Research on the Hill

The University of Maryland's Research on the Hill series explores timely, relevant, and critical societal issues through both a research and policy lens, providing lively and informative events featuring content experts on Capitol Hill. Past Research on the Hill events have brought academic, industry, and government leaders together to address topics ranging from traumatic brain injury to disaster resilience, autonomous vehicles to health equity.

Research on the Hill Events:

Research on the Hill

Innovative and Objective Approaches to Bias-Free Policing: Collaborations Between Police Departments and Universities  (Recap | Photos | Video)
February 7, 2018, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-201 AB, Washington,  DC
Hosted by: University of Maryland, Congressman Anthony Brown
  • Kris Marsh, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland (Moderator)
  • Rev. Tony Lee, Founder and Senior Pastor, Community of Hope AME Church
  • Destiny Peery, Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University
  • Rashawn Ray, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland
  • Henry P. Stawinski III, Chief, Prince George's County Police Department

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Achieving Health Equity: From Disparities Research to Action (Recap | Video)
September 8, 2016, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington,  DC
Hosted by: University of Maryland, Congressman John P. Sarbanes, & Big Ten Academic Alliance
  • Margo Edmunds, Ph.D. , Vice President, Evidence Generation & Translation Academy Health
  • J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., M.S.C.E.  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Julia Huggins, President Cigna Mid-Atlantic  Kolawole Okuyemi, M.D., MPH  Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine and Community Health, Director, Program in Health Disparities Research, Inaugural Endowed Chair for Health Equity University of Minnesota
  • Eliseo Pérez-Stable, M.D., Director National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Stephen B. Thomas, Ph.D., Moderator  Professor, Department of Health Services Administration School of Public Health, Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland,  College Park, MD

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The Future Has Arrived: Research and Policy Implications of Autonomous Systems
July 16, 2015, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC
Hosted by: University of Maryland & Big Ten Academic Alliance

  • Chris Swider, Manager, UAS Integration Office, Research and Development Section, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, FAA
  • Ella Atkins, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
  • Derek Paley, Willis H. Young Jr. Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering Education, Director, Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory, University of Maryland
  • Gregg Shimp, Vice President of Engineering, Unmanned Systems, Textron Systems



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Disaster Resilience: The Intersection of Research and Policy 
October 21, 2014, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC
Hosted by: University of Maryland & Big Ten Academic Alliance
  • David Miller, FEMA’s Associate Administrator for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA)
  • Alice Chamberlayne Hill, Retired Judge, Senior Advisor for Preparedness and Resilience to the President’s Assistant for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, White House
  • Todd Richardson, Assoc. Deputy Secretary, Office of Policy Development and Research, HUD
  • Amr Elnashai, Dean of Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, Harold and Inge Marcus Chair of Engineering, and Fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Gerald E. Galloway, Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, and Member of the National Academy of Engineering

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From the Gridiron to the Battlefield: Progress in Understanding and Mitigating Brain Injury
April 22, 2014, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC
Hosted by: University of Maryland & Big Ten Academic Alliance

  • Dennis L. Molfese, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln Scientific Director, Big Ten/CIC-Ivy League Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration
  • Kenneth Kiger, Ph.D., University of Maryland Professor, Clark School of Engineering
  • David Klossner, Ph.D., ATC University of Maryland Associate Athletics Director Director of Sports Performance
  • Gary M. Fiskum, Ph.D.  University of Maryland School of Medicine Professor  Anesthesiology and Vice Chair, Research




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