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FEB 2018 / a newsletter for legislative and business communities
University of Maryland Named a 2018 Best Value College

UMD has been deemed a best value college by both Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Princeton Review, recognized for its offerings of comprehensive aid programs and merit-based scholarships.
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UMD Receives $5M National Science Foundation Grant to Support Next Generation of Cyber Leaders
The grant will address today’s workforce demand by funding scholarships for students in UMD’s Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students program.

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UMD Researcher Develops Innovative Water Treatment System to Clean and Sustain the Port of Baltimore
The innovative sustainable technology aims to help reduce pollution, improve water and air quality, and create renewable energy in and around the Port of Baltimore.

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Highlights
UMD to Honor Frederick Douglass’ 200th Birthday with Year-Long Initiative: Douglass 200, a year-long initiative to commemorate the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’ birth, is organized by a group of campus leaders called the North Stars.

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UMD Drone Pilot to Support Dominica Recovery After Hurricane Maria: The UMD Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site is partnering with Canadian humanitarian organization GlobalMedic to support efforts to rebuild on the Caribbean island.

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Unity Mural on Display at Maryland State House: To visually illustrate peace, justice and unity, students and faculty from UMD and Bowie State University contributed their artistic talents to design and paint a unity mural.

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Two UMD Students Win Prestigious Churchill Scholarships: Christopher Bambic and Yousuf Khan are two of 15 students in the sciences, engineering or mathematics to receive the scholarship.

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UMD Names Amitabh Varshney as Dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences: As dean, Varshney will lead the College’s broad and robust research and educational efforts across 10 departments.

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Research Impact
Flu May Be Spread Just by Breathing, New UMD-Led Study Shows: It is easier to spread the influenza virus than previously thought. New information about flu transmission from UMD researchers reveals that we may pass the flu to others just by breathing.

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UMD Researchers Create Super Wood Stronger Than Most Metals: Engineers at UMD have found a way to make wood more than ten times times stronger and tougher than before, creating a natural substance that is stronger than many titanium alloys.

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UMD Researchers Develop Breakthrough Technique to Combat Cancer Drug Resistance: New UMD findings point to a technique that uses specially designed nanoparticles and near infrared laser treatment to cause cancer cells to lose their multidrug resistance capabilities for days at a time.

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UMD Researchers Find Gene that May Greatly Increase Strawberry Production: Researchers at UMD have identified and isolated a gene that is directly involved in the way strawberry plants grow, spread and produce fruit.

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Transform the Student Experience
A Message from President Loh
UMD is thrilled to celebrate our students and faculty who bring fearless ideas from concept to reality, with impact across the state of Maryland and beyond.

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Exploring the Deep Sea
UMD student Samantha Goldman has taken her research underwater to study black sea coral in the Gulf of Mexico.

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