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UMD | Fearless Ideas
The E-newsletter of the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
MARCH 2018
Maissam Barkeshli Receives Sloan Research Fellowship
Barkeshli, an assistant professor of physics and Joint Quantum Institute fellow, is a theoretical condensed matter physicist interested in complex quantum many-body phenomena. More »

When Twenty-six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home

Entomology's Mike Raupp comments in The New Yorker on whether we'll ever be able to get rid of this invasive pest. More »

UMD to Have Key Role in Possible NASA Comet Mission

Two UMD astronomers will make key contributions to the development of a mission selected under NASA's New Frontiers program. More »

UMD Developing Major in Immersive Media Design

The Department of Computer Science is partnering with the College of Arts and Humanities to create this new undergraduate program. More »

Kristen Confroy Excels on the Court and in the Classroom

A senior biological sciences major and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Confroy will begin medical school at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in the fall. More »

Matched at Maryland: Meet Barrett and Marilyn Ripin

The Ripins, who are physics and microbiology alumni, provide need-based scholarships for students preparing to be K-12 science or
math teachers.
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Brin Family Gift Supports Computer Science

The gift will make hardware a more integral part of the department and establish the Brin Family Endowed Professorship in Theoretical Computer Science. More »

For more in-depth stories, read
Kan Cao Neurons

Exploring the Deep Sea with Biological Sciences Major Samantha Goldman

Podcast: Physics at the Edge of the World with Physics's Liz Friedman and Kara Hoffman

Technica: UMD's
All-women Hackathon

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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MAR 22
Bay Area, Calif. Alumni Networking Reception 

If you’re spending spring break in the Bay Area, join our 7th annual alumni networking reception, which will include an insightful panel discussion with local alumnae. More »
MAR 28
Science on Tap

Join us for our new monthly lecture series to explore "Hungry Black Holes" with Suvi Gezari at MilkBoy ArtHouse. More »

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