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UMD | Fearless Ideas
The E-newsletter of the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
APRIL 2021
Left to right: Naveen Raman, Ela Rockafellow and Sanketh Andhavarapu. Photos courtesy of same.
Three Science Terps Named 2021 Goldwater Scholars
Sanketh Andhavarapu, Naveen Raman and Ela Rockafellow received scholarships up to $7,500 to put toward the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. More »
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program logo A black and white photo of Jack Minker
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Awarded to 13 Science Terps

The fellowships recognize outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More »
Remembering Jack Minker (1927-2021), Computer Science Founding Chair

Minker was a pioneer in artificial intelligence, deductive databases, logic programming and nonmonotonic reasoning. More »
Najib El-Sayed by Lisa Helfert A salt truck driving down a snowy road
Najib El-Sayed to Direct New Advanced Genomic Technologies Core

The Brain & Behavior Institute facility will bring cutting-edge single-cell sequencing capabilities to UMD for the first time. More »
Geology's Sujay Kaushal Explores How Road Salts Threaten Freshwater Supplies

Study warns cascading effects of salts require coordinated management and regulation to avoid contaminating natural resources.
More »
Students participating in the Rise Up 4 CS program A photo of a woman wearing a Maryland-themed,  rhinestone-decorated cap at commencement, by Mike Morgan
Program Helps High School Students Get Computer Science College Credits

Rise Up 4 CS+ prepares high school students to take AP exams in computer science. More »
Commencement to be Held In-Person for 2020 and 2021 Graduates, Streamed Online

Head of revolutionary quantum computing company created in the Department of Physics to deliver commencement address. More »

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A video still of Mike Paupp on the Today Show The logo for the Coded Bias movie A cartoon showing an asteroid about to strike Earth

Entomology's "Bug Guy" Mike Raupp Has the Buzz About Cicadas on NBC’s Today show

Experts Discuss "Coded Bias" Film and Challenges with Bias in Artificial Intelligence

"A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You" with Biology’s Sean Carroll

APR 24

Virtual Maryland Day

Watch our "Fun Science for Kids" show–streaming live at 10am! Make a lava lamp and Oobleck slime and learn about your microbiome. Also, scientists will talk about the cicadas that are coming this summer, astronomy and fossils. More »

By Wed.
Jun 30

Science Academy

Apply by June 30 for our professional master’s programs in machine learning or data science. Evening classes and no GRE required. More »

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