Maryland Moments, April, 2002
Towards Being Best:
Rankings, Maryland Day, Awards, New Programs
U.S. News & World Report Graduate School Rankings
The university, which had but one program ranked among U.S. News's Top 25 categories to begin the 1990s, now has 65 ranked programs with release of the magazine's 2003 graduate school lists. (Not all disciplines are ranked on a yearly basis.)
College of Education ranked No. 21
Departments/Specialities: Education policy, No. 11; Counseling & Personnel Services, No. 1; Curriculum & Instruction, No. 19; Secondary Education, No. 16; Special Education, No. 5; Administration/Supervision, No. 11; Education Psychology, No. 11; Elementary Teaching, No. 13; Higher Education Administration, No. 9.
College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Computer Science, No. 12; Mathematics, No. 16; (Computer) Systems, No. 11; Physics, No. 13; Atomic/Molecular, No. 11; Condensed Matter/Solid State, No. 10; Applied Mathematics, No. 11; Artificial Intelligence, No. 11.
Smith School of Business
Management Information Systems, No. 9; General Management, No. 23; Part-Time MBA, No. 13; International Business, No. 23; Entrepreneurship, No. 15.
Clark School of Engineering ranked No. 19
Aerospace Engineering, No. 15; Computer Engineering, No. 18; Electrical Engineering, No. 20.
UM Open House Shows Off What School Has to Offer
The campus's annual April open house extravaganza, Maryland Day, again drew over 60,000 visitors to a sunny day and 320 department-sponsored events, classes and displays. Making the day possible were an army of workers: Over 5,800 members of the university community helped play host.
UM Alumna Sara Cohen Wins Pulitzer Prize
Sara Cohen, a May 1992 master's graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and adjunct professor, was part of a three-person investigative team from the Washington Post to expose deaths of children while under the District of Columbia's child protection system. Scott Higham, also an adjunct professor of journalism, was a second recipient for the same story.
Balancing Books and the Beam
Maryland gymnast Carlla Johnson is the 2002 Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar of the year,
and she appears on the cover of the Black Issues in Higher Education magazine. Others making
the list of Ashe sports scholars are field hockey's Courtney Thornton, track and field's Dionne Hamilton (fourth team) and volleyball's Willette Dority (second team).
Maryland Members of Congress Hail NCAA Champions
The Maryland congressional delegation, led by Senators Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski and Congressman Steny Hoyer, presented Congressional resolutions congratulating the NCAA Champion basketball team at the U.S. Capitol building. Included among the honorees were team members, coach Gary Williams, athletic director Debbie Yow and President C.D. Mote Jr.
UM Teams Up with Other Region Schools to Help MBA Grads Get Jobs
Officials from six region business schools�Maryland's Smith School, American University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, George Mason University and Howard University�formed a D.C. Business School Coalition to help their graduates find jobs in a slow labor market.
Smith School Collaborates to Offer Financial Services Core
The Smith School of Business and the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. have formed an
alliance to boost courses for students interested in the financial services industry. It is the
second recent major alliance for Smith, which entered into an agreement with the Naval Postgraduate School of Monterey, Calif. in March to produce a military oriented MBA program.
Faculty, Staff, Student Achievement
Cooke Foundation Awards Six UM Students with $50,000 Grants
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation picked the university as the locale to announce the first recipients of its graduate scholarship awards, which will provide up to $50,000 to each recipient over a period of six years. Maryland claimed six of the 50 grants awarded: Dale Barltrop of Brisbane, Australia will pursue master's of music in violin at Cleveland Institute of Music; Julie Iversen of Pasadena, Md. will attend law school at American University; Anoma Nellore, Bel Air, Md. will pursue a medical degree; Gaurav Shah of Greenbelt, Md. will pursue a master's in engineering at Maryland; Fasika and Tinsay Woreta of Ellicott City, Md., will seek medical degrees at Johns Hopkins University.
Ira Berlin Will Lead the Organization of American Historians
Ira Berlin, distinguished university professor of history, will serve as the 96th president of the Organization of American Historians. His most recent book, "Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of African-American Slavery in Mainland North America," won the Bancroft Prize for best book in American history, the Frederick Douglass Prize for best book on the history of slavery and the OAH Elliot Rudwick Prize for best book on African American history.
Research, Signifcant Discoveries
Saplings with Lofty Ambitions
UM Research Reveals Bay Marshes in Peril
Michael Kearney, associate professor of geography (coastal environments and geomorphology), is the lead author of a groundbreaking environmental study. He used satellite data to track the drowning of tidal wetlands by rising sea levels, and revealed the virtual extinction of Chesapeake and Delaware Bays marsh land this century.
Study Forecasts Huge Loss of Land by 2030
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation released the most detailed projection of greater
Washington DC region growth patterns to date and revealed that the extinction of much of the region's open space will happen within three decades. Critical to the study was the use of the powerful SLEUTH computer model of growth patterns, conducted by the Regional Earth Science Applications Center in the university's department of geography.
Two white oak saplings�the first from Maryland's famed, 460-year-old Wye Oak tree�were planted at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate in Virginia. Frank Gouin, retired former chair of the horticultural program, provided the successful cloning necessary to allow history to continue to grow from its very roots.
UM Web Site Shows Kids Professor's Excellent Adventure in Africa
Sarah Tishkoff, a young genetics professor in the College of Life Sciences, spent three months in the African bush collecting DNA from descendants of ancient Africans to learn more about the origins of civilization. A new Web site, DNA Hunt, describes her African adventure and her research in a kid-friendly way and features the customs and traditions of the tribes she worked with.
Researchers Want to Develop Long-Term, Worldwide Energy Plan
An interdisciplinary effort by university scientists, economists and political scientists is aimed
at developing a global energy policy that will be unique in range and scope. Patrick O'Shea,
director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, reports plans to unite with the School of Public Affairs and its Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland, where John Steinbruner is director.
WTC Collapse Probe Yields More Questions
James Quintiere, professor of fire protection engineering, testified before Congress about a House Science Committee report on the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings. His conclusion: The report contains only limited amounts of information on the fire that caused the World Trade Center towers to collapse, and much more research has to be done.
Outreach: Campus People Aiding The Community
Graduate Students Give Computers to Stepping Stone Shelters
A group of graduate students from the Smith School of Business helped eight children in
Rockville's Stepping Stone homeless shelter leap the digital divide between haves and
have nots. The graduate students raised $1,200 in donations from coworkers and employers
and obtained at least two more years of Internet access for the shelter.
UM Spring Breakers Help Win Habitat for Humanity National Award
The efforts of students from Maryland, Concordia College, Indiana University, Davis
& Elkins College, Ohio University and the College of the Holy Cross combined to help
Charlotte (Fla.) County's Habitat for Humanity win the Collegiate Challenge Spring
Break 2002 Best Community Involvement Award.