MARCH 2019 / a newsletter for legislative and business communities
Save The Date for Maryland Day: Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg to Deliver Address at University of Maryland's 2019 Spring Commencement

Michael R. Bloomberg, the successful entrepreneur and three-term mayor of New York City who has become one of the nation's most prominent philanthropists and advocates on climate change, public health, gun violence, and other issues, will deliver the university's commencement address on Friday, May 24, 2019
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University of Maryland Appoints Georgina Dodge to Lead Diversity and Inclusion
In this role, Dodge will work closely with senior leaders, faculty, staff, students and external constituencies to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and respect as core institutional values.

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Graduate Programs Recognized by U.S. News & World Report
UMD schools, colleges and programs were ranked among the strongest in the nation in the annual "Best Graduate Schools" lists by U.S. News & World Report, evaluating graduate programs across six major disciplines: business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing.

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Highlights
Senate Told of MPower's Transformative Impact: The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State now boasts 25 research and education collaborative programs, each harnessing the academic strengths of the two universities.

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Maryland SAFE Center Joins School of Public Health: Formed through the MPowering the State initiative that draws on the complementary strengths of UMD and UMB, the Support Advocacy, Freedom, and Empowerment (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors is now part of the School of Public Health.

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College Park Selected as the Best College Town in Maryland: Factors such as overall population, college student population, rental costs, college education rates, transportation access, unemployment rate and bar availability, among others things, played a key role in the University of Maryland's top spot in the state.

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UMD Among Peace Corps' Top 10 Volunteer Producing Schools: Maryland ranked No.10 among large schools on the agency's list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2019. There are 55 Terps currently volunteering in countries around the world.

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UMD Team Again Reaches "Final Four" in HUD Affordable Housing Competition: A team of graduate students from the UMD School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation has earned a spot in the final four in the sixth annual HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition, beating out over 70 teams across the country.

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Dancing With Terps: Terp Thon, the student organization supporting Children's National Health System patients and their families, neared one milestone-$5 million in funds raised-as it celebrated another on its 10th anniversary on campus.

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Research Impact
New UMD Microscopy Method Could Improve LASIK Surgery: A new microscopy technique developed by University of Maryland researchers could make the popular LASIK vision-correction surgery more accurate-and even nearly eliminate the need for any cutting of the eye.

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UMD Researchers Awarded $5.3M NIH BRAIN Initiative Grant: Three University of Maryland researchers will receive approximately $5.3 million in new federal support for research that is part of a larger project designed to radically improve our understanding of the connection between brain activity and human behavior.

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UMD Scientists Create Method for Remote Detection of Radioactive Material: Physicists at the University of Maryland have developed a powerful new method to detect radioactive material.

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Fearless Ideas
Europa | The Search for Life
Researchers in the Department of Geology are developing the scientific foundation for a future expedition to Europa, an ice-bound moon of Jupiter that could harbor life in its vast subsurface ocean.

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