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UMD | Fearless Ideas
The E-newsletter of the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
December 2020
Left to right: photos of Charles Delwiche, George Helz, William Lau and EWilliam Regli
Four Faculty Members Named 2020 AAAS Fellows
The national honor recognizes the distinguished efforts to advance science of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics' Charles Delwiche, Chemistry & Biochemistry’s George Helz, ESSIC's William Lau and Computer Science’s William Regli. More »
Nataliya Stepanova Rita Colwell
Computer Science and Mathematics Senior Nataliya Stepanova Named Marshall Scholar

She will use the scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in speech and language processing at the University of Edinburgh. More »
UMIACS' Rita Colwell Awarded AGU’s Highest Honor, the William Bowie Medal

She was recognized for her contributions to fundamental Earth and space science and her unselfish cooperation in research. More »
Veeraj Shah Merrill Presidential Scholars Program Logo
Biological Sciences Major Veeraj Shah Named a 2021 Rhodes Scholarship Finalist

Shah has launched two startup companies and is a health policy intern with the U.S. surgeon general. More »
Six Seniors in the College Honored as Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars

Siri Neerchal, Nicole Oehlmann, Daniel Oh, Pavan Ravindra, Veeraj Shah and Mary Yilma are among 19 students honored. More »
Shayan Zadeh Hongpeng Wang
Crazy Ideas and the Power of Free Pizza

Shayan Zadeh's (M.S. '02, computer science) excellent entrepreneurial adventure as co-founder of Zoosk, now leading the turnaround of Dressbarn and Pier1. More »
Biochemistry Ph.D. Candidate Hongpeng Wang Studies the Big Impact of a Small World

Industry-leading tools help reveal the structure and function of proteins. More »
An illustration of Albert Einstein Nipuram Roy
Project Creates Detour Past Quantum Confusion

Interactive "Quantum Atlas" aims to demystify the topic for learners of all ages. More »
Could Your Vacuum be Listening to You?

Researchers hacked a robotic vacuum cleaner to record speech and music remotely. More »

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Jonathan Dinman: Targeting Programmed -1 Ribosomal Frameshifting in COVID-19

Adeel Malik '15: How to Build a Health Tech Startup, and How COVID-19 Accelerated Ours

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