Archive for January, 2015

Lemaire Named Assistant Dean of Master of Science Program at School of Nursing

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), recently announced the appointment of Associate Professor Gail Schoen Lemaire, PhD ‘96, PMHCNS, BC, CNL, as assistant dean for the Master of Science program. Lemaire, a psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist and psychotherapist, has been a faculty member at UMSON since 2000, and currently serves as director of the Clinical Nurse Leader master’s option.

Looking Forward to Her New Position

Please to In her new role, Lemaire is responsible for the development and implementation of the program’s policies and procedures. She will also provide leadership in administration and program coordination, curriculum planning, student recruitment, advisement, and retention.

“I am very pleased to have been selected for this position,” Lemaire says. “I am excited to have already assumed some of my new responsibilities and am looking forward to directing the master’s program and contributing to the strategic operations of the School.”

A Highly-Respected Faculty Member

During her tenure at UMSON, Lemaire’s clinical specialty has been psychiatric mental health nursing. She has taught psychiatric nursing at the undergraduate and graduate levels and will continue in that capacity. Lemaire’s research interests have focused on community-based psychiatric outcomes and women’s mental health.

“Dr. Lemaire is a highly-respected member of our faculty who has demonstrated the attributes that we are looking for in the leader of our master’s program,” Kirschling said. “I am confident that she will make significant contributions to the strategic operations and direction of our program while furthering the mission of the School.”

About Lemaire

Lemaire earned a PhD from UMSON; a Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Texas, San Antonio; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston University.

Kevin NashEducation, People, University LifeJanuary 30, 20150 comments
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Pharmacy Partners With Million Hearts to Celebrate American Heart Month

To help raise awareness about the prevalence and prevention of heart disease, members of Operation Heart from the American Pharmacists AssociationAcademy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (SOP) will host a week-long campaign to educate students and the public about the “ABCs” of heart disease and stroke prevention during American Heart Month in February.

The Leading Cause of Death

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The “ABCs” of heart disease and stroke prevention focus on appropriate aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation to help promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

About Million Hearts Week

Dubbed “Million Hearts Week,” the week-long campaign will also highlight SOP’s partnership with Million Hearts, a national initiative led by the federal Department of Health and Human Services that brings together communities, health systems, non-profit organizations, federal agencies, and private sector partners to make a lasting impact against heart disease and prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over five years.

“Million Hearts Week will provide a unique opportunity for student pharmacists to not only educate their peers about the importance of cardiovascular health, but to also empower patients to make healthy choices,” says Deanna Tran, PharmD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) and co-advisor of APhA-ASP.

The campaign begins Friday, Feb. 6, and features a number of events that highlight heart disease and stroke prevention. It will end with a health fair at Baltimore’s Lexington Market on Friday, Feb. 13. Complete event details are provided below.

Friday, Feb. 6 — Million Hearts “Pledge” Kick-Off

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to wear red in support of American Heart Month’s National Wear Red Day. From 12:30 to 2 p.m., a variety of activities will take place in the Ellen H. Yankellow Grand Atrium in the Pharmacy Hall, including a photo booth and heart health pledge activity, a talk by a SOP faculty member, and a National Wear Red Day group photo. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend all of the events culminating in the group photo at 1:50 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9 — Amazing Aspirin Race

Operation Heart will host the Amazing Aspirin Race in the Ellen H. Yankellow Grand Atrium from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in which teams of two students will compete to complete various aspirin-related challenges. This activity is intended to teach students about appropriate aspirin therapy as it relates to cardiovascular health. All students are invited to participate.

Tuesday, Feb. 10 — Blood Pressure Control

Blood pressure screenings will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Finksburg, Catonsville, and Professional Pharmacies. Pharmacy students will educate patients about the importance of maintaining a healthy blood pressure in order to help prevent a heart attack or stroke.

Wednesday, Feb. 11 — Cholesterol Management

Students are invited to compete in a cook-off that will be held in the Ellen H. Yankellow Grand Atrium from 5 to 7 p.m. This cook-off is designed to raise awareness about the importance of healthy eating and determine who can prepare the healthiest and tastiest meal, as judged by SOP faculty.

Thursday, Feb. 12 — Smoking Cessation

Individuals can visit University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Southern Management Corporation Campus Center from noon to 2 p.m. to participate in a variety of smoking cessation activities, including an interactive question and answer game.

Friday, Feb. 13 — The Charm of Million Hearts

A health fair will be held at Lexington Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to educate the local community about Million Hearts and the “ABCs” of heart disease and stroke prevention. Tables at the health fair will provide information about appropriate aspirin therapy, blood pressure screenings, healthy eating, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation.

“The Million Hearts Initiative is an annual project that our student pharmacists have become very passionate about,” says Francis Nguyen, third-year student pharmacist and one of the chairs of APhA-ASP’s Operation Heart.  “Outreach projects such as Million Hearts Week allow our members an important opportunity to work together, engage patients, and showcase the role that pharmacists and student pharmacists play in impacting patient health.”

Becky CeraulClinical Care, Global & Community Engagement, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 30, 20150 comments
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Kindness Initiative Event: Serving Those Who Serve

Drop in, decorate a cookie, and sign a thank-you card for Baltimore’s firefighters and police officers. Express your gratitude for the men and women who serve in the Baltimore City Fire Department, Baltimore City Police Department, and University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Police Force. Every day, they serve us. Today, let us serve them.

Event Details

The event will take place on Feb. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the SMC Campus Center, Fireplace Lounge.

The UMB and Judaic Heritage Kindness Initiative is designed to promote a culture of compassion and kindness on the UMB campus, in the greater Baltimore community, and around the world through both formal and informal community service and learning. Judaic Heritage and UMB have partnered to make an impact.

Cosponsors: UMB and Judaic Heritage present the Kindness Initiative; USGA

Register for this event. 

Rabbi Ariel FishmanCollaboration, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, UMB News, University Life, USGAJanuary 30, 20150 comments
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Data Privacy Month

Data Privacy Month (DPM) is an annual effort to empower people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint, as well as escalate the protection of privacy and data as everyone’s priority. Data Privacy Month begins today, Jan. 28, a date internationally recognized as Data Privacy Day, and will run through Feb. 28.

Key Goals

  • Educating consumers to better understand how their personal information may be collected and the benefits and risks of sharing personal data
  • Empowering consumers to express their expectations for the use, protection, and management of their personal data
  • Inspiring consumers through concrete, simple, and actionable tips to more actively manage their online lives
  • Encouraging and motivating consumers to consider the privacy implications of their online actions for themselves and others

Educause has a host of data privacy resources focused on university students, faculty and staff, available on Pinterest and Facebook.

This month, even more than usual, please do your part to ensure that our campus community is respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust.

Brook BotvinCollaboration, Education, Research, Technology, University LifeJanuary 28, 20150 comments
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Writing Center Hosts Semiannual Dissertation Boot Camp

From Jan. 20 through Jan. 22 the Writing Center hosted its semiannual Dissertation Boot Camp.

Dissertation Boot Camp helps graduate students cultivate the writing and time-management skills they need to finish a dissertation.

Featured Topics Include:

  • how to overcome writer’s block.
  • an overview of the dissertation structure.
  • the importance of peer review.

More Features

In addition to these workshops, students are provided with ample uninterrupted writing time in a focused environment free from distractions. They also have the opportunity to sign-up for Writing Accountability Groups which meet weekly throughout the semester.

The next Dissertation Boot Camp will take place in August. For more information, contact Clancy Clawson.

Clancy ClawsonCollaboration, Education, University LifeJanuary 28, 20151 comment
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Writing Center Celebrates New Space

The Writing Center has moved. With a new semester, comes an entirely new look.

New Features

Remaining true to its mission of “building better writers,” features of the new Writing Center include:

  • Receptionist desk and waiting area
  • Private tutoring room
  • Spinning handout carrel
  • Print resource library
  • Smart TVs streaming writing tips and tricks
  • Rolling furniture
  • Complimentary coffee

Drop in Today

Schedule an appointmentattend a workshop, or come write in a welcoming and comfortable environment.

The Writing Center is located in Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center, Room 307 and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Clancy ClawsonCollaboration, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 27, 20150 comments
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Happy Birthday, UMVibe!

UMVibe has just marked its third year of supporting collaboration among University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) colleagues regardless of their physical location.

UMVibe’s Origin

Research faculty originally requested a tool to make sharing with colleagues easier. They wanted to allow specified group members to read, edit, and approve documents, and to facilitate private discussion on various topics while allowing a range of experts to be invited into the conversation. An interdisciplinary committee was assembled to select from among a number of collaborative software products. Novell’s Vibe was the hands-down winner, and once chosen was tailored to fit the specific needs of the UMB community. Now dubbed UMVibe, the resulting product was publicized across campus. Training was authored, a desktop support infrastructure assembled, and a comprehensive online support site was created with a link to this site from every page in the application.

Innovative Ways to Use Vibe

Three years later research proposals are group-authored, activities are tracked, forms are sent through customized workflows, and new ways of doing work are constantly being created. The campus UMVibe administrator, Chris Phillips said, “I am constantly surprised at the innovative ways in which users leverage Vibe. This is partly due to the distribution of site responsibility to the respective workspace creators.” Although there are parameters set to manage disk space and to keep data secure, any member of UMVibe can create his or her own workspace, team, process flows, and security. Documents can be shared widely or restricted to a handful of users. Text, videos, pictures, calendar entries, reporting, and electronic feeds are all accommodated in the application. Today there are 1,578 active accounts, 224 active teams, and 4,340 workspaces created by teams to enable around-the-clock, secured information sharing and processing from anywhere in the world where members of the UMB community are active.

Brook BotvinCollaboration, Research, Technology, University LifeJanuary 27, 20150 comments
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HS/HSL Global Outreach

HS/HSL’s Global Outreach

Visiting scholars from the information center at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SUTCM) spent three days at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) sharing ideas, focusing on best practices in health sciences librarianship and exploring information service philosophies.

HS/HSL faculty provided the scholars with new strategies for actively supporting researchers. A highlight of the visit was a presentation by the visiting scholars of SUTCM’s web-based database of information on traditional Chinese medicine dating back thousands of years. We look forward to a continuing dialog with our colleagues from Shanghai.

Michael MartinoCollaboration, Education, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 23, 20150 comments
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“What Every Dentist Should Know About Tea,” written by student Moshe Rechthand; Judith Porter, DDS, EdD, assistant dean of admissions; and Nasir Bashirelahi, PhD, professor in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences, was published in the journal General Dentistry.

DENTISTRY-ShiauHarlan Shiau, DDS, DMSc, assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics, was chosen as president of the Phi chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national dental honor society.


The book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, written by Danielle Citron, JD, the Lois K. Macht Research Professor of Law, is in Cosmopolitan magazine’s “The 20 Best Moments for Women in 2014.”

Michelle Harner, JD, professor and director of the Business Law Program, was the official reporter for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, which released its report in December after nearly three years of work.

Why Not Jail? Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, and Government Inaction, written by Rena Steinzor, JD, professor, was published by Cambridge University Press.


Curt Civin, MD, professor in the departments of pediatrics and physiology, associate dean for research, and director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, was featured on the cover and in the article “Molecular Sawdust Holds the Key — The Power of microRNA” in the National Foundation for Cancer Research Progress Report.

The Graduate Program in Life Sciences held its annual awards ceremony in October. The winners were postdoctoral fellow Christopher Coleman, PhD (Postdoctoral Scholar Award); students Gabrielle Eades (PhD Thesis Award), Rasheeda Johnson (Elaine Miye Otani Memorial Award), Grace Maldarelli (PhD Scholar Award), and Clare Rock, MS (MS Scholar Award); and Mark Williams, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (Teacher of the Year Award).

Robert Gallo, MD, the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor in Medicine and director of the Institute of Human Virology, received the Indian Medical Association’s Medicine Millennium International Award during the association’s 57th Global Annual State Conference, held in Kovalam, India, in November. The award recognizes Gallo’s international work regarding medical sciences and developing medical facilities.MEDICINE-Lobo

Anthony Harris MD, MPH, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, was presented the 2014 Society for Health Epidemiology of America Investigator Award during the annual Infectious Disease Week event in Philadelphia in October.

Mary Kay Lobo, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, was chosen as one of 10 early-career investigators from around the world to participate in a future leaders group during the 11th Annual Science and Technology in Society forum, held in Kyoto, Japan, in October. Loborepresented the U.S.


Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor, was named interim associate dean for research.

Shannon Idzik, DNP ’10, MS ’03, CRNP, FAANP, associate professor, was appointed assistant dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and interim assistant dean for the Master of Science program.


Chanel Agness, PharmD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, and her colleagues from the statewide Med-Check Passport Team, were named among Health Literacy Maryland’s Health Literacy Heroes for their work developing The Med-Check Toolkit: Smart MedPHARMACY-Eddingtonicine Management for Older Adults.

The school’s chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists received awards from the academy’s Region 2 for outreach and education work for the Operation Heart and Operation Diabetes programs.

Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP, dean and professor, and executive director of University Regional Partnerships, was named chair-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Council of Deans.

Jill Morgan, PharmD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, was named chair-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Administrative Services Section.

The Office of Communications and Marketing received a Best in Maryland Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America’s Maryland chapter for the magazine Capsule.


Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, dean and professor, was named to the Child and Family Services National Advisory Panel of All Church Home, a child abuse and neglect support organization based in Fort Worth, Texas.
“Critical Race Theory: Opportunities for Application in Social Work Practice and Policy,” co-written by Karen Kolivoski, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, was published in Families in Society.

Student S. Colby Peters, LGSW, was nominated by the University Student Government Association to be the University System of Maryland (USM) 2015-2016 student regent. Peters will compete against nominees from other USM campuses.

Michael Reisch, PhD, MSW, MA, the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, delivered the keynote presentation during the 35th anniversary conference of the statewide coalition Welfare Advocates, held in November in Timonium.

Ronald HubePeople, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 23, 20150 comments
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Migraine Headache

Volunteers With Migraine Headaches Needed for Research Study

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are looking for volunteers to participate in a research study examining the effects of two different non-drug techniques for reducing headaches. The techniques focus on learning different stress management strategies, and one group will learn meditation.

To Participate, You Must:

  • be between 18 and 65 years of age.
  • have had migraines for at least one year.
  • experience four to 14 headaches per month.
  • not be using opioid (“narcotic”) pain medication.

Are You Eligible? Complete the Following:

  • Two screening visits that include, evaluation and questionnaires, sensory testing procedures, and one or more MRIs of your brain
  • Daily migraine diaries completed online

About the Study

  • Assignment to one of two stress management groups
  • Both groups use non-drug techniques, and one group includes mindfulness meditation
  • Each group includes 12–13 sessions that will occur over a four-month period
  • All examinations, parking, and tests are provided at no cost

Compensation up to $900 for completing all study visits.

Please call 410-550-9056.

Andrew FurmanResearch, University LifeJanuary 21, 20150 comments
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UMB Launches Center of Excellence to Advance Patient-Centered Research

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), with funding from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation, has established a new Patient-Centered Research for Outcomes, Effectiveness, and Measurement (PROEM) Center of Excellence in Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Training. Directed by Eleanor Perfetto, PhD, MS, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, this center will expand and improve training in the fields of comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research (CER-PCOR).

An Opportunity to Expand

This center is one of only five centers funded by the PhRMA Foundation to help expand CER-PCOR graduate education and training programs in the United States. Other centers are located at Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Washington in Seattle, and the University of Utah.

“The School of Pharmacy prides itself on serving as a leader in pharmacy education, scientific discovery, patient care, and community engagement across the state of Maryland and beyond,” says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School and executive director of University regional partnerships. “The establishment of our new PROEM Center of Excellence in Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Training will offer us an opportunity to expand on the University’s current capabilities and to more fully and formally integrate our strengths in CER-PCOR and interdisciplinary and collaborative research into our graduate education and training programs. I look forward to following the center’s progress as it strengthens our University’s reputation as a national leader in CER-PCOR.”

Helping to Communicate and Make Decisions

In recent years, a new emphasis has been placed on the need to engage patients in all aspects of health care research, decision making, and dissemination. CER compares the benefits and harms of existing treatment options — including medications, medical devices, diagnostic tests, surgical interventions, and health care delivery methods — to help patients and health care providers make more informed health care decisions. Similarly, PCOR helps patients and caregivers communicate and make informed health care decisions, allowing their voices to be heard in assessing the value of health care options.

“To help CER-PCOR continue to gain traction, there is a need for training that will equip current and future researchers with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct patient-centered research activities, as well as provide practitioners with the skills to interpret CER-PCOR studies and appropriately implement findings,” says Perfetto. “UMB is a recognized leader in CER-PCOR, and we are excited to have this opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of internal and external organizations to provide high quality CER-PCOR training to researchers across the nation.

About the Center

Supported by an interdisciplinary team from six professional schools and five research centers across UMB – as well as a range of committed partners from government, nonprofit, professional, trade, and private organizations – the PROEM Center of Excellence in Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Training builds on the University’s strengths in CER-PCOR, graduate and continuing education, community outreach, and collaborative partnerships to support its innovative training programs. The center will employ two approaches to enhance CER-PCOR education and training opportunities for researchers: expanding the School of Pharmacy’s existing PhD in PHSR program to include a new concentration in CER-PCOR and developing new continuing education programs in CER-PCOR for established researchers and health care professionals, including a week long on-site training course planned for the summer of 2015.

“The PROEM Center of Excellence in Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Training at UMB is well-positioned to train the CER-PCOR researchers of the future,” says Beth Devine, PharmD, PhD, MBA, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Washington School of Public Health. “As a member of the center’s External Advisory Committee and co-director of a similar PhRMA Foundation-supported Center of Excellence for Comparative Effectiveness Research Education at the University of Washington, I am thrilled to work with Dr. Perfetto and her team as they work to develop this exceptional program.”

The curriculum for the CER-PCOR concentration within the PhD in PHSR program will be taught by full-time faculty members from the Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing, and Law, as well as external experts who will serve as adjunct and guest faculty. Students who pursue this concentration will also have the opportunity to participate in learning experiences at a wide range of training sites, including government and non-government agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, patient advocacy organizations, trade organizations, and insurers.

Continuing Education Programs

New online and in-person continuing education programs available through the PROEM Center of Excellence in Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Training for established researchers and health care professionals include:

  • CER-PCOR Summer Institute: A five-day course scheduled for Aug. 10 to 14, that is designed to provide participants with an introduction to CER-PCOR, as well as the skills and resources required to navigate this specialized area of research.
  • CER Collaborative Certificate Training Program: A 19-hour program sponsored by the CER Collaborative and offered through the School’s CIPS Knowledge Enterprise. It includes five online modules and one in-person course designed to train pharmacists and other clinical decision makers to evaluate and apply CER in health care clinical and formulary decision making.

Excited for New Opportunities

“As the Center of Excellence for Comparative Effectiveness Research Education at the University of Utah looks forward to entering its final year, we are pleased to hear about the establishment of the PROEM Center of Excellence in Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Training at UMB,” says Diana Brixner, RPh, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacotherapy and executive director of the Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. “We are excited for the new opportunities that this center will provide to continue sharing and learning from previous and future PhRMA Foundation grant recipients as we work to improve educational and training opportunities for researchers in CER-PCOR.”

To learn more about the PROEM Center of Excellence in Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Training, please visit the center’s website.

Dana JoyceClinical CareJanuary 21, 20150 comments
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