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UMD Capitol Hill Forum Addresses Health Disparities Research & Action for Equity

September 23, 2016
Contacts: 

Contacts: Elise Carbonaro, 301-405-6501

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland, in collaboration with Rep. John P. Sarbanes and the Big Ten Academic Alliance, recently convened more than 100 people for a Research on the Hill forum focused on strategies to achieve health equity at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Moderated by Stephen B. Thomas, Ph.D., professor and director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity in the UMD School of Public Health, the panel discussion engaged experts from academia, federal health agencies and the private business sector in a candid conversation about how to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities among vulnerable populations.

“Our exploratory research holds the solutions to many of the most challenging problems of our day,” said UMD Vice President and Chief Research Officer Patrick G. O’Shea, Ph.D. “As a university, it is our mission to create and understand knowledge to develop better ways to house and heal and fuel and feed our people in advanced societies that are just, secure, and free. Achieving health equity touches on the ‘heal’ aspect of that mission.”

The topics ranged from the progress that has been made in access to medical care as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to challenges that still remain in improving quality of care and in making the medical care system incorporate public health and address the social determinants of health that prevent people from acting health promotion and disease prevention recommendations. 

“The state of Maryland has embraced the ACA and there is clear evidence that the new incentives are indeed moving hospital systems away from a fee-for-service business model to one that rewards quality care and positive health outcomes over the volume of procedures,” said Thomas. “While the transition is not perfect, our state is a national leader for what the future of health care will look like.”

Panel members shared examples of effective and innovative community-based health interventions and public-private partnerships that are making a difference through culturally-tailored health promotion and disease prevention services, and highlighted the emergence of social determinants of health such as poverty, discrimination and residential segregation as factors that must be overcome.

 “I’m convinced that if you address racial and ethnic disparities with respect to the delivery of health care and health care coverage in this country, you will build the best health care system we can possibly have because diversity is our country’s hallmark,” said Congressman Sarbanes, who, as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has been a tireless advocate for improving healthcare quality and addressing health disparities.
 
To achieve health equity, researchers, policymakers, and industry leaders must address broader issues beyond the traditional biomedical model and build trust between those who control health care delivery system and those who have lost hope in the system, said members of the panel. 

The panelists recommended that health equity be incorporated into all public policies, not just those related to health care, to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities. 

Panel members included:

  • Margo Edmunds, Ph.D., Vice President, Evidence Generation and Translation at Academy Health;
  • J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., M.S.C.E., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;
  • Julia Huggins, President of Cigna Mid-Atlantic;
  • Kolawole Okuyemi, M.D., MPH, Professor of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Director of the Program in Health Disparities Research and Inaugural Endowed Chair for Health Equity at the University of Minnesota; and
  • Eliseo Pérez-Stable, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health.

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer, who represents Maryland’s 5th Congressional District and is a distinguished UMD alumnus, also joined the event and emphasized that as an interconnected community, we should all care about health disparities.
 
“It is unacceptable that in the United States, where all are created equal in the words of our Declaration of Independence, that one’s access to healthcare may be higher or lower as a result of race, gender, or income,” said Congressman Hoyer. “Everybody being healthy is of concern to each and every one of us.”
 
He discussed how we must continue to defend the patient protections that Americans are benefiting from thanks to the ACA, such as the no-cost access to preventive services like mammograms and immunizations, as well as remind people of the dramatic increase in the number of people, particularly people of color, who now have health coverage as a result.

The event was held as part of the University of Maryland’s Research on the Hill series, which is aimed at raising awareness of research with great societal significance.

View the conversation at: https://youtu.be/HPedKr0jZLQ

UMD Study Finds Connecting Uninsured Patients to Primary Care Could Reduce ER Use

May 6, 2015
Contacts: 

Kelly Blake 301-405-9418
Hillery Tsumba 301-628-3425

Montgomery County, Md. Initiative Could Improve Health, Reduce Costs

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – An intervention to connect low-income uninsured and Medicaid patients to a reliable source of primary health care shows promise for reducing avoidable use of hospital emergency departments in Maryland. A University of Maryland School of Public Health study evaluating the results of the intervention was published this week in the May issue of the journal Health Affairs

For twenty years, use of hospital emergency departments has been on the rise in the United States, particularly among low-income patients who face barriers to accessing health care outside of hospitals, including not having an identifiable primary health care provider. Almost half of emergency room visits are considered “avoidable.” The Emergency Department-Primary Care Connect Initiative of the Primary Care Coalition, which ran from 2009 through 2011, linked low-income uninsured and Medicaid patients to safety-net health clinics. 

“Our study found that uninsured patients with chronic health issues – such as those suffering from hypertension, diabetes, asthma, COPD, congestive heart failure, depression or anxiety – relied less on the emergency department after they were linked to a local health clinic for ongoing care,” says Dr. Karoline Mortensen, assistant professor of health services administration at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and senior researcher. “Connecting patients to primary care and expanding the availability of these safety-net clinics could reduce emergency department visits and provide better continuity of care for vulnerable populations.”  

Funded by a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the initiative engaged all five of the hospitals operating in Montgomery County, Maryland at the time, and four safety-net clinics serving low-income patients. Using “patient navigators,” individuals trained to help patients find the care they need and can afford, these hospitals referred more than 10,000 low-income, uninsured and Medicaid patients who visited emergency departments to four local primary care clinics, with the goal of encouraging them to establish an ongoing relationship with the clinic and reduce their reliance on costly emergency department care. 

Two hospitals in Montgomery County who participated in the intervention continued the program after the initial grant period concluded because of the benefits they saw for patients and for reducing emergency department visits and associated costs. These hospitals are currently testing a new version of the intervention specifically deigned to link emergency department patients with behavioral health conditions to appropriate community-based services. 

While hospital administrators and health policy experts throughout the country are recognizing that access to primary care improves continuity of care for patients and reduces avoidable use of emergency departments, the implications of this project are particularly important for hospitals in Maryland, which are now operating under a unique all-payer model for hospital payments. Within this new payment structure, Maryland hospitals will have to meet ambitious spending, quality of care, and population health goals. Reducing avoidable use of emergency departments can help in reaching these goals.

The project provides promise not only for hospitals in Maryland but throughout the nation to improve health care experiences and outcomes for their patients. Shared learning systems were an integral component of the project so participants were learning from each other and sharing best practices throughout the project and that learning has now been documented and can be replicated in other communities.

“This was an incredibly rewarding project to work on,” says Barbara H. Eldridge, Manager of Quality Improvement at the Primary Care Coalition. “We created a learning system that permits us to sustain improved communication between patients and their providers, between hospital discharge planners and community based clinics, and across five hospitals operating in Montgomery County.” The initiative has proven successful in Montgomery County, Maryland and is being replicated in communities in other parts of the country. 

“Linking Uninsured Patients Treated In The Emergency Department To Primary Care Shows Some Promise In Maryland” was written by Theresa Y. Kim, Karoline Mortensen, and Barbara Eldridge and published in the journal Health Affairs

University Launches Dynamic, Interactive Information Website UMD Right Now

December 4, 2012
Contacts: 

Crystal Brown 301-405-4618 crystalb@umd.edu

College Park, Md. – Today, the University of Maryland launched a brand-new multimedia news and information portal, UMD Right Now, which provides members of the media and the public with real-time information on the university and its extended community.

UMD Right Now replaces Newsdesk, which previously served as the university’s news hub and central resource for members of the media. The new site is aimed at reaching broader audiences and allows visitors to keep up with the latest Maryland news and events, view photos and videos and connect with the university across all of its social media platforms.

“We designed UMD Right Now to be a comprehensive, vibrant site where visitors can find new and exciting things happening at Maryland,” said Linda Martin, executive director, Web and New Media Strategies. “Through social media, video, photos and news information, we hope to engage visitors and compel the community to explore all that Maryland has to offer.”

The new website, umdrightnow.umd.edu, contains up-to-date news releases and announcements, facts and figures about the university, a searchable database of faculty and staff experts, information highlighting innovation and entrepreneurship at UMD, additional resources for news media and other campus and athletics news.

“UMD RightNow is the place to go to find out all the things happening on and around campus on any given day,” said Crystal Brown, chief communications officer. “This website brings real-time news, events and information right to your fingertips.”

For more information and contact information for the Office of University Communications, please visit umdrightnow.umd.edu.

UMD Celebrates Homecoming Week 2016

September 23, 2016
Contacts: 

Lee Tune, 301-405-4679

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland will host its annual Homecoming Week from Sunday, September 25 - Saturday, October 1, 2016. UMD’s campus-wide celebration will offer dozens of Fearless and family-friendly events, including alumni gatherings, artistic performances, service projects and athletic competitions.

Homecoming Week will kick off on Sunday, September 25 with a Terps Against Hunger Homecoming Service Project from 10:30 a.m. – 8:45 p.m. at the XFINITY Center. Volunteers from across campus and the local community will work together to package 400,000 meals that will be donated to local food banks and pantries to reduce food insecurity. Also on Sunday, Women’s Soccer v. Northwestern begins at 1 p.m.

UMD Homecoming graphicOn Tuesday, September 27, the Homecoming Juke Joint event – featuring music, poetry readings, movies and games – will be held in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Grand Ballroom, from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 

On Wednesday, September 28, the Black Alumni Association and The Network Success Student Initiative will host the second annual Gift of Giving Gala, as part of the Whittle Johnson Promise to support and advance the education and professional development of African-American students at UMD. Designed to create meaningful networking opportunities among students and alumni and to promote scholarship, the gala is at the College Park Marriott Hotel from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Registration required. https://giftofgivinggala.splashthat.com/

On Thursday, September 29 Student Entertainment Events (SEE) will host the annual Homecoming Comedy Show (tickets required) featuring T.J. Miller, with very special guest Damon Wayans Jr.

On Friday, September 30, UMD will host Terp Carnival on McKeldin Mall, offering rides, games, prizes and entertainment for students and families alike from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Alumni in town will also have the opportunity to reconnect with fellow Terps and learn about upcoming Alumni Association events and volunteer opportunities.  UMD will host a fireworks and laser light display at 7:50 p.m. on McKeldin Mall. The university would like to invite the surrounding community to enjoy the fireworks and to be advised of increased noise on the evening of September 30. 

Finally, throughout the day on Saturday, October 1, dozens of alumni and student organizations will host Homecoming tailgates and gatherings, including the Alumni Zone Tailgate hosted by the UMD Alumni Association from 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. These events will lead up to the Homecoming football game against the Purdue Boilermakers (kick-off at 3:30 p.m.) at CapitalOne Field at Maryland Stadium.

To view the full Homecoming Week schedule, visit http://homecoming.umd.edu/calendar. Follow the celebration and join in on social media with #UMDHomecoming.

Following Launch of $75 Million Initiative Making UMD the Nation's First Do Good Campus, Terps Against Hunger to Celebrate One Million Meals Packed

September 23, 2016
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson 301-405-4622

Congressman Chris Van Hollen to assist UMD community at Homecoming service event in packing nutritious meals for local children and families in need

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Days after announcing a $75 million initiative that makes the University of Maryland the nation’s first Do Good campus, UMD will host an annual service project to kickoff Homecoming Week 2016. The event will mark one million meals packaged by Terps Against Hunger, a UMD student-led grassroots campaign to fight local hunger and a winner of the 2016 Do Good Challenge at the university.
 
Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen will join the university community in packaging nutritious, non-perishable meals for children and families in the region. Starting as a UMD student service project, the annual event has expanded to include faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and local community members in efforts to do good and combat local hunger.
 
WHAT: 
UMD, Terps Against Hunger and the university community, joined by Maryland Congressman Van Hollen, will participate in a service project to package meals for local children and families in need.
 
This is the first UMD service event since the university launched the Do Good Institute to train the next generation of Do Good leaders and establish the University as the first Do Good college campus in the country. Support for Do Good programs is expected to top $75 million from individual and family philanthropy, state funding, corporate and foundation grants, and university resources.
 
WHO:                  
•    Wallace D. Loh, President, University of Maryland
•    Chris Van Hollen, Congressman, Maryland’s 8th District
•    Thousands of Terps Against Hunger volunteers from the UMD and surrounding community
•    Robert C. Orr, Dean, School of Public Policy
•    Robert T. Grimm, Jr., Director of the Do Good Institute
 
WHEN: 
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Congressman Van Hollen appearance and one millionth meal celebration:
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
*Note: Service event runs from 10:30 a.m. – 8:45 p.m., media avail begins at 12:30 p.m.
 
WHERE:
XFINITY Center, University of Maryland
8500 Paint Branch Drive, College Park, MD 20740
For directions, visit http://www.umterps.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=208131345
 
PARKING:          
Parking will be available in Lot 9 adjacent to XFINITY Center.
Visit http://maps.umd.edu/map/ to view the campus map.
 
MEDIA RSVP:    
Media interested in attending should contact Katie Lawson at 301-405-4622 or lawsonk@umd.edu.

UMD-Led Team Cracks 60-Year Code Through Discovery of Enzyme that Optimizes Plant Life

September 22, 2016
Contacts: 

Graham Binder 301-405-9235, Lee Tune 301-405-4679

College Park, MD -- A UMD-led team of researchers has answered a question that scientists have been pondering for 60 years: Exactly how do plants turn off the action of the vital plant growth hormone auxin?

It turns out the answer is an enzyme now identified and characterized for the first time by scientists from the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) and from the Agricultural Research and Development Center of The Ohio State University, The researchers published their findings this week in a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Auxin is the determining factor in how a plant grows, develops and responds to the environment.  Scientists have long known the processes of synthesis and breakdown by which plants optimally regulate the amount and effects of the hormone. However, what has been unknown until now is what enzyme or enzymes catalyze the breakdown, or oxidation, of auxin. 

Led by UMD’s Jun Zhang, a recent AGNR PhD graduate from plant science and landscape architecture, and Wendy Peer, Ph.D., an assistant professor in AGNR’s department of environmental science and technology, the research team used a combination of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, physiology and metabolomics (the study of small molecules found in plant cells and fluids) to show the primary breakdown enzyme is dioxygenase of auxin oxidation (DAO).Image Credit:  INRA and Jean Weber Under Creative Commons License - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

This is promising new knowledge for horticulturalists and farmers. Controlling when and where and how much auxin is active via DAO could lead to new ways to improve plant growth and productivity. This could have wide-ranging effects in crops from improving drought stress to increasing biomass. Benefits for the nursery industry include improved rooting of cuttings from tomatoes to trees.

Zhang and Peer and colleagues used a small flowering plant or weed called Arabidopsis as their plant model for this research. In this plant, they were able to showcase the inactivation of auxin by way of DAO, facilitating the process of that turns auxin off. Prior to these findings, the enzymes that catalyze this process and how they work to maintain hormone balance and influence plant growth only had been hinted at in studies of apple trees and rice plants.

“We are excited about solving this puzzle at last,” says Peer. “Our goal is to address the world food crisis in the face of climate change. Understanding and then controlling the activity of this essential plant hormone is one of the keys to doing just that.”

Their paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is titled “DAO1 catalyzes temporal and tissue-specific oxidative inactivation of auxin in Arabidopsis thaliana.”

This is one of three papers published together on this subject with UMD and Ohio State demonstrating the biochemistry, genetics, physiology, and metabolomics of DAO; Umeå Plant Science Centre, Sweden, showing auxin metabolomics, genetics and physiology; and the University of Nottingham, UK, modelling DAO functions in auxin homeostasis in roots.

Image is by INRA and Jean Weber Under Creative Commons License. Link (link is external) to original photo in Flickr Commons.

University of Maryland Hosts 2nd Annual Terp Farm Fall Harvest Festival

September 21, 2016
Contacts: 

Allison Lilly Tjaden 301-314-1016

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland will host the 2nd annual Terp Farm Fall Harvest Festival on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Terp Farm, a collaborative project between UMD Dining Services, the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, and the Office of Sustainability.

Terp Farm occupies five acres at UMD’s Upper Marlboro agriculture research facility located 15 miles south of College Park, Md. Formerly the campus’ tobacco research farm, the Upper Marlboro site has transformed into a research facility for diverse crops and now hosts the production of vegetables and cut flowers for campus. Terp Farm places a particular focus on harvesting vegetables for preparation and consumption in UMD dining halls and catering functions. Produce is also donated to food-insecure members of the campus through the Campus Pantry program and nearby communities. From an educational perspective, Terp Farm embodies the University’s land-grant mission as an accessible resource for the student body, providing regular opportunities for hands-on farming, learning and training.Terp Farm_Fall Harvest Festival_2016_Flyer

“We were humbled and thrilled by the success of the inaugural festival, and knew we had to make this a yearly event to expose greater numbers of the University community to the amazing things happening at Terp Farm,” said Allison Tjaden, Assistant Director of New Initiatives for Dining Services and manager of Terp Farm. “Terps growing food for other Terps, the built-in educational opportunities for our student body, and the deep history rooted in this research facility make this such a special opportunity for all to experience. Plus, free food, free transportation, and games certainly sweeten the deal!”

This fall-themed event will feature food made with fresh ingredients grown at Terp Farm, a live performance from the Hayley Fahey Band, farm tours, pumpkin painting and information tables and activities provided by the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.
UMD faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the Terp Farm Fall Harvest Festival on Friday, from 2 to 6 p.m. Free transportation to and from Terp Farm will be provided on the day of the festival. Shuttles provided by the Department of Transportation Services will be leaving from the side of The Stamp Student Union at Union Lane every half hour from 2:00 pm until 4:30 and returning from the farm every half hour from 3:15 until 6:15.

The address is 2005 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20744. Free parking will be available at the farm. 

Please visit the Terp Farm Fall Harvest Festival event page for additional information.

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UMD Nationally Recognized for Campus Sustainability Efforts

September 15, 2016
Contacts: 

Andrew Muir 301-405-7068

UMD ranked highly in Princeton Review and Sierra Magazine’s annual Green School lists

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has been recognized as one of the leading universities in the nation for campus sustainability initiatives and efforts. The Princeton Review and Sierra Magazine named UMD a top green school in their annual green schools lists.   

“It is very rewarding to have the university recognized by the Princeton Review and Sierra Club for its outstanding work and commitment to further sustainability in our teaching and research while reducing our environmental impacts,” said Scott Lupin, director of the Office of Sustainability at UMD.  “This is a long-standing effort that was formalized nearly 10 years ago with the signing of the President’s Climate Commitment, and will be further showcased in the October release of our SustainableUMD Magazine.”

The Princeton Review developed its guide based on "Green Rating" scores (from 60 to 99) that were tallied for 640 colleges using data from a survey of school administrators. The survey asked colleges to report on their school's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. Their Green College Honor Roll features 21 schools that were listed based on the Green Rating, in addition to a student survey. Data from the student survey included ratings of how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus; administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups. UMD scored the highest rating possible at 99. 

"We strongly recommend the University of Maryland and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges," said The Princeton Review's Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher.

The university also performed strongly as a part of the Sierra Magazine Cool Schools ranking, finishing No. 44 overall and No. 2 in the Big Ten.  Areas of high performance included the categories of waste reduction, food, transportation and co-curricular activities. Areas for improvement included energy conservation, water reuse and conservation, and investments. The ranking included 202 colleges and universities who supplied sustainability data and metrics for reporting. This year, the scoring methodology was updated to reflect trends in campus sustainability and the broader priorities of the Sierra Club. For example, it awarded a significant percentage of points in the areas of campus energy use, transportation and fossil fuel divestment because the Sierra Club believes that progress in these sectors is essential for addressing the climate crisis.

University of Maryland continues to take pride in the campus-wide engagement of staff, students and faculty in developing a culture of sustainability.  The upcoming Sustainability Progress Report and SustainableUMD Magazine, set for release this October, will highlight an array of campus achievements. 

President Wallace Loh, President Jay Perman Announce Plans for Maryland Academy for Innovation in National Security

September 15, 2016
Contacts: 

Crystal Brown, UMCP, 301-405-4618
Alex Likowski, UMB, 410-706-3801

Historic Strategic National Security Partnership between UMCP & UMB
Would Support the FBI in Greenbelt, Maryland 

GREENBELT, MD (September 13, 2016) – University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace Loh and University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay Perman announced the intention to create the Maryland Academy for Innovation in National Security that would support an FBI headquarters in Greenbelt, Maryland.  

Joined by University System Chancellor Robert Caret and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, national security experts, higher education officials, and local elected leaders, Presidents Perman and Loh put forth a vision for a strategic national security partnership that will harmonize UMB and UMCP’s relevant capabilities in terrorism and counterterrorism studies, intelligence analysis, cybersecurity and high performance computing, criminology and criminal justice, homeland security law, and crisis management. The Maryland Academy would be located on the University of Maryland’s College Park campus, and build on existing programs at UMCP and UMB, such as the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2), the Center for the Advanced Study of Language (CASL), and the Schools of Law, Medicine and Business. 

“This national security partnership to establish the Maryland Academy for Innovation in National Security would provide the world’s preeminent law enforcement organization with a continuous pipeline of pioneering research and access to a world-class regional workforce,” said President Wallace Loh. “This is an exciting joint initiative that leverages our collective research and talent in an effort to help foster continuous innovation at the FBI.”

"UMB is excited to bring its assets to this Academy: our Carey School of Law, with its deep expertise and programs in crisis management, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism; the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, a leader in all aspects of national security and emergency response; and our essential biomedical capabilities, including unrivaled experience in forensic genomic analysis and viral detection, prevention, and treatment,” stated President Jay Perman. “Partnering with our colleagues in College Park, we can establish an innovation hub that advances the FBI’s mission and protects this country’s national security interests."

“The Maryland Academy will further strengthen the strategic partnership between Maryland’s largest public research universities and offer the FBI unparalleled access to innovative research, subject matter expertise, and a pipeline of world-class talent,” stated Chancellor Robert Caret.

Greenbelt Mayor Emmett V. Jordan, who hosted the event with Prince George’s County Councilman Todd M. Turner, stated, “The City of Greenbelt is at the center of it all, and we’re ready to welcome the FBI. Our proximity to College Park, Washington, DC, the Baltimore region – and now the Maryland Academy for Innovation in National Security – makes Greenbelt an ideal choice for the FBI.” 

Prior to the press conference, university officials participated in a “Whistle Stop” tour to demonstrate the central, transit-oriented nature of the proposed Greenbelt location for the FBI, including its close proximity to Baltimore, Washington, DC, the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice via Metro, MARC train, I-495 (the Capital Beltway), I-95 and I-295.  

President Perman boarded the MARC train in Baltimore at 8:05AM and arrived at Greenbelt Metro station just before 9:00AM to highlight the short commute from Baltimore, while President Loh took Metro’s Green Line one stop from College Park to Greenbelt.  

House Speaker Michael Busch, who attended the press conference after a short commute from Anne Arundel County, stated, "The State of Maryland is ready to welcome the FBI to Prince George’s County, MD. We have one of the best trained workforces in the country and I’m confident that the Maryland Academy can help the FBI respond to the challenges presented by global terrorism. The UMCP and UMB strategic partnership will bring together the very best in terrorism and counter terrorism studies to serve our law enforcement agencies."

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman attended the event noting that, “In addition to attracting some of the nation's leading technical companies that can support the FBI, the residents of Howard County are some of the most highly skilled, tech-savvy professionals in the nation and we are looking forward to supporting the FBI’s mission right here in Maryland.”

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake released a statement saying, "A new FBI headquarters in Greenbelt will offer access to Baltimore’s talented and diverse workforce, world-class anchor institutions and expanding innovation economy.  We are looking forward to working with our regional partners to ensure the FBI benefits from the best that Baltimore has to offer including experienced minority- and women-owned contractors and a wide array of housing opportunities."  

UMD Named a Top 20 Public University by U.S. News & World Report

September 13, 2016
Contacts: 

Kristen Seabolt 301-405-4621

University also ranked among Top 25 "Most Innovative Schools"

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has ranked No. 20 among national public universities in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. This is the 14th year that the university has been ranked in the top 20. Additionally, UMD ranked No. 60 in the national rankings list. 

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on several key measures of quality, including assessment of excellence, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving. UMD excelled in several factors that led to the No. 20 ranking. UMD continues to have one of the highest 6-year graduation rates among public universities in the country, which led to high graduation and retention rankings. In addition, UMD’s rank in student selectivity rose, with 70 percent of incoming freshman graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school class. 

"The excellence and achievement of our faculty, staff, and students are unsurpassed in our history, and a source of deep pride," said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. "That is what counts the most."

UMD also ranked No. 25 overall for Most Innovative Schools, a ranking which highlights universities that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities. The rankings were based on a survey of college presidents, admissions deans and provosts.

Furthermore, the Robert H. Smith School of Business improved to No. 19 nationally, with two programs ranked in the top 20, including management information systems at No. 10 and supply chain management at No. 11. The A. James Clark School of Engineering ranked No. 24 nationally, with aerospace engineering ranking No. 8 and mechanical engineering ranking No. 16

UMD was also named a Best Learning Community for its living-learning programs and improved to No. 36 nationally among Best Colleges for Veterans

The full U.S. News & World Report rankings are available here.

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