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UMD | Fearless Ideas
The E-newsletter of the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
UMD Launched Quantum Technology Center
The new center aims to translate quantum physics research into innovative technologies. More »
Biological Sciences Major Justin Lee Described Two New Geckos in his Eighth First-author Paper

Lee helps curate the Smithsonian's collections of amphibians and reptiles from Myanmar. More »
Chemistry and Biochemistry's Dolores Jackson Received UMD President's Distinguished Service Award

Jackson serves as the department's executive director of administrative services. More »
Enzyme Known for Promoting Cancer Found to Also Protect Healthy Cells

Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics' Kan Cao discovered that telomerase, which "immortalizes" cancer cells, also prevents tumors and slows a key stage in normal cell death. More »
NIH Awarded Imaging Core's Amy Beaven $550K for New Confocal Microscope

Accessible to all UMD researchers, students and collaborators, the new microscope will provide higher resolution and more speed while being gentler on live samples. More »
Distant Stellar Collision
Glows Gold

Astronomy's Eleonora Troja re-examined a 2016 gamma-ray burst and found a signature that matched a gold- and platinum-producing explosion observed in 2017. More »
A Summer School Unlike
Any Other

ESSIC's Santiago Gassó spent a month at sea teaching remote sensing to graduate students from around the world. More »
Chemistry and Biochemistry's Lai-Xi Wang Named Fellow of the American Chemical Society

The honor recognizes Wang's groundbreaking contributions to glycoscience and his leadership in the society's carbohydrate chemistry division. More »
Astronomy's Suvi Gezari Named Kavli Foundation Plenary Lecturer at American Astronomical Society Meeting

Lecture will focus on Gezari's research into stars ripped apart by supermassive black holes. More »
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SEPT. 19
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Paint Branch Distinguished Lecture

The 2019 lecture topic will be "From Nonlinear Optics to High-Intensity Laser Physics" with speaker Donna Strickland from the University of Waterloo. More »
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Science on Tap

Join us for our monthly lecture series at MilkBoy ArtHouse. Computer Science's Dave Levin will tell us about combating censorship with artificial intelligence. More »
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Shih-I Pai Lecture

Jenann Ismael of Columbia University, who specializes in the philosophy of physics, will give the 25th annual lecture. More »

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