Display tables at the Startup Shell Venture Expo

Students show off startup ideas at UMD

By Nathan Stiff Student entrepreneurs showed off a wide array of products, from apps to lipstick, at the Startup Shell Venture Expo May 9. The Startup Shell is a space on campus where University of Maryland students develop ideas and create startup businesses. At the Venture Expo, 16 groups presented their work, including UMD hackathons Bitcamp and Technica; Break Box, a service that lets people … Continue reading Students show off startup ideas at UMD

Richard Arnold II, wearing his NASA flight suit.

NASA astronaut shares stories and lessons from his time in space

By Nathan Stiff The most striking thing about traveling to space is the “awe-inspiring” view of planet Earth, according to NASA astronaut and UMD graduate Richard Arnold II. Dozens of students gathered to hear Arnold talk about his experiences, both in space and on Earth, May 2 at the Cambridge Community Center. “Two things you notice upon arriving in space: everything floats, you’re in microgravity, … Continue reading NASA astronaut shares stories and lessons from his time in space

Donna Zuckerberg at the Stamp Student Union

Author and classicist explores one far-right group’s infatuation with classical ancient philosophy

By Nathan Stiff Donna Zuckerberg, founder and editor-in-chief of Eidolon, an online classics publication, spoke on the contradictions of The Red Pill community’s infatuation with stoic philosophy April 23 in Stamp. Zuckerberg, who wrote the 2018 book, “Not All Dead White Men,” described The Red Pill community as a far-right group of angry men who have deemed white male privilege a myth, and are dissatisfied … Continue reading Author and classicist explores one far-right group’s infatuation with classical ancient philosophy

The Radiographers playing at Earth Day Festival

Music, smoothies and bees at Earth Day Festival

Campus organizations brought posters, bicycles and live bees to the Earth Day Festival in the Stamp Student Union Monday. Over 20 groups attended the event, from the beekeeping club, which brought a glass-fronted beehive exhibit, to the Department of Transportation Services, with a stationary bike that blends smoothies. The festival also featured live music from Milkbath, The Radiographers, and The Produce Section. Environmental justice, the … Continue reading Music, smoothies and bees at Earth Day Festival

Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaking in the Stamp Colony Ballroom

Surgeon General talks connections in health, economics and education

By Nathan Stiff U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams urged public health researchers and professionals to speak the language of business, education and city government in his keynote address at a public health expo in the Stamp Student Union on April 2. Adams spoke at Public Health Research at Maryland, the university’s yearly public health research exhibition. He discussed his priorities as surgeon general, most notably … Continue reading Surgeon General talks connections in health, economics and education

Part of Abebe's presentation.

Cornell researcher talks about data gaps in research for people of color

By Nathan Stiff Even in today’s data-driven world, we lack information about some of the most vulnerable populations, leading to ineffective policymaking, according to Cornell University researcher Rediet Abebe. Abebe gave a talk March 5 at the Computer Science Instructional Center on what she calls the “data gap,” and how she has confronted it in her research. She is a computer science researcher born in … Continue reading Cornell researcher talks about data gaps in research for people of color

A bike with a rusty chain and a DOTS warning.

DOTS bike impounds go to groups in need

By Nathan Stiff With rusty chains, torn saddles and missing wheels, abandoned bicycles on bike racks around campus are more common than one might think. UMD’s Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) eventually takes unclaimed or illegally parked bikes off of the racks, donating them to nonprofits that offer bikes and mechanical skills to communities in need. According to DOTS sustainability coordinator Marta Woldu, bikes should … Continue reading DOTS bike impounds go to groups in need