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UMD Earns Gold Rating for Sustainability

February 24, 2014

Andrew Muir 301-405-7068

STARSCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has received a STARS Gold Rating in recognition of their sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. 

The Gold rating positions UMD among the nation's top schools for sustainability. This inaugural submission to AASHE STARS was the result of a collaborative effort between UMD faculty, staff, and students who provided data for the rating system. These stakeholder contributions proved critical to the successful completion of the STARS process and advanced stakeholder engagement in campus sustainability initiatives.

"As evident in our STARS Report, a culture of sustainability is integrated into many aspects of our institution.  The 2008 University Strategic Plan, Transforming Maryland: Higher Expectations, firmly establishes sustainability as a part of the university's mission and sets forth our goal to be 'a national model for a Green University.'  We are proud of the progress that the university is making," said University of Maryland President Wallace Loh. 

STARS is comprised of four credit categories:

  • Education & Research (E&R)
  • Operations
  • Planning, Administration & Engagement (PAE)
  • Innovation

"STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts," said AASHE Executive Director Stephanie Herrera. "University of Maryland has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Gold Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts."

The Gold rating is an important highlight in UMD's sustainability efforts, which were formalized with the development of the Climate Action Plan in 2009.  The Office of Sustainability distributes an annual Sustainability Progress Report in the fall, which compiles and publicly reports the university's sustainability performance.  In 2013, UMD was ranked the thirteenth greenest university in the nation by Sierra Magazine.   

"Achieving a Gold rating under the AASHE STARS program is a milestone achievement for our university's sustainability effort. It could not have been possible without the significant effort of many people across campus who have provided support, participated in workgroups and furthered our performance through their leadership positions. We must also recognize that this was a two year effort that was supported by several student interns who provided important research and data collection," said Scott Lupin, director of the Office of Sustainability and associate director for the Department of Environmental Safety.

The University of Maryland STARS Report can be found here.

For more information about the STARS program, visit

New Map of Twitterverse Finds 6 Types of Networks

February 21, 2014

Tom Ventsias 301-405-5933
Lee Tune 301-405-4679

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – People tweet about anything and everything, but a new Twitter analysis coauthored by University of Maryland computer scientist Ben Shneiderman shows much of this conversation falls into six distinct patterns or networks.

The study analyzed tens of thousands of Twitter conversations over the past four years to reveal a "topographical map" of these patterns—each showing identifiable contours—based on the topic being discussed, the information and influencers driving the conversation and the social network structures of the participants. These six networks are:

  • Polarized Crowds that often form around political topics and communicate very little with those holding opposing viewpoints;
  • Tight Crowds that share spaces of learning and passion;
  • Brand Clusters that form around products and celebrities;
  • Community Clusters created around global news, with popular topics developing multiple smaller groups;
  • Broadcast Network structures created by people re-tweeting commentary from pundits and breaking news; and
  • Support Network/customer service conversations that revolve around a singular source. 

The study analyzed tens of thousands of Twitter conversations over the past four years to reveal a "topographical map" of these patterns—each showing identifiable contours—based on the topic being discussed, the information and influencers driving the conversation and the social network structures of the participants.

Shneiderman, a widely recognized pioneer in human-computer interaction and information visualization, co-authored the comprehensive new study with Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Internet Project, Marc A. Smith, director of the Social Media Research Foundation and Itai Himelboim, an assistant professor of telecommunications at the University of Georgia.

This work is the first of its kind according to Shneiderman, who also holds an appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies.

"There are already a number of academic papers that analyze the volume of tweets over time related to specific topics, and other research that gives good insight into sentiment analysis—the underlying message—of those tweets," he says. "What we've done doing is to provide a visual map of the Twitterverse that will ultimately help others to better interpret the trends, topics and implications of these new communication technologies."

Rainie says the study "gave us a way to take the digital equivalent of aerial photos of crowds while simultaneously listening to their conversations."

The researchers relied heavily on open-source software called NodeXL to interpret the data. Marc Smith led the initial development of this innovative software, but Shneiderman and his graduate students—many of them in the university's Human-Computer Interaction Lab—have contributed strongly to the analytical tool's use over the past six years.

NodeXL allows researchers to examine the interplay of tweets, retweets and the social networks of Twitter users—the people they follow and who follows them. It can also be used to study Facebook, Flickr, email, scientific citations and other network structures.

"This new field is emerging right before our eyes," Shneiderman says. "It could eventually have a large impact on our understanding of everything from health to community safety, from business innovation to citizen science, and from civic engagement to sustainable energy programs."

Statement from VP Brian Voss Regarding UMD Data Breach

February 21, 2014

UMDThe University of Maryland continues to work around the clock to the address the data breach. Law enforcement authorities including the U.S. Secret Service are investigating and we have partnered with an outside cybersecurity firm to assist our computer forensic analysis. We are doing everything possible to discover how this happened so we can prevent further attacks.

UMD is offering free credit protection services for all affected persons.  Beginning Tuesday, February 25, individuals may call 1-866-274-3891 to verify if their records were compromised and immediately activate this service. 

We understand this breach is causing concern and consternation.  Please know that we are doing everything possible to ensure the protection of our community’s personal information as we move forward.

Brian D. Voss
Vice President, Division of Information Technology

Using the Power of Social Media to Enhance Product Innovation

February 20, 2014

Greg Muraski 301-405-5283

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Researchers at the University of Maryland and Ozyegin University in Turkey have developed a framework for companies to track and incorporate social media influence into product innovation – resulting in better products that more effectively meet the needs of consumers.
The finding could guide marketers to mine a social network to get to know a consumer's range of preferences and incorporate them in the design process for better products that can reach a larger market share.

S. Raghu Raghavan, professor of management science and operations management at UMD's Robert H. Smith School of Business.The researchers developed a mathematical technique -- a genetic algorithm based on Darwin's theory of natural selection -- to optimize product design for maximum market share. They used the algorithm to simulate product design phases, with and without accounting for social network effects. Results showed "ignoring social network effects in the design phase resulted in an inferior product; that is, one with a significantly lower market share," said S. Raghu Raghavan, professor of management science and operations management at UMD's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

"Peer or social network effects haven't been taken into account by product designers, but we believe it to be a looming, natural convergence of social networking platforms, online shopping sites and product design," Raghavan said. "The trigger would be a social network such as Facebook and an online shopping site like Amazon cooperating to produce the analytical data."
Users of both Facebook and Amazon can link those accounts, and many other online shopping sites encourage Facebook account logins. "It's likely a matter of time before a shopping site will identify you and tell you how many of your Facebook friends have purchased a particular product," said Raghavan.
The framework is developed in the working paper "Integrating Social Network Effects in the Share-of-Choice Problem" co-authored by Raghavan and Dilek Gunnec of Ozgegin University in Turkey.

The model, moreover, incorporates the effect of peer influence within share of choice analysis. "Designers already account for the degrees to which consumers value product attributes such as color, size and fabric," Raghavan said. "We further take into account that we, as consumers and friends, tend to listen to one another when it comes to trying a new product."
Companies also can engineer these influencers to help draw more buyers of their products by targeting the influencers with price discounts. This "least-cost incentive" approach would minimize discount pricing losses.
To access a copy of the study, go to

Dynamic Alert System Will Protect Global Forests

February 20, 2014

Laura Ours 301-405-5722

UMD among 40 partners launching near-real time forest monitoring system

Global Forest WatchCOLLEGE PARK, Md. - Today the University of Maryland, the World Resources Institute (WRI), Google, and a group of more than 40 partners launched Global Forest Watch (GFW), a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests. For the first time, Global Forest Watch unites the latest satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests.

According to data from the University of Maryland and Google, the world lost 2.3 million square kilometers (230 million hectares) of tree cover from 2000 to 2012—equivalent to 50 soccer fields of forest lost every minute of every day for 12 years. The countries with the highest tree cover loss are: Russia, Brazil, Canada, United States, and Indonesia.

“We expect GFW to be a powerful link between the facts on changing forest resources—made possible with satellite data—and improved forest governance. Hopefully a sustainable use of this critically important global resource will be enabled,” said Professor of Geographical Sciences Matthew Hansen.

Hansen was the team leader of a recent multiorganizational effort that led to the creation of innovative environmental sciences technology, the world’s first local-to-global forest mapping tool. This tool made possible the recent eye-opening findings on forest loss that make efforts like Global Forest Watch so critical.

About Global Forest Watch:

  • High-resolution: Annual tree cover loss and gain data for the entire globe at a resolution of 30 meters, available for analysis and download.
  • Near-real time: Monthly tree cover loss data for the humid tropics at a resolution of 500 meters.
  • Speed: Cloud computing, provided by Google, multiplying the speed at which data can be analyzed.
  • The crowd: GFW unites high resolution information from satellites with the power of crowdsourcing.
  • Free and easy to use: GFW is free to all and no technical expertise is needed.
  • Alerts: When forest loss alerts are detected, a network of partners and citizens around the world can mobilize to take action.
  • Analytical Tools: Layers showing boundaries of protected areas worldwide; logging, mining, palm oil and other concessions; daily forest fire alerts from NASA; agricultural commodities; and intact forest landscapes and biodiversity hotspots.

Today, a group of leaders in government, business, and civil society launched Global Forest Watch at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

“Partnerships like Global Forest Watch that bring together governments, businesses and civil society and technological innovation are the kinds of solutions we need to reduce forest loss, alleviate poverty and promote sustainable economic growth,” said Administrator Rajiv Shah, U.S. Agency for International Development.

Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0Global Forest Watch will have far-reaching implications across industries. Financial institutions can better evaluate if the companies they invest in adequately assess forest-related risks. Buyers of major commodities such as palm oil, soy, timber, and beef can better monitor compliance with laws, sustainability commitments, and standards. And suppliers can credibly demonstrate that their products are “deforestation free” and legally produced.

Global Forest Watch can support other users like indigenous communities, who can upload alerts and photos when encroachment occurs on their lands; and NGOs that can identify deforestation hotspots, mobilize action, and collect evidence to hold governments and companies accountable. At the same time, many governments like Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, say they welcome Global Forest Watch because it can help them design smarter policies, enforce forest laws, detect illegal forest clearing, manage forests more sustainably, and achieve conservation and climate goals.

Global Forest Watch was created by the World Resources Institute with over 40 partners, including Google, Esri, University of Maryland, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Imazon, Center for Global Development, Observatoire Satellital des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (OSFAC), Global Forest Watch Canada, ScanEx, Transparent World, the Jane Goodall Institute, and Vizzuality. Major companies have also provided early input, including Unilever and Nestle, and the wider Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 Partnership. Core funders include the Norwegian Climate and Forests Initiative, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Environment Facility (GEF), U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), and the Tilia Fund.

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UMD's CoolCAD Kickstarts Its Keychain Computer-Lock

February 19, 2014

Eric Schurr 301-405-3889

GateKeeper Chain prototypes.COLLEGE PARK, Md. — CoolCAD Electronics LLC, a University of Maryland-based electronics design company, just launched a 30-day campaign with the popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter for its new GateKeeper Chain security product, a small, colorful key fob that automatically locks your computer when you leave and unlocks it when you return.

The GateKeeper Chain works over Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth SMART) wireless technology, combining a personal sensor with an encrypted connection that allows only its unique key to unlock your computer. The password is encrypted and stored on your PC, not the GK-Chain—so no one can steal it. The result is effortless security for your computer when you walk away, and easy access when you return.

"Our goal is provide people who use computers with optimal security and convenience," said electrical and computer engineering graduate Siddharth Potbhare M.S. '05, Ph.D. '08, who co-founded CoolCAD. "It's easy to forget to lock your computer when you leave your desk, and it's a chore to log back in when you get back. GateKeeper takes care of both."

As an extra layer of security, CoolCAD offers a companion smartphone application that lets you manage and track your keys, but more importantly—warns you when you leave your keys behind.

Initial prototypes work with PCs and Android phones, although the company is creating Macintosh and iOS versions as well.

A GateKeeper Chain prototype.Rewards for backers of the GateKeeper Chain Kickstarter campaign include access to pre-production-run prototypes, custom gold or silver key fobs, laboratory tours with CoolCAD's engineers and designers, and up to 50 hours of one-on-one consulting to create customized products, which could include logos, additional branding and optional form factors.

CoolCAD plans to use its Kickstarter funding to take the patent-pending GateKeeper Chain from a fully functional prototype to a 200-unit pilot production run, which the company will use to obtain FCC certification and conduct comprehensive reliability testing and failure analysis tests.

Full production runs for the GateKeeper Chain are slated for June, with an expected delivery of the first 4,000 devices in July.

CoolCAD's ten-member team includes co-founders UMD electrical and computer engineering and Institute for Systems Research Professor Neil Goldsman, and vice president and UMD alumnus Akin Akturk, who earned his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering in 2006.

CoolCAD is a member of the Technology Advancement Program incubator, an initiative of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, whose graduates include Martek Biosciences and Digene Corporation, both of whom were acquired for more than $1 billion. The company's headquarters are in Mtech's Technology Ventures Building, located off-campus near the College Park Metrorail station.

CoolCAD has acquired research and development projects and subcontracts totaling over $4 million over the past five years, including Phase I and Phase II SBIRs/STTRs and four Mtech Maryland Industrial Partnerships program grants with two different UMD professors.


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"Terp Farm" Breaks Ground This Spring

February 18, 2014

Allison Lilly 301-314-1016

University's new sustainable farming operation enters its first season

Terp FarmCOLLEGE PARK – Thanks to a cross-campus partnership of University of Maryland students, faculty and staff, an exciting project is launching this spring that will result in fresh, local produce for Terps in College Park and the surrounding community this fall. UMD's Department of Dining Services, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) and Office of Sustainability announce the creation of "Terp Farm" – a sustainable farming operation to be located just 15 miles from the College Park campus.

Dining Services secured a $124,400 grant from the university's Sustainability Fund for a three-year pilot program, and is now hiring a lead agricultural technician to help support the project. Terp Farm will offer four-season vegetable production to be used in selected dining halls and on the Green Tidings mobile dining food truck, as well as provide produce to food-insecure members of the campus and College Park community.

"The Terp Farm project grew out of Dining Services' Sustainable Food Commitment signed in 2012," says Colleen Wright Riva, director of Dining Services at UMD. "A major component of the commitment is annual, incremental increases in sourcing from local growers – well, it doesn't get closer to home than produce grown on a campus farm by an involved campus community. Our chefs are excited about incorporating these campus-grown vegetables into our menus and I can't wait to taste the meals they create."

The College of AGNR has committed two acres at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center's Upper Marlboro facility for Terp Farm. Meanwhile, AGNR students are already incorporating the farm into some of their coursework this semester.

Terp Farm Group"Terp Farm is a natural fit for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources," says Cheng-i Wei, dean of the College. "It is an extension of our dedication to providing students with hands-on educational experiences while also demonstrating the important role agriculture plays in any community."

Students from the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture will be working together to propose overall designs for the farm, crop selections, and planting schedules, as well as post-harvest handling and sanitary measures to meet food safety goals. Meanwhile, students enrolled in a course called Analyzing Alternative Enterprises offered by the Institute of Applied Agriculture will be developing enterprise budgets to determine which crops will be most profitable to grow on the farm.

Additionally, a team of students from the Department of Communication's Event Planning Seminar will be organizing kick-off events to celebrate the opening of Terp Farm this semester.

Allison Lilly, sustainability and wellness coordinator for Dining Services, who is managing the Terp Farm project, says "We are excited about the collaborations that have resulted from Terp Farm and are actively seeking other ways to engage the entire UMD community in this project."

For more information on Terp Farm and to follow the project's progress, please visit

How Evolution Shapes the Geometries of Life

February 17, 2014

Abby Robinson 301-405-5845

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Why does a mouse's heart beat about the same number of times in its lifetime as an elephant's, although the mouse lives about a year, while an elephant sees 70 winters come and go? Why do small plants and animals mature faster than large ones? Why has nature chosen such radically different forms as the loose-limbed beauty of a flowering tree and the fearful symmetry of a tiger?

These questions have puzzled life scientists since ancient times. Now an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Maryland and the University of Padua in Italy propose a thought-provoking answer based on a famous mathematical formula that has been accepted as true for generations, but never fully understood. In a paper published the week of Feb. 17, 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team offers a re-thinking of the formula known as Kleiber's Law. Seeing this formula as a mathematical expression of an evolutionary fact, the team suggests that plants' and animals' widely different forms evolved in parallel, as ideal ways to solve the problem of how to use energy efficiently.

If you studied biology in high school or college, odds are you memorized Kleiber's Law: metabolism equals mass to the three-quarter power. This formula, one of the few widely held tenets in biology, shows that as living things get larger, their metabolisms and their life spans increase at predictable rates. Named after the Swiss biologist Max Kleiber who formulated it in the 1930s, the law fits observations on everything from animals' energy intake to the number of young they bear. It's used to calculate the correct human dosage of a medicine tested on mice, among many other things.

But why does Kleiber's Law hold true? Generations of scientists have hunted unsuccessfully for a simple, convincing explanation. In this new paper, the researchers propose that the shapes of both plants and animals evolved in response to the same mathematical and physical principles. By working through the logic underlying Kleiber's mathematical formula, and applying it separately to the geometry of plants and animals, the team was able to explain decades worth of real-world observations.

"Plant and animal geometries have evolved more or less in parallel," said UMD botanist Todd Cooke. "The earliest plants and animals had simple and quite different bodies, but natural selection has acted on the two groups so the geometries of modern trees and animals are, remarkably, displaying equivalent energy efficiencies. They are both equally fit. And that is what Kleiber's Law is showing us."

Picture two organisms: a tree and a tiger. In evolutionary terms, the tree has the easier task: convert sunlight to energy and move it within a body that more or less stays put. To make that task as efficient as possible, the tree has evolved a branching shape with many surfaces – its leaves.

"The tree's surface area and the volume of space it occupies are nearly the same," said physicist Jayanth Banavar, dean of the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. "The tree's nutrients flow at a constant speed, regardless of its size."

With these variables, the team calculated the relationship between the mass of different tree species and their metabolisms, and found that the relationship conformed to Kleiber's Law.

To nourish its mass, an animal needs fuel. Burning that fuel generates heat. The animal has to find a way to get rid of excess body heat. The obvious way is surface cooling. But because the tiger's surface area is proportionally smaller than its mass, the surface is not up to the task. The creature's hide would get blazing hot, and its coat might burst into flames.

So as animals get larger in size, their metabolism must increase at a slower rate than their volume, or they would not be able to get rid of the excess heat. If the surface area were the only thing that mattered, an animal's metabolism would increase as its size increased, at the rate of its mass to the two-thirds power. But Kleiber's Law, backed by many sets of observations, says the actual rate is mass to the three-quarters power.

Clearly there's a missing factor, and scientists have pored over the data in an attempt to find out what it is. Some have proposed that the missing part of the equation has to do with the space occupied by internal organs. Others have focused on the fractal, or branching, form that is common to tree limbs and animals' blood vessels, but added in new assumptions about the volume of fluids contained in those fractal networks.

The UMD and University of Padua researchers argue a crucial variable has been overlooked: the speed at which nutrients are carried throughout the animals' bodies and heat is carried away. So the team members calculated the rate at which animals' hearts pump blood and found that the velocity of blood flow was equal to the animals' mass to the one-twelfth power.

"The information was there all along, but its significance had been overlooked," said hydrologist Andrea Rinaldo of Italy's University of Padua and Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Federale. "Animals need to adjust the flow of nutrients and heat as their mass changes to maintain the greatest possible energy efficiency. That is why animals need a pump – a heart – and trees do not."

Plugging that information into their equation, the researchers found they had attained a complete explanation for Kleiber's Law.

"An elegant answer sometimes is the right one, and there's an elegance to this in the sense that it uses very simple geometric arguments," said physicist Amos Maritan of the University of Padua. "It doesn't call for any specialized structures. It has very few preconditions. You have these two lineages, plants and animals, that are very different and they arrive at the same conclusion. That is what's called convergent evolution, and the stunning result is that it's being driven by the underlying physics and the underlying math."


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UMD Professor Named Scientist of the Year

February 14, 2014

Abby V. Robinson 301-405-5845

GatesCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland physics professor Sylvester James "Jim" Gates, Jr., has been named the 2014 Scientist of the Year by students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation.

The award recognizes internationally noted scientists for their remarkable scientific achievements and for promoting initiatives that serve to increase diversity in all areas of science, engineering and mathematics.

Gates is known for his work in supersymmetry and supergravity, areas closely related to superstring theory, which seeks to describe the fundamental matter of the universe and is sometimes referred to as a “theory of everything.”

He is UMD’s John S.Toll Professor of Physics and director of the Center for String and Particle Theory.

In 2013, Gates received the National Medal of Science by President Obama, was awarded the 2013 Mendel Medal by Villanova University, was named a University System of Maryland Regents Professor, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

The Scientist of the Year award will be presented on March 28, 2014, by the president of Harvard University, the dean of Harvard College and the director of the Harvard Foundation.


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UMD Named Top 25 Peace Corps Volunteer Producer

February 11, 2014

Alana Carchedi 301-405-0235

The University of Maryland has been ranked No. 23 in the Peace Corps' annual list of the 25 top volunteer-producing colleges in the large school category—with 38 alumni currently serving as volunteers worldwide.  COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland has been ranked No. 23 in the Peace Corps' annual list of the 25 top volunteer-producing colleges in the large school category—with 38 alumni currently serving as volunteers worldwide. 

Since the Peace Corps' inception 1961, nearly 1,170 UMD graduates have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.

"Maryland challenged me to be both socially aware as well as willing to act on behalf of others. Furthermore, I realized that my course work provided me with a solid foundation on which to base my Peace Corps projects off of," says UMD alumnus Patrick Williams '11. "I would only recommend Peace Corps to seniors interested in forging their own path after university. Sure, we have specific goals, but a lot of our work and projects are self-directed and require a lot of patience, flexibility, and an appetite for adventure. That being said, you can combine any number of interests, hobbies, and experiences in order to make a difference."

Williams extended his Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso to monitor and evaluate the projects of health and education volunteers. For his first two years of service, Williams worked as a health volunteer and organized a youth development camp.

"College Park allowed me to have a stepping stone into international development with great professors who had experiences abroad that made the classes more intriguing and useful," says UMD alumna Michelle Jiyun Kim '09. "The Peace Corps has been an amazing experience and has cultivated who I am today. Two years being abroad and being immersed in a different culture has allowed me to find myself more and understand different cultures."

Kim is a community development volunteer in Thailand, who is working on youth development projects, teacher trainings and an HIV prevention manual.

"The same passion that launched the Peace Corps more than 50 years ago fuels progress in developing countries today thanks to the leadership and creativity that college graduates bring to their Peace Corps service," Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. "The unique Peace Corps experience helps recent graduates cultivate highly sought-after skills that will launch their careers in today's global economy."

The full list of colleges and universities on the Peace Corps' Top College list is available here.

UMD will be hosting an event on the Peace Corps experience on March 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Auditorium. More information is available here.


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