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UMD Freshmen Take Second Place in Global “Code Wars”

January 30, 2013
Contacts: 

Lee Tune 301-405-4679

UMD Students Watch Intently During "Code Wars"On Jan. 26, 17 teams comprised of more than 60 University of Maryland students competed in the 2013 Windward Code Wars, a day-long competition that gathers students from top universities around the world to analyze a programming problem, create a solution and pit their skills against each other.

Participating teams were challenged to write a code—or create “orders”—for an A.I. in the following scenario:

“Welcome to the booming city of Windwardopolis. The largest high-tech companies all have corporate headquarters here in Windwardopolis. You own a limousine service with one limo (yes it’s a small operation, but a proud one). These CEOs need to travel to the other corporate headquarters. Your job is to provide them the transportation from one location to the next. And to do so with a smile – no one likes an unhappy driver.”

The teams accumulated points based on how optimally their code transported the passengers to each of the locations.

During the competition, UMD students put their codes to the test against hundreds of students from schools around the world. Two of the university’s teams, “String Theory” and “Terps,” made it to the quarter-final and semi-final rounds before team “String Theory” took second place in the final competition.

“String Theory,” a team of UMD Computer Science and Computer Engineering freshmen, included Eric Jeney, Brendan Rowan, Daniel Sun, Matt Bender and Kevin Harrison. Each member of “String Theory” won an HP laptop and a Microsoft Kinect.

Windward Code Wars in Action

Iron Man Cal Ripken to Deliver Spring 2013 Commencement Address

January 29, 2013
Contacts: 

Beth Cavanaugh 301-405-4625

Cal Ripken, Jr.COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Cal Ripken, Jr., one of the greatest baseball players of all time and a Maryland legend, will deliver the University of Maryland commencement address on May 19, 2013. Ripken, who played professional baseball for 21 years and founded Ripken Baseball, Inc. and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, will address the more than 7,000 graduates and thousands of family and friends at the spring ceremony.

“I want to thank the University of Maryland for this tremendous honor. As a Marylander I am excited and very much look forward to delivering this speech to the graduating students,” said Cal Ripken, Jr. “I hope that my life experience allows me to impart some wisdom and give them a message that will serve them as they start their careers. While I never attended college, opting to pursue my baseball career after high school, I have great respect for higher education and the great value it brings to young people.”

“Commencement is a time to recognize and honor the many outstanding achievements of our students during their time at Maryland,” said President Wallace Loh. “Throughout his career, Cal Ripken, Jr. has shown himself to be a natural educator, an extraordinary athlete, and a generous philanthropist who has exhibited dedication and heart in all that he has accomplished. His participation in our Commencement ceremony will be an inspiration to our graduates and their families.”

"On behalf of the graduating class, I am honored and privileged to welcome Mr. Ripken as our featured speaker,” said graduating senior Stephanie Barcomb, co-chair of the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee. “Through his legendary baseball career, entrepreneurial endeavors, and philanthropy, Mr. Ripken has proven to be a true leader and inspirational role model.”

“He is a local hero and has had an accomplished career both on and off the field,” said graduating senior Alysia Cutchis, co-chair of the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee. “Many Maryland students and alumni grew up idolizing Mr. Ripken’s talents, hard work and determination. To hear him address the graduating class will be a once in a lifetime experience.”

About Cal Ripken, Jr.
Born and raised in Maryland, Ripken played both shortstop and third base for the Baltimore Orioles for more than two decades – breaking many records along the way. In 1995, Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s Major League record for consecutive games played – voluntarily ending the streak in 1998 with 2,632 consecutive games. Ripken, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, is one of only eight players in history to achieve 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. 

Since his retirement from the sport in 2001, Ripken is using his skills, experience and passion for baseball to help grow the game at the grassroots level through his organization, Ripken Baseball.

In 2007, Ripken was named as a Special Public Diplomacy Envoy to the U.S. State Department. In this role he travels the world using baseball as a tool to spread goodwill. He has traveled to China, Nicaragua, and most recently to Japan, where he and former teammate Brady Anderson spent time with the children impacted by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of the country.  

Ripken has always placed a strong focus on giving back to the community. In 2001, he and his family established the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in memory of Ripken’s father. The foundation uses baseball themed programs to make a positive impact on young people in our countries most challenged areas.

Ripken is also a best-selling author and a popular public speaker. 

 

Click here to see students’ reaction to the news around campus.

UMD's Gates Awarded Nation's Top Science Honor

January 28, 2013
Contacts: 

Lee Tune 301-405-4679

Photo Credit: Ryan K Morris/National Science & Technology Medals FoundationPresident Obama presented the National Medal of Science to Gates in a White House ceremony on Friday, Feb. 1. Gates is one of 12 scientists to receive this award, the nation’s top honor for scientists. Watch the ceremony here.

Update: In January 2013, Gates was appointed to the position of University System of Maryland (USM) Regents Professor. The award, among the System's most prominent faculty recognitions, honors Gates' exceptional academic and research achievements.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – President Obama has named University of Maryland Professor of Physics Sylvester James (Jim) Gates as one of this year’s recipients of the National Medal of Science. The National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation are the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. This year’s 12 Medal of Science and 11 Medal of Technology and Innovation awardees will receive their awards at a White House ceremony in early 2013.

“I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators,” President Obama said in a White House statement announcing the winners of the two awards.  “They represent the ingenuity and imagination that has long made this Nation great—and they remind us of the enormous impact a few good ideas can have when these creative qualities are unleashed in an entrepreneurial environment.”

The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. A committee of Presidential appointees selects nominees on the basis of their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, or the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created by statute in 1980 and is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office.

“I am so very humbled by the support I have received from the University of Maryland over the years and without which my receiving of this honor would have never come to pass,” said Gates, the John S. Toll Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at Maryland.” Thank you all for allowing me to represent our campus,” he said in an email to UMD President Wallace Loh and other campus officials.

“Congratulations [Jim] on being honored with the National Medal of Science,” said President Loh.  “All of us at the University of Maryland are thrilled and proud of your recognition. And, of course, the entire University community basks in the reflected glow of this prestigious award.”

Gates is known for his groundbreaking work in supersymmetry and supergravity, areas closely related to superstring theory. In 1983, he co-authored the seminal book "Superspace or 1001 Lessons in Supersymmetry. He also is widely known for his work popularizing science, promoting the importance of research and science education and enlightening young people on the fun, wonder and opportunities of careers in science and engineering. In 2007, the American Association for the Advancement of Science honored Gates with its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Award.  

Gates is a member of the President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and also has served as a consultant for multiple U.S. government agencies (National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense), corporations (Educational Testing Service, Time-Life Books) and speaks nationally and internationally to diverse audiences.

This year’s Medal of Science recipients include:

  • Dr. Allen Bard, University of Texas at Austin, TX
  • Dr. Sallie Chisholm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
  • Dr. Sidney Drell, Stanford University, CA
  • Dr. Sandra Faber, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Dr. Sylvester James Gates, University of Maryland, MD
  • Dr. Solomon Golomb, University of Southern California, CA
  • Dr. John Goodenough, University of Texas at Austin, TX
  • Dr. M. Frederick Hawthorne, University of Missouri, MO
  • Dr. Leroy Hood, Institute for Systems Biology, WA
  • Dr. Barry Mazur, Harvard University, MA
  • Dr. Lucy Shapiro, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
  • Dr. Anne Treisman, Princeton University, NJ

Listen to Gates discuss 'Uncovering the Codes for Reality' on On Being with Krista Tippett.

Find out why Gates decided to pursue a science career and learn about his research in an interview with AAAS Kids News.

President Loh Named 2013 Influential Marylander

January 25, 2013
Contacts: 

Beth Cavanaugh 301-405-4625

Wallace LohCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh has been named a 2013 Influential Marylander by The Daily Record. Loh was recognized for his significant impact in the field of education and his demonstrated leadership throughout the state. Loh and the other honorees selected by the editors of The Daily Record will be formally recognized at a reception in March.

“We are proud to recognize Wallace Loh as one of The Daily Record’s Influential Marylanders,” says Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “Dr. Loh has had a profound impact on both his profession and this state. We are pleased to honor him for the tremendous contributions he has made and undoubtedly will continue to make in the future.” 

In November 2010, Loh became UMD’s 33rd president – leading the state's flagship institution with more than 37,000 students, 12 colleges and schools, 9,000 faculty and staff. During the past two years, Loh has made innovation, entrepreneurship, diversity and globalization priorities in his pursuit of academic excellence at UMD. Most recently, Loh led the decision to move to the Big Ten Conference and join the academic consortium of Big Ten universities, known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) in 2014. This new affiliation will continue to advance the university’s excellence in education, research and innovation; athletics; finance and business administration; and communications, fundraising and marketing.

Navigating Career Change: UMD Expert’s Tips for Baby Boomers

January 25, 2013

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – As the head end of the baby boomer population continues to reach retirement age, studies estimate that more than 80 percent of them plan to keep working after retirement and many of them are looking for a career change.
 
Joyce RussellThe University of Maryland’s Joyce E. A. Russell, vice dean and director of the Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, has some sound advice for baby boomers who may be weary of making that change: rest assured, there is hope—and many resources—for older workers.

To help with the process, Russell has compiled several career tips, featured in the Washington Post this week, with some specialized advice and services to help the 78 million boomers out there navigate into a new career field.

Figure out what type of work you may be interested in

Baby boomers may not want to do the same type of work after age 50 that they did when they were younger. More than 50 percent of working retirees say they want to work in a new profession. The National Business Services Alliance has a job match survey that compares a person’s work interests and personal characteristics to hundreds of job profiles, providing them with a list of best-fit jobs. After users finish identifying work interests, they can identify their transferable skills and see enhanced job match results.

The Labor Department has an online tool to help people consider career options related to their original career. By entering your current or previous job at the MySkills MyFuture website, you are able to see other career fields that might give you ideas of alternative careers to consider, which have some similar characteristics to your previous job. It also enables you to narrow your search based on certain work-related characteristics and even list locations by zip code.

Keep your skills current

AARP offers WorkSearch, an online skills assessment system for job seekers. It helps identify the types of jobs you may be best suited for based on your work interests, personality characteristics, and the work/life skills you already have. The WorkSearch system also provides skills validation tests based on a person’s assessment results and numerous free online Essential Skills courses, which can be used to help to upgrade the skills needed to increase your qualifications. Another valuable site from the Labor Department is Career OneStop, which provides more information on training programs.

Use websites designed to help boomers

Some boomers may not have had to update their resumes or write a cover letter in 30 years so they might need help with this. They may not have learned how to network using social media. To do all this, they should refer to some websites designed specifically to assist boomers:

www.monster.com has a section entitled “careers at 50+”

www.seniorjobbank.org seeks to bring together employers with older job seekers.

www.aarp.org has lots of valuable information to help seniors with their career plans.

www.quintcareers.com/maturejobseekers.html has numerous resources for boomers and older workers looking for new jobs and career-change strategies and tactics.

www.seniors4hire.com lists jobs and other ways of earning money. You can search job listings, post your resume, register for e-mail job alerts, use a jobs-wanted tool and find useful resources for mature workers.

www.wiserworker.com is a job site designed to help baby boomers and older workers in finding employment. Job seekers can search job listings, find a collection of career articles and resources, and listings of local job fairs across the country.

www.workforce50.com is a career resource site for older job seekers that has lots of age-related career content, from resume writing to job search strategies. They also have a career and education section to assist boomers who are considering a career or job transition.

www.retiredbrains.com has information for searching for a job and starting your own business, among other resources for seniors.

www.rebootyou.com is a site which offers articles and resources to help a person find a new career after ending a current career.

As many companies know, baby boomers and seniors have much to offer the workforce, whether as full-time employees, part-timers, consultants or in other creative work arrangements. Some statistics have shown that more than 50 percent of U.S. companies are willing to negotiate special arrangements for older workers just to keep them in the workplace. If you are one of these older workers, take advantage of the career resources out there, many of which are free, to get yourself set up for your next career move.

 

To contact any of the University of Maryland's baby boomers experts, visit http://ter.ps/babyboomer.

Clark School Students’ Human-Powered Helicopter Achieves Record-Breaking Flight

January 24, 2013
Contacts: 

Lee Tune 301-405-4679

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Gamera human-powered helicopter team, comprised of students from the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering, has officially had its Aug. 28, 2012, flight certified as a world record of 65.1 seconds by The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), also known as The World Air Sports Federation.

Pilot Colin Gore, a materials science and engineering graduate student at the Clark School, was in the cockpit for the flight. The flight was accomplished in a revamped Gamera II vehicle.

With its flight in August, the Gamera team had also unofficially satisfied two of the three American Helicopter Society Sikorsky Prize competition requirements with its 65.1-second flight, staying within a 10 square meter area and hovering at two feet of altitude.

To win the Sikorsky Prize, the team must also achieve a height of three meters during a flight of at least 60 seconds that stays within the prescribed 10 square meter area. The Gamera team will continue its work toward meeting the competition requirements by increasing the altitude of its flight.

Watch the team’s record-breaking flight:

 

Quick Quote: Public Policy Dean Don Kettl on Debt Limit Extension

January 23, 2013
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Jennifer Lynn Talhelm 301-405-4390

Don Kettl, dean of the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland:

Don Kettl"This reschedules as least one of the pending budget crises, but it also forces action on the budget, for the first time in years. The process doesn't guarantee results, but no results are possible without a process that gets a budget passed. Members of Congress won't  want to face the prospect of losing their pay, and that creates extra incentives for nudging the budget process along.

"The Republican House has passed this to turn up the heat on Democrats in the Senate, daring them not only to complete the budget process on time but also to identify—first—specific cuts to meet aggressive budget targets. It's a master stroke to put the Republicans out front on the issue of highest public visibility, and leaves to Democrats the dirty work of identifying just what programs they'd agree to cut.  In less than a month, the House Republicans have moved from a very clumsy fumble of the sequestration debate to an extremely clever effort to regain the high ground. The strategy resets the calendar, in part, and heightens the focus on which programs will survive—and which will suffer cuts."

UMD Research Team Developing Powerful Data Visualization Tool with Support from Oracle

January 23, 2013
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Lee Tune 301-405-4679

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab has garnered the support of the Oracle Health Sciences Institute for its research that is helping medical professionals analyze millions of patient records by developing a powerful data visualization tool called EventFlow.

Watch UMD's Ben Shneiderman, professor of computer science, Catherine Plaisant, senior research scientist, and Jennifer Golbeck, director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, discuss their research and the development of EventFlow:

"Invisible" Filipino History in Annapolis Documented by UMD Researchers

January 22, 2013
Contacts: 

Kathrina Aben 301-651-8430

Dave Ottalini 301-405-4076

GalaCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Filipinos have been an invisible minority in Annapolis for more than a century. Now, researchers at the University of Maryland are using oral histories as a way to flesh out their life and times – documenting the incredible challenges they faced – and successes they celebrated.

After the Spanish-American War, the Philippines became a U.S. territory. Filipinos were brought to Annapolis – home of the Naval Academy – to serve as desk interns, fire fighters, construction laborers, messmen and stewards. In many cases, the Naval Academy replaced African Americans with Filipinos leading to increased racial tensions.

For three years, University of Maryland Archeologist Mark Leone’s Archaeology in Annapolis Summer Field School has worked to uncover what has been described as a surprisingly complex relationship between the ethnic communities – that was at times marked by violence but also intermarriage and social inter mixing.

And while the archeological digs have produced some amazing discoveries (see Forgotten Annapolis Immigration Conflict Uncovered by the UMD Archeology Project), the Filipino community itself has come to feel that their story in Annapolis has not been told. As one former steward says, “No one ever asks Filipinos about their history or knows of it.”

But this past summer, the Maryland Archeology in Annapolis project took a giant step towards giving this underrepresented community a voice. UMD graduate student Kathrina Aben interviewed ten individuals – early pioneers, descendants, and new immigrants. By trying to understand Filipino – American history, archeologists hope to put history to paper for the first time and find new locations in Annapolis to explore.
 
Aben – who is studying archaeology - says that the oral histories help “reveal the structural racism Filipinos faced and details the methods they came to use to combat both social and legal discrimination.” She says further alienation resulted from racial tension with the white and black communities over job competition and fears of miscegenation.
 
“There was a lot of things that happened that I don’t like,” says former steward Leo Toribio. “At that time, discrimination was tight.”
 
Restaurant on Cornhill StreetOver the years, the Filipino community created their own haven in Annapolis. They lived inside and outside of the city.  Filipinos occupied locations such as Hell Point, Eastport, and Truxon Heights.  Yet they still struggled with acceptance by city residents.  Filipino-run restaurants – like one on Cornhill Street (right–blank red wall with door) – had no name and advertised by word of mouth. Customers would order “Hawaiian” food despite their unmistakable Filipino roots.
 
There was a social organization – the Filipino-American Friendly Association created in the 1920s whose clubhouse on 4 Dock Street is especially interesting to Professor Leone. “It’s a culturally significant site,” he says, “that has great potential for archeological research.”
 
Aben is hoping that additional sites, like the Association clubhouse, will become part of the Archeology in Annapolis Summer Field School program.
 
“Filipinos are bound together even today by their shared struggles of immigration, segregation and integration,” Aben says. “This research remains relevant and important to the Filipinos still living in Annapolis and the overall Filipino diaspora in the U.S.
 
If you are interested in helping Professor Leone and his team find additional sites for his Archeology in Annapolis summer program, please contact him directly by email at mleone@umd.edu or by calling 301-405-1429.
 
Questions surrounding the Filipino diaspora and history should be directed to Kathrina Aben via email at kaben@umd.edu.

 

Quick Quote: Men's Baseball Head Coach John Szefc on Earl Weaver

January 20, 2013
Contacts: 

Matt Bertram 301-314-8093

Dave Ottalini 301-405-4076

John Szefc, head coach, men's baseball, University of Maryland:

John Szefc“Earl Weaver is an absolute Hall of Fame manager. There are only 19 managers in the Hall of Fame, and he is one of them. That says a lot.

“I grew up in New York and was lucky enough to attend many games at Yankee Stadium, many against Weaver’s Orioles. Those were always great games and Billy Martin and Weaver could really put on a show.

“He was just a hard-nosed baseball manager and I am sure a lot of managers emulate him today.”

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