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April 3

A profile on University of Maryland President Wallace Loh on starting over, finding academia, and helping others shine.

Source: The Washingtonian
Category: President Loh
April 3

Surgeries, major or minor, virtually always require sutures—but they can prove uncomfortable and painful, or even become infected. Now, a spray-on film of biodegradable polymer nanofibers could replace them for good. Researchers from the University of Maryland have developed a technique to apply a thin film of biodegradable material which can conform to the skin, holding surgical incisions shut and protecting them from the outside world.

Source: Gizmodo
Category: Research
April 3

Pig Iron Theatre Company will debut its brand of multidisciplinary, experimental theater with its upcoming production “Zero Cost House” at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Source: Gazette.net
Category: Other
March 28

University of Maryland professor James Gates is known for his research in supersymmetry and work on science education standards.

Source: The Baltimore Sun
Category: Faculty / Staff
March 27

Research from University of Maryland, published yesterday in the journal Global Change Biology, shows that the predictions by scientists that some animals will deal with climate chance by getting smaller is panning out among salamanders.

Source: Mother Nature Network
Category: Research
March 24

The instructor is teaching her course, nature is taking its course, and the result is that more than two dozen lambs have been born this year within the highly urbanized confines of the Capital Beltway. The course is being given this semester at the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, headquartered on the College Park campus, not far from such area landmarks as the Comcast Center and Metro’s Green Line. The title, according to the teacher, Sarah Anne Balcom...

Source: The Washington Post
Category: Engaged Students
March 24

This semester, the University System of Maryland is exploring ways to bring that cost to zero with "open-source" electronic textbooks — the latest experiment in changing the way students in Maryland and across the nation are taught...Scott Roberts, a University of Maryland, College Park professor who teaches an introductory psychology course, started writing his own open-source textbook for the class in 2010 and is participating in the pilot program. Faculty members are concerned about the...

Source: The Baltimore Sun
Category: Big Issues
March 24

At a summit of Purple Line supporters and county and state officials, a buzz is palpable in the crowd about a Record of Decision from the federal government, a key step toward getting the light-rail project off the ground... "The buzz around the room is that this is going to happen. I think the momentum is now such that it's a matter of when, not if. And the when is coming very soon," says Gerrit Knaap, Director of National Center for Smarter Growth at the University of Maryland. Knaap...

Source: WTOP
Category: Big Issues
March 24

The Purple Line Corridor Coalition met for the first time Friday on the presumption the 16-mile light rail project will be built, and it's looking like it will be..."There will be opposition. We already know there is opposition and where it is coming from," says Gerrit Knaap, a coalition member and the director of the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland. "I am hopeful we can resolve these issues amicably without reverting to lawsuits, but it is really hard to...

Source: WAMU
Category: Big Issues
March 21

About 260 local officials, planners, nonprofit leaders, economic development officials, private business people and transit activists gathered at the University of Maryland on Friday to discuss some answers. The title of the all-day workshop: “Beyond the Tracks: Community Development in the Purple Line Corridor.”

Source: The Washington Post
Category: Big Issues
March 20

Last week, Bethesda-based Lockheed established a quantum computing research center at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus, grouping together several existing quantum projects at the school. Lockheed declined to share information about how much it is investing in this or other quantum efforts.

Source: The Washington Post
Category: National Interest
March 20

Researchers say that wildflowers on the Rocky Mountains have undergone a change in their blooming pattern as a result of climate change. The local wildflowers on the Rocky Mountain are facing the brunt of climate change. Researchers at the University of Maryland reveal that over two-thirds of the alpine flowers have altered their blooming pattern due to climate change since the 1970s.  The bloom season that extended from late May to early September now stays from late April to late September...

Source: Science World Report
Category: Research
March 20

Last month, the University of Maryland beat out two dozen U.S. and Italian universities and landed a $500,000 grant from the National Italian American Foundation to study the Roman influence on American identity.

Source: The Washington Post
Category: Research
March 20

The University of Maryland has claimed the 2013 national hacking championship, beating out more than 100 schools for the title. NPR's Claudio Sanchez attends a college hacking tournament to find out more.

Source: NPR
March 13

The Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program, an initiative of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, has approved 15 research projects worth $4.1 million to 15 teams combining Maryland companies with state university researchers to bring technology products closer to market, announced program officials.

Source: eCampus News
Category: Other
March 10

Amidst the crisis in Ukraine, CNN turns to University of Maryland professor Karen Kohn Bradley to analyze Russian President Vladimir Putin’s body language. “He’s a very stressed person in this video,” Bradley concludes. “His mouth is working, he’s looking away from the commander, he’s not connecting with him at all. He’s very much involved with his own thoughts and feelings right now.”

Source: CNN
Category: Faculty / Staff
March 7

Lockheed Martin Corp. forged a new partnership with the University of Maryland to develop an integrated quantum computing platform that could eventually be peddled to fields including pharmaceuticals and logistics.

Source: Washington Business Journal
Category: Research
March 6

The University of Maryland just announced a new relationship with Lockheed Martin where the two will partner to develop an integrated quantum computing platform. The duo signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday putting into effect the establishment of the Quantum Engineering Center at the UMD.

Source: In the Capital
Category: Big Issues
March 6

There is a possible up side to this brutally cold winter. Come spring, there could be fewer pests around -- specifically, stink bugs. Their population is being hit hard by our plummeting temperatures. Professor Mike Raupp, the University of Maryland's beloved "bug guy," says the punishing blasts of artic air have left critters bugging out.

Source: WJLA
Category: Faculty / Staff
March 6

The paper on one of the drone laboratory’s doors has scrawled on it: “Bug Laboratory (Enter at Your Own Risk).” Inside the University of Maryland’s Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory is an unusual combination of insects, drones and drones that look like insects.

Source: Emergency Management
Category: Research

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