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Hibernation Slows Biological Aging in Bats, UMD-led Study Finds

The most common bat in the United States, the big brown bat, boasts an unusually long lifespan of up to 19 years. A new study led by University of Maryland researchers identifies one of the secrets to this bat’s exceptional longevity: hibernation.

Health Center Director Recommends Monkeypox Precautions; No Campus Cases Reported

University Health Center Director Dr. Spyridon Marinopoulos sent the following email today to the campus community: As many of you have likely seen, monkeypox has been in the news for several weeks. As of August 8, cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in 49 states. At this time, there have not been any cases within our campus community. However, I’m writing to provide some basic information about monkeypox, and to remind everyone of the everyday precautions you can take to protect yourself.

Lushniak Reappointed as School of Public Health Dean Through June 2027

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to campus leaders today: I am pleased to inform all of you that I am reappointing Dr. Boris Lushniak as Dean of the School of Public Health for another five-year term, extending through June 30, 2027.

3 iSchool Professors Awarded $1.4M to Develop Library and Archival Services

Three College of Information Studies faculty members have been awarded a total of $1.4 million from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to train and support a diverse network of library and archives professionals.

Health Center Provides COVID Safety Reminders; Fall Masking Guidance Coming Later This Month

University Health Center Director Dr. Spyridon Marinopoulos sent the following email to the campus community today: I hope you are enjoying a healthy and safe summer break. I’m writing today with a few updates and reminders regarding our current COVID-19 requirements and protocols for the Fall 2022 semester.

UMD Nominated in Unique Venues’ Awards Competition

The University of Maryland has been nominated in the 2022 awards competition sponsored by Unique Venues in the category Planner’s Choice for Youth Retreats & Camps.

$1.34M Grant to Reinforce Smith’s Center for Global Business

A $1.34 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education through its Title IV Centers for International Business program will enable the Center for Global Business (CBG) at UMD’s Robert H. Smith School of Business to expand its portfolio of programs through 2026. The primary focus will involve applying lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure U.S. companies’ competitiveness into the future.

Wave of Activism After Floyd’s Murder Grew Based on Multiple Issues, Identities, Study Finds

The Washington, D.C., demonstrations that followed George Floyd’s May 2020 murder by a police officer marked some of the most racially diverse protests against racial injustice ever documented in the United States. Participants were motivated not only by systemic racism, but other salient issues tied to their personal identities as well, according to University of Maryland research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences.

Provost Invites Participation in Four Strategic Plan Committees

University of Maryland Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice on Monday invited members of the campus community to volunteer for one of four committees to guide the implementation of UMD’s strategic plan, “Fearlessly Forward: In Pursuit of Excellence and Impact for the Public Good.”

$1.75M Grant to Continue Expansion of Digital Access to Books From Pre-modern Islamicate World

The University of Maryland has received a $1.75 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue development of open-source technology to expand digital access to manuscripts and books from the premodern Islamicate world in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Urdu.

New Maryland Men’s Golf Head Coach Named

A golf coach who brought Virginia teams to the last eight NCAA Championships will lead the Maryland men’s program, Damon Evans, Barry P. Gossett Director of Athletics, announced on Tuesday.

Big Ten to Expand in 2024 With USC and UCLA

The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday that the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) will join as members, adding two storied West Coast athletics programs to the roster of schools that will regularly face the Terps in conference competition.

Lacrosse Player Nominated for ESPY Award

Maryland lacrosse attackman Logan Wisnauskas has been named a 2022 ESPY nominee, ESPN announced Tuesday.

Maternal Mortality Jumped During Pandemic, With Black and Hispanic Mothers Bearing Brunt, Study Finds

The mortality rate for Americans who were pregnant or just gave birth outpaced that of the overall population in the first nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to federal data, and now a new analysis from the University of Maryland and Boston University has found that the rise disproportionately impacted Black and non-white Hispanic mothers.

UMD Names Private-Sector Finalists for Project to Upgrade, Decarbonize Energy System

The University of Maryland announced the two finalists for the private sector partner of the NextGen Energy Program. Finalists were selected following the university’s review of their responses to the request for proposals to design, engineer, finance, install and maintain the university’s energy system.

UMD Offers Survey, Conversations on Investing in Staff

The university has launched a survey and will host virtual campus conversations for staff members to inform a new staff investment plan. One of the priorities of UMD’s new strategic plan, Fearlessly Forward, is to invest in people and communities, so the university is asking staff to share perspectives on their work life and ideas for improvement on the short survey, which is open until 5 p.m. July 1. Participation is voluntary, and responses will be anonymous.

UMD Marks 10 Years of DACA Expanding Opportunities

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Georgina Dodge sent the following email to the campus community today: This year marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama issued an executive order that created the program that has come to be known as DACA. On this anniversary, we pause to acknowledge how DACA expanded opportunities, changed lives and strengthened campuses, workplaces and the country over the past decade.

UMD-Post Poll: Most Americans Oppose Allowing Transgender Women to Play Competitive Women’s Sports

Most Americans oppose allowing transgender female athletes to play sports against other girls and women at the professional, college and high school levels, even as they increasingly see acceptance of transgender people as good for society, according to a new poll conducted by the University of Maryland and The Washington Post.

Independence Day Fireworks Canceled, Parade Still Scheduled

The City of College Park and University of Maryland today announced the cancellation of the annual Independence Day fireworks and concert due to COVID-19’s continued impact on the supply chain. They apologized for any inconvenience and anticipated the return of the event in 2023.

Doulas Associated With Better Maternal Health Care, Particularly for Patients of Color, Study Finds

University of Maryland researchers have found that a valuable but scarce resource in the field of maternal health is linked to better pregnancy outcomes and more respectful health care from doctors and nurses: a doula.

Water Quality Data System Aims to Prevent Farm Nutrient Runoff

In the July issue of the journal Water Research, Gurpal Toor, a professor and extension specialist in the University of Maryland’s Department of Environmental Science and Technology, describes a network of sophisticated monitoring stations across the state to identify what flows off the land every few minutes during rainfalls.

With New Marketing-Style Analysis, UMD Researchers Link Consumer Behavior, Americans’ Climate Impacts

University of Maryland geographical sciences researchers are the first to use highly detailed consumer data to see how specific segments of the U.S. population affect climate change.

Terps to Face UConn in Final of NCAA Baseball Regional Tournament

Maryland won two do-or-die games on Sunday, beating UConn, 7-6 in 11 innings that evening to force a rematch of the teams tonight for the College Park NCAA Regional Championship. The Terps (48-13) and Huskies (48-14) are scheduled to play at 7 p.m.

Terp Wins 2022 Tewaaraton Award, Highest Honor in College Lacrosse

Maryland attackman Logan Wisnauskas last night was named the 2022 Tewaaraton Award winner, the most prestigious honor in college lacrosse.

Performing Arts Venue Administrator Named Executive Director of The Clarice

After a national search, longtime arts leader Terrence “Terry” Dwyer has been named the next executive director of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Study of Aging in Brain Could Lead to Treatments for Alzheimer’s, Other Neurological Diseases

A $2.7 million award from the National Institutes of Health will fund a multi-campus University of Maryland study targeting how aging impacts the brain.

UMD Research Scientist Tapped to Lead New Federal Health Agency

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has appointed Adam Russell, chief scientist at the University of Maryland’s Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), to serve as acting deputy director of the new Advanced Research Project Agency for Health (ARPA-H).

Maryland Baseball to Host NCAA Regional Tournament

The Maryland baseball team earned the No. 15 seed in the 2022 NCAA Baseball Championship and will serve as the top seed this week in the first College Park regional tournament.

Pines Encourages Flexible Summer Schedules for Faculty, Staff

University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the campus community today: Our university community persevered through an unusually challenging period, particularly over the past two academic years. You have met many challenges with professionalism, creativity and great energy.

USM Foundation Wins Endowment of the Year Award

The University System of Maryland (USM) Foundation’s investment office was recognized last month at Institutional Investor’s 19th annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards, winning the Endowment of the Year category. Led by Chief Investment Officer Sam Gallo, the office manages endowment funds for the benefit of institutions and foundations affiliated with the USM as well as six Maryland community college foundations.

Professor’s New Company Adds to College Park Quantum Ecosystem

A new College Park-based company founded by a University of Maryland professor further solidifies the area’s status as a global hotspot for quantum-related start-ups.

Researchers’ New Tool Boosts Genome Editing Power in Plants

A team of scientists from the University of Maryland has developed a method to edit multiple genes in plants while simultaneously changing the expression of other genes. Known as CRISPR-Combo, this new tool will enable genetic engineering combinations that work together to boost functionality and improve breeding of new crops.

UMD Ranked Among World’s Top Quantum Research Institutions

The University of Maryland ranks among the world’s top five universities for quantum research, according to The Quantum Insider, a news and market information source for the quantum technology industry.

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