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For a Girl With Cerebral Palsy, a Lacrosse Goal Achieved

Soon-to-be 10-year-old Stella Stakolosa received a birthday gift unlike any other on Tuesday, when students at College Park Academy presented her with a lacrosse stick they’d designed just for her: hot pink, bendable and wheelchair-mounted.

UMD Awarded Record-setting Research Contract Worth Up to $500M

The University of Maryland received a new contract with a $500 million ceiling from the Department of Defense to support the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) and its mission of tackling complex national security problems using a multidisciplinary approach. It is the largest research contract in UMD’s history.

Made in Maryland, Sold in Greater College Park

Shop Made in Maryland opens Friday in a similar location, just past the south entrance to the University of Maryland. Located on the first floor of College Park’s City Hall building, the store features jewelry, artwork, ceramics, food and beverages, stationery, clothing and more—all created by Maryland-based artists and makers.

Commanders to Move Business Operations to Discovery District

The Washington Commanders announced on Friday that the team will move business operations from FedExField to the University of Maryland’s Discovery District in early 2024 to meet greater demand for suites at the stadium while expanding the franchise’s footprint in the state of Maryland.

Pines Cheers State’s Successful Bid to Bring FBI HQ to County

The FBI's arrival in Prince George's County will create new opportunities for UMD students and faculty, and it will help to strengthen the region. Proximity to the university’s growing Discovery District and possible connections with UMD initiatives like PROGRESS, a gun violence reduction community research project, make the timing of this announcement especially exciting.

The Latest on Greater College Park

Eight years after launching a grand vision to reimagine how a university and a city can work together to strengthen their shared community, local leaders and University of Maryland administrators gathered for a broad-ranging discussion of dynamic projects and objectives—completed, under way and in the planning stages—in and around College Park.

City of College Park Celebrates First Sale in New Homeownership Program

The $15 million College Park Community Preservation Trust, a program of the College Park City-University Partnership, purchased and resold the house to its longtime renter in the Calvert Hills neighborhood, as part of a commitment to bolster affordable housing opportunities.

Good Neighbor Day Returns to Do Good in College Park, Beyond

Nearly 800 volunteers picked up litter, installed pollinator gardens, painted storm drains and distributed free hot meals throughout College Park and surrounding communities for the 12th annual Good Neighbor Day on Saturday.

Link to the Ribbon Cutting of the QLab.

The University of Maryland on Tuesday announced the grand opening of the National Quantum Laboratory (QLab), a groundbreaking quantum research center developed in partnership with College Park-based IonQ, a leader in the quantum computing industry.

Maryland Business Opportunity Center Hosts Successful Inaugural Showcase Event

The Maryland Business Opportunity Center (MBOC) hosted its inaugural Showcase, where Program Director Dr. Dana Hauanio-Lore and MBOC consultants thanked U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) for their role in supporting MBOC's mission to assist underserved entrepreneurs in Maryland.

Maryland Leaps Ahead with Quantum

With nine quantum research centers and over 200 campus-based researchers, UMD is an international powerhouse in quantum research and applications. UMD’s close partnerships with the federal government include embedded collaborations on campus with the National Institute on Technology and Standards (NIST) and the Laboratory for Physical Sciences in the globally recognized Joint Quantum Institute.

Terrapin Development targets College Park parking lot for $85M housing, retail and research hub

A parking lot-turned-housing project is on deck for College Park, where the University of Maryland's real estate arm is zeroing in on an $85 million development near its Discovery District,

Good Morning Washington visits Medcura

Medcura CEO and President Jim Buck spoke with the WJLA team about the innovations coming out of this startup and the ongoing support of TEDCO.

President Pines Speaks with NGA about Addressing Today’s Grand Challenges

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) hosted University of Maryland President Darryll J. PInes for a discussion on how the university’s research mission and NGA can address the grand challenges together. Hear President Pines' response to how academia, research, national security and intelligence are developing new tools to meet these challenges in this one-minute NGA video.

IonQ endows professorship at UMD

In December 2022, IonQ established a professorship in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences thanks to a $1 million gift which was matched by the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative. “The IonQ Professorship will be held by a faculty member in either the Department of Physics or the Department of Computer Science who conducts quantum computing research” according to the announcement in Maryland Today.


Discovery District Newsletter

October 2023

The Discovery District is the proud home of the National Quantum Laboratory (QLab), a first-of-its kind quantum research center, launched through a strategic university-industry partnership between UMD and IonQ. The QLab will empower researchers, ...

February 2023

According to the National Science Foundation's Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey, widely recognized as the preeminent national ranking for universities engaged in sponsored research, which was released on December 15th, the ...

November 2022

On November 3rd, members of the university, local community, elected officials, and economic development stakeholders gathered at a parking lot near the College Park Airport and adjacent to the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTTC) to celebrate the ...

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