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Alumni Association Names Senior Executive Director

The University of Maryland has promoted a 15-year leader in the Alumni Association to oversee the organization as senior executive director. Jessica Roberts will take her new position on July 14 following a highly competitive national search.

UMD Students Win National Competition Designed to Reduce Violence, Hate

A team of students in UMD’s global terrorism studies minor won the $10,000 first prize in a national high school and collegiate competition to design and implement creative solutions to prevent targeted violence, hate or terrorism in their communities.

UMD Nominated for 2024 Best Venue for Youth Retreats, Camps

The University of Maryland has been nominated in Unique Venues’ 2024 "Planner’s Choice” awards competition in the category of youth retreats and camps.

Astronomy Class Names Asteroid ‘Testudo’

Whether gleaming on his overlook at the top of McKeldin Mall or sneaking up to tap your shoulder at a football game, Testudo seems to be everywhere. Now, he’s reached his pinnacle—up in the night sky. Meet the “Testudo” asteroid, named by University of Maryland students.

UMD Among Top Global Universities in Latest U.S. News Rankings

The University of Maryland ranked No. 13 among U.S. public institutions and No. 31 overall in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s list of 2024-25 Best Global Universities released Tuesday.

UMD Energy Tech Spinoff Receives $20M Department of Energy Grant

A University of Maryland-linked startup company this week received a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of a program to boost research and development in the nation’s energy sector.

Executive Director Named for Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security

A leader in research for the U.S. intelligence community has been named the executive director of the University of Maryland’s Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), one of 15 designated Department of Defense University Affiliated Research Centers in the U.S., and the only one dedicated to intelligence and national security.

Study Finds Urban Design Impacts Trees’ Ability to Suck Up Water

A new University of Maryland study found that the amount of rainwater a tree absorbs varies dramatically depending on where it’s planted, and whether it is alone or with other trees. Because trees reduce rainwater runoff and improve and protect water quality, they play a key role in many urban stormwater management designs that give credits for planting urban trees and forests.

UMD Lauded for Commitment to Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The University of Maryland received the Entrepreneurial University Award at the annual Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education held last week in College Park.

State Department Grant to Expand UMD Education Abroad, Create Public Health Learning Site

The University of Maryland School of Public Health (SPH), partnering with Bowie State University, is expanding its study abroad options for marginalized faculty and students and for students who are Pell Grant recipients with the help of a U.S. State Department grant announced Thursday.

Inaugural Arts for All Fellows Awarded $112.5K in Grants

Research into making natural color textile dyes more sustainable. A musical performance, workshop and recording project in collaboration with incarcerated youth. An interactive game that allows players to journey through Afrofuturist worlds. These are among the research proposals that have received funding from Arts for All through its inaugural Faculty and Graduate Student Fellowship.

Newsweek Lists UMD Among America’s Best Workplaces for LGBTQ+ Employees

Newsweek named the University of Maryland in its 2024 list of America's Greatest Workplaces for LGBTQ+, acknowledging companies in the United States that have created inclusive and supportive workplaces for members of the LGBTQ+ community. UMD is one of seven higher education institutions to receive this recognition.

Associate Dean of Libraries Appointed Interim Dean

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to university leadership and Libraries staff on Monday afternoon: You are all aware that much-celebrated Dean Adriene Lim has a retirement date fast approaching on June 30. As we wish her well in this new chapter, I recognize the critical need to keep our Libraries running smoothly and for staff to receive the support they need to fulfill this critical function of our academic and research missions.

College of Information Studies to Be Renamed College of Information

The University of Maryland College of Information Studies announced Thursday that it will officially be renamed the College of Information on June 1.

UMD Launches Guides for Marylanders to Navigate Online Government Services

A series of free, online e-government courses launched by the University of Maryland College of Information Studies and University of Maryland Extension will help state residents learn how to use online government services, like applying for food stamp benefits through SNAP and Temporary Cash Assistance programs.

Men’s Lacrosse Team Heads to NCAA Final Four

The No. 7-seeded Maryland men's lacrosse advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the third time in four years by rallying to defeat No. 2-seeded Duke, 14-11, on Saturday at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium.

Volunteers Needed as UMD Hosts International Town-gown Relations Conference

The Office of Community Engagement seeks campus and community volunteers to assist in welcoming attendees from across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom for a conference next month.

Summer Road Closures, Detours Planned for Purple Line, Other Construction

Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Carlo Colella sent the following email to faculty and staff on Tuesday afternoon: As Purple Line construction has continued on campus this year, the university has worked with the state of Maryland to accelerate the project in order to reduce the impact on our community. Major construction in the campus core is now scheduled to be completed by fall 2024, almost a year ahead of the previous plan. The Purple Line is slated to be operational in December 2027.

Men’s, Women’s Lacrosse Teams Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals

The storied Maryland men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will compete in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals this week.

Dairy Reintroduces Ice Cream Celebrating Libraries ‘Rising Up’ Exhibition

The Maryland Dairy is featuring a special promotional ice cream from May 6-11 to highlight University Libraries’ ongoing “Rising Up” exhibition at the Hornbake Library.

Orr Reappointed School of Public Policy Dean Through June 2025

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to the School of Public Policy community on Thursday: As you may know, deans at UMD are appointed for five-year terms with review in the fourth year if renewal for a second five-year term is desired. While it is unusual for a dean to serve longer than 10 years, I write today with great pleasure to announce that Dr. Robert Orr will extend his term as dean of the School of Public Policy through June 30, 2025.

Got a UMD Question? There Might Be a Chatbot for That

The Division of Information Technology (DIT) is working with units across the University of Maryland to launch artificial intelligence chatbots that are able to provide helpful answers to questions on topics ranging from legal matters to course content.

2 Terps Selected in 2024 NFL Draft

Two University of Maryland football players were selected in the 2024 NFL Draft this weekend, marking seven straight years where at least one Terp has been chosen.

1856 Project Receives $200K Grant to Investigate Slavery's Ties at UMD

The University of Maryland’s 1856 Project has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation’s Public Knowledge program to establish a two-year research incubator program that will investigate slavery’s ties to UMD and document histories of enslaved individuals, ensuring their stories and contributions are recognized, honored and preserved.

Gen Ed I-Series Renamed as Big Question Courses

Can aggression and violence be prevented? How do we prepare for future climate uncertainty? Why does fiction matter? Those and other big-picture quandaries are central to the university’s newly renamed “Big Question” courses.

Smith School Launches Center for Artificial Intelligence in Business

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has launched the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Business to conduct research and outreach to realize the potential of AI through intentional design and governance frameworks centering on human judgment and creativity.

Smino to Headline Two-Night 40th Art Attack

Student Entertainment Events’ Art Attack XL will go extra large this spring, extending over two nights. On May 3, SEE will welcome Grammy-nominated rapper Smino at 8 p.m. in Ritchie Coliseum. On May 4, at the same time and place, the official Art Attack Pop Hits Dance Party will include giveaways, free mocktails, snacks and glow sticks.

Return of GEDI Forest Mapping Tool on International Space Station Scheduled for Monday

After a year in hibernation aboard the International Space Station, a NASA tool to observe ecosystems led by a University of Maryland geographer will be prepared for a return to service on Monday—Earth Day.

Policy School Launches New Institute for Public Leadership

The School of Public Policy on Tuesday launched a new institute committed to advancing the practice and study of public leadership on local, national and global scales. The Institute for Public Leadership (IPL) will serve as a hub for research and education centered on guiding individuals and organizations to confront multifaceted societal challenges and foster positive change.

UMD Recognized as Maryland Bird Campus

The University of Maryland has been recognized as a Bird Campus by the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership, designation recognizing colleges and universities committed to reducing threats to birds and becoming more healthy for students, faculty and employees (as well as birds).

Poet, Activist Nikki Giovanni to Help Inaugurate Frederick Douglass Center

Nikki Giovanni, an acclaimed poet and revered voice on race, gender, love and family, will visit the University of Maryland to discuss her work and lifelong commitment to the arts and humanities.

Campus Belonging and Community Survey Opens

The university is seeking the campus community’s participation in the Belonging and Community at UMD survey, open April 3-26. The brief, anonymous assessment seeks to help administrators better understand the experiences and perceptions of students, faculty and staff.

College of Education Opens Pantry in Benjamin Building

Located in the Student Lounge (Room 0211) in the Benjamin Building, the EdTerps Pantry includes a cabinet and refrigerator stocked with substantial snacks and easy-to-make meals items such as fresh fruits, yogurt, granola bars, trail mix and instant soups. The pantry is accessible whenever the building is open, and items are restocked once a week.

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