Archive for February, 2015

With Local Media Coverage and Great Participation, Kindness Initiative a Huge Success at UMB

Thanks to everyone for making the Kindness Initiative: Serving those who Serve such a huge success! With over 90 participants, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) was able to make 200 cookies for local police and firefighters and thank them for their service to Baltimore.

The event was also covered by local news station WBAL. You can watch the short video feature on their website!

If you missed this event, don’t worry! The next Kindness Initiative event is on Friday, April 17, when we’ll be making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for local homeless shelters.

The 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, the Wellness Hub, and UMB have partnered to make an impact – join us!

Michelle PearceFor B'more, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 27, 20150 comments
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Online CME Program for Clinical Research Professionals

The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in the University of Maryland School of Medicine has recently launched an online Continuing Medical Education course series related to the ethical and regulatory aspects of human subjects research. This series will provide participants with the skills needed to analyze ethical issues that arise in the conduct of research.

Upcoming Online Course

A course on Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Research and Institutional Review Boards will take place between March 30 and May 1. This five-week online course is recommended for clinical coordinators and research assistants interested in expanding their knowledge of the operations relating to research ethics and review boards. Space is limited, so register early. Register now! The deadline to register is March 15.

Learn more about the full program.

Hillary EdwardsBulletin Board, Education, Research, University LifeFebruary 26, 20150 comments
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Internet Security Tips for Gamers and Parents of Gamers

Many of the tips in this article are directed to parents of children who play games online, but there are takeaways for you adult gamers as well.

For starters, whenever you go online you should keep in mind the slogan of the National Cyber Security Alliance, and take a moment to STOP.THINK.CONNECT. Many of today’s gaming devices are as powerful and connected as any PC or laptop. So before your kids, or you, sit down to play, take appropriate security precautions.

Keep a Clean Machine

All Internet-enabled devices need to be kept up-to-date to protect them from malware and other threats. Security protections are built in, but must be updated on a regular basis. Before you start playing, be sure your computer or gaming system has the latest operating system, web browser upgrades, and anti-virus software.

Activate Parental Controls

Game consoles offer parental control features that allow parents to restrict games by Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating, manage online access, and even limit how much time a child can use the system. Learn more about ESRB controls.

Protect Kids’ Privacy

Because online-enabled games can allow players to speak with one another, kids should know that they shouldn’t share personal information with others, even people they think they can trust. This is not limited to e-mail addresses and phone numbers, either. Kids should know not to share personal details such as where they go to school, where their parents work, or what their weekend plans are. Your kids should also use a screen name that does not reveal their real name, and an avatar rather than an actual picture of themselves.

Explain the Implications

Help your children understand that any digital info they share, such as emails, photos or videos, can easily be copied and pasted elsewhere and it is almost impossible to take back. Things that could damage their reputation, friendships, or future prospects should not be shared electronically.

Support Their Good Choices

Expand your children’s online experience and their autonomy when developmentally appropriate, as they demonstrate competence in safe and secure online behavior and good decision making.

Remain Positively Engaged

Pay attention to and know the online environments your children use. Surf the Internet with them, appreciate your children’s participation in their online communities, and show interest in their friends. Try to react constructively when they encounter inappropriate material and make it a teachable moment.

Be a Good Online Citizen

Remember that what you and your kids do online has the potential to affect everyone at home, at work, and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.

Brook BotvinEducation, TechnologyFebruary 26, 20150 comments
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Chinese New Year Celebration Gala

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Chinese Student and Scholar Association invites everyone to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Friday, Feb. 27. The event will be held at the Medical School Teaching Facility, 2nd Floor Atrium.

About the Celebration

Enjoy Chinese festival food followed by wonderful performances that will provide you with unforgettable experiences to celebrate the Year of the Goat. The dinner will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a gala from 7 to 8 p.m.

Tickets for both the dinner and gala are $3 for UMB students and $5 for everyone else.

Wenjing LiBulletin Board, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 25, 20150 comments
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Caroline Burry, PhD, MSW, associate professor and chair of the Families and Children Specialization at the School of Social Work, is taking an interprofessional group of students to England for her study “The Impact of Involuntary Maternal Psychiatric Hospitalization on Children’s Care: An Interprofessional Research Project.” The study earned one of the University’s 2015 Center for Global Education Initiatives Interprofessional Global Health Faculty Grant Awards.

Christopher Ward, PhD, associate professor at the School of Nursing, and William Lederer, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Physiology at the School of Medicine, are among the inventors of “Compositions and Methods for Adhesion of Intact Cells to an Apparatus,” which was awarded a U.S. patent. The University trademarked the invention under the name MyoTak.


Seung Kee Choi, DMD, MS, a prosthodontics resident, received a $6,000 research fellowship award from the American College of Prosthodontics Education Foundation.

Donita Dyalram, DDS, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, received a Faculty Educator Development Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.DENTISTRY-Homayounfar

Negar Homayounfar, DDS, MS, assistant professor in the Department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, received a $15,000 GSK Prosthodontist Innovator Award from the American College of Prosthodontics Education Foundation.

David Seminowicz, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, presented the lecture “Prefrontal-Subcorical Circuitry in Prolonged Experimental Pain and Chronic Pain Conditions” during the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in November.


Taunya Banks, JD, the Jacob A. France Professor of Equality Jurisprudence, was a presenter on the panel “Anita F. Hill, Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, and a Screening on the Film, Anita” during the 2015 annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, held in Washington, D.C., in January. Michael Pappas, JD, MA, assistant professor, was a speaker from the call for papers “Seismic Shifts in Energy: The Repercussions of Local Solar and Distributed Generation” at the meeting.

Danielle Citron, JD, the Lois K. Macht Research Professor of Law, was recognized by the British Broadcasting Corp. as a Big Idea of 2014 for her success at bringing attention to the effects of revenge porn. Her book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace was published last year.

Markus Rauschecker, JD ’06, adjunct faculty member and senior law and policy analyst at the Center for Health and Homeland Security, testified in December about cybersecurity issues before the Baltimore City Mayor’s Working Group on the Use and Implementation of Body Worn Cameras.


Thomas Blanpied, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Physiology, received a five-year, $2,220,872 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for the competing renewal of his research grant “Internal Dynamics of Postsynaptic Density.”

Erik de Leeuw, PhD, assistant professor, and Wuyuan Lu, PhD, professor, were granted a U.S. patent for their technology “Surface-Layer Protein Coated Microspheres and Uses Thereof.” Each is a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and at the Institute of Human Virology.

The U.S. patent “Natural Plant Products for Control of Cancer Metastasis” was granted to Department of Pathology faculty members Amy Fulton, PhD, professor, and Namitu Kundu, PhD, assistant professor.

Seth Himelhoch, MD, MPH, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, received a four-year, $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for “STIRR-IT: Co-located HIV/HCV Prevention & Treatment in a Behavioral Health Setting.”

During the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists annual meeting, held in Phoenix last year, Deanna Kelly, PharmD, BCPP, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director of the Treatment Research Program at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, received an award for her service as the meeting’s program chair.


The school’s first December commencement ceremonies were held in Baltimore and at the Universities at Shady Grove, with 324 degrees awarded for the first half of the academic year.

Gail Lemaire, PhD ’96, PMHCNS, BC, CNL, associate professor and director of the Clinical Nurse Leader master’s option, was appointed assistant dean for the Master of Science program.

The Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan Organized Research Center, directed by professors Barbara Resnick, PhD ’96, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, and Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD ’03, MS ’95, BSN ’89, FAAN, was awarded a $12,500 grant from the Loveman Foundation for the Building Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan program. The funds will be used for ongoing research.


Student Heather Boyce received a predoctoral fellowship in pharmaceutics from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation.

Andrew Coop, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was named a fellow of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and received a nine-month, $100,000 grant from the Maryland Technology Development Corp. for “UMB425: A Unique Opioid Analgesic With Reduced Tolerance.”

Peter Doshi, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, received a New Investigator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for “The Possible Harms of Statins: What Do Product Labels and Pharmacy Leaflets Tell Us?”

Steven Fletcher, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was granted the U.S. patent “Amphipathic and Other Double-Sided Alpha-Helix Mimetics Based on a 1,2-Diphenylacetylene Scaffold,” which is directed toward the synthesizing of a novel class of small molecules.PHARMACY-Shapiro

Young Ah Goo, PhD, research assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, received a one-year, $60,000 grant from Chonbuk National University for “A Clinical Study of Biomarker Identification for Efficacy Assessment on Latent Metabolic Syndrome Subjects.”

Paul Shapiro, PhD, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, received a six-month, $76,951 contract from Biomedical Valley Discoveries, Inc., for “Studying BVD-523 in In-Vitro Settings of MAPK Inhibitor Resistance.”


Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, dean and professor, was named to the Institute of Medicine National Research Council’s Committee on Supporting the Parents of Young Children. The ad hoc group will conduct a study to inform a national framework for strengthening the capacity of parents of young children up to age 8.

Lisa Berlin, PhD, associate professor, was an invited presenter in December at the Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. Berlin delivered “Community-Based Trials With Supplemental Parenting Supports to Prevent ‘Toxic Stress.’” 

“Diversion From the Juvenile Justice System: Observations of a Teen Court Program,” written by Charlotte Bright, PhD, associate professor, and alumni Ninoosh Sadeghi Hergenroeder, MSW ’11, and Darnell Morris-Compton, PhD ’13, was published in the Journal of Community Practice.

Karen Hopkins, PhD, associate professor, will be the principal investigator for “Expanding the Bench in Performance Management,” a University award from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to develop a workforce of human service professionals of color who have performance management skills.

Chris ZangPeople, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 25, 20150 comments
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New Book and Website Help Young Women Navigate Nonprofits

University of Maryland School of Social Work PhD student, Elizabeth Hoffler, and former National Association of Social Workers CEO, Betsy Clark, have published a book and launched a new website to help young women navigate their nonprofit careers.

Women in the Workplace

The workplace of today is not as hospitable to the young professional woman as we are sometimes led to believe. Power, pay, and opportunity still favor men. In addition, generational differences between baby boomers, who hold many of the managerial positions, and the entry level millennials can result in misunderstandings and conflict. What young women need to know to successfully begin their careers and advance up the career ladder is not often taught in the classroom. Instead, it is handed down from one woman to another, usually in the form of mentoring.

About the Book

100 Ways to Start Smart and Stay Ahead in Your Career fill a knowledge gap for millennial women. It is a collection of 100 real-world career tips for young professionals, especially those working in the nonprofit sector (although the information can be applied in any professional setting). Written in clear, straight-forward terms, the guidance found within the website and book addresses everything from minor daily irritations to major career dilemmas and choices. It covers a diverse range of topics from personal branding, power differentials, and public speaking to office politics, sexism, work-life balance, and everything in between. 100 Ways to Start Smart and Stay Ahead in Your Career is the result of a collaboration between an experienced CEO of a national nonprofit organization and a young professional who began working with the CEO right out of graduate school. After several years as co-workers, the authors realized how invaluable their relationship had become for both of them, and, unfortunately, how unique it was as well. They believe that one of the most important factors that contributes to a woman’s career success is having other strong women for guidance, critique, and support. Many young professional women do not have a mentor that they can turn to, rely on, and trust as they begin their careers and face challenges in the workplace.

This book will not completely take the place of a mentor. It will, however, make young women aware of possible employment pitfalls so that they are better prepared to address troubling issues in a professional and successful way.

Matt ConnEducation, UMB NewsFebruary 25, 20150 comments
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‘Skill, Endurance, Good Cheer’ Earn Nancy Cook an Employee of Month Award

During the recent submittal of a federal grant application, Nancy Cook, MLA, research administrator at the School of Social Work, worked extra hours to catch errors and assure the application was complete.

Hard Work to Obtain Grants

“This included some additional Saturday evening work when the PI for the lead agency called and asked us to increase our budget by $300,000 in the first year and each year thereafter,” said Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, dean of the school. “She got it done!”

Cook’s hard work to obtain the grant, which supports training of child welfare and mental health professionals working with adoptive youths, came as no surprise.

“She also has done this on numerous other occasions when the school has been applying for grants,” said Barth.

What Team Means to UMB

To recognize Cook’s dedication, Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, presented her with the University’s Employee of the Month Award in February.

“Do you know what team means to me? It’s everything,” Perman told Cook, who had been called to the president’s conference room in the Saratoga Building for what she thought was a grant meeting. “To have somebody who understands the value of a team is so important to me.”

A Team Player

A University employee since 2011, Cook excels as a team player, Barth said.

“In the last two years, the school’s Sponsored Projects Office has increased submission of grants from 101 to 177 a year, and Nancy has worked closely with her colleagues in SPO and the faculty to help make this possible,” the dean said.

An Honored Employee

Cook also helps make the high-stakes process of applying for grants enjoyable for her co-workers.

“Without Nancy’s skill, endurance, and good cheer, each of us might feel this is an impossible burden,” Barth said.

“Thank you so very much. I am so honored,” Cook said upon receiving the award. “This is wonderful and I’m floored. This really means a lot to me.”

Ronald Hube and Sarah RebackPeople, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 24, 20150 comments
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Gloria Mayfield Banks Shares Her Blueprints for Success

Celebrate Women’s History Month with us on March 23 from noon – 1:30 p.m. in Westminster Hall. We’ll welcome Gloria Mayfield Banks, MBA, to speak about success and advice on creating a better life.

Achieving Phenomenal Success

Gloria Mayfield Banks has consistently beaten the odds to achieve phenomenal success in her life and in her business. She defied dyslexia to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University, where she later served as assistant director for admissions at the business school. And after leaving an abusive marriage and a corporate career at IBM 20 years ago to sell lipstick, she quickly ascended to elite executive national sales director with skin care and cosmetics seller Mary Kay. Today, she earns millions as one of Mary Kay’s top 10 salespeople in the United States and its No. 1 African-American sales director in the world.

Banks travels the globe from her Baltimore home to share with audiences her advice on creating a better life. A dynamic storyteller with a conversational style, she is known for her creative humor and high energy. Banks’ enthusiasm is contagious and her message is strong: Success is a choice that once committed to can be achieved!

More About Banks

She has appeared on CNN, ABC, and CNBC to talk about her secrets of success. Banks also has been featured in Fortune, Black Enterprise, Glamour, and Pink magazines.

She is married to Kenneth Banks, president/chief executive officer of Banks Contracting Co., which provides construction services on some of the largest projects in the Baltimore region. Mr. Banks serves on the University of Maryland School of Medicine Board of Visitors. They have four adult children.

This event is free and open to UMB students, staff, and faculty of all genders.
A light lunch will be provided.

Holly BaierGlobal & Community Engagement, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 23, 20150 comments
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African Ancestry

African Ancestry: Where Are Your People From?

It is difficult to believe that such a simple question could cause bewilderment and angst.  However, to many people of African descent living in the Americas and the Caribbean, this question, along with a true sense of their heritage, remains unknown.  As a result of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, many of the descendants of the 12 million to 15 million people transported from Africa to be enslaved in the western hemisphere have been left unaware of their African ancestry.

African Ancestry and ISLSI Help Students Discover Family Origins

With the help of African Ancestry, the Office of Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives (ISLSI) was able to take the mystery out of family origin for four University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students.

Ancestry Reveal

On Thursday, Feb. 5, Valencia Barnes (SOD), Ayana Gallego (SOD), Naeem Thompson (SSW), and Tanika Wiggins (SSW) gathered in front of their peers at the SMC Campus Center stage to learn their ancestry results. They were selected during a United Students of African Descent event in November and asked to provide oral swabs for DNA testing. Their DNA was then compared to the indigenous African genetic sequences of African ethnic groups dating back to more than 500 years ago.

Tanika Wiggins’ DNA revealed maternal ancestry in regions which represent the three present-day countries of Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau. She describes the experience: “Learning that I have ancestry in three African countries was more than I had expected. From this experience I hope to take this information and continue to find out more about my ancestry and research the specifics of the tribes, people, and culture in all of the countries.”

The Ancestry Reveal with African Ancestry was part of ISLSI’s Black History Month which falls under the department’s Diversity Celebrations.

Photo caption: Tanika Wiggins, second-year SSW student and African ancestry winner. Her countries of ancestry? Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau. Photo by Clancy Clawson.

Courtney JonesEducation, People, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 20, 20150 comments
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Staff Senate Info Card

Staff Senate Digest

The Staff Senate understands that UMB staff members are anxious about the FY15 and FY16 budget issues. Thankfully, our Council of University System Staff (CUSS), and UMB Staff Senators, particularly our Legislative and Policy Committee, have been on top of things as they unfold. With that in mind, please remember that it is important that you contact your elected officials. How do you do that?

Budget 2016 Memo

The USM has developed a letter to express our concerns about the COLA “clawback” in the Governor’s FY2016 budget. Using this letter/language is one way we can empower ourselves and try to do something about the situation. Please circulate this information far and wide to your friends and colleagues, and feel free to share your letter with us in the Anonymous Feedback Form (You may leave your name on the letter, if you want.). We will compile these for our own leadership.

CUSS and Staff Senators emphasize that these rules MUST be followed:

  • Use this framework as a start. Personalize it – describe what you do and how the “clawback” impacts you. Don’t be shy – mention how long you have been a USM employee and the years of furloughs and no increases.
  • You must send this on your own time, not work time.
  • You must send from a personal device and not a state/University computer.

Leadership Change

Kate McManus has resigned from the Staff Senate and her position as Chair of the Staff Senate. We are thankful for her service as Chair of the Staff Senate from last July through February. Colette Beaulieu, vice chair and a past chair, will assume her position through the end of June.

Wellness Fair 2015

Please mark your calendars for the Wellness Fair on  March 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SMC Ballroom. Staff Senate representatives will be there to meet you and share what we know from our meetings. We also will be offering the new, official STAFF DISCOUNT CARDS to local eateries including Culinart, Peace & a Cup of Joe, Forno, etc. We are partnered with a School of Pharmacy student group and while faculty and students will buy the cards for $10, Staff Senate has negotiated a “$5 suggested donation” for staff. Please support this effort and support our local businesses if you’d like to see this kind of thing continue for staff.

Anonymous Feedback

We value staff feedback and have mechanisms to bring your feedback directly to UMB leadership. Please let us know what’s on your mind by submitting this form.

UMBrella Kickoff Event on Positive Communication With Jessica Glazer

Jessica Glazer will give the talk “Positive Communication Styles: How Positive Communication Can Impact Your Success” on March 3 at 3 p.m. in the SMC Campus Center Elm Ballroom.

Colette BeaulieuClinical CareFebruary 20, 20150 comments
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Police Escort Use Is at Record Levels

Expansion and greater awareness of the service have resulted in record-breaking numbers for the UMB Police Force escort service. In November and December of 2014, more than 4,300 faculty, staff, and students of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and employees at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) utilized the van and walking escorts.

The walking police escort service is available on campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Times of the van service were expanded in fall 2014 as were its boundaries, which extend three blocks beyond the campus borders on all sides.

A vigorous communications campaign, two Safety Matters town halls, and reminder cards handed out by police and University leaders also promoted the police escort program, especially after two robberies on campus the night of Oct. 6

‘Increased Awareness’

“I attribute the substantial increase in escorts to the increased awareness our community has about safety,” says Antonio Williams, MS, chief of the UMB Police Force and associate vice president for public safety. “We also have made the escort program more available and are offering better service by our department while providing the escorts.”

The growth has been amazing. In September 2014, there were 756 requests for police escorts. The number of those using the police escort service skyrocketed to 2,494 in November and to 1,869 in December, even with the campus closed the last week for holiday break.

Van service has been expanded to include all of Ridgely’s Delight and now stretches to Schroeder Street on the west, Franklin Street on the north, Park Avenue on the east, and Washington Boulevard on the south (see map).

Hours Extended, Too

Police van escort hours have been extended to 3 p.m. through 1 a.m., with two seven-passenger vans operating during peak hours, between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m. And additional personnel have been dedicated to coordinating van escorts, ensuring better customer service.

Despite the increased demand, the police van or walking escorts usually arrive promptly.

“Maybe 30 minutes on a bad day,” says Meghan Kemp, a law student who uses the service less now that she has a closer parking spot. She remains a big supporter of the police escort service. “I recommend it, it’s just safer at night. Better safe than sorry. You can’t be too safe.”

Goals for Future

Spikes for the service occur between 7 and 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. and midnight, statistics show. Williams is encouraged that more people are using the escorts.

“I appreciate the many compliments we have received expressing the improved service,” he says. “Adding the second escort van has been well-received. This is the most ridership we have ever had.”

Yet he won’t say the police escort program has reached its capacity, even with nearly 2,500 escorts in November. “I would like anyone who feels he/she needs the service to be able to use the service,” he says. “Whatever number that is, whenever you are afraid or don’t feel safe, our duty is to ease those fears.”

To arrange a police van escort or walking escort, simply call 6-6882 on a campus telephone or 410-706-6882 and a uniformed officer will be sent to your location. Riders are required to have either a UMB or UMMC ID.

Chris ZangCollaboration, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 20, 20151 comment
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Sign Up For Social Q’s: “What Do You Think You Know About Me?”

A series of performance-based events to share and celebrate our identities. The performance will be on March 26, where we will be examining our social identities, navigating stereotypes and assumptions, and gathering your unique experiences to create an overall idea of what it means to be part of our society, our campus, and ourselves.

Open Hours to Sign Up

Feel free to drop in on Friday, Feb. 27 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the SMC Campus Center, Third Floor, Campus Life Suite.
SMC 3rd floor- Campus Life Suite

Ebony NicholsonUniversity LifeFebruary 18, 20150 comments
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HS/HSL is Here to Help You Prepare for Graduate Research Day

Students preparing for the upcoming annual Graduate Research Day on March 9 are discovering the Health Sciences and Human Services Library‘s value in the research equation.

Contact Your School Librarian

School librarians are meeting with students to retrieve relevant articles from quality databases and demonstrate efficient management of these references using RefWorks. Any student, staff, or faculty member preparing to present at a professional meeting or table clinic or defend a dissertation is encouraged to contact their school librarian.

Michael MartinoEducation, Research, University LifeFebruary 18, 20150 comments
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