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UMD | Fearless Ideas
The E-newsletter of the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
JUNE 2020
Searching for a Coronavirus Treatment
CMNS interviews Merdad Parsey, M.D. (B.S. '85, biochemistry), who leads Gilead Sciences' efforts to evaluate and test the effectiveness of the company's antiviral drug remdesivir on COVID-19. More »
Tracking COVID-19's Impact on Air Pollution

Atmospheric and Oceanic Science's Russell Dickerson leads a team working with NOAA to measure, from the air, how coronavirus stay-at-home orders impacted D.C.-area air pollution. More »
Teaming Up to Fight COVID-19

Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics' Margaret Scull and Jeffrey DeStefano teamed up to develop new coronavirus drugs, supported by a campus Coronavirus Research Seed Fund Award. More »
Alumni Create Online Coronavirus Symptom Checker

Adeel Malik (B.S. '15, biological sciences; B.S. '15, finance) and Bilal Naved (B.S. '15, bioengineering) developed technology that is being used across the country to screen patients for COVID-19 symptoms. More »
Improving Analyses of COVID-19 Genomic Data

Biology's Michael Cummings received NSF funding to develop new tools and strategies for analyzing genomic data from SARS-CoV-2, the strain of coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. More »
Sumant Nigam Named
Chair of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science

A climate scientist, Nigam has been a member of the department for more than three decades. More »
Ellen Williams Named Director of the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center

Williams joined UMD in 1981 and has also served as BP chief scientist (2010-14) and ARPA-E director (2014-17). More »
Fulbright Scholar Edwin Zhang Will Take His Love of Sharing Knowledge International

The senior biological sciences major will pursue his passion for teaching as an English teaching assistant in Taiwan. More »
Senior Anna Grafov Navigates Challenges on the Way to a Fellowship

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the physics major declined a Fulbright Scholarship and will instead enter graduate school in the fall. More »
Gene Found that Causes Eyes to Wither in Cavefish

Team led by Biology's William Jeffery identified the first gene responsible for eye loss in cavefish, revealing a human vascular disease connection. More »
T. rex's Long Legs Were Made for Marathon Walking

Geology's Thomas Holtz co-authored a study suggesting that big dinosaurs' long legs evolved to help them go the distance as they searched for prey. More »
Mathematics' Karin Melnick Received the Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars

Melnick will spend this summer and fall in Germany focusing on her differential geometry research.
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$6.5 Million Estate Gift to Mathematics Honors Herbert A. Hauptman

Hauptman (Ph.D. '55, mathematics) shared the 1985 Nobel Prize in chemistry for creating a method to determine the 3D structure of molecules. More »
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