Maryland Moments, November, 2001
Towards Being Best: New Programs, Initiatives, Rankings
Beijing Mayor Liu Qi says his city is willing to enhance cooperation with the University of Maryland in a meeting with President C.D. Mote. Beijing will participate in the development of a technological park at Maryland, and the Zhongguancun technological park in Beijing will develop close links with the park at Maryland.
According to Science Watch and based on cited geoscience studies over the last decade, the University of Maryland ranks No. 22 among the world's centers of geoscience research.
The Smith School of Business entered two more elite lists of the nation's business schools. It was ranked among the 20 Tech-Savviest Business Schools by Business 2.0 and among the top 25 Techno-MBA programs by Computerworld.
The university community claims six of the "50 Brightest Washingtonians," selected because they set the standard world-wide in their fields. The list appeared in Washingtonian magazine:
Larry Johnson, scientist at the Department of Agriculture's Beltsville Research Center and holder of a doctorate from Maryland
Hugh Newell Jacbosen, architecture graduate, who is designing the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center for the university
Eugenia Kalnay, professor and chair of meteorology, who originated the three- and five-day weather forecast
David Driskell, distinguished university professor of art, who had the campus Center for the Study of the African Diaspora named in his honor
George Pelecanos, crime novelist and Class of 1980 in radio/TV/film.
Spotlight on Business Programs Producing Minority Graduates
Total Minority Baccalaureate Degrees, No. 10
African American Baccalaureate Degrees, No. 8 (tie)
Business Management & Administrative Services
Nathan and Jeanette Miller donated funding to create an annual Nathan and Jeanette Miller Distinguished Lecture In History and Public Affairs. David Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize winning historian from Stanford University, is the first holder of the lectureship conducted by the Center for Historical Study.
Faculty, Staff Achievements
Judith Torney-Purta, professor of human development, received the Nevitt Sanford Award from the International Society for Political Psychology. Torney-Purta's global study of civic attitudes among the young received attention around the world.
Roald Sagdeev received the Maxwell Prize given by the American Physical Society's Division of Plasma Physics. Sagdeev, a native of the former Soviet Union, earned the award "for an unmatched set of contributions to modern plasma theory." He is director of the university's East-West Space Science Center and serves as a senior associate at the Center for Political and Strategic Studies. The center was founded by Sagdeev's wife, Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Lawrence Moss, professor with the Department of Music, has been chosen as an American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers PLUS Standard Award winner. The cash award reflects the organization's commitment to writers of "serious music" and considers the writer's original compositions and recent performances.
Computer science professors Joseph JaJa and Nick Roussopoulos were elected fellows of the Association of Computing Machinery.
Stephen Brush, distinguished university professor, was awarded the Joseph Hazen Education Prize of the History of Science Society. The prize is awarded each year "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the teaching of history of science." Brush wrote the textbook, Physics, The Human Adventure: From Copernicus to Einstein and Beyond, along with Professor Gerald Holton of Harvard. Brush is a member of the department of history and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology.
Research, Significant Discoveries
Scientists Ponder Limits on Access to Germ Research
Mark Leone, professor of anthropology, was selected by the American Anthropological Association to review research papers regarding the Church of Latter Day Saints and to discuss the findings at the association's annual meeting. The secular look at Mormonism is unique, and earned wide-attention.
Outreach in the Community
The University of Maryland and the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention will coordinate the implementation of the first fully integrated statewide emergency network in the nation.
The College of Education's Bladensburg Project aims at improving student achievement at three public schools in Prince George's County. Giant Food and PepsiCo each contributed $200,000, and high tech venture firm Human Vision gave $50,000 to the initiative of the university's Maryland Institute for Minority Achievement and Urban Education.
The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, tests mail samples provided by the Maryland Department of Health for traces of anthrax. Veterinary medicine was called upon to help alleviate the workload of the state agency.
In the News: University People Earning Media Attention
Lee Thornton, Richard Eaton Chair in Broadcast Journalism in the College of Journalism, was master of ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery's Veterans Day celebration for the tenth straight year. The world watched the unusually solemn ceremony on an emotional day honoring the nation's service men and women.
Art professor emeritus David Driskell's new book, "The Other Side of Color," was awarded the NAACP Image Award. It was also featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Ron Walters, professor of political science, participated at the State of the Black World Conference in Atlanta at the beginning of December. He is also co-chairing with Columbia University's Manning Marable a group of social scientists developing a research agenda to support the black reparation movement.
In addition to hundreds of appearances by its faculty in the nation's print and electronic media following September 11, the university also attracted experts to campus.
The College of Journalism's American Journalism Review hosted a forum called "Covering Islam." CNN's Judy Woodruff, university political scientist Shibley Telhami, the Washington Post's Caryle Murphy, National Public Radio's Loren Jenkins and As Safir newspaper reporter Hisham Melhem participated.
The post-September 11 world was scrutinized by a panel that included Shibley Telhami, New York Times columnist and best-selling author Thomas Friedman, distinguished university professor in international affairs Thomas Schelling, Columbia University political scientist Kenneth Waltz and director of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management Ernest Wilson.
U.S. Senator John McCain held a town hall meeting before 1,000 students at Memorial Chapel and received the first annual Millard E. Tydings Award for Courage and Leadership presented by the campus Center for American Politics and Leadership. McCain sought to take advantage of the rise in patriotism by appealing to students to enter public service, like AmeriCorps, or the military.
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