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August 2017 / a newsletter for legislative and business communities
UMD Named a 2017 Best College by MONEY Magazine

The University of Maryland ranks No. 11 among public universities and No. 20 overall among U.S. institutions.
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Shooting for the Stars
UMD graduate and NASA astronaut Jeanette J. Epps is currently undergoing rigorous training to prepare to join the crew of the International Space Station.

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15 UMD Students and Alumni Receive Fulbright Grants
More than a dozen UMD students and recent graduates were awarded Fulbright grants to study, conduct research or teach English abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Highlights
UMD Recognized as Top School for LGBTQ Students: The University of Maryland is No. 13 in a list of the 50 best colleges for LGBTQ students, according to a report released by College Choice.

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UMD Appoints Roger L. Worthington to Lead Diversity Initiatives: As Chief Diversity Officer and Interim Associate Provost, Worthington 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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UMD's "It Takes Just One" Student Team Wins National Competition to Curb Violent Extremism Online: The team competed against 49 others, winning $5,000 and the opportunity to work with potential partners from the Department of Homeland Security and EdVenture on their campaign.

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UMD, UMB Strategic Partnership Announces Expansion of Interdisciplinary Research at Cole Field House: The expansion will enhance the mission of the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance at Cole Field House, a signature MPowering the State program, and fulfill the promise envisioned by the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Act (SB 1052).

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Research Impact
UMD Engineers Invent the First Bio-Compatible, Ion Current Battery: Engineers at UMD have invented an entirely new kind of battery that is bio-compatible because it produces the same kind of ion-based electrical energy used by humans and all living things.

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First-Ever Quantum Computer Faceoff: UMD vs. IBM: In a new study, two quantum computers fashioned from dramatically different technologies have competed head-to-head in an algorithm-crunching exercise.

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Flying Dog Brewery and UMD Partner on Hops Production Initiative: Flying Dog Brewery and UMD's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will work side-by-side on the future of beer-centric agriculture in the region.

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UMD Awarded $6 Million NIH Grant for Structure-Based Design of a Hepatitis C Vaccine: UMD's Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research has been awarded a grant to develop a novel prophylactic vaccine to prevent hepatitis C virus infection.

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Discover New Knowledge
IonQ Raises $20M Led by NEA and GV
Building on the pioneering work of world-renowned experts at the University of Maryland and Duke University, IonQ plans to bring general-purpose quantum computers to market by late 2018.

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UMD Wind Tunnel Offers a Real Hurricane Experience
The University of Maryland is at the forefront of research and development when it comes to dealing with hurricane-force winds.

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