Archive for December, 2014

Call for IPE January 2015 Faculty Award Proposals

The purpose of the Faculty Award in Support of Interprofessional Education (IPE) is to encourage and build a community of faculty members across the schools of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and throughout the University System of Maryland who have interest and expertise in interprofessional education. This includes, potentially, IPE activities nationally and internationally.


The Faculty Awards may be used for a variety of endeavors that could include, but would not be limited to, travel to other institutions to study IPE; regional and national meetings focused on IPE, including abstract presentations; pilot educational projects; and other faculty development activities. The awards will be given for one year with the potential for an additional one-year renewal depending on the project/activity, but the Faculty Awards are not envisioned to provide ongoing faculty salary support.

Award Management

All University of Maryland, Baltimore faculty members are eligible to apply for a Faculty Award of up to $2,000 annually. Other faculty from the University System of Maryland require a partner from the UMB faculty and are eligible for up to a $1,000 award. A two-page proposal, including a budget, should be submitted via email to the Center for Interprofessional Education. Please include a title for the award, along with a description of the proposed activity and its potential to further IPE at UMB. The co-directors of the Center for Interprofessional Education serve as the award committee.

The deadline for priority decision is Jan. 26, 2015. Additional applications will be considered on a bi-monthly basis — March and May 2015 — pending availability of funds. Download a proposal template to get started.

Before you get started, download a proposal template for a Faculty Award in Support of IPE

For questions or to submit an application, please email Patricia Danielewicz, executive administrative assistant, or call 410-706-4224.

Patricia DanielewiczCollaboration, Education, UMB News, University LifeDecember 19, 20140 comments
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UMB Recognized as Healthiest Maryland Business

Congratulations to the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)! The Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, a center within the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has honored the institute as one of Maryland’s healthiest businesses. Healthiest Maryland Business is a statewide initiative designed to create a culture of wellness at the workplace.

One of the Highest Ranked

UMB was recognized for encouraging good health by providing programs and resources for our employees designed to enhance their well-being such as Launch Your Life, lunch and learns on various health topics, the P3 medication management program, the smoking cessation Quitline, and much more. Based on the Center for Disease and Control and Prevention Health ScoreCard, UMB scored well over the national average in each of the health categories and is one of the highest ranked in the Central Maryland region.

For more information on any of the UMB programs listed above, please visit Human Resource Services.

Jina BacchusUMB News, University LifeDecember 18, 20140 comments
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Writing Your Dissertation? Join a Writing Accountability Group!

A writing accountability group is a peer-facilitated, active writing group that meets once a week for two hours over an 11-week block.

  • 15 minutes of updates and goal-setting
  • 90 minutes of timed, communal writing
  • 15 minutes of reporting and wrap-up

This is to help make writing a daily habit, and make writing a priority! You can work on your dissertation or other piece of academic writing and learn tips to help combat common writing roadblocks.

Contact Julie Cutler for more information or to join!

Julie CutlerEducation, Research, University LifeDecember 18, 20140 comments
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Baked Gnocchi Caprese

Christmas is right around the corner, and I’m sure many of you are poring through the Internet looking for the perfect dish to serve your families. Some will cook a baked ham, while others will go for a vegetarian option.

For my family, manicotti is our tradition. Each year at my mom’s house, my family eats manicotti with sausage and meatballs. A week or so ago, however, I received a phone call from my mom saying that we would be eating roast beef instead of manicotti this year.

How could this happen? I can’t remember the last time we didn’t eat some sort of pasta dish on Christmas Day. Instead of accepting this change to the menu, I decided to visit the Italian section at the Belvedere Square Market for some retaliation – err, I mean inspiration.

After browsing around, I laid my eyes on the jackpot: fresh gnocchi. A little different from our traditional manicotti, but these petite, potato pillows will make anyone’s mouth water. Trying to incorporate the ingredients of manicotti – the perfect mixture of pasta, cheese, and marinara sauce – I will be bringing Baked Gnocchi Caprese to my mom’s Christmas table. This baked dish will blow your holiday themed socks off so watch out mom – I’m coming for you!

Let’s Get Started

Before you start on your baked gnocchi, fill a large pot of water, generously sprinkle in some salt, and bring to a boil. Then, preheat your oven to 425 degrees and lightly grease a casserole dish with some olive oil and set aside.


To make your marinara sauce, in a saucepan over medium heat, add extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and onion. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent.

Add your wine to the garlic and onions and allow it to reduce for one minute. You can skip this step if you’d like, but I think adding wine adds another layer of flavor to your dish.


Add your crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. I would recommend using San Marzano crushed tomatoes whenever you are making homemade marinara sauce. Yes, they are a bit pricier than your average can of crushed tomatoes, but the flavor is incredible. Partially cover the pot and allow your sauce to cook for about 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes is up, stir in some fresh basil leaves to your sauce.


About two minutes before your sauce is ready, add the gnocchi to the boiling water. You’ll notice that your gnocchi are completely cooked when they float to the top. Drain your water, and place the gnocchi back into the same pot.


Pour your sauce into the pot with the gnocchi and stir together. Make sure you move kind of quickly – you don’t want your gnocchi to sit in the pot without the sauce for too long or the gnocchi will stick together.


Grate in some fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano and pour the gnocchi into your casserole dish. Next, take your ricotta and mozzarella and put little dollops of each all over the top of your gnocchi.

bakedgnocchiBake your gnocchi for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Let sit for about 10 minutes and dig in!

Baked Gnocchi Caprese
Serves 6

1 28-ounce can of San Marzano crushed tomatoes
1 small onion, finely minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
½ cup of white wine
¾ cup of whole milk ricotta
½ cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano
½ lb. of fresh mozzarella
Fresh basil
2 lbs. of potato gnocchi, store bought or homemade
Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Fill a large pot with water, sprinkle in salt, and bring to a boil.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease a casserole dish with olive oil and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, add oil, garlic, and onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add wine and allow it to reduce for 1 minute.
  5. Add the crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Partially cover the pot and allow it to cook for 20 minutes. Mix in fresh basil and turn the heat off.
  6. Add the gnocchi to the boiling water and cook until gnocchi floats to the top. Drain and place back in the same pot.
  7. Add in the sauce and Parmigiano-Reggiano and stir together to mix.
  8. Add the gnocchi to the casserole dish and make dollops all over the top with the ricotta and mozzarella.
  9. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
Sarah RebackFor B'more, The UMB DishDecember 18, 20142 comments
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Pharmacy’s Annual Pumpian Lecture Shows Quality is King in Health Care Reform

“Within the federal government, there is a major shift to incorporate quality into every model of care. But, quality of care can be described in several ways. Who has the authority to define quality and, more importantly, how can we achieve and measure it?” This was the question that Laura Cranston, RPh, executive director of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, posed to faculty, staff, and students as she delivered the annual Paul A. Pumpian Memorial Lecture at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy on Nov. 19.

Titled “Health Care Reform and Quality of Care: What Does It Mean for Pharmacy Practice?”, Cranston’s lecture explored how medication-use measures developed in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act can help resolve the current disconnect between patients and health care providers by leveraging pharmacists’ expertise. She presented an overview of the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care — a report published by the Department of Health and Human Services to help improve the quality of health care delivered in the United States — and highlighted those specific strategies that affect pharmacy practice and issues such as the overuse of medications and transitions of care.

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Malissa CarrollEducation, Research, University LifeDecember 16, 20140 comments
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Photo Contest Winners Are on Display and Online

Dozens of winners from the nearly 200 entries in Snap! — the University’s photo contest — are on display until Jan. 31 in the Frieda O. Weise Gallery at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library. View the photos, along with honorable mentions.

Impressive Photographs

“I was impressed with the variety, composition, and depth and vibrancy of color captured in the photographs in the contest,” says Sandra Audia Little, MFA, graphic designer in the Office of Communications at the School of Social Work and a judge for Snap! “It was difficult to choose the best photos as there were so many good ones.”

About the Contest

The contest was open to faculty, staff, and students. Entries were accepted in September and October under two broad categories: The University and Baltimore and Beyond. The photos could be high or low resolution, allowing entries taken with regular cameras or with cell phones.

Subject matter ranged widely, from a snowy Davidge Hall to a street scene in Guatemala. Work at the University was represented, including a photo by School of Dentistry student Jennifer Nguyen of 11 teeth in the palm of a hand. Nguyen’s entry is among those on display in the Weise Gallery.

Common Themes

Animals and the outdoors were common themes among photos submitted for the contest. Winners included shots of cherry blossom trees (in black and white), an elephant in the wild, and a crab battling waves on a beach. Alicia Walters, director of research administration at the School of Pharmacy, used a Canon PowerShot SD1100 camera to take “Autumn Path,” her photo of a narrow tree-lined road off of North Charles Street in Baltimore. Fallen leaves cover the ground, and a stone entrance to the road is decorated with pumpkins.

“Paths with seemingly unknown destinations are always interesting, especially in the fall,” says Walters.

Capturing Human Emotions

Contest entrants also captured human emotions. Kathleen Schotto, MA, student affairs coordinator at the Francis King Carey School of Law, used a Nikon D3200 DSLR to take the photo “Daughter and Dad,” which is one of the winners.

“It is a picture of a close family friend and his youngest daughter,” Schotto says. “There is a lot of emotion in the picture. The expression on the little girl’s face and the way her dad was looking at her makes it one of the best pictures I’ve taken of people.”

Ronald HubeContests, UMB News, University LifeDecember 15, 20140 comments
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Kevin Kelly

Peter N. Gilbert, MSF, chief operating officer and senior vice president at the University, was chosen for a pilot program to study future challenges facing higher education. He will join leaders from top colleges and universities in the first training program of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership. Nominated by William E. “Brit” Kirwan, PhD, chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM), Gilbert was the only USM nominee.

Kevin Kelly, JD, was named the University’s chief government affairs officer and associate vice president. Kelly, who has led the Office of Government Affairs on an interim basis since January, replaces Barbara Klein, MPA, who retired last year.

Alexa Mayo, MLS, AHIP, associate director for services at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, received the 2014 Award for Professional Excellence by a Health Sciences Librarian during the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, held in Alexandria, Va., in October.


Lisa Bress, MS, RDH, assistant professor in the Division of Dental Hygiene, received a 2014 Health Literacy Month Award from the School of Public Health’s Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland, College Park. Bress was honored for an initiative that brings free preventive oral health services directly into underserved communities. Bress is pictured above.

Carl Driscoll, DMD, professor in the Department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, and director of the prosthodontics residency, was chosen president-elect of the American College of Prosthodontics.


“Regulation by Amicus: The Department of Labor’s Policy Making in the Courts,” written by Deborah Thompson Eisenberg, JD, associate professor and director of the Center for Dispute Resolution, was cited in the 6th U.S. Circuit decision Smith v. Ageon Companies Pension Plan. The decision was regarding the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Michael Vesely, JD ’06, senior law and policy analyst at the Center for Health and Homeland Security, joined security experts from around the world in November for the discussion “Lone Actors – an Emerging Security Threat” during a NATO-sponsored research workshop in Israel.



Robert Gallo

Matthew Frieman, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, received the Innovator of the Year Award from the Maryland newspaper The Daily Record. Frieman was recognized for his work on developing therapeutics for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus.

Robert Gallo, MD, the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor in Medicine and director of the Institute of Human Virology, received the Bonino Pulejo International Prize at the University of Messina in Sicily, Italy. The award recognizes Gallo’s research on viral proteins and human retroviruses.

W. Jonathan Lederer, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Physiology and director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Technology, is the co-recipient of the 2015 Peter Harris Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Society for Heart Research (ISHR). The award will be presented during an ISHR meeting in Bordeaux, France, in July 2015.

Stefanie Vogel, PhD, professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, was honored with a 2014 Seymour and Vivian Milstein Award from the International Cytokine and Interferon Society. The award recognizes exceptional achievement in interferon and cytokine research.


Barbara Dobish, MSN, RN, assistant professor, received the Outstanding Nurse Educator Award from the Maryland Nurses Association.

Ann Mech, JD, MS ’78, BSN ’76, RN, assistant professor and coordinator of legal affairs, received the Richard G. McCauley Leadership Award, presented by the Horizon Foundation of Howard County. The award honors community leaders who have had a transformative effect on institutions and organizations.

Mary Regan, PhD, RN, associate professor, was appointed co-director of the school’s Center for Health Outcomes Research.

Lisa Rowen, DNSc, MS ’86, RN, FAAN, associate professor and senior vice president and chief nursing officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center, is among 25 alumni who will receive the inaugural Visionary Pioneer Awards from the school during its 125th anniversary gala in April.


Student Olajumoke Amuwo received the Noreen Wilson Book Award from the Student National Pharmaceutical Association.

Rebecca Ceraul, assistant dean for communications and marketing, was named chair of the Communications Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Administrative Services Special Interest Group.

Students Sherry Chen and Arlene Gao won the 2014 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Local Clinical Skills Competition.

Wendy Klein-Schwartz, PharmD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, was named vice chair of research for the department.



Bronwyn Mayden

Bronwyn Mayden, MSW, assistant dean, received the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture’s Community Service Award for her work in West Baltimore for the school’s Promise Heights program.

“Validation of the Use of the Effort-Reward Imbalance Scale in Human Services Using Confirmatory Factor Analysis,” written by student S. Colby Peters and Karen Hopkins, PhD, associate professor, was published in the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Ronald HubeClinical Care, People, UMB News, University LifeDecember 12, 20140 comments
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Go Green This Holiday Season

Do piles of crumpled up wrapping paper and wasted shopping bags make you cringe? You’re not alone. With the holidays right around the corner, everyone is shopping, wrapping gifts and writing cards, decorating, and traveling. Unfortunately, the holiday season also brings a lot of waste. According to RecycleWorks, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, and bows and ribbons all add up to an additional one million tons a week to our landfills.

The good news is that you can participate in the holiday festivities while still managing to stay green.

Take Action

Below are a few easy tips to go green this holiday season:

  1. Alternative wrapping

It’s unlikely your present won’t be accepted because it’s not perfectly wrapped, so look for other alternatives. Newspaper is always an easy option, or you could even use old maps, sheet music, or even scarves if you want to get crafty.

  1. Traveling tips

Maybe you’re just headed to the mall for some last minute shopping or perhaps you’re traveling to a different state to visit your family. Either way, reducing your travel by 20 miles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one million tons!

  1. LED lights

LED lights can last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent holiday lights while using 80 percent less energy! Find them at your local hardware store and recycle your old lights.

  1. Holiday cards

Purchase holiday cards that can easily be recycled by choosing cards without foil or ribbon. You can even give the trees a break this holiday season and use e-cards instead!

  1. Shopping tips

Reduce the number of bags thrown out by bringing reusable cloth bags for holiday gift shopping. Tell the store clerk that you don’t need a bag for small or oversized purchases.

Sarah RebackEducation, University LifeDecember 12, 20141 comment
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‘Consummate UMB Employee’ Honored

“I seem to be intruding on a meeting here,” said Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), as he entered a conference room in the Saratoga Building on Dec. 9. In the room were 15 staff members of the School of Medicine’s Center for Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases (CVID). They were not there for a meeting, but one employee — Talia Bailey, MBA, MS, program administrator — thought they were.

“We are here to honor you,” Perman told Bailey as he surprised her with the University’s Employee of the Month Award.

Recognizing Her Skills

Dudley Strickland, PhD, director of CVID, had nominated Bailey for the award to recognize, among other things, her skill at making sense of complex guidelines for grant applications. Her work and that of her team has led to about $10 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.

“We really can’t do without you,” Strickland told Bailey.

Willing to Help and Teach Others

Along with performing extremely well in a challenging position that requires juggling multiple duties, Bailey, who has worked at UMB for eight years and at CVID since 2011, is thoughtful, considerate, and always willing to help and teach others, Strickland said.

“She embodies the qualities of the consummate UMB employee in how she carries out her job in CVID and interacts with others in the greater campus community,” he said.

Honored for the Award

Bailey said she is “extremely fortunate to work with a great group of hardworking individuals” who push her to excel.

“I’m honored that they nominated me for this award,” she said, “and I am grateful to be a part of CVID and UMB.”


Ronald HubeClinical CareDecember 10, 20140 comments
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The Baltimore Ravens Announce GamePlanEarth

GamePlanEarth is a week of environmental initiatives from Dec. 8 to 12, led by the Baltimore Ravens to help better the Baltimore community. This week, the Ravens plan to make Baltimore a little greener by informing fans about the growing environmental challenges and educating them on how to recycle, reuse and conserve.

Check out the week’s events!

Sarah RebackEducation, For B'more, Global & Community EngagementDecember 9, 20140 comments
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The Institute for Innovation and Implementation wins Baltimore Sun’s 2014 “Top Workplaces” Award

The Institute for Innovation and Implementation (The Institute) has been honored as one of Baltimore’s top places to work. The honor was announced Dec. 7 by The Baltimore Sun, which sponsors an annual contest to choose outstanding workplaces based on employee surveys.

The Institute, part of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, serves as a training, technical assistance, evaluation, policy, systems design, and finance center for the Maryland Children’s Cabinet agencies, along with multiple states, localities, and private organizations.
Learn more about The Institute and this award.
Patricia FanningContests, UMB News, University LifeDecember 8, 20140 comments
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