Maryland Moments, February, 2001
Towards Being Best:
Rankings, Numbers, New Programs, Events
University's Economic Impact Is Statewide and Significant
An economic impact study conducted by the economists with the Jacob France Center, an
applied economics analysis center at the University of Baltimore, concluded that the University of
Maryland generates $5.93 of economic activity for every dollar appropriated by the General
Assembly, for a total statewide effect of nearly $1.8 billion.
Fujitsu Establishing Maryland Research Lab
Fujitsu Laboratories announced it planned to open a new research institute for advanced computer technology near the university campus. The Fujitsu partnerhip with the university is the first in a planned research park "without walls" in the immediate area around campus.
Terrapins Taking Pride to Annapolis
Hundreds of Maryland students, faculty and staff visited state legislators in February for Terrapin Pride Day in Annapolis. They offered thanks for the continued support of the General Assembly, and underlined the vital role of the state's flagship campus to the state.
Campus Among Top 10 in Sending Black Students to Medical School
Based on data from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the university is No. 9 in placing black students in medical school, and it is No. 3 among traditionally white colleges and universities.
Merrill Gives $10 Million to College of Journalism
Philip Merrill, publisher and owner of The Capital daily newspaper in
Annapolis and Washingtonian magazine, made a gift of $10 million to the College of Journalism. The school will be renamed the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Nobel Laureate to Establish World-Class Research Group At Maryland
National Institute of Standards
and Technology physicist and 1997 Nobel Laureate, William
Phillips, will lead the formation of a world-class atomic, molecular and optical physics
group at Maryland.
Gift Will Establish State-Wide Family Policy Seminars
The university will launch an effort to help the state
develop more family-friendly policies as a result of a gift to the department of
family studies. Dr. W. Robert Beavers has donated $1.7
million to establish seminars that will bring together Maryland state
legislators, university faculty and family policy experts to explore new solutions to family problems.
Washington Post's David Broder Joins Journalism Faculty
David Broder, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, columnist and
author considered his generation's most influential political journalist, is joining the journalism
faculty at the University of Maryland. Broder will continue at the Washington Post, writing his twice-weekly syndicated column, which is
carried by more than 300 newspapers worldwide.
University to Expand Courses at Shady Grove
Next fall Maryland joins the Universities at Shady Grove, a University System of Maryland higher education center in Montgomery county. The university will offer four business courses and a bachelor degree in biological sciences.
Hugh Newell Jacobsen To Design Riggs Alumni Center
Internationally renowned architect Hugh Jacobsen was chosen to design the new Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center at the university. Jacobsen, a
Maryland alumnus, was chosen from more than 40 architects who submitted proposals to the university.
2 Time Pulitzer Winner Franklin Returns for Merrill Chair
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jon Franklin, a pioneer in literary nonfiction writing, is returning to the university. Franklin is the Philip Merrill College of Journalism's first Merrill Chair in Journalism, returning to the school where he graduated with high honors in 1970, and taught from 1986 to 1989.
Faculty, Staff, Student Achievement
Collier Named Maryland Poet Laureate
Michael Collier, professor of English, co-director of the creative writing program and director of the noted Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, was named poet laureate of the state by Gov. Parris Glendening.
Development Bank Appoints Panagariya
The Asian Development Bank appointed Arvind Panagariya as chief economist, effective in April. He will be based in Manila. Panagariya is an economics professor and co-director of the university's Center for International Economics.
Student Engineers Build Campus Safety Tool
What started as a student's homwork assignment at the university evolved into a new wireless security system, which is on track to be marketed to campuses nationwide. A corporation, Beacon Emergency Location System, will now sell the wireless security product.
English Professor Nominated for Book Critics Circle Award
Michael Collier, professor of English, co-director of the creative writing program, and director of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, is nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry.
Research: Significant Discoveries,Grants
McFadden Part of NEAR Team and First-Ever Asteroid Landing
Lucy-Ann McFadden, associate research scientist in astronomy, was a Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) Shoemaker science team member, who successfully helped engineer the historic landing of a spacecraft on an asteroid 196,000,000 million miles from earth.
Researcher Taps Tobacco Lands for Wine
Ronald Myers, of the university's agriculture cooperative extension service, is working with farmers in Southern Maryland to turn their land used to cultivate tobacco to a unique alternative: Grapes. A test vineyard is being researched.
Buckley Given Navy's "Young Investigator Program" Award
Steven Buckely, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is one of 26 researchers awarded funding under the U.S. Office of Naval Research's Young Investigator Program. Recipients receive up to $100,000 a year for three years to complete their research.
Poll Shows Americans Support Foreign Aid for World Hunger
A poll, Americans on Foreign Aid and World Hunger, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and conducted by the Program on International Policy Attitudes, found that Americans overwhelmingly favor using U.S. foreign aid to ease hunger and spur economic development.
Researcher Gets Up Close To Oysters
Ken Paynter, associate research scientist in zoology, is a leading crusader to save the Chesapeake Bay oyster beds. During the fall and winter months, he and a crew of graduate students dove into the Bay to monitor oyster sanctuaries.
Outreach: Campus People Aiding The Community
Read Across America at Maryland
More than 450 students from nine Prince Georges County elementary
schools visited the university March 2 to participate in Read Across America Day events.
Black Saga Finals on Campus
The Black Saga Competition finals are being held March 17 on campus, the culmination of two months of evaluating contestants from 38 Maryland elementary and middle schools in their knowledge of Black history. The competition, which began in 1992, is the brainchild of geography associate professor Charles Christian. It grows each year in number of schools and students involved.
National Conference On Juvenile Justice Headquartered Here,br>
The National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice, which is located on campus, held its annual conference in College Park. Featured as a national success story was the Catonsville (Md.)Middle School's Grip Club, an organization developed to prevent school violence.
Supporting the Local Arts
The near-by Berwyn Arts Exchange is moving to develop a partnership with the university to establish a municipal arts program. The university early in the year agreed to serve as a resource for arts organizations in College Park.
Newsmakers: University People Earning Media Attention
Poussaint's Documentary on Racial Reconciliation Airs on PBS
Renee Poussaint, award-winning journalist and senior fellow at the Academy of Leadership, made history by bringing Bishop Desmond Tutu,
head of South Africa's Race and Reconciliation Commission, and Dr. John Hope Franklin, leader
of the White House Advisory Board on Race, together for the first time. Poussaint's
new documentary "Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace" aired on PBS in February.
Suitable for Framing: Telelvision Art as Medium
Douglas Gomery, professor of journalism is co-curator of an unique film and lecture series at the National Gallery of Art. Gomery and Mike Mashon of the Library of Congress oversaw, TV Before Video: Television Preservation at the Library of Congress.
Building for the Future
The list of construction jobs on campus is lengthy, heralding a continuation of university growth and quality of academic life.