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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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December 17
Former NASA Astronaut Reightler is Winter Commencement Speaker
The University of Maryland welcomes former NASA Astronaut Kenneth S. Reightler, Jr. as the winter, 2012 commencement speaker on Wednesday, December 19.
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December 14
New SPH-led Project Aims to Improve Communication on HIV/AIDS Prevention
A new UMD - FDA collaboration aims to improve consumer education materials to help prevent HIV/AIDS.
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December 14
NASA Awards $36 Million to UMD for Earth Systems Study
NASA has awarded a $36 million cooperative funding agreement to the University of Maryland to continue collaborative research in the field of earth systems science.
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December 13
Arts and Humanities Dean Thornton Dill’s Term Extended
Arts and Humanities Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill, who heads one of the uiversity's largest colleges, will serve an additional three year term - through June 2016.
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December 12
UMD's Chincoteague Hall Renovation Project Wins Gold LEED Certification
The Chincoteague Hall Renovation project at the University of Maryland has earned LEED Gold Certification - a first for a renovation project on the campus of the University of Maryland.
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December 12
UMD Computer Team Wins Regionals, On To World Finals
The University of Maryland scores big in regional computer programming competition. One team will compete in World Finals.
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