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January 11
UMD NanoCenter Creates Tiny Inchworm Motor with Flexible Arms
Maryland NanoCenter engineers Ivan Penskiy and Sarah Bergbreiter have developed a new micromechanical motor, which has flexible arms used to alternately grab and pull a tiny silicon beam thousands of times per second, moving only a couple micrometers at a time. This action simulates a movement similar to a person grabbing and pulling a rope hand over hand. These motors could someday be used to power a tiny insect-sized robot or provide autofocus and zoom in a smartphone camera.
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January 11
Smith School Names 2013 China Business Plan Competition Winner
The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business awarded $10,000 in cash prizes on Tuesday to the winners and finalists of the 2013 China Business Plan Competition, organized by the Smith School’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management in Beijing. Smith School student Yuan He won the competition’s top prize.
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January 10
UMD Doctoral Student Recognized for Outstanding Research in Entrepreneurship
Shweta Gaonkar, a Doctoral student in the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, has been honored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Emerging Scholars Program for her significant contributions to research in entrepreneurship.
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January 10
UMD’s Director of Public Safety Named Finalist for Campus Safety’s Director of the Year Award
Campus Safety Magazine has named UMD’s Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety, David Mitchell, a finalist for the 2012 Campus Safety Director of the Year award. Mitchell, along with the other finalists, was chosen for his outstanding leadership skills, ingenuity, selflessness and overall achievement.
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January 9
UMD Language Research Center Names Amy Weinberg Executive Director
The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) has named Amy Weinberg, Ph.D., as its new executive director, replacing Founding Director Richard Brecht, Ph.D., who will retire in January 2013.
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January 8
UMD Flu Study Tracks Infection as Influenza Peaks in Maryland
Donald Milton, M.D., Dr.P.H., is leading a study to track flu infection and modes of transmission at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. His research team is finding that many study participants coming in with flu recently are infected with more than one virus strain.
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December 27
Maryland Ranked 5th Best Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
The University of Maryland has been ranked 5th in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s annual ranking of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges 2012-13 – making it UMD’s second year in the top 5 and the fifth consecutive year in the top 10. Each year, Kiplinger’s collects data from 600 public four-year institutions and determines the top 100 by analyzing several measurable standards, such as academic quality – including SAT or ACT scores, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, and four- and six-year graduation rates – financial aid and cost, with academic quality carrying the most weight. 
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December 21
Beyond the Fiscal Cliff: Public Policy Experts Talk Issues for 2013
Faculty Experts from the Maryland School of Public Policy talk issues beyond the fiscal cliff for 2013.
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December 21
Plan C: 'All Roads Lead Back to Boehner' - UMD's Kettl
Fiscal cliff heads one way only, says UMD Dean of the School of Public Policy: "...every single signal points to the inescapable fact that this is a far more difficult problem for Boehner and the House Republicans than for anyone." 
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December 20
Time to Celebrate: Winter Commencement
This December's campus-wide commencement ceremony will take place on December 19, at 7 p.m. in the Comcast Center. 
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December 20
Revitalizing our Roots, Raising the Bar: Creating the Campus Farm of the Future
In the middle of a bustling, expanding, urban university, the University of Maryland campus farm serves as a small patch of rustic tranquility and a constant reminder of UMD’s heritage as an agricultural college. Now, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) is embarking on a bold mission to turn this working farm into a teaching facility for the future. With help from experts at Blackburn Architects, the College of AGNR has developed a Campus Farm Master Plan, which it recently unveiled to the public. 
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December 19
TerpVision 8 Debuts
The University of Maryland presents TerpVision 8, UMD’s regular multimedia series. Hosted by Bonnie Bernstein '92, TerpVision tells the stories of Maryland's faculty, staff and students and the incredible impact they have in our communities, across the nation and throughout the world.
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December 19
Top Lockheed Martin Innovation Award Goes to University of Maryland Research Scientist
Moble Benedict - a University of Maryland research scientist in the A. James Clark School of Engineering - has won the grand prize in the Lockheed Martin 2012 "Innovate the Future Challenge."
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December 19
Fiscal Cliff, Slow Progress Darken Housing Forecast: UMD Expert
Despite a nascent housing market recovery, “Looking into 2013, the ‘fiscal cliff,’ regulatory reform and other factors could put a drag on markets through the year,” says UMD's Cliff Rossi.
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December 18
UMD Philanthropy Class Donates $7,000 to After-School Group that Teaches Problem Solving through Chess  
Chess Challenge DC wins a $7,000 grant from Professor Robert Grimm's Art and Science of Philanthropy class at the University of Maryland.
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