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UMD | Fearless Ideas
The E-newsletter of the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
September 2020
Portrait of Najib El-Sayed
Meet the New Director of the Integrated Life Sciences Honors Program
Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics' Najib El-Sayed knows what it means to adapt to change, and he’s excited to guide students through a successful transition to college. More »
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UMD’s Undergraduate Computer Science Program Ranked No. 16 in the Nation

The program also ranked 9th in cybersecurity and 16th in both artificial intelligence and data analytics/science, according to U.S. News & World Report. More »
UMD Faculty Join Two New Department of Energy-Funded Quantum Centers

Physics and computer science faculty members join the Quantum Science Center and Quantum Systems Accelerator—each funded with $115 million. More »
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Tested by the Pandemic

Lauren Bricks (B.S. '05, biological sciences) and her Atlanta company take on the challenges of COVID-19. More »
Looking Back...And Paying it Forward

Dr. Edward "Ted" Ball (B.S. '72, biochemistry) invests in UMD students’ futures and honors his parents’ memory. More »
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Incoming Class Act

Meet 16 impressive first-year Terps, including nine Science Terps, as they join UMD this fall. More »
How Plants Shut the Door on Infection

Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics' José Feijó discovers a key immune system protein in plants. More »
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Space Weather Mission Gets $1.25M and Green Light for Feasibility Studies

Astronomy's Kyle Murphy is part of a team selected by NASA to design a mission for the first global view of space weather. More »
Plasma Guides Maintain Laser Focus

Physics' Howard Milchberg developed an improved technique to make waveguides that can withstand the power of intense lasers. More »

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Quantum Basics for the Curious

Join this fireside chat with Nobel Laureate Bill Phillips, which will include a discussion of Phillips' Nobel journey, a basic introduction to quantum physics, and answers to burning questions about the promise of emerging quantum technologies. More »


2020 Robert E. Fischell Lecture

Join us for a fireside chat on "The Challenges of Drug Development During COVID-19" with Merdad Parsey (B.S. '85, biochemistry), chief medical officer at Gilead Sciences. The event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar. More »

OCT 13

Tobin J. Marks Endowed Lectureship in Chemical Discovery

Join us for a lecture by Binghamton University’s Stanley Whittingham, who was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the development of lithium-ion batteries. More »

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