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The E-newsletter of the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Amitabh Varshney Named College’s Dean
Varshney has been a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science since 2000. More »

Two UMD Science Majors Win Churchill Scholarships

Seniors Christopher Bambic (Physics and Astronomy) and Yousuf Khan (Biological Sciences) received the awards to study at the University of Cambridge. More »

Two Named 2017 Distinguished University Professors

Thomas Antonsen (Physics/IREAP/ ECE) and Catherine Fenselau (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received the university’s highest academic honor. More »

Tiny Particles Have Outsized Impact on Storm Clouds and Precipitation

The Amazon rainforest provided a unique natural lab for Zhanqing Li (AOSC/ESSIC) to study the effects of aerosols. More »

Humans Get in the Way of Mammal Movement

Biology’s William Fagan co-authored new global study of 57 mammal species that found human modifications to natural landscapes prevent normal movement. More »

NASA Renames Swift Mission in Honor of Neil Gehrels

Gehrels, who died in 2017, was a College Park Professor in the Department of Astronomy. More »

Science Summer Camps at UMD for K-12 Students

College offers summer camps in entomology, physics, computer science, biomedical science and more. More »

For more in-depth stories, read
Kan Cao Neurons

Churchill Scholar: Christopher Bambic

Churchill Scholar: Yousuf Khan

Photos from “Worlds Within” Art Exhibition Opening and Lecture

FEB 23
“Between Earth & Sky” Film Screening 

Join us for a special screening of the film “Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier” followed by a discussion with the film’s executive producer. More »

Diversity in Computing Summit 

This one-day workshop is designed for all advocates of underrepresented groups in computing fields. More »


Giving Day

Giving Day is a one-day fundraising event for all members of the UMD community, including faculty, staff and students. The goal is to raise critical funding to advance the university‚Äôs mission. More »
MAR 14
Pi Day Celebration

Location: William E. Kirwan Hall
Speaker: John Kontner (B.A. ’84,
M.A. ’88, Mathematics)
Events: Talk begins at noon in Room 3206. Pizza and salad available for talk attendees at 11:45 a.m. After the talk, dessert pies will be available in the James A. Yorke Rotunda.
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