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University of Maryland
The E-newsletter of the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
May 2022
(L-R) Edward Ott and Richard Walker
Physics' Edward Ott and Geology's Richard Walker Elected to National Academy of Sciences
They were among the 120 members and 30 international members recognized for their exceptional and continuing achievements in original research. Read More »
A doctor in scrubs, wearing a headset, working with a mannequin. A screen behind her shows the information she is seeing, overlaid on the mannequin. A group photo of the Geology-led team that won Invention of the Year-Information Sciences holding plaque-style awards. Credit: Mike Morgan
Bringing Health Care's Vision of Tomorrow into Focus

Computer Science's Amitabh Varshney leads new Center for Medical Innovations in Extended Reality, known as MIXR, with $5M funding from NSF, Google, Microsoft and Meta. More »
Geology-led Team Honored with Invention of the Year Award

They won in the information sciences category for their robust, reliable system to map buried landmines and other explosive remnants of war. More »
Debbie Adam with a big slate-grey sitting on her shoulders. Casey Tarman, sitting outside at the UMD Mall fountain

Rooted in Research: Graduating Senior Prepares for Medical School

Biological sciences major Debbie Adam led efforts to raise kidney disease awareness in the community. More »

Math Alum Returns to UMD, Earns Her Master’s in Data Science and Analytics

Casey Tarman (B.S. '19, mathematics) gained knowledge for her job as a data scientist with the Department of Defense. More »
Isiah Holt. Credit: Faye Levine The Pitch Dingman winners on stage holding oversized checks.
Supernova Ph.D. Student Selected for NASA Pathways

The Pathways program will allow Astronomy’s Isiah Holt to continue his work with an X-ray telescope on the International Space Station that provides high-precision measurements of neutron stars.
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CMNS Students Win Big at Pitch Dingman Competition

Biological sciences majors took the $30K grand prize for their digital wellness platform Vitalize. Computer science majors won the $10K entrepreneurial award for their retail trading firm Quandry. More »
A group of different kinds of jellyfish on a black background. Katherine Calvin (B.S. '03) by NASA-Bill Ingalls
Biological Sciences Ph.D. Student Nick Bezio's Research is an Art and a Science

Bezio finds beauty and allure in jellyfish and comb jellies. More »
Taking Science—and Climate Change Research—to New Heights

Katherine Calvin (B.S. '03, mathematics; B.S. '03, computer science) is on a mission in her new leadership role at NASA. More »

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A group of children attending Maryland Day at a table featuring an experiment  made out of translucent, colorful plastic pieces. Dean Amitabh Varshney is on the right, explaining it to them. Credit: Lisa Helfert (L-R) Xin-Zhong Liang and Dean Amitabh Vashney, holding Xin-Zhong's CMNS Board of Visitors Distinguished Faculty Award between them. Credit: Thai Nguyen Craig Stanfill title card

Maryland Day 2022 [Photos]

CMNS Academic Awards Festival 2022 [Photos]

CMNS Dean's Distinguished Lecture with Alum Craig Stanfill [Video]

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