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$4.75 Million Gift Establishes Brin Mathematics Research Center
The center will support visiting scholars, workshops and symposia, and summer programs. Read More »
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New Gift from Alum Brendan Iribe Matched by $1.14M from State to Establish Two Endowed Professorships

Faculty members will conduct research in robotics, autonomy, artificial intelligence and machine learning. More »
Computer Science's Ming Lin Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Lin is a noted innovator in virtual reality, computer graphics and robotics. More »
Professor Michael E. Fisher Professor Manjit Bhatia
Michael E. Fisher 1931-2021

Fisher was a Distinguished University Professor in IPST who made seminal contributions to the field of statistical physics. More »
Remembering "Everybody's Teacher"

Memorial service honored Math's Manjit Bhatia (1936-2020) and the free tutoring program he launched. More »
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Alum Brandie Smith Named Director of Smithsonian's National Zoo

Smith (Ph.D. '10, behavior, ecology, evolution and systematics) joined the zoo in 2008 and helped revitalize the giant panda program. More »
Alum Srijan Kumar Named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 List

Kumar (M.S. '16, Ph.D. '17, computer science) was honored for his work in data science and machine learning for social cybersafety applications. More »
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Fume Hoods, Frit and Flexibility

Everything you need to know about UMD's new Chemistry Building.
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NASA & UMD Sign $32.5M Cooperative Agreement

The agreement expands public access to planetary data. More »
Jie Li in the lab Marie Brodsky at a chalkboard with figures on it, teaching math.
Jie Li Develops New Technologies to Better Understand Tissue Formation

Chemistry Ph.D. candidate advances high-resolution mass spectrometry of individual live cells. More »
Simplifying Problems with Recreational Math

Sophomore math major Marie Brodsky finds a different way to teach children math. More »

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