MAY 2019 / a newsletter for legislative and business communities
University of Maryland Graduation Rate in Top Ten Among Public Institutions

UMD has been recognized as one of the ten public institutions in America' with the best graduation rates by The Chronicle of Higher Education. UMD's graduation rate was ranked No.10 nationally among over 500 public institutions of higher education.
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Pioneering Breakthrough: Unmanned Aircraft Delivers Organ for Successful Kidney Transplant in Maryland
In a first-ever advancement in human medicine and aviation technology, a University of Maryland unmanned aircraft has delivered a donor kidney to surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore for successful transplantation into a patient with kidney failure.

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University of Maryland's Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering To Transform Region's Tech Corridor
The University of Maryland celebrated the opening of the new Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering, a 215,600-square-foot facility that will serve as a hub for technology, collaboration and discovery at the heart of a new innovation district.

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Highlights
University of Maryland Among top U.S. Public Colleges in New Ranking: The University of Maryland is among the top-rated public colleges in America, according to new nationwide rankings for 2019, compiled and released earlier by a Business Journal affiliate publication.

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Groundbreaking Addition to Discovery District: Corporate Trust in partnership with UMD has broken ground on a 105,000-square-foot office building — the latest addition to UMD's Discovery District, the epicenter of academic, research and economic development in Greater College Park.

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Expanding the Computer Science Pipeline: Through the new Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing the pipeline of aspiring computer scientists from youths to UMD majors will grow exponentially by creating programs to support and inspire students from all genders, backgrounds and underrepresented populations.

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Science Terps Named 2019 Goldwater Scholars: Four University of Maryland undergraduates have been awarded scholarships by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which encourages outstanding students to pursue advanced study and research careers in the sciences, engineering and mathematics.

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UMD Team Again Wins National Affordable Housing Design Competition: For the second year in a row, a team of graduate students from the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation has won the Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Two University of Maryland Faculty Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences: UMD faculty members—an expert on the intersection of policy and science and a geologist known for his discoveries on the evolution of Earth's atmosphere—have been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that a researcher can receive.

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Two University of Maryland Faculty Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Michele J. Gelfand, Distinguished University Professor, psychology, and Frances E. Lee, distinguished scholar-teacher of government and politics, are among the more than 200 new members in Academy's 239th class who are being recognized for their accomplishments in academia, business, government, and public affairs.

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Student Team Adds Fifth National Championship to UMD Dynasty in Soil Judging: The University of Maryland soil judging team wasn't afraid to get its hands dirty to win the 2019 National Collegiate Soils Contest.The team won its fifth title in the event, besting 25 other universities at California Polytechnic State University.

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Good Neighbor Day Volunteers Work to Improve Greater College Park: Some chose to beautify through community cleanups, landscaping and tree planting. Other volunteers fought food insecurity by packing meals or collecting canned food. Hundreds more pitched in on other projects featured in the eighth annual Good Neighbor Day.

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UMD Announces Landmark Grants for Sustainability Fund Projects: The University of Maryland's Office of Sustainability recently announced University Sustainability Fund grants approved for 2019. The Fund provides grants to students, faculty, and staff for the implementation of projects that will improve sustainability on campus or in the local community.

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Research Impact
UMD and Rice Take a Big Step Forward for 3D Printed Human Bone: Scientists at Rice University and the University of Maryland have outlined a new proof-of-concept for 3D printing artificial bone tissue, with hopes that such tissues may one day help to heal damage related to arthritis and sporting accidents.

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UMD Researchers Kill Foodborne Bacteria with Electrified Air: University of Maryland researchers are working on a plasma-based technology that could provide consumers, restaurants and food processors with a low-temperature microwave-like machine to kill pathogens, while bypassing significant problems associated with existing washing or treatment methods.

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Fearless Ideas
Maryland Day 2019 Recap
Under a nearly cloudless sky, guests watched scientific demonstrations, played trivia games, took in theater and music performances and ate carnival food on Maryland Day, the 21st annual celebration of all things UMD.

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Dedication for Home to Innovation
A striking presence at the university's front door, the Brendan Iribe Center brings together the university's top-ranked Department of Computer Science and its renowned Institute for Advanced Computer Studies to facilitate previously unimaginable creation and discovery on campus.

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