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Sean B. Carroll

Distinguished University Professor

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Rita Colwell

Distinguished University Professor

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Russell Dickerson


College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Thomas Holtz

Principal Lecturer

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Kan Cao

Associate Professor

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Karen Lips


College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Margaret Palmer

Distinguished University Professor

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Steve Rolston


College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Ross Salawitch


College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Ellen Williams

Distinguished University Professor

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Elizabeth Quinlan


College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Mike Raupp

Professor Emeritus

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences News Releases

Rising to a Grand Challenge: Food, Energy and Water in a Changing Climate

Institutional Grant Team Works for Balanced Approaches to Existential Problems

With New UMD Invention, All the Cool Kids Will Be Riding the Bus

Plant-Topped, Solar-Powered Shelters to Debut in Prince George’s County

Major Droughts, Rainfall Events Occurring More Often, UMD and NASA study finds

Decades of Satellite Data Reveal Punishing Local Hydrological Extremes in NASA-UMD Study

$1.35M Grant to Fund UMD-Led Team’s Study of Climate Change and Septic Tank Failure

Growing Hazard for Coastal Dwellers Doesn’t Affect All Marylanders Equally, Researchers Say

Restoring Island-Ocean Connections Creates Broad Benefits, Study Finds

UMD Scientist Helps to Highlight Need for Coordinated Conservation of Linked Terrestrial, Marine Ecosystems

$32.5M NASA & UMD Funding Agreement Supports Study of Comets, Asteroids and Meteorites

UMD Astronomers to Expand and Upgrade Database of Small Space Objects

UMD-led Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology Signs $178M Cooperative Agreement to Continue Partnership with NASA Through 2027

CRESST II will continue to foster research collaborations between NASA Goddard and partner institutions, including UMD.

Two University of Maryland Faculty Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Two University of Maryland faculty members—Michele Gelfand, a distinguished professor of psychology, and Alessandra Buonanno a research professor of physics—have been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, one of the...

Three UMD Students Named 2021 Goldwater Scholars

Three latest University of Maryland Goldwater scholars make 37 such scholars from UMD in the past 10 years

University of Maryland Grants Exclusive License of Seed-Based NutritionTechnology to Rain International LLC

Licensed technology is example of award-winning research in value-added development of nutraceuticals and functional foods from UMD'sCollege of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Heaviest Black Hole Merger Is Among Three Recent Gravitational Wave Discoveries

University of Maryland physicists help identify merging black holes that may redefine size limits for collapsed stars

New Study Finds Globalization Is Reweaving the Web of Life

Introduced species are reshaping how plants and animals interact in ecosystems worldwide

New Study in Worms Shows Three Medications Currently on the Market May Have Unexpected Effects

University of Maryland researchers suggest worms can help detect potential drug safety issues

DNA May Not Be Life’s Instruction Book—Just a Jumbled List of Ingredients

UMD researcher develops potentially revolutionary framework for heredity and evolution in which inheritable information is stored outside the genome

Study Reveals How Two Strains of One Bacterium Combine to Cause Flesh-Eating Infection

An international team including University of Maryland scientists revealed how genetic variations in a single species of bacteria can amplify infection.

Scientists Discover Interaction Between Good and Bad Fungi Drive Forest Biodiversity

UMD and Chinese Academy of Sciences researchers find that differences in soil fungi explain why individual trees thrive best when among only a few others of their species, a phenomenon that promotes forest diversity.

UMD Scientists Discover Hidden Differences May Help Cells Evade Drug Therapy

The discovery suggests “functional mosaicism” could explain some antibiotic resistance and cancer relapse

Enzyme Known for Promoting Cancer Also Protects Healthy Cells

UMD researchers discovered that telomerase, which “immortalizes” cancer cells, also prevents tumors and slows a key stage in normal cell death

Scientists Identify New Genetic Interactions that May Impact Cancer Outcomes

UMD and NCI researchers find 2 distinct relationships between gene pairs in tumor cells that could potentially be targeted for cancer therapy.

UMD Physicist for Apollo Experiment Gets Chance to Send Next Gen Version to Moon

NASA Selects UMD-Led Proposal to Upgrade Lunar Instruments Placed by Apollo Missions

Glacial Sediments Greased the Gears of Plate Tectonics

New research highlights the connection between worldwide glaciations, sediments and plate tectonics

NOAA Awards $175 Million to UMD for Earth System Studies

New Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies will expand UMD’s national leadership in this field

The Moon Is Quaking as It Shrinks

The moon is still tectonically active, according to new findings by a multi-institutional team of researchers

For Some Fish, Deep and Dark May Still be Colorful

New research reveals signs of highly sensitive color vision in fish that live in the abyss beyond sunlight’s reach

Fungal Disease Threatens Hundreds of Amphibian Species Worldwide

Global-scale analysis of amphibian "die-off" paints a grim picture: declines in 500 species, 90 of which are now extinct

Researchers Make Urgent Call for Study of Noise Pollution on Fish

A survey of research on aquatic noise pollution reveals huge gap in knowledge about impacts of human-generated noise in aquatic environments

Scientists Find Worms that ‘Recently’ Evolved Ability to Regrow Heads

New study reveals regeneration of amputated body parts is not always an ancient trait

Scientists Develop First Fabric to Automatically Cool or Insulate Depending on Conditions

University of Maryland researchers have created a fabric that dynamically regulates heat passing through it.

Revising the History of Big, Climate-Altering Volcanic Eruptions

New method, co-developed at UMD, refines the 2600-year history of large eruptions that eject planet-cooling particles into the stratosphere

UMD-Led Study Gives Major New Insight on Honey Bee Parasite

New research upends long-standing assumption about feeding habits of varroa mites, a primary threat to honey bees worldwide

Strong Growth in Carbon Emissions Expected for 2018

UMD Geographical Sciences researchers team up with international group to issue global report.

UMD Research Finds Congo Basin Native Forests Vanishing at Alarming Rate

Primary forests in the region could disappear by 2100, geographical scientists say.

Mountaintop Observatory Sees Gamma Rays from Exotic Milky Way Object

Space jets accelerate particles and send a high-energy signal to Earth.

Tropical Frogs Found to Coexist with Deadly Fungus

UMD-led research team observes frog populations persisting in Panamanian forest, a decade after decimation by chytrid fungus.

UMD Astronomer Co-authors National Report Calling for Space Telescope to ID and Study Earth-like Planets

UMD astronomer co-authored report that outlines a long-term strategy to study distant planets that might harbor life.

Four UMD Students Named 2018 Goldwater Scholars

Scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $7,500 per year.

The Sahara Desert Is Expanding, According to New UMD Study

Study finds that the world’s largest desert grew by 10 percent since 1920, due in part to climate change.

Two UMD Science Majors Win Prestigious Churchill Scholarships

Christopher Bambic and Yousuf Khan will spend next year completing master’s degrees at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

UMD Research Examines How Human Modifications Affect Mammal Movement Globally

New global study of 57 mammal species finds human modifications to natural landscapes prevent normal movement.

Spinning Comet Slows Down During Close Approach to Earth

UMD astronomers observe the most drastic slowing of a comet's spin.

North American Waterways Are Becoming Saltier and More Alkaline

New UMD-led research highlights the need for better regulation of road salt, fertilizers and other salty compounds.

UMD-led Collaboration Sheds Light on Origin of Excess Anti-matter

High-altitude observatory suggests dark matter as possible culprit.

UMD Astronomers Partner on Powerful New Automated Sky Survey

UMD scientists will use powerful new telescope camera for research and education.

UMD-led Study Indicates India Is Replacing China as World’s Top Source of Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution

India’s sulfur dioxide emissions grew over past decade, while China’s declined significantly, study shows.

UMD & Duke Scientists Create Molecule with Promise for HIV Vaccine Design

Two top universities partner in the lab against HIV.

UMD's Colwell Awarded 2017 International Prize for Biology

Renowned scientist honored for discoveries in marine microbiology, bioinformatics and cholera prevention.

UMD Scientists Find First Clear Evidence of an Upper Level Atmosphere on an Exoplanet

Distant “hot Jupiter” has a glowing water stratosphere hot enough to boil iron

Gamma-ray Burst Captured in Unprecedented Detail

UMD-led team uses data from multiple telescopes to address long-standing questions about the universe’s most powerful explosions.

UMD Engineers Invent the First Bio-Compatible, Ion Current Battery

Engineers at UMD invent an entirely new kind of battery. It's bio-compatible because it produces the same kind of ion-based electrical energy used by humans and all living things.

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