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UMD | Fearless Ideas
The E-newsletter of the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
December 2019
Five Faculty Members Named 2019 Highly Cited Researchers
Physics' Sankar Das Sarma, Christopher Monroe and Ian Spielman, Entomology's Dennis vanEngelsdorp, and Chemistry and Biochemistry's Chunsheng Wang received the honor. More »
Physics' Ellen D. Williams Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Williams was recognized for her scientific contributions to nanotechnology as well as her leadership on technical issues in national security and policy. More »
Cathryn “Cat” Posey and Maya Silver-Isenstadt to Speak at College’s December Commencement Ceremony

Posey is a senior tech director in the Center for Machine Learning at Capital One, and Silver-Isenstadt is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. More »
Sunny Outlook for New Broadcast Meteorology Class

NBC4 Washington meteorologist Somara Theodore opens window into translating science for viewers.
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Justinianic Plague: Not a Landmark Pandemic?

SESYNC's Lee Mordechai led a study of diverse datasets that revealed the effects of the Justinianic Plague may have been overestimated. More »
A Week in the Dark Rewires Brain Cell Networks and Changes Hearing in Mice

Study led by Biology's Patrick Kanold showed that sight deprivation changes how groups of neurons work together and alters their sensitivity to different frequencies. More »
Natural Comet Outburst Caught in Unprecedented Detail

Astronomy's Tony Farnham and colleagues observed start-to-finish sequence of an outburst from comet 46P/Wirtanen. More »
Two Science Terps Among 2020 Rhodes Scholarship Finalists

Senior Maïgane Diop and alumnus Nipun Kottage were among the finalists for the world’s most prestigious award for international study. More »
Three Seniors in College Named 2019 Merrill Presidential Scholars

Manuella Djomaleu, Jillian Kunze and Nicholas Poniatowski were honored as three of the university’s most successful seniors. More »
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