FEBRUARY 2019 / a newsletter for legislative and business communities
University of Maryland Named a Best Value College in the Nation

In its ninth year of inclusion on the list by The Princeton Review, the university is mentioned among other top schools in the country in the 2019 edition of The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment.
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Loh to Remain as University President Through 2019–20 School Year
The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents and Chancellor Robert Caret announced that Dr. Wallace Loh will continue, by mutual agreement, to lead Maryland’s flagship campus through June 2020.

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Dean of UMD's Clark School of Engineering Elected to National Academy of Engineering
Darryll J. Pines, dean and Nariman Farvardin Professor of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, has been elected to the 2019 Class of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

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Highlights
MPowering the State | Campus, State Leaders Launch Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices: With support from both UMD and UMB campuses and the state of Maryland, the institute brings together engineers, clinicians, scientists and students working to design and build biomedical devices that address many of today’s most pressing human health challenges.

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UMD Researcher Shares With Veterans What Helped Him Heal From War: Writing: Ron Capps, a researcher at UMD’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), is founder and director of the Veterans Writing Project, helping veterans, service members and their families to build community and find healing through stories.

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New Consortium to Build Defense Partnerships Among DOD, Universities & Local Businesses: The Maryland Defense and Aerospace Consortium, created by Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) in collaboration with the University of Maryland, hopes to instill greater partnership between companies, DoD, universities and even kindergarten classes to better take advantage of the new defense acquisition process.

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Two UMD-Affiliated Albums Earn Grammy Nominations: UMD’s Hugo Keesing and The National Orchestral Institute were nominated by the Recording Academy for a Korean War inpsired four-CD box set and performances composed by John Harbison, Carl Ruggles and Steven Stucky, respectively.

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MPowering the State | UMD Artists, Researchers Open New Views of Opera: Thanks to a collaboration between the Maryland Opera Studio and the Maryland Blended Reality Center, audiences can be on stage with the performers through virtual reality (VR) technology.

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Research Impact
MPowering the State | $3.6M Grant Will Help UMD Advance Cancer Research: A team of UMD investigators received the NIH award to expand the scope of their T cell research, which will help characterize a well-known inhibitory receptor on T cells implicated in various cancers.

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MPowering the State | IBBR Investigator to Lead $3.9M NIH-funded Project to Develop New HIV-1 Immunotherapy Agents: The NIH-provided funds will help develop a multi-specific, single agent antibody therapeutic against HIV-1 to block virus infection and to clear the reservoir of HIV-infected cells from the body.

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Fearless Ideas
A. James Clark School of Engineering Celebrates 125th Anniversary
The A. James Clark School of Engineering kicked off its 125th anniversary on campus with a celebration in the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building honoring its vision and impact.

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MPowering the State | Maryland Strategic Partnership
A catalyst for innovation, the MPower partnership between University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland, Baltimore continues to spark interdisciplinary research, driving groundbreaking discoveries and economic impact in the state of Maryland.

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