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march 2017 / a newsletter for legislative and business communities
UMD Named a Best Value College by The Princeton Review

For the seventh consecutive year, UMD has been recognized as one of the nation's best schools for academic programs, affordability and career prospect.
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UMD Recognized as a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students
Fifteen UMD students and alumni were awarded a Fulbright grant to study, conduct research or teach English around the world for 2016-2017.

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UMD Debuts Discovery District
Discovery District will be the epicenter of academic, research and economic development, encompassing more than 150 acres that stretch from Baltimore Avenue to the research-rich and metro-accessible community along River Road.

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Highlights
Terp Author Documents History of White House Property: From Richard Nixon hosting his daughter's wedding in the Rose Garden, to Michelle Obama creating a kitchen garden, Jonathan Pliska M.H.P. '07 has documented it all.

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UMD Professor Named a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors: Rita Colwell is world renowned in large part for her highly innovative work to understand the bacteria that cause cholera and reduce the incidence and impact of this disease around the world.

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UMD Biological Sciences Senior Elfadil Osman Named 2017 Gates Cambridge Scholar: The scholarship, which allows students outside of the United Kingdom to pursue graduate study at the University of Cambridge, is considered one of the most prestigious academic awards available to college graduates.

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UMD Team Tops for Performance & Operations at SpaceX Hyperloop Competition: This competition was the second in a series of a competitions aimed at encouraging student innovation and advancing the Hyperloop concept for a new form of transportation.

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Research Impact
Research Empowers Leaner Bus Systems for Schools: Transportation experts at UMD have developed a mathematical model that can pinpoint the smallest bus fleet needed to serve a school district under any start and dismissal time schedule.

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UMD and Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System Collaborate on MS Research: The collaborative project seeks to use nanotechnology to control the disease without compromising normal immune function that often occurs during autoimmune diseases.

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New $3.79M Federal Grant Supports Ongoing Research Revolutionizing Battery Tech: The Department of Energy's Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy awarded UMD faculty funding for work they say will essentially revolutionize the battery industry.

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TRANSFORM THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Portraits Come to Life
UMD theatre students give new life to the paintings at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery through a class on character development.

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College Connections
A new campus organization helps Terps with autism build social and communications skills.

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