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University of Maryland Appoints Roger L. Worthington to Lead Diversity Initiatives

July 6, 2017

Katie Lawson, 301-405-4622

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has named Professor Roger L. Worthington, Ph.D., a national leader in diversity education, as Chief Diversity Officer and Interim Associate Provost. In this role, Worthington will work closely with senior leaders, faculty, staff, students and external constituencies to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and respect as core institutional values. He will be a member of the President's Cabinet, the Provost’s senior staff and the Council of Deans.

Photo of Roger Worthington"We are very pleased that Dr. Worthington will serve as our Chief Diversity Officer," said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. "He is an exceptional scholar-practitioner and leader to guide our University's efforts to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all."

Since 2014, Worthington has served as professor and chair of the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education in UMD’s College of Education. Prior to arriving at UMD, he rose through the ranks at the University of Missouri from assistant to full professor, and served for nearly six years as the chief diversity officer and assistant deputy chancellor.

“I have dedicated my life’s work to advancing difficult dialogues and creating a culture of inclusion in higher education,” said Worthington. “The University of Maryland was once a national leader for diversity in higher education. In the face of tremendous tragedy, we can come together as a community to achieve transformational change and return to being a model of equity and social justice. I am honored to serve in the role of CDO at UMD.”

Worthington is a leading scholar in the fields of diversity, multicultural counseling and education. He is the editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. A founding member of the board of directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, he is the principal author of the “Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers.” In addition, the Governor of Missouri appointed Worthington to the state’s Commission on Human Rights.

He is the recipient of three prestigious grants from the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues Initiative, and was the founding chair of the board of directors for the emerging Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center. 

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Worthington has authored and co-authored research and scholarship regarding race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious identity, social class and political ideology. He is a nationally recognized higher education consultant on diversity planning, campus climate research and intercultural student services, and has won numerous awards for academic, service and teaching excellence.

He received his B.A from California State University, Fullerton in psychology, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara in counseling psychology.

The university will also begin the work of elevating the Chief Diversity Officer position to a Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, indicating a major institutional commitment of effort and resources in areas such as campus climate; recruitment and retention; scholarship and creative work on diversity; and educational programs.  


UMD, UMB Strategic Partnership Announces Expansion of Interdisciplinary Research at Cole Field House

June 30, 2017

Katie Lawson, 301-405-4622

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) are expanding the research and clinical scope at Cole Field House. The new Cole Field House will be a state-of-the art facility designed to integrate research, innovation, athletics and orthopedics, serving to promote and accelerate the translation of research discoveries in sports medicine and traumatic brain injury into clinical practice. 

The expansion will enhance the mission of the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance at Cole Field House, a signature MPowering the State program, and fulfill the promise envisioned by the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Act: MPowering the State (SB 1052). Private financial support for Cole Field House remains high, with the project nearly two thirds toward its fundraising goal and raising over $57 million to date.

The Center will capitalize on complementary strengths of UMD and UMB, including neuroscience, engineering, neurology, orthopedics and public health, for an interdisciplinary approach to sports medicine and occupational health.

As part of the Center’s expansion, the University of Maryland School of Medicine has established a Program in Sports Medicine, to be launched in July. The program, based at UMB, but with a significant geographical presence in College Park, will be led by Andrew Pollak, M.D., the James Lawrence Kernan Professor and Chair in the Department of Orthopedics, and David Stewart, M.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine.  “The primary goal of the Program is to improve interdisciplinary collaboration in research, clinical care and education among those involved in the science and care of sports-associated injury and illness,” says Dr. Pollak.

The interdisciplinary approach combined with additional resources and powerful analytic tools will enable novel and groundbreaking work in nervous system injury and neuroscience.

“Neural Imaging is an exciting and rapidly changing discipline in neuroscience. The ability to image the brain at high resolution, across different spatial scales, is key to understanding the human brain, including the response to injury,” says Elizabeth Quinlan, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology at UMD and scientific co-director of the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance. “The expanded technology and resources in Cole Field House will allow analysis from molecules and cells to circuits and systems, leading to a more complete insight into how the brain reacts to and recovers from trauma.”

“With cutting-edge imaging technology, researchers will transform the way we approach the study of brain behavior, which will allow clinicians to identify new windows of opportunity to more effectively intervene to repair brain injuries,” said Alan Faden, M.D., Professor, Department of Anesthesiology at UMB and scientific co-director of the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance. “Enhanced research facilities will allow UMD and UMB researchers and clinicians to take advantage of the latest technologies and address the latest areas of research, enhancing our ability to compete for research funds and make even greater impact.”

Research activity for the Center and Cole Field House is already underway, including a $3 million investment from MPowering the State used to implement a Challenge Grant program.  The challenge grants fund cross-university, multi-disciplinary pilot studies in nervous system injury and neuroscience. Criteria for funding include the significance of the proposed work and the potential for breakthrough discovery. One Challenge Grant team is working to transform the way we evaluate neuronal function and damage. To learn how neurons act within circuits, including during recovery from injury, researchers propose to develop the use of multi-photon cameras that can create three-dimensional reconstructions of neuronal activity. 

The work at Cole Field House will complement research being done at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC). The MNC already houses a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, ideal for mapping brain structures, and a Magnetoencephalography (MEG) scanner, which measures the magnetic fields generated by neuronal activity in the brain. The collaboration with Cole Field House will allow access by both research scientists and clinical scientists. Other imaging modalities are also planned, including a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner, which images metabolic activity in the brain. This multi-modal imaging capacity will allow Cole Field House to become a national leader in brain imaging. 

UMD also plans to expand the athletic functions to position Cole Field House as the premier facility of its type, and best meet the needs of UMD’s coaches and student-athletes.  

As the scope has evolved, so has the size and vision for the use of the space. The athletic change in scope will be covered by $19 million from athletics. The costs associated with the expanded research enterprise at Cole Field House will be covered by $7.5 million pre-authorized in the FY18 capital budget for the state of Maryland, as well as $14 million expected to come from a combination of state and institutional resources.

The dedication for Phase I and the groundbreaking for Phase II of Cole Field House will be held on August 2 in College Park. 


University of Maryland Action Plan to Combat Hate and Create a Safer Campus

June 29, 2017

Katie Lawson, 301-405-4622

The University of Maryland has announced an initial action plan to combat hate and create a safer campus. This is just the beginning, and our action will continue.

  • Create a task force on hate-bias and campus safety.
  • Create a trained, rapid-response team for hate-bias incidents.
  • Increase funding for campus-wide diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Affirm and demonstrate our core values of unity and respect as a university community.
  • Compile and publish an annual report on hate-bias incidents on campus.
  • Strengthen existing Intercollegiate Athletics policy to explicitly prohibit any hate-bias symbols or actions in any athletic venue.
  • Review our Code of Student Conduct to strengthen sanctions for hate and bias.

UMD Among Top 100 in Latest World Reputation Rankings

June 27, 2017

Natifia Mullings, 301-405-4076

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland was ranked one of the top 100 universities in the world for its teaching and research in a new annual survey. The rankings, by the Times Higher Education, reflect UMD’s academic prestige as top public research institution.

UMD is one of 42 U.S. colleges and universities to make this year’s list, ranking in the 71-80 range. Only the top 50 institutions receive an individual ranking.

The 2017 World Reputation Rankings recognizes the most powerful global university brands based on the results of the world’s largest invitation-only opinion survey of senior, published academics. The survey had more than 10,566 responses from scholars in 137 countries. For the full Times Higher Education 2017 top 100 World Reputation Rankings list, click here.

The University of Maryland is also ranked No. 19 among public universities and No. 25 for most innovative schools by U.S. News & World Report, as well as No. 14 among public universities by Forbes. The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine ranked UMD No. 9 overall for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs. And Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named UMD among the top best values in public colleges, ranking No. 8 nationally for in-state students.

University of Maryland, City of College Park to Host Fourth of July Celebration

June 26, 2017

Ryna Quinones, 240-487-3508

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland and the City of College Park will host its annual Independence Day celebration on Tuesday, July 4 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the University of Maryland, Lot 1 (adjacent to Campus Drive off Adelphi Road). The celebration will include a free concert by The Nightlife Band followed by a 30-40 minute fireworks show.  Food will also be available for purchase. 

Schedule of activities include:

  • Concessions open at 5 p.m.
  • Entertainment begins at 7 p.m.
  • Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Grass seating is limited. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Personal coolers are also allowed. 

In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks show will be held on Wednesday, July 5 at 9 p.m. For more information, click here

DeVos Institute of Arts Management Announces 2017 Fellows

June 23, 2017

Jarred Small, 301-314-2531

WASHINGTON, D.C. and COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland today announced its new class of six arts managers for its Fellowship program, a three year program that provides practical training in arts administration. This year’s Fellows include: Ekundayo Bandele, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hattiloo Theatre (Memphis, Tennessee); Benjamin Dietschi, Executive Director, Soundstreams (Toronto, Canada); Rick Heath, Executive Director, Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (Perth, Australia); Tanya Hilton, Executive Director, CutluralDC (Washington, DC); Martin Posta, Chief Executive Officer, SIGNAL Festival (Prague, Czech Republic); and Alma Salem, Independent Curator and Cultural Advisor, Syria Third Space (Montreal, Canada). 

“This year’s Fellows were selected in keeping with our mission to train, support, and empower game changers in our field,” said DeVos Institute President Brett Egan. “This is a carefully-selected group of individuals who we believe can make a massive difference in their respective fields and whose work aligns with the Institute’s core beliefs. While the program lasts just three years, our commitment to these individuals is life-long.”

From June 26-July 21, the newly announced Fellows will join 13 returning arts managers from across the globe for a one-month arts management intensive in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Maryland. Led by DeVos Institute executives, consultants and experts from the field, the 19 Fellows will:

  • participate in intensive academic training in nonprofit arts management, finance, planning, fundraising, board management, and marketing;
  • have access to leaders of cultural institutions from throughout the United States, including site visits to select institutions; and
  • receive personalized mentoring, both during and between the month-long residencies.

The Fellowship program was launched by Michael M. Kaiser in 2001 during his tenure as President of the Kennedy Center. In 2008, the DeVos Institute introduced the current, intensive model of one month in residence each summer for three years and transitioned to the University of Maryland from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2014. To date, the Institute’s Fellowship program has served nearly 250 arts managers from 55 countries.

UMD Researchers Investigate Link between ‘Land Grabs’ and Undernourishment

June 15, 2017

Sara Gavin, 301-405-1733

COLLEGE PARK, Md.—Worldwide, more and more countries are strategically investing to extend their natural resource base beyond their borders, frequently into developing countries. New research from the University of Maryland (UMD) finds that this global trend could put already-vulnerable populations at a higher risk for undernourishment and food insecurity.

The UMD study, recently published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, takes a close look at the increasingly common practice of land displacement—the use of land in one country to grow food and other crops to be consumed in another country. The research team analyzed the amount of agricultural land used for the production of crops traded between 133 countries and regions. Their findings show a link between large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs)—frequently referred to as “land grabs”— and undernourishment in countries exporting their land-based resources.

“International trade is playing an unprecedented role in the distribution of food between countries around the world and is greatly impacting the global food supply,” said lead author Suzanne Marielle Marselis, a researcher in the UMD Department of Geographical Sciences. “In the case of land displacement, even if local food production may increase, it is often not available to the local population. Therefore, food insecurity and undernourishment are not a result of a lack of food, but a maldistribution of available food.”

The study authors note that undernourishment and food security are complex problems influenced by many factors other than land displacement including natural disasters, conflict, governance and fluctuations in demand and commodity prices. Proponents of agricultural land acquisitions argue that the practice leads to higher crop yields, technological innovation and job opportunities for local populations. Others argue the benefits are overshadowed by negative impacts such as depletion of natural resources, environmental degradation, loss of land available to smaller farmers and misappropriation of funds and food. Countries like Ethiopia, Malawi, Sudan, Madagascar, Cambodia and Kenya are currently center stage in the debate over the relationship between land grabs and food insecurity.

“We hope our findings can contribute to and move the debate forward and that further research will consider the impact of land displacement on poverty and undernourishment,” said study co-author Klaus Hubacek, a UMD Geographical Sciences Professor. “Stronger restrictions may be necessary to control LSLAs and mitigate the potential negative consequences.”

In addition to Marselis and Hubacek, the research team included Kuishang Feng and Jose Daniel Teodoro, also with the UMD Department of Geographical Sciences; and Yu Liu from the Institute of Policy and Management at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

Photo of land grab



University of Maryland Names Jennifer King Rice as Dean of the College of Education

June 15, 2017

Katie Lawson, 301-405-4622

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has named Jennifer King Rice, Ph.D., as Dean of the College of Education, effective July 1, 2017. As dean, Rice will lead the College in developing a clear identity, vision, and strategy to advance inspired learning and develop positive solutions to today’s most pressing education issues. 

Photo of Jennifer King Rice“I am very enthusiastic about the future of the College of Education under Dr. Rice’s leadership,” said Mary Ann Rankin, UMD’s senior vice president and provost. “She has a clear vision for the college, a deep commitment to excellence, transparency, and collaboration and a tremendously effective personal management style. She will be a great dean and university leader. I look forward eagerly to working with her.”

Rice joined UMD’s College of Education in 1995 as an assistant professor, and currently serves as associate dean for graduate studies and faculty affairs, and professor of education policy. She was the founding director of UMD’s Center for Educational Policy and Leadership, during which time she established important relationships with policy research organizations.  

“Being a part of the College of Education has been a remarkable experience over the past twenty years, and now being able to serve in this new role as dean is a true honor,” says Rice. “I look forward to working with the very talented faculty, staff and students in the College to drive our work forward in being a center for cutting-edge research in education, and developing the next generation of educators for our state and nation.” 

Rice has served with distinction in many roles at UMD, including the University Senate; chair of the campus Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee; an ADVANCE professorship; the President’s Commission Task Force on Innovations and Efficiencies in Administrative Services; and chair of the Graduate School Review Committee. She has consulted with state and federal organizations, including the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland State Attorney General’s Office, and the U.S. Dept. of Education, where she served two terms on the National Center for Education Statistics Technical Planning Panel on Education Finance. 

Prior to joining UMD, Rice conducted research at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, D.C., and at the Finance Center of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at Cornell University.

Drawing on her grounding in economics, finance, and public policy and a deep commitment to equity, Rice’s research is focused on how to most efficiently acquire and allocate resources to provide equitable and adequate educational opportunities for all students. Her work has provided conceptual frameworks and empirical evidence on various education policies, and her most recent work focuses on the policies and resources needed to staff all schools with high quality educators.

Rice is past president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy; and has been a Fellow with the National Education Policy Center; the Big Ten Academic Alliance; the Urban Institute; and the National Academy of Education and Spencer Foundation.  She received the Exceptional Scholarship Award from the College of Education and the Outstanding Writing Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She was recently recognized as a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher.

Rice earned her B.S. in mathematics and English at Marquette University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in education administration and social foundations at Cornell University.  

Mosquito-killing Fungi Engineered with Spider and Scorpion Toxins Could Help Fight Malaria

June 14, 2017

Matthew Wright, 

COLLEGE PARK, Md.-- Malaria kills nearly half a million people every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In some of the hardest-hit areas in sub-Saharan Africa, the mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite have become resistant to traditional chemical insecticides, complicating efforts to fight the disease.

Photo of mosquitoA new study from researchers at the University of Maryland and colleagues from Burkina Faso, China and Australia suggests that a mosquito-killing fungus genetically engineered to produce spider and scorpion toxins could serve as a highly effective biological control mechanism to fight malaria-carrying mosquitoes. The fungus is specific to mosquitoes and does not pose a risk to humans. Further, the study results, which are published in the June 13 edition of Scientific Reports, suggest that the fungus is also safe for honey bees and other insects. 

“In this paper, we report that our most potent fungal strains, engineered to express multiple toxins, are able to kill mosquitoes with a single spore,” said Brian Lovett, a graduate student in UMD's Department of Entomology and a co-author of the paper. “We also report that our transgenic fungi stop mosquitoes from blood feeding. Together, this means that our fungal strains are capable of preventing transmission of disease by more than 90 percent of mosquitoes after just five days.”

The researchers used the fungus Metarhizium pingshaense, which is a natural killer of mosquitoes. The fungus was originally isolated from a mosquito and previous evidence suggests that the fungus is specific to disease-carrying mosquito species, including Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti. When spores of the funguscome into contact with a mosquito’s body, the spores germinate and penetrate the insect’s exoskeleton, eventually killing the insect host from the inside out.

On its own, however, the fungus requires fairly high doses of spores and a large amount of time to have lethal effects. To boost the fungus’ deadly power, the researchers engineered the fungus with several genes that express neurotoxins from spider and scorpion venom—both alone and in combination with other toxins. The toxins act by blocking the calcium, potassium and/or sodium channels required for the transmission of nerve impulses.

The researchers then tested the engineered fungal strains on wild-caught, insecticide-resistant mosquitoes in Burkina Faso. Each engineered strain killed mosquitoes more quickly and efficiently than the unaltered fungus. But the most effective strain used a combination of two toxins, one derived from the North African desert scorpion Androctonus australis and another derived from the Australian Blue Mountains funnel-web spider Hadronyche versuta. The scorpion toxin blocks sodium channels, while the spider toxin blocks both potassium and calcium channels. Both of these toxins have already been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for insecticidal use.

“The WHO has identified insecticide resistance as the major threat to effective mosquito control, which is relevant not only to malaria but to a number of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, viral encephalitis and filariasis,” said Raymond St. Leger, a distinguished university professor in the UMD Department of Entomology and senior author of the study. “Unlike chemical insecticides that target only sodium channels, many spider and scorpion toxins hit the nervous system’s calcium and potassium ion channels, so insects have no pre-existing resistance.”

When Lovett, St. Leger and their colleagues inserted the toxin genes into the Metarhizium fungus, they included an additional failsafe: a highly specific promoter sequence, or genetic “switch,” which ensures that the toxin genes can only be activated in the blood of insects. As a result, the fungus will not release the toxin into the environment.

To further ensure the safety of non-target insect species, the researchers also tested the engineered fungal strains on honey bees. Working in Burkina Faso, the team deliberately infected local bees using both passive methods (exposing the bees to spore-coated fabric) and direct methods (spraying the bees with spores suspended in liquid). After two weeks, no bees had died as a result of the toxin-boosted fungus.

“The toxins we’re using are potent, but totally specific to insects. They are only expressed by the fungus when in an insect. Additionally, the fungus does nothing at all to bees and other beneficial species,” St. Leger said. “So we have several different layers of biosecurity at work.”

Encouraged by the results of the current study, the researchers plan to expand their on-the-ground testing regimen in Burkina Faso. Currently, the team is testing the spores on mosquitoes contained in a custom-built enclosure that resembles a greenhouse, with walls made of netting instead of glass. The researchers are also testing the fungus on insect species that are closely related to mosquitoes, such as midges and gnats, to ensure that the fungus is completely safe for non-target insects. Eventually, the team hopes to deploy the spores in the field, on wild mosquito populations.

“This is our first in-depth study of the effects toxin-expressing fungi have on mosquitoes, beyond their ability to kill faster. This is also our broadest characterization of our arsenal of insect-killing spider and scorpion toxins,” Lovett said. “Our results directly extend our understanding of how these technologies may be used in the field against mosquito pests.”

Image: A dead female Anopheles gambiae mosquito covered in the mosquito-killing fungus Metarhizium pingshaense, which has been engineered to produce spider and scorpion toxins. The fungus is also engineered to express a green fluorescent protein for easy identification of the toxin-producing fungal structures. Image credit: Brian Lovett. 

MFRI Director Steven Edwards to Retire from the University Of Maryland

June 13, 2017

Karen Haje, 301-226-9962

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland State Fire Training Director, Steven T.  Edwards, will retire from the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) at the University of Maryland, effective January 5, 2018. 

Photo of Steven EdwardsEdwards has served as the director of MFRI, the state’s comprehensive training and education system for emergency services, for the past 25 years. Under his leadership, MFRI increased student attendance, enhanced the quality of its training programs and its equipment and safety and health procedures, and generated additional funding for its organization. During his tenure, Edwards created the Center for Firefighter Health and Safety, which was funded through research grants. He was also instrumental in the renovation of MFRI’s main training facility in College Park and two regional training centers, as well as the construction two new regional training centers. Most recently, Edwards led the effort to create the MFRI 2025 Strategic Plan, developed to provide organizational guidance for the next 10 years.

“It has been a true honor and privilege to serve as the MFRI Director for 25 years, as I have worked with a great organization that serves an essential public safety purpose,” said Edwards. “Most importantly, I have had the pleasure to work with the MFRI faculty, staff and instructors who are the utmost professionals in their field.” 

Edwards has received numerous awards and honors, including the Mason Lankford National Fire Service Leadership Award from the Congressional Fire Services Institute, the Hudiberg Award from the International Fire Service Training Association, the President’s Award from the North American Fire Training Directors and the UMCP President's Distinguished Service Award for excellence and dedicated service to the University of Maryland. He is also the author of the “Fire Service Personnel Management” (3rd ed.), a textbook used in college-level educational programs. 

“MFRI’s distinguished service has saved lives throughout Maryland and beyond, thanks to the excellence of Steve and his team,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “Throughout his career, Steve has led the way in making Maryland first responders among the best in the world, and set the standard for quality service. He will be missed.” 

MFRI plans, researches, develops, and delivers quality training programs to enhance the ability of emergency service providers to protect life, the environment, and property. Each year, MFRI conducts 1,800 educational programs, training over 34,000 students in Maryland, the United States and across the world. MFRI training programs and evaluation processes have been nationally accredited and all meet or exceed the National Fire Service Professional Qualifications. 

Prior to his service with MFRI, Edwards served with the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department for 25 years beginning as a high school cadet in 1968, progressing through every rank and retiring as its Fire Chief in 1993. In 1979, he was awarded the PGFD “Gold Star of Valor” for the rescue of two firefighters at a major fire and explosion. In 2018, Director Edwards will have 50 years of service devoted to the emergency services of Maryland. 

Edwards’ numerous contributions to state and national organizations is impressive. He was the elected President of the North American Fire Training Directors, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Safety Equipment Institute, the Congressional Fire Services National Advisory Committee Chair, National Fire Protection Research Board Foundation, National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications, Chair of the Maryland Instructor Certification Review Board and member of the Maryland Statewide Emergency Medical Advisory Board.

Edwards’ retirement announcement is made at this time to allow the University of Maryland adequate time to conduct a nationwide search for a new Director.  


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