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THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COMMUNITY
VOL. 8, NO. 2 WINTER 2011
Impact The Broad Reach of Maryland Innovation 20
BAND’S HAWAIIAN PUNCH 5
MANAGING WITH “GLEE” 9
CAVEDIVING DEVOTEE 13
TERP publisher Brodie Remington Vice President, University Relations advisory board J. Paul Carey ’82 M.B.A. Managing Partner, JPT Partners John Girouard ’81 President and CEO, Capital Asset Management Group Anil Gupta Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Strategy and Organization, Robert H. Smith School of Business Beth Morgen Chief Administrative Officer, Maryland Alumni Association Danita D. Nias ’81 Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations and Development Vicki Rymer ’61, M.B.A. ’66, Ph.D. ’83 Teaching Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business Keith Scroggins ’79 Chief Operating Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools Lee Thornton Professor and Eaton Chair, Philip Merrill College of Journalism magazine staff Lauren Brown University Editor John T. Consoli ’86 Creative Director Jeanette J. Nelson Art Director Monette A. Bailey ’89 Mandie Boardman ’02 Priya Kumar ’09 Kimberly Marselas ’00 Cassandra Robinson Tom Ventsias Brian Ullmann ’92 Writers Mira Azarm ’01 Joshua Harless Patti Look ’08 Catherine Nichols ’99 Brian Payne Designers Gail M. Cinoski M.L.S. ’10 Photography Assistant Ashley M. Latta M.A. ’11 Christie Liberatore ’13 Magazine Interns Kathy B. Lambird ’94 Production Manager E-mail email@example.com Terp magazine is published by the Division of University Relations. Letters to the editor are welcomed. Send correspondence to Managing Editor, Terp magazine, 2101 Turner Building, College Park, MD 20742-1521. Or, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org The University of Maryland, College Park is an equal opportunity institution with respect to both education and employment. University policies, programs and activities are in conformance with pertinent federal and state laws and regulations on non-discrimination regarding race, color, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
Alumni and Friends,
I have one of the greatest jobs in the world. Every day, I get to work on a dynamic campus, surrounded by energetic and engaged students and the best faculty and staff in the country. And every day, I am filled with pride at the important work being done here at Maryland. In a special feature in this edition of Terp, we’ll take you on a tour of the university, college by college. From the work on wildfires in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences to fighting childhood obesity in the School of Public Health to the inspiring entrepreneurship programs in the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the A. James Clark School of Engineering, we are making a difference in our community and in our world. It’s just this type of impact that makes Maryland one of the top public research institutions in the country. The Wall Street Journal ranked the university eighth in its annual list of Top Recruiter Picks—praising Maryland’s focus on teaching practical skills, its pipeline of graduates and its eagerness to forge corporate partnerships. Newsweek Education named Maryland to the 15th spot on its 2010 list of Most Desirable Large Campuses. And just last month, Maryland moved up to No. 5 on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s annual ranking of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. Between our groundbreaking research, student, faculty and alumni achievement and ever-rising rankings, the University of Maryland is on a roll. So how can we keep up this momentum? What can each of us do to support this great institution? The answer is simple: Participate. Some of you may know that U.S. News & World Report’s rankings are determined, in part, by the participation rate of our alumni (the percentage of alumni who make financial
gifts to the school). The more donors we have, regardless of the amount of the gift, the higher our rankings will be. I often hear people ask what their $100 can really accomplish. The answer is, a lot. We’re proud to launch a new program called TerpsChoice that pools together gifts under $250 and lets you vote on the cause that will receive the accumulated donations. In this way, small gifts will make a big impact for a worthy part of the university. (See pages 3233 for more information.) I encourage you to show your support by using the enclosed envelope to make a modest gift—even $10 will make a difference—and vote for the cause of your choice. As you enjoy this edition of Terp, I hope you feel the same sense of pride in our outstanding institution that I do every day, and that you’re inspired to participate so Maryland’s momentum can continue. Go Terps!
Danita D. Nias ’81 Assistant Vice President Alumni Relations and Development
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2 Big Picture President Loh on the go; band lands $25K punch; new cybersecurity center; and more 6 Terp online Labyrinth garden video; collecting Facebook fans; class notes 7 Ask Anne Evidence of an infamous basketball game; snowstorm shutdowns; and more 8 Class Act Glee Live! manager; advocate for African girls’ education; and more 12 m-file Saving museums’ silver; brain-controlled robots; a cavediving researcher; and more 16 Play-by-play New AD’s playbook for success 17 SpotlIght Football integration revisited in play 18 Maryland Live Previews of Maryland Day, “The Barber of Seville,” Cupid’s Cup; and more 32 In the Loop Social giving contest; University Teaching Center; Incentive Awards Program’s 10th anniversary; and more 36 Interpretations President’s inauguration
making a world of difference
Maryland’s well known for its scientific impact on alterative energy, public health and national security—but that’s only a fraction of what we do. Our faculty researchers and alumni are pursuing creative solutions to many other important challenges, from treating leukemia to shrinking America’s foreign language gap to helping fight wildfires worldwide.
photo courtesy of the Diamondback; sculpture by patti look
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allace D. Loh arrived in November to begin his presidency at Maryland and has been off and running getting to know all of its stakeholders. He’s cheered on the Terps at Homecoming, shared Ledo pizza with city of College Park leaders and residents and met with the governor. His goal has been to listen so he can best address the issues Maryland faces in an informed and collaborative way. Students frequently stop Loh as he walks across campus to snap his photo and chat with him.
Loh with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who spoke on campus in December.
One of his first responsibilities was to name a new director of athletics: Kevin Anderson. They chatted with Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank ’96 at a football game.
Loh helps celebrate the field hockey team’s NCAA championship, a 3–2 doubleovertime victory over North Carolina.
Loh with Student Government Association President Steve Glickman.
Football and Field hockey photos by greg fiume; GLickman, O’Malley and College Park Leaders courtesy of the diamondback; testudo by lisa helfert; other photos by john t. consoli
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Former City of College Park Mayor Stephen Brayman ’88, M.Ed. ’95 (left) and current Mayor Andrew Fellows M.A. ’97 (center) meet with Loh at a community get-together at Ledo Restaurant.
Loh with Gov. Martin O’Malley during a visit to campus.
The Lohs were among more than 500 people who gathered on the Main Administration Building steps for the annual holiday video greeting.
He greets “President Loh” behind the wheel of the Loh Rider float in the Homecoming Parade.
Loh with Testudo and wife Barbara at Homecoming.
Loh talks with Chip Sollins ’82, past president of the Maryland Alumni Association, following a College Park Foundation Board of Trustees meeting.
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e university’s Wellness Initiative is working to make Maryland a healthy place to live, work and play through new h services, programs and events that reach out to the entire community. We’re bringing fresh produce to campus, providing easier access to health resources and empowering students to reach out to peers and promote change.
Visit the Farmers Market The grassy area between the Stamp Student Union and Cole Student Activities Building will be getting a little greener this spring with the arrival of weekly farmers markets. During a test run last April, the market drew a huge crowd of people to Hornbake Plaza to peruse local vendors’ fresh produce and baked goods. The goal is to give students, staff and faculty access to healthy, inexpensive fresh foods and to get everyone thinking about what they are putting into their bodies.
One-Stop Shopping @ wellness.umd.edu Statistics show the Internet is students’ primary resource for health information. But before they Google, they can check out the new UMD Wellness website, which makes it easy to get accurate information about health resources and wellness programs across campus. The calendar featured on the site shows an eclectic array of upcoming events, such as group yoga, athletic competitions and flu clinics. Other fun elements include the wellness tip of the week, healthy recipe ideas, a blog and Student Health 101—an online magazine tailored to students— as well as links to national health news.
Real Ways to Get Healthy A new offshoot of the initiative, the Student Wellness Committee, is promoting the many dimensions of wellness and its effect on academic life. In the fall, nearly 20 students began working with Dining Services to identify the healthiest options available in campus eateries. It’s also hoping to launch an educational campaign to reduce the stigma surrounding seeking mental health services.
michelle kim ’12, computer screen and dining hall photos by John T. Consoli
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Mighty Sound of Maryland Surfs onto TV Show
> thwarting cyberattacks < research will be aided by a dedicated infrastructure for providing proof-ofconcept testing for emerging cybersecurity technologies. He cites the success of campus research in areas like cryptographic protocols, mobile device and wireless network security, multimedia security and forensics as examples. Plans call for MC2 to actively promote the university’s entrepreneurship resources. With several nearby federal agencies involved with protecting the nation’s cyber infrastructure, the region is attractive for both established companies and startups that Maryland can assist through its entrepreneurship and incubator programs. O’Shea adds that the holistic philosophy of MC2—treating cyberthreats as a rapidly evolving “disease” that requires experts from multiple disciplines to treat the “patient,” or critical systems—requires bringing together faculty from the School of Public Policy, the College of Information Studies, the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences with colleagues in computer science and electrical and computer engineering. —TV
A cyberattack disables
An elite squad is sent in to wipe out the competition and picks up a $25,000 reward. The plot’s not nearly dark enough for an episode of television’s new “Hawaii Five-O,” but the happy ending played well
The Mighty Sound of Maryland steps out with its award-winning “Hawaii Five-O” routine at the Terrapins’ season home opener against Navy in Baltimore. To watch a video of the band’s routine, visit http://tinyurl.com/UMD-hawaii.
with the Mighty Sound of Maryland. The band’s take on the cop-show theme song won first place in CBS’s Marching Band Mania contest, locking up the cash prize and an October broadcast of its performance. Learning an extra routine—even one that carried a chance at national exposure—was no walk on the beach. Band Director L. Richmond Sparks said students had just two weeks to master the music (a pep band staple since the original show launched in 1968) and complicated formations including a tidal wave and the phrase “Book ’em Danno” before the football opener against Navy. Sparks then submitted a high-definition video of the halftime show for the two-week online competition. Band members appealed for votes on Facebook and in classes. About 100 students gathered in the band’s rehearsal room to watch the Oct. 11 episode of “Hawaii Five-O,” when Maryland was announced as the top vote getter among 18 finalists. “The place went wild,” says alto saxophonist Kelly Daniluk ’12. “It was the most excited, the happiest, the proudest moment I have ever seen this band collectively share.” Sparks hopes to use the $25,000 as seed money to replace his band’s 13year-old uniforms. The total cost for 300 uniforms will likely exceed $125,000. —KM
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umd: a big deal
Mighty Sound of Maryland photo by ken rubin
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine ranked Maryland No. 5 on its 2011 list of 100 Best Values in Public Education, saying we offer a “stellar education at an affordable price.” Who doesn’t love a great bargain?
100 best values in public colleges
millions of U.S. cell phones and home computers, knocks out East Coast power grids, closes Wall Street for a week and leaves government officials searching for answers. Is this science fiction or a realistic danger? To help confront increasing threats from cyberattacks, campus officials launched the University of Maryland Cybersecurity Center, also known as MC2, which joins already-established research efforts with new initiatives in education, outreach and entrepreneurship. “We want to take a holistic approach that branches out from technology to policy, business, economic and behavioral aspects of cybersecurity,” says Patrick O’Shea, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering. O’Shea, along with Larry Davis, professor and chair of computer science, will lead the multidisciplinary center until a permanent director is named. A strong educational need is driving the MC2 initiative, and the center will work with academic departments to develop new programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional education levels. Davis says the university’s strengths in cybersecurity
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click and choose: our bonus web content helps keep you connected to the university in ways that will make you think, smile and cheer.
peace is the word The Garden of Reflection and Remembrance, featuring a labyrinth and landscaped paths just outside of Memorial Chapel, opened Homecoming Weekend. Here’s your chance to take a virtual tour of this peaceful new corner of campus and follow the fascinating story of its birth. terp.umd.edu/garden
fan-ning the flame
impact on video Our big feature in this issue is all about how Maryland is taking on tough scientific and social challenges. That’s also a major theme in the university’s branding campaign, which kicked into high gear in the fall. Check out a sample of it in a short new video at umd.edu/impact
Are you a UMD fan on Facebook? More than 37,000 alumni, students, parents and friends have found our page a great way to stay connected to the university. In fact, our numbers have tripled in the past year. But we always welcome more. We’d love to be No. 1 in the ACC—our competitiveness knows no bounds! Can you help us top North Carolina State and Miami? Visit us online at facebook.com/univofmaryland
class notes Weddings, births, passings, promotions: We want to hear about them all, and so do your former classmates. So please send and share your news! terp.umd.edu/classnotes
labyrinth photo by john t. consoli; illustration by christie liberatore
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ask Anne Questions for Anne Turkos, university archivist for University Libraries, may be
Q. Is it unprecedented for the campus to be closed for a week for snow? What’s the previous record? —Amy Alford ’05
sent to email@example.com.
A. I could not find a single reference to Maryland closing due to severe winter weather before the 1950s. This may be because a large percentage of students, faculty and staff lived on or near the campus. The great snowstorm of January 1922 did cripple transportation in and out of College Park, but The Diamondback did not make any mention of school closing. Likewise, The Diamondback did not report any classes cancelled for the major storms of February 1936, January 1940 or March 1942 (the famous Palm Sunday Blizzard). Looks like Snowmaggedon 2010 wins!
Q. I heard a faculty member in the College of Engineering developed the concept of a bar code. Is this fact? —Reg Traband, ’58, M.S. ’68
A. George J. Laurer ’51 is credited with this invention that radically changed the retail world. You can learn more about him on the Maryland Alumni Association’s Alumni Hall of Fame website at www.alumni.umd.edu.
Q. Are there any pictures of the halftime score (4–3) of the 1971 basketball game between Maryland and South Carolina? —Dennie Masser A. This is one of Maryland’s most memorable basketball games, which took
place on Jan. 9, 1971, with a final score of 31–30 in overtime. It was a bit of a challenge to find images from the game that show the scoreboard, since most of them concentrated on the action (or lack thereof) on the floor. I am afraid that we did not find a scoreboard shot near halftime. The lowest score that we can see on the board is 3–2. There’s also an image showing the 1–0 score, with 16:01 to play in the first half. However, there is a shot in the background of the wild celebration on the court at the end of the game that clearly shows the final score.
photos courtesy of the diamondback and university archives, Stuffed Testudo by John T. Consoli
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Opening Doors to Girls’ Schooling
Jacqueline AudigÉ was only 8 when her parents chose her
over 13 older siblings to send to school two hours from their home in Cameroon. Increasingly burdened by the lack of emotional and financial support, she was forced to drop out of high school. Today Audigé ’04, M.A. ’07 hopes to save girls in rural Cameroon from enduring similar hardships. She is founder and CEO of Aumazo, a nonprofit that seeks to stimulate girls’ interest in education and develop secondary schools with free tuition. The construction of Aumazo’s first boarding school is under way, and Audigé hopes to welcome the first 50 students in Fall 2012. “Girls will feel valued and safe where they are,” she says. Audigé spent 10 years separated from her family to pursue her education in the city of Mbanga because there was no middle or high school in Bankondji, her native village. Because of the distance, her parents could only visit once a year. Such stories are common in the African nation, where due to poverty, gender inequalities, cultural traditions and lack of facilities, only 22 percent of girls are enrolled in secondary school, compared to 28 percent of boys, according to UNICEF. When Audigé married and moved to the United States with her family, she began her education anew, culminating in undergraduate and master’s degrees from the university—all while raising five children. “May 20, 2007, was the best day of my life,” Audigé says of her last graduation day. While earning her graduate degree at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, she launched Aumazo. She formed its name from the “Au” of her last name and the “Ma” and “Zo” that begin her children’s first names. Aumazo was recognized nationally in 2010 in the Great Nonprofits’ Top-Rated List of Women’s Empowerment Nonprofits. She also was one of the “heroes and ultimate viewers” on the “Ultimate Favorite Things” episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in November. Audigé is auctioning some of the prizes she took home to raise more money for the school. —MLB
Jacqueline Audigé holds photographs of prospective students and of women building the boarding school in Cameroon that’s she’s championed.
photo by john t. consoli
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alumniprofile travel 2011 “... throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. explore.
dream. discover. —Mark Twain
Classic Greek Isles Sept. 19–Oct. 1 Tour Athens, the cradle of civilization, with guided visits of the 5th-century Acropolis and Parthenon. Spend seven nights aboard the Harmony V gliding through the azure waters of the Aegean to classic whitewashed islands. Portrait of Italy Sept. 24–Oct. 10 Experience the best of Italy’s countryside and its famed cities—Rome, Florence and Venice. Immerse yourself in Italy through tours, art, wine tasting and exploration. Machu Picchu Oct. 7–14 Travel to the mist-shrouded mountain citadel of the Incas to Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Explore Machu Picchu, so remote and inaccessible that it was left untouched by the Spanish conquistadors and unknown to the outside world until Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911. Don’t miss the chance to set sail, explore, dream and discover. For more information, visit alumni.umd.edu/travel2011 or contact Angela Dimopoulos ’07 at 301.405.7938/800.336.8627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
from ticket buyer to image maker jared paul ’99 went from seeing the Smashing Pumpkins perform at Lollapalooza to managing them just over a decade later. The former theatre major has built a successful career as a music manager, comanaging “American Idol” finalist and Oscarwinning actress Jennifer Hudson and “Dancing with the Stars” dancer and country singer Julianne Hough. This summer, he’ll repeat his role as manager of the highly popular Glee Live! tour. He credits his Maryland experience with a large part of his transformation from ticket buyer to image maker, whether it was learning production and set design or balancing classes with a full-time job booking gigs at the Verizon Center in Washington, or his work with Student Entertainment Enterprises, or SEE. “What I learned at Maryland—sound, lighting, PR and marketing in theatre—was key,” he says. “I learned that prep work is everything, especially in live entertainment. If you haven’t done your work ahead of time, when something does go wrong, it’s like a house of cards; it all comes down.” The Rockville native began his foray into entertainment as a DJ for hire in high school, a business he brought with him to Maryland.
photos courtesy of Maryland alumni association and Jared paul
Paul and SEE helped bring George Clinton, Bob Dylan and the Fugees to campus. Now a partner with Azoff Geary Paul Management, a division of mega-entertainment firm Front Line Management, Paul not only brings shows to stages, but he also helps to shape what is presented. “It is challenging, even with a show like ‘Glee.’ What was most exciting was to watch a cast—who started out not as a true group since they read lines on set and recorded their vocals separately—become a unit,” says Paul. “When they walked out on stage they became New Directions [the television show’s glee club]. It was an amazing thing to watch. “I love being a part of the creative process, working hand in hand with the artists,” he says. “If someone’s going to part with their hardearned money [for a ticket], you’d better come with a lot of value.” Creativity, a strong work ethic and the willingness to do just about anything, says Paul, make anything possible. The pecking order in entertainment is not as black and white as in other industries, he says. “Your first foray out of school could put you at the top.You could create a one-person show for Broadway or be the next big lighting director.” —MAB
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getting down and dirty in the gulf
Teresa “Terry” McTigue’s goal was to beat the oil to shore. The deputy director of the National Oceanographic and atmospheric administration’s center for coastal Monitoring and assessment and her colleagues abandoned their offices just days after the Deepwater Horizon well began spewing oil into the gulf of Mexico. in two weeks, McTigue ’84, who is an ecologist, and chemists and biologists conducted tests on 62 sites from the Brazos river in Texas to the Florida Keys to establish a baseline of the level of contaminants in the water, sediment and oysters. along the way, the researchers hit up friends along the gulf coast for available boats, subbed in zip-close bags and canning jars for lab equipment that didn’t arrive, and were touched by the kindness of local officials who opened parks to them or fishermen who simply gave them oysters. “We were just screaming our way along the coast,” McTigue says. “it was an amazing experience. it felt like the communities we were going through were on our team.” she and her NOaa team returned in November for more testing—at a less frenzied pace—to start determining the extent of the oil contamination on the environment and habitat. eventually, the data will become part of the federal government’s case against oil company BP. McTigue got her first taste of fieldwork, in the chesapeake Bay and at the Patuxent research refuge, while earning her zoology degree at Maryland. she laughs as she recounts how her dad, who
Terry McTigue ’84 has worked extensively with Alaskan Native tribes, helping to improve science education in remote villages and to establish projects to determine contamination in tribal waters.
wanted her to become “an educated woman,” threatened to make her leave the university after seeing her first-semester grades. a part-time job in a professor’s lab washing glassware, she says, helped her focus on science. (it grew into a fouryear internship studying plankton.) she says the research experience and broadbased education, including courses in geography and geology, gave her a leg up when she went on to earn her master’s at the university of south carolina and doctorate at Texas a&M. McTigue’s entire career has been with NOaa; after six years managing the restoration of 25,000 acres of wetlands along coastal Louisiana, she returned to Maryland to the agency’s headquarters to continue her work on a national level. “i could be in my office all the time and be safe,” she says. “Or i could be out doing the cool stuff.” —LB
photo by john t. consoli
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The Value of Membership Just like the university, Maryland alumni are a lot of things: enterprising, creative, smart, independent. The value of a Maryland Alumni Association life membership also defies any one label. To entrepreneurs, it’s an investment in the future. To our curious and driven alumni, membership means the opportunity to network, travel and continue their education. Still others appreciate the ability to strengthen the Maryland family by expanding clubs and chapters. While membership at every level is important, Eric Francis ’71 saw the importance of a lifetime connection to Maryland. “It’s not just about giving back financially, but feeling a commitment to the place that did really wonderful things for you, and is now doing wonderful things through you for other people,” he explains. During Homecoming 2010, “Whether you are the names of the association’s 280 newest life members were a recent graduate unveiled on the Eric S. and or have reached Frann G. Francis Lifetime emeritus status, the Member Wall. Guests enjoyed one common thread a champagne toast and were treated to a copy of “University is that we are all of Maryland” (pictured top Terrapins.” right) by university archivist Jason Speck M.L.S. ’09. Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors President Steve Rotter ’82 underscored the importance of life membership in his remarks to the audience. “As a life member, I recognize how valuable and rewarding a lifetime engagement with alma mater is, and we are also creating a legacy for the next generation of alumni,” he said. “Whether you are a recent graduate or have reached emeritus status, the one common thread is that we are all Terrapins.” To join today as a life member—or at any membership level—visit alumni.umd.edu. —MLB
Jason Speck M.L.S. ’09 uses carefully selected photographs from the university’s archives to create University of Maryland, a pictorial history. Touching, insightful and rare images illustrate the university’s rise to an academic, artistic and athletic powerhouse.
In her debut novel, The Language of Trees, Ilie Ruby ’88 spins a haunting tale examining the bonds of parents and children in rustic Canandaigua, N.Y., where all is not what it seems and the past refuses to stay where it belongs.
Known as the greatest detective in the world, Ellis Parker was the American Sherlock Holmes who solved 98 percent of the murders he investigated. Yet his illustrious 40-year career ended tragically in prison, where he died on the very eve of presidential pardon. In Master Detective, John Reisinger ’66 tells the whole incredible story in detail for the first time.
illustration by christie liberatore; photos by john t. consoli
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m-ﬁle improving agriculture, one gene at a time Farmers can’t change the weather
or climate, but new research in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences could soon help their crops better withstand drought or other extreme conditions. June Kwak, an expert in cell biology and molecular genetics, leads a research group from Maryland and five other institutions to improve the canola plant— an important oilseed crop used for human consumption and biodiesel fuel—so that it retains more water during dry spells. The key, Kwak says, is to develop new strains of canola with genetically altered “guard cells” that effectively close the stomata, microscopic pores on the plant’s leaves, when the weather turns hot and
dry. This prevents a main source of water loss in the plant, he says. Biologist Carlos Machado is part of a multi-institutional team hoping to transfer the hardiness of free-ranging wild rice over to established strains of cultivated rice, a food source for more than half the world’s population. Working with scientists from the University of Arizona, Machado is analyzing the genetic traits of 24 species of wild rice in order to cross-breed new commercial strains that produce higher yields and require less water and fertilizer. The National Science Foundation is funding both projects, with Kwak’s team receiving $5 million and Machado’s team getting $9.9 million. —TV
newsdesk University of Maryland faculty are the source news media turn to for expertise—from politics and public policy to society and culture to science and technology. “The number of things Americans hear about regularly are manifold. They assume there is some really immense foreign assistance effort, which of course is not true.”
“If the economy and the government don’t have an answer to a problem, people are forced to try social enterprise.”
“It could have just as easily not have happened, and then you wouldn’t be wearing a gold ring after your wedding.”
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“The dispersion of income is larger than it’s ever been. There used to be a much wider spread of incomes within geographic areas than there is now. There’s much more of a clumping together.” Douglas Besharov, public policy, on the growing gap between haves and have-nots,
Bloomberg News, Dec. 19, 2010.
canola plant illustration by brian payne; geographic income cluster illustration by jeanette j. nelson and margaret hall
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Exploring the Deep Assistant Professor Daphne Soares ’96, Ph.D. ’02 is a neuroscientist who first won acclaim for her work on alligators’ “sixth sense,” bumps on their jaws that feel water vibrations. Now she’s studying the evolution of Mexican blind cavefish, and the adventureseeker learned to cave-dive to pursue her research. Before her spring trips to Ecuador, Madagascar and the Bahamas, she paused to talk to Terp’s Lauren Brown.
TERP: You grew up on a farm outside Rio de Janeiro, the daughter of a Brazilian mom and American dad. Is that where you developed your love of animals? SOARES: Oh, yes! I was an only child surrounded by animals. I grew up on the back of a horse. TERP: So how did you end up at Maryland? SOARES: This story is a buffet of craziness: My family moved to Chattanooga when I was a teenager, then to Maryland. I was going to be an artist but changed my mind and joined a fire department. Then I decided to go back to college, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Assistant Professor Daphne Soares, who learned to cave-dive specifically to conduct her research, says she’d love to be the Jane Goodall of cavefish someday.
TERP: How did you get interested in neuroscience? SOARES: A lecture by biology Professor Richard Payne changed my life. He said certain cells in the body have electricity. I thought, You’re kidding me! Bodies are all wet and gooey! How can neurons have electricity? I had to know more. TERP: Why turn to cavefish? SOARES: They are nature’s comparative evolution experiment, already done for us. There are lots of types of cavefish—catfish, goby, tetra, etc. And they all evolved from river ancestors. So what happens after you take a fish and cook it for a few hundred thousand years in the extreme environment of a cave? Some senses diminish and some get augmented, and it turns out there is a lot of variability in their behavior. TERP: What’s the wildest run-in you’ve had studying alligators? SOARES: I was with National Geographic’s Brady Barr and a guide on Lake Okeechobee in Florida when we caught the biggest alligator I’d ever seen. He’d been killing dogs. We hauled him onto the boat and hog-tied him. But the boat was so small Brady and I had to sit on him for the ride back to the shore. By the time we got there, he’d recovered his energy and exploded. He was thrashing so hard that tail hit me and dislocated my jaw, and he hurt Brady’s back. I popped my jaw back into place, because we still had to move (the gator) into a holding pen.
TERP: You’ve hiked in Iceland, spent a year tromping around Africa, lived on a boat and sailed up the East Coast. But cavediving is extraordinarily more technical, difficult and potentially deadly. Why do it? SOARES: I do have a son and a husband who love me. I am extremely conscientious of what I do underwater. But the ability to observe an animal in its environment opens up a world of questions. The things I see are just amazing. It’s an alien world, and nobody has ever done this. It would be great to be the Jane Goodall of cavefish one day. Soares caption
photo by jill heinerth
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Putting a New Shine on Silver Conservation Antoine-Louis Barye’s 1865 “Walking Lion; Striding Lion” sculpture at the Walters Art Museum could one day benefit from the new treatment, says Walters conservation scientist Glenn Gates.
If you’ve ever worried about damaging your grandmother’s silver while cleaning it, imagine how museum curators confront tarnish on priceless works of art. Scientists from the A. James Clark School of Engineering have teamed up with conservators from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore to develop and test a new, high-tech way to protect silver art objects and artifacts. The technique, called atomic layer deposition, or ALD, will be used to create nanometer-thick, metal oxide films which, when applied to an artifact, are both transparent and optimized to reduce the rate of silver corrosion. “ALD gives us an exquisite level of control, literally at the atomic level,” says Ray Phaneuf, a professor of materials science and engineering. “It’s an effective,
low-cost strategy to reduce corrosion that preserves artifact appearance and composition while complying with the rigorous standards of art conservation practice.” Walters conservation scientist Glenn Gates says the new coating must be acceptable for display in a museum context, tough enough to endure transport and handling and completely removable so an object can be retreated to meet future standards of conservation and aesthetics. “And finally, it should not cause any harm to a piece, even if it breaks down.” The team will first test the new technique on small samples of fine and sterling silver, then on objects from Gates’ own collection, such as 19th-century demitasse spoons and antique silver dollars. —LB
image courtesy of walters art museum
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fighting fungi with fungi In an ecological twist of the adage “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” a university researcher is searching South America’s jungles for fungi to circumvent a fungusborne disease that has wreaked havoc on the continent’s rubberproducing industry. Priscila Chaverri, an assistant professor of plant science and landscape architecture, traveled to the Amazon Basin in January looking for a natural biocontrol to stop the spread of South American leaf blight, which has destroyed much of the Hevea trees in the region.
“Nature has a way, over time, of producing its own remedies.” —Priscila Chaverri
Microcyclus Fungus photo by V. pujade renaud; Robot and student photos by john t. consoli
Chaverri will use her expertise in systematics to try to identify a natural deterrent. “Nature has a way, over time, of producing its own remedies,” she says. While most of today’s rubber is produced synthetically, latex taken from Hevea trees is the only rubber that can be used for condoms, medical gloves and other sensitive equipment. Finding a biocontrol could also prevent the disease from spreading to rubber-producing regions in Africa and Asia. The research is funded by a $650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, and joins Chaverri and her two graduate students with a researcher from the Smithsonian Institution and two plant pathologists from a private organization in France. —TV
A Thinking Person’s Robot Visitors to the A. James Clark School of
Engineering might have imagined they were at a Vegas magic show instead of a robotics open house: Guests guided a miniature flying vehicle buzzing around a lab, but not with nimble fingers on a joystick. Instead they used brainwaves. The demonstration last fall in the Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory of Assistant Professor Sean Humbert showcased early research on whether the human brain can control the movement of small unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, which may soon be used by the military for surveillance or by civilians involved in search and rescue operations. Humbert, with two doctoral students and Paul Samuel, president and CEO of Daedalus Flight Systems, is exploring the concept of hands-free UAVs that can allow a soldier to firmly grip his weapon or a rescuer to hold onto a ladder, while simultaneously scanning the surroundings with sensors embedded in the UAV. Users wearing a headset control the UAV’s movement either by thinking hard—concentrating on multiplication tables, for example, which raises the vehicle—or by letting their mind totally relax, which guides the UAV lower and forward. “We can manage basic vertical and rotational movement fairly well, but we’re just beginning to scratch the surface of what’s possible,” says Samuel ’96, M.S. ’99, Ph.D. ’03. The thought-controlled UAV is one of several projects in Humbert’s lab using bio-inspired technology. Other microscale devices can mimic the navigational abilities of a bumblebee, while still other micro robots are able to crawl and jump over obstacles just like small insects do. “The scientific challenge is to give these devices a sense of autonomy that allows them to interact with many different environments,” says Humbert. “We think studying natural sensory systems that have developed over millions of years will help guide our research.” —TV
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play-by-play scorecard Maryland led Atlantic Coast Conference public institutions with 277 student-athletes listed on the ACC Academic Honor Roll during the 2009-10 academic year. The Honor Roll is comprised of studentathletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year. Three of Athletics Director Kevin Anderson (left) sees his role as the “bus driver,” encouraging students, fans and administrators to come together to help Maryland athletics succeed on and off the field.
those Terps were also named ACC Players of the Year. Caitlyn McFadden (women’s lacrosse), Hudson Taylor (wrestling) and Emma Thomas (field hockey). Maryland men’s basketball players and coaches participated last fall in Zack’s
new ad gets behind the wheel
Run, a benefit 5K to raise funds to prevent childhood cancer. The race started and finished
Kevin Anderson looked out at a sea of expectant faces. It was his first week on the job as Maryland’s
outside the Comcast Center.
new athletics director, and he had gathered all 150 coaches and staff members. No one assembled in Heritage Hall knew what to expect—until Anderson began asking each of them to stand and share something about themselves. Something surprising.
The Terps were led by junior
A coach revealed a childhood scar inflicted by a run-in with a polar bear. A senior associate athletics direc-
transfer Berend Weijs, who despite his 6-foot-10 frame finished in 21:12, just two
tor admitted to a 15-year-old “Smiley Terp” tattoo. A marketer spoke of having a twin brother with a different
seconds off the pace of
birthday. At the end of the session, the heightened sense of camaraderie was clear.
last year’s winner, Greivis
All part of the plan, Anderson says. “This is about ‘we,’ not ‘me.’ This is about coming together as a team
and building upon the excellence of this athletic department, and of this university. This is about creating a family here, about everyone getting on the same bus.”
Speaking of Vasquez, the
With a grin, he adds, “I’m just the bus driver.”
All-American and ACC Player
Anderson was drawn to Maryland by its excellent reputation and high expectations for its student-athletes,
of the Year was taken by the
both on the field and in the classroom. He’s committed to those standards, and knows tough decisions must
Memphis Grizzlies as the 28th
be made to meet them.
selection in the 2010 NBA draft.
Bringing in a new head football coach in January was just such a decision. “We are a good football program,” Anderson says. “But I want to be a great football program.” Anderson has exceeded high expectations over a long and notable career in collegiate athletics. He arrived at Maryland from the United States Military Academy, where he had directed Army’s athletics department since 2004. Prior to West Point, Anderson served at some of the nation’s premier athletic departments, including Oregon State, the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford. Additionally, he serves as second vice president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s
Basketball Issues Committee. “I’m one of the most competitive people you will ever meet,” Anderson says. “I want to win. And I want to win the right way.” —BU
Anderson photo by john T. Consoli; student photos courtesy of university athletics
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spotlight ACC Civil Rights History Takes Center Stage When Darryl Hill took the football field in 1963
wearing a Terps uniform, he caused a stir before the game even started. Hill ’65 was known as the Jackie Robinson of Southern college football for his role as the first black football player in the ACC. Emmy Award-winning writer and English Professor Michael Olmert ’62, Ph.D. ’80 recreates Hill’s experience in his new play, “Moving the Chains: The Darryl Hill Story.”
“Darryl, he didn’t set out to be a hero of the race problem. He just wanted to be a football player,” Olmert says. Nevertheless, racism propelled Hill to excel on the field and in the classroom. “Bigotry was my steroids,” reads one of Hill’s lines in the play. “It jacked me up into revenge, got the old juices flowing.” Olmert, a prolific author of books, plays, films and TV documentaries, set this story on stage instead of in the pages of a book because “a play is a much more intense experience than a nonfiction book.” Hill attended a table reading of the play in Tawes Hall last May. Students questioned him afterward, expressing disbelief at the discrimination he faced. Hotels refused to house the team and he was subjected to death threats and racist taunts. People are “used to seeing the hoses and demonstrations of the ’60s, but when you switch it over to football, it just doesn’t seem to click in,” Hill says. “I think it’s time that the nation understood that the University of Maryland was on the forefront of integrating sports. The play is as much about me as it is about the [university’s] administration of the time.” The Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C., will hold a staged reading on March 21 as part of its “Backstage at the Lincoln” series. The reading, a cooperation between the Lincoln Theatre and Theatre J, seeks to spur a dialogue about the prejudice blacks and Jews have faced. “This play is so beautifully written. It’s very poignant,” says Bonnie Nelson Schwartz, executive producer of the series. “It has great historical significance, and it’s what this series is all about.” —PK
Darryl Hill ’65 (left and inset, above) and English Professor Michael Olmert Ph.D. ’62, Ph.D. ’80 (far left) attended the same elementary school, and they teamed up decades later at Maryland to retell Hill’s barrier-breaking story.
photo by john T. Consoli; inset courtesy of university archives
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Join us for an unforgettable evening of opera, as this classic rendition of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” comes to life on the Maryland stage. Filled with wonderful melodies and engaging characters, the opera is performed in Italian with English subtitles, and features members of the UMD Symphony Orchestra.
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The Dingm an Center for Entrepren eurship ho s ts its sixth an nual throw down, with five alumn i and student fin alists pitch ing their prom ising busin esses to a panel of judges fo r up to $15,000 in funding. T h e event, named for founder Ke vin Plank’s ’96 first ca mpus bus iness, Cup Valentines id’s , has all th e exciteme of a sports nt contest, w ith a cheeri crowd of s ng pectators, a performa by the Mig nce hty Sound of Marylan and an ap d pearance b y Testudo.
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IMPACT > GLOBAL Protecting our global food supply through
new science and policy? Check. Building a “superbattery” to power cars of the future? Check. Discovering new measures of climate change? We’ve got that covered, too.
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Youâ€™ve heard that Maryland is taking on some of the biggest issues facing the world. But in every college and school on campus, students and faculty are pursuing new approaches to many other vexing and contemporary problems, whether childhood obesity, urbanization or barriers to information access. The crew here at Terp decided with this issue to roll out a buffet of the fascinating and important work the university is undertaking right now. Over the next 10 pages, peruse our sampling of Marylandâ€™s unique partnerships, outside-the-classroom opportunities and inspiring research.
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IMPACT > world
a. james clark school of engineering
Achieving the Impossible “If somebody says something’s impossible, I just tried to think of a way to make it possible.” If this statement from Robert Briskman M.S. ’61 seems audacious, he backs it up. For 20 years, he dreamed of a new satellite service that would provide continuous radio programming across the United States. He envisioned legions of subscribers. It would be an entertainment revolution. Problem was: Nobody thought it would work. First, he was told that no one would ever pay for radio programming, when dozens of stations were readily available for free. And second, the technology didn’t exist.
So Briskman invented that technology. He designed and built three of the most powerful commercial satellites of the time, and launched them into a “figure 8” geosynchronous orbit over the Americas. The result was Sirius Satellite Radio, the first major development in radio in decades. Today, Sirius XM has more than 20 million paying subscribers and on-air talent that includes Howard Stern, Martha Stewart and Bob Dylan. “Robert is an inspiration to today’s engineering students,” says Clark School Dean Darryll Pines. “That’s why we have the
Innovation Hall of Fame.” The signature of the Clark School, the Innovation Hall of Fame recognizes pioneers of many of the most significant engineering advances in the past century: Pulse Doppler radar. The Universal Product Code. The automatic parachute. It’s company Briskman was humbled to join at his induction in October. “I don’t know if I’m an inspiration for the next generation. My advice to them is to find problems that are unsolved and try to think up solutions for them. It’s that simple.” —BU
“My advice to the next generation is to find problems that are unsolved and try to think up solutions for them. It’s that simple.” —robert briskman m.s. ’61
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college of behavioral and social sciences
Tracking Wildfires Worldwide When wildfires threaten homes in California, power lines in South Africa or farmland in Botswana, technology developed in part by a Maryland geographer comes to the rescue. Chris Justice, department chair, worked with nasa to develop the Fire Information for Resource Management System, or firms, which measures the extent and impact of fires around the world. The rapid-response mapping system uses remote sensing and data from nasa’s Aqua and Terra satellites to pinpoint fires, information that helps the
National Forest Service develop its firefighting strategies and researchers track smoke that can cause health problems or commercial aviation hazards. In 2009, more than 77,000 fires in the U.S. burned a total of 5.9 million acres. “We can use these nasa satellites for two things: pure science, to understand climate science’s impact on fire. Or we can use them to generate practical applications that allow people to better monitor their natural resources or provide health warnings,” Justice says. Anyone around the world can view the data online or sign up for e-mail alerts from firms. Traffic to the site spiked dramatically during last summer’s forest fires in Russia. —PK
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school of architecture, planning and preservation
Balancing the Built Environment Tucked among the strip malls, highways and faded industrial parks of Bladensburg, Md., is the city’s rich heritage as a major Revolutionary-era port and site of a pivotal battle in the War of 1812. A first-of-its-kind project at the school is examining how to preserve the community’s past and revive its present, by bringing together graduate students studying real estate development, historic preservation, urban planning and landscape architecture. They and faculty, working with city officials, residents and preservationists, in December provided two vibrant, realistic redevelopment proposals for Bladensburg.
At the same time, they modeled a collaborative solution for communities nationwide facing similar redevelopment challenges. “We’re at a crisis in terms of suburban and urban development, and we have gone too long in this country letting people work in their silos,” says Assistant Professor B.D. Wortham-Galvin, who in the fall taught one of three courses devoted to the project. “Having these students work in an integrated way is a step toward a more sustainable built environment.” Supported by the local Aman Memorial Trust, students scoured old records, interviewed current Bladensburg residents,
compiled demographic information and conducted a market analysis to produce the plans for the clients to review. This semester, the students are continuing to work with the trust and city on detailed projects that complement Bladensburg’s assets, says Professor Margaret McFarland, director of the school’s real estate development program. The physical, social and financial hurdles are significant, she says, but students are learning to confront them in a creative and productive way. “It’s about as big a challenge as you can come up with,” she says. —LB
college of agriculture and natural resources
Understanding Urbanization Economists who study how, where and why urban areas expand generally don’t look at the effects on nearby waterways. Natural resources scientists who study the degradation of our bays, rivers and lakes in built-up areas don’t typically examine the policies that influence urbanization. Putting those two groups together just might be the equivalent of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. That’s the idea behind a new partnership of 13 senior scientists, including Maryland environmental economist Charles Towe and
hydrologists, ecologists and engineers. In the fall, they received $5 million from the National Science Foundation to study the relationship of land use, climate and ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay region. The findings could play a role in watershed and development policies at the local, state and regional levels. Balancing the urban environment with the earth’s natural resources is the mission of the college, and Towe M.S. ’06, Ph.D. ’08 earned his doctorate “reconstructing” the Howard County, Md., of 30 years ago to
determine how government policies, such as buying development rights from landowners, affected growth. For this project, he’s expanding his work into four other Maryland counties in the bay watershed, to create models that can predict how policies and trends may further affect water sustainability. “We make location decisions based on availability of land or water. Policies are influenced by those factors,” Towe says. “We’re attempting to say something about a messy dynamic environment.” —LB
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robert h. smith school of business
Demonstrating Social Responsibility In India, ambulances are known for ferrying the dead, not saving the living. But for the past five years, a company co-founded by Naresh Jain M.B.A. ’93 has been changing that perception. Dial 1298 for Ambulance provides ambulance service 24/7 in Mumbai and three other Indian states to anyone dialing that four-digit number. Patients pay on a unique sliding scale based on which hospital they choose: Those going to government hospitals pay less than those headed to the costlier private ones, and charges are waived for the poorest patients. Disaster and emergency patients are transported for free, too. The goal is to spread the socially conscious business model throughout India, which has no centralized emergency services. “What it’s doing is fantastic,” says Smith School Dean G. “Anand” Anandalingam. “He’s showing you can do more than get a financial —Naresh Jain M.B.A. ’93 return for yourself. You can use business principles to do good for society.” Jain says the Smith School taught him to think big and innovate. “Nothing is impossible, as long as you get your basics right,” he says. After completing his master’s degree, he was back in India, expanding his family’s plastics business and looking for an opportunity to “do something new and something more” when a friend’s mother faced a medical emergency and couldn’t get an ambulance. He and four friends, all educated in the U.S. or United Kingdom, began studying emergency medical service models at home and abroad, and voila: A business idea was born. Since Dial 1298’s founding in 2005, the bright-yellow fleet of fully equipped ambulances has grown to 350, each staffed with a driver and emergency medical technician. The company gets approximately 60,000 calls daily and makes 1,200-plus trips per day, Jain says. Dial 1298 has the capacity to do more, but it faces challenges that are unique to India, such as widespread misperceptions about ambulances. The private white ambulances there are expensive and more like hearses. And Indian drivers don’t traditionally make way for ambulances with sirens blaring; combine that with heavy traffic in Mumbai (population: 16.3 million), and rickshaws can often move faster than ambulances. But long-term social investor Acumen Fund is committed to the company, and last spring put solar panels on 25 of the ambulances to provide backup power. India’s blinding sunlight recharges the defibrillator and other lifesaving devices inside, reducing fuel costs and easing the environmental burden. —LB
“Nothing is impossible, as long as you get your basics right.”
• from the national • science foundation to study the relationship o f l a n d u s e , c l i m at e and ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay region
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IMPACT > institution
school of public policy
Strengthening Good Governance, Globally
“I’m excited to learn about ways of being a liaison between the U.S. and other countries.”
It seems that Matthew Southerland began preparing for a career as a Foreign Service officer in China when he was 2. The son of a Washington Post East Asia correspondent, he spent ages 2–8 in Beijing. Back in the States, he continued his lessons in Chinese, and he returned to China during his junior year of college, then lived in Taiwan for two years. Now he’s one of the School of Public Policy’s first four Robertson Fellows, a new program that combines the school’s access to the policymaking process in Washington, D.C., and commitment to preparing students for a diverse scope of careers here and abroad. The program is designed to provide the federal government with future policy leaders in international relations and foreign affairs by fully funding graduate study and a summer internship in exchange for at least three years of U.S. government service. Maryland was awarded $340,000 to establish the fellowship last fall. Joining Southerland this year are students James Trent, Christopher Vorhis and Kira West. “I’m excited to learn about ways of being a liaison between the U.S. and other countries, interacting with officials and scholars, or helping people applying for visas,” Southerland says. —PK
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philip merrill college of journalism
Fusing Technology and Tradition How do tweets threaten or enhance journalism? How does media bias influence or reinforce the public’s views? And how can multimedia be used to explain complex topics to general audiences? As technology redefines how people find and use information, the Merrill College is exploring new ways to prepare students for a rapidly changing field while maintaining journalism’s traditional tenets, like accuracy, ethics and independence. Part of its strategy is a unique I-Series class called “Information 3.0” that gets students thinking about how society seeks, selects and shares news and information—
and gives Assistant Professor Ron Yaros an opportunity to study how students interact with technology. “We’re learning how they’re learning from the technology, so journalism can respond to the next generation of tech users,” he says. In the class, undergraduates from all majors conduct online research on technology and its expanding role. Students write and post articles on blogs, Twitter and Blackboard in class and on iPod touches supplied by the university. All the while, they’re learning a healthy skepticism about the information they’re collecting and an appreciation for the challenges of contem-
porary journalism. The frequent surveys they take on their tech use help shape the evolving curriculum at the college and increase understanding of the industry. “We’re only at 3.0. Like software, we’re going to go to 4.0 and 5.0 and 6.0,” says Associate Dean Katherine McAdams, referring to the course title and the field. “iPhones, smartphones and BlackBerrys are now transmitters of news. A headline is morphing into a tweet. All these things are being used in journalism in ways we never imagined.” —LB
college of information studies
Providing Equal Access Closing society’s information gap isn’t as simple as stocking up on more desktop computers for public libraries. Due to lingering disparities regarding socioeconomic background, gender, language, literacy, disability, age and other factors, many people still struggle to access online resources like job listings, educational materials or government services. A new initiative in the iSchool addresses these challenges by training the next generation of information professionals to design, develop and integrate the wide range of services, resources, technology and outreach needed to serve diverse populations. “Information penetrates every aspect of our lives—education, employment, entertainment and more. If you don’t have equal access, then you’ll probably be left out of a lot of important things in our society,” says Paul Jaeger, principal investigator of an $800,000 grant
from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support the new Information and Diverse Populations concentration in the iSchool’s master of library science program. Jaeger expects research, classroom instruction and mentoring will allow students to develop the practical and analytical skills needed to serve people from almost any background in places like public libraries, archives, school libraries and government agencies. He also expects the new courses to attract a range of students. “Information professionals have not necessarily represented the way that society looks,” Jaeger says. “This program is the first that specifically trains diverse information professionals to succeed in varied settings working with diverse patrons.” —TV
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IMPACT > knowledge
Reinventing an Institution Think a library is only for borrowing books and reading nooks? The University Libraries are kicking that image to the curb, redefining what services, collections and spaces will meet patrons’ evolving needs. “We’re not doing anything less than transforming libraries,” says Dean Patricia A. Steele. “That’s our goal: to make sure that
the library that everyone equates with books is one that people equate with information, doing their work, getting the support they need, the environment they need—physical and virtual—and having the collections and resources they need.” At Maryland, e-resources now account for 75 percent of the Libraries’ collections budget.
In addition, the Libraries are digitizing special collections, making what was formerly available only by visiting a library now available anywhere, anytime via the Internet. They’re archiving Web pages to preserve the record of the university and state. They’re encouraging faculty to publish online and adopt principles of open access. And they’re providing
undergraduate and graduate education
Remaking the Grade Sweeping changes to the university’s educational core are expected to make Maryland even more of a draw for the top students in the state and around the world. At the graduate level, Maryland is streamlining and energizing its 83 doctoral programs by admitting fewer students, boosting financial support through new grants, fellowships and research stipends and increasing mentoring and placement opportunities. “The doctoral programs at a major research institution are really what define that institution,” says Charles Caramello, dean of the Graduate School. “It’s where great universities produce and disseminate knowledge. And it’s where the next generation of scientists and scholars, particularly in our region, are trained for positions in important
federal labs and government agencies where they can have an impact.” Undergraduates entering Maryland this fall will see an expansion of the I-Series courses launched last spring as part of the university’s revamped general education program. Students taking the courses, such as “The Sustainable City” and “Genetically Modified Humans” investigate significant issues to understand how different disciplines address them. The new general education program, set to begin in Fall 2012, will strengthen students’ commitment to using knowledge and skills to better themselves and others, says Ira Berlin, a distinguished university professor of history. “The changes are designed to inspire and challenge both faculty and students,” he says. —TV
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of the libraries’ collection budget is allocated for • e- r e so urces • students with greater access to technology and new ways to collaborate in the Terrapin Learning Commons in McKeldin Library. “We won’t be alive in 20 years if people still think of us as a place for books,” Steele says. “We are putting forth the model of what the library is in the future, and it will be a continual and changing thing.” —LB
college of arts and humanities
Extending Lines of Communication China, Russia and India are among the 22 nations that require students to learn a second language. Most mandate that instruction start at age 7 or 8. Many students in the United States, however, can graduate from high school having studied only English. Study after study from the U.S. government sounds the alarm about this “world language gap,” and how it puts the nation’s security and economic competitiveness at risk. The National Foreign Language Center, housed in the college, has for 25 years been dedicated to closing this gap by providing opportunities to help Americans communicate in languages other than English. The center administers the Startalk program, which offers summer programs nationally in nine critical languages that attracted nearly 7,000 participants, including 1,500 teachers, in 2010 alone. Its e-learning department has developed 9,000 modules in more than 60 languages, available to any American learning institution or government agency. Its research arm helps inform policymakers, as in an October report recommending expanded world language instruction for younger U.S. students as well as an increased teacher supply. “It’s become more and more apparent that world language education (in the U.S.) has not changed, but the world has, and the demands have,” says Shuhan Wang, the center’s deputy director, who wrote the report with Director Catherine Ingold. “We have been sleeping.” The college also houses the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, which offers all levels of language instruction to UMD students. Wang says global firms and the government are hiring people who are multilingual, and the college has been in the forefront of offering Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Persian and other world languages. The federal government, in fact, provided Startalk with $15 million in funding last year. The center’s new frontier: producing Web-based courses in map reading, critical thinking and signals analysis. “We’re a one-stop shop,” says David P. Ellis, head of e-learning program, “so when the government has a need, they know we can draw on the resources of the university to meet it.” —LB
“It’s become more and more apparent that world language education (in the U.S.) has not changed, but the world has.” —shuhan wang
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school of public health
Shrinking Childhood Obesity Getting schoolchildren to choose fruit over French fries in the lunch line may be as simple as marketing the healthier choices more effectively. Research Associate Stephanie Grutzmacher M.S. ’04, Ph.D. ’07 is testing that theory with the Maryland State Department of Education and the University of Maryland Extension by training cafeteria workers and school administrators in lowcost ideas and offering classroom programs to be used in 60 schools starting in August. Examples of “nudging” children include placing a pretty basket of apples near the cash register, where students may be tempted to grab one while waiting to pay. Or putting the cookies and pudding out of sight, so students have to specifically request them. Or having food-service workers ask their young customers to choose between a banana or orange, rather than if they want either one. “Maybe we can make the carrots look cooler, and we can change behavior without reducing choices, being paternal-
istic or spending much money,” says Grutzmacher, who’s affiliated with the Department of Family Science. The latest figures on childhood obesity demonstrate the urgency and importance of her research. An estimated 17 percent of children in the U.S. are severely overweight, triple the rate 30 years ago. And many children get a large portion of their calories at school, highlighting the value of eating smart there. Grutzmacher’s work also ties into the School of Public Health’s commitment to health equity and health literacy, since the school meals program has the potential to increase access to nutritious food for low-income children. In the classroom component of the project, children might not only learn about the importance of healthy eating, but also develop a preference for healthy foods. “The problem we have in reforming school meals is that people think reforms won’t matter,” she says. “We want to show it’s easy and cheap.” —LB
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Overcoming Learning Disabilities D.J. Bolger’s 10-year-old daughter would like Dad to stop talking about brains. Little does she know that her father’s research helps further the understanding of brain development in children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and how to teach them reading, language and math. Bolger, an assistant professor, explores how techniques such as using phonics and strengthening short-term memory can help young children learn to recognize and use patterns. With neuroimaging technology, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, he and colleagues can detect cell growth and stronger connections between areas responsible for transmitting information. “We’re following these children over time and hoping to see the changes remain long after intervention. And we’re looking at the impact on behavior, such as better reading comprehension and math ability,” he says. Researchers in the three-year study are also examining how the backgrounds or educational settings of the approximately
100 study subjects, ages 3–5, contribute to their lag in reading and math. Between 20 and 35 percent of all children in the United States, and up to 60 percent of those from low-income backgrounds, have difficulties learning, says Bolger. Bolger looks forward to this summer’s opening of the university’s Maryland Neuroimaging Center, with a $2 million fMRI scanner, which will enhance his research. “The children are making gains in how much they’re doing … making leaps and bounds personally, yet overall they’re still in the bottom first to fifth percentile. What else is going on, and is there more that we can do?” —MAB
Between 20 and 35 percent of all children in the U.S. have difficulties learning.
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Treating Disease Through Math Biologists and physicians have an increasingly important partner in fighting disease: mathematicians. Associate Professor Doron Levy, working with hematologist Peter Lee at Stanford Medical School, has been combining mathematical models with biological data to predict when and how individual leukemia patients should be treated for maximum effectiveness. They found that the protocol for chronic myelgenous leukemia, or CML, patients who are already receiving the drug inmatinib could improve if the natural immune
response is stimulated with accurately timed cancer vaccines. The discovery on targeted therapy, which was widely published, is expected to go to clinical trials. In the meantime, Levy has been creating models with Christian Tomasetti Ph.D. ’10 to determine how drug resistance propagates in CML stem cells. The researchers ultimately hope to expand their results to other cancer cells. “A mathematical model can provide a tool to extend the reach of current lab experiments,” he says. Levy’s interest in such interdisciplinary
research, increasingly the focus at the newly integrated College of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, doesn’t end there. He’s recently teamed up with Jakub Simon at the University of Maryland School of Medicine to produce mathematical models on the Shigella bacteria. It causes severe diarrhea and kills 1 million people a year, mostly in developing countries. There is no vaccine to protect against it. “My goal is never to just develop a mathematical model, but to use mathematics to improve the treatment to patients,” he says. —LB
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You may not be on campus wielding a hammer, but you can help students build a solar-powered house for an international competition. You can outfit the Mighty Sound of Maryland in mightily needed new uniforms. You can keep cash-strapped students from withdrawing from Maryland.
What difference can one person make, you ask? The answer lies in the power of community. That’s what TerpsChoice is all about. TerpsChoice, the university’s new social giving effort, seeks to make a big impact through small contributions. “This is about the transformative power of small gifts,” says Brodie Remington, vice president for university relations. “Even modest support can make a real difference to these terrific causes.” To participate, use the envelope included in this issue of Terp or visit TerpsChoice.umd.edu to view videos for each of the causes and make your gift online. —BU
How it works: From Feb. 1 through April 30,
make a gift to TerpsChoice of any size from $10 to $250
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Vote for one Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program This new Honors College living and learning program, launched with the support of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, gives freshmen and sophomores from different majors the opportunity to develop innovative concepts for their own startup companies or other ventures. Donor support can provide much-needed seed funding to help these students succeed.
Keep Me Maryland The recession may be officially over, but many families of Maryland students continue to face economic hardship. Keep Me Maryland was established two years ago to award emergency grants to students at risk of not returning to the university. This fund has made a big difference for hundreds of students, but pleas for aid continue to rise.
Mighty Sound of Maryland The 300 members of the Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band represent a tradition of excellence and pride at UMD. Their uniforms should reflect that. But after 15 years of parades and field performances, the uniforms are showing their age. Donations to the uniform replacement fund will help keep our band looking as great as it sounds.
Solar Decathlon For the fourth time, a Maryland team has earned one of only 20 coveted spots in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2011, a competition to create a solar-powered house. Nearly 200 students from architecture, engineering, environmental science and technology, plant sciences, landscape architecture and other disciplines seek donor support to design and construct their entry, “WaterShed,” and win the contest on the National Mall this fall.
Veterans Initiative Student veterans may face unique physical, emotional, financial and other challenges. Maryland’s Veterans Initiative is providing critical services, support and scholarships to this growing community. These men and women have made enormous sacrifices for our nation, and the university welcomes gifts that can ease their readjustment to academic and civilian life.
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An architectural interpretation of the University Teaching Center viewed from Campus Drive.
New Teaching Center Hinges on Support Learning calculus is difficult enough, but when a column in the middle of the room obstructs your view of the instructor and the examples on the chalkboard, it gets even tougher. That’s the challenge facing students in many of the 27 math classes that meet in the basement of Reckord Armory, built in the 1930s as a rifle range. Low ceilings and structural columns limit the use of modern teaching technologies, and outdated, inefficient climate control systems often make rooms too warm or too cold for comfort. “When I came to the university in 1965, I was told the Armory would soon be torn down to make way for a new classroom building,” says Professor Denny Gulick, who is in charge of scheduling math classes. “But we’re still using it.” Prospects are brighter now for a new University Teaching Center, following state approval to include it among projects considered for funding next fiscal year. “We envision a teaching center that will be better than state-of-the-art, that will set the bar for an enriched learning experience for every student attending the university,” says Provost Nariman Farvardin. The 95,800-square-foot facility will be located at the center of the campus, making it easily accessible to the more than 10,000 students who will use it every week. A new building will be constructed on the site of Shriver Hall facing Campus Drive, integrating the historic façade of Holzapfel Hall facing McKeldin Mall. The proposed design includes five multimedia lecture halls and six technology-rich classrooms, all totaling 2,000 seats. Group study areas, informal learning spaces and spaces for faculty and technical support staff are also planned. The $55.8 million project requires the university to raise $12 million in private support to receive $45 million in state funding. “We are confident that with the help of alumni and friends,” says Farvardin, “we can make sure our students have the facilities they deserve.” —CR
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A Decade of Achievement Growing up in inner-city Baltimore,
Darian Scott-Carter ’08 always knew he wanted to go to Maryland. He was less sure of how he’d handle college life: managing the course load and cost and being away from his family. Once here, however, he found a group of people through the Incentive Awards Program, or IAP, who were determined to help him not just succeed, but lead. “All along the way, they support you, so I didn’t feel alone,” Scott-Carter says. He’s one of many Maryland alumni who thrived on campus, thanks to the program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Created by former president C. D. Mote, Jr., IAP relies on donor contributions to annually provide four years of full financial support to nine seniors from Baltimore and eight from Prince George’s County high schools who’ve demonstrated academic promise despite extreme hardship. Led by Director Jacqueline Lee, the program surrounds students with fellow scholars, IAP staff and mentors who connect them to campus resources, provide listening ears and offer guidance. In return, each student is expected to reach back and encourage those in their —jacqueline lee neighborhoods to attend college. Alumni have gone on to graduate school and careers as lawyers, teachers, researchers, financial analysts and more. Scott-Carter, who majored in criminology and criminal justice, is now a counselor with the CollegeBound Foundation, a nonprofit providing guidance services at city high schools. He talks with students at his alma mater, Paul Dunbar High School, about what’s possible, something he learned at Maryland. The self-proclaimed “silent leader” built his confidence as a drum major and president of UMD’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity. He says Lee forces IAP students to look beyond their circumstances. “I try to get them to focus on why they pursued the award in the first place, to relive the excitement of getting it,” she says. “Then I present to them the harsh reality of what life looks like without a college degree.” Scott-Carter, who just completed a master’s in homeland security management at Towson University, says not going to college wasn’t an option; he’d received acceptances from other schools. “But here it really is the support. There’s nothing else like it.” —MAB
I present to them the harsh reality of what life looks like without a college degree.
Around: IAP scholars, inset: Darian Scott-Carter ’08
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IAP photography by David Baratz, johansen krause, mike morgan and robert visser; scott-carter photo courtesy of darian scott-carter
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New Gallery Reveals Treasures from the Vault Shannen Hill’s students no longer have to leave cam-
pus to view a collection of African art. A new space set aside in the university Art Gallery allowed students studying with the assistant professor to have an array of alluring sculptures displayed especially for them. The Herman Maril Teaching and Research Gallery, honoring a longtime Maryland art professor, was created with a $50,000 gift from the Herman Maril Foundation and Kenneth Grief, a Maril family friend. It enables the gallery to move works out of its vault into a space where students, faculty and other scholars can use them. “It’s wonderful to have a space to reserve materials for students all semester,” says Hill. “Many of the Art Gallery’s 1,500 works will never be part of an exhibit, and they typically stay locked away in the vault,” says Director John Shipman. “They are valuable for teaching and research, and now we can make them accessible on request.” The teaching gallery features display space for objects and flat prints as well as two computer stations and a resource library to encourage on-site research. “I was really impressed with John’s vision for this space and thought it was something my father should be a part of,” says David Maril, who heads the foundation dedicated to preserving Herman Maril’s legacy. “My father taught here for 30 years, and I’m hoping that by maintaining his presence, students today will also be influenced by him.” One wall of the gallery will always feature a painting by Maril, whose art is included in more than 100 museum collections. The student gallery in the Department of Art is also named in his honor. —CR
african art photography by john t. consoli
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Gridiron Fan Catches 400th Game Longtime Maryland supporter Bob Baker attended his 400th consecutive Terrapin football game on Oct. 23, a remarkable run that extends back to 1976. His wife, Carol, was with him at Byrd Stadium—she’s missed only two games in 34 years.
Terrapin Support Continues to Climb Make your gift online at www.greatexpectations.umd.edu. $1 BILLION
$796 million as of Jan. 25, 2011
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Interpretations The Inauguration of Wallace D. Loh The University of Maryland will
celebrate a milestone with the inauguration of Wallace D. Loh as its 33rd president on April 28. The official installation will be the highlight of several days of special events. More than a celebration of Loh, the inauguration will serve as a tribute to the University of Maryland and its vitally important role in today’s fast-changing society. Founded as a land-grant institution with a focus on agriculture, Maryland is now one of the world’s great universities and a leader in areas as diverse as public health, entrepreneurship, alternative fuels and sustainability, national security, arts and athletics. On April 6, our graduate students will kick off the inauguration events by sharing their research at Graduate Research Interaction Day. Our undergraduate students will display their research at Undergraduate Research Day on April 27. Both events will be a terrific showcase for the impact Terrapins everywhere are making. The festivities close with the 13th annual Maryland Day on April 30, a campuswide open house featuring more than 400 special events, free of charge to all, followed by the annual Student Awards Banquet on May 1. The Inauguration Committee invites all faculty, staff, students and alumni to participate in this historic occasion. A series of official inaugural events are listed at right; some—including the official installation event—are open to the public (though tickets are required). The Inauguration Committee will also be streaming select inauguration events.
Please visit www.president.umd.edu for updated information and a complete list of all events.
The official activities of the inauguration include: april 6 Graduate Research Interaction Day Adele H. Stamp Student Union april 27 Undergraduate Research Day Adele H. Stamp Student Union National Scholarships Recognition Reception Adele H. Stamp Student Union Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Spring Symposium and 15th anniversary dinner Greenbelt Marriott april 28 10 a.m. The inauguration of Wallace D. Loh Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center noon Reception for entire university community Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 6:30 p.m. Inaugural dinner (invitation only) Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center april 29 Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference Adele H. Stamp Student Union Celebration of Scholarships Reception (invitation only) Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center april 30 10 a.m. 13th annual Maryland Day Campuswide 3:30 p.m. Red/White Spring Football Game Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium may 1 3:30 p.m. University of Maryland Student Awards Banquet (invitation only) Adele H. Stamp Student Union credit
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The Rewards of
OFFICE OF GIFT PLANNING To learn how a planned gift can support the University of Maryland cause of your choice and meet your personal financial needs, visit www.giftplanning.umd.edu or contact: University of Maryland Office of Gift Planning Toll-free phone: 866.646.4UMD | E-mail: email@example.com
Doug ’60 and Carole Gelfeld know better than almost anyone the benefits of an estate gift: He’s a retired financial services executive, and she’s an estate planning attorney. That’s why the Gelfelds feel good about establishing a deferred charitable gift annuity to benefit Keep Me Maryland. The annuity allows them to claim a large charitable tax deduction and will later provide them with lifetime annual income. With this planned-giving option, the Gelfelds are able to support a Maryland program they are passionate about. “When you make this kind of gift—or any estate gift,” Carole says, “you are modeling behavior for your children and showing them that this is what you need to do to give back.”
JOIN + GIVE
JOIN + GIVE
The winter weather brings a chill to the air, but here’s a great way to warm up your Terrapin heart. Join the Maryland Alumni Association and make an annual gift through the Maryland Fund for Excellence to the program of your choice. Your membership will provide invaluable opportunities to students following in your footsteps. Your gift will help the university foster excellence and continue to make its impact on the world. V I S I T G I V I N G . U M D . E D U T O J O I N I N A N D G I V E B A C K T O D AY.
*All gifts to the University of Maryland are tax-deductible as allowed by law. See your tax adviser for details.
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Join us for the 13th annual Maryland Day, a familyfriendly event that features hundreds of interactive exhibits, workshops and live performances. Come and discover the best of our academics, athletics and the arts along with new fare like our health and fitness extravaganza.
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