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SEPTEMBER 2018 / a newsletter for legislative and business communities
Money Magazine Recognizes UMD as No. 1 “Best College” in Maryland

The university’s value was also ranked in the top 20 among public colleges and top 30 among all 727 schools considered.
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UMD Named One of America’s Best Colleges for Student Voting
The University has been listed among 58 universities in the nation who are living up to their civic responsibility to develop students who buy in and give back to their country and communities.

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UMD Named a Top Producer of Minority Graduates
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has listed UMD as No. 1 in the state for conferring bachelor degrees to minority students.

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Resources on Maryland Football Program Reviews: A comprehensive resource with all of the university's statements and comments on the external review into the death of Jordan McNair and the commission examining the football program’s culture.

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UMD, Governor Hogan, Announce New Center to Advance Workforce Readiness for Youth with Disabilities: The Center for Transition and Career Innovation will foster partnerships among university faculty and local, state and national agencies and organizations to promote research, improvements in practice, and supportive governmental policies.

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UMD Receives $3M Investment from Scripps Howard Foundation to Create Center for Investigative Journalism: The Center will be a multidisciplinary, graduate-level program focused on training the next generation of reporters through hands-on investigative journalism projects.

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U.S. News Recognizes UMD as One of the Nation’s Top 25 Public Colleges: The university also has 54 undergraduate and graduate programs ranked among the top 25 nationally; and was named No. 33 among Best Schools for Veterans.

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UMD Ranked Among Top 15 Public Colleges in the Nation by Forbes: In its annual assessment of the best colleges, Forbes has ranked UMD as the No. 2 public university in the state and No. 12 public university in the country.

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Research Impact
UMD-Led Team Research Could Yield Safer, Longer-Range Electric Car Batteries: The team has created a reliable battery with significantly higher energy storage capacity, more efficiency and greater safety than current batteries.

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UMD Scientist Helps Harvest Wheat’s Giant Genetic Code: UMD has helped accomplish a feat once considered impossible, sequencing the full genome of wheat, the world’s most widely cultivated crop.

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Responding to Cholera Before It Strikes: Research by University of Maryland microbiologist Rita Colwell is enabling a new British-led international aid effort to predict and stop potential epidemics of the disease cholera before they happen.

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Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?: UMD Professor Chris Monroe is featured in Wired magazine on his vision for the future of quantum computers.

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UMD Wins Vertical Flight Society's Student Design Competition: The University of Maryland’s graduate and undergraduate teams received top honors in the competition, which challenges students to design a vertical lift aircraft.

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Fearless Ideas
Bug-sized Robotic Wonders
Inspired by the strength, speed, and agility of ants and cockroaches, a UMD faculty member engineers robotic systems at sub-millimeter size scales.

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NextNOW Fest 2018
The NextNOW Fest, in its fifth year, was packed with 50 performances, classes and workshops spanning music, theater, dance, visual arts and more.

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