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The E-newsletter of the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

February 2023

(L-R) Abba Gumel, Mohammad Hajiaghayi, Wolfgang Losert, and Dana Nau
Four Faculty Members Named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Mathematics' Abba Gumel, Physics' Wolfgang Losert, and Computer Science's Mohammad Hajiaghayi and Dana Nau received one of the most distinguished honors within the scientific community. Read More »
Kevin Tu (L-R) Benedikt Diemer and Xiaodi Wu
Senior Kevin Tu Named Churchill Scholar

A double-degree student in biological sciences and economics, Tu is among 15 students nationwide who won the prestigious honor. More »
Two Faculty Members Named Sloan Research Fellows

Astronomy's Benedikt Diemer and Computer Science's Xiaodi Wu received the competitive award for early-career researchers. More »
Black kites fill the skies of New Dehli, setting of an Academy Award-nominated film, executive produced by a UMD researcher, that tells the story of two brothers who rescue these and other birds of prey. Credit: Courtesy of HBO. Associate Professor Nick Schmerr, left, with pilot Troy McKerral, behind a GPS station with a solar panel, recording unit, and antenna. The bamboo pole helps the retrieval team find the equipment, since the ice shelf can move a meter per day.
How Biology's Sean Carroll Helped an Oscar Nominee Take Flight

All That Breathes, a documentary on bird-rescuing brothers, already won at Sundance and Cannes. More »
Research at the Frozen End of the Earth

On the coast of Antarctica, Geology team investigates the ins and outs of the world’s largest ice shelf. More »
A scientist in a clean suit goes down a set of steps next to a very large, cylindrical white piece of equipment in the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Credit: Matthew Kapust, Sanford Underground Research Facility. Photo of the Orbitrap mass analyzer from the prototype instrument. Photo courtesy of Lori Willhite and Ricardo Arevalo.
UMD Physicists Hope to Strike Gold by Finding Dark Matter in an Old Mine

The team is searching for exotic particles called WIMPs at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. More »
New Small Laser Device Can Help Detect Signs of Life on Other Planets

Team led by Geology’s Ricardo Arevalo developed a miniaturized analyzer tailored to the needs of NASA space missions. More »
A group of students with their projects at the Vortex Makerspace Merdad Parsey
Calling All Experimentalists, Designers, Fixers and Tinkerers

The Vortex Makerspace and PHYS 499X course offer unique hands-on learning experiences for physics students. More »
Alum Merdad Parsey Receives Alumni Association's Terp Excellence Award in Research

Parsey (B.S. '85, biochemistry and microbiology) is chief medical officer at the global pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences. More »
Quantum computing razor trap Howard Hughes Medical Institute logo
UMD Establishes Endowed Professorship in Quantum Computing

The professorship is funded by a $1 million gift from IonQ and matched by $1 million from the Maryland Department of Commerce. More »
UMD Awarded Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant to Pursue Inclusive Undergraduate Science Education

The grant supports UMD’s participation in a national, collaborative effort to foster undergraduate student success in the sciences. More »

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Men and women planting trees in Druid Hill Park, Baltimore. This image is linked to the NPR transcript and audio recording of the story. A split-screen video still from the Weather Channel showing Nick Schmerr on the left and a red barn-like station in Antarctica on the right. This image is linked to the video. An image of space with the green comet streaking across it. This image is linked to the video of the TV segment.

Entomology’s Karin Burghardt Explains How Redlining Shaped Baltimore’s Tree Canopy: NPR

Geology’s Nicholas Schmerr on his Trek to Antarctica: The Weather Channel

Astronomy’s Tony Farnham on Viewing the Green Comet: WUSA-TV

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