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

May 6, 2015

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

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 Study Reveals "Targeted" Housing Policy Key to Preventing Transit-Induced Gentrification

April 27, 2016

Maggie Haslam 202-258-8946

Findings offer important clues for lawmakers looking to increase access
to jobs and opportunity for low-income households

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Researchers at the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth have leveraged an innovative land use model to predict how different policies surrounding Transit Oriented Development, or TOD, will affect housing, gentrification and opportunity in the Washington, D.C. region. 

The study, “Transit-Induced Gentrification: Who Will Stay, and Who Will Go?”, suggests that affordable housing requirements, specifically those targeting new construction surrounding TODs, will result in less gentrification and a more diverse mix of incomes within the community. The paper is featured online in Housing Policy Debate and will appear in a forthcoming issue of the journal’s print edition.  

Executed and authored by Associate Professor Casey Dawkins and Assistant Professor Rolf Moeckel, the study examines 10 different housing policy scenarios and their potential impact on low-income housing near transit centers in the Washington, D.C. region. To simulate the scenarios and measure their impact on the housing market, the researchers integrated the Maryland Statewide Transportation Model (MSTM) with the Simple Integrated Land Use Orchestrator (SILO), an open-source micro-simulation model that can account for “real world” constraints—like travel time and housing costs—particularly those faced by low-income households. The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) provided support for further development of SILO and its integration with the transportation model. Traditionally, SILO has been used for land use and transportation scenarios; this is the first time the model has been applied to examine housing policies. 

“A novelty of SILO is that it explicitly accounts for constraints in housing location choice,” said Moeckel. “The model ensures that no one moves into a home that is significantly above the household’s budget, and that no households choose locations that are too far away from their workplaces. This makes SILO much more realistic, particularly when housing policies are to be analyzed.” 

The results show that supply-side policies, such as requiring a percentage of new construction to be low-income housing, have more effect on mitigating transit-induced gentrification than programs like rental vouchers. The results also show that affordable housing policies targeted towards transit were significantly more effective than a region-wide approach. “You can require new housing near transit to be affordable without having a major impact on housing affordability in the region,” said Dawkins.  

The paper offers important clues for lawmakers looking to increase access to jobs and opportunity for low-income households; the study could be especially significant for the Washington, D.C. region as they prepare for the expansion of the Silver Line and the construction of the region’s Purple Line. To access the paper, visit Housing Policy Debate’s website, here.

University of Maryland Celebrates 18th Annual Maryland Day

April 27, 2016

Katie Lawson 301-405-4622

Explore our world of Fearless Ideas with more than 400 free, family-friendly and interactive events

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland will host its 18th annual Maryland Day from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016. UMD's campus-wide celebration of innovation, creativity and academic excellence will offer more than 400 free, family-friendly events and exhibits that teach and inspire future innovators.

A variety of events and activities spanning the entire UMD campus will be divided into six learning neighborhoods, including Terp Town Center, Ag Day Avenue, Art & Design Place, Biz & Society Hill, Sports & Rec Row and Science & Tech Way

Highlights for this year’s Maryland Day include:

  • “Do Good” Campus – Take part in a fun and inspiring journey across UMD’s “do good” campus, exploring how students are taking on real-world issues. Enjoy activities and exhibits, games to test your social smarts and the Do Good Dollar exercise to support Terps improving our communities. Visit all stations for the chance to take home a prize. 
  • Launch UMD – Student entrepreneurs, social leaders and artists compete to win cash prizes to bring their dream projects to life. Join the live audience or visit the Launch UMD tent on McKeldin Mall to select a winner and support the next big thing to come out of UMD.
  • Diversity Cooking Stage – UMD chefs showcase the diversity of the Dining Services team members, who come from over 70 countries, and incorporate local products into dishes that represent the diversity of Maryland. Learn how to prepare some flavorful dishes inspired by El Salvadorian, Vietnamese, Native American and Ethiopian cuisine and a common international cooking methodâbarbecue. Guests will receive a sample of the dish and can take home recipe cards.
  • Men’s and Women’s Basketball Autograph Sessions – Join members of the teams for a photo and autograph session. One photo and autograph per person; the line will be limited to the first 500 people.
  • Come Fly with Gymkana – Take flight in the home of Gymkana, the student troupe showcasing gymnastics and acrobatics. Participate in an obstacle course including the trampoline, spring floor, bars and other equipment that team members use to create their magical performances.
  • Fearless Foaling – Visit the newest members of the UMD farm family: our 1-month-old thoroughbred foals. These little athletes are sure to please as they frolic in the paddock pretending to be the next winner of Maryland’s Preakness Stakes.
  • Mars: A Planet Populated by Robots – Robots are our partners for exploring the planets, deep ocean and other frontiers. Check out the robots UMD engineers are developing for upcoming exploration missions. If you ask nicely, you might get to drive one. 

In addition, visitors can learn about UMD’s schools and colleges, catch up with fellow Terps and enjoy live performances and food. 

To view the full Maryland Day schedule, visit www.MarylandDay.umd.edu. Follow the celebration and join on social media with #MarylandDay. 

Maryland Day will take place rain or shine. Parking and admission are free.

UMD Ranks Highly in Annual RecycleMania Tournament

April 26, 2016

Andrew Muir 301-405-7068

UMD surpasses 2015 results in every category, ranks in the top 20 for pounds recycled

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland ranked highly in the 2016 RecycleMania tournament, the nation’s premier waste reduction and recycling competition among colleges and universities. This year, UMD surpassed its 2015 results in every category, and ranked No. 19 nationwide in the Gorilla category with 776,712 pounds of recycling throughout the competition. 

The 2016 competition featured 350 schools participating from 48 states in the United States, Washington D.C. and Canada, with an enrollment of 4.4 million students. Competing colleges and universities were ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collected over two months. Between February and April, UMD saved 918 metric tons of CO2 over an 8 week period – comparable to keeping more than 180 cars off the road or the energy consumption of 79 households during this period of time.

Other UMD highlights from the competition included: 

  • No. 1 in the state of Maryland and No. 19 nationwide in the Gorilla category with 776,712 pounds of recycling throughout the competition
  • No. 1 in the state of Maryland and No. 2 in the Big Ten for the Food Service Organics category, collecting 5.34 pounds of compostables per person
  • No. 2 in the state of Maryland and No. 2 in the Big Ten for the Waste Minimization category, generating 40.187 pounds of recycling per person
  • Overall improved recycling rate of 41.91% during RecycleMania competition 8-week period (increase of 4.36% from 2015)

A new UMD theme for this year’s competition, “Clean the Stream in 2016” focused on educating the university community about how to recycle properly, putting an emphasis on items that should not be placed in campus recycling bins. 

“RecycleMania is always an exciting time for Terps Recycle. This year we focused on the quality of our collections,” said Bill Guididas, Coordinator, Building and Landscape Maintenance, Facilities Management. “The theme was ‘Clean the Stream in 2016’ and the results were wonderful.”

Continued outreach efforts also proved effective for UMD with two sensitive document shredding and e-waste events, educational activities at residence halls, and the third annual “Recycle This!” video contest.

“RecycleMania participants have again demonstrated innovations in recycling and new ways to reduce waste,” said Stacy Wheeler, president of RecycleMania, Inc. “These campus efforts will influence students’ lifelong recycling habits, which will ultimately help to address some of the planet's most pressing challenges.”

Click here to see a full breakdown of UMD’s results.

UMD to Break Ground on Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation

April 25, 2016

Katie Lawson 301-405-4622

Vision and Plans to Be Revealed for First-of-Its-Kind Building Made Possible by
Oculus Co-Founder and CEO’s $31 Million Gift

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Joined by dignitaries, the University of Maryland will break ground Saturday on the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation, a new computer science building designed for future-focused developments in virtual reality, augmented reality, computer vision, robotics, artificial intelligence and computing platforms. 

Offering unprecedented opportunities for students and faculty to create bold new applications of computer science, the building is fueled by the largest gift in university history. The $31 million gift from Oculus co-founder and CEO Brendan Iribe, along with a $4 million gift from Oculus chief software architect and co-founder Michael Antonov and $3 million from Elizabeth Iribe, are helping to make the building possible and increasing scholarship and endowment support for students and faculty. Iribe and Antonov met as students at the University of Maryland.


  • Larry Hogan, Governor, State of Maryland 
  • Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., President, Maryland Senate 
  • Wallace D. Loh, President, University of Maryland 
  • Brendan Iribe, Co-founder and CEO, Oculus 
  • Jayanth Banavar, Dean, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences 
  • Peter Weiler, Vice President, University Relations
  • Special Guests 


Groundbreaking and celebration ceremony of Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation


Saturday, April 30 at 9:30 a.m.
Please note: this event precedes Maryland Day, the university’s open house showcasing more than 400 events across campus, happening from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 


Future home of the Iribe Center at the University of Maryland
The event is located in Lot GG1. Visit maps.umd.edu for a campus map.


RSVP: Media must RSVP to lawsonk@umd.edu

UMD Research Sheds Light on Grammar Acquisition in Children

April 25, 2016

Laura Ours 301-405-5722

New Study Applies Qur’an Memorization Task to Universal Language Development

COLLEGE PARK, Md.—The question of how we learn the grammar of our language has long been a puzzle in the field of language acquisition, as parents don’t explicitly label “nouns” and “verbs” for their young children. But in order to produce and understand new sentences, we rely on implicit knowledge of these categories. 

In a new study published in Cognition, UMD researchers apply lab-based language acquisition testing to the real-world task of religious text memorization. Unlike traditional lab testing, this unique input provides Qur’an memorizers with extended exposure to the statistical complexity of Arabic. The resulting grammatical judgments were more accurate in                                                                      memorizers compared to classroom learners.  

These results demonstrate that real-world exposure to the statistical properties of a natural language facilitates the acquisition of grammatical categories.

Assistant Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences Yi Ting Huang

The paper, “Effects of statistical learning on the acquisition of grammatical categories through Qur’anic memorization: A natural experiment,” is coauthored by Assistant Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences Yi Ting Huang and department alumna F. Manaar Zuhurudeen.

Researchers have long believed one possible way children learn grammatical categories is by tracking the co-occurrence patterns of words in the language that they hear. For example, a child who hears phrases such as “her cat,” “her bike,” and “her train” can use statistical cues to infer that words which follow possessive pronouns form a category of nouns. Critically, the evidence to date for this kind of mechanism comes primarily from studies of artificial languages done in the lab.  

When children are presented with a “fake language” in the lab, they can use statistical cues to form language-like categories. But there remains a disconnect between what children are doing in the lab–such as reacting to 15 minutes of exposure to a highly simplified language—and the challenges they face in the real world. Real-world languages are far more complex since they involve far more words and grammatical categories as well as possible interference from knowledge of meanings.  Also real-world learning occurs over several years, not minutes. 

In this new study, researchers investigated a real-world test case of statistical learning that occurs among memorizers of the Qur'an, the primary religious text of Islam. Many Muslims living in the United States are native English-speakers. Moreover, their families often emigrate from countries outside of the Middle East, thus, they aren’t members of an Arabic-speaking community. Nevertheless, they encounter the statistical regularities of Arabic through their memorization of the Qur’an. This practice starts as early as four years of age, occurs for several hours a day, and continues for many years. 

“Much like artificial language tasks, input of this kind rarely provides direct translations,” Professor Huang said. “Thus, these contexts allow us to isolate whether learners are using statistical cues, when no meaning information is available. They also offer unique opportunities to assess long-term impacts of statistical learning within a natural language.”

In the study, memorizers were asked to distinguish unfamiliar nouns and verbs based on their co-occurrence with familiar pronouns in a short Arabic language sample. Their performance was compared to that of second-language classroom learners of Arabic who had explicit knowledge of the pronoun meanings and their grammatical functions. 

Surprisingly, grammatical judgments were more accurate in memorizers compared to non-memorizers. No effects of classroom experience were found. 

“What we’ve learned is that language memorization has value beyond the familiarity and performance of, say, a religious text; this type of activity can promote learning of highly abstract aspects of language that are notoriously difficult to master in traditional classroom settings,” Professor Huang said. “With this knowledge, parents can make informed choices about the value of similar activities, such as memorizing foreign-language poetry, or learning and performing Hebrew passages in preparation for a bat or bar mitzvah.”

University of Maryland Team Wins EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge for Second Consecutive Year

April 22, 2016

Andrew Muir 301-405-7068

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A University of Maryland team is this year’s winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a national design competition created to engage college and university students in reinventing our water infrastructure and developing green infrastructure systems to reduce storm water pollution, build resilience to climate change and develop sustainable communities. Seventy-seven schools form twenty-nine states participated in the competition, and a team from UMD emerged victorious for the second consecutive year.

EPA invited student teams to compete in two design categories as part of the Campus RainWorks Challenge — the Master Plan category, which examined how green infrastructure could be integrated into a broad area of a school’s campus, and the Demonstration Project category, which examined how green infrastructure could be integrated into a particular site on the team’s campus.

EPA awarded first prize in the demonstration project category to an interdisciplinary team from UMD. The team’s design centered on reimagining a major, five-acre parking lot to retrofit it for improved storm water management. The design features reduce 40 percent of impervious surface; add over 17,000 square feet of new vegetation space, 56 new trees for shaded parking spaces, and 8,640 square feet of pedestrian space; and, reduce 12.3 million tons of CO2 annually. The team’s design has good potential as a model for other campuses across the U.S. 

"It was an honor working among such talented students and faculty advisors across disciplines,” said landscape architecture student George Sorvalis. “We hope our design can showcase University of Maryland's leadership in solving tough storm water challenges for our precious local creeks, the Chesapeake Bay and for adapting to and mitigating the effects of global climate change."

The winning UMD team consisted of three landscape architecture students, including Sorvalis, Kathleen Hayes, and Matt Zerfas; Environmental Science and Technology students Emma Giese and Sharon Hartzell; and Civil Engineering student Jason Renkenberger. The students were advised by Dr. Victoria Chanse, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA). Additional student, faculty, and staff advisors and contributors included Dr. Mitch Paavo-Zuckerman, Dennis Nola, Stephen Reid, Michael Carmichael, Dean David Conrath, Darwin Fuerstein, Diane Cameron, Dr. Peter May, Karen Petroff, Elisabeth Walker, Rick Scaffidi, and Harris Trobman.    

At the recommendation of UMD’s Facilities Management, the team designed a storm water retrofit for parking lot 11B, a 5-acre lot of 100 percent impervious surface delivering large quantities of untreated runoff into the adjacent Campus Creek, an adjacent wetland and the Paint Branch stream. Facilities Management requested that the team produce a storm water retrofit for parking lot 11B that could serve as a template for other surface parking lots on campus.

The retrofit features a treatment train consisting of tree canopy, permeable interlocking concrete pavers, and bioretention cells. This is an approach that achieves reductions in storm water quantity and improvements to storm water quality. Other project features include plants that have phytoremediation capabilities for heavy metal and petroleum, tolerate both extreme dry and wet conditions and salt conditions. The design improves pedestrian circulation with the addition of sidewalks, and climate resilience is a achieved by engineering the design to capture, detain and treat a future 1-year storm under a climate change scenario that predicts a 53 percent increase in precipitation.

The students will split $2,000 in prize money. Faculty from the PSLA Department will also receive money toward furthering green infrastructure research.

“Our Campus RainWorks Challenge winners inspire the next generation of green infrastructure designers and planners,” said Joel Beauvais, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water. “All the submissions included innovative approaches to stormwater management. I want to congratulate the University of Maryland for their winning submission.”

EPA launched the Campus RainWorks Challenge in 2012 to inspire the next generation of landscape architects, planners and engineers to develop innovative green infrastructure systems that mitigate urban stormwater impacts while supporting vibrant and sustainable communities. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/campusrainworks

For more information about the 2015 Campus Rainworks Challenge: https://www.epa.gov/green-infrastructure/2015-campus-rainworks-challenge

UMD Team Honored for Sustainable Design by American Institute of Architects

April 22, 2016

Maggie Haslam 202-258-8946 

Barkman and Latham's design envisions a national headquarters that doubles as a sustainable community asset

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A design project conceived by two graduate students from the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation has placed in the 2016 AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Design Competition. Graduate students Erin Barkman and Emily Latham’s winning design, entitled, “Creativity Sustaining Community,” delicately integrates a proposed corporate headquarters for Pigmental Animation Studio into the streetscape of Georgetown, boosting both the social and environmental capital of the community. The AIA COTE is the most prestigious sustainability award for students in the field of architecture. 

Created by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the AIA COTE Top 10 for Students challenges architecture students to conceive a project integrating thoughtful design, natural systems and technology solutions that will protect and enhance the environment. The 10 winning submissions, selected by a jury of design professionals, were chosen based on their ability to address 10 specific sustainability measures—from materials to land use—while offering innovative, regenerative strategies. 

"We are both thrilled to have been selected,” said Erin Barkman, a Path-A graduate student in the architecture program. “We went into this competition confident in the design but not really knowing what would happen. It was very exciting to get that e-mail."

This is the second consecutive year that a team of UMD students have placed in the AIA COTE Top Ten, both the result of work completed in the graduate level ARCH 600 Integrated Design Studio. This year’s course objective centered on a real-world design project for the company Pigmental Animation Studio, who is seeking a community-based, sustainably-minded national headquarters in the Washington, D.C. area. The project was brought to Professor of the Practice Peter Noonan, who led the studio, by ARCH alum, Gensler principal, and Fall 2016 Kea Professor Jordan Goldstein (who is handling the Pigmental project for the firm), as an opportunity for UMD students to inject fresh ideas into the early design stages of visualizing Pigmental’s future home. 

The project’s primary challenge was fulfilling the vision of the client; to design an inspirational space that offers multiple connections within the community. Erin and Emily’s concept, which is situated in the vibrant, walkable neighborhood of Georgetown, offers a stimulating work environment that doubles as a community destination. Inside, the building offers abundant light, flexible workspace and features that promote healthy living. Outside, the building façade reflects both the site elevation and the audience; sandwiched between the Whitehurst Freeway to the south and the C&O Canal National Park to north, the building maintains a rigid, reflective exterior facing the Whitehurst and a welcoming, open green space to the south canal. An artistic feature entitled, “Three Figures” is encased in the building’s frame, an interactive, geometric panel system that offers homage to the creative workings of the company. Wrapping areas of the building that are light-sensitive (including a screening room and motion capture studio), the installation is motion-sensitive, creating a whimsical piece of art that reacts to passers-by. 

“It’s aspects like this that are the essence of Pigmental,” explained Emily Latham, who is also a Path-A graduate student. “We really wanted to capture this and have it be a part of the actual structure.” 

"Integrated and sustainable design is what drives both the profession and this studio at Maryland,” said Professor Noonan.  “I am thrilled that for the second consecutive year our student teams have been celebrated and honored at a national level."

The team design will be featured at the American Institute of Architects Annual Convention in Philadelphia this May. This is the second year for the completion. To see the team’s winning design, visit the AIA COTE website, here


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Varroa mite infestations more severe than previously thought and linked to spread of viral diseases according to UMD... Read
April 27
Findings offer important clues for lawmakers looking to increase access to jobs and opportunity for low-income... Read
April 27
Explore our world of Fearless Ideas with more than 400 free, family-friendly and interactive events. Read
April 26
UMD surpasses 2015 results in every category, ranks in the top 20 for pounds of recycling.  Read