Archive for March, 2015

Dr. Ellen Jorgensen, co-founder and Executive Director of Genspace

What’s Next…?

HS/HSL Symposium Hopes to Answer ‘What’s Next…?’

As the HS/HSL’s 200th celebration draws to a close, we are launching a new symposium series, “What’s Next…?” Innovative thinkers will discuss the exciting developments shaping the future of health, health care, and the human condition.

April 15  |  11:30 a.m.  |  Elm Ballroom  |  SMCCC

The series launches with a luncheon featuring Dr. Ellen Jorgensen, co-founder and executive director of Genspace, a nonprofit community laboratory dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology, and currently adjunct faculty at New York Medical College, scientist-in-residence at the School of Visual Arts, and a visiting professor at The Cooper Union. Jorgensen, is a noted expert on biohacking and citizen science. Her TED Talk from 2012 was invigorating, exciting, and thought-provoking. While there is no charge for the luncheon, registration is required so that we can plan accordingly.

Reserve your space today!

Michael MartinoEducation, Global & Community Engagement, University LifeMarch 31, 20150 comments
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April 6-12, 2015 National Public Health Week

The MPH Program Celebrates National Public Health Week 2015!

National Public Health Week

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW). The goals are to recognize the many successes of public health and highlight pressing public health issues that need to be addressed to improve our nation’s health.

For the First Time

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program will host daily activities during NPHW for the UMB community. There will be opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to assist in the community, learn about pressing public health issues in our immediate surroundings, and have fun! We encourage you to partake in all of the festivities!

Visit the MPH Program website for more information.

Oriyomi DawoduClinical Care, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, University LifeMarch 31, 20150 comments
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Elizabeth Galik

Nurse Practitioner Association Fellows Selected

Elizabeth Galik, PhD ’07, CRNP, associate professor, School of Nursing, and three other alumnae, have been selected to the 2015 Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) program. Nursing alumnae Deborah Chapa, PhD ’06, Deborah Schofield, DNP ’09, MS ’95, and Shari Simone, DNP ’11, MS ’96, also were chosen.

Impacting National and Global Health

Fellows are visionaries committed to the development of imaginative and creative future nurse practitioner leaders. They are charged with impacting national and global health through engaging recognized nurse practitioner leaders who have greatly influenced clinical practice, research, education, or policy while enhancing AANP’s mission.

Outstanding Contributions

“Only a small number of Fellows are selected each year, so it is gratifying to see members of the School of Nursing family recognized by their peers for impacting national and global health through clinical practice, research, education, and policy,” said Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The contributions that our faculty and alumni are making to the health care field are outstanding and really highlight the caliber of professionals that have graduated from our program.”

A Great Honor

Established in 2000, the FAANP program is dedicated to the global advancement of nurse practitioners and the delivery of high-quality health care. The program not only enhances AANP’s mission, but also develops nurse practitioner leaders of the future while furthering the field.

“It is a great honor to be recognized as a Fellow,” Galik said. “I am looking forward to working with FAANP to advance the nurse practitioner profession while improving care for older adults with dementia by applying the latest research findings to clinical practice.”

Kevin NashClinical Care, UMB NewsMarch 30, 20150 comments
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Fresh Veggies

Two New CSA’s at UMB

Zahradka Farm

Zahradka farm sells shares of their harvest to the public. When you purchase a share for 24 weeks of produce, the farmer uses the money to buy seeds, update equipment, and hire labor. A share includes a box of fruits and vegetables delivered to UMB every week from June – November. You can choose from a small, medium, or large share size depending on the needs of your family. Zahradka Farm also offers a winter CSA that they deliver right to your door. The really awesome part about Zahradka Farm CSA is that the members of the CSA get to choose which fruits and vegetables they receive each week!

Pick up your share on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bressler Research Bldg., Rm 1-005G, (Small conference room in the GPILS office). Sign up here.

Check them out on Facebook.
Questions? Contact Kendra Edwards.

Hungry Harvest

Hungry Harvest “recovers surplus produce from farmers and suppliers and delivers it right to your door.” You also have the option to choose a small or large share. Hungry Harvest subscriptions are for 10 weeks and begin the week you purchase your share.

For every bag they deliver to a member of the UMB community, they will donate one to Project Jump Start!

When you sign up for Hungry Harvest at UMB, you have two options. If you live in 21201, you can have your share delivered to your door on Sundays! Or, if you do not live in 21201, you can pick up your bag at the SMC Campus Center on Mondays from noon – 6:00 p.m.

You buy one, you give one. Join Hungry Harvest today and make a difference in your diet and the community!

Check us out on our social media pages: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram
Questions? Contact Evan Lutz.

Kendra EdwardsBulletin Board, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, UMB Go Green, University LifeMarch 30, 20150 comments
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New and Improved Elm Submission Form

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs has updated The Elm submission form! You use it to submit Elm content, Elm Weekly items, and Common Calendar events.

We’ve Listened to Your Feedback

Recently, we requested and compiled user feedback in order to create a single form that better serves the University community.

The biggest change you’ll notice is that we combined the three original submission forms into one. Our goal is to make it easier for users to submit content.

We reviewed all of the content fields and updated many of them in order to streamline the submission process. The new fields give you the opportunity to reuse content in multiple places, eliminating the need to copy and paste, retype, or create multiple pieces of similar content.

Elm Weekly Changes

For Elm Weekly – you can now select up to three issues (increased from two) for your content to run in. And, you only have to submit the form once for this to happen.

Common Calendar Changes

Additionally, if you don’t have access or support staff to add events to the University’s Common Calendar, you can submit your events through the new Elm form.

Let us know what you think about the new form in the comments section!

Claire MurphyUMB News, University LifeMarch 30, 20150 comments
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UMB Commuters: Beware of I-95 Changes

Those who use I-95 to travel to work should be aware that changing traffic patterns could cause heavy congestion in the months ahead beginning this weekend. Southbound I-95 traffic lanes will split after the Fort McHenry Tunnel with two lanes to the left and two lanes to the right. Northbound I-95 traffic lanes will split with three lanes to the left and one lane to the right from Exit 54 (Hanover Street) to Exit 55 (Key Highway).

Part of a Two-Year Project

No less than 29 lane shifts are scheduled between March 29 and Thanksgiving. The work is part of a two-year, $60 million project to replace worn decking and joints on the 4.4-mile stretch of highway and ramps that serve I-95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Caton Avenue. The project includes daytime and nighttime jack hammering, lane shifts on I-95, reduced lane widths, elimination of shoulders, and full-time and part-time ramp closures and detours around the work zone, the MTA says.

State Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn says “people need to plan ahead or plan to sit in traffic.”

So please be aware of this on your UMB commute.

Visit the MTA website for more information.

Chris ZangFor B'moreMarch 27, 20150 comments
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Incidental Matters: An Exhibition of Emerging Artists

University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s (UMBC) 2015 Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates — Tim (Silouan) Bubb, Chanan Delivuk, Kata Frederick, Jason Hughes, Meghan Marx and Victor Torres — are featured in Incidental Matters, presented jointly at Jordan Faye Contemporary and Maryland Art Place (MAP), both at 218 W. Saratoga St., and Current Gallery at 421 N. Howard Street. The exhibition is sponsored by UMBC’s Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture (CADVC), Department of Visual Arts, and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, in partnership with the Bromo Arts and Entertainment District.

An opening reception will be held simultaneously at all three spaces on Thursday, March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. At MAP, Victor Torres will perform from 5 to 7 p.m.; at Current Gallery, Kata Frederick will perform a drawing from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; and at Current Gallery Chanan Delivuk will perform an oral history beginning at 6:30 p.m.

About Intermedia + Digital Arts

UMBC’s Intermedia + Digital Arts (IMDA) MFA Program is where interdisciplinary artists seek to expand or reinvent their professional practice. The IMDA program is committed to artists that pose unique conceptual and social challenges while offering them an environment that provides courses in emerging methods, contemporary art and theory, a studio, teaching opportunities, engaged faculty, premier visiting artists and research centers that are typical of a research university. Each year these emerging artists present their culminating work in the form of installations, new media, performance, interactive sculpture and other conceptual art objects. The MFA exhibition is created with a professionally designed journal published by imda journal. The 2015 MFA thesis exhibition venues for Incidental Matters are located within a short alley walk from each other in two buildings in Baltimore’s downtown Bromo Arts and Entertainment District.

Artwork on Display

Animation artist Tim (Silouan) Bubb draws on historical, mythical, and theoretical materials to explore an animated iconography of spiritual symbiosis between humankind and technology in his work SILHOUETTE SYNAXARION. This work, on view at MAP, consists of holographic projections manifested in a free-standing, modular shadow theater.

Chanan Delivuk’s navigating family in an unfamiliar place is an installation of photographs and audio/video documentation of the artist’s journey to a remote mountain village in Croatia that shares her last name. Also included are objects from the village, including food, coffee, and homemade slivovitz. During the opening reception for the exhibition, the artist will hold a performance in the rear outdoor space of Current Gallery that will allow visitors, including the artist’s Croatian family who live in the mid-Atlantic region, to interact and converse over food and drink from Delivuki and to reflect on origins in places of the past while gathering in a contemporary location.

Kata Frederick uses dirt, charcoal, and other organic materials to create physical and contemplative durational performances. In addition to his Current Gallery exhibition of works that employ ethereal film projection and drawings, he will perform daily in the space.

More Artwork

Jason Hughes is an interdisciplinary artist who has focused on the history of economic power and its influence over cultural representation in the United States. His recent emphasis has crossed boundaries of textiles, collages, and sculptures cast from shredded currency; a series of large-scale prints that are ornate abstract composites of money; and sculptural objects from appropriated street barricades used for crowd control. Works from these projects will be exhibited at Jordan Faye Contemporary.

Meghan Marx explores hoarding, bioaccumulation, and the moments when pesticides and other chemicals are absorbed, inhaled, or ingested by a living organism at a rate greater than that at which these toxic substances are lost. Her work, on display at MAP, is a kinetic and interactive sculpture informed by data that the artist gathered in Baltimore and used as a basis from which to construct a breathing monument simulating “airscape.”

Using art installations, sculptures, and durational performances, Victor Torres studies the historical trajectory of sounds and their meanings as pivotal not only to understanding and tracking how human perceptions and mythologies have changed over millennia, but also how societal norms can be rewritten and who has that agency. Torres will exhibit and perform multimedia interactive masks, as well as his own verbo-written language, during his exhibition at MAP.

More Information

Venue hours may vary. Admission to the exhibition is free.

For more information on area arts events, please visit the Council for the Arts and Culture website.

Holly BaierCollaboration, For B'more, Global & Community EngagementMarch 26, 20150 comments
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Four From School of Social Work Honored

The National Association of Social Workers Maryland Chapter honored the School of Social Work‘s Fred Strieder as its Social Work of the Year, Corey Shdaimah as its Educator of the Year, Michael Walters as its Student of the Year, and Josy Dean as its Field Instructor of the Year at the group’s annual conference which took place last week in Baltimore.

About the Honorees

Strieder is a clinical associate professor and director of Family Connections at Baltimore, Trauma Adopted Family Connections, and Grandparent Family Connections at the School. He is also a clinical director at the School’s new Center for Positive School Climate.

Shdaimah is an associate professor, while Walters is a second year MSW student. Dean has been a field instructor at the School for several years.

Matt ConnEducation, People, UMB NewsMarch 25, 20150 comments
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Help HS/HSL Shape It’s Future at a Brown Bag Lunch Forum

As one of the last steps in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s (HS/HSL) strategic planning process, we will be holding a brown bag forum for faculty and staff on Friday, March 27 at noon in the T. Sue Gladhill Board Room on the 5th Floor of HS/HSL.

Come Share Your Ideas or Ask Us:

  • What are we doing well?
  • What can we improve on or do more of?
  • What does the library of the future look like to you?
  • What expertise should we have?
  • What resources should we provide?
  • What about new technologies?
  • What about the building?

All ideas are welcome. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

If you can’t make it to the forum, please feel free to contact M.J. Tooey, assistant vice president of Academic Affairs and executive director of HS/HSL to share your thoughts.

Everly BrownCollaboration, University LifeMarch 25, 20150 comments
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Congratulations CLUB UMB

On Saturday March 7, a team of 11 young scientists from the Southwest Baltimore Charter School in the Mount Clair community participated in the Maryland Science Olympiad winning fifth place overall among 10 participating Baltimore City schools. The team has been invited to compete in the Statewide Olympiad to be held on April 11 at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus.


The students have worked diligently preparing for the Olympiad weekly since October with a group of nine first-year medical students from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) participating as mentors in the CLUB UMB after-school mentoring and youth leadership program run by Office of Community Engagement. The CLUB UMB mentoring program, coordinated by second-year School of Social Work student Joshua Cho, is in its seventh year of operation although this is its 3rd year participating in the Olympiad.

Students and Mentors

Participants seem to have developed a real attachment to their mentors. Seventh grader Elijah McDaniels commented just prior to the competition about losing so much school time due to bad weather days, “I like to be off for snow but not on Wednesdays cause I hate to miss CLUB UMB.”


Among the participants, most of whom competed as paired teams, two won fifth place medals, five won fourth place, eight won third place, two won second place, and four won first place medals in their respective competitions. Competition topics included life science, earth and space science, chemistry, physics, technology, and inquiry.

Brian SturdivantContests, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, University LifeMarch 24, 20150 comments
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Gloria Mayfield Banks Inspires Women’s History Month Crowd

If enthusiasm ruled the world, Gloria Mayfield Banks would be global chief executive. The entrepreneur, Mary Kay marketing magnate, top African-American sales director in the world, and renowned motivational speaker came to the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) on March 23 as part of its Women’s History Month festivities.

She did not disappoint. Like the Energizer Bunny, she burst out of the blocks and never let up, inspiring a crowd of roughly 200 at Westminster Hall.

Regaling the Crowd

“Living, caring, giving, sharing. Boy oh boy! I like to work with the daring!” she said in her opening. “A magic million. Can you imagine such? Of course you can. We’ve got the touch. I’m small in stature only yet heavy in belief. I lead by example, you can count on me as I flash this million-dollar smile. The world will know it’s all worthwhile. So we bank on the magic, bank on success, bank on some women who simply want the best. I’m proud to be before you and I’m proud to be top rank. I’m Independent Elite Executive National Sales Director Gloria Mayfield Banks!”

Using humor and anecdotes, she regaled the crowd with how she grew her business to more than $24 million in retail sales and a sales group of 6,000-plus consultants.

Not all of the journey was pretty. In seventh grade, Banks found she was dyslexic, which explained why school, especially reading, was such a chore. She persevered, not only finishing college, but becoming part of the only set of sisters to graduate from Harvard Business School.

One Life to Live

Banks also endured 10 years of domestic violence, she said. The first time she wore makeup was her first day at Harvard to cover a black eye she received from her first husband. She divorced and was a single parent for seven years. She made the transition from selling Girl Scout cookies to selling Mary Kay cosmetics, setting sales records in her first year. Toward the end of that year she convinced her children, then 3 and 4, to bear with her as she approached the record and came away not only with a pink Cadillac — the first of many new cars from Mary Kay — but a new sense of confidence.

“You only have one life to live. I didn’t have time, but I had the desire. It’s the definition of courage, do what you know is right for you even if some others don’t see it,” Banks, who left a corporate career at IBM 20 years ago to sell cosmetics, told the audience. “Believe in yourself.”

She said you are only as good as the people who surround you. She had kind words for her daughter, husband Ken Banks, and 91-year-old mother, who were all in attendance. “My mom is the most encouraging woman in the world,” Banks said. “Just on the ride over here she told me 10 times how good I looked.”

Tips for a Successful Life

She closed her presentation with 10 tips for a successful life:

  1. Make a decision. “Most of us are poor decision-makers and spend too much time sitting on the fence. Make a decision; if it’s the wrong one you can always fix it.”
  2. “Fake it until you make it. Confidence will carry you a million miles.”
  3. Vision, imagination, and belief. “Remember when your mother put you in timeout as a child? Within seven minutes you had forgotten why you were punished and were thinking about other things. Go back to your room and visualize with that bright imagination.”
  4. Time management, money management, skill management, and emotional management. “Putting your keys in the same place every time will help with time management. Don’t worry about money management until you have some to manage.”
  5. Goal-setting. “I really wanted to be on the cover of someone’s corporate magazine. Nothing else would do.”
  6. “You have seven seconds to make an impression. So control it. Smile, be enthusiastic.”
  7. “It takes passion to push you past the fear.”
  8. Discipline and hustle. “When people say ‘Gloria you work so hard,’ I look at them and say, ‘Yup.’ I work hard and I’m unapologetic about my success. Because I’ve earned it and I like it. You have to find what you’d like to do.”
  9. People skills and leadership skills. “How do you feel when you get a handwritten note? … Practice the gift of encouragement.”
  10. Short-term sacrifice. “I can do anything for a short while as long as I don’t have to do it the rest of my life.”

Commemorating Women

The Women’s History Month event began with UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, welcoming the crowd and the speaker.

“Some may question why we still celebrate Women’s History Month when, presumably, equality has been achieved and the struggle has ended. But I’d venture that most of the people here today don’t believe the struggle has ended. Not when we’re still confronting a gender pay gap in nearly every occupation. Not when raising a family is so often at odds with advancing a career. Not when women and girls around the world still struggle to access education, income, property, and justice. And so our work goes on.

“That’s why it’s imperative that we continue to commemorate the pioneering, courageous women who have brought us to this moment in time. And it’s imperative that we honor the equally heroic women who push this University, this state, this nation and world, even further toward true equality, inclusion, and opportunity.”

A light lunch was served immediately following the program.

Read more on Women’s History Month at UMB.

Chris ZangCollaboration, Global & Community Engagement, UMB News, University LifeMarch 24, 20151 comment
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UMB Budget Reduction

University System of Maryland (USM) had a reduction of $40 million from the state budget. More specifically University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) was affected by a $6.9 million reduction, which represented 3.2 percent of the overall USM reduction. UMB has to save $6.9 million in half a year through canceling/delaying maintenance and placing a hiring freeze on state funded positions. Now more than ever before we need to be visible and we need to lobby our representatives. We have to make the case that in order to offer quality public education it requires their financial commitment and support. Please send a letter to your local representative requesting their financial commitment and support to USM.

How to Write Your Letter

When writing a letter to your local representative, please use the suggested template:

The Honorable ________ (full name)
Office Address
City, State, Zip

Dear Representative/Senator ______________:

As a University of Maryland, Baltimore faculty member and a constituent of yours, I urge you to support higher education and the University System of Maryland (USM) institutions. The ability of our state and nation to compete in the global economy is directly tied to the education level of our citizens. With innovative academic models, expansive partnerships, and ongoing cost containment, USM works to increase Maryland’s college completion rate by providing access to many affordable undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree and certificate programs. Investing in USM institutions will:

  • ensure continued economic development and improvement in the quality of life for Maryland citizens.
  • advance commercialization and technology transfer.
  • increase the state’s competitiveness by addressing critical workforce shortage areas especially in the disciplines of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).
  • advance cutting-edge research and discovery in health care, energy, cybersecurity, and other areas.
  • generate additional research dollars-USM institutions have attracted over $1.1 billion in external grants and contracts each of the last two years, and
  • support USM students, staff, and faculty who have contributed more than a million hours of service to the community through an assortment of cultural programs, legal and medical clinics, partnerships with public schools and the business community, and other initiatives.

The money invested in USM institutions is redistributed to communities across the state, including our district, to create jobs and stimulate the local economy. Our students are learning the technical and intellectual skills required for the high-paying jobs of the future. An investment in higher education is an investment in the health and economic future of Maryland and our nation. Maryland has made higher education a priority, and I am counting on your leadership to make sure that it remains accessible and affordable by continuing to invest in USM institutions. Thank you for your consideration and please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this issue further or have any questions related to higher education.


Your Name
Your Title
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip
Your Phone Number

Isabel RambobFor B'more, UMB News, University LifeMarch 20, 20150 comments
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