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October 2017 / a newsletter for legislative and business communities
UMD Announces Unprecedented $219.5 Investment from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation

Building Together: An Investment for Maryland will increase college access and affordability, inspire the next generation of engineering leaders and spark innovations that tackle today's most daunting problems.
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UMB, UMD Announce New Strategic Partnership Signature Projects
Marking the one-year anniversary, the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State continues to demonstrate innovation and impact.

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UMD and Bowie State Univ. Launch Training Program to Increase Diversity in Education Research
The universities received $1.1M from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to train undergraduate students from underrepresented populations for doctoral study.

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Highlights
UMD Named Top Producer of Minority Graduates: According to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, UMD ranks No. 34 overall for conferring the most undergraduate degrees to minority students, and No. 66 overall for graduate and professional degrees.

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UMD, Catholic Charities DC Teamed Up to Provide Free Dental and Health Care to Local Community: The Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival provided a full range of dental and health services, serving nearly 1,000 people with the equivalent of more than $1.5 million in care.

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UMD Awarded U.S. Department of Commerce Grant to Launch Immersive Media Innovation Ecosystem: Through a $500,000 grant, "MAVRIC" will advance mixed, augmented, and virtual reality technologies in three select verticals: media, simulation and training, and arts and entertainment.

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UMD Launches Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education: The new center will be a national hub for research, policy, professional standards, and consultation for universities on critical issues related to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

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UMD Recognized Nationally in Sierra Club Sustainability Rankings: The University of Maryland improved its overall nationwide sustainability ranking in the recently released Sierra Magazine Cool Schools listing, finishing No. 33 overall on the list and No. 2 among Big Ten schools.

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Research Impact
UMD Undergraduates Develop Tools to Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease Before Patients Show Symptoms: A team of seven students won first place and earned the top prize of $20,000 in this year's National Institutes of Health Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams challenge.

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UMD-Led Project Awarded $3M NSF Grant to Study Big Data Ethics: The research project will study issues surrounding user consent, risk assessment and regulations, aiming to provide guidance to policymakers, regulators and tech developers in big data collection and usage.

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New Drone Facility Takes Flight at University of Maryland: WJLA highlights UMD's new Fearless Flight Facility, which will serve as a catalyst for innovation in the areas of flight control, sensing, autonomy, collaboration, and counter-unmanned aircraft systems.

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UMD-Led Research Predicts Dangerous Blood Pressure Drops in ICU Patients: Patients in intensive care often experience dangerous drops in blood pressure that are not quickly corrected by clinical staff, concluded a UMD research team, who also developed a predictive model that can warn of such incidents before they occur.

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Discover New Knowledge
UMD Partners with Newseum to Give Patrons a Virtual Trip Back in Time
Using cutting edge VR technology, UMD played a crucial role in developing a virtual reality environment that lets Newseum visitors interact with the Berlin Wall. (via BTN LiveB1G)

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#WeAreScholars
UMD's College Park Scholars pledge their commitment to free speech with care.

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