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The Hotel at the University of Maryland Celebrates Topping Out Ceremony

April 12, 2016
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson 301-405-4622

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Southern Management Corporation will be joined by University of Maryland leaders to celebrate roof completion for The Hotel at the University of Maryland. The topping out ceremony will be held on Friday, April 15 in College Park, Md. 

The $140 million hotel project is the cornerstone of Greater College Park, the university’s ongoing initiative to enhance the academic campus and existing downtown College Park business district. Hotel amenities and features will include 297 guest rooms, banquet facilities, 43,000 square feet of meeting space, and four restaurants. The Hotel, which will create 1,637 jobs, is anticipated to open in Spring 2017. 

WHO: 

  • Wallace D. Loh, President, University of Maryland
  • David Hillman, CEO, Southern Management Corporation 
  • Rushern L. Baker III, County Executive, Prince George's County
  • Kenny Walsh, Site Manager & Superintendent, Southern Management Corporation 

WHAT: University of Maryland, Southern Management Corporation, and local officials will celebrate the topping out ceremony. The event will include remarks, a presentation and a site tour. 

WHEN: 

Friday, April 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. ceremony
Guided hard-hat tours will immediately follow. 
The event is rain or shine.

WHERE: 

The Hotel at the University of Maryland
7777 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740

MEDIA RSVP: 

Please RSVP to Katie Lawson at 301-405-4622 or lawsonk@umd.edu.

UMD Invention of the Year Nominees Push Boundaries in Health, Energy and Security

April 8, 2016
Contacts: 

Elise Carbonaro 301-405-6501

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The year 2015 has come and gone, and despite "Back to the Future’s" predictions, there are still no flying cars. However, University of Maryland (UMD) researchers have been working to make the world a better place through new innovations focused on health, security, energy efficiency, and other areas that address global challenges.

These new inventions will be honored at a special Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships event on May 9 as part of the University of Maryland’s “30 Days of EnTERPreneurship.” Each year, UMD honors exceptional inventions that have the potential to make an important impact on science, society, and the free market. The Invention of the Year award nominees come from three categories: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Information Sciences. One invention from each category is selected to win the Invention of the Year Award.

"We are proud to honor our campus researchers who continue to make our university a powerful engine for innovation and entrepreneurship," said Vice President and Chief Research Officer Patrick O'Shea. "These inventions and partnerships show how we can expand upon foundational research and scholarship to transform our understanding of new knowledge into products and services that advance society, and demonstrate why the University of Maryland continues to lead the way in establishing the ideal model for the 21st century university."

The nominees are selected from a vast number of innovations produced by UMD’s faculty and students. In 2015, researchers disclosed 167 inventions to the Office of Technology Commercialization within the Division of Research. A total of 23 technologies were licensed, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued 44 patents to UMD inventions.

This year’s nominees in the Physical Sciences category are:

Video Camera of the Future

"A True High-Dynamic Range Video Camera with Optimized Splitting Ratios and Synchronized Pixel Clocks"

Minta Martin Professor of Engineering Dr. Christopher Davis, Clark School of Engineering, Researcher Dr. John Robertson Rzasa, and Mr. J. Keith McElveen of Wave Sciences Corporation in Charleston, South Carolina have developed a high-dynamic range video camera that captures multiple successively attenuated image streams from a single lens and mixes these images in real time. This method creates a video stream that shows both very dim and very bright areas without saturating the image or causing excessive noise in the image.

Optoelectronic Devices Breakthrough

"Hybrid Metal-Graphene Plasmons for Tunable Terahertz Optoelectronics"

Mr. Mohammad M. Jadidi, Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Clark School of Engineering, along with Dr. Andrei B. Sushkov, Dr. David Kurt Gaskill, Dr. Michael Fuhrer, Dr. Howard Dennis Drew, and Professor and Director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP) Dr. Thomas E. Murphy have invented a new method of designing tunable terahertz range optoelectronic devices, such as detectors, emitters, and filters. The inventors demonstrated that THz plasmonic resonance can be supported in graphene in contact with metal which is critical for the design of graphene based THz devices.

Safer and More Affordable Energy Storage

"Multiple-Electron Aqueous Battery"

UMD is a leader in environmental and energy storage research, and UMD Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering researchers Dr. Liumin Suo and Dr. Chunsheng Wang along with researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Oleg Borodin, Arthur V Cresce, and Kang Xu, have invented multiple-electron aqueous battery. The battery uses a highly-concentrated water-based electrolyte that has improved stability to produce voltage and energy output comparable to existing lithium-ion batteries. The safer and cheaper battery will be usable in electric vehicles and grid-storage.

The nominees in the Life Sciences category are:

A New Vaccine for Leukemia

"Vaccine Compositions for Treating Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia"

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) is the most common cancer in children and is the leading cause of death of children in the United States. Dr. Scott Walsh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, along with Mrs. Lila Kashi, Dr. Scott K. Durum of the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute, Mrs. Julie Hixon, and Dr. Wen Qing Li, have developed a vaccine that can prevent and treat ALL in high risk patients. The vaccine is made of antigens created from cancer mutations and is less toxic and less likely to cause cognitive impairment in patients than current chemotherapy treatments.

An Ideal Variety of Wheat

"Commercially Useful Soft Red Winter Wheat Variety"

Wheat is the most exported product in the world and the second most exported product in the United States. Dr. Jose Costa, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Aaron R. Cooper, and Mr. Benjamin Conway have used crossing and selection to invent a new variety of wheat that is commercially useful. Their Soft Winter Wheat variety yields high amounts of grain, is resistant to mildew and other diseases, and is ideal for use in baked goods.

A New Vaccine for Gonorrhea

"Gonorrhea Vaccine"

Gonorrhea can affect both men and women, but this invention is especially important to women’s health because gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy, and infertility in women when left untreated. In recent years, drug-resistant gonorrhea  has emerged limiting available treatments for gonorrhea infections. Dr. Daniel Stein in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and Dr. Andrzej S. Piekarowicz, a professor at the University of Warsaw in Poland, have developed a vaccine that can prevent gonorrhea infections, even from gonorrhea that is drug-resistant.

The nominees in the Information Sciences category are:

New Advancements in Face Detection Technology

"Hyperface: A Deep Multi-Task Learning Framework for Face Detection, Landmark Localization, Pose Estimation, and Gender Recognition"

Dr. Rama Chellappa, Minta Martin Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Clark School of Engineering, Mr. Rajeev Ranjan, and Dr. Vishal Patel, Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, have created an algorithm for facial recognition software that simultaneously identifies gender, facial poses, and facial landmarks, and recognizes faces in images. Identifying all of these characteristics in photos using current algorithms is often difficult, and the researchers anticipate that the algorithm can be used in digital cameras, mobile device security, social networks, security cameras, and forensic analysis.

A New Portal for Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management

"The Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management Portal"

Cybersecurity is extremely important to businesses and the safety and privacy of customers. A group of researchers comprised of Dr. Sandor Boyson, Research Professor in the Smith School of Business and Co-Director of the Supply Chain Management Center, Dr. Thomas Corsi, Michelle E. Smith Professor of Logistics in the Smith School of Business and Co-Director of the Supply Chain Management Center, Ms. Holly Mann, Mr. Hart Rossman, Fellow, Supply Chain Management Center, Ph.D. candidate John Paraskevas, and Mr. Chris Keegan, has collaborated to create the Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management Portal. The portal allows businesses to anonymously upload data to compare their cybersecurity capabilities to existing standards as well as to their peers and competitors. It can be used to assess cybersecurity risks by cybersecurity insurance and compliance companies.

Predicting Successful Cancer Treatment Methods for Individual Patients

"Harnessing Synthetic Rescues to Assess and Counteract Resistance to Treatment in Cancer"

Dr. Eytan Ruppin, Professor of Computer Science in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, Dr. Joo Sang Lee, and Dr. Avinash Das Sahu have invented a framework that tracks resistance to cancer treatments to predict the likelihood of success in the treatment of cancer in individual patients. The framework can be used to decide the best method of treatment for patients and can also be applied to developing new forms of cancer treatment and refining the design of already existing treatments that target cancer genes.

To learn more about the University of Maryland’s “30 Days of EnTERPreneurship,” visit: http://www.umd.edu/30Days/.

University of Maryland Start-Up Wins 11th Annual Cupid's Cup Competition

April 8, 2016
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson, University of Maryland, 301-405-4622
Danielle Bennings, Plank Industries, 410-624-5363
Erin Wendell, Under Armour, 410-952-3800

Entrepreneurship Competition Founded by UMD alumnus and Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank
Recognizes Javazen for Leading the World of Coffee to a Healthier Place

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank, in collaboration with his alma mater and Founding University Partner the University of Maryland, announced Javazen as the winner of the 2016 Cupid’s Cup Competition. The annual event, now in its 11th year, was held on campus at the University of Maryland in College Park. Javazen founders Eric Golman, Aaron Wallach, and Ryan Schueler took home the grand prize, which includes a cash prize of $75,000, in-kind services and guidance from top business leaders, and the prestigious Cupid’s Cup title. Javazen also received an additional $5,000 for winning the Audience Choice Award, which was selected by text voting
from audience members. 

The annual competition is inspired by Plank’s first entrepreneurial venture, selling roses on campus while a student at the University of Maryland. Cupid’s Cup strives to encourage interest in student entrepreneurship, 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 Dan Gilbert, Founder & Chairman of Quicken Loans, Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Founder & Chairman of Rock Ventures; Wes Moore, Author of The Other Wes Moore, Founder & CEO of BridgeEdU, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network; and Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post and author of The Sleep Revolution. 

The $20,000 second place prize was awarded to Laura D’Asaro and her company Six Foods, a startup that aims to normalize insect foods. The original $10,000 Best Entrepreneur Award was split into two $5,000 awards to recognize both Plova and MyBestBox for their passion and entrepreneurial spirit. 

Rounding out the field of finalists were: Headbands of Hope of North Carolina State University, a company selling fashionable headbands and giving one additional headband for every purchase to a girl undergoing chemotherapy; and Wolf & Shepherd of University of Notre Dame, designing dress shoes to perform like running shoes by integrating foam technology into the heart of each sole.

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

The Washington Post–University of Maryland Poll Reveals Marylanders' Views on Senate Contenders

April 6, 2016
Contacts: 

Laura Ours 301-405-5722

Race between Democratic contenders Van Hollen, Edwards appears 'too close to call'

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Heading into presidential and state primaries in Maryland later in April, the race to be the Democratic Senate nominee looks to be a close one. This information comes from the latest iteration of The Washington Post-University of Maryland Poll. 

Respondents indicated that, if the Senate primary was held today and the Democratic candidates were Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen, 44 percent of likely voters would support Edwards, and 40 percent of likely voters would support Van Hollen. The results are within the margin of error. View the full poll results here.

“The poll results show that this remains a tight race between two candidates that Maryland Democrats know well and regard highly. Each campaign has their work cut out for them to persuade undecided likely voters and ensure their core supporters cast a ballot. A great deal can change between now and April 26, both in terms of the Senate race and the presidential primary race,” said Associate Professor of Government and Politics Michael Hanmer, research director of UMD’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship (CAPC).

Among registered Democrats, 56 percent said they have a strongly favorable or somewhat favorable impression of Van Hollen; 64 percent indicated a strongly favorable or somewhat favorable impression of Edwards.

Edwards Leads Among Black, Women Likely Voters

While the contest is close overall, there are large differences in support when looking across race and sex. Edwards leads by wide margins among blacks who are likely to vote and women who are likely to vote, while Van Hollen has large leads among white likely voters and male likely voters. 

“In a primary election where there are not significant policy differences among the two leading candidates, identity characteristics will likely play a larger role. This means voters may feel one candidate can relate more on an issue and exert greater effort to implement change, given their respective backgrounds,” said Associate Professor of Government and Politics Stella Rouse, CAPC’s director. 

Poll Offers Glimpse into Republican Senate Race

When asked to choose among the Republican candidates for Senate—Richard Douglas, Chrys Kefalas, Joseph Hooe and Kathy Szeliga—15 percent of likely Republican voters said they would support Szeliga, 11 percent said they would support Kefalas, 9 percent said they would support Douglas, and 3 percent said Hooe. A majority of likely Republican voters did not state a preference.

Read the Washington Post story here.

About the Poll

This fifth iteration of The Washington Post-University of Maryland poll was conducted by telephone March 30 through April 3, 2016, among a random sample of 1,503 adult residents of Maryland. 

Interviews were conducted by live interviewers on both conventional and cellular phones. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points among the sample of 741 registered Democrats, and 5.5 points among the sample of 531 likely Democratic primary voters and 7.5 points among the sample of 274 likely Republican primary voters. Sampling, data collection and tabulation were conducted by Abt-SRBI, Inc. of New York, NY.

The University of Maryland and The Washington Post first teamed up to present the poll in October 2014. Polls have focused on Maryland elections, desired priorities for elected officials and topics of interest to voters including immigration, taxes, education, and healthcare. 

The partnership combines the world-class reporting, polling and public engagement resources of The Post with rigorous academic analysis from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences’ nationally-renowned Department of Government and Politics. The poll is designed to provide academics, students and members of the public with insight into both key races and the issues that matter to Maryland residents.

In addition to its impact as a public education tool, the poll also represents a unique research opportunity for UMD students. Hanmer and Rouse work with students affiliated with the Center on the design of the poll questions and the analysis of its responses.

The poll is directed by Scott Clement, and UMD alumna Emily Guskin, a polling survey research analyst, for The Post, as well as by Hanmer for the University of Maryland.

UMD Research Team Awarded $3.4 Million to Study Root Causes of Anxiety, Depression

April 5, 2016
Contacts: 

Sara Gavin 301-405-1733

Research could lead to new treatments, preventative measures for mental illness

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has awarded a $3.4 million grant to the University of Maryland to support research aimed at understanding the catalysts for pathological anxiety and depression, particularly in college students.

A growing body of data shows that these disorders impose a staggering burden on public health and the global economy, making them an ever-increasing concern for clinicians, researchers and public policy makers. While anxiety disorders are the most common family of mental illnesses in the United States and Europe—and often contribute to the development of depression and substance abuse—existing treatments are inconsistently effective and associated with significant side effects.

The new grant will support an international team of researchers, led by Assistant Professor Alex Shackman in the UMD Department of Psychology, who plan to use state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques, clinical measures and smartphone technology to clarify the mechanisms that lead to the development and recurrence of anxiety disorders and depression—a critical step in identifying new, brain-based strategies for preventing or treating these illnesses.

“These disorders contribute to the suffering and misery of millions of patients and their loved ones all over the world, including many students at Maryland and other universities,” Dr. Shackman said. “The pipeline for developing new drugs is stalled. It’s imperative that we identify the brain circuits that underlie extreme anxiety and get a better handle on their relevance to changes in mood and function in the real world.”

One of the novel goals of the project is to use smartphone technology to continuously monitor the feelings, behavior, stress and social support experienced by college freshmen as they move on to their sophomore, junior and even senior years at the university. Researchers will then compare those behaviors and experiences with measures of brain function collected during students’ freshmen years. 

“We hope this will allow us to discover patterns of brain function that predict who develops anxiety disorders, who grapples with severe depression and who might engage in harmful behaviors such as excessive drinking to cope with stress,” Dr. Shackman said. “The smartphone data could also help us to develop better mobile apps for treating or even preventing these disorders before relationships are strained and before performance in school or the workplace really starts to suffer.”

Dr. Shackman noted the data may also lead to new targets for drug development, improved models of mental illness and clues to help identify high-risk individuals before they become sick in order to guide them into prevention programs.  

Other members of the international investigative team include Dr. Jason Smith in the Department of Psychology at UMD; Drs. Greg Hancock and Nathan Fox in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at UMD; Dr. Luiz Pessoa, Director of the Maryland Neuroimaging Center; Dr. Todd Kashdan in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University; and Dr. Matthias Gamer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Würzburg, Germany.

#UMDinnovates

April 4, 2016

UMD kicks off its 5th annual 30 Days of EnTERPreneurship on April 1st. 30 Days showcases the university’s commitment to fearless ideas through a series of events and competitions that bring innovations to life and ignite the entrepreneurial spirit of the campus community. Visit UMD.EDU/30DAYS. #UMDinnovates

Four UMD Students Named 2016 Goldwater Scholars

April 4, 2016
Contacts: 

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

UMD is one of five institutions with all four nominees named scholars

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – For the second consecutive year, four University of Maryland students have been awarded scholarships by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which encourages students to pursue advanced study and careers in the sciences, engineering and mathematics. UMD is one of only five institutions with all four of its nominees named scholars. 

UMD sophomore Yousuf Khan and juniors Adam Berger, Katherine Cordwell and Mark Moretto were among the 252 Barry Goldwater Scholars selected from 1,150 students nominated nationally this year. The four students, who are all members of the UMD Honors College, plan to pursue doctoral degrees in their area of study and become university professors or researchers at government laboratories.

Adam Berger—a bioengineering major and member of the Gemstone Honors Program, the RISE Leadership Academy and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society—is interested in creating novel lab-on-a-chip biosensors that enable point-of-care disease detection and diagnosis.

This past February, Berger presented findings on the use of Raman spectroscopy to monitor wound healing in members of the military at the SPIE Photonics West conference. He conducted this research over the past three summers with Nicole Crane in the Regenerative Medicine Department at the Naval Medical Research Center.

Back on campus, Berger and his Gemstone team are biochemically modifying small-diameter vascular grafts made of silk scaffolds to enhance the grafts’ biocompatibility and mechanical strength.

Berger is also investigating methods for using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to detect THC, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects, in saliva in the laboratory of UMD Fischell Department of Bioengineering Associate Professor Ian White. In addition, Berger is testing paper-based SERS biosensors for antibiotic detection, a topic on which he co-authored a book chapter.

“Adam’s leadership and personal skills are polished, his professional and intellectual communication skills are superb, his dedication to academic research is extraordinary and his work ethic is unmatched,” said White.

Katherine Cordwell—a mathematics and computer science double major who is also a member of the University Honors Program and a Banneker/Key and National Merit Scholar—became deeply interested in mathematics in high school. 

An Intel Science Talent Search finalist, Cordwell also won a first place award in mathematics at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Her early work, conducted with mentorship from MIT Mathematics Professor Pavel Etingof, led to a co-authored paper in the Journal of Algebra. 

At UMD, Cordwell has continued to pursue diverse research projects in theoretical and applied mathematics and cryptography with faculty members that include Computer Science Professor Jonathan Katz and Mathematics Professor John Benedetto.

She delivered her research conducted last summer with Mikhail Chebotar, associate professor of mathematical sciences at Kent State University, and George Wang, an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, as an oral presentation at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January and co-authored a paper on the work that was recently published in the journal Linear Algebra and its Applications.

“It is very rare for an undergraduate in mathematics to publish a research paper at all, thus it is very impressive that Katherine has published in two journals of this level,” said UMD Professor of Mathematics Lawrence Washington.

Yousuf Khan—a biological sciences major specializing in cell biology and genetics, who is also a Banneker/Key Scholar and a member of the Integrated Life Sciences honors program—is interested in understanding how non-coding RNAs control gene expression. 

Since May 2014, he has been conducting research in the laboratory of Jonathan Dinman, chair of the UMD Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics. In the lab, Khan’s first task involved cloning sequences suspected of being able to reprogram the genetic code.

“Normally, I consider it a victory if a new student can succeed in cloning one of these after a year’s time,” said Dinman. “Yousuf cloned three within the first month, and then went on to clone another 10 the next month.”

At that point, Dinman challenged Khan to move to the next level to determine whether any of the sequences had the frameshifting function. This required Khan to learn new skills, including mammalian tissue culture and statistical data analysis. Again, Khan mastered these within a month and validated a good number of new frameshifting sequences, according to Dinman. The outcome of Khan’s work includes co-authorship of three papers that are being submitted for publication this year.

Mark Morettowho is pursuing double degrees in aerospace engineering and astronomy and is a member of the University Honors Program, began conducting research with UMD astronomers while in high school and was named an Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist for his early work.

Collaborating with Michael A’Hearn and Lori Feaga in the UMD Department of Astronomy since 2013, Moretto has been examining infrared spectral data acquired during the Deep Impact mission to understand the volatile composition of comet Tempel 1. He gave a talk on his findings at the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences meeting last November and is currently preparing to submit a journal article on this research.

“Mark is one of the most remarkable students I have encountered in my career for his combination of both ability and purpose,” said A’Hearn, a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of astronomy at UMD.

This summer, Moretto will be interning at the Jet Propulsion Lab. And for his honors thesis, Moretto will design and test anchoring mechanisms for small bodies, which include moons, comets and asteroids. Combining his interests in engineering and astronomy, Moretto hopes to advance robotic exploration of the solar system.

The Goldwater Scholarship program was created in 1986 to identify students of outstanding ability and promise in science, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage their pursuit of advanced study and research careers. The Goldwater Foundation has honored 55 University of Maryland winners since the program’s first award was given in 1989. Prior Goldwater scholars and nominees from UMD have continued their impressive academic and research pursuits at leading institutions around the world and have garnered additional recognition as: 

  • A Rhodes Scholar
  • A Truman Scholar
  • A Fulbright Scholar
  • National Science Foundation graduate research fellows
  • Gates Cambridge and Churchill Scholars
  • A Clarendon Fund Scholar

Colleges and universities may submit up to four nominations annually for these awards. Goldwater scholars receive one- or two-year scholarships that cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $7,500 per year. These scholarships are a stepping-stone to future support for their research careers.

Letter in Response to Completed Process Review of Muscle Recovery Study

April 1, 2016
Contacts: 

University Communications, mediainfo@umd.edu

The following letter was delivered to University of Maryland leadership from Patrick O’Shea, UMD Vice President and Chief Research Officer.

Dear University of Maryland community,

In January, an ad-hoc committee was assembled, with the support of President Wallace Loh and Provost Mary Ann Rankin, to conduct an institutional review of the processes surrounding a study entitled “Muscle Recovery with Fifth Quarter Fresh.” The study, arranged through the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program, evaluated the impact of a specialty milk product on athletes and was featured in press releases issued by MIPS in July and December of 2015.

The committee was charged with reviewing the procedures related to the conduct and administration of this project and the dissemination of preliminary study results. The committee was also asked to provide recommendations for institutional actions.

That institutional review is now complete, and the committee’s final report details 23 separate findings and 15 recommendations. The full report is available here: http://go.umd.edu/3u8.

The University of Maryland acknowledges the shortcomings documented by the committee and has prioritized a swift and comprehensive response, already taking action on several recommendations:

  • Although the committee found no wrongdoing by Fluid Motion LLC, the university is returning all funding provided by Fluid Motion LLC and Allied Milk Producers, totaling $228,910, out of an abundance of caution and to remove any perception of conflict of interest.
  • The press releases issued by MIPS announcing preliminary research results have been removed from university websites.
  • The Division of Research and the Office of the Provost will collaborate to further implement appropriate modifications to university policies, practices, guidelines, and MIPS operating procedures.  
  • We have already begun work with our conflict of interest committee to make appropriate changes to conflict of interest policies and training programs for all applicable research and administrative personnel.

While we have every reason to believe this was an isolated incident, any deviations from accepted practices in the responsible conduct of research cannot be tolerated.  Any potential sanctions against faculty or staff involved in this matter would be considered, by policy, confidential personnel matters.

We value the quality of information and the standards by which we share study results with the public. The University of Maryland prides itself in the integrity of its research enterprise, and the processes surrounding this study failed to meet these standards.

I would like to thank the institutional review committee, chaired by Ann Wylie, Former Provost and Professor Emerita, Department of Geology, and comprised of Gregory F. Ball, Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Robert Dooling, Professor, Department of Psychology; Philip DeShong, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Denis Wirtz, Vice Provost for Research, Johns Hopkins University.

Sincerely,

Patrick O’Shea, UMD Vice President and Chief Research Officer

 

For the report's supporting documents, please email mediainfo@umd.edu.

The University of Maryland will be hosting a teleconference at 12:00 p.m. today regarding the muscle recovery study report. To participate in the teleconference, please dial 1 (800) 793-6775 or +1 212-812-4494 and enter 0137 5925.

University of Maryland, State, County & City Officials Celebrate Opening of FlexEl Facility in College Park

March 31, 2016
Contacts: 

Alana Carchedi 301-405-0235

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – FlexEl LLC, a custom battery solutions company, has opened a research, development and manufacturing facility in Prince George’s County, Md.  FlexEl was spun out of the University of Maryland based upon a thin film battery technology in 2008. The company, which won the Maryland Incubator Company of the Year award in 2010 and launched as a startup at the University of Maryland, is leasing more than 10,000 square-feet from the university. 

WHAT: UMD, state, county and city officials, will celebrate the opening of FlexEl's research, development and manufacturing facility in College Park. The event will include a speaking portion and a tour of the facility and demonstrations. 

WHO: 

  • Wallace D. Loh, President, University of Maryland
  • Bob Proctor, CEO, FlexEl
  • Michael Gill, Secretary of Commerce, State of Maryland
  • Rushern L. Baker III, County Executive, Prince George's County
  • Dannielle M. Glaros, Council Member, Prince George's County
  • Patrick L. Wojahn, Mayor, City of College Park 
  • Mahsa Dornjafi, FlexEl Founding Engineer and UMD alumna
  • Ken Ulman, Chief Strategy Officer for Economic Development, University of Maryland

WHEN: 

Friday, April 8, 2016, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: 

FlexEl Facility, 4505 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740

PARKING: 

Parking is available in the front and rear of building. 

AUDIO: 

There will be no audio system used at the event.

MEDIA RSVP: 

Please RSVP to Kristen Seabolt at kseabolt@umd.edu or 301-405-4621. 

UMD & Partners to Bring Awareness to Community Engagement and Population Health in Maryland

March 30, 2016
Contacts: 

Kelly Blake 301-405-9418
Audrey Hill 301-314-0780
 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Researchers from the University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland, Baltimore—along with other academic, community, state and federal partners— are joining forces to showcase research around the theme From Community Engagement to Population Health

Public Health Research @ Maryland 2016 brings to light research and policy initiatives underway in the state to address health disparities and health equity. These efforts contribute to furthering the goals of the Affordable Care Act and inform a major initiative by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). The University of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are part of the CIC initiative to address health disparities in a comprehensive way through Big Ten university partnerships with state governments.

At the fourth annual Public Health Research @ Maryland on April 5, 2016, public health researchers and leaders will share knowledge and effective programs on how to best address pressing public health issues. A diverse series of presentations will feature Maryland county and state leaders, along with other public health experts, and highlight distinct features of Maryland’s health care system and opportunities for improvements in population health.

The one-day event is co-sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Public Health and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, and represents ongoing partnerships between both universities to advance public health research within the state of Maryland.

Key topics on the theme of From Community Engagement to Population Health include:

  • Engaging youth to stem the tide of Type 2 diabetes to addressing health disparities
  • Creating a national movement to support “culture of health”
  • Highlights of cancer prevention and population science studies
  • Maryland’s all-payer approach to healthcare delivery, a system made possible by a 36-year-old Medicare waiver 
  • Health Enterprise Zones, created by the Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act of 2012, which are designed to improve population health outcomes, reduce costs and reduce disparities. 
  • Hospitals’ opportunity to extend population health through their community health needs assessments and related implementation programs.
  • The range of public health needs across the state and insights into county and city health departments’ programs and the needs of their residents 

More than 400 people are expected to attend Public Health Research @ Maryland, which will be held at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland. More than 100 students, faculty, and private researchers will present research posters on public health issues, representing collaboration across fields, University of Maryland campuses, and outside institutions. 

For more information, please visit: http://publichealthresearch.umd.edu/ 

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