Archive for August, 2015

CERSI Symposium

CERSI Symposium Highlights Use of Biomarkers in Drug Development

On Aug. 21, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy welcomed researchers from academia, government, and industry to “Evidentiary Considerations for Integration of Biomarkers in Drug Development,” a symposium jointly sponsored by the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI), the Critical Path Institute (C-Path), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Our work through the CERSI initiative uniquely positions the School of Pharmacy to host this symposium,” said Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy, who welcomed symposium attendees to the School. “Working within our silos of academia, government, and industry, it can be challenging to move scientific concepts for new drugs and improved drug delivery techniques into the hands of the individuals who need them most – the patients. However, by working together and harnessing our collective ingenuity through conferences like today’s, we are more likely to make a significant and real impact on the treatment of acute and chronic diseases.”

With more than 500 individuals attending either in-person or via live webinar, the symposium organized by Jia Bei Wang, PhD, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) at the School, and James Polli, PhD, the Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair in Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics in PSC, in collaboration with the FDA and C-Path, was the most well-attended of all CERSI-sponsored conferences held in recent years, providing participants with an opportunity to gain perspective on biomarker development and the application of biomarkers in preclinical and clinical research.

Biomarkers refer to any biological molecule found in an individual’s blood, bodily fluids, or tissues that indicates the presence of disease, infection, or environmental exposure.

CERSI Symposium panel

CERSI Symposium panel

“Biomarkers are critical to helping facilitate disease detection, stratify patients into subpopulations, predict patients’ prognosis, evaluate patients’ responses to treatment, and help researchers better understand a disease’s underlying cause,” says Wang. “The goal of this symposium was to identify ways that researchers can use biomarkers to better evaluate drug safety and efficacy in both preclinical and clinical studies. This is a topic that truly needs a lot of attention, and we appreciated the opportunity to partner with the FDA and C-Path – recognized leaders in the field of biomarker development – to host this event.”

The symposium was divided into four sessions. Janet Woodcock, MD, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA, delivered the keynote address, which set the framework for the symposium and outlined the goals that participants should aim to achieve to continue moving the field forward.

“Biomarkers have long been used in clinical medicine, but the FDA only recently became involved with qualifying them for drug development,” said Woodcock, who received an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2013 – an honor for which she was nominated by the School of Pharmacy. “With our organization now involved in biomarker qualification, we – academia, government, and industry – are all learning together. We have accomplished a lot in recent years, but we must continue working together to shape evidentiary standards and develop a universal classification system that will allow us to talk to each other about this important field of research and better understand the goals that our respective sectors are trying to accomplish.”

Following Woodcock, Shashi Amur, PhD, biomarker qualification scientific coordinator in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA, delivered the symposium’s first research presentation, introducing the concept of biomarker “context of use.”

“Context of use is divided into two parts, and is very important in biomarker qualification,” explained Amur. “The first part is the use statement, which includes the biomarker’s name, identity, and explanation of its use in drug development. The second part outlines its conditions for qualified use. There are many types of biomarkers, and one biomarker can have multiple contexts of use.”

CERSI Symposium panel2

CERSI Symposium panel

The concept of “context of use” was expanded upon in many other presentations delivered during the symposium, though it resonated most with those researchers addressing statistical considerations for clinical biomarkers – a topic that garnered a lot of attention throughout the symposium.

“Biomarker qualification uses robust statistical methods to confirm whether a biomarker fulfills a set of conditions for its intended use in the clinic,” explained Robin Mogg, PhD, scientific director for statistical modeling at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. “While interest surrounding the statistical perspective of biomarker qualification has increased in recent years, there still exist no universal evidentiary standards that clearly define qualification – a problem likely fueled by the knowledge that these standards rely heavily upon the biomarker’s intended context of use, which could include a variety of different applications.”

Echoing Mogg’s presentation, Suzanne Hendrix, PhD, president of Pentara Corporation, addressed the issue of “context of use” specifically as it affects enrichment biomarkers – those biomarkers used to improve diagnostic, prognostic, and predictive accuracy for a range of diseases. She added, “Understanding the sources of variability in biomarker outcomes, as well as the goal of the enrichment, will help researchers develop an improved statistical approach to validate the biomarker for its intended context of use.”

Although not all of the symposium’s participants agreed on the importance placed on this concept, with some researchers advocating for other measures against which biomarkers should be qualified, all attendees agreed that the event provided valuable insights into this often challenging area of research.

“Biomarkers are already having a tremendous impact in clinical medicine, and once we are able to qualify them, that impact is only going to evolve,” noted one audience member during the symposium’s concluding panel discussion. “This is truly an exciting area of research, and I look forward to witnessing the developments that are sure to come in this field.”

Malissa CarrollCollaboration, Research, UMB NewsAugust 31, 20150 comments
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financial literacy

International Delegation Visits UMB to Improve Financial Literacy

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Office of Financial Education and Wellness hosted 10 professionals from Belarus to discuss best practices in improving financial literacy.

Patricia Scott, assistant vice president of student financial assistance and education, welcomed the group to the SMC Campus Center. As a special treat, the delegates were greeted by Tamara Borisevich, a Belarusian native who works in the School of Pharmacy.

Tisa Silver Canady, MBA, director of financial education and wellness facilitated the discussion and provided the delegation with an overview of UMB’s efforts to improve financial literacy.  The group expressed strong interest in financial aid counseling, loan repayment, and financial literacy programming with external partners such as the School of Social Work Financial Social Work Initiative (FSWI), the Baltimore CASH Campaign, and Guidewell Financial Solutions.

“Collaborating with community partners has allowed UMB to provide students and employees with valuable financial services such as tax filing and preparation assistance and credit report reviews, free of charge,” said Silver Canady.

Silver Canady emphasized UMB’s practice of coordinating financial education and wellness activities with the efforts of campus financial aid administrators. Delegates were able to learn about federal financial aid programs and the nuances of graduate and professional aid from UMB’s financial aid counselors: Peggy Buerhaus, Jaslynn Hutley, Richard Legendre, Anderlynn Mitchell, and Breyann Williams. Yvette Gregory, MS, coordinator of the Federal Work-Study Program shared insights on student workers.

In addition to their UMB visit, the delegates have interacted with leaders at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Maryland State Department of Education, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, Maryland CASH Campaign, and Junior Achievement of Central Maryland.

Activities for the delegation were coordinated by the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI), through USAID’s Community Connections Program. The three-week immersion program is a reflection of the Belarusian government’s commitment to financial literacy and seeks to improve the participants’ understanding of U.S. methods in the field so they can influence change in their communities. Upon return to Belarus, the delegates must implement a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely (SMART goals) action plan within six months.

Tisa Silver CanadyCollaboration, Education, People, UMB NewsAugust 28, 20150 comments
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UMB Night at Oriole Park

UMB Night at Oriole Park

Join us for the third annual UMB Night at the Ballpark on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7:05 p.m. Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays.

Seating Options

Lower Reserve (Sections 67-87): $15*
Left Field Lower Box (Sections 66-86): $23*
Terrace Box (Sections 1-17, 55-65): $23*
*There is an additional 10 percent service charge per ticket.
$5-7 of every ticket sold will benefit the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge of Baltimore.

Ordering Tickets

1) Click the ordering link.
2) Select a seating location and quantity of tickets.
3) Create a Baltimore Orioles ticket account.
4) Purchase and print your tickets.

For any questions on ADA accessible seating, please call 888-848-BIRD (2473) and ask for the Ticket Services team.

Tickets posted for resale are subject to cancellation. Offer is NOT valid at the Box Office.

For more information, contact the Office of Protocol and Special Events at or 410-706-8035.

hbaier@umaryland.eduBulletin Board, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, University LifeAugust 28, 20150 comments
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Technology Brown Bag Forum at HS/HSL

What do you know about

A free web tool for document management and open science, GitHub supports collaboration and data access. Join our Technology Brown Bag discussion on Sept. 18 to learn how GitHub can help you.

The forum will be held in the HS/HSL in the Distance Education Room at noon. The event is free and open to the public. Lunches are welcome.

Julia PellegriniCollaboration, Education, People, Technology, UMB NewsAugust 27, 20150 comments
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Helen Edmond

Edmond Named August Employee of Month

“So who is Helen Edmond?”

University President Jay A. Perman, MD, posed that question upon entering a Saratoga Building conference room outside his office where a group from the School of Dentistry was waiting.

One woman sitting in the center raised her hand, tentatively, with a quizzical look on her face. She had just arrived for the “meeting” — several minutes late, in fact. Was she in trouble?

Perman smiled, approached Edmond, and with a slight tap on her shoulder said softly, “You are the Employee of the Month.”

Edmond, an accountant in the payroll office at the dental school, was nominated for going above the call of duty, adding a colleague’s responsibilities to her own when the colleague retired in 2014. Edmond also has been an immense help to the school’s new HR manager. From the loud applause that greeted Perman’s announcement, Edmond clearly is popular with her colleagues at the School, where she has worked since 1981.

“They tell me you’re just a model of excellence,” Perman said. “You embrace the University core values because you demonstrate respect for the people around you. Another thing I care about is people say you are a team player. Team is very important to me, and to this University, and I appreciate you being an ally of mine.”

Edmond has handled a myriad of duties in her 34 years at the dental school. She began by entering grades as a data entry operator in the Office of Clinical Affairs, and then was a receptionist in the undergraduate clinic. She backed up the School computer system and worked as an accounting clerk III in the insurance department for Clinical Support Services before joining the SOD payroll office in 2004. “It’s good to learn new things,” she said simply.

“Helen has consistently exceeded requirements and accepted the additional responsibilities diplomatically,” payroll manager Beverly J. Huebel, herself a 42-year UMB veteran, said in nominating Edmond for the August award. “Helen contributes significantly to the dental school’s success and adds values beyond expectations. She demonstrates a high degree of expertise and serves as a model of excellence among her peers at the dental school.”

After the ceremony on Aug. 21, Huebel and David L. George, DDS, MBA, FAGD, associate dean of finance, clinical operations, and institutional planning at the School of Dentistry, were all smiles, having successfully surprised the honoree, delaying her arrival with what Edmond described as “working on something for Dr. George that came up at the last minute.” “You were very sneaky,” Huebel told George, who kidded Edmond during the ceremonyyou thought you were safe sitting next to me. You should know better.”

George said in the nomination “Helen has successfully maintained the functions of an understaffed SOD payroll office without disruption. I can count on Helen to consistently provide quality work.”

Edmond was grateful to all her colleagues after the ceremony.

“I really appreciate being nominated,” she said. “I have really great co-workers. I could not do my job without their assistance. We all try to assist people as much as possible. If I don’t know I try to get the answer. I have stayed late many evenings to make sure we meet deadlines for processing employees’ payroll paperwork. I think it’s important to be a team player when you’re working with people. And you’ve got to have a good working relationship with those around you. I enjoy working at the school.”

Told that that’s fortunate since she has been there 34 years, Edmond smiled. “Yeah,” she said, gazing around the president’s conference room. “It’s been good.”

Chris ZangEducation, People, UMB News, University LifeAugust 27, 20150 comments
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Receiving Email – Safe Practices

CITS maintains an email defense system at the perimeter of the campus network that is able to check incoming mail to see if it is from a reputable source, contains malware, or is highly likely to be spam. Other filters quarantine certain kinds of files that have the potential to be dangerous to open. Only 12 percent of emails sent to the UMB campus actually pass these filters! There are clearly more “bad” emails than ones we actually wish to read.

Update Your Antivirus Software

There is another layer of defense and that begins at each user’s device for accessing email (desktop or portable computer, tablet, or smartphone). Everyone should maintain current antivirus software on all their personal computing devices. UMB has procedures and antivirus software that is configured to automatically scan all email, and to scan all attachments before opening. But even with that protection, you cannot be sure that the software will catch everything. Malicious software now spreads so fast on the Internet that it can get to your computer before your antivirus software can be updated to recognize it.

Phishing Email

Unsolicited email isn’t just annoying; it can be dangerous. Be on the lookout for “phishing” email that asks for sensitive information about you or your campus organization – or that points you to a website that asks for information. (You will find a number of useful tips – especially about “hovering” – in this previously published Elm article.) In general, be cautious about any email that asks you to do something – such as open an attachment or click on a link to visit an unfamiliar site. Unless you are confident about the email source, just say no. That attached file could contain a virus or other malicious software, including data-harvesting spyware. Even if an attachment appears to come from someone you know, it may be unsafe. If an email appears suspicious in any way, contact the originator to confirm that he/she really sent it. If not, it may be a sign that the sender’s computer is infected with malicious software, which is a situation they need to address.

Here is a useful checklist of safe computing practices:

  • Change your password often
  • Use strong passwords
  • Don’t open an attachment unless you know who it is from and are expecting it
  • Use antivirus software on your local machine
  • If you receive an attachment from someone you don’t know, don’t open it; delete it immediately
  • Learn how to recognize phishing
    – Messages that contain threats to shut your account down
    – Requests for personal information such as passwords or Social Security numbers
    – Use of words like “Urgent” to create a false sense of urgency
    – Forged email addresses
    – Poor writing or bad grammar
  • Hover your mouse over links before you click on them to see if the URL looks legitimate
  • Instead of clicking on links, open a new browser and manually type in the address
  • Don’t give your email address to sites you don’t trust
  • Don’t post your email address to public websites or forums
  • Don’t click the “Unsubscribe” link in a spam email. It would only let the spammer know your address is legitimate, and you’re likely to receive more spam
  • Don’t send personal information in an email message
  • Understand that reputable businesses will never ask for personal information via email
  • Don’t reply to spam, your reply most likely will not go back to the original spammer because the FROM header in the spam message will most likely be forged
  • Don’t share passwords
  • Be sure to log out

Campus network filters and current antivirus software on your personal computing device can go a long way to keeping malicious email from harming your files or compromising your identity. By following best practices you can eliminate most of the remaining dangers of accepting mail through the Internet.

Brook BotvinEducation, People, Technology, University LifeAugust 27, 20150 comments
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Director of Global Health

Ogbolu Appointed Director of Global Health

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), recently announced the appointment of Assistant Professor Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD ’11, MS ’05, BSN ’04, CRNP-Neonatal, as director of the Office of Global Health (OGH). She previously served as deputy director of OGH.

During her tenure at UMSON, Ogbolu has led the School’s efforts in West Africa and has been instrumental in its global health efforts with local and international stakeholders. She routinely engages with international regulatory agencies, universities, and ministries of health. In her new role, Ogbolu is responsible for expanding established relationships, programs and partnerships, and ensuring that the OGH’s activities are aligned with UMSON’s strategic goals.

Advancing Health Equity Internationally

“Developing global health nurses, leaders, and interprofessional teams who are well-prepared to address critical health challenges that transcend national boundaries is one of the most important priorities for this generation because of the world’s increasing interconnectedness,” Ogbolu said. “It is an honor to serve as director of the School’s global health initiatives and to continue collaborations with local, national, and international colleagues who are committed to advancing health equity and population health locally and globally.”

Ogbolu’s research focuses on newborn health disparities across the globe, cultural competencies for health professionals and organizations, and building nursing capacities through partnerships with schools of nursing. Additionally, she has led the development of partnerships with multiple universities in Africa through collective engagement, and has served as an expert reviewer for the World Health Organization in developing a curriculum for implementing science research for health professionals in developing countries.

Ogbolu was a 2014 recipient of the Minority Nurses Association of Maryland’s Harriet Tubman Legacy in Maternal Child Health Nursing Award. In addition, she was named a University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Champion of Excellence in 2013, and received UMB’s Outstanding Faculty Award, a MLK Diversity Award, in 2014.

“As the nurse leader of the Office of Global Health’s interprofessional team, Dr. Ogbolu has been instrumental in helping advance UMSON’s global health agenda,” Kirschling said. “She is well-regarded by her colleagues locally, nationally, and internationally, for her collaborative nature and passion for improving health care in underserved nations. I’m looking forward to her leadership of the Office of Global Health.”

Kevin NashCommunity Service, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB NewsAugust 27, 20150 comments
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school supply drive

UMB Staff Senate Gathers School Supplies For Local Schools

“Those spiral composition books? We got tons of those – there were like, a thousand of them. It was wonderful.”

Lois Warner, a grants administrative coordinator in corporation and foundation relations in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, headed the UMB Staff Senate’s School Supply Drive 2015. As chair of the Staff Senate’s Community Outreach Committee, Warner worked with the Office of Community Engagement, coordinating a campuswide effort to donate much-needed school supplies to various local elementary schools.

lots_of_binsWarner placed blue bins in buildings around campus. In the next few weeks, staff, faculty, and students filled the bins to the brim with notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, backpacks, and other school supplies.

Recipient schools included: George Washington, Southwest Baltimore Charter, Franklin Square, Furman Templeton Prep Academy, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Booker T. Washington, Harlem Park, and Green Street Academy.

UMB Staff Senators and colleagues of Warner pitched in:

Karen Underwood, Susan Holt, Colleen Day, Carol McKissick, Colette Beaulieu, Marie Brown, Angela Hall, Deborah Harburger, Florence Wade, and Ericka Nixon managed donation bins in their school/department. Often, the bins had to be moved into a secured area after normal business hours, and bins that overflowed required extra attention.

Sandy Rollins helped deliver supplies from campus locations, and also sorted and organized supplies by school.

Lamiaa Chahid, sorted and organized supplies by school.

Elsie Stines, Robin Saunders, and Lise Mafodong (from the UMB CURE Scholars Program), and Bill Joyner, Office of Community Engagement, delivered boxes of donated supplies to schools.

Warner was present and personally oversaw and participated in every leg of the effort. She reflected after all the deliveries were completed, “The schools were thrilled to receive such an outpouring of supplies and support! A big THANK YOU to our generous campus from the Staff Senate’s Community Outreach Committee.”

Yimei WuCollaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Administration, University LifeAugust 27, 20150 comments
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Fall Workshops at HS/HSL

Each semester the HS/HSL offers a series of free workshops for faculty, students, and staff. For the fall semester, a wide range of workshops will be available.


  • Introduction to 3-D Modeling
  • Literature Reviews: An Overview for Students
  • Using to Manage Your Scholarly Work
  • RefWorks
  • Communicating With Patients

These are just some of the workshops that will be offered throughout the semester. Check out the full course schedule with descriptions and registration information.

Julia PellegriniCollaboration, Education, Research, Technology, University LifeAugust 26, 20150 comments
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SOP Orientation

Pharmacy Orientation Sets Expectations for New Students

On Aug. 18, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy kicked off new student orientation for members of the Class of 2019. Activities designed to introduce incoming students to the School of Pharmacy and set expectations for the next four years spanned three days and included remarks from Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School.

Acceptance Is Selective

“As a result of your hard work, you have been admitted to one of the best schools of pharmacy in the United States – a school that takes pride in leading pharmacy education, scientific discovery, patient care, and community engagement in the state of Maryland and beyond,” said Eddington, who noted that only 15 percent of individuals who apply are granted admission to the School’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. “The next four years will be challenging. Although our faculty will provide you with the tools and support that you need to succeed, it is up to you to commit both the time and effort to ensure your success.”


In addition to emphasizing the importance of time management to ensure that students are able to successfully manage their coursework – a concept repeated across many faculty members’ presentations – Eddington spoke about professionalism, asking students to conduct themselves in a manner that would make their family and friends proud. “Each of you has at least one person who has impacted your life in a significant way. Write this individual’s name on your ‘Why I Will Be Professional’ pledge card and carry it with you as a reminder to act in a professional manner at all times,” she encouraged.

Success in School

Following Eddington’s remarks, Sandeep Devabhakthuni, PharmD, BCPS, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the School, was introduced as the advisor for the Class of 2019. He spoke about his career and provided students with some tips to help them succeed during their first year, including finding the right mentor, making friends, and getting involved. Richard Dalby, PhD, associate dean for academic affairs and professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC), later offered an overview of the curriculum and advised students about the importance of actively engaging in their education.

“The days of listening to lectures and memorizing facts are disappearing,” said Dalby. “As student pharmacists, you will be exposed to a challenging therapeutics and science-based curriculum that will require your active participation. Be prepared to engage with the material and ask questions about concepts that you do not understand.”

 Orientation Activities

Students participated in a number of additional activities throughout the week to help prepare them for their new lives as student pharmacists, including a student organization gala and a fashion show that demonstrated the importance of professional attire and behavior. They had opportunities to network with each other as well as with the School’s faculty, and were sized for their white coats, which they will receive during the School’s White School Ceremony on Sept. 11.

“I’m learning that this experience is much different than pursuing an undergraduate degree,” says Akua Preko, an incoming first-year student. “Attending orientation has been invaluable, and has allowed me to gather all of the important resources that I will need to begin my first year at the School of Pharmacy in one place. I am looking forward to learning a lot of new skills, especially how to best manage my time to ensure my success in the program.”

“Orientation is a great opportunity for members of our class to get to know each other,” adds Tania Tajzad, another first-year student. “After listening to the presentations, I feel energized and cannot wait to begin classes. Although I have worked in pharmacies in the past and know some of the basic concepts, I’m eager to learn the details and looking forward to tackling the challenging curriculum.”

Coursework, Teaching Assistantships, Research Rotations

The Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) also hosted orientations for new students in their graduate programs. Students in the PSC PhD Program were introduced to the different types of research conducted in the department through a series of presentations by faculty. Incoming students from the PHSR PhD Program met with Frank Palumbo, PhD, JD, director of the program and professor in PHSR, and Colleen Day, the program’s academic coordinator, to set expectations for coursework, teaching assistantships, and research rotations. Both departments hosted luncheons attended by faculty, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and current students to welcome their new students.

Welcome Back

Classes at the School of Pharmacy began Aug. 24, with students on the Baltimore campus welcomed back with an afternoon ice cream social. An ice cream social is also scheduled for the School’s Shady Grove campus on Aug. 26.

Malissa CarrollEducation, People, University LifeAugust 26, 20150 comments
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Gilmor Elementary Volunteers

Getting Gilmor Elementary Ready for Fall

Helping Gilmor Elementary School prepare to open the fall semester later this month, the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) recruited volunteers to build 16 computer tables and troubleshoot more than a dozen other tables.

Students, staff and faculty from SSW and others responded Aug. 20. As SSW Dean Richard Barth said in his call for volunteers, “Although most of our work in West Baltimore is in Southwest or in Promise Heights, we have a special concern about Sandtown Winchester after the recent unrest.” He and other members of SSW leadership were among the social workers who took up tools and used community-organizing skills to keep their own and walk-on volunteers on pace. All were ready before noon to gather in the gym to receive hearty thanks from Gilmor Principal Curtis Durham.

SSW Assistant and Promise Heights Executive Director Bronwyn Mayden, along with Program Director Rachel Donegan coordinated the volunteers and were joined by Stacey Stephens, director of B’more for Healthy Babies – Upton/Druid Heights. Some volunteers brought their own toolkits; she brought her son, Solomon, who helped shove heavy boxes into place and more. And doctoral student Mathew Uretsky performed the final task dreaded by do-it-yourselfers everywhere – checking the array of newly stacked tables for any missing or leftover screws, nuts, and bolts.

Matt ConnCollaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community EngagementAugust 25, 20150 comments
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UMB Kindness

Join the UMB Kindness Crew!

The UMB Kindness Initiative, which began last fall, is designed to promote a culture of compassion and helping on our campus and in the Baltimore community. Last year, almost 300 UMB students and staff participated in the Kindness Initiative. Together we stuffed 150 teddy bears for sick children in local hospitals, decorated 200 cookies for our police and fire fighters, and made 200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the needy in our city.

The Kindness Initiative will be providing specific volunteer opportunities for students and staff throughout the year located both on- and off-campus.  Serving allows a diverse group of individuals to learn from one another and make a difference together. It also provides you with the opportunity to reflect on what personal values inspired you to serve and how doing so can add meaning and purpose to your life.

Our first on-campus drop in event is “Operation Welcome Home Card-Making” held on Thursday, Sept. 3 | Noon – 1 p.m. | SMC CC, First Floor. Drop by any time to this card making party to thank our returning troops. We will have everything you need to make creative cards.

By joining the UMB Kindness Crew, we will send you information periodically about on-campus and local community service opportunities. You can decide at that time whether or not you’d like to participate.

Sign-up for the Kindness Crew.

View our local service opportunities.

The Kindness Initiative is a city-wide partnership project between UMB and JHeritage. Let’s spread kindness!

Michelle PearceCollaboration, For B'more, University Life, USGAAugust 21, 20150 comments
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Lean Management

Lean Management

Lean Management is an approach to running an organization that supports the concept of continuous enhancement. Lean Management is a long-term approach to work that consistently seeks to achieve small, accumulative changes in processes in order to improve efficiency and quality.

Lean management is all about customer target. Value is defined by the customer and we develop and maintain processes to give this value. Only support and suitable leadership and guidance you can continuously improve the processes that add value to the customer. The management system that assists you to accomplish this is a Lean Management system. For more information, visit our Lean Management website.

Jimmie BettisEducationAugust 20, 20150 comments
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Technology Brown Bag Forum at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library is kicking off a new monthly lunch time event for the Fall semester. Each month we’ll demonstrate and discuss new and emerging technologies that are relevant to the UMB community.

This month we’ll explore the Bio Digital Human, a web and mobile 3D platform for visualizing anatomy, disease, and treatments. We will cover how to use the platform for self-learning and classroom use, and discuss its applicability on a health sciences campus.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunches are welcome.

Julia Pellegrini Education, People, Research, TechnologyAugust 19, 20150 comments
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