Archive for August, 2014




Founders Awards: The following faculty members will be honored at the Founders Week Gala on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.

Entrepreneur of the Year

James Gammie, MD
School of Medicine Professor and chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery

Public Servant of the Year

Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN
School of Nursing
Associate professor and chair, Department of Family and Community Health

Researchers of the Year

C. Daniel Mullins, PhD
School of Pharmacy
Professor and chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, MS, NEA-BC, FAAN
School of Nursing Professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health
Co-director, Center for Health Outcomes Research

Teacher of the Year

Michael Reisch, PhD, MSW, MA
School of Social Work
Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice

Read more about the award winners and Founders Week.


Student Nancy An was named the 2014 American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s reporting student delegate.

Abraham Schneider

Abraham Schneider

Cynthia Idzik-Starr, DDS ’84, assistant professor in the Department of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery, was named director of clinical affairs.

Faculty member Abraham Schneider, DDS, PhD, was promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Department ofOncology and Diagnostic Sciences.


Trudy Henson, JD ’08, adjunct faculty member, was named the public health program manager at the Center for Health and Homeland Security. Henson was previously a senior law and policy analyst at the center.

Diane Hoffmann, JD, MS, professor and director of the Law and Health Care Program, was awarded the Jay Healey Health Law Teachers Award by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

Robert Percival

Robert Percival

Robert Percival, JD, MA, Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and director of the Environmental Law Program, received the Senior Distinguished Environmental Law Education Award from the International Union for Conservation of Nature Academy of Environmental Law.

Student Ping Xu received the Alumni Award of Excellence from the University of Delaware Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.


The student-produced video “Short Coat” won third place among 32 entries in the University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s annual Memmys contest, which honors music videos about student life at health profession schools. More than 25 University of Maryland medical students perform in the video, which was written, arranged, and produced by Jeremy Bengson. Watch the video!

The Physiological Genomics Group of the American Physical Society named Steven Fisher, MD, professor in the Department of Medicine, the winner of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

Devinder Singh, MD, associate professor in the Department of Surgery, was named chair of the Maryland Board of Physicians.

Paul Welling, MD, professor in the Department of Physiology, received the Steven Hebert Award from the American Physiological Society and delivered the Steven Hebert Distinguished Lecture during the Experimental Biology Meeting, held in San Diego in the spring.


Assistant professors Lynn Chen, PhD; Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, CRNP; and Debra Scrandis, PhD, CRNP, BC, and associate professor Catherine Kelleher, ScD, MPH, MSN, RN, were named 2014-2015 Dean’s Teaching Scholars.

Kelly Flannery

Kelly Flannery

Kelly Flannery, PhD, RN, assistant professor, was named a member of the advisory board of the West Baltimore HealthEnterprise Zone.

Brenda Windemuth, DNP, RN, CRNP, assistant professor, will receive the 2014 Research/Project Award from the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association during its annual conference in Orlando, Fla., in Sept. The honor recognizes the best research study and clinical project presented at the conference.


Richard Dalby, PhD, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and associate dean for academic affairs, and Lisa Lebovitz, JD, assistant dean for academic affairs and assessment, are co-recipients of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s 2014 Excellence in Assessment Award.

Brent Reed, PharmD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, was named director of the School of Pharmacy’s Cardiology Pharmacy Residency Program.

James Trovato, PharmD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, was re-elected to a one-year term as chair of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ House of Delegates.


The following faculty and staff members were promoted: Haksoon Ahn, PhD, MA (research associate professor); Charlotte Bright, PhD, Nalini Negi, PhD, Tanya Sharpe, PhD, and Terry Shaw, PhD (associate professors with tenure); Matthew Conn (assistant dean for communications); Rebecca Davis, MSW (assistant director of the Social Work Community Outreach Service); and David Flinchbaugh (associate dean for development and special assistant to the vice president for development).

Richard Barth

Richard Barth

Dean Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, and three other invited panelists discussed “Changing Frames and Expanding Partnerships to Promote Children’s Mental Health and Social/Emotional Wellbeing” during a U.S. Senate HELP Committee briefing. Joan Davitt, PhD, associate professor, was named a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Fellow is the organization’s highest class of membership.

Ronald HubePeople, UMB NewsAugust 28, 20140 comments
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Transportation Fair

Join Campus Life and Parking and Transportation Services for the second annual Transportation Fair, a one-stop-shop resource fair for your transportation needs on-campus and around Baltimore! Get information about the UM shuttle, MTA, the Charm City Circulator, on-campus parking, car-sharing services, and more to help you get around Baltimore and University of Maryland, Baltimore quickly and safely!

Get more information about the Transportation Fair and other Welcome Month activities!

Katie WollmanUMB News, University LifeAugust 28, 20140 comments
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Sara Griggs Honored for ‘Amazing’ Work

Sara Griggs, an employee at University Recreation and Fitness (URecFit), was recently promoted to assistant director of sports programs because of her “amazing work, trust, and diligence,” says her supervisor Anna Roskowinski, MA, associate director of URecFit.

Those qualities and others also earned her the University’s Employee of the Month Award, which President Jay A. Perman, MD, surprised Griggs with in August.

“On behalf of the University, I want you to know that you are appreciated,” Perman said.

About Griggs

A URecFit staff member for more than four years, Griggs’ work includes coordinating all recreational games and contests — such as a flag football league, and indoor soccer and volleyball tournaments — and serving as the program director for the annual golf tournament fundraiser that supports programs at the University.

Gaining the Utmost Respect

“Sara strives to go above and beyond to ensure the needs of students, faculty, and staff are met,” Roskowinski says. “Her enthusiasm, hard work, and knowledge in her field have gained her the utmost respect throughout URecFit, Campus Life Services, and the University.”

An Honored Employee

“URecFit is a wonderful place to work,” says Griggs. “I have always been supported by a tremendously talented team of professionals and a fantastic group of students. I was surprised by the award to say the least, but am very honored to be receiving it.”

Ronald HubePeople, University LifeAugust 28, 20140 comments
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Spanish Dental Student Visits School of Dentistry

Dental student Paula Franco Alfonso is visiting the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (SOD) from San Pablo University in Madrid, Spain. Alfonso, of Zaragoza, is entering her fifth and final year of dental school. Here’s what she had to say about her experiences at SOD:

Why did you decide to visit the University of Maryland School of Dentistry?

I really wanted to see how the American system of dental education works. I’m also interested in learning more about dental technology.

What is the biggest different between dental education in Spain versus the United States?

In Spain, we go to university to study dentistry right after high school, instead of going to college first. Also, our dental program takes five years to complete.

What is the biggest similarity between the schools?

In both schools, the students and faculty are very close with each other. At my school, each class has only 50 students and we work in practices of 13 or 14 students, so we get to know each other very well.

What are some of the most interesting things you have seen here?

I have observed students and faculty in several clinics – oral surgery, advanced education in general dentistry and periodontics. I especially enjoyed seeing the CAD/CAM system. The most interesting experience was observing Vanessa Benavent, DDS, MSD, in the Brotman Facial Pain Clinic. She studies so many different factors, like a patient’s environment, and how that could relate to pain.

What do you enjoy about dentistry?

I like the ability to serve the patient in several different aspects. I can improve their health, but I can also make aesthetic improvements. By relieving someone’s pain, I can help them have a better life.

What are some of the biggest differences between Madrid and Baltimore?

Here, everything is so huge. My hometown is small and Madrid is a little bit bigger, but you can take public transportation everywhere. In Baltimore, you are in trouble if you don’t have a car.

What have you enjoyed the most about your visit?

I think the mix of cultures here is very interesting. There are people from all over the world and they work together very well.

Adam ZeweClinical Care, Education, PeopleAugust 25, 20140 comments
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Heart Walk

2014 Greater Baltimore Heart Walk

Where: Camden Yards Lots B & C
When: Oct. 11, 2014
Time: 9 a.m.

Once again, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) are supporting the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Greater Baltimore Heart Walk. This year’s walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Camden Yards Sports Complex in Baltimore, and it is more important than ever.

Jina Bacchus, work life strategies specialist of the Office of Human Resource Services, has generously volunteered to coordinate UMB’s participation in the event. We need you to help us reach our 2014 goal of raising $40,000 for the AHA.

Register Now!

If you are interested in becoming a walker or team captain for the 2014 Heart Walk visit the Greater Baltimore Heart Walk website to register for free. If you cannot attend the walk, you can still help with fundraising.

If you have any questions, please contact Jina Bacchus.

Thank you for your continued support! With your help, UMB will make a difference in the quest to improve cardiovascular health in America.

Jina BacchusGlobal & Community Engagement, UMB News, University LifeAugust 22, 20142 comments
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Back To School Festival

Where: Outside of Hollins Market at Hollins St. & S. Carrollton Ave.
When: Sat., Aug. 23, 2014
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.

As part of the Back to School festival, school supplies will be given out to the neighborhood youth and their families. The University of Maryland, Baltimore is still accepting donations! Donation containers have been placed in the lobbies of the SMC Campus Center and Schools of Law, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work. You can place new school supplies in those donation containers until tomorrow, Aug. 22.

All donations are appreciated.


Brian SturdivantGlobal & Community Engagement, UMB News, University LifeAugust 21, 20140 comments
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Newhouse Inducted Into Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Robin P. Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at the School of Nursing, was recently inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Newhouse was one of 25 nurse researchers inducted at the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing’s 25th International Nursing Research Congress held in Hong Kong.

Improving the Quality of Care

Created in 2010, the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is one of STTI’s International Awards for Nursing Excellence. The award recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained broad national or international recognition for their work, and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.

“We are very proud of Dr. Newhouse for receiving this distinguished honor,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “She has worked tirelessly over the years as a nurse researcher to create innovative methods to improve the quality of care delivered to patients by health care professionals. It is nice to see that her efforts are being recognized both nationally and internationally.”

An Honor to be Inducted

Newhouse’s research has promoted the adoption of evidence-based interventions. Her team’s multi-site studies have demonstrated improvements in health care for people with heart failure and/or substance use, while providing evidence for policy makers that care delivered by advanced practice registered nurses is high quality, safe, and effective.

“My induction into the STTI Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is such an honor, but is clearly an accomplishment that I did not reach alone,” Newhouse said. “I am thankful for my mentors, research team members, collaborators, partner clinicians, and patients who have worked with me over many years to answer questions needed to improve care.”

About Newhouse

Throughout her career, Newhouse has received multiple national and international appointments as a result of her research. She has served on the Methodology Committee of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and two Institute of Medicine Committees, the Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing, and the Study on Treatment of Cardiac Arrest: Current Status and Future Directions. She has also chaired the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Research Council and the Research and Scholarship Advisory Council for STTI. She was elected to the Board of AcademyHealth in 2013.

Kevin NashEducation, People, UMB NewsAugust 21, 20140 comments
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New LibGuide Resource for the Ebola Virus Disease

This LibGuide from the Health Sciences and Human Services Library provides links to valuable information resources on Ebola virus disease as well as a feed for the latest news on the illness.

What is the Ebola Virus Disease?

Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90 percent. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients.

Check out the LibGuide for more information.

Michael MartinoEducation, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, UMB NewsAugust 19, 20140 comments
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What’s Your Vision? Show Us for a Chance to Win $599!

The University System of Maryland (USM) Foundation is pleased to announce its third annual art contest! Prizes will be awarded to the top competition winners. Winners will be featured in the USM Foundation’s 2014 annual report.

This year’s theme is based on the following quote, attributed to Nelson Mandela: “Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, and vision with action can change the world.”

For more details and to see the results of last year’s contest, please visit our website. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2014.

Jess GillContestsAugust 19, 20140 comments
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The Best Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

On rainy days all I want to do is curl up in a ball on the couch with a blanket, have a movie marathon, and eat something warm and comforting. The other day, I decided to brave a torrential downpour to pick up some tomatoes from the Farmers Market so that I could make tomato soup.

When you think of comfort foods, you might think of homemade mac and cheese, chicken pot pie, chicken soup, or the like, but because it’s summer I chose to make something that wasn’t so heavy. Instead, I went with the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup combo.

The How-To

First, we’ll start off with the tomato soup. Heat the olive oil in a stockpot, and cook the chopped onion and garlic until they’re tender, but not browned. Add in the chopped tomatoes and chicken broth and simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with Better Than Bouillon chicken base. For every cup of water you need, just add in one teaspoon of the base. It lasts a lot longer than regular chicken stock and you never have to worry that you don’t have any stock on hand.


Once your tomatoes are done simmering, remove them from the heat and use an immersion blender or regular blender to puree the mixture.


In a separate smaller pot, melt your butter and add flour to make a roux. Whisk in one cup of the pureed tomato mixture slowly, to ensure that the mixture doesn’t clump. This will thicken your tomato mixture up a good bit. When tempered, add mixture from your smaller pot back to your stockpot.

rouxtemperAdd in your sugar, vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper, and simmer for five more minutes. Season to taste.

addseasoningsWhile your soup is simmering, start on your grilled cheese. Grate your cheddar and slice or grate your mozzarella cheese depending on which brand you buy. If you buy a softer mozzarella cheese, it’s easier to slice than grate.

gratedcheeseTake two tablespoons of your cheddar cheese and mix it with the butter. Spread onto one side of each slice of bread. In my opinion, this is the best idea anyone has ever had. Mixing the cheddar cheese with the butter gives the bread a crispy, cheesy crust and adds that much more flavor to an already delicious grilled cheese sandwich.

buttercheeseFlip one side of the bread over, and stack on top of the other slide of bread. Spread Dijon mustard onto the unbuttered side of the top slide of bread and top with the remaining cheddar, and the mozzarella.

Preheat a cast iron skillet, or in my case a griddle, on high heat for a few minutes. Place the cheese-covered side of bread onto the griddle, butter-side down. Top with the other slide of bread (butter-side up).

grilledcheesebeforeTurn down the heat to medium and let it cook until the underside is golden brown, around two to three minutes. Flip the sandwich using a spatula, and let the other side cook until golden brown. Cut in half and enjoy!

CrustyGrilledCheeseLet me tell you something about this grilled cheese and tomato soup recipe. It’s actually the best. I know what you’re thinking: everyone always says that their recipes are the best. But would I lie to you? After trying this combination, I will never try to make another grilled cheese or tomato soup recipe as long as I live. That is no exaggeration.


Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup


1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 c onion, chopped
2 tbsp minced garlic
4-5 c chopped ripe tomatoes, seeded (you can sub in some canned, if needed)
2 c chicken broth (or 2 c water and 2 tsp. chicken base)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste


1. Heat olive oil in stockpot, and cook onions and garlic until tender, but not browned. Add chopped tomatoes and chicken broth and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and use an immersion blender or regular blender to carefully puree mixture.
2. In separate small skillet, melt butter and add flour, cooking until light golden brown. Whisk in one cup of pureed tomato mixture slowly, ensuring that the mixture doesn’t clump. When tempered, add mixture from skillet to the stockpot.
3. Add sugar, vinegar, basil, salt and pepper, and simmer five more minutes. Season to taste.

Grilled Cheese

Serves one


2 slices of white bread
1/3 cup grated Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated, or finely chopped mozzarella
2 to 3 tbsp soft butter
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard (optional)


1. Grate and slice the cheese.
2. Mix 2 tbsp of the cheddar with the butter. Spread onto one side of each slice of bread.
3. Flip one slice of bread over and stack on top of the other slice of bread. Spread mustard onto the un­buttered side of the top slice of bread. Top with the remaining cheddar, and the mozzarella.
4. Preheat a cast iron skillet or griddle pan on a high heat for a few minutes. Place the cheese-covered slice of bread into the skillet, butter­side down. Top with the other slice of bread (butter-side up). Turn the heat down to medium and let it cook until the underside is golden brown.
5. Flip using a spatula, and let cook again until golden brown on the other side.
6. Cut in half and eat!

Sarah RebackThe UMB Dish, University LifeAugust 14, 20142 comments
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UMB Night at Oriole Park

Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Tuesday, Sept. 16
7:05 p.m.

Three seating options available!

Lower Reserve (Sections 67-87)  |  $12.70
Left Field Lower Box (Sections 66-86)  |  $20.40
Terrace Box (Sections 1-17, 55-65)  |  $20.40

$5 of every ticket sold will benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Order your game tickets today!

Enjoy a BBQ!

Enjoy ballpark food before heading to the game! Stop by the School of Nursing Courtyard outside of the SMC Campus Center from 5 to 6:30 p.m.


Tickets are on sale through CulinArt’s first floor cafe in the SMC Campus Center:

  • Monday – Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • On-site, day of the BBQ

Tickets are $8.50 and include two hot dogs, chips, a cookie, and a drink.

Holly BaierFor B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAAugust 13, 20140 comments
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