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The E-newsletter of the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
MAY 2021
Alessandra Buonanno by A. Klaer
Physics' Alessandra Buonanno Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
Her waveform modeling of cosmological events has been crucial for the success of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. More »
NASA logo A rendering of the new Chemistry Wing 1 as seen from Stadium Drive
UMD Signs $178M Cooperative Agreement to Continue Partnership with NASA Through 2027

Astronomy's Lee Mundy leads the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology.
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Much More Than Just a Building

Chemistry and Biochemistry's Efrain Rodriguez sees exciting new research opportunities ahead with new multimillion-dollar chemical sciences facility. More »
Jamie Rappaport Clark, courtesy of Defenders of Wildlife (L-R) Sherry Fan and Courtney GRimes
Leading the Charge to Save Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark (M.S. '83, MEES) hopes to inspire the next generation of scientists as the college's spring commencement speaker. More »
Student Speakers Selected for College's Commencement Celebration

Biological sciences major Sherry Fan and chemistry Ph.D. candidate Courtney Grimes will give speeches in the pre-recorded video. More »
A collage of Medallion Society inductees Rebecca Levy
Nine Science Terps Honored as Members of the 2021 Maryland Medallion Society

They are among 20 graduating seniors who have shown exemplary leadership and citizenship. More »
Astronomy's Rebecca Levy Awarded Prestigious National Science Foundation Fellowship

Levy will take the Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship to the University of Arizona this fall. More »
A photo of Yaser Yacoob in front of paintings by Stephanie S. Cordle Quantum Foundry logo
UMIACS' Yaser Yacoob Develops Software to Flag the Fakes

Yacoob's research is creating algorithms to detect deepfake technology and forgeries. More »
UMD Launches Quantum Incubator to Nurture Quantum-Focused Startups

The Quantum Startup Foundry will support new businesses in the quantum technology field. More »
A brightly-colored cartoon of a cicada emerging from the ground by Emma Howells Ruvi Kitov
Biological Sciences Students Get a Hole New Perspective on Brood X Cicadas

Entomology's Daniel Gruner and his "Principles of Ecology" class investigate and track the 17-year cicada emergence as part of a major study. More »
Ruvi Kitov's Cybersecurity Success Story

Kitov (B.S. '97, computer science) built a multimillion-dollar company that’s changing the way large companies manage network security policy. More »

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A mom and two little boys making a lava lamp The logo for the Coded Bias movie A cartoon showing an asteroid about to strike Earth

Virtual Maryland Day Fun for Families

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

JUN 7-25

Foundations of Quantum Computing Bootcamp

This 3-week bootcamp introduces quantum computing from its foundational principles and explores areas of machine learning, such as optimization, chemistry, encryption and information theory. 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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