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27-Jul-2011 3:30 PM EDT
Averting Bridge Disasters: New Technology Could Save Hundreds of Lives
University of Maryland, College Park

Millions of U.S. drivers daily use faulty or obsolete bridges, but it's too costly to fix them all or adequately monitor safety, says a University of Maryland researcher who’s developed a new, early warning system to prevent the kind of fatal bridge disaster in Minneapolis on Aug. 1, 2007. The new system is dramatically cheaper than current technology.

Released: 27-Jul-2011 8:00 AM EDT
UMD Brain Cap Technology Turns Thought into Motion
University of Maryland, College Park

“Brain cap” technology being developed at the University of Maryland allows users to turn their thoughts into motion. Associate Professor of Kinesiology José 'Pepe' L. Contreras-Vidal and his team have created a non-invasive, sensor-lined cap with neural interface software that could be used to control computers, robotic prosthetic limbs, motorized wheelchairs and even digital avatars. Power of UMD team's work is shown in new study findings, new grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and a growing list of partners.

Released: 8-Jul-2011 2:00 PM EDT
Robert M. Specter Named UMD's Chief Fiscal and Administrative Officer
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland has appointed Robert M. Specter as its new vice president for administrative affairs - the institution's chief fiscal and administrative officer. Specter brings more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in higher education to the post, most recently as business leader of an extensive redevelopment project at the University of Delaware, and the institution's vice president for finance.

Released: 28-Jun-2011 4:00 PM EDT
Mid-Atlantic States' Unique Plan to Replace Dirtiest Trucks
University of Maryland, College Park

Four Mid-Atlantic States will offer one of the nation’s most generous programs to replace old, polluting trucks – short-haul “drays”. It doubles an EPA cash-for-clunkers-style effort with public and private money. "We no longer want our ports to be the place where old trucks go to die," says University of Maryland’s Joanne Throwe, program coordinator.

Released: 26-Jun-2011 11:00 PM EDT
Helping Md. Municipalities Go Green to Save: New UMD Initiative
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland and the Municipal League are teaming up to assist communities plan and implement green, sustainable practices that may help them cope with tight budgets. The program guides communities through steps ultimately earning them a “Sustainability Certification” – which may eventually earn them preferences in funding.

Released: 24-Jun-2011 11:35 AM EDT
Hidden Lives of Baltimore's Irish Immigrants Unearthed for First Time
University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland archaeologists are reconstructing the inner world of early Irish immigrants - of city children taught at home to read before widespread public education or child labor laws, and insular rural communities defying assimilation. "These people helped build the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol," says UMD’s Stephen Brighton.

Released: 14-Jun-2011 2:10 PM EDT
Food Coloring and ADHD - No Known Link, But Wider Safety Issues Remain
University of Maryland, College Park

When University of Maryland psychologist Andrea Chronis-Tuscano testified at an FDA hearing, it changed her mind about the risks of artificial food coloring for children, and drove her to rescan what she feeds her kids. There's still NO evidence to suggest a link with ADHD, she says, but new concerns about the dye’s wider safety for children.

Released: 13-Jun-2011 12:00 PM EDT
Archaeologists Dig at Historic Annapolis Black Home Produces Surprisingly Rich Haul
University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland archaeologists are uncovering an unexpectedly rich haul of household materials from an historic African American home in Annapolis. Purchased in 1850 by one of the first African Americans to work for the Naval Academy, the house reveals how the family adapted a middle class lifestyle to the realities of post-Civil War Annapolis.

Released: 9-Jun-2011 10:00 AM EDT
New UMD VP of Information: Brian Voss, IT Leader in Higher Education
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland has named Brian Voss CIO and VP of IT. His IT experience spans 25 years, much of it in leadership positions at public, flagship, research universities, currently at LSU. He’s been active in major national higher education tech initiatives in cybersecurity, cyberinfrastructure, IT strategy and disaster recovery planning.

Released: 2-Jun-2011 11:40 AM EDT
UMD Names First Woman Dean of Arts-Humanities
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland has named Bonnie Thornton Dill dean of Arts and Humanities. Dill, long-time chair of women’s studies, is expected to serve until June 30, 2013. She is the first woman to hold the post. Internationally known for her scholarship on race and gender, Dill has led women’s studies at Maryland to national prominence.

Released: 31-May-2011 11:55 AM EDT
Bloodless Worms Yield Insight on Human Blood, Parasites & Iron Deficiency
University of Maryland, College Park

Using a tiny bloodless worm, University of Maryland Associate Professor Iqbal Hamza and his team have discovered a large piece in the puzzle of how humans, and other organisms, safely move iron around in the body. The findings, published in the journal Cell, could lead to new methods for treating age-old scourges - parasitic worm infections, which affect more than a quarter of the world's population, and iron deficiency, the world's number one nutritional disorder.

Released: 27-May-2011 12:00 PM EDT
Size Matters When it Comes to Research Impact: New UMD VP of Research
University of Maryland, College Park

"Size matters when it comes to research impact, and this heightens the importance of collaboration with all sectors," says Patrick O'Shea, University of Maryland’s new VP for Research. "Downsizing of long-term corporate research labs is increasing the importance of academic research. Strong university-industry ties are critical...”

Released: 26-May-2011 3:40 PM EDT
University of Maryland Hosts Odyssey of the Mind World Finals
University of Maryland, College Park

For the eighth time, the University of Maryland will host the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, May 27-30, 2011 -- just one of many programs offered at Maryland this summer. Nearly 18,000 people, including 858 teams from 33 states and 14 countries, will descend on Maryland's 1,200-acre campus for the World Finals, the largest international creative problem-solving competition. Teams, which consist of seven members ranging from elementary through college-age students, all earned a spot to represent their hometowns in the competition. These students, who represent the world's best problem solvers, tackle mind-bending challenges through the arts, performance, science, storytelling and engineering - to name a few.

Released: 19-May-2011 10:20 AM EDT
Mission - Integrating Physical and Natural Sciences
University of Maryland, College Park

Distinguished physicist Jayanth R. Banavar, whose research frequently involves interdisciplinary collaboration in the life sciences, has been named dean of the University of Maryland's newly integrated College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. For the past 12 years, Banavar has led the physics department at Penn State University.

Released: 12-May-2011 11:30 AM EDT
Dylan Rebois Named 2011 University of Maryland Medalist
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland has announced Dylan Rebois will be awarded the 2011 University Medal at the spring Commencement ceremony on May 19, 2011. The medal, awarded each year at May commencement, honors the graduating senior who best exemplifies academic distinction, outstanding character and extracurricular contributions to the university or public communities.

Released: 2-May-2011 4:20 PM EDT
Bin Laden's Attacks Among the Most Lethal
University of Maryland, College Park

Under Osama bin Laden's leadership, al Qa'ida has been one of the most lethal terrorist organization in the world, responsible for more than 10,000 deaths and injuries in a dozen years - finds a new analysis by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland (START).

Released: 2-May-2011 2:30 PM EDT
After Bin Laden - UMD Experts
University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland experts in terrorism, international security, politics, and more, can discuss the ramifications of the death of Osama Bin Laden - including the grim body count from his attacks, the areas of greatest vulnerability in the future, how the U.S. has improved connecting the dots, and the risks of summary assassination.

Released: 2-May-2011 1:20 PM EDT
Computer Science and Biology Come Together to Make Tree Identification a Snap
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland, Columbia University and the Smithsonian Institution have pooled their expertise to create the world’s first plant identification mobile app using visual search – Leafsnap. This electronic field guide allows users to identify tree species simply by taking a photograph of the tree’s leaves. In addition to the species name, Leafsnap provides high-resolution photographs and information about the tree’s flowers, fruit, seeds and bark—giving the user a comprehensive understanding of the species.

Released: 29-Apr-2011 9:00 AM EDT
Digging in Dirt, Arbor Day Planting, May Help Build Citizenship: UMD Study
University of Maryland, College Park

Planting trees may be an excellent gateway to further civic and political involvement, concludes a new University of Maryland study, based on work with New York volunteers. "The more a person is involved in environmental stewardship, the more s/he engages with other types of civic and political activities," says the report, released on Arbor Day.

Released: 28-Apr-2011 5:35 PM EDT
Loh OffersFour-Point Program as He Officially Takes UMD Reins
University of Maryland, College Park

President Wallace Loh officially took the reins of the University of Maryland promising “relentless pursuit” of four strategic goals – increased student achievement, innovation and entrepreneurship, internationalization, and service to the state. He announced a major new innovation center increase the flow of research from lab to market.

Released: 21-Apr-2011 5:15 PM EDT
What Motivates Environmental Activists, Policymakers? Asks New Research Center
University of Maryland, College Park

A new University of Maryland research center will focus on the human side of environmental policymaking and activism - one of the first centers of its kind in the field. "Environmental legislation and community activism doesn't just spring up in a vacuum," says sociologist Dana R. Fisher, who directs the new Center for Society and the Environment.

Released: 8-Apr-2011 9:00 AM EDT
UMD Solar Decathlon Team Unveils 'WaterShed'
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland Solar Decathlon Team has unveiled its entry in the U.S. Department of Energy competition - a high-tech structure called WaterShed, because it integrates a unique array of sustainable features designed to protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The student-faculty team is one of only 20 international finalists.

Released: 5-Apr-2011 9:00 AM EDT
Students Around the World are Addicted to Media
University of Maryland, College Park

College students around the world report that they are 'addicted' to media, describing in vivid terms their cravings, their anxieties and their depression when they have to abstain from using media - even for one 24 hour period.

Released: 4-Apr-2011 3:00 PM EDT
Specific Links Can Help Improve Understanding of Complex News Online
University of Maryland, College Park

How important are links in online news - especially when explaining science, health and technology? New research from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism suggests that non-expert audiences report more interest in and understanding of news depending on the way text and links are structured.

Released: 4-Apr-2011 3:00 PM EDT
Ten Best Tips for Beginning Gardeners
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland's Home and Garden Information Center has some great tips for beginning gardeners this spring.

Released: 20-Mar-2011 11:00 PM EDT
Japanese Radiation: Movement Through the Atmosphere
University of Maryland, College Park

Predicting what happens to radioactive materials released by Japan's crippled nuclear plants is even more difficult than forecasting the weather, and depends on several key factors, University of Maryland atmospheric scientists say. They’re preparing daily long-range projections of air ‘parcel’ movements from Fukushima, and posting them online.

Released: 18-Mar-2011 5:00 PM EDT
Japanese Radiation: Atmospheric Transport and Removal
University of Maryland, College Park

What happens to radioactive material released from Japan is more difficult to predict than the weather, depending on several factors, explain University of Maryland atmospheric scientists. “Projected air mass patterns vary dramatically daily, and it’s these changing conditions that control radiation dispersal,” says researcher Tim Canty.

Released: 16-Mar-2011 4:00 PM EDT
Public Health Risks from Japanese Radiation
University of Maryland, College Park

Airborne radiation from a meltdown at Japanese nuclear plants poses no immediate risk to the continental United States, say University of Maryland public health and atmospheric scientists. Drawing on research from Chernobyl, they add that for most Japanese, the long term risk may lie in ingestion of milk, as well as direct exposure to contaminated soil.

Released: 15-Mar-2011 3:25 PM EDT
DeMaurice Smith to Give University of Maryland Spring 2011 Commencement Address
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland will welcome DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), as the 2011 Spring Commencement speaker. The fourth leader in the union's 41-year history, Smith represents approximately 1,700 NFL players in the collective bargaining union, which is currently negotiating a billion-dollar collective bargaining agreement with league owners.

Released: 15-Mar-2011 2:00 PM EDT
Worsening Conditions at Fukushima: UMD Expert
University of Maryland, College Park

The situation at Japan's Fukushima nuclear facility has become increasingly serious with the growing possibility of a complete meltdown, says University of Maryland energy policy expert Nathan Hultman. “Damage to the nuclear fuel containment potentially is a very serious problem that complicates efforts to prevent a total meltdown.”

Released: 14-Mar-2011 3:20 PM EDT
Japan and the Coming Nuclear Energy Re-Evaluation
University of Maryland, College Park

The damage to three nuclear power plants in Japan will renew debate worldwide, prompting a new look at needed levels of safety and redundancy, says University of Maryland energy policy expert Nathan Hultman. “The events at Fukushima Daiichi will complicate planning for nuclear expansion for the coming years in all countries.”

Released: 14-Mar-2011 8:00 AM EDT
Japan Latest in String of Mega-Quakes Since 2004: UMD Expert
University of Maryland, College Park

The devastating Japan earthquake is the latest in a series of 'mega-quakes' over the past seven years, says University of Maryland geophysicist Laurent Montesi, an expert in earthquakes and related phenomena. "I am struck by the frequency of large seismic events we have been having since the 2004 Sumatra one," Montesi notes.

Released: 8-Mar-2011 5:10 PM EST
Now, It Can Be Told – How Scientists Helped ID ‘Amerithrax’
University of Maryland, College Park

It took nearly a decade before University of Maryland researchers were allowed to talk about their work identifying the anthrax strain used in the deadly letter attacks. But now, they and the other key members of the science team have published the first account of the pioneering work, allowing bioterrorism investigators to “fingerprint” bacteria.

Released: 8-Mar-2011 10:00 AM EST
University of MD Senior Named Finalist in MTV/College Board Financial Aid Challenge
University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland Senior Dekunle Somade is one of three finalists selected from hundreds of submissions competing in MTV/College Board's Get Schooled: College Affordability Challenge, a national competition that encourages college students and young adults to create digital tools to enhance or simplify the financial aid process.

2-Mar-2011 5:30 PM EST
Public's Budget Priorities Differ Dramatically from House and Obama
University of Maryland, College Park

The public is on a different page with regard to the federal budget than either the House of Representatives or the Obama Administration, bringing a different set of priorities and a greater willingness to increase some domestic spending and taxes, concludes a new analysis by the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation (PPC).

Released: 24-Feb-2011 5:00 PM EST
Fighting Malaria, Lyme & Other Diseases with Transgenic Fungi
University of Maryland, College Park

New findings by a University of Maryland-led team of scientists show genetically engineered fungi carrying genes for human antibodies, scorpion toxins, etc. can be highly effective, specific and environmentally friendly tools for combating malaria, Lyme disease and other bug-borne illness. Pests like bed bugs and stink bugs can also be targeted.

Released: 17-Feb-2011 2:30 PM EST
UMD Awards $3.7M Tech-Product Development Grants
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland is awarding product development grants worth $3.7 million partnering researchers and businesses to bring novel technologies to market. The “MIPS” grants fund 16 green, bio- and high-technologies, including a biofuel-producing smokestack scrubber, advanced wind turbine, hemostatic bandages and ultra-thin batteries.

Released: 16-Feb-2011 12:00 PM EST
To Escape Blame be a Victim Not a Hero
University of Maryland, College Park

Great works and praiseworthy behavior may bring respect and admiration, but these won't help us to escape blame when we do something wrong, says a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland and Harvard University. To do that, the researchers say, one needs to be a victim not a hero!

10-Feb-2011 2:00 PM EST
Archaeologists Find Hidden African Side to Noted 1780s Md. Building
University of Maryland, College Park

A famous US Revolution-era building has a hidden African face, University of Maryland archaeologists say. Maryland’s “Orangery” – the only 18th century greenhouse left in North America, and made famous by Frederick Douglass – shows African American slaves played a key technical role there, and left tangible proof of their heritage.

Released: 11-Feb-2011 12:25 PM EST
University of Maryland Professor: "I'm Proud To Be An Egyptian"
University of Maryland, College Park

Assistant Professor of Communication Sahar Khamis comments on today's announcement that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down after 30 years in power. Please feel free to contact her directly. All our Egypt/Middle East Experts can be found at:

Released: 11-Feb-2011 11:45 AM EST
Mubarak's Departure Is Just the Beginning of a Process for the Egyptian People Says University of Maryland Expert
University of Maryland, College Park

Institute for Advanced Computer Studies Researcher Aaron Mannes of the University of Maryland comments about Hosni Mubarak's decision to leave office in Egypt after 30 years. Mannes - an expert in Terrorism, Middle East politics and Homeland Security issues is available for interviews. All our faculty experts are available at:

Released: 4-Feb-2011 1:00 PM EST
Americans Know How To Solve Deficit
University of Maryland, College Park

When average Americans are presented the federal budget in some detail, most can cut the deficit dramatically and solve the Social Security shortfall. "Given information and a chance to sort through their options, most Americans do better than most politicians," says UMD Senior Research Scholar Steven Kull. Try the exercise yourself online.

20-Jan-2011 11:45 AM EST
Gene ‘Relocation’ Key to Most Evolutionary Change in Bacteria
University of Maryland, College Park

In a new study, scientists at the University of Maryland and the Institut Pasteur show that bacteria evolve new abilities, such as antibiotic resistance, predominantly by acquiring genes from other bacteria. The researchers new insights into the evolution of bacteria partly contradict the widely accepted theory that new biological functions in bacteria and other microbes arise primarily through the process of gene duplication within the same organism.

Released: 26-Jan-2011 3:30 PM EST
Non-Alcoholic Energy Drinks May Pose ‘High’ Health Risks
University of Maryland, College Park

Highly-caffeinated energy drinks – even those without alcohol – may pose a significant threat to individuals and public health, say researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and Wake Forest University School of Medicine. They recommend action by health providers, consumer, manufacturers and federal regulators.

Released: 25-Jan-2011 5:00 PM EST
SOU: “Fundamental Reset of the Obama Administration”
University of Maryland, College Park

President Obama is rebooting his administration in the State of the Union Address, “fundamentally resetting” his course, says Donald Kettl, dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and author of “Next Government of the United States.” “This is… a strategy of trying to get to the middle before the Republicans can get there,” Kettl explains.

Released: 25-Jan-2011 2:00 PM EST
Stuttering and the King's Speech
University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland Speech-Language Pathologist Vivian Sisskin talks about stuttering in wake of the 12 Oscar Nominations for The King's Speech.

Released: 25-Jan-2011 1:30 PM EST
Suicide Terrorism on the Rise
University of Maryland, College Park

The frequency of suicide terrorism has increased in recent years, with over 90% of all suicide attacks from 1970-2008 occurring between 2000 and 2008. Following a suicide bombing at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow, the START Terrorism Center at the University of Maryland has compiled background information on related terrorist activity.

Released: 24-Jan-2011 4:15 PM EST
New Md. Legislature Especially Under-Represents Women
University of Maryland, College Park

The new Maryland legislature significantly under-represents women compared to the general population, though African American membership is less out of balance, finds a new University of Maryland study. “Minority candidates are quite effective at winning elections, but there aren’t enough seeking office,” said UMD researcher Paul Herrnson.

Released: 13-Jan-2011 4:00 PM EST
University of Maryland's Abraham Nominated by President Obama to Council of Economic Advisers
University of Maryland, College Park

President Barack Obama announced this week the nomination of Katharine G. Abraham to the Council of Economic Advisers. Abraham is a professor in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology and a faculty associate in the Population Research Center at the University of Maryland.

Released: 11-Jan-2011 12:15 PM EST
Marketing Expert Says Verizon’s Success with iPhone Will Depend on Performance
University of Maryland, College Park

The impact of iPhone 4 release by Verizon on the competitive landscape boils down to one word: performance. That is, the performance of iPhone 4 on Verizon's CDMA wireless communications network.