Archive for April, 2015

Kirschling and Nine School of Nursing Alumnae Receive Nursing Excellence Award

Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, and nine University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) alumnae were among the 50 nurses honored with Baltimore Magazine’s inaugural Excellence in Nursing Awards. The awards recognize registered nurses (RN) in the greater Baltimore area who go beyond the call of duty in their workplace or area of research.

Nominated in Various Categories

Nurses were nominated in 18 different categories — acute care/family practice/general medicine; cardiovascular; community care/ambulatory care; nurse educator; emergency department; hospice/home health/palliative care; intensive care; management/nurse executives; medical-surgical nursing; neurology/psychology/behavioral health; oncology; orthopedics; pediatrics: non-neonatal; pediatrics: neonatal; research; school health; senior services; and women’s health.

Kirschling was honored as a nurse educator. Additionally, UMSON alumnae Cynthia Arnold, MS ’95 (pediatrics: non-neonatal); Cathy Chapman, MS ’95 (acute care/family practice/general medicine); Gloria Clark, MS ’87, BSN ’82 (women’s health); Mary Jo Huber, BSN ’77 (community care/ambulatory care); Megan Jendrossek, BSN ’13 (medical-surgical nursing); Vicky Kent, PhD ’96, MS ’87 (educator); Calvert Moore, MS ’11 (school health); Lisa Rowen, MS ’86 (management/nurse executives); and Joan Warren, PhD ’04, MS ’88 (research) were also recipients of the award.

Talented and Remarkable Nurse Educators

Baltimore Magazine’s nominations process began in May 2014, as it opened an online survey where anybody could nominate outstanding nursing professionals. Hundreds of nursing professionals were vetted by an expert panel comprised of seven RNs from the Maryland Nurses Association before the 50 awardees were selected.

“The Baltimore metropolitan region is fortunate to have an abundance of talented and remarkable nurse educators, so I am very flattered to have been selected for this distinction by Baltimore Magazine,” Kirschling said. “It is very gratifying to celebrate receiving this award with nine University of Maryland School of Nursing alumnae who were also honored for their contributions to health care. This recognition is a wonderful reflection on our institution and speaks to our legacy of producing nurse leaders in education, research and practice.”

Kevin NashContests, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeApril 30, 20150 comments
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Global Health Grand Award Call for Proposals

The Center for Global Education Initiatives offers Interprofessional Global Health Grant Awards for projects overseas. The application for faculty proposals is now available for projects taking place in Winter 2016. These grants can help advance your global research interests and also involve University of Maryland, Baltimore students in your work (there are separate grants for the students).

Please visit our website for instructions and more details.

Brooke HymanBulletin Board, Education, Research, University LifeApril 30, 20150 comments
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Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg Speaks at HS/HSL

“Understanding Health and Illness Is Not Information Retrieval”

Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, was the motivating force for the Native Voices exhibit. His vision and passion led him to travel to tribal communities throughout the United States to hear and experience native healing.

Come hear Lindberg talk about the concept for the exhibit, the process for gathering information and engaging with native healers, and the dedication of the healing totem pole, carved in the Pacific Northwest that traveled across the US to reside at the National Library of Medicine.

Monday, May 4, 2015  |  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  |  HS/HSL Gladhill Board Room, 5th Floor

A light lunch will be served with dessert in the exhibit space. There is no charge. Reserve your space today!

Michael MartinoEducation, University LifeApril 30, 20150 comments
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Garage Closure Time Changes

Parking and Transportation Services at UMB is altering campus garage operating times in light of the current nighttime curfew in Baltimore City.

Beginning today, the Pearl, Saratoga, and Penn garages will close at 8 p.m. This will leave the following garages open 24/7 – Lexington, Baltimore Grand, Plaza, and Pratt.


Parking attendant staff also will exit Pearl, Saratoga, and Penn garages at 8 p.m. and patrons will need to contact UMB Police at (410) 706-6882 or the Baltimore Grand Office at (410) 706-4257 for assistance exiting the garage.

Remember that you could face a significant delay in retrieving your vehicle after 8 p.m. You must show your ID to obtain your vehicle. You also must display your parking permit and show ID when entering the facility to which you are relocating.

If your work schedule does not allow you to access your vehicle before 8 p.m. in the above noted garages, please contact Parking and Transportation Services at 410-706-6603.

Curfew and Police Escort Service

As you know, the University is closing each day at 7:30 p.m. as long as the curfew is in effect. The Police Escort Service is closing at 8:30 p.m. each day. Call 410-706-6882 to arrange for a security escort.

UM Shuttle

The UM shuttle also is affected by the curfew. Service will end each day at the following times on each route: Route 701, BioPark, last departure at 7:29 p.m.; Route 702, Mount Vernon, last departure at 7:56 p.m.; Route 703, Federal Hill, last departure at 7:55 p.m.

Riders are encouraged to sign up for NextBus Alerts.


The University of Maryland Medical Center is open and fully operational. This does not apply to Faculty Physicians, Inc. (FPI) employees. FPI employees should contact their supervisors.

Sarah RebackClinical CareApril 29, 20150 comments
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Announcement from the Student Counseling Center

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Students:

As Baltimore City is reeling from a reality that’s beyond comprehension, we, as members of this community, have been touched by it.

If you need someone to talk to, reach out and let UMB Student Counseling Center staff assist.

You Are Not Alone

UMB Student Counseling Center
Health Science Library, 4th floor.
Call 410-328-8404 or stop by for a face to face consultation.

Learn more.

Katie WollmanBulletin Board, For B'more, University LifeApril 28, 20150 comments
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Nalini Negi

Social Justice Champion

Nalini Negi’s research at the University of Maryland School of Social Work is focused on enhancing the well-being of Latino immigrant day laborers. Negi brings a global perspective, having lived in seven countries across four continents, with the understanding that her global experiences also influence her local research. Her passion for social justice helps shape policies in Baltimore and beyond. Learn more.

Clare BanksCollaboration, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, Research, UMB NewsApril 24, 20150 comments
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UMB Meets ‘Wicked’ Cast Members

Lee Slobotkin and Liana Hunt took time out of their busy schedules as members of the touring cast of Wicked to delight a crowd from UMB in the latest Broadway 101 lunch-and-learn at the Hippodrome Theatre.

Slobotkin plays Boq — “I’m the munchkin” — and said being in Baltimore for a four-week run was a homecoming of sorts. “I’m from Philadelphia and I used to come to Baltimore with my father, who’s a TV producer for the Phillies, for their series with the Orioles. I love it here.”

Both he and Hunt, who plays Nessarose – “the girl in the chair” — love the Hippodrome. “We came from the Fox Theatre in Atlanta where the audience was miles away,” said Hunt, who recalled making gestures when she spoke there so those in the back knew who was speaking. “Here when we did the sound check it was like, ‘Wow, we’re standing on top of the people.’ It feels totally different.”

Slobotkin agreed. “I love this theater, it’s absolutely stunning. What a gorgeous space.”

‘Fairy Tale’ Role

One of the longest-running and most popular musicals of all time, Wicked depicts two iconic Wizard of Oz characters’ unlikely friendship, quarrels, and evolutions into Glinda the Good and the much-maligned Wicked Witch of the West. Slobotkin and Hunt, who are in their 20s, said being in such a prized cast this early in life was a dream come true.

“It’s like a fairy tale,” admitted Slobotkin, who recently signed his fourth contract with the show after previous roles in Hello Dolly! and Peter Pan. “This was the show that I saw at age 12 that made me want to become an actor.”

Another subtle hint was when he dressed up as the Tin Man as a 4-year-old to celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim, where children often wear biblical costumes. “It’s my destiny,” he said smiling.

Hunt, whose previous roles include Sophie in Mamma Mia and Katherine Plumber in Newsies, also recalls “hilarious photos of me as a child sitting under a green light at talent shows” doing her best Wicked portrayal.

Behind the Scenes

Broadway 101 is offered by the University’s Council for the Arts & Culture. The 30-some UMB people who attended the meet-and-greet on the third floor of the Hippodrome on April 22 had plenty of questions about the behind-the-scenes lives of actors.

Hunt, who hails from Vermont, admitted she’s homeless, having subletted her apartment in New York when she joined the tour. “I live at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel,” she laughed.

Slobotkin, who described acting as “two suitcases and a dream,” is sharing a house in Fells Point. He says the best idea is “to know someone in the city where you’re playing, stay with them, and pocket the stipend.”

For Hunt, carrying a hotplate, pan, spatula, dishes, and blender in her luggage is a must. Slobotkin, who wears heavy makeup in the show, has found that coconut oil, baby wipes, and sonic facial treatments are essential to good skin health.

Fond Foodies

They both raved about the food in Baltimore, naming Woodberry Kitchen, Charm City Cakes, Sabatino’s, Cinghiale, Faidley’s Crabcakes, Rusty Scupper, and others.

Do you have to watch your weight? “We can diet in Dayton,” Slobotkin said of their next stop.

Check out upcoming Council for the Arts & Culture events.

by Chris Zang

Photo by Sarah Pick: Liana Hunt and Lee Slobotkin at the Hippodrome Theatre

Chris ZangPeople, University LifeApril 24, 20150 comments
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UMB-Haifa University Collaborative Learning Partnership

Students From Haifa University Visit Baltimore

This month, nine students and three faculty from Haifa University in Israel joined their counterparts from the schools of law, nursing, and social work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) for a week of experiential learning.

Students met with President Jay A. Perman, MD, and the deans of the schools of social work, law, and nursing. They also visited community-university partnerships including Promise Heights, the JACQUES Initiative, and projects in Southwest Baltimore. UMB hosted a series of guest lectures by School of Social Work faculty Lane Victorson, MSW, and Michael Reisch, PhD, MSW, MA, and Jeffrey Johnson, PhD, from the School of Nursing.

Social Work Trip to Israel

In January, an interdisciplinary team of students from the schools of social work, nursing, and law traveled to Haifa University with Corey Shdaimah, PhD, LLM, LLB, associate professor and academic coordinator for the MSW/JD Dual Degree Program; Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor at the School of Nursing and director of the UMB Center for Community-Based Engagement and Learning; and Maryland Carey Law Professor Emeritus Susan Leviton, JD, as part of a course examining issues of social justice and health in Baltimore and Israel.

The course, “Social Justice and Health, Are They Related in my Community?” is a partnership among the University of Haifa Flagship Project, the schools of social work, law, and nursing, and the UMB Global Health Interprofessional Council.

Photovoice Exhibit at Campus Center

The visit culminated in an exhibit from the photovoice project that was part of the course, in which student shared depictions of (in)justice from both countries. The exhibit will remain on display outside of the SMC Campus Center second floor ballroom throughout the month of April.

Corey ShdaimahCollaboration, EducationApril 24, 20150 comments
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Bulletin Board


Looking for an apartment, discounted theatre tickets, a babysitter? Have something to sell? Here’s your virtual bulletin board.

Staff Openings at Nature Camps, Inc.

Nature Camps, Inc. is hiring! Located in Monkton, Maryland, camp sessions are from June 15-Aug. 8. Campers are ages 5-16.

Staff Openings in these areas and more:

  • Outdoor Education
  • Ropes Course
  • Nursing
  • Life Saving
  • Music
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Canoing

Check out Nature Camps’ paid internships and summer employment offerings.

Upscale Condo for Rent

Spectacular location with glorious city and water views!

2BR/2BA, 16th floor condo for rent in secure building with complimentary health club, pool, and indoor parking. Marina, upscale bar/restaurant, dry cleaning, and coffee shop on premises. This single level 1,800 square feet, luxury condo has three balconies with views of the Inner Harbor, Stadiums, Key Bridge, and Federal Hill. It’s a short walk to restaurants, shopping, and stadiums. Recently painted, beautiful hardwood, tile, and marble floors. Available in August: $2750/mo.

Call 410-296-1271.

The ElmBulletin Board, University LifeApril 24, 20152 comments
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Take a Closer Look Before You Click

To protect yourself as you read email and surf the web you need to know where a highlighted link is really going to take you if you click on it, compared to where you expect to go.

Links and their associated addresses can be misleading. Email sent by phishers and hackers may contain links that look like they go to familiar, expected locations, but really don’t. In the world of network security, a situation in which one person or program successfully masquerades as another by falsifying data and thereby gaining an illegitimate advantage is called spoofing.

How to Tell an Authentic Web Link From a Fake

If you see “Click here” or a hyperlink embedded in the text of an email, you can examine where that link goes by placing your cursor over the link and holding it there for a moment (“hovering”) without clicking. Try it on the link just given. Your browser will show you the actual link address. Will this link take you where you were expecting to go? It is also possible for the named destination web page to then send you off to a different page, so you should check at the top of your browser for the actual web address of the page that you end up viewing.

Instead of “Click Here” or some other underlined phrase, you may see an actual URL in an email message. For instance, But just like a “Click Here” link, an address link may actually take you to someplace unexpected. Put your cursor over the link just given, without clicking, and your browser will show you where it will really send you. Is this someplace you would want to go?

Web Page Address General Format


Notice the punctuation around the website name: a colon and two forward slashes (://) immediately before the website name, and a single slash (/) immediately after the website name. Any valid website name at UMB will end with “,” and be located immediately after the double slashes and before the first single slash.  And as you know, sometimes the http(s):// part isn’t shown; the web link name you see might just start with the familiar “www.”

Here’s another example. The following two links look the same; but are they?

You know the test – Hover your cursor over a link without clicking on it, and your browser will generally display the address that the link really goes to, regardless of what the underlined text in the link name says.

Be on Guard

You need to be on guard against attempts to fool you into believing that a certain link goes to a safe, familiar site instead of a criminal or hacked site. As explained in the example above, the rule is: The real host name always appears immediately after the double slashes and before the first single slash. Hackers may build a web page address with a familiar hostname just before a second single slash in an attempt to get you to believe that their malicious site is one that is familiar to you. If you see “” between a first and second single slash, or anywhere else in the whole address, it may be a distractor to make you think you are going to a UMB web page when you are not.

This is the generic format: http(s)://real websitename/umaryland.edu_distractor/parameters.

Here is an example of a legitimate UMB website address:

The same rule holds true if you are expecting a link to a web page address on any other website that you may be familiar with. For instance, if you are expecting to go to PayPal, Amazon, Gmail, or etc., always look for that familiar website name immediately before the first single slash.

Hovering before clicking and checking for a familiar hostname in the correct position in a website address will save you from a great many scams and tricks offered in your email and on the web.

Brook BotvinTechnologyApril 24, 20150 comments
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Early Morning Study at HS/HSL

From 6 to 8 a.m., Monday to Friday, UMB One Card holders may enter the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) through the SMC Campus Center for early morning study sessions.

Library Services and access to classrooms begin at 8 a.m. when HS/HSL’s front doors open. Occasionally, computers and printers will not be available during early morning study hours when staff perform routine updates to the network.

Ryan HarrisEducation, UMB News, University LifeApril 23, 20150 comments
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Electron Microscopy Core Imaging Facility 2015 Workshop

Stop by May 27 and 28 for our Electron Microscopy Techniques Workshop hosted by the Electron Microscopy Core Imaging Facility (EMCIF). The workshop will be held at the HSF II auditorium and EMCIF.

The workshop will include oral presentations, an instrument demo, hands-on practice, and a “tips and tricks” discussion forum.


Keynote Speaker
Kent McDonald, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, “Mythbuster: The Electron Microscopy Episode”

First Application Talk
Kirk Czymmek, PhD, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC, “Workflows for Fluorescent Affinity Probes With Correlative Array Tomography”

Second Application Talk
Peter Van de Plas, Dr-Ing, Aurion, “Immunogold/Silver Staining: Post and Pre-Embedding Applications”

Third Application Talk
Rick Powell, Nanoprobes, PhD, “Nanogold, Other EM Labels, and Alternatives to Antibody Labeling”

Email Core Imaging to learn more.

Janet MeyerUMB NewsApril 23, 20150 comments
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Biomedical Research

GPILS and CVID Joint Seminar

The Graduate Program in Life Sciences and the Center for Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases are hosting “Enhancing the Reproducibility and Transparency of Research Findings: Ongoing Activities at NIH and Beyond,” a joint seminar pm May 13 at noon in the Life Sciences Conference Center, Discover auditorium, BioPark Two.

Shai Silberberg, PhD, program director, extramural research program, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, will speak.

Over the past few years concerns have been raised about the reproducibility of biomedical research. This talk will outline the issues, define possible contributing factors, and describe the actions taken by NIH and other stakeholders to address the matter.

Wednesday, May 13  |  Noon

UMB BioPark Two
Life Sciences Conference Center
Discover Auditorium
801 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore MD, 21201

Jennifer AumillerCollaboration, Education, Research, TechnologyApril 22, 20150 comments
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