“Free Angela and Political Prisoners” educates audience on prolific activist

By Vanessa Reis Nonprofit organization Current Movements hosted a screening of Shola Lynch’s Free Angela and Political Prisoners Saturday night at the Eaton Workshop in Washington, D.C., documenting Angela Davis’ transformation into a revolutionary icon in this film directed by Shola Lynch. According to their Facebook page, Current Movements aims to connect grassroots activists, movements and organizations through art, film and technology. This screening marked … Continue reading “Free Angela and Political Prisoners” educates audience on prolific activist

Fifth Annual Symposium on Environmental Justice explores role of pollution in inequality

By Vanessa Reis The university’s school of public health held its fifth annual Symposium on Environmental Justice and Health Disparities at Stamp Student Union Saturday. A number of panels discussed the usage of litigation as a tool for environmental and social change. One panel in particular discussed the impacts of President Donald Trump’s environmental policies and how to combat these policies through litigation. “What we’re … Continue reading Fifth Annual Symposium on Environmental Justice explores role of pollution in inequality

Philanthropist and professor shares three decades of insight in new book

By David DeWeaver In the summer of 1990, before “self-care” became a catchphrase, 22-year-old Alex Counts saw first-hand what burnout looked like. He was in Washington, D.C. working as the legislative director for an anti-hunger advocacy nonprofit called RESULTS. It was, in his words, “a preposterously senior role” for someone who’d just graduated from college the year prior. So it made sense that on a … Continue reading Philanthropist and professor shares three decades of insight in new book

Bill Nye and NASA’s chief scientist talk asteroids

By Nick Albicocco With dozens of asteroid scientists in Washington DC this week for the semi-annual IAA Planetary Defense Conference, the university invited scientist and television personality Bill Nye, NASA chief scientist Jim Green and a panel of asteroid scientists to discuss the risk of asteroid impact and possible mitigation strategies. The event, titled “Bill Nye and friends vs. The Asteroids,” was held on the … Continue reading Bill Nye and NASA’s chief scientist talk asteroids

Terps Against Hunger partners with UMD Seniors for service event

By Ambriah Underwood University of Maryland student-led organizations and community members engaged in a collaborative relief effort on March 11 to package meals for those living without food security. Terps Against Hunger, a student organization fighting hunger in the Washington, D.C., metro area, and this university’s Senior Class Council hosted the four-hour event with about 600 volunteers to prepare meal packages that could feed up … Continue reading Terps Against Hunger partners with UMD Seniors for service event

Changing temperatures put peak dates for cherry blossoms into question

By Greta Easthom For the third year in a row, a warmer-than-average January and February has accelerated the arrival of Washington, D.C.’s annual cherry blossoms, according to the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang. When 70 percent of the cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin have fully grown, Capital Weather Gang considers this to be peak bloom. The average date for peak bloom, historically, was April … Continue reading Changing temperatures put peak dates for cherry blossoms into question

Gallery: March for Science

On Saturday, April 22, 40,000 people congregated on Constitution Ave. in Washington. The March for Science had brought them together on a rainy day with the common goal of advocating for the adoption of scientific policies and an increase in research and design funding from the federal government. Despite the weather, participants were energized, brought many creative signs and wore intricate costumes to the display.   Continue reading Gallery: March for Science

Terps Against Hunger prepares meals for the needy in Memorial Chapel

Terps Against Hunger, an organization that has grown substantially over the last three years, put together a meal packing event for the less fortunate in the Metro D.C. area Tuesday in the Memorial Chapel. “This is a smaller event, we don’t have smaller events too often,” said Josh Turskey, a junior architecture major. “But our larger scale events…we count large scale anything over 100 thousand, we’ll … Continue reading Terps Against Hunger prepares meals for the needy in Memorial Chapel