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UMD | Fearless Ideas
The E-newsletter of the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
July 2020
(L-R) Biology's Bill Fagan, Geology's James Farquhar, and Computer Science's Dinesh Manocha and Aravind Srinivasan
Four Named 2020 Distinguished University Professors
Biology's Bill Fagan, Geology's James Farquhar, and Computer Science's Dinesh Manocha and Aravind Srinivasan received the highest academic honor bestowed by the university. More »
Jon Dinman Konstantina Trivisa
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics' Jonathan Dinman Fights COVID-19—and Not Just in the Lab

Dinman received a Coronavirus Research Seed Fund Award for his COVID-19 research. Just weeks later, he got the virus himself. More »
Mathematics' Konstantina Trivisa Named Director of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology

She joined UMD in 2000 and has served as associate director of the interdisciplinary institute since 2014. More »
Michelle Mazurek Xin-Zong Liang
Computer Science’s Michelle Mazurek Joins National Effort to Build a Secure Smart Home

The NSF-funded project aims to increase the security and privacy of high-tech products used in smart homes. More »
Atmospheric & Oceanic Science’s Xin-Zhong Liang Will Lead $10M USDA-funded Project for Farmers

The goal of the five-year project is to help farmers in the Corn Belt navigate efficient water and nutrient use to increase crop production. More »
A diagram showing new structures detected at the Earth's Core Male Broad-tailed Hummingbird visiting a flower
Scientists Detected Unexpected Widespread Structures Near Earth's Core

Geology's Vedran Lekić and Doyeon Kim conducted the first simultaneous analysis of hundreds of earthquakes to identify echoes from features deep inside Earth. More »
Hummingbirds See Colors Humans Can Only Imagine

Biology's David Inouye and colleagues showed that hummingbirds can see colors that combine the visible spectrum with ultraviolet light. More »
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