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UMD RecycleMania Video Competition Begins

February 10, 2014
Contacts: 

Andrew Muir 301-405-7068

RecyclemaniaCOLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland is once again competing in RecycleMania: an eight-week waste reduction contest among hundreds of colleges and universities, running February 2nd to March 29th. All materials recycled on campus count towards this competition.

To enhance the university's involvement with the competition, this year UMD is sponsoring a video contest to give students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to showcase their recycling skills and knowledge.

The "Recycle This!" video contest is looking for educational videos that inspire people to recycle, compost, and reduce their waste. Videos must be no more than 30 seconds long.  The grand prize winner for the best video will receive $500 in Terrapin Express points.

The video entries are due by Friday, February 28th at 4:00pm.  Entries can be submitted at http://recyclemania.umd.edu/.

"This year we are excited to host a video competition to encourage faculty, staff, and students to think about recycling in a new way.  I urge everyone to submit a video and recycle everywhere on campus to support UMD in this year's RecycleMania competition," said Adrienne Small, recycling specialist in the recycling and solid waste unit on campus.

Last year, UMD ranked number one in the Atlantic Coast Conference for waste minimization. Since this is Maryland's final year in the ACC, RecycleMania is one of the last chances for the university to beat rival schools in a competitive setting before moving to the Big Ten Conference.

As highlighted in the 2013 Sustainability Progress Report, UMD achieved its 2012 goal of a 75 percent waste diversion rate.  The milestone helped the university achieve its 2012 target of reducing carbon emissions by 15 percent compared to 2005.

"I encourage every member of the campus community to participate in RecycleMania and help the university win this nationwide contest. This means recycling all possible items as we work, study, and dine on campus. If possible, I also urge you to participate in the upcoming shredding and electronic waste recycling events on campus that will add to our totals! Bin it to Win it!" said Harry Teabout, executive director of building and landscape services.

For more information on the video contest and Terps Recycle events, visit http://recyclemania.umd.edu.

There will be a campus E-Waste Drive on Friday, March 7th.

Follow the University of Maryland's RecycleMania progress here.

 

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Terps Take Top Prize in Collegiate Turf Bowl

February 7, 2014
Contacts: 

Sara Gavin 301-405-9235

Win marks first championship for UMD team in 20 years of competition

A team of four students from the University of Maryland earned first prize in the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's (GCSAA) Collegiate Turf Bowl held Thursday, February 6 in Orlando, Florida. COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A team of four students from the University of Maryland earned first prize in the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's (GCSAA) Collegiate Turf Bowl held Thursday, February 6 in Orlando, Florida.

Student teams from across the country compete in this national contest that tests their knowledge and skills related to turf grass, agronomy, business management, environmental management, communication and leadership.

The University of Maryland has participated annually in the Collegiate Turf Bowl since the competition began 20 years ago. Despite consistently placing in the top ten and taking home third prize last year, this is the Terps' first championship.

The winning team from the University of Maryland includes three undergraduate students studying golf course management through the Institute for Applied Agriculture (IAA) – Brian Hogan, Matthew Park and Brent Waite. Ryan Higgins, an undergraduate turf and golf course management student in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, rounds out the foursome. IAA lecturer Kevin Mathias serves as the team's advisor.

As part of the competition, the students had to identify certain types of turf grass, weeds and insects, write an essay and complete a written test. The Terps were awarded $4,000 for their first place finish.

 

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UMD to Study Roman Impact on American Identity

February 6, 2014
Contacts: 

Nicky Everette 301-405-6714

Department Of Classics Awarded $500k NIAF Pellegri Grant
from the National Italian American Foundation

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A $500,000 grant from the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will fund new research at the University of Maryland on the legacy of ancient Rome as reflected in the architecture and art in the United States’ capital and in the nation’s system of governance.

U.S. Capitol BuildingThe foundation awarded the $500,000 NIAF Ernest L. Pellegri Grant, named in honor of a foundation donor, to the university’s Department of Classics in the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) to expand the study of Latin language and ancient Roman culture, as well as the opportunities for students to study abroad and conduct research in the United States and Italy.

This is the largest single grant awarded to an educational institution in the foundation’s history, said Anita Bevacqua McBride, chair of NIAF’s Education and Scholarship Committee. “Through this partnership we will help connect the ancient remains of the Roman past found in Italy to the formation of our American identity,” she said. 

Maryland was selected from a pool of 25 American and Italian universities because of the project’s compatibility with NIAF’s mission, the expertise of the faculty and the impact on students and the larger university community. The principal investigators for the grant are Jorge Bravo, Lillian Doherty and Judith P. Hallett from the Department of Classics.

“This generous grant exemplifies the expertise of classics faculty and allows us to capitalize on our proximity to Washington, D.C.,” said ARHU Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill. “This partnership is a logical extension and complement to the ways the faculty blend scholarship, teaching and community engagement to strengthen the study of Latin and promote its relevance to our modern lives.”

Examples of this influence include the classical design of the Capitol building, the mural in its dome painted by Constantino Brumidi showing classical gods surrounding George Washington as he helped create America, and a semi-nude sculpture of Washington that was created for—but not installed in—the Rotunda. Examples of this influence include the classical design of the Capitol building, the mural in its dome painted by Constantino Brumidi showing classical gods surrounding George Washington as he helped create America, and a semi-nude sculpture of Washington that was created for—but not installed in—the Rotunda.

Most of the five-year grant will fund scholarships for undergraduate student education abroad, alternate spring breaks and summer research, and provide graduate student fellowships to support research by master’s-level candidates in classics and related fields of study. 

“Many of our alumni are highly regarded teachers of Latin and classical culture,” said Lillian Doherty, chair of the Department of Classics. “Through our students the legacy of Roman culture will be passed on to future generations.”

 

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A Short Stay in Darkness May Heal Hearing Woes

February 5, 2014
Contacts: 

Heather Dewar 301-405-9267

Simulated blindness gives adult mice sharper hearing, researchers find

COLLEGE PARK, Md - Call it the Ray Charles Effect: a young child who is blind develops a keen ability to hear things others cannot. Researchers have known this can happen in the brains of the very young, which are malleable enough to re-wire some circuits that process sensory information. Now researchers at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University have overturned conventional wisdom, showing the brains of adult mice can also be re-wired, compensating for a temporary vision loss by improving their hearing.

The findings, published Feb. 5 in the peer-reviewed journal Neuron, may lead to treatments for people with hearing loss or tinnitus, said Patrick Kanold, an associate professor of biology at UMD who partnered with Hey-Kyoung Lee, an associate professor of neuroscience at JHU, to lead the study.

"There is some level of interconnectedness of the senses in the brain that we are revealing here," Kanold said.

"We can perhaps use this to benefit our efforts to recover a lost sense," said Lee. "By temporarily preventing vision, we may be able to engage the adult brain to change the circuit to better process sound."

When adult mice were kept in the dark for about a week, neural networks in the auditory cortex, where sound is processed, strengthened their connections from the thalamus, the midbrain's switchboard for sensory information. As a result, the mice developed sharper hearing. This enhanced image shows fibers (green) that link the thalamus to neurons (red) in the auditory cortex. Cell nuclei are blue. Image by Emily Petrus and Amal IsaiahKanold explained that there is an early "critical period" for hearing, similar to the better-known critical period for vision. The auditory system in the brain of a very young child quickly learns its way around its sound environment, becoming most sensitive to the sounds it encounters most often. But once that critical period is past, the auditory system doesn't respond to changes in the individual's soundscape.

"This is why we can't hear certain tones in Chinese if we didn't learn Chinese as children," Kanold said. "This is also why children get screened for hearing deficits and visual deficits early. You cannot fix it after the critical period."

Kanold, an expert on how the brain processes sound, and Lee, an expert on the same processes in vision, thought the adult brain might be flexible if it were forced to work across the senses rather than within one sense. They used a simple, reversible technique to simulate blindness: they placed adult mice with normal vision and hearing in complete darkness for six to eight days.

After the adult mice were returned to a normal light-dark cycle, their vision was unchanged. But they heard much better than before.

The researchers played a series of one-note tones and tested the responses of individual neurons in the auditory cortex, a part of the brain devoted exclusively to hearing. Specifically, they tested neurons in a middle layer of the auditory cortex that receives signals from the thalamus, a part of the midbrain that acts as a switchboard for sensory information. The neurons in this layer of the auditory cortex, called the thalamocortical recipient layer, were generally not thought to be malleable in adults.

But the team found that for the mice that experienced simulated blindness these neurons did, in fact, change. In the mice placed in darkness, the tested neurons fired faster and more powerfully when the tones were played, were more sensitive to quiet sounds, and could discriminate sounds better. These mice also developed more synapses, or neural connections, between the thalamus and the auditory cortex.

The fact that the changes occurred in the cortex, an advanced sensory processing center structured about the same way in most mammals, suggests that flexibility across the senses is a fundamental trait of mammals' brains, Kanold said.

"This makes me hopeful that we would see it in higher animals too," including humans, he said. "We don't know how many days a human would have to be in the dark to get this effect, and whether they would be willing to do that. But there might be a way to use multi-sensory training to correct some sensory processing problems in humans."

The mice that experienced simulated blindness eventually reverted to normal hearing after a few weeks in a normal light-dark cycle. In the next phase of their five-year study, Kanold and Lee plan to look for ways to make the sensory improvements permanent, and to look beyond individual neurons to study broader changes in the way the brain processes sounds.

Photo: When adult mice were kept in the dark for about a week, neural networks in the auditory cortex, where sound is processed, strengthened their connections from the thalamus, the midbrain's switchboard for sensory information. As a result, the mice developed sharper hearing. This enhanced image shows fibers (green) that link the thalamus to neurons (red) in the auditory cortex. Cell nuclei are blue. Image by Emily Petrus and Amal Isaiah

 

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National UTeach Program Expands to UMD

February 4, 2014
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson 301-405-4622

$1.45 million grant aimed at growing the STEM teacher pipeline

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland is launching a program called Terrapin Teachers to increase the number of high-quality secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers. Terrapin Teachers will replicate the nationally recognized UTeach program at UMD and expand the university's offerings that enable undergraduate students in STEM fields to receive both a subject-matter degree and teaching certification.

UTeachTerrapin Teachers will be a joint initiative between the university's College of Education (COE) and College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS). The university will receive a five-year, $1.45 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to replicate the UTeach program in College Park. UMD is one of five universities to receive the grant this spring, which was made possible by a generous contribution from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

"Tomorrow's leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs are shaped by dynamic teachers," said UMD President Wallace Loh. "This is why we are so pleased to join forces with the transformative teacher preparation program UTeach, which grows the pipeline of cutting-edge STEM leaders who make a difference in the classroom."

UMD's UTeach program will be co-directed by Arthur N. Popper, a professor in the Department of Biology, and Daniel I. Chazan, a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership.

"Terrapin Teachers will allow faculty members in COE and CMNS at Maryland to build on their national leadership in research on the science of teaching and learning, and the application of this science to the teaching practice," says Popper.

The University of Maryland has been working to create new programs that increase the number of STEM majors who earn teacher certification, which was a recommendation of the STEM Task Force convened by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley in 2008. The UTeach program will enhance this effort and further increase the number of STEM teachers the campus produces.

"We will increase the engagement of our on-campus faculty and local school districts in the shared venture of preparing future STEM teachers who will help us make the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards a reality," says Chazan.

Mary Ann Rankin, UMD senior vice president and provost, created the UTeach program in 1997 when she was dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. Core elements of the UTeach program include recruitment and retention incentives, a compact degree program, a strong focus on research-based strategies for teaching and learning math and science, intensive field teaching experience, and personal guidance from master teachers and faculty.

"UTeach was created to attract the best and brightest STEM students to teaching and to train them to teach math and science in the most effective ways possible -- with inquiry and project-based instruction," said Rankin. "I am proud that with support from HHMI, NMSI and the UTeach Institute we will now bring this fine program to UMD.  I know that with our great leadership team and extraordinary students, Terrapin Teachers will quickly become one of the most successful STEM teacher training programs in the country.  Ultimately this is a huge win for the state of Maryland as each of these wonderful teachers will inspire and train hundreds of future workers, scientists, engineers, inventors and teachers."

In partnership with NMSI, the program has been replicated at 35 universities across the country. Currently, more than 6,000 students are enrolled in UTeach programs and more than 1,600 graduates have been produced. Projections indicate that, by 2020, UTeach programs across the country will have produced more than 9,000 math and science teachers—nearly 10 percent of the White House's 100Kin10 national goal of producing 100,000 new STEM teachers by 2021.

Watch the launch event:

 

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UMD Named Tree Campus USA for Sixth Consecutive Year

February 3, 2014
Contacts: 

Alana Carchedi 301-405-0235

Tree Campus USACOLLEGE PARK, Md. – For its sixth consecutive year, the University of Maryland has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. This national program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

Maryland achieved this honor by meeting Tree Campus USA's required five core standards, including maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.

University of Maryland“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”

Tree Campus USA was created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation with support from Toyota. Through their partnership, the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested $26 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

 

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UMD Alumnus Company Squarespace to Run Inaugural Big Game Ad

February 1, 2014
Contacts: 

Eric Schurr 301-405-3889

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ten years ago, in a small dorm room at the University of Maryland, Anthony Casalena set out with a $30,000 loan from his father to change the way websites were built and make it easy for anyone to create one.

Squarespace was born.

Now an industry leading, all-in-one website publishing platform provider, the company marks a milestone this Sunday with its first Super Bowl advertisement, titled "A Better Web Awaits." Read more about the ad and preview it in The Official Squarespace Blog, or on YouTube.

 
"Our goal was to create a spot that was appropriate for the Super Bowl while also communicating our values," said Casalena, CEO and founder of Squarespace. "The ad clearly establishes our mission as a company: Squarespace helps sets your website apart from the clutter we commonly find all over the web."

Anthony Casalena, UMD Hinman CEOs alumnus and founder and CEO of Squarespace. - See more at: http://www.mtech.umd.edu/news/press_releases/squarespace_super_bowl_2014.html#sthash.3Onv0JTe.dpufCasalena was a member of one of the first cohorts of the Hinman CEOs Program, the nation's first living-learning entrepreneurship initiative, which places entrepreneurial students from all technical and non-technical academic disciplines together in a unique community where they live together, learn about entrepreneurship, and can launch new ventures.

"The Hinman Program is a great facilitator of ideas," said Casalena. "The program can connect you with the people you need to meet. It fosters a more professional way of thinking about a business and exposes you to things you wouldn't see otherwise, such as venture capitalists or evaluating business plans. It is valuable for you to see how all of these things work in the real world."

With 259 employees and offices in New York and Dublin, Squarespace is one of the biggest publishing platforms on the Internet, serving as a basis for millions of websites. Its user-friendly interface underlies a rich and deep publishing platform with a broad set of features.

Squarespace website.In addition to dozens of fully customizable templates, each with a unique mobile experience, Squarespace offers simple drag-and-drop website management, blogging capability, modern ecommerce and donation capabilities, social media integration, a full suite of content block types such as photo galleries and events calendars (and no need for plugins), as well as special features for bloggers, photographers, musicians, restaurants and more.

Squarespace offers four mobile applications to complement its web-based service, including blogging app Squarespace Blog, photo gallery app Squarespace Portfolio, analytics app Squarespace Metrics, and idea app Squarespace Note.

From a team of one, Casalena built an award-winning company, as evidenced by:

Bootstrapped for six years, Squarespace completed a $38.5 million minority investment from Index Ventures and Accel Partners in 2010. Since then, the company released a complete overhaul of its publishing platform with Squarespace 6, more than doubled is staff and added dozens of features to its system, including its mobile apps.

After the Super Bowl, Squarespace's ad campaign will be expanded nationwide and include TV, digital, social, and out-of-home components. The commercials, created in 60-second and 30-second formats, can be viewed at http://www.squarespace.com starting February 2.

Hinman CEOs, a program of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, is the nation’s first living-learning entrepreneurship initiative, placing entrepreneurially-minded students from all technical and non-technical academic disciplines in a unique community. Students live together, learn about entrepreneurship, and can launch new ventures. The mission of Hinman CEOs is to foster an entrepreneurial spirit, create a sense of community and cooperation, and develop ethical leaders. All undergraduates from the University of Maryland, College Park are invited to apply for this competitive program. Brian Hinman, University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering alumnus and successful entrepreneur, provided funding to initiate and support the Program.

 

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Winners of $75K Social Innovation Challenge Named

January 31, 2014
Contacts: 

Ted Knight 301-405-3596

Social Innovation ChallengeCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland and Broadcaster Tavis Smiley have announced the winners of the $75,000 TS/UM Social Innovation Challenge. Announced last summer, the challenge invited aspiring entrepreneurs to develop transformative solutions to affect positive change for individuals and communities across the nation.

Entrants were asked to submit innovative ideas targeting the key impact areas of education, hunger, and sustainability.

"All of the Social Innovation Challenge entrants offered inspiring ideas for social change through innovation and entrepreneurship," said UMD's A. James Clark School of Engineering Dean and Farvardin Professor, Darryll Pines. "The winners embody the spirit of innovation we were seeking, and we believe they will make a great impact through their outreach and community efforts."

The winners are:

Alexander Moore and Mike Curtain, DC Central Kitchen (Washington, DC)
DC Central Kitchen provides 5,000 meals to DC's shelters and nonprofits each day and offers culinary training to jobless, at-risk adults. Its latest endeavor is called Healthy Corners, a response to the crises of 'food deserts' and inequitable access to healthy food of its kind in America. Through job training, healthy food distribution, and local farm partnerships, DC Central Kitchen offers path-breaking solutions to poverty, hunger, and poor health.

Christopher Brown and Kamilla Kovacs, BUILD Metro DC (Washington, DC)
BUILD is a targeted four-year entrepreneurship and college readiness program for students that are socio-economically most disadvantaged and academically most disengaged. BUILD's mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success. To date, 99 percent of BUILD seniors have graduated high school and been accepted to college, changing their life trajectories.

Derrius Quarles, Million Dollar Scholar (Chicago, IL)
Million Dollar Scholar is an education technology and services solution that creates scholarships for deserving students by offering an instructive web platform that educates high school and college students on how to be successful in the scholarship and grant processes for higher education.Million Dollar Scholar seeks to address both the issues of higher education affordability and the shortage of high school counselors by creating a standardized scholarship and financial aid curriculum that can be made available to students across the nation.

Each of the three winners will be awarded a $25,000 prize. Additionally, each winning entrant will have an opportunity to be a guest on the Tavis Smiley Network, receive an entrepreneur mentorship at the Clark School's Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), and showcase their innovation at Platform Summit 2014, an event aimed at exploring the role of diversity in the innovation economy.

"The winners' ideas creatively address critical challenges facing the United States and the global community," said Smiley. "Our Social Innovation Challenge is an investment in the minds of the future, and we look forward to seeing the positive change these innovations bring about."

A total of 56 entries were submitted, representing 23 states across the nation, as well as the District of Columbia. The field was narrowed to seven finalists based on the executive summaries and videos the entrants created to describe their social innovations. The seven finalists were interviewed by the TS/UM Social Innovation Challenge panel of judges, who selected the three winners based upon the following criteria: originality and innovation, business model approach, experience of team, potential scalability of business, potential for return on investment, and social impact.

The TS/UM Social Innovation Challenge supports the Tavis Smiley Foundation's initiative to dramatically reduce poverty in America and the University of Maryland's commitment to increase the number and quality of new businesses inspired by competition to create a large and strong new generation of entrepreneurs who benefit society. For more information about the TS/UM Social Innovation Challenge, visit www.tavissmileysocialinnovator.com.

 

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Do Media Love Beyonce More than the Super Bowl?

January 30, 2014
Contacts: 

Dave Ottalini 301-405-1321

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Whether it's the Super Bowl or March Madness, a new study reveals that only half of the published photographs of championship games picture the games themselves, while the rest capture the action at other events associated with the big game.

SportPixSportPix, a new study from the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda (ICMPA) at the University of Maryland, evaluated 3,274 photographs published by 16 major American sports and news outlets as they covered Super Bowl XLVII and the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Final.

Across the Super Bowl coverage, the SportPix study showed that Beyoncé received more photographic attention than any other single personality – more than the coaches, quarterbacks or other players. Beyoncé's performance attracted immense coverage for an event that only lasted 14 minutes.

"The SportPix study makes clear that news outlets have decided that fans are equally interested in seeing the sidebar events to a big game, as the play action itself," says ICMPA Director and Study Leader Susan Moeller.

News outlets 'get' that photos are a way that visitors to online sites are experiencing and reliving the games. "As a consequence," says Moeller, "they are using more and more photos in their stories. The Baltimore Sun ran almost 500 photos of last year's Super Bowl victory, and outlets such as ESPN, Fox Sports and the Bleacher Report ran well over 100 photos of the NCAA men's final."

Photographically covering championship games is now about much more than the game. "What makes a photo so powerful is that just one can create an understanding, right or wrong, of a person or event," says Kevin Blackistone, panelist for ESPN and visiting lecturer, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at UMD's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. "That's why this well-done content analysis is so fascinating."

Researchers from ICMPA and UMD's Philip Merrill College of Journalism used Pinterest to collect the thousands of images in the 36 hours after both games, on February 3-4 and April 8-9, 2013. They then analyzed the photos to determine how 16 sports and news outlets visually portrayed the two events — four online television networks, four Internet natives and eight online newspapers and magazines.

Together with ICMPA's 2013 PrezPix study of the 2012 presidential election that evaluated almost 9,000 photographs, ICMPA's SportPix study is believed to be the largest academic research project to date to use the Pinterest platform to aggregate and evaluate news photos.

View the SportPix study at http://sportpix2013.wordpress.com.

 

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Shirley Povich Center to Tell Sportswriters' Stories

January 29, 2014
Contacts: 

Beth Mechum 301-405-4605

Shirley Povich Center for Sports JournalismCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism is debuting a sports media project entitled "Still No Cheering in the Press Box."
 
The project is an extension of the 1973 book "No Cheering in the Press Box" by Jerome Holtzman that detailed the lives and careers of 24 sportswriters whose careers spanned mostly from the 1920s to '70s, including Shirley Povich and Red Smith.
 
In the modern-day version, to be published at www.povichcenter.org/still-no-cheering, the goal is to include many of the modern day stars of sportswriting, including ESPN's Michael Wilbon, USA Today's Christine Brennan, the Boston Globe's Bob Ryan, author and columnist John Feinstein, the Washington Post's Sally Jenkins and the late L.A. Times' Jim Murray.
 
The mostly student-driven project will be a look inside how the formative years of today's great sportswriters shaped their careers, as well as advice for aspiring journalists.

"Jerome Holtzman's wonderful 1974 book "No Cheering in the Press Box" covered many of the best sportswriters of the 20th century - up to the 1970's. That leaves us more than 40 years of great sports journalists to chronicle and who better than the students from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism to do the chronicling?" said George Solomon, director of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and professor of the practice.

"We hope to come close to meeting Mr. Holtzman's standards and do justice to today's sportswriting giants."

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland is a resource for journalists, academics and the public who want to explore the complex role of sports in society.

 

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