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Memorial Chapel to Go Red and Blue to Celebrate University of Maryland and Prince George’s County Grads

May 20, 2020
Contacts: 

Golshan Jalali, gjalali@umd.edu

 

The University of Maryland’s (UMD) Office of Community Engagement (OCE) will sponsor the lighting up of the Memorial Chapel with red illuminating lights on the evenings of May 22-24 to celebrate UMD students' graduation.
 
The office will also help turn the chapel blue from May 29-31 in honor of high school seniors in Prince George's County, whose graduation will be held virtually on May 30 and 31. 
 
With graduation being virtual, this is a unique gesture to celebrate UMD and PGCPS grads with an iconic UMD monument. 

Anna Lee, owner of Stripe 3 Adidas and active member of the College Park community, reached out to OCE with the idea of lighting up the chapel so that seniors and their families had a physical representation of their accomplishment. 

“We are in this together. By illuminating the chapel, we want to support students and provide hope as they begin a new journey,” said Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, director of the Office of Community Engagement. “Although they finished the semester under challenging circumstances, they remain in solidarity.”  

Graduates are encouraged to capture a photo under the lights while following social distancing guidelines. 


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University of Maryland to Livestream Virtual Spring 2020 Commencement

May 18, 2020
Contacts: 

 
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - For the first time, the University of Maryland will host its 2020 spring commencement virtually on Friday, May 22. As the university continues to emphasize the importance of social distancing, the ceremony will be streamed across multiple platforms and will include remarks by student commencement speaker Citrupa (Kat) Gopal ‘20, a biological sciences major, and Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer '63. President Wallace D. Loh will confer degrees to the Spring 2020 graduates and confer honorary doctorates to the first African-American male undergraduate student admitted to UMD in 1951 and to the first African-American female student admitted in 1955. The virtual ceremony will also include messages for graduates from several special guests. 

The university is distributing care packages to all Spring 2020 graduates which includes the official commencement program, a turtle pin and other items. Undergraduate seniors will all receive a cap and tassel. Additionally, UMD has called on graduates to share photos, videos and messages of memories, experiences and hope with fellow Terps using the hashtag #UMDgrad for the opportunity to be included in the virtual commencement ceremony. Throughout the program, students will be called upon to respond live on social media and to engage by leaving comments, using designated hashtags, and sharing photos.

WHO:

 University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh
 The Honorable Steny H. Hoyer ‘63
 Student Commencement Speaker Citrupa (Kat) Gopal ‘20
 Several special guests
 Class of 2020 University of Maryland Graduates and Families

 
WHEN:
Friday, May 22, 2020
1 p.m.
 
WHERE:
The ceremony will be streamed live on commencement.umd.edu, UMD’s Youtube channel, and on UMD’s Facebook page

HASHTAG:
Follow the conversation on social media and join in using #UMDgrad.
 
For more information, visit www.commencement.umd.edu.

UMD Professor Christopher Jarzynski Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

April 28, 2020
Contacts: 

Abby Robinson abbyr@umd.edu 301-405-5845

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Christopher Jarzynski was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Jarzynski also has joint appointments in the Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST). 

Jarzynski is one of 120 new members and 26 international members elected in 2020, joining a select group of 2,403 scientists around the country—16 of whom hail from UMD's College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences—recognized for their influential research and elected by their peers. His election brings the total number of UMD faculty who are members of national academies to 60.  

"I feel honored to have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and I am truly grateful for the support that I have received from colleagues, staff and students since I came to Maryland,” Jarzynski said.

Working at the boundary between chemistry and physics, Jarzynski studies how the laws of thermodynamics—originally developed to describe the operation of steam engines—apply to complex microscopic systems such as living cells and artificial nanoscale machines. A statistical physicist and theoretical chemist, he models the random motions of atoms and molecules using mathematics and statistics.

“Chris Jarzynski has effectively opened up a new field in statistical physics. Now, with precision, one can apply statistical mechanics not only to equilibrium states, but also to finite rate processes that carry a system from one state to another,” Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of IPST and National Academy of Sciences member Michael E. Fisher told Europhysics News in 2011. 

Jarzynski is well known for developing an equation to express the second law of thermodynamics for systems at the molecular scale. The equation is known as the Jarzynski equality. Published in the journal Physical Review Letters in 1997, the paper that introduced his equation has been cited in scientific literature more than 4,000 times.

When the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded for inventions in laser physics, the Nobel Committee cited testing the Jarzynski equality as an application of one of the winning inventions—optical tweezers. Optical tweezers use laser beams to manipulate extremely small objects such as biological molecules.

More recently, Jarzynski’s research has led to a new method for measuring “free energy”—the energy available to any system to perform useful work—in extremely small systems. This research is fundamental to new technologies and may lay the foundation for development of molecular- and quantum-scale machines.

A Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Jarzynski received a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2020 Simons Fellowship and the APS’ 2019 Lars Onsager Prize, which recognizes outstanding research in theoretical statistical physics. He was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment and is an associate editor for the Journal of Statistical Physics.

Jarzynski earned his B.A. in physics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. After a postdoctoral appointment at the Institute for Nuclear Theory in Seattle, he spent 10 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has been on the faculty of the University of Maryland since 2006.

30-year UMD Study Finds Predictive Links From Infant Temperament To Adult Personality

April 27, 2020
Contacts: 

Audrey Hill, audreyh@umd.edu 301-405-3468

 

College Park, Md - A 30-year study by University of Maryland researchers found that babies who showed shyness were more likely to become reserved and introverted adults, while those who also showed sensitivity to making errors as teens were more likely to have depression and anxiety in adulthood.

The study was initiated by College of Education Distinguished University Professor Nathan A. Fox. The findings of the study’s current phase, led by postdoctoral fellow Alva Tang, provides the strongest and earliest evidence of a lasting link between infant temperament and adult personality, including social and mental health status. The findings were published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

“Our research helps show that there is continuity between early temperament and adult personality,” Tang said. 

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, began with more than 150 infants and their families who were recruited at 4 months of age from the Washington, D.C. area. At 14 months, the babies were exposed to unfamiliar situations, like a robot toy or an unfamiliar adult, and those who were very distressed by novel stimuli were labeled “behaviorally inhibited.” 

The term applies to about 15-20% of infants and remains relatively stable across toddlerhood and childhood. Children with inhibited temperaments have been found to be at greater risk for developing social withdrawal and anxiety disorders.

While two other studies have followed inhibited children from early childhood to adulthood, this one, conducted by researchers at UMD, the Catholic University of America and the National Institute of Mental Health, started when the subjects were younger. Over the years, the subjects were brought to the lab at the University of Maryland for testing, sent questionnaires and underwent functional brain imaging, all to chart the influence of infant temperament on the developing personality of the child, adolescent and young adult.

At age 15, for example, participants had their electrophysiological activity measured, using EEG, during a computerized task. At age 26, participants were assessed for psychopathology, personality traits and levels of social functioning with friends, family and romantic partners, as well as education and employment outcomes.

Adolescents who were more sensitive to making errors, called error-related negativity (ERN), were more likely to exhibit internalizing psychopathology, including anxiety and depression, at age 26.

“As we get older, we develop more and more the ability to monitor our behavior and to identify when we’ve made a mistake,” Fox said. “There’s an error-monitoring system in the brain, and it just so happens that behaviorally inhibited kids are sensitive to and vigilant about the environment and their performance. They show exaggerated brain responses when they detect an error compared to non-inhibited children or adolescents.”

The researchers also found that behavioral inhibition at 14 months predicted fewer romantic relationships in the past 10 years at age 26, along with a more reserved personality and lower social functioning with friends and family. 

University of Maryland Strategic Partnership to Lead New USM COVID Research & Innovation Task Force

April 23, 2020
Contacts: 

Natifia Mullins mullings@umd.edu  301.405.4076, Lee Tune ltune@umd.edu 301-405-4679

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Laurie Locascio, vice president for research at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), was named chair of the University System of Maryland (USM) COVID-19 Research and Innovation Task Force.  Charged by USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman, the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership—the enhanced collaboration between UMCP and UMB—will facilitate the new USM Task Force to leverage and mobilize systemwide research and innovations and to engage policymakers, business leaders, and the entrepreneurial community in addressing the state’s COVID-19 pandemic. 

"There is no time more important for collaborative research,” Locascio said. “This pandemic demands that researchers pull together resources and our best thinking to tackle the challenges before us, and we feel the urgency of the task at hand. Together, researchers across the University System of Maryland will work to serve our state, our region, and our world."

Four strategic activities will guide the task force: 1) mobilize resources for positive impact; 2) prepare the USM long-term to address future pandemics and other crises; 3) build awareness of the system’s research and development projects centered on COVID-19; and 4) foster R&D collaborations within and outside the system.

Projects are already underway at UMB, UMCP, and across the system that are advancing the discovery and development of COVID-19 solutions: medical interventions and protocols; virology and vaccine research; engineering solutions; and IT, informatics, and artificial intelligence projects that can inform and accelerate the state’s public health strategy.

Experts across the USM are also influencing Maryland’s policy response and guiding the region’s understanding of the disease and its impacts. The USM COVID Research & Innovation Task Force will engage with business and industry to exchange ideas and help the USM move its expertise to scale in meeting both the health and economic challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Innovation is what we do. But we can do it bigger, better, and stronger if we do it together,” Perman said. “That’s what Maryland’s people deserve, and that’s where our focus is. Therefore, we’re establishing this system-wide task force to steer this essential work—to make sure that the full power of the USM can be applied at this critical moment in time.

The task force will include Perman, UMB Interim President Bruce Jarrell, UMCP President-Designee Darryll Pines, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County Vice President for Research Karl Steiner, UMB School of Medicine Associate Dean of Research and Administration Terry Rogers, and USM Vice Chancellor for Communications and Marketing Timothy McDonough. Senior staffing for the task force will be provided by USM Vice Chancellor for Economic Development J. Thomas Sadowski.

For the full release about the USM COVID Research & Innovation Task Force, visit USM’s Newsroom

 

University of Maryland, College Park & University of Maryland, Baltimore Fund New Collaborative Research to Advance Medical Science

April 22, 2020
Contacts: 

Lee Tune 301.405.4679, Hafsa Siddiqi 301.405.4671

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) are funding new cross-campus research projects as part of a new joint program that seeks to solve big health care challenges through joint research that draws on the institutions world leading expertise in medicine and artificial intelligence.

The below research awards are the first in a joint UMB-UMD program that will fund big research initiatives that draw on the fields of artificial intelligence and medicine. Known as AIM-HI (AI + Medicine for High Impact), the program was launched a year ago by Vice President for Research Laurie Locascio, Ph.D., in partnership with Deans from both campuses and support from both Presidents.  Locascio is Vice President for Research for both UMD and UMB.

"The AIM-HI program unites unique strengths from both campuses in pursuit of breakthrough efforts that will impact and improve human health,” said Vice President for Research Laurie Locascio.   These teams of investigators are partnering to address major healthcare challenges.  I have big expectations for what these teams will be able to accomplish and the impact that it will have on Marylanders and around the world."

The new grants support UMD-UMB teams that are investigating new ways of tackling major medical challenges in four areas: chronic pain, mental health, aging and age-associated diseases, and neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. 

"The AIM-HI program represents some of our best research collaboration, leveraging our strengths to address real-world healthcare challenges. Not only will this partnering of expertise in medicine and computer science yield new knowledge and new treatments, but it will also lead to countless new collaborations, as we all see what is possible when we work together,” said UMB President Bruce Jarrell

AIM-HI supports research with strong potential to contribute major scientific discoveries, secure sizable additional external funding and, ultimately, to lead to meaningful improvements in the quality of the lives of people in Maryland, the region and the nation through improved patient care or treatment. Through the AIM-HI program, these first four awards in total will receive up to $1.8 million in funding over three years.

“With these projects, we are developing new technologies and approaches to relieve some of the most painful and difficult ailments that afflict people in the state,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “The progress we make will demonstrate the power of partnership--the edge that our institutions working together can deliver to Maryland and beyond.”

The AIM-HI 2020 awardees

Development of a predictive multi-omics platform for the study of aging and age-associated diseases

UMB researchers: Maureen Kane, School of Pharmacy-Pharmaceutical Sciences; Marta Lipinski, School of Medicine-Anesthesiology and the Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Center; Jace Jones  School of Pharmacy-Pharmaceutical Sciences

UMD researcher: Michael Cummings, College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (CMNS) - Biology

The research seeks to develop an analytical framework to identify predictive functional relationships between changes in different metabolic parameters during aging. The ultimate goal is to generate testable hypotheses about mechanisms contributing to aging under normal and disease conditions and identification of appropriate interventions.

 

Precision Therapy for Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome

UMB researchers: Seth Ament, School of Medicine-Institute for Genome Sciences & Department of Psychiatry; Dina El Metwally School of Medicine - Department of Pediatrics, and Director of the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU); Amber Beitelshees, School of Medicine - Program for Personalized and Genomic Medicine & Department of Medicine; Asaf Keller School of Medicine - Chair of the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

UMD Researchers: Margret Bjarnadottir, Robert H. Smith School of Business, Department of Management Science and Statistics; Ritu Agarwal, Robert H. Smith School of Business Interim Dean and Chair of Information Systems

The ultimate research goal is to improve clinical decision making in the treatment of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS). The opioid epidemic has led to dramatic increases in prenatal opioid exposure. Our current tools do not allow us to predict which babies will develop withdrawal or how they will respond to treatment. To address this urgent clinical challenge, the team will develop clinical and genomic biomarkers to predict withdrawal and treatment response in a unique, racially diverse cohort at UMMC and affiliated hospitals. 

 

A Multi-Stage Machine Learning Framework for Prioritization in Mental Health Risk Assessment

UMB researcher: Deanna L. Kelly, School of Medicine, Psychiatry, Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

UMD researchers: Philip Resnik, College of Arts and Humanities, Linguistics and University of Maryland Institute of Advanced Computer Science (UMIACS); Carol Espy-Wilson, A. James Clark School of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering; John Dickerson, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, Computer Science, and UMIACS

This project seeks to lead a basic shift in how to think about machine learning in mental health by treating the dominant paradigm of individual-level classification or regression not as an end in itself, but rather as providing necessary components in a broader framework, where the central need is to prioritize available resources effectively, given real-world resource constraints. Machine learning is poised to have a large impact on our ability to identify people who are suffering from mental health problems. And mental illness is one of the most significant challenges in healthcare: in economic terms alone, mental illness exceeds cardiovascular diseases and is also more than the projected cost of cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes combined. An increased ability to identify people who need help is going to add an influx of new cases that require assessment and potentially action of some kind, significantly increasing stress on a mental health ecosystem that cannot easily scale up. 

 

Tackling Chronic Pain: Machine Learning-Enabled Biomarker Discovery and Sensing

UMB Researchers: Robert Ernst, School of Dentistry - Microbial Pathogenesis; Richard Traub, School of Dentistry - Neural and Pain Sciences; Alison Scott School of Dentistry - Microbial Pathogenesis

UMD Researchers: Pamela Abshire, Clark School of Engineering - Electrical and Computer Engineering and Institute for Systems Research; Reza Ghodssi, Clark School of Engineering -  Electrical and Computer Engineering and Institute for Systems Research; Behtash Babadi, Clark School of Engineering - Electrical and Computer Engineering and Institute for Systems Research

This multidisciplinary research team is uniquely positioned to make important contributions to understanding chronic pain in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract by advancing the scientific understanding and technology of biomarker analysis. The proposed research will use an animal model of comorbid pain hypersensitivity that combines orofacial pain and stress to induce chronic visceral pain hypersensitivity to collaboratively search for novel, localized biomarkers associated with GI pain by: 1) mass spectrometry imaging as well as proteomic, lipidomic and RNA sequence analysis; 2) miniaturized, multiplexed biochemical sensors to measure localized biomarkers in rats; 3) machine learning approaches to facilitate mass spectrometry imaging analysis and correlation of factors across multiple sensing modalities. This work also could serve as proof-of-concept for future developments in data-driven healthcare.

 

University of Maryland Announces Plans to Celebrate 2020 Spring Graduates

April 20, 2020
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson 301-405-4622, lawsonk@umd.edu

 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland today announces its three-part plan to celebrate 2020 spring graduates amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Revealed to the campus community today in a letter from UMD President Wallace D. Loh, the special arrangements include a virtual commencement celebration on May 22, 2020, to recognize graduates through an engaging, multi-platform program; complimentary tickets to a Maryland Football game on Sept. 12, 2020; and the opportunity to participate in the university’s winter commencement ceremony on Dec. 20, 2020. 

Presided over by Loh, the virtual campus-wide commencement ceremony will be streamed live across multiple platforms on May 22, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.and include remarks from Citrupa (Kat) Gopal ‘20, a biological sciences major, and Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer '63. The university will also confer honorary doctorates to Hiram Whittle ‘52, the first African-American male undergraduate student admitted to UMD in 1951, and Elaine Johnson Coates ‘59, the first African-American female student admitted in 1955. Individual colleges and schools will also host their own virtual commencement ceremonies on May 22, featuring remarks from Deans and displaying the names of every graduate.  

“While this semester has not turned out how any of us expected, we are still making plans to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates of the spring class of 2020,” said Loh. “We all look forward to commemorating this upcoming graduating class. And I look forward to standing with them, another proud "graduate" of the spring class of 2020 of the University of Maryland.”  

The university is collaborating with student groups and leaders across campus on plans for commencement. “As a graduating senior, I am heartbroken that commencement will not occur the way I’ve envisioned it for the past four years,” said Student Body President Ireland Lesley '20. “I know that many of my fellow graduating seniors feel the same way. However, I am grateful that we will get the chance to celebrate our experience and achievements at UMD together. During such an uncertain time, I appreciate the Administration taking time to collect and listen to student feedback before making this decision.” 

“During these challenging and uncertain times, it is a great honor to address the Spring 2020 graduates of the University of Maryland, College Park,” said Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer '63. “I know this year’s celebrations will look a bit different, but I look forward to joining together with the UMD family to recognize the achievements of our graduates and wish them well as they enter the next phase of their lives.” 

As House Majority Leader, Hoyer is the second-ranking member of the House Democratic Leadership and plays a key role in shaping House Democrats’ priorities and bringing legislation to the Floor. It was at UMD that he began a journey that would lead to him becoming the first Marylander in history to serve in this role. Hoyer continuously works to bring federal resources home to Maryland’s Fifth District, which includes College Park. He is a strong advocate for the university’s expansion of research and teaching and an avid supporter of Maryland Athletics. 

Maryland Athletics will provide complimentary tickets to graduates and guests to the home football game on Sept. 12, 2020. In addition, spring graduates are invited to attend and participate in the winter commencement ceremony, which will take place on Dec. 20, 2020. The university will continue to closely monitor guidance from state and local leaders, the USM chancellor, and public health officials and will announce additional details when they are available, keeping the health and safety of the university community as the top priority.  

Throughout the remainder of the semester, the university will be calling on graduates to share photos, videos and messages of memories, experiences and hope with fellow Terps using the hashtag #UMDgrad for the opportunity to be included in the virtual commencement ceremony. Students will also be encouraged to engage live on social media during the virtual ceremony on May 22.  

Additional information about commencement will be shared with graduates and added to commencement.umd.edu​ as it becomes available.  

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About the University of Maryland 

The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,000 students,10,000 faculty and staff, and 280 academic programs. As one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars, its faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners and 59 members of the national academies. The institution has a $2.1 billion operating budget and secures more than $1 billion annually in research funding together with the University of Maryland, Baltimore. For more information about the University of Maryland, College Park, visit www.umd.edu. 

UMD Researchers Develop Platform To Track Social Distancing Compliance

April 13, 2020
Contacts: 

Robert Herschbach rherschb@umd.edu 410-245-8959

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Many Americans are still not following physical distancing guidelines issued by state and federal authorities that are designed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The percentage of people staying home nationwide increased from 20% to 35% at the onset of COVID-19 in mid-March but then stagnated at 35% for three weeks, despite skyrocketing new COVID-19 cases. Erratic compliance is just one of the trends registered by a new interactive analytics platform developed by researchers at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering that measures the impact of COVID-19 on mobility, health, the economy, and society. 
 
The UMD researchers are making their data and findings, which are updated daily, available to the public in order to help public officials make informed decisions. The first phase of the project focused on how physical distancing measures are affecting mobility behavior, spread of COVID-19, and local economies.   
 
“Our goal is to not only produce new and compelling data, but to truly inform and support decision-makers with the best available data and interactive analysis tools,” said Maryland Transportation Institute (MTI) Director and Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor Lei Zhang, who leads the project. “Government agencies need to improve the effectiveness of physical distancing and stay-at-home orders by educating the general public, increasing enforcement, working with employers and communities, and supporting vulnerable populations who may encounter challenges in meeting social distancing requirements.”
 
Government stay-at-home orders have had a positive, but limited, impact on mobility behavior, the platform shows. The highest increase in the percentage of people staying at home during the week after a statewide order, in comparison to the week before the order, belongs to New Jersey (13%), followed by New York (11%), Illinois (11%), California (11%), and Michigan (10%). Government orders had virtually no impact on the percentage of people staying home in Kentucky, Maine, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Missouri. On average, a government order has resulted in just a 4.3% change in mobility behavior.
 
The District of Columbia and New York state have the highest percentage of people who are staying at home in the nation, but that percentage has stagnated around 54% for the District of Columbia and 49% for New York for weeks, even after shelter-in-place restrictions were imposed, the UMD platform shows. The total number of trips per person has dropped by 22% nationwide. Among all the trips still being taken, however, fewer than 14% are trips to and from work. The majority of the trips taken are still for non-work purposes. Meanwhile, inter-county and out-of-town trips still comprise a significant portion of all trips, at 25% nationwide. 
 
“Government advisories and stay-at-home orders have not accomplished the expected change in mobility behavior, according to our data analysis,” Zhang said. “Those who are able to adopt social distancing practices already did so before government intervention. Those who cannot or do not want to stay at home show significant behavior inertia and render government stay-at-home orders much less effective than expected.”
 
Using anonymized and aggregated location data from mobile devices and other sources, the new impact analysis platform provides daily updates, going back to January 1, 2020, on variables that include a social distancing index, percentage of people staying at home, visits to work and non-work locations, out-of-county trips, trip distance, and relationship between mobility behavior and COVID-19 cases. The results are aggregated and scaled to the entire population of each county and state. 
 
Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT) Laboratory Director Michael Pack is the project co-lead. “This is just phase one of our analysis,” Pack said. “We plan on rolling out new statistics, correlated data, information visualizations, and other tools to the platform daily to enable more insights and discoveries.” 
 
The mobility metrics are being paired with healthcare data, sociodemographic data, unemployment numbers, and business establishment data, building a richer set of metrics that aid in understanding how COVID-19 is affecting our society and how to design and implement policies on social distancing, economic stimulus, and protecting vulnerable populations.
 
“COVID-19 is a complex challenge with broad-ranging impact,” said Clark School Professor Darryll J. Pines, who will become president of the university in July after 11 years as dean of the Clark School. “One of our strengths at UMD is our ability to bring together knowledge from varied disciplines—in this case, transportation engineering, public health, data analytics, and economics—to address problems that are complex by nature.”
 
The platform can be accessed at https://data.covid.umd.edu. For more information, contact the project team at data-covid@umd.edu. MTI and CATT Lab are both affiliated with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at UMD. The UMD team benefits from collaboration with various data providers, including a COVID-19 International Data Collaborative led by Cuebiq and cloud computing support from Amazon. 

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Construction to Begin on Mixed-Use Development in Downtown College Park

April 10, 2020
Contacts: 

Natifia Mullings, 301-852-0090
Katie Gerbes, 443-504-9037

COLLEGE PARK, Md.— Bozzuto Development, along with partners Terrapin Development Company and Willard Retail, are thrilled to announce that construction has started on a grocery-anchored, mixed-use community featuring upscale residences, restaurants and retail at the southern gateway of Downtown College Park. 


Located within an Opportunity Zone at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Calvert Street (7150 Baltimore Ave), this redevelopment will anchor a new, dynamic district in Downtown College Park. The project is a signature piece of the University of Maryland’s Greater College Park initiative to revitalize the area by creating a vibrant downtown community, a public-private research hub, and dynamic academic spaces. 

Beginning with the original vision and RFP issued by the University of Maryland Foundation in 2015, the intent has always been to deliver an energetic and ambitious mix of retail spaces and residences at this important site within the heart of College Park. The closing and groundbreaking are the results of many remarkable partnerships, including Prince George’s County and The City of College Park, both of which provided financial assistance to ensure the economic feasibility of the project. Financing also includes a construction loan with Bank of America and PNC Bank. 

The community will deliver a 61,000-square-foot retail environment anchored on each end by attractive grocer and fitness uses, as well as 650 parking spaces. 

In assembling parcels owned by various parties, including College Park Shopping Center who will also be a partner in the project, the development team was able to extend Calvert Street to create two appropriately scaled blocks linked by an amenity bridge that sits above a pedestrian-oriented retail street. Importantly, Calvert Street extends directly to the College Park Metro (current Green/Yellow Line and upon delivery, the Purple Line) just ½ mile from the redevelopment.  

Set above an active retail streetscape, the multifamily experience with its 393 apartments will be on-par with the urban residences of Washington, D.C., differentiated by a softness and warmth throughout spaces that flow inside and out—characterized by natural materials, botanical art, and greenery. Upon entering the spacious art-filled lobby, an impressive amenity experience leads up a grand staircase, across a co-working amenity bridge, and straight toward a lush pool courtyard that is wrapped by highly designed social and wellness spaces. 

The design of the amenities flows seamlessly into a verdant courtyard, creating the lush sense of a botanical garden, reinforcing a sense of wellness and connectivity. This biophilic design draws upon the University’s founding as an agricultural college, linking the current evolution of College Park to its rich history. 

“We are proud to partner with Bozzuto Development and Willard Retail to help enrich and revitalize Downtown College Park. This new development will not only provide quality housing options for students, but it will also serve the Greater College Park community with essential retail amenities.” Ken Ulman, President, Terrapin Development Company. 

UMD Community Raises Over $162K for Student Crisis Fund

March 30, 2020
Contacts: 

Hafsa Siddiqi hafsa@umd.edu 301.405.4671

In a time of crisis, the University of Maryland community—alumni, faculty, staff and more—came together to lend a helping hand to students struggling financially as a result of the unprecedented hit from COVID-19, raising over $162,000 since launching a campaign for the University’s Student Crisis Fund on March 25.

The UMD Student Crisis Fund provides immediate assistance to any student who faces an unanticipated emergency financial need. In a typical week, the Division of Student Affairs fields two to five applications from students seeking emergency funds. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing many Maryland students to be hit hard by the campus disruptions, the Division is now averaging 70 desperate requests a day, with a record 231 flooding the office on March 20, as students seek help to continue their education and maintain their living arrangements. 

From March 11 to 24, the Division distributed $240,000 to close to 700 students representing every college and school. With the Fund nearly depleted, the public campaign has sought much-needed support from the Maryland community to replenish funds. The community answered and rose to the challenge. Since March 11, the university has distributed nearly $379,050 to 803 students. 

Aid is still needed for students during this difficult time. For more information on how students have been impacted, please read the latest on Maryland Today and consider a donation by visiting Giving to Maryland.


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April 30
A new study published on the cover of Science could bolster the development of batteries, fuel cells, 3D printing... Read
May 22
Virtual ceremony marks first of a series of events to recognize Spring 2020 graduates Read
May 20
The Office of Community Engagement will turn the Chapel red, blue from May 22 through May 31, 2020. Read
May 18
The first-ever virtual commencement will livestream on May 22, 2020  Read