JANUARY 2019 / a newsletter for legislative and business communities
National Quantum Initiative Becomes Law

Home to one of America’s leading quantum science and technology communities, UMD suggested language and strongly advocated for National Quantum Initiative legislation that passed Congress with bipartisan support and has been signed into law by the President.
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$2M Transportation Development Grant Awarded to Maryland to Bolster Planning along Purple Line Corridor
The University of Maryland National Smart Growth Research and Education center along with the Maryland Transit Administration will coordinate grant spending on transit development planning and more.

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UMD Ranked Among Top Universities in World for Computer Science by CEOWorld Magazine
Ahead of the opening of the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation, UMD ranks among the world’s best universities offering computer science degree programs.

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Highlights
Diamondback Garage Key to Growing Culture of Tech Entrepreneurship: A glassed-in, wired-up, tricked-out innovation hub called the Diamondback Garage offers a space where student startups mix with Fortune 500 firms and an “entrepreneurial ecosystem” is strengthening its campus roots.

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UMD Top 25 LGBTQ Friendliest Colleges in the U.S.: UMD was listed among other top schools in the nation as a safe space for queer young people, that helps prepare them for a workforce that is still frequently hostile.

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Terps Men’s Soccer Tops Akron to Win NCAA Final: Midfielder, Amar Sejdic, scored on a penalty kick in the 57th minute of competition to lift the Maryland Terrapins past the Akron Zips, 1–0, to become 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Champions.

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Merrill College Names Seminar Room for Capital Gazette Victims: A large plaque in the Capital Gazette Memorial Seminar Room in Knight Hall pays tribute to the Capital Gazette and the five people who gave their lives.

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WeWork University of Maryland Now Open: The first WeWork in Maryland and the first on a college campus, WeWork University of Maryland will provide members with a unique experience to be in close proximity with some of the state’s most talented individuals.

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Locksley Named Head Football Coach: Michael Locksley, a Washington, D.C., native with deep personal and professional connections to the area, brings over 20 years of coaching experience, including two stints totaling 10 years at Maryland.

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Research Impact
College Park Firm is Working to Build the World's Most Powerful Quantum Computer: IonQ Inc, a startup headquartered in College Park and co founded by Distinguished University Professor, Chris Monroe has developed two high-performance quantum computers and is scouting strategic partners to beta test them.

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Federal Government Shutdown FAQs: The University of Maryland is committed to keeping its community updated on the partial federal government shutdown and its potential impacts on our community.

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Fearless Ideas
Winter Message from President Loh
Best wishes for the New Year to the entire Terp family from University of Maryland President, Wallace D. Loh.

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Capital One Tech Incubator
The latest arrival in Greater College Park will allow University of Maryland students and faculty to tackle real-world problems through innovative solutions and facilitate entrepreneurship on campus with an impact felt throughout the state of Maryland.

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