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University of Maryland
The E-newsletter of the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
April 2022
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13 Graduate Programs and Specialties Receive Top 25 Rankings by U.S. News
Rankings are based on statistical surveys sent to more than 23,200 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2021 and early 2022.
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Three Science Terps Named 2022 Goldwater Scholars

Patrick Kim, George Li and Kevin Tu contribute to UMD’s 35 scholarships over the last decade—the second-most in the nation. More »
14 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Awarded to Science Terps

The fellowships recognize outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More »
Anshuman Swain Ciara Donegan on the Jeopardy! set in front of a large screen displaying the show's logo. Photo courtesy of Ciara Donegan.
Biological Sciences Ph.D. Student Anshuman Swain Named Harvard Junior Fellow

Swain was also selected for a James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Postdoctoral Fellowship for multidisciplinary research. More »
Ciara Donegan's Journey to "Jeopardy!"

The senior atmospheric and oceanic science major shares the excitement of appearing on the iconic game show. More »
(L-R) Mercedes Taylor standing next to her orange statue likeness. Photo credit: Brett Lake at the U.S. Department of Energy. Paul Capriolo sitting in a bright blue room on a black leather couch. He is working on his laptop and a white electric guitar is on a stand next to him. Photo courtesy of Paul Capriolo.
Standing Tall—and Orange—for Science

Chemistry and Biochemistry's Mercedes Taylor among scientists honored in Smithsonian statue exhibit celebrating women in STEM. More »
Beyond Now or Never

Testudo, twists and turns on Paul Capriolo’s (B.S. '06, computer science) path to tech success.
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A field of Miscanthus giganteus grass. Photo credit: Katrin Schneider, Wikimedia Commons A crop of the cover of the book Human-Centered AI, showing a variety of little cartoon people interacting with artificial intelligence
Atmospheric & Oceanic Science’s Xin-Zhong Liang Offers Nature-based Global Warming Mitigation Strategy

Study found that growing a perennial grass could cut Midwest warming by 1 degree Celsius. More »
Computer Science's Ben Shneiderman Envisions Robots of the Future

His book "Human-Centered AI" examines the pitfalls of humanizing mechanical constructs. More »

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APR 20

Inaugural Mike A'Hearn Lecture

"The Exploration of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt"
Speaker: S. Alan Stern, NASA More »

APR 22-24

Inaugural Black Alumni Weekend

Science and engineering alumni are invited to brunch on April 23 to catch up with old classmates and make new connections. More »

APR 30

Maryland Day

Unlock a world of learning, discovery and exploration! Take part in hundreds of family-friendly events and interactive exhibits during a daylong celebration and inspiring journey across campus. More »

MAY 20

CMNS Commencement Ceremony

We invite August 2021, December 2021 and May 2022 graduates to walk across the stage and have their names announced at the college commencement ceremony. More »

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