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August 19
UMD Study to Inform Maryland Decision on "Fracking"
The Maryland Department of Environment and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a report by UMD's School of Public Health, which assesses the potential public health effects of fracking.
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August 18
Light Pulses Illuminate a Rare Black Hole
UMD and NASA astronomers track an intermediate-mass black hole from syncopated flares of light.
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August 15
UMD Named a Top 50 LGBT-Friendly University
The University of Maryland has again been recognized for its diversity and inclusion by being named to Campus Pride's 2014 Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities list.
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August 12
UMD's New PALS Program to Launch 28 Courses for Inaugural Year
The University of Maryland's new Partnership for Action Learning will debut 28 courses geared toward galvanizing sustainable growth in Frederick, Maryland for the 2014-15 academic year.
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August 8
University of Maryland and Atlantic Coast Conference Reach Legal Agreement
Lawsuits filed in the State of North Carolina and Maryland are dismissed
August 6
The Hotel at the University of Maryland to Break Ground in 2015
UMD and developer David H. Hillman of Southern Management Corporation today announce that the construction of The Hotel at the University of Maryland has been approved by the state and will break ground in spring 2015. 
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August 5
UMD Opens Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site
UMD announced the launch of a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site in Southern Maryland, which will bring together leaders in academia, industry, and government to accelerate UAS research.
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August 1
UMD/NASA Goddard Instrument to Fly on Space Station
NASA has selected a proposal developed by UMD and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for a new instrument that will join a growing suite of technologies deployed on the International Space Station.
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July 30
Libraries to Extend Md. Historic Newspaper Project
The University of Maryland Libraries will extend its project to digitize historic Maryland newspapers, thanks to a $290,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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July 24
Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun — and have come up nearly dry.
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July 22
Creating Optical Cables Out of Thin Air
Physics Professor Howard Milchberg created "air waveguides" to enhance light signals collected from distant sources.
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July 17
UMD Center Receives $3+ Million from NIH to Bolster National Drug Surveillance System
Data from new system will inform rapid and effective public health responses.
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July 17
Bird Watching in the 21st Century
Birdsnap—a new app developed with the help of a UMD computer scientist—can identify birds from photos, using methods borrowed from facial recognition software.
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July 15
Americans Favor Making a Deal with Iran on Nuclear Program
A new study finds 61% of Americans favor making a deal with Iran that would limit Iran's enrichment capacity and impose additional intrusive inspections in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions.
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July 14
SHA, UMD, City Of College Park and County Officials Announce U.S. 1 Pedestrian Safety Enhancements
New pedestrian signal, median fence, lower speed limit, and expanded speed camera enforcement part of engineering, education and enforcement safety initiatives.
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