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The University of Maryland, College Park (University of Maryland, UMD, or simply Maryland) is a public research university in College Park, Maryland. Founded in 1856, UMD is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland. It is also the largest university in both the state and the Washington metropolitan area, with more than 41,000 students representing all fifty states and 123 countries, and a global alumni network of over 360,000. Its twelve schools and colleges together offer over 200 degree-granting programs, including 92 undergraduate majors, 107 master's programs, and 83 doctoral programs. UMD is a member of the Association of American Universities and competes in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Big Ten Conference. The University of Maryland's proximity to the nation's capital has resulted in many research partnerships with the federal government; faculty receive research funding and institutional support from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security. It is classified as a first tier research university by the Carnegie Foundation, and is labeled a "Public Ivy", denoting a quality of education comparable to the private Ivy League. UMD is ranked among the top 100 universities both nationally and globally by several indices.

New Study Shows the Largest Comet Ever Observed was Active at Near-Record Distance

“UMD astronomers discovered that comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein is among the most distant active comets from the sun, providing key information about its composition A new study by University of Maryland astronomers shows that comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein (BB), the largest comet ever discovered …

Graphene’s Magic Act Relies on a Small Twist

“Carbon is not the shiniest element, nor the most reactive, nor the rarest. But it is one of the most versatile. Carbon is the backbone of life on earth and the fossil fuels that have resulted from the demise of …

New Discovery Offers a Glimpse of Our Solar System’s Potential Fate when the Sun Dies

“A team including UMD astronomers found a Jupiter-like planet orbiting a white dwarf star Astronomers have discovered the first confirmed planetary system that offers a glimpse into the fate of our solar system about five billion years into the future …

Comet ATLAS May Have Been a Blast from the Past

“UMD-led research suggests that a comet seen in 2020 is a remnant of one that crossed the sky during the Stone Age University of Maryland astronomer Quanzhi Ye and colleagues discovered that a comet observed in early 2020 was …

New Approach to Information Transfer Reaches Quantum Speed Limit

“Even though quantum computers are a young technology and aren’t yet ready for routine practical use, researchers have already been investigating the theoretical constraints that will bound quantum technologies. One of the things researchers have discovered is that there …

UMD-led Study Reveals a ‘Fizzled’ Gamma-ray Burst

“Astronomers detect shortest gamma-ray burst ever recorded from a collapsing star NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected a pulse of high-energy radiation on Aug. 26, 2020 that had been racing toward Earth for nearly half the age of the …

Unconventional Superconductor Acts the Part of a Promising Quantum Computing Platform

“Scientists on the hunt for an unconventional kind of superconductor have produced the most compelling evidence to date that they’ve found one. In a pair of papers, researchers at the University of Maryland’s (UMD) Quantum Materials Center (QMC …

University of Maryland Engineers Have 3D Printed a Soft Robotic Hand That Can Play Nintendo

“A team of researchers from the University of Maryland has 3D printed a soft robotic hand that is agile enough to play Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros.—and win! The feat, highlighted on the front cover of the latest issue …

Why Does Mercury Have Such a Big Iron Core? Magnetism!

“A new study disputes the prevailing hypothesis on why Mercury has a big core relative to its mantle (the layer between a planet’s core and crust). For decades, scientists argued that hit-and-run collisions with other bodies during the formation …

First Clear View of a Boiling Cauldron Where Stars are Born

“UMD-led team used NASA’s SOFIA telescope to capture high-resolution details of a star nursery in the Milky Way University of Maryland researchers created the first high-resolution image of an expanding bubble of hot plasma and ionized gas where …