Ritu Agarwal Receives UMD’s Highest Honor – the President’s Medal

Recognized for her tireless efforts toward enhancing the student experience and mission of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Ritu Agarwal received the UMD President’s Medal during the 38th Annual Faculty and Staff Convocation on Wednesday.

Ritu Agarwal To Receive UMD’s Highest Honor

Often referred to as “superwoman” by colleagues for her tireless work, Ritu Agarwal has dedicated her career to enhancing the experience of students at Maryland Smith. Now, the Distinguished University Professor and Dean’s Chair of Information Systems will be recognized for her hard work and accomplishments as the recipient of the highest honor the University of Maryland bestows, the President’s Medal.

Maryland Smith's Ritu Agarwal Elected 2021 INFORMS Fellow

Maryland Smith’s Ritu Agarwal was elected as a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The honor is in recognition of her lifetime contributions to the profession and is reserved for only the very top academics and professionals in the field.

Meet the centers on Sept. 9 at Centergize, an event for all Maryland Smith students to learn how they can make the most out of their Maryland Smith journey. Hear about opportunities from the Center for Global Business, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Social Value Creation, the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise & Markets, and the Center for Health Information & Decision Systems.

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How Privilege and Politics Are Affecting Disparity in Vaccine Rates

Income, educational attainment and political ideology all play into racial disparities in vaccination rates that have left African Americans more vulnerable to COVID-19, Maryland Smith researchers found. In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they write that “structural inequities pose a serious threat to progress” in the push for nationwide vaccination.  

The Center for Health Information & Decision Systems (CHIDS) is an academic research center in the Robert H.

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