Archive for March, 2014

Come Ride With Us!

Parking and Transportation Services and the UM shuttle committee want to get you on the bus!

Are you thinking about riding the UM shuttle? Want to make sure it’s a good fit? Take part in the UM shuttle focus groups on April 29!

Want to participate?

Registration is required.

Focus groups will be held at the Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center, Room 210B.


There will be two 55-minute sessions held at 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
Lunch will be provided.

Clare BanksUMB News, University LifeMarch 31, 20140 comments
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Flat Stanley Visits the Moot Court Room

After touring the School of Medicine‘s Davidge Hall, Flat Stanley visited the Francis King Carey School of Law‘s Moot Court Room.

He writes, “Next, we popped on over to the Francis King Carey School of Law, which was established in 1816. Did you know it is the third-oldest law school in America? Inside, we saw the Moot Court Room where students develop skills in writing and oral debate. Look at me pretending to be a judge!”

Check back next week to see where Flat Stanley pops up next!

Sarah RebackPeople, University LifeMarch 28, 20140 comments
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Dental School’s Curriculum Used in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, may be nearly 7,000 miles from Baltimore, but dental students in both cities have more in common than one might think.

Saudi Arabian dental students use an educational system that is based on the technology-driven curriculum originated by the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD).

Bernard Levy at the 2014 Janadriyah Festival in Riyadh

Bernard Levy at the 2014 Janadriyah Festival in Riyadh

Implementing the Curriculum

Through an innovative academic partnership, UMSOD enables faculty members at the newly established King Saud University College of Dentistry (KSU) in Riyadh to develop lectures and course materials based on the UMSOD curriculum.

“This is the first time a North American dental curriculum is being patterned for use outside of North America,” remarks Bernard Levy, DDS, MSD, director of Global Operations. KSU purchased the rights to the curriculum and will continue to pay royalties to UMSOD for the next six years.

Levy recently visited the Saudi school to assess the curriculum’s implementation. During a two-week visit, he interviewed students, faculty members, and administrators, reviewed Saudi lectures and course materials, which are all presented in English, toured the facility, and presented his findings to KSU leadership. He was surprised to see that Saudi dental students are true technophiles, just like their UMSOD peers.

“My preconceptions were blown away. Culturally, Saudi Arabia is as different from the U.S. as any place on Earth, but the similarities between their students and our students were striking,” he says.

King Saud University College of Dentistry

Bernard Levy in an exhibit hall at the 2014 Janadriyah Festival in Riyadh

Bernard Levy in an exhibit hall at the 2014 Janadriyah Festival in Riyadh

KSU, a new dental school, is a six-year program that accepts students after high school. Students complete two years of predental training before beginning the four-year dental curriculum. Classes currently have about 25 students each, but the school plans to eventually accept 70 students annually, Levy explains.

An Exciting Opportunity

Levy envisions exciting opportunities for faculty members to share knowledge and travel between the two institutions. He also plans to establish an academic externship that will allow UMSOD students to broaden their cultural horizons. “We should be able to learn a great deal from our partners in Saudi Arabia, and they from us. I think this is a win-win all around,” states Levy.

Adam ZeweCollaboration, Education, University LifeMarch 28, 20140 comments
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Emergency Preparedness an ‘Urgent Public Health Issue’

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed extensive new emergency preparedness requirements for American health care facilities.

Describing emergency preparedness as an “urgent public health issue,” the proposed rule outlines new requirements designed to prevent the types of severe disruptions to health care that followed the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, tornado events in Missouri and Oklahoma in 2011, and Superstorm Sandy.

A Plan to Bring Consistency

The proposed requirements aim to bring regulatory consistency to Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers. The proposal describes the current regulatory landscape as a “patchwork of federal, state, and local laws and guidelines,” and as a result some institutions are not required to plan extensively for emergencies while others are already meeting most of the proposed rule’s goals.

These new requirements have the potential to dramatically alter the current federal regulatory landscape by essentially making emergency preparedness a condition for any health care facility to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

It is estimated that more than 68,000 health care institutions would be affected including large hospital chains, “mom and pop” nursing homes, home health agencies, rural health clinics, organ transplant procurement organizations, outpatient surgery sites, psychiatric hospitals for youths, and kidney dialysis centers.

Regulation Requirements

The regulations would require, among other things, hospitals, nursing facilities, and group homes to have plans to maintain emergency lighting, fire safety systems, manage sewage and waste disposal during power loss, and to maintain temperatures at safe levels for patients.

Additionally, all inpatient facilities would be expected to have a system in place to track the location of staff and displaced patients, address subsistence needs for staff and patients (and possibly volunteers, visitors, and individuals from the community seeking shelter), manage volunteers, and provide care at alternate sites.

Read the rest of Lindsay Rodgers’ blog post.

Lindsay RodgersClinical Care, Education, UMB NewsMarch 27, 20140 comments
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Are You Prepared for the ‘What if’?

In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), URecFit is hosting a Sexual Awareness Assault workshop on April 4 to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals about how to prevent sexual violence.

Workshop Details

The workshop will include experts from URecFit, Campus Safety, and Turn Around. The workshop will contain information about prevention, as well as how to open dialogue about issues and resources for victims of sexual violence.

The workshop is for anyone interested in learning more information about resources and/or prevention of sexual assault and violence. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual violence, this workshop will provide an opportunity to meet individuals that can help provide the support for difficult situations.

The workshop will be held on April 4 in the SMC Campus Center, Room 351 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Jimmy HeinerEducation, University LifeMarch 26, 20140 comments
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Physical Therapy Sweeps URecFit 3-Point Shootouts

URecFit has completed their intramural basketball 3-point contest!

This year’s 3-point contest featured 82 shooters, both male and female. A two-week contest, the first held the qualifying round and the second served as the finals. The finals featured the top-ten shooters from the male and female divisions.

Contest Winners


The men’s division champion was Dan McCarthy. McCarthy finished with a total of 17 points, beating the second place shooter by three points. The women’s division champion was fellow PT student Cassandra Hill. Hill finished with 16 points, beating out the second place finisher by one point.

Congratulations to all the shooters who made the finals. We look forward to seeing more shooters next year!

F. Mark HindmanPeople, UMB News, University LifeMarch 25, 20140 comments
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URecFit Intramural Basketball Champions: D1 Friends

The URecFit intramural sports staff has crowned its 2014 five-on-five basketball champion!

And the winner is…

After a season filled with unparalleled talent and great sportsmanship, the D1 Friends won the URecFit 2014 Championship!

The championship game featured the two top teams in the league, each entering the game with a record of 6-0. D1 Friends (6-0) was able to defeat Get Bucketz (6-0) by a score of 61-54. Get Bucketz led D1 Friends by a score of 32-22 at half time, and the game appeared as though it was going to resemble the success that Get Bucketz had experienced throughout the season; they won each regular game by an average of 34.6 points.

But D1 Friends turned on the pressure in the second half and were able to force Get Bucketz into some sloppy play. D1 Friends capitalized on the errors and dictated the pace in the second half. Eric Halejian led all scorers with 20 points in the championship game.

Congratulations to D1 Friends for their 2014 five-on-five basketball championship victory! 

F. Mark HindmanUniversity LifeMarch 24, 20140 comments
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Pamela Peeke

Women’s History Month Welcomes Pamela Peeke

Pamela Peeke is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine and an internationally renowned physician, scientist, and expert in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, stress, and fitness.

That’s Edutainment!

Calling herself an “edutainer,” Peeke uses her trademark wit and wisdom to provide audiences with a healthy lifestyle message in such a memorable and entertaining way that she is one of the most requested physician speakers in America.

An avid athlete, Peeke is nationally known as the “doc who walks the talk” – she inspires others by living what she teaches. She is the New York Times best-selling author of Fight Fat After Forty, Body for Life for Women, and Fit to Live.

Peeke’s newest book is The Hunger Fix: The Three Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction.

On April 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Westminster Hall, a light lunch will be prepared and served by Chef Connie Crabtree and women from Baltimore Outreach Services.

The event is free to UMB staff, faculty, and students, but registration is required.

For more information, contact Special Events.

Holly BaierPeople, UMB News, University LifeMarch 24, 20140 comments
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Flat Stanley Visits Davidge Hall

After unwinding in the relaxation room, Flat Stanley decided to visit historic Davidge Hall.

He writes, “After a bit of relaxing, we decided to brave the cold again and see one of the School of Medicine buildings, also known as Davidge Hall.  Did you know this is the first public medical school in the United States? I also learned that it is the founding school of the University of Maryland, Baltimore! There is so much history behind this campus it’s pretty remarkable. Here I am on the steps of Davidge Hall.”

Stay tuned to see where Flat Stanley pops up next!

Sarah RebackFor B'more, University LifeMarch 21, 20140 comments
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Can Breathing Problems Cause Diabetes?

Could Short-Term Breathing Problems Contribute to Diabetes?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that, by the year 2030, 30 million Americans will suffer from diabetes. Preventing this disease from reaching epidemic proportions will require clinicians to rethink conventional diagnosis and treatment methods, according to Eung-Kwon Pae, DDS, PhD, MSc, chair of the School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry.

Pae recently published research that shows how a breathing problem that affects infants could contribute to the development of diabetes later in life. His paper, “Insulin Production Hampered by Intermittent Hypoxia via Impaired Zinc Homeostasis,” was published in the February edition of the journal PLOS One.

Intermittent Hypoxia

Eung-Kwon Pae

Eung-Kwon Pae

Pae’s research focuses on a condition known as intermittent hypoxia, which is a short-term breathing difficulty that some infants and preterm babies experience right after birth. “As long as the baby survives that early period, doctors tend to disregard the breathing problem the baby had when he or she was born,” says Pae.

His research shows that a few intermittent hypoxic events can affect the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The hypoxic breathing condition, even if it only lasts for a few minutes, can destroy molecular transporters (known as ZIP8 transporters) that allow the mineral zinc to be absorbed into these pancreatic cells.

Without zinc, the cells are unable to produce insulin. If a patient’s ZIP8 transporters have been destroyed, even if the patient is given zinc supplements, pancreatic cells will still be unable to produce insulin. “My challenge now is to find a way to boost a patient’s ZIP8 level,” remarks Pae.

Adult Onset of Type 1 Diabetes

Pae’s research could also explain why more and more older adults are being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which is a condition that is typically diagnosed during childhood. “Once the damage is done to these ZIP8 transporters, that damage lasts for the patient’s entire life. If a diabetic condition occurs, doctors must address it right away. The condition will only get worse as the child gets older,” Pae states.

He plans to conduct additional studies to determine the mechanism that destroys ZIP8 transporters during intermittent hypoxia. Pae hopes this research could help clinicians repair the damage and, possibly, reverse a patient’s diabetic condition.

Adam ZewePeople, Research, UMB NewsMarch 21, 20140 comments
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Peter Swaan

Pharmacy to Offer Student and Faculty Exchanges to China

The School of Pharmacy (SOP) recently entered into an agreement with the School of Pharmacy at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China to explore joint educational, research, and scientific exchanges.

This agreement, which supports SOP’s strategic initiative to encourage innovative interdisciplinary, interprofessional, and international experiences in education, practice, and research, will be led by Peter Swaan, PhD, associate dean of research and graduate education and professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) at SOP, and Lei Fu, PhD, associate dean for external affairs and professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

A Wealth of Opportunities

The School of Pharmacy is pleased to partner with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, as we both strive to offer our graduate students the best education available and as we endeavor to make new discoveries in our labs, discoveries that will ultimately improve human health,” says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP, dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy. “This partnership provides a wealth of opportunities for our students and our faculty working in many scientific disciplines to engage with other students and researchers in China to exchange ideas, to collaborate on projects, and to learn from one another. I look forward to seeing all that this partnership will surely produce.

International cooperation in research and innovation is a priority for SOP.

“The School of Pharmacy is committed to advancing scientific knowledge across the spectrum of drug discovery, health services, and practice-based and translational research, with a significant focus on collaborative partnerships,” says Swaan. “We entered into this agreement with the faculty at Shanghai Jiao Tong University because we knew it was a progressive school with a solid reputation. In addition, many of their key faculty members have been trained in the United States and are familiar with our higher education system.”

Facilitating the Exchange of Resources

The new agreement between the School and Shanghai Jiao Tong University will help facilitate the exchange of students for long or short study programs; the exchange of faculty members for the purposes of research, teaching, and other scholarly activities; the development of academic exchange programs; and the notification of the availability of grants for international cooperative research.

“Both schools are very eager to work together to combine our strengths and capitalize on key opportunities in research, practice, and education,” says Swaan. “The School of Pharmacy is also excited for the opportunity to expand its recruitment efforts for high quality students in its graduate and postdoctoral fellowship programs. We have two online master’s programs in regulatory science and pharmacometrics, which we are looking forward to sharing with the faculty and students at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In this new era of globalization, it is great that we have programs like these to disseminate among our international colleagues.”

Sharing Common Scientific Interests

Furthermore, the agreement also helps SOP intensify its nationally and internationally recognized programs in drug discovery and development, facilitating research collaborations in areas such as microbiology, antibiotics, drugs of abuse, and oncology.

“Faculty and students at Shanghai Jiao Tong University are looking forward to future educational, research, and scientific exchanges with the School of Pharmacy, as we share many common scientific interests, including research in medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences,” says Fu. “We hope to use this agreement to create favorable circumstances at both schools for postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars.”

About the School of Pharmacy

Established in 2000, the School of Pharmacy at Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of the youngest and rapidly growing schools of pharmacy and research institutions in China. It occupies approximately 160,000 square feet of campus building space and enrolls more than 70 students each year in its master’s and doctoral programs, making it one of China’s leading institutions for pharmacy education and pharmaceutical research. The School has developed a wide range of high-quality scientific programs as well as an innovation-driven education and research environment.

Malissa CarrollCollaboration, Education, UMB NewsMarch 21, 20140 comments
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Healing Pathways: Tales From the Trail – Part 3

Does this sound like you?

  • You often feel just on the edge of feeling out of control.
  • Your life feels like someone invisible is running it – a master who’s always driving you harder and harder.
  • After work you feel so wound up that only food, alcohol, or a good dose of someone else’s drama will settle you down.
  • When people are talking, you often feel like you are watching their mouths move and have to pretend you hear them.

Well, Here’s the Deal

This is typical reaction to stress and you can actually incorporate very simple, easy-to-use tools into your life right now to start handling stress differently. As mentioned in my last article, stress does not come to you – you create it with your own perceptions.

Learning the Tools of Perception

In Healing Pathways, our 8-week stress reduction class, we offer tools to help with these feelings. One simple tool is called perception. When you change your perception, you change your environment.

The first step to changing perception is to begin observing rather then just reacting. Watching your thoughts and your reactions to things in third person helps you to notice that you are actually more in control than you think you are.

Taking the time to watch things that are going on around you also helps you to be more present to the situation and people around you. A consistent practice of being present to yourself and others can deeply affect your ability to be still, peaceful, and fulfilled at the end of the day.

Want to Learn More Tools Like This?

In this 6-minute video, you will go through a simple meditation to become more aware or your perceptions.

Join our 8-week stress reduction class for health care professionals (or anyone!) this spring. Want more details? Consider scheduling an in-service presentation for your team.

By Bonnie Tarantino

Bonnie Tarantino is the director of the Healing Pathways program for the School of Medicine’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Along with stress reduction classes, she also offers yoga teacher training and Reiki training.

Rebekah OwensEducation, University LifeMarch 20, 20140 comments
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