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DECEMBER 2018 / a newsletter for legislative and business communities
UMD Ranked Among Best in the World in U.S. News Best Global Universities

The University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University were the top ranked universities--public or private--in Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, West Virginia and Delaware.
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UMD Awarded $1M NSF Grant for Quantum Research
A $1 million award by the National Science Foundation will help develop methods for generating single photons at room temperature in semiconducting carbon nanotubes.

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Firefighting for a Day
Every year, the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute hosts Congressional Fire Training Day where Capitol Hill staffers, members of state government and more experience what it’s like to be a firefighter.

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Highlights
Competing for Kids’ Health: UMD’s partnership with the Children’s National Health System inspires a FDA funded competition to push for the development of new pediatric devices.

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"The Poet X" Marks the Spot: UMD Alumna, Elizabeth Acevedo won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature last month for “The Poet X,” her debut novel in poems.

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UMD Breaks Ground on E.A. Fernandez IDEA Factory: Campus, state and local leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of the latest addition to UMD’s innovation ecosystem, designed to enable collaboration between engineering, business and science.

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University of Maryland Celebrates 'Year of Immigration': This year-long initiative supports the university's mission to cultivate global citizenry by transforming dialogue into impact on immigration, global migration and refugee issues.

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Congress Increased Research and Financial Aid Funding: This fall marked a significant uptick in funding for top University of Maryland research priorities while expanding student aid and maintaining other important programs.

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Research Impact
External Research Funding Climbs to $545M: The increase in external funding in 2018 reflects UMD researchers’ strengths in diverse fields ranging from environmental adaptation and sustainability to human health and more.

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UMD Invention Uses Lasers to Help Fight Climate Change: The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation instrument will be docked in space and uses a laser method to take 3D measurements of the surface.

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UMD Researcher Releases First of Seven New Apple Varieties: The university’s first ever patented apple variety, Antietam Blush is one of seven varieties of sturdy, disease-resistant dwarf apple trees.

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NSF Awards UMD $3M to launch Global STEWARDS training program: NSF funding will help establish a new graduate training and research program aimed at creating innovative and sustainable solutions for global food, energy and water systems.

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Fearless Ideas
Technica, the Largest All-Women Hackathon
Hosted at UMD, the 24 hour hackathon immersed women in tech culture and encouraged them to exercise their imagination to create interesting and innovative hacks.

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Reducing Dead Zones in the Chesapeake Bay
Maryland farmers collaborate with a UMD Civil and Environmental Engineering professor to help reduce their contributions to the Chesapeake Bay dead zones.

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