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

April 2023

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Deven Bowman outside at sunset Jacob Wenegrat
Physics and Mathematics Junior Deven Bowman Named 2023 Goldwater Scholar

UMD’s 49 scholarships in the past 15 years rank No. 1 in the nation. More »
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science’s Jacob Wenegrat Sets Sail on NASA Pacific Ocean Expedition

The expedition off the California coast will collect data on important ocean processes. More »
Zeki Mokhtarzada Brandie Smith holding a little armadillo
Startup Star to Speak at 2023 CMNS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Zeki Mokhtarzada (B.S. ’01, computer science and mathematics) and his brothers built two successful tech ventures and launched a startup incubator at UMD. More »

Rhinos, Tigers and a Screaming Hairy Armadillo Named Sherman

National Zoo Director Brandie Smith (Ph.D. ’10, behavior, ecology, evolution and systematics) brings her animal adventures to UMD as 2023 CMNS Graduate Commencement Ceremony speaker. More »
Nirupam Roy stading in front of wall art depicting computers, tablets, headsets and circuits Abhinav Shrivastava
Computer Science’s Nirupam Roy Receives NSF CAREER Award

The award will provide funding to advance Roy’s research in ambient computing. More »
Computer Science’s Abhinav Shrivastava Receives NSF CAREER Award

He will use the funding to advance computers' understanding of temporal phenomena. More »
(L-R) Beibei Li Ph.D. ’98, Distinguished Professor Emerita Elisabeth Gantt and Zairen Sun Ph.D. ’98. A new gift from Li and Sun to the Maryland Promise Scholarship Program honors Gantt's mentorship. Credit: Stephanie S. Cordle. A video stil of Russ Dickerson leaning against a small plane
From Serbia and China to College Park

Biology and Chemistry alums’ gift to Maryland Promise Program honors their UMD mentor, Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics’ Elisabeth Gantt. More »
Atmospheric & Oceanic Science’s Russ Dickerson Helps Marylanders Breathe Easier

Behind the wheel or in the cockpit, Dickerson tracks greenhouse gases and other pollutants. More »

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The NASA Artemis mission logo in front of the moon. MArs is in the background. A map from the USGS showing early and late blooming across the U.S. Abba Gumel

Geology’s Nick Schmerr Previews NASA’s Artemis Mission [Fox DC]

Biology’s David Inouye Discusses Cascading Effects of Seasonal Variability on Ecosystems [NPR Science Friday]

Mathematics’ Abba Gumel Describes How Math Can Predict and Help Prevent the Next Pandemic [Scientific American]



Anacostia Watershed Cleanup
Celebrate Earth Day with the UMD Science Alumni Network by volunteering to help clean up the Anacostia Watershed LEARN MORE »


Tobin J. Marks Lecture in Chemical Discovery
"Entrepreneurial Polymer Chemistry: From Fundamental Science to Applications"
Speaker: Craig J. Hawker, University of California, Santa Barbara LEARN MORE »


Brin Mathematics Research Center Distinguished Lecture
"The Mathematics of Consilience"
Speaker: Simon A. Levin (Ph.D. '64, mathematics), Princeton LEARN MORE »


Maryland Day
Join the University of Maryland as we celebrate 25 years of Maryland Day! Bring family and friends to our signature campus event dedicated to learning, discovery and new ideas. LEARN MORE »


Dean’s Voices of Inclusive Excellence Lecture
"Imposter Thoughts and Career Development: Let’s Talk About It"
Speaker: Ericka Boone, Ph.D., Director, Division of Biomedical Research Workforce, Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health LEARN MORE »

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