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Close-up of a quantum computing component small enough to be held between the finger and thumb of a blue-gloved hand.
UMD President Darryll Pines Sticks a Terrapin Pin in ‘Capital of Quantum’ Map at Global Conference
UMD leadership in quantum science based on research, innovation, problem-solving fearlessness, he tells audience. Read More »
Abba Gumel Mercedes Taylor wearing safety glasses and holding a pipette and flask
Mathematics’ Abba Gumel Uses Math to Tackle Grand Challenges and Save Lives

The new Michael and Eugenia Brin Endowed Chair in Mathematics conducts research at the nexus of climate change and infectious diseases. More »
Finding the Right Chemistry at UMD

Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Mercedes Taylor—and her next-generation research developing novel materials for water purification and energy—are on a roll. More »
Tidal Disruption Event. Image courtesy of Carl Knox, OzGrav, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, Swinburne University of Technology. A silhouette of a Gorgosaurus showing where the arctometatarsus-represented by an outset photo of a fossil-is located. Credit: Silhouette by Matthew Dempsey. Specimen photo from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.
Rare Sighting of Luminous Jet Spewed by Supermassive Black Hole

Astronomy’s Igor Andreoni led the team that discovered a bright optical flare caused by a dying star’s encounter with a supermassive black hole. More »
Geology’s Thomas Holtz Helps Unravel Microscopic Mysteries of Supercharged Tyrannosaurus Rex Feet

New study sheds light on specialized binding ligaments that made T. rex a fast, fearful predator. More »
The 2020 Orroral Valley fire in Australia. Credit: Nick-D, CC BY-SA 4.0. A coral reef and a school of tropical fish. Credit: Island Conservation and Matt Curnock
Impact of Australian Wildfires on Ozone Layer Depletion

AOSC’s Ross Salawich and Laura McBride (Ph.D. ’22, chemistry) co-authored an article on the reduction in the thickness of Earth's protective ozone layer following the Australian wildfires. More »
Restoring Island-Ocean Connections Benefits Humans, Wildlife and Marine Environments

Entomology’s Daniel Gruner co-authored a new study that highlights the critical link between island and marine ecosystems and the importance of coordinated conservation efforts. More »

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