Spotlight on Research

John Laub
Distinguished University Professor John Laub recognized by American Society of Criminology
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GVPT Professor Vladimir Tismaneanu convenes experts to mark 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik coup and the start of World Communism
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CGIS focuses on addressing global challenges using advanced geospatial technologies
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Air, water pollution and other environmental threats contribute to an equivalent of 1 in 6 deaths.
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Opioid Use Disorders project, Center of Excellence in Cochlear Implants, Policing Partnership highlight innovation within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
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‘Bedouins into Bourgeois’ offers an in-depth look into the Middle East
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Average of 6.2 drugs detected in blood/urine tests on fentanyl-related overdose decedents
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SOCY/JPSM faculty member recognized for contributions to survey methodology
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MacArthur Foundation expands support of innovative climate and energy policy project.
Professor Judith Freidenberg from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland.
Professor Freidenberg compiled two decades of research into a new book, Contemporary Conversations on Immigration in the United States: The View from Prince George’s County, Maryland
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Dr. Inbal Becker-Reshef was named as the U.S. nominee for a prestigious international science prize.
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Americans hold a more favorable view of Muslims and Islam today than they did eight months ago, despite a presidential campaign focused on Muslim immigrants and the threat of terrorism, as well as the mass shooter in Orlando who claimed to be acting on behalf of ISIS and in the name of Islam.
Southern Africa Food Insecurity
The publication of the second G-20 GEOGLAM Early Warning Crop Monitor Bulletin signals a large and coordinated initiative to inform monitoring and relief agencies about developing risks for food insecurity around the world.
Qu'ran
The new study applies Qur’an memorization task to universal language development.
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The poll shows that the race between Democratic contenders Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards appears ‘too close to call.’
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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has awarded a $3.4 million grant to the University of Maryland to support research aimed at understanding the catalysts for pathological anxiety and depression, particularly in college students.
Q’eqchi’ Maya farmer in souther Belize
Sean Downey, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, has been awarded a $500,000 grant through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). Through the grant, Downey, a team of graduate students and international collaborators will conduct a comprehensive study of a farming practice common in Mayan villages in Belize.
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"If we don't welcome American Muslims, ISIS will," researchers warn.
Recent acts of terrorism have fueled concern both about Muslim immigrants becoming radicalized in the West and about the possibility of terrorists entering new home nations via refugee routes. As a result of the political backlash, many Muslims in Europe or the United States feel harassed and isolated. New research from the University of Maryland shows that making Muslims feel like they don’t belong in the West can actually bolster support for radical movements.
Social Individualism in Tunisia
A follow up to a 2013 study, led by researchers in the Department of Sociology, shows positive shifts in Tunisian opinions on outsiders, political violence and relations with the West.
Land-Use Change in Forests
New research explores how climate change policies may reduce extinctions through their impact on how land is used.
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Climate change-causing emissions of carbon dioxide in the U.S. decreased by 11% between 2007 and 2013. New research led by GEOG and published in Nature Communications suggests the reduction is largely due to the global financial recession, as opposed to a shift away from coal energy and towards lower-carbon natural gas.
Sound waves and the brain
As humans age, many develop difficulties with understanding and processing speech – especially in noisy settings such as restaurants or bars. New research from HESP suggests this phenomenon is due to changes in the way our brains process words.
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Dr. Gniesha Dinwiddie and coauthor conclude that while foreign-born Blacks have a health advantage compared to U.S.-born Blacks, this advantage dissipates due to overexposure to stress that “gets under the skin,” causing physiologic dysregulation which makes individuals more susceptible to disease.
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University of Maryland economists, Professors Melissa S. Kearney and Lesley J. Turner, developed the second earner tax credit proposed by President Obama at Tuesday's State of the Union address.
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Drawing upon new Census Bureau time-diary data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in its American Time Use Survey (ATUS), Maryland Population Research Center Faculty Associate and Emeritus Professor John Robinson has noted some surprising trends in how Americans have been using their time during the initial Millennial decade from 2003 to 2013.
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VIDEO: ‘Political Action’ by FiveThirtyEight /ESPN Films features Professor Dana R. Fisher of the Department of Sociology discussing protests and civic engagement in the democratic process.
US Development Aid by Country Status
Over the past 30 years, conflict between countries has become relatively rare; however intrastate conflict – civil wars, territorial disputes, and insurgencies - remains a persistent global phenomenon. In places such as Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Mali, and Syria, the atrocities that often accompany armed conflict create crises that spill over national borders and fuel regional and international instability. Economic, social, and/or political underdevelopment of the involved countries exacerbates the risk of major instability.
The University of Maryland's Department of Geographical Sciences is the first department in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences to receive the bronze certificate for the University Green Office ("Go Green") program, an initiative designed to engage staff, faculty and students in the promotion of "best environmental practices at the University of Maryland.