UMD: A Globally Connected University

Global Terps


Learn what some Terps are doing around the world.


Madiha Afzal, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy

Being Pakistani in an age of enhanced militancy and aggression by non-state actors is not easy. It is even harder being involved in the analysis of these actors and the factors that drive them. But that is exactly what Madiha Afzal, assistant professor in the School of Public Policy is trying to do.

“I study the roots of extremism in Pakistan, looking at the contribution of factors including education—both (lack of) schooling and the content of curricula; the role of state policies—including Pakistan’s laws, state policy toward militant groups, its national narrative and rhetoric; its media; its Islamist parties,” says Afzal when describing her work.

A graduate of the prestigious Lahore University of Management Sciences, she completed her doctorate at Yale University in economics, but decided to apply that research method to examining voter choices and legislative behavior in Pakistan, particularly as it impacts extremist thought.

Learn more about Afzal.

UMD Geographical Sciences Faculty Is First U.S. Winner Of International Prize

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) recently recognised Dr. Inbal Becker-Reshef, associate professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences, as the U.S. nominee for the prestigious Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) award. This is the first time the United States has put forward a nominee for the prize; Becker-Reshef was chosen for her work in the application of satellite information for agricultural monitoring at national to global scales.


Barret Wessel: On Fulbright Mission to Explore Soils and Happiness in Denmark 

As the first Department of Environmental Science and Technology student to be awarded the Fullbright scholarship grant, soil and watershed sciences Ph.D student Barret Wessel will live in Denmark for the 2016-2017 academic year to study two marine ecosystems and apply soil science approaches to generate benthic (sediment and substratum) maps and conceptual models of the bottom of the Odense Fjord - building on similar work that he has conducted on the Rhode River subestuary of the Chesapeake Bay.  

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Jennifer Guida Receives Fellowship Grant to Conduct Research in China

The UMD Graduate School awarded Jennifer Guida, Ph.D. student in Epidemiology, with an International Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship will support Ms. Guida as she embarks on a research trip to China with her faculty advisor, Dr. Hongjie Liu. Leveraging Dr. Liu’s academic connections in the country, Ms. Guida will have the opportunity to work closely with Chinese sex workers and explore factors promoting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in that population.

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Sociology Professor Christina Prell Uses Global Network to Analyze Environmental Inequalities 

A network of international colleagues has helped UMD Sociology Assistant Professor Christina Prell develop an innovative approach to global environmental issues.  "I lived in the UK for about eight years, and I formed ties with many European scholars there," Prell said. 

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UMD Global Climate Expert Antonio Busalacchi Inducted into National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Antonio Busalacchi, professor of atmospheric and oceanics and director of the UMD Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE), for enhancing our “understanding of tropical oceans in coupled climate systems via remotely sensed observations.”

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Global Semester Leader Rick Tagne

Rick Tagne, who took part in Global Semester: U.S. Diplomacy and Policymaking, created and led a University of Maryland team to fundraise for a non-profit called, “The Adventure Project.”

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UMD's UN Association Founder Isabela Barriga

 Throughout her college career, senior public health major Isabela Barriga has made a point of being involved on campus. She says doesn't need to be abroad to get the global experience as a University of Maryland student. 

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AGNR Peer Mentor Yumeng Fan

As part of the AGNR 2+2 program, Yumeng Fan spent her first two years of college at China’s top-ranked agricultural university, China Agricultural University, and then enrolled at UMD to complete her education. Fan was attracted to AGNR’s highly regarded Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics program, and has a double major in supply chain management.

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Peter Dunlop Builds Schools with Students Helping Honduras

Peter Dunlop '15 spends his winter and summer breaks building schools where aid organizations are afraid to go. Through Students Helping Honduras, Peter dedicates his time to giving Honduran children the opportunity for an education. Learn more about Dunlop.


Fang Cao Receives Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

UMD senior Fang Cao is the first Rhodes Scholar to be chosen from UMD since 1974. The Rhodes Scholarship is widely considered to be the most esteemed academic award available to college graduates. Cao is one of only 32 students from across the nation to receive this scholarship. Learn more about Cao.




SPP Alumnus Lands Position as Indonesia Minister of Culture and Elementary and Secondary Education

School of Public Policy alumnus Dr. Anies Baswedan ’95 has been appointed Indonesia’s Minister of Culture and Elementary and Secondary Education. Baswedan, a former Fulbright Scholar, will be working with the newly-elected president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo.

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Graciela Jascheck Studies Public Health Issues in Peru

Graciela Jascheck is a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. A former community organizer, Jascheck was drawn to the social justice aspect of public health. She is particularly passionate about addressing the health needs of vulnerable or understudied populations. Last year, Jascheck was selected to study public health issues in Peruvian communities through Public Health without Borders.

Learn more about Jascheck.


Sarahann Yeh Receives Education Abroad Scholarship for Language Study in China

Sarahann Yeh, sophomore biological sciences major, is one of fifteen recipients of the Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship. Selected from more than 1,000 applicants, she has been awarded $5,000 to study at East China Normal University at the CIEE Accelerated Chinese Language program. There she is building foundational language skills to support a career in global public health focused in East and Southeast Asia.

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Celebrating the Legacy of Roald Sagdeev

In the final days of the Soviet Union, UMD Physics Distinguished Professor Roald Sagdeev took a risk. In the face of having his tires slashed and apartment robbed, he pioneered U.S.-Soviet cooperation in space and was heavily involved in disarmament talks—establishing himself as a major 20th century force for peace and scientific cooperation.

In spring 2013, the university recognized his lifetime of contributions and the impact he has made on modern science in the fields of plasma and space physics, scientific policy, and global security.

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Stephanie Lansing Researches Renewable Energy in Haiti   

Stephanie Lansing loves researching the bowels of renewable energy. The assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology is working on capturing human waste in Haiti to heat homes, cook food, and generate power—while keeping methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from escaping into the atmosphere. Lansing’s focus is on shrinking anaerobic digesters, which break down material to produce gas that can be trapped and used, so even individual families can obtain and afford them.

Learn more about Lansing.