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JULY 2018 / a newsletter for legislative and business communities
UMD Recognized as Best Value College in the State

The University of Maryland has been honored as one of the nation's best value colleges by Forbes, ranked No. 1 in Maryland, in the top 15 among public colleges and top 50 overall.
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UMD Receives High Marks in Latest Global Rankings
UMD has been ranked one of the top 100 universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education 2018 World Reputation Rankings and the Center for World University Rankings.

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UMD Among Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2017
The list, compiled by National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, highlights the vital role patents play in university research and innovation.

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Highlights
UMD Student Team Wins HUD Affordable Housing Competition: An interdisciplinary team of graduate students took first place for their project “Beacon Crossing,” a mixed-income, multi-age affordable housing project that doubles as a community asset.

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University of Maryland Names Damon Evans Athletic Director: Evans has played a key role in operations, fundraising and Terrapin student-athlete success at UMD since 2014.

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UMD Takes Second Place in EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge: UMD's entry took second in the national competition that engages college students as the next generation of environmental professionals to design innovative solutions for stormwater pollution.

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UMD Program Has Music Students Living with Seniors: WJLA highlights two UMD graduate music students living as artists-in-residence at Collington, a retirement community in Bowie, Md., organizing programming for the residents.

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Research Impact
People Recall Information Better Through Virtual Reality, Says New UMD Study: VR technology shows promise for changing the landscape of industries such as medicine, education and workforce training.

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UMD Researchers Point to Future of Engineered Immune Tissues: Researchers at UMD and the University of Maryland, Baltimore are working to shed new light on how immune tissues could be designed and implanted to create next-generation vaccines or immunotherapies for a range of diseases, or serve as cutting-edge tools for the early diagnosis of cancers or other illnesses.

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UMD-led Study Shows How Solar Wind Drops from Gale to Gentle Breeze as It Hits Earth's Magnetic Field: The results add an important new dimension to scientists' understanding of Earth's magnetic field and its ability to protect the planet from harmful particles and radiation.

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Life at The Edge of The World: What's it like living and working in Antarctica? Upon returning from a five-week trip to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, UMD graduate student Liz Friedman shares her experience.

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Fearless Ideas
Announcing Fearless Ideas: The Campaign for Maryland
UMD has announced its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date: $1.5 billion to support students, faculty, research, arts and athletics.

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A Virtually Transforming Experience
The Maryland Blended Reality Center and the School of Music's Maryland Opera Studio are transforming how people experience opera.

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