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UMD Students Demonstrate How They "Do Good" at Challenge Finals

April 30, 2014
Contacts: 

Megan Campbell 301-405-4390

Do Good ChallengeCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Six finalist teams of University of Maryland students demonstrated their creativity, innovative spirit and passion for doing good during last night's third annual Do Good Challenge finals. Throughout the eight weeks of the challenge, students advocated, raised money, organized volunteers and created awareness for charitable causes to compete for more than $20,000 in cash prizes to support their cause.

During Tuesday's event, the finalists each presented their chosen causes to a panel of celebrity judges, which included NFL MVP and CBS NFL Today Analyst Boomer Esiason '84, legendary sports agent David Falk and Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust Board Member Bob Seaberg.

This year's competition consisted of two tracks: the project track, featuring student-run initiatives that included volunteering, fundraising, and/or building awareness for a cause or organization during the course of the Challenge; and the venture track, featuring student-founded and student-run organizations whose efforts during the Challenge were focused on taking the organizations to the next level.

Picked for their impact, leverage and creativity, this year's winners were:

Project Track:

  • First place: Students Helping Honduras, a nonprofit organization that organizes and leads students in building schools to help end extreme poverty and violence in Honduras through education and youth empowerment.
  • Second place: Terps Against Hunger, which raises awareness of hunger in the D.C. Metro area and provides emergency food assistance to local families.
  • Third place: Ride4ECO, an initiative to build a bike stop on the Anacostia bike trail at ECO City Farms to help provide healthy and affordable food to the local community.

Venture Track:

  • First place: JustLikeYou.org, a new social media network that provides an anonymous online pen pal system for people going through the coming out process.
  • Second place: Community Pipeline, a student-created initiative that allows UMD student groups to share their passion and skills with elementary and middle school students in Prince George's County.
  • Third place: Recovered Food CSA, a student venture that aims to reduce food waste, support local farmers , promote healthy eating, and feed local families in need by retrieving surplus produce from farms and grocery stores and selling it to college students.

The first place winner in the project track, Students Helping Honduras, tripled their number of student volunteers this year, taking 107 UMD students to Honduras to begin building Democracia Middle School. Throughout the eight weeks of the Challenge, the group raised more than $19,000 toward their larger goal of $25,000 to finish the school. The $6,000 prize money will be used to complete the school. The group also won the College of Behavioral and Social Science's $2,500 "Be the Solution" Audience Choice Award.

The venture track first place winner, JustLikeYou.org was designed to connect individuals going through the coming out process with trained volunteers with the experience and knowledge to provide support and advice. During the Challenge, JustLikeYou.org raised more than $14,000 to help fund the social network and the training of new volunteers. Founder Brooks Gabel said the $6,000 will allow the site to train 140 more volunteers, enabling the site to facilitate more than 1,000 conversations.

The Do Good Challenge competition was launched in 2012. The competition was run by the UMD School of Public Policy's Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership in partnership with the Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Social Value Creation with Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management as the premier sponsor. During the competition period, between Feb. 10 and April 6, student participants organized thousands of volunteers and raised thousands of donation dollars for causes both locally and across the globe.

The competition supports the university's culture of philanthropy, innovation and entrepreneurship. During the finals, UMD President Wallace Loh said, "Our job is not only to develop the mind, but to develop the heart … Being in America is not a spectator sport, it implies active citizen engagement."

Additional information about the Challenge is available at http://www.dogood.umd.edu.

UMD Celebrates Inventions and Partnerships

April 30, 2014
Contacts: 

Pamela R. Morse 301-405-6266

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A better material for the 3D printing of vascular implants, a new technology that makes cloud storage more secure and efficient, and a low-cost, high-energy solid state lithium-ion battery are the University of Maryland 2013 Invention of the Year winners.

The winning inventions were announced at the university's Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships event on April 29, 2014. Also announced was the recipient of the Corporate Connector of the Year Award, Michael Pecht, director and founder of the UMD Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering. This award recognizes a University of Maryland researcher, staff or unit that has achieved significant engagement with the private sector in corporate research, philanthropy, or student support.

Meet the winning inventors:
Professor of Bioengineering John P. Fisher and graduate student Anthony Melchiorri have developed a better material for 3D printing of vascular implants. Professor of Bioengineering John P. Fisher and graduate student Anthony Melchiorri have developed a better material for 3D printing of vascular implants. Fisher and Melchiorri's polymer-based material resin meets one of the biggest challenges in medical uses of 3D printing: the need for biodegradable and biocompatible materials that support cell and tissue growth while degrading over time. Its mechanical properties, strength, and elasticity mimic those of actual blood vessels. Because it is also biodegradable, the patient's own tissue replaces it over time, reducing or eliminating the need for further surgeries. Fisher and Melchiorri agree that the biggest contribution of their work is the revolution it might bring to the treatment of cardiovascular disease in children. Read more here.

UMD assistant professors Elaine Shi, computer science, and Charalampos Papamanthou, electrical & computer engineering, together with a UC Berkeley colleague, the late Emil Stefanov, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science, have developed a dynamic proof of reliability scheme that requires 300 times less bandwidth and that efficiently records updates on data without relinquishing the guarantee that a client's data is authentic. UMD assistant professors Elaine Shi, computer science, and Charalampos Papamanthou, electrical & computer engineering, together with a UC Berkeley colleague, the late Emil Stefanov, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science, have developed a dynamic proof of reliability scheme that requires 300 times less bandwidth and that efficiently records updates on data without relinquishing the guarantee that a client's data is authentic. Data storage is one of the most popular applications of cloud computing. However, most current methods for ensuring remote data retrieval from cloud storage are designed for static data, and the few that respond to updates are both costly and require a high level of bandwidth. According to Shi and Papamanthou, their new approach accomplishes a great deal in building a more secure and usable infrastructure for cloud computing.

UMD Engineering Professors Eric Wachsman and Liangbing Hu of the UMD Energy Research Center, and University of Calgary colleague Venkataraman Thangadurai, associate professor of chemistry have designed an intrinsically safe, low-cost, high-energy solid state li-ion battery that reduces manufacture costs dramatically. UMD Engineering Professors Eric Wachsman and Liangbing Hu of the UMD Energy Research Center, and University of Calgary colleague Venkataraman Thangadurai, associate professor of chemistry have designed an intrinsically safe, low-cost, high-energy solid state li-ion battery that reduces manufacture costs dramatically. Typically, li-ion batteries contain a liquid material that can ignite under certain conditions. Even though solid state li-ion batteries are considered the next generation solution, their high manufacturing costs present a major challenge to widespread production. This new low-cost li-ion battery cannot catch fire and has a significantly greater energy density, meaning that electric cars can go farther on a single charge and thus reduce users' range anxiety. The designers say its potential for changing how consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and aerospace industries operate is significant.

Meet the Corporate Connector of the Year:
Professor Michael Pecht is the founder and director of the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering at UMD which is funded by over 150 of the world's leading electronics companies at more than $6M per year.Professor Michael Pecht is the founder and director of the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering at UMD which is funded by over 150 of the world's leading electronics companies at more than $6M per year. The CALCE Center received the NSF Innovation Award in 2009. He is also a Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering and a professor in applied mathematics at the University of Maryland. He has written more than twenty books on product reliability, development, use and supply chain management and over 400 technical articles.  He has also written a series of books of the electronics industry in China, Korea, Japan and India. He consults for 22 major international electronics companies, providing expertise in strategic planning, design, test, prognostics, IP and risk assessment of products and systems. More about Pecht can be found here.

Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships
This event was part of the University of Maryland's 30 Days of EnTERPreneurship, a month-long celebration and exhibition of innovation and entrepreneurship on the College Park campus. Speakers at the reception included UMD President Wallace Loh; University System of Maryland Chancellor & Chief Executive Officer William E. (Brit) Kirwan; UMD Vice President and Chief Research Officer Patrick G. O'Shea; UMD Office of Technology Commercialization Executive Director Gayatri Varma; UMD Associate Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Dean Chang and UMD Associate Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations Brian Darmody.

The Invention of the Year Awards reception is hosted by the Office of Technology Commercialization, a department under the Division of Research and part of UM Ventures. Finalists are selected based on their impact on science, society and market potential.  Of the 154 inventions OTC received disclosures for in 2013, only eleven were chosen as finalists. A complete list of the finalists can be found here.

The UMD Corporate Connect Council is a university-wide collaboration that supports information sharing, partnerships and campus efforts to engage the private sector in support of research, philanthropy and scholarships funded by the private sector.

Medimmune Expands USM Research Collaboration

April 29, 2014
Contacts: 

Mike Lurie, University System of Maryland, 301-445-2719

University System of MarylandCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University System of Maryland and MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, announced today that the initial research collaboration between MedImmune and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has been expanded to include the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The collaborators have also announced that they have identified the first five research projects to be undertaken under the expanded agreement. This follows the September 2013 announcement in which MedImmune and UMB announced a five-year, $6 million collaboration to drive novel bioscience research in the state of Maryland.

The first research projects include:

  • Oncology: evaluate a molecule that simultaneously inhibits suppression of anti-tumor immunity and boosts activation of tumor-reactive T cells.
  • Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity: evaluate the role of specific phagocytes in inflammatory diseases.
  • Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease: explore the mechanism and role of stem cells in cardiac regeneration.
  • Infectious Diseases: explore the immune system-stimulating properties of key innate immune system proteins for use in novel vaccines.
  • Infectious Diseases: study a novel nanoparticle vaccine delivery system with unique stability and immune-stimulating potential.    

"We are excited to expand this collaboration to include the resources of the University System of Maryland's three major research universities and to begin work on important projects in several of our core therapeutic areas," said Dr. Bahija Jallal, executive vice president, MedImmune. "This groundbreaking effort will help support our mission of bringing novel new medicines to patients by capitalizing on the innovative science and talent available right here, in Maryland's bioscience hub."

As previously announced, the collaboration involves participation from MedImmune, the University System of Maryland and the BioMaryland Center, a part of the Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED), representing a unique model to foster and support innovation in Maryland.

Dr. Jay Perman, President of UMB, said, "On behalf of the research universities in the University System of Maryland, I'm pleased to celebrate these five research programs spread across our three campuses. These programs will focus on important areas of unmet or underserved medical needs, namely cardiac disease, inflammatory disease, cancer and vaccine development." 

William E. Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, said, "The University System of Maryland is an economic engine for the State and with this important partnership with Maryland's largest biotech company, we will further expand our translational research endeavors."

MedImmune's research collaboration with the University System of Maryland is one of several regional collaborations with leading research institutions and the state to advance Maryland as a top biotechnology cluster, advance innovative science and accelerate development of key medicines for patients.

UMD Leads Boren Scholarship Awards for Third Year

April 25, 2014
Contacts: 

Beth Cavanaugh 301-405-4625

Boren ScholarshipsCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – For the third consecutive year, the University of Maryland leads the nation in Boren Scholarships – with 12 UMD undergraduates receiving awards for intensive international language study. This year's recipients will study seven languages in eight countries, including Brazil, Morocco, Senegal, Mozambique, Jordan, India, China and South Korea. The Boren Scholarship provides up to $20,000 for long-term (two semester or longer), language-focused study abroad.

In addition, two graduate students at UMD have each received a $24,000 Boren Fellowship for language study and research in South Africa and China. These fellowships can also provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the international component.

“Maryland’s outstanding performances in the Boren Scholarship and Fellowship competitions reflect our students’ strong focus on international studies and language learning, as well as on the remarkable academic, research, and internship opportunities available to them at the University and in the Washington, D.C. region,” said Francis DuVinage, UMD’s Boren Scholarship and Fellowship advisor and director of the National Scholarships Office.

This year, 165 Boren Scholarships were offered from a pool of 868 applications. Maryland's 12 awards this year are a new record, surpassing last year's total of 10. Maryland ranked No. 1 in the nation for Boren Scholarships in 2012 and 2013. The Boren Fellowship program offered 106 awards from a pool of 497 applicants.

The David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program, a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year.

2014-15 UMD Boren Scholarship Awardees:

Joanne Angbazo – Portuguese in Mozambique
Angbazo is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in government and politics and minoring in international development and conflict management, and French studies. She has interned in Nigeria and studied abroad in London.

Margaret Bailey – Arabic in Morocco
Bailey is a senior in the College of Arts and Humanities majoring in Arabic studies and minoring in Russian studies. She is a member of the Language House's Arabic Cluster and College Park Scholars and has studied abroad in Morocco.

Molly Bernstein – Arabic in Morocco
Bernstein is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in government and politics and Arabic studies and minoring in global terrorism studies, and international development and conflict management. She is a member of the Arabic Flagship Program and the College Park Scholars. Bernstein has studied abroad in Jordan.

William Flinter – Portuguese in Brazil
Flinter is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in criminology and criminal justice and Spanish language, literatures and cultures. He has studied abroad in Spain.

Carrie HildebrandtArabic in Morocco
Hildebrandt is a senior in the College of Arts and Humanities majoring in Arabic studies. She is a member of the Arabic Flagship Program and Honors Humanities in the Honors College. Hildebrandt has studied abroad in Morocco and Israel.

Nadav Karasov – Urdu in India
Karasov is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in economics and minoring in international development and conflict management. He is a member of University Honors and has studied abroad in India.

Patrick Niceforo – Korean in South Korea
Niceforo is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in government and politics and minoring in global terrorism and Korean studies. He was a member of the living-learning program CIVICUS and studied abroad in South Korea. 

Lea Patch – Korean in South Korea
Patch is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in criminology and criminal justice and psychology. She is also minoring in global terrorism and Korean studies. Patch was a member of the living-learning program CIVICUS and has studied abroad in South Korea.

Esther Robinson – Chinese in Taiwan
Robinson is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in government and politics and Chinese. She is a member of the Language House's Chinese Cluster Honors Humanities in the Honors College. Robinson has studied abroad in Taiwan.
 
Kelsey Tremble – French and Wolof in Senegal
Tremble is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in government and politics and minoring in global terrorism studies and French studies. She is a member of Honors Humanities in the Honors College.

Amy Waterhouse – Arabic in Morocco
Waterhouse is a senior in the College of Arts and Humanities majoring in Arabic studies and French language and literature, and minoring in global terrorism studies. She is a member of the Arabic Flagship Program and University Honors. Waterhouse participated in the living-learning program Beyond the Classroom and studied abroad in France.

Mohammad Zia – Arabic in Jordan
Zia is a senior majoring in global diplomacy and development through the Individual Studies Program in Undergraduate Studies. He is also minoring in global poverty. Zia has interned and studied abroad in Paris. He participated in the Hinman CEOs Program and is a member of the University Honors Program.

2014-15 UMD Boren Fellowship Awardees:

Michael Aposporos – Chinese in China
Aposporos is a master's student in the School of Public Policy specializing in international security and economic policy and a 2011 graduate of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He plans to study Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing and intern with an organization in Beijing. As an undergraduate, Aposporos studied abroad in China and was a member of the College Park Scholars.
 
Amanda Fogle-Donmoyer – Zulu in South Africa (declined)
Fogle-Donmoyer is a doctoral student in the College of Education's international education policy program. She declines the Boren Fellowship to accept a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to South Africa, where she will examine the current South African national civics curriculum and investigate how teachers shape and present the state's vision for citizenship in post-apartheid South Africa.

UMD Student Filmmakers Honored at Tribeca Film Festival

April 25, 2014
Contacts: 

Abby Robinson 301-405-5845

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Today at the Tribeca Film Festival, LabTV announced that University of Maryland sophomore Kai Keefe and freshman Aaron Solomon received filmmaker awards for their short, engaging video portraits of young medical researchers who work in labs funded by the National Institutes of Health. The video profiles aim to inspire today’s high school students to follow in the footsteps of young scientists and become “tomorrow’s heroes of medical science.”

Hundreds of videos were submitted to LabTV, which selected 20 winners—including four who received the highest honor Gold Awards, among them Keefe and Solomon. Keefe and Solomon will each receive a $1,500 Gold Award cash prize and a certificate signed by LabTV Chairman Jay Walker and National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins.

In announcing the awards, Walker noted: “America’s colleges and universities are home to thousands of passionate, skilled students who are on their way to becoming great filmmakers and videographers. We are delighted to recognize these young communicators for their outstanding visual storytelling abilities.”

Kai KeefeIn Keefe’s award-winning video, he profiled Rachel Lee, a graduate student working in Physics Associate Professor Wolfgang Losert’s laboratory at UMD and in the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology of the National Cancer Institute with Carole Parent. For her research, Lee quantitatively measures how cancer cells move to better understand the differences in movement between healthy cells and cancer cells. Losert is director of the UMD-NCI Partnership for Cancer Technology, which brings together the physical sciences, mathematics and engineering expertise at UMD with basic, clinical and translational research expertise of the National Cancer Institute to solve the most pressing problems in cancer research.

Keefe, a double major in broadcast journalism and environmental science, has helped produce several documentary-style videos covering interesting events, people and issues in the D.C. region. He has also written and directed several amateur short films through the Maryland Filmmaker’s Club. Keefe’s current projects include a documentary about a local Hospice facility and a fictional short film that will premiere at the UMD Film Festival on May 9.

Aaron SolomonSolomon’s winning video featured Di Wu, a graduate student in the laboratory of Kan Cao, an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics. Cao’s laboratory is interested in understanding why and how we age. Specifically, their research focuses on studying the molecular mechanisms of Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, a premature aging disease, and exploring the potential connections between this disease and normal aging.

Solomon, a double major in computer science and cellular biology and molecular genetics, is also a production manager at Greenbelt Access Television. His work includes Anthem, a War of 1812 documentary screened nationally on PBS; several television talk shows; and Cultural Crossroads, an examination of the blending of cultural phenomena in high school students.

“Hundreds of student filmmakers on scores of campuses around the U.S. are already getting involved in the LabTV program. The uniformly high level of quality of video submissions we are receiving is ample proof that student filmmakers can meet the professional standards of LabTV and create work that is worthy of the medical scientists and labs they profile,” said LabTV Executive Producer David Hoffman.

LabTV is supported by the National Institutes of Health and Google.

Centennial Honor Roll Roots Greek History with Garden Dedication

April 24, 2014
Contacts: 

Matt Supple 301-314-7781

University Greeks celebrate 100 years of fraternity and sorority life with alumni celebration

Members of Alpha Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Phi Kappa Tau hustle for the tug-of-war win during Greek Week 1994.  COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Like rubbing Testudo's nose or chanting the fight song after a big athletics win, fraternity and sorority life is a cherished part of the history and tradition of the University of Maryland. At 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, Maryland Greeks will congregate on Fraternity Row for the Greek Centennial Honor Roll and Garden Dedication to celebrate alumni who have made a salient impact on their chapters over the last century.

The Honor Roll and Dedication on April 27 will commemorate 100 years of brotherhood, sisterhood, leadership, service and scholarship, which has shaped Maryland's Greek community into the family it is today. 

Each chapter will honor one member for every ten years their chapter has been active on campus. More than 55 fraternities and sororities will lay bricks engraved with the names of their honorees in the new Centennial Honor Roll Garden at the top of the horseshoe on Fraternity Row. One of the honorees will speak at the event, in addition to UMD President Wallace Loh and Linda Clement, vice president for Student Affairs.

"The bricks symbolize the strength of the Greek community and the coming together of brothers and sisters to lay a path of excellence for others to follow," said Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life Matt Supple, who will be the master of ceremonies for the dedication.

Greek life has evolved in its 100 years at Maryland, but what hasn't changed is its role in forging lifelong friendships, developing leadership skills and creating a second family wherever alums go, according to university officials.

For more information about the Centennial Honor Roll and Garden Dedication or to see a list of alumni who will attend, visit http://www.greek100.umd.edu/ or contact Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life Matt Supple at msupple@umd.edu or Co-Chair of the Greek Centennial Alumni Advisory Group Dru Bagwell at dbagwell@umd.edu.

University of Maryland, NBC4 and Bowie State University to Host Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial Debate May 7 in College Park

April 23, 2014
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson, UMD, 301-257-0073
Matt Glassman, NBC, 202-885-4433

Democratic Candidates Anthony Brown, Doug Gansler and Heather Mizeur to Square off in Maryland Debate Moderated by NBC News’ David Gregory

University of MarylandCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland, NBC4 Washington and Bowie State University are pleased to announce that they will host a political debate between the three candidates running in the 2014 Maryland Democratic gubernatorial primary election, moderated by David Gregory of NBC News' "Meet the Press." The three panelists include Chris Gordon and Chris Lawrence from News4, and Jenna Johnson from the Washington Post.

The debate between the three Democratic candidates, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur, will focus on the state’s economy, expanding businesses, job creation, education and critical transportation and transit challenges facing Maryland. The debate will be aired live in prime time from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on NBC4, NBC affiliate WHAG in Maryland, and Maryland Public Television. The debate will also be streamed live online at www.nbcwashington.com.

“This is an important opportunity for Maryland voters to hear the candidates’ positions on our state’s most critical concerns, and we are proud to co-host it,” says University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “Broad public education is part of our service mission to the state.”

“NBC4 and NBC News have a legacy of providing strong political content to our viewers both on air and on our digital platforms, said Jackie Bradford,” President and General Manager of NBC4.  “The citizens of Maryland – and everyone in our region who likes a good discussion – are sure to enjoy a lively, informative debate that will help them decide the best candidate when they vote.”

“Bowie State University is pleased to partner with the University of Maryland and NBC in hosting this Democratic Gubernatorial debate,” said President Mickey L. Burnim. “An educated and informed citizenry is important to the electoral process, and our students’ engagement in this event offers a great opportunity for them to see up close the democratic process in action.”

The ticketed event will be hosted at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Md. Tickets will be distributed for the debate via invite only. There will be no general admission entry.

Media space for this event is limited and available to credentialed media only.  Advance media registration is required.  To request credentials, please email name(s) and position(s), media affiliation, and full contact information to mediarsvp@umd.edu. All media attendance requests will be confirmed within 48 hours of the event. For more details regarding media registration and logistics, please visit http://ter.ps/MdDemDebate.

Follow the event on social media with #MdDemDebate.

Media Information: Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial Debate at UMD

April 23, 2014
Contacts: 

mediaRSVP@umd.edu, 301-257-0073

University of Maryland, NBC4 and Bowie State University to Host Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial Debate May 7 in College Park

University of MarylandCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland, NBC4 Washington and Bowie State University will host a political debate between the three candidates running in the 2014 Maryland Democratic gubernatorial primary election.

Media space is limited. This event is available to credentialed media only and advance media registration is required.

WHAT:

The debate between the three Democratic candidates, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur, will focus on the state’s economy, expanding businesses, job creation, education and critical transportation and transit challenges facing Maryland. The debate will be moderated by David Gregory of NBC News' "Meet the Press." The three panelists include Chris Gordon and Chris Lawrence from News4, and Jenna Johnson from the Washington Post.

WHO:
  • Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Democratic Candidate
  • Attorney General Doug Gansler, Democratic Candidate
  • Delegate Heather Mizeur, Democratic Candidate
  • David Gregory of NBC News' "Meet the Press," Moderator
  • Chris Gordon from News4, Panelist
  • Chris Lawrence from News4, Panelist
  • Jenna Johnson from the Washington Post, Panelist
WHEN:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
7 – 8 p.m.

All media must arrive for check-in by 6:00 p.m.  Media must be in place for the start of the debate by 6:20 p.m. Media not in place by 6:20 p.m. will not be allowed in the theatre and will be directed to watch the debate from the press room. Only media who have been pre-confirmed will be allowed to attend.

WHERE:

Ina and Jack Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, College Park 20742

MEDIA REGISTRATION:

Media space in the Ina and Jack Kay Theatre at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is limited and restricted to credentialed media who have pre-registered. Media badges will be distributed on site. To request credentials, please email name(s) and position(s), media affiliation, credentials possessed [these will be required at check-in], and full contact information to mediarsvp@umd.edu. All requests will be responded to within 48 hours of the event. Logistics regarding live broadcasts, still and broadcast media pools, and a satellite feed test will be sent out to pre-registered media prior to the event. 

PARKING:

Complimentary parking is available in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage, located across the street from the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Signs will be posted from the campus entrances to the garage.

MEDIA CHECK-IN AND CREDENTIALING:

Media must enter and check in through the main entrance of the Clarice Smith Center to receive their media badges. Please bring identification and credentials to the check-in table.

PRESS ROOM:

A press room will be available to pre-registered media from 2p.m. – 11:00 p.m. inside the Clarice Smith Center.

INTERNET ACCESS:

The press room will have internet access. However, we encourage media to bring a “hot spot” as the strength of the internet access in the press room may fluctuate.

MEDIA TRUCKS:

Media live trucks can begin to line up starting at 2 p.m. on the curbside adjacent to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. If you will have a media truck at the event, please specify in your registration request email whether you will be using microwave or satellite and the dimensions of your vehicle (length and height).

SATELLITE FEED TEST:

Satellite coordinates will be made available to registered agencies.  A test slate will be available on Monday, May 5 from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. An audio/video test will be available on Tuesday, May 6 from 2:30-4:00 p.m.

LIVE BROADCASTS:

Live broadcasts must be in front of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in the designated area.

BROADCAST MEDIA POOL:

A courtesy live broadcast satellite feed will be provided by NBC4:

  • On air, online and print mandatory courtesy NBC4/WRC-TV. News Agencies may use up to 90-seconds of video and must credit NBC4/WRC-TV for the entire length of time the video clip is shown on air, online and all other platforms. Verbal courtesy on radio. Feed Coordinator: Ede Jermin, 202-359-8062, ede.jermin@nbcuni.com.
  • From 6:30-8:05 p.m. a HD SDI and SD/analog feed will be provided onsite via the WRC Satellite Truck to a DA in the media room. Please bring your own deck or connectors. This feed will also be available on the satellite below.
  • The parameters for the HD uplink are as follows:  

1080i-HD
AMC1 23  103 W             slot a/b
Horizontal down 12148  12 Mhz bandwidth
8psk                                DVB-S2
8.277 sym/s                    FEC 5/6

PHOTOGRAPHY RESTRICTIONS:

Photos will be permitted in the atrium by the Kay Theatre and in the press room. There is no photo or video allowed inside the venue.

STILL MEDIA POOL:

A photography pool will be provided onsite by the Washington Post. Distribution access information will be made available to registered media.

POST-DEBATE Q&A:

There will be an individual Q&A session with each candidate immediately following the debate in the Cafritz Foundation Theatre at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

All media inquiries, including registration requests, should be directed to mediarsvp@umd.edu.

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