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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.

University of Maryland to Host 4th Annual Do Good Challenge

April 28, 2015

Graham Binder 301-405-4076

Innovation-driven student groups make social impact and compete for more than $20,000 in cash prizes 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Public Policy Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership will host the fourth annual Do Good Challenge on Tuesday, April 28, an innovative prize competition that inspires Terps to make the greatest social impact they can for their favorite cause.

Student teams were asked to “do good” for a cause or charity by advocating, raising money, volunteering, or developing a creative new solution to a social problem. The six team finalists, competing for more than $20,000 in cash prizes, will pitch their work to the judge panel and a live audience and will be evaluated on the impact, leverage and creativity of their project or venture. 

The six project and venture finalists, chosen from more than 60 student teams, are:

Projects Track

Student-run initiatives that maximize impact for a particular cause or organization through volunteering, fundraising, and/or awareness efforts during the course of the Challenge.

Help Kids Be Kids: An initiative started by UMD psychology students to support children who have experienced domestic violence.

Miles for Smiles: In support of UMD Global Dental Brigades, Miles for Smiles raises money and awareness to address the lack of oral health care for children in rural Honduras, where dental clinics and oral hygiene supplies are scarce.

Terps Against Hunger: Raises awareness of the scale and scope of hunger in the D.C. Metro area and provides emergency food assistance to local families. The group uses an efficient and low-cost process to package convenient, nutritious and non-perishable meals and distribute them to local families.

Ventures Track

Independent, student-founded and student-run organizations intended to be self-sustaining entities in the long run, whose efforts during the Challenge focus on taking the organization to the next level.

K.Sultana: A new social venture founded to address two social needs: discomfort from hot temperatures experienced by Muslim women who wear head scarves, and the lack of employment opportunities for homeless Muslim women.

MedFund: Dedicated to supporting Bolivians who are unable to afford medical services or general healthcare, this fund provides financial support to those with the greatest and most urgent needs.

Press Uncuffed: An advocacy initiative sparked by a group of journalism students who completed a research project about imprisoned journalists. These students now raise awareness about imprisoned journalists around the world and fight for their release.

The competition, founded by the School of Public Policy Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, is run in partnership with the Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Social Value Creation and sponsored by Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Other sponsors include the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences; the Honors College; and Freed Photography. 

Additional event details follow below. For additional information visit http://www.dogood.umd.edu/


  • Wallace D. Loh, president, University of Maryland
  • Ben Simon, Food Recovery Network Founder and Executive Director -- and winner of the 2012 Do Good Challenge (Judge)
  • Sandra Richards, Executive Director, Diverse and Multicultural Marketing of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (Judge)
  • Devin Schain, Founder and CEO of Campus Direct, Inc. (Judge)
  • Robert Grimm, director, Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership


Tuesday, April 28, 2015
7 – 9 p.m. 


Orem Alumni Hall in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
University of Maryland, College Park, Md. 20742

Media Registration

Please send your name, title, affiliation and contact information to Megan Campbell to register to attend the event.

Megan Campbell 
School of Public Policy Communications Director
University of Maryland

UMD College of Journalism Dean Named "Fellow of the Society" by the Society of Professional Journalists

April 27, 2015

Dave Ottalini 301-405-1321

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) recently honored University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish as a Fellow of the Society. Fellow of the Society is the highest professional honor given by the SPJ and is awarded for extraordinary contribution to the profession. 

University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy DalglishDalglish was recognized nationally by the National Press Foundation in 2012 with the Kiplinger Award and was honored in 1995 by the Society of Professional Journalists with the Wells Memorial Key, the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the organization.

Dalglish became the Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in 2012. Prior to this she made substantial contributions to the profession through a broad range of career opportunities.

She served for 12 years as executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press — an association of reporters and news editors dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the news media.

Dalglish also spent five years as a media lawyer in the trial department of the Minneapolis law firm of Dorsey & Whitney. She was a reporter and editor for the St. Paul Press from 1980-1993.

Throughout her career, Dalglish has appeared frequently in print, online and broadcast stories about issues involving the media and the First Amendment, and serves on numerous boards and advisory committees interested in furthering the cause.

In 1996, she was one of 24 journalists, lawyers, lawmakers, educators, researchers, librarians and historians inducted into the charter class of the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. Her distinguished career and recognition within the journalism profession is a testament to her place among this group.

Dalglish will be honored at the Excellence in Journalism 2015 conference in Orlando, Fla. She, in addition to one other honoree, will receive a jeweled key and a plaque on Sunday, Sept. 20, at the President’s Installation Banquet. Click here for a list of previous honorees.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information on SPJ, please visit www.spj.org.

Google Searches for "N-Word" Associated with Black Mortality

April 27, 2015

Kelly Blake 301-405-9418

UMD-led study first to link an Internet query-based measure of racism to death rates

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Google searches could unveil patterns in Black mortality rates across the U.S., according to a new University of Maryland study. Researchers found that those areas with greater levels of racism, as indexed by the proportion of Google searches containing the “n-word,” had higher mortality rates among Blacks. The study, led by David H. Chae, assistant professor of epidemiology in the University of Maryland School of Public Health, is the first to examine an Internet query-based measure of racism in relation to mortality risk, and is published in the journal PLOS ONE

Mapping Racism and Black Mortality:  Areas in orange and red indicate geographic regions with higher proportions of Google searches containing the “n-word,” which were associated with higher Black mortality rates“Racial disparities in health and disease represent a significant public health concern. Research suggests that racism is a major culprit that contributes to the gap in mortality between Blacks and Whites,” said Chae. “Our study points to the utility of an Internet-search based measure to monitor racism at the area-level and assess its impact on mortality.”

Most research examining the link between racism and health has relied on people self-reporting whether they had been the victims of racial discrimination. These measures, however, may not fully capture the extent of racism in a geographic area given that racist acts are often not committed overtly. “Contemporary forms of racism are more subtle, and people may not recognize that the social insults they experience are driven by discrimination or prejudice,” Chae explained. “Discrimination is more insidious today. Racism in major societal domains, such as in housing, employment, and criminal justice contexts continues despite the existence of protective legislation.”

Given the challenges in measuring racism through surveys, the researchers used a proxy measure previously developed by Seth I. Stephens-Davidowitz, co-author on the study, that was based on the volume of searches for the “n-word” ending in -er¬ or -ers, not including those ending in -a or ¬-as as such searches were shown to be used in different contexts. “Such Internet query-based measures may be less susceptible to self-censorship of socially unacceptable attitudes. They may also reflect those instances of racism that are covert or hidden,” Chae explained. This measure does not necessitate that all searches containing the “n-word” are motivated by racism, or that all people holding racist attitudes conduct such searches. It only assumes that areas with a greater concentration of these searches have higher levels of racism overall. The researchers wanted to examine whether this measure would predict differences in Black mortality rates across the country. 

They examined Black mortality rates in 196 media markets, which were compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics. Each one standard deviation increase in the level of area racism was related to an 8.2 percent greater all-cause Black mortality rate, which would be equivalent to over 30,000 deaths annually in the country. When they took into account additional demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of these areas, such as the number of Blacks, and levels of education and poverty, there remained a significant effect of area racism.

Because some geographic areas may be more prone to mortality regardless of race, the researchers also adjusted for the White mortality rate in their analyses. “By doing this, we are showing that it is not only associated with the Black mortality rate, but also the excess Black mortality rate relative to Whites,” Chae explained. The researchers also found significant associations between the Google measure of area racism and Black mortality from three of the four leading causes of death in this population–heart disease, cancer, and stroke. 

“Racism is a social toxin that increases susceptibility to disease and generates racial disparities in health,” said Chae. Racism has been shown to increase the risk of disease and poor health outcomes through several channels. For example, institutional forms of racism lead to systemic disadvantage, and segregate Blacks into health-damaging environments. As a source of stress, racism also has direct effects on mental and physical well-being. 

Chae acknowledges the need to examine data collected over longer periods of time and at smaller geographic units. He also notes that because the timeframe of the Google and mortality data overlap, conclusions about the direction of the associations they found and making inferences about causality are limited. Despite these caveats, Chae said that their findings offer avenues for future research on the health implications of racism that takes advantage of newer technologies, including social media-based measures. “These findings add to mounting evidence that population-level racial disparities in health are driven by racism,” said Chae. “Racism represents a serious social and moral dilemma. The persistence of racial disparities in disease and mortality reflects the fact that issues of racism remain unresolved.”

“Association Between an Internet-Based Measure of Area Racism and Black Mortality” is available here.

Pulsing Light May Indicate Supermassive Black Hole Merger

April 24, 2015

Abby Robinson 301-405-5845
Lee Tune 301-405-4679

UMD study reveals more about gravitational dance of two black holes becoming one

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – As two galaxies enter the final stages of merging, scientists have theorized that the galaxies’ supermassive black holes will form a “binary,” or two black holes in such close orbit they are gravitationally bound to one another. In a new study, astronomers at the University of Maryland present direct evidence of a pulsing quasar, which may substantiate the existence of black hole binaries. 

“We believe we have observed two supermassive black holes in closer proximity than ever before,” said Suvi Gezari, assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Maryland and a co-author of the study. “This pair of black holes may be so close together that they are emitting gravitational waves, which were predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity.”

The study was published online on April 14, 2015 in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. The discovery could shed light on how often black holes get close enough to form a gravitationally bound binary and eventually merge together. 

Black holes typically gobble up matter, which accelerates and heats up, emitting electromagnetic energy and creating some of the most luminous beacons in the sky called quasars. When two black holes orbit as a binary, they absorb matter cyclically, leading theorists to predict that the binary’s quasar would respond by periodically brightening and dimming.

The researchers conducted a systematic search for so-called variable quasars using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS1) Medium Deep Survey. This Haleakala, Hawaii-based telescope imaged the same patch of sky once every three days and collected hundreds of data points for each object over four years. 

In that data, the astronomers found quasar PSO J334.2028+01.4075, which has a very large black hole of almost 10 billion solar masses and emits a periodic optical signal that repeats every 542 days. The quasar’s signal was unusual because the light curves of most quasars are arrhythmic. To verify their finding, the research team performed rigorous calculations and simulations and examined additional data, including photometric data from the Catalina Real-Time Transient Survey and spectroscopic data from the FIRST Bright Quasar Survey.

“The discovery of a compact binary candidate supermassive black hole system like PSO J334.2028+01.4075, which appears to be at such close orbital separation, adds to our limited knowledge of the end stages of the merger between supermassive black holes,” said UMD astronomy graduate student Tingting Liu, the paper’s first author.

The researchers plan to continue searching for new variable quasars. Beginning in 2023, their search could be aided by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which is expected to survey a much larger area and could potentially pinpoint the locations of thousands of these merging supermassive black holes in the night sky.

“These telescopes allow us to watch a movie of how these systems evolve,” said Liu. “What’s really cool is that we may be able to watch the orbital separation of these supermassive black holes get smaller and smaller until they merge.”

In addition to Gezari and Liu, study authors included UMD astronomy research associate Sebastien Heinis and University of Hawaii astronomer Eugene Magnier, both of whom contributed to the photometry data used in the study.

Scholly Wins 10th Annual Cupid's Cup Business Competition Chaired by Under Armour Founder & CEO

April 23, 2015

Greg Muraski, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Laurin Wolf, Under Armour
410-468-2512 ext. 5262

The easy-to-use app allows students to search for and identify available scholarships
based on individual preferences and key criteria

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Scholly, maker of a mobile and web application that allows students to easily find college scholarships, was named the winner of the 2015 Cupid’s Cup Business Competition, chaired by Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank. The 10th annual event was held April 22 at the University of Maryland, hosted by the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Scholly founder Christopher Gray, a student at Drexel University, took home $75,000 in cash, plus in-kind services and guidance from top companies and business leaders.

Scholly Founder Christopher Gray and Under Armour Founder & CEO Kevin Plank The annual competition is chaired by Plank, a graduate of the University of Maryland, and strives to encourage interest in student entrepreneurship. The international competition is open to undergraduate and graduate-level students at accredited colleges and universities as well as recent graduates of these institutions. 

Joining Plank on the judge’s panel were Daymond John, founder and CEO of FUBU clothing company and Shark Branding, and star of ABC’s “Shark Tank;” Karen Katz, CEO of Neiman Marcus Group; and Mike Lee, co-founder and CEO of MyFitnessPal, a leading health and fitness platform that is part of Under Armour’s Connected Fitness community. 

The judges evaluated six finalists, narrowed down from a pool of 12 semifinalists who presented at Under Armour headquarters on March 10. 

The $20,000 second place prize was awarded to GudNeSs Bar, a startup out of Duke University School of Medicine that makes an iron-rich nutrition bar to combat anemia in India. The third place prize of $5,000 went to SnappyScreen Inc., makers of a touchless sunscreen application system started by an entrepreneur from Cornell University. Gym Supreme, a University of Maryland fitness startup that makes the Mega Bar home gym system, took home the $5,000 audience choice award, decided by text voting from the nearly 1,000 people in the audience. 

Rounding out the field of finalists were: VirtualU Inc. (from Virginia Tech), a company that created a 3D human modeling technology for use in fitness and healthcare so people can accurately track how their bodies change as they lose weight; and ZOOS Greek Iced Teas (Stetson University), maker of a bottled caffeine-free Greek iced tea.

For more information about the competition, please visit www.cupidscup.umd.edu.

UMD Opens MakerBot Innovation Center to Foster Entrepreneurship

April 23, 2015

Lee Tune, University Communications, ltune@umd.edu, 301.405.4679
Pamela R. Morse, Clark School, pmorse@umd.edu, 301.405.6266, 202.841.8275
Elise Carbonaro, Clark School, ecarbo@umd.edu, 301.405.6501

First Large-Scale 3-D Printing MakerBot Innovation Center at Big Ten University and First in the DC/Maryland Area

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Today the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering opens a MakerBot Innovation Center that is the first in the Baltimore-Washington region and the 6th university-based MakerBot Innovation Center in the world.

R to L: Dr. Michael Galiazzo, President Regional Manufacturing Institute; Mr. Jonathan Jaglom, CEO MakerBot; Provost Mary Ann Rankin; Dean Pines“What we’re seeing here is the future of manufacturing in this country," said Darryll J. Pines, Nariman Farvardin Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering. “The University of Maryland MakerBot Innovation Center gives our students an edge in the changing and adapting marketplace.  We see 3-D printing as a catalyst for new thinking and are excited to make this technology more broadly available at the University.”

Open to the entire UMD community, the center adds over 50 3-D printers to the 25 previously available in the Clark School and brings the number of 3-D printers across campus to about 100. Print jobs can be uploaded to the cloud and sent to the center by anyone on campus.

UMD has utilized 3-D printing in an educational setting for many years. Clark School faculty, staff and students have worked on projects including vascular grafts, over-sand hovercrafts, prosthetics, automobile parts and robotics. Examples include small-scale robots capable of removing hard-to-reach brain tumors, structures used aboard small helicopters that allow sensors to test for close obstacle avoidance and designing custom-fit protective sleep masks for glaucoma patients to minimize pressure on the face that could otherwise increase a patient’s risk of blindness.

Having a large-scale installation of MakerBot 3-D Printers will allow the A. James Clark School of Engineering to further integrate 3-D printing into the curriculum and introduce more students to this important technology. Every freshman entering the Clark School will use the MakerBot Innovation Center as part of their required introductory course (ENES100), allowing them to get familiar with 3-D printing early on in their careers and to quickly understand engineering concepts and principles that would otherwise be difficult to grasp.

The opening of the UMD MakerBot Innovation Center is at 2 p.m. in the Technology Advancement Program building and will be followed by a special 3-D printing and additive manufacturing showcase by students, faculty and friends and a presentation by Local Motors founder and CEO John "Jay" Rogers entitled, "Welcome to the Third Industrial Revolution - Local Motors and the 3-D Printed Car.” The showcase and lecture will be in the adjacent Kim Engineering building.

The opening of the MakerBot Innovation Center is part of UMD’s 30 Days of Entrepreneurship, celebrating the university’s Fearless Ideas, innovation and impact with a showcase of special events, lectures and contests.

Building Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Fostering a campus-wide culture of entrepreneurship and innovation that engages all 37,000 students is among the highest strategic priorities for UMD’s President and Provost. The comprehensive effort includes offering 101 entrepreneurship related courses across 31 departments; holding 16 different business plan competitions; supporting students with 22 different mentoring programs; creating makerspaces and rapid prototyping spaces; and investing strongly in 3-D printers and scanners to provide the most advanced innovation infrastructure.

The MakerBot Innovation Center adds to and complements existing campus makerspaces and a rapid prototyping space in the Clark School. It will be a key resource for the colocated Startup Shell, a student-run co-working space and incubator, which has already produced over 60 student-founded startup companies. The MakerBot Innovation Center will provide more student entrepreneurs access to 3-D printing and accelerate the product development process by allowing students to iterate more quickly and cost-efficiently than with other prototyping resources already available on campus.

UMD Team Wins EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

April 22, 2015

Sara Gavin 301-405-9235

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a University of Maryland team as a winner of its third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design competition created to engage college and university students in reinventing water infrastructure. Student teams across the country proposed innovative green infrastructure designs to reduce stormwater pollution and develop sustainable communities.

EPA invited student teams to compete in two design categories — 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. 

Winning UMD TeamEPA awarded first prize in the Campus RainWorks Challenge’s demonstration project category to an interdisciplinary team from UMD. The team’s design focused on a prominent seven-acre site next to the university’s Memorial Chapel on the College Park campus. Officials from the university and the EPA were on-hand to formally present the award to the winning team at a ceremony held on the steps of the chapel to commemorate Earth Day. 

“The context of the chapel is what informed our design because it is spiritual and a place of healing,” said Harris Trobman, a landscape architecture student at UMD and member of the team that created the winning design. “We were interested in how the peace gardens around the chapel could be extended into a transformative type of space for the community. We took this concept a step further by looking at how we could heal both people and the environment.”

The winning UMD team consisted of four landscape architecture students, including Trobman, Penny Jacobs, Nicholas Yoder, and Johnathan Gemmell, as well as civil engineering students Jaison Renkenberger and Yan Wang. The students were advised by Dr. Victoria Chanse, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA).  

To capture and treat stormwater from adjacent parking lots and rooftops, the team proposed to re-design the site by disconnecting existing storm pipes and directing flow into a green infrastructure treatment train designed to treat 100 percent of a one-year storm event.

Image from UMD ProposalThe team’s design replaced traditional lawn with a meadow landscape that included rain gardens, tiered plantings, bioretention, bioswales and rain gardens. This would provide habitat for pollinators and beneficial insect species, and serve as an outdoor classroom and contemplative landscape for visitors and the university community.

UMD’s winning submission was unique in adding high value to the campus landscape and addressing stormwater management issues in a high-priority watershed. The students will split $2,000 in prize money. Faculty from the PSLA Department will also receive money toward furthering green infrastructure research.

“People should know that flooding, eroding backyard stream banks, limited fishing areas, sewer overflows, expensive and low-quality crab or fish are all results of a poor and deteriorating stormwater control infrastructure,” said Jaison Renkenberger, a civil engineering student from the winning UMD team. “Fishing from clean streams, kayaking through restored wetlands and farming Blue Crab are all supported by sustainability.”

EPA also recognized a second team from UMD with an honorable mention award in the master plan category.

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

UMD President & Distinguished Professor Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 22, 2015

Kristen Seabolt 301-405-4621

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh and Distinguished University Professor of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science Eugenia Kalnay have been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. 

With their election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, President Loh and Professor Kalnay join some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academic, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts. Since its founding in 1780, the Academy membership has included more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. 

“We are honored to elect a new class of extraordinary women and men to join our distinguished membership,” said Don Randel, chair of the Academy’s Board of Directors. “Each new member is a leader in his or her field and has made a distinct contribution to the nation and the world. We look forward to engaging them in the intellectual life of this vibrant institution.”  

President Loh was appointed the 33rd president of UMD in November 2010. Loh leads the state’s flagship and land-grant institution with 37,500 students and 9,000 faculty and staff members. Loh’s priorities at UMD include excellence and affordability in education, strategic partnerships for research and innovation, physical facilities and environmental sustainability, the Big Ten conference move, and the revitalization of College Park, Md. He serves on the American Council of Education’s board of directors and on the U.S. Comptroller General’s advisory board, as well as received recognition from the American Immigration Council, the National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools.

Previously, Loh served as executive vice president and provost of the University of Iowa; dean of Seattle University's College of Arts and Sciences; director, Governor's Policy Office and chief policy adviser to The Hon. Gary Locke, State of Washington; vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of faculties, University of Colorado-Boulder; and dean, University of Washington Law School. A professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, Loh previously was professor of law at Washington, Colorado-Boulder, and Iowa. He was visiting professor of law at Cornell, Peking University (China), Emory, University of Texas-Austin, University of Houston, and Vanderbilt. His scholarship and teaching are in the areas of law and social change and in criminal justice reforms.

Kalnay is a UMD Distinguished University Professor in the department of atmospheric and oceanic science and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology. Widely recognized as a leader in the field of global numerical weather prediction and analysis, including data assimilation and ensemble forecasting, Kalnay's research interests also extend to coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling, climate change, and sustainability. She has authored more than 150 papers. Her paper on the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)/National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) 40-Year Reanalysis Project, which she led, has been cited more than 10,000 times. A landmark 2003 paper in the journal Nature on the impact of land use on climate change was chosen by Discover Magazine as one of that year's top 100 science news stories. Her book, Atmospheric Modeling, Data Assimilation and Predictability (Cambridge University Press, 2003), sold out within a year and is now on its fifth printing. 

Kalnay is also a former director of the National Weather Service's Environmental Modeling Center, where she was the architect of ensemble forecasting methods that greatly increased the accuracy of long-term (three to five day) weather forecasts. She has received numerous awards, including the 2009 International Meteorological Organization Prize of the World Meteorological Organization and a NASA gold medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. She is a member of the UN Scientific Advisory Board on Sustainability, created by the UN Secretary General, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts and education.

With the addition of Loh and Kalnay, there are now 16 active members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences from UMD. The full list can be viewed here


April 28
Annual Board of Regents Awards Recognize Faculty for Achievements in Public Service, Teaching, Mentoring and Research.... Read
April 28
Innovation-driven student groups make social impact and compete for more than $20,000 in cash prizes. Read
April 27
Dean Lucy Dalglish receives highest professional honor for extraordinary contributions to the journalism profession.... Read
April 27
UMD-led study first to link an Internet query-based measure of racism to death rates. Read