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jan. 2017 / a newsletter for legislative and business communities
UMD Maintains Top 10 Spot as a Best Value Public College

For the ninth consecutive year, UMD has ranked in the top 10 among public universities for in-state value in Kiplinger's Personal Finance's list of the Best College Values.
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The Architect of the Capitol:
Meet UMD School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation alum Stephen T. Ayers, the Architect of the Capitol. Appointed by the President, the Architect is charged with maintaining, restoring and modernizing the buildings of Capitol Hill.

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UMD Alumna Will Be First African-American to Become Space Station Crew Member: Soon after Jeannette J. Epps M.S. '94, Ph.D. '00 lifts off aboard a Russian rocket in May 2018, she'll become the first African-American astronaut as well as the first UMD graduate to live and work as a crewmember on the International Space Station.

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Five UMD Alums Are Among those Selected for Forbes' 2017 30 Under 30 List: University of Maryland alums Adam Behrens, Evan Lutz, Akshay Goyal, Mackenzie Burnett and Dan Gillespie are among the "leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S."

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UMD Engineering Professor Receives Presidential Early Career Award: President Barack Obama awarded UMD Assistant Professor Michael Rotkowitz with the highest honor bestowed by the federal government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

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PALS Program Shares First Semester Project Results with City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County: UMD students and faculty presented findings from 14 projects, which stem from social, economic and environmental sustainability priorities identified by city and county government officials, and offer regional stakeholders fresh ideas for old challenges.

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UMD Panelist Joined U.S. Senate Discussion on Localizing Maryland R&D Spending for Economic Impact: A University of Maryland representative helped discuss how the incoming administration and Congress can bolster technology transfer and commercialization policies to ensure that federal R&D investments yield stronger commercial results, in large part by better coordinating with regional economies.

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Research Impact
UMD is a Key Partner in New National Institute for Innovation of Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals: A new institute to advance U.S. leadership in pharmaceutical manufacturing announced by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will include the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

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Students' Project on Space Station to Focus on Astronauts' Health: Three UMD pre-med students aim to expand our understanding of how bacteria behave in microgravity-and ultimately how to safeguard space travelers-when their biology experiment is launched in March onto the International Space Station.

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UMD-Led Team Studies Evolving Climate and Energy Policy Networks: A research team from the University of Maryland has received an additional $450,000 from the MacArthur Foundation to examine how climate and energy policy networks are evolving at both state and federal levels in response to the 2016 election.

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UMD Researchers Find Ultra-thin Solution to Primary Obstacle in Solid-State Battery Development: A team of UMD researchers have announced a transformative development in the race to produce batteries that are at once safe, powerful, and affordable.

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President Loh | Inspire Maryland Pride
See how our talented students "Inspire Maryland Pride" through learning, research, innovation, arts, civic engagement and athletics.

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Terp Receives NCAA Award of Valor
UMD alumnus and Medal of Honor recipient Captain Florent Groberg honored for courageous actions.

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