Archive for February, 2017

Lara Seidman

Student Publishes Two Articles

Lara M. Seidman’s entry into the research writing world happened by pure chance. In the spring of 2016, Seidman, a Class of 2018 DDS student at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD), was performing oral cancer research in the laboratory of Abraham Schneider, DDS, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences. Bashirelahi needed a volunteer to assist him in making a PowerPoint on the effects of coffee on oral health for one of his classes. Seidman was the only one who offered to help.

“He loved the PowerPoint, so he asked me to write a paper on the subject,” said Seidman.

This unassuming beginning led to the publication of Seidman’s first article, “What Every Dentist Should Know About Coffee,” which appeared on the cover of the July/August 2016 issue of General Dentistry. Seidman co-wrote the article with UMSOD faculty members Ira T. Bloom, DDS ’72, clinical assistant professor and assistant director in the Department of Advanced General Dentistry; and Nasir Bashirelahi, PhD, Pharm.D., professor in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences.

Six months later, Seidman published a second article in the January/February 2017 issue of General Dentistry, this one titled, “What Every Dentist Should Know About Opioids.” Seidman co-wrote it with Bashirelahi and Patricia A. Tordik, DMD, clinical professor and the director of Postgraduate Endodontics.

In view of her level of production over such a short period of time, Seidman’s faculty mentors have pegged her as a rising star. “Lara is amazing,” said Bashirelahi, “she’s on pace to have four articles published before she graduates.”

“From the beginning it was obvious to me that she was a very mature, motivated student with clear career goals,” said Schneider.

Seidman’s 2017 General Dentistry article has resonance, given the increase in prescription opioid abuse. From 1991-2010, opioid prescriptions in the United States have increased from 76 million to 210 million, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 1997 to 2007, there was a 300 percent increase in overdose deaths.

While researching the article, Seidman found that many dental patients who were prescribed opioids actually should have received endodontic therapy. “Dentists should realize that the rate of prescription has skyrocketed despite nothing happening to increase people’s pain,” she said, “dentists sometimes prescribe opioids when something else can be done to help the patient.”

Seidman, who grew up in Hagerstown, Md., received her undergraduate education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she majored in biology and minored in art history. She wanted to pursue a career in health care, and dentistry, with its focus on hand-eye coordination and spatial reasoning, seemed a logical choice: “My background in art translated nicely to dentistry, there’s a lot of overlap in the study of color and proportions,” she said.

Seidman was drawn to UMSOD because she wanted to focus on building her clinical skills. “UMSOD produces a lot of great clinicians. There’s a lot of time in the clinic, we have state-of-the-art equipment, and there’s a strong collaborative environment.”

In addition, Seidman was attracted by UMSOD’s research department. As an undergraduate at UMBC, she had worked in Schneider’s lab, and UMSOD provided the opportunity to continue her research. After her D1 year, she participated in the 2015 Summer Research Training Program, with Schneider serving as her mentor. She continued to conduct research with both Schneider and Bashirelahi into her D2 year.

“Whenever I wasn’t in class, I was in the lab,” she said.

After graduation, Seidman intends to enter into a postgraduate residency, and is interested in pursuing a career in either prosthodontics or cosmetic dentistry. “Lara will certainly excel as a dental practitioner,” said Bloom, “she possesses the ‘three H’s’…the head, the heart, and the hands.”

Scott Hesel Education, ResearchFebruary 23, 20170 comments
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Red Shoe Shuffle

Red Shoe Shuffle

Don’t miss the Red Shoe Shuffle 5K Run & Walk to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore.

Event Details

Sunday, April 2, 2017
9 a.m.
Race start – Ronald McDonald House

About the Ronald McDonald House

“There is only one Ronald McDonald House in the state of Maryland and we have been home to more than 35,000 families in the last thirty years. Each year, more than 1,500 families arrive at our doorstep in search of hope for a child battling a catastrophic illness or injury. Circumstances that bring our families here are unfortunate, challenging and often times tragic. Amidst the uncertainties and fears they face, we offer respite, normalcy, compassion, and love.” – Red Shoe Shuffle.

Clare BanksBulletin Board, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University LifeFebruary 22, 20170 comments
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Darlene Curley

Nursing to Endow Darlene J. Curley Scholarship

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has been awarded $25,000 from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare to endow the Darlene J. Curley Scholarship. This latest grant contributes to the $255,000 that UMSON has received from the center since 2012 to support UMSON nursing students financially.

The Jonas Center’s gift honors Curley, MS ’82, BSN ’80, RN, FAAN, the center’s executive director. The scholarship will support doctoral students who have demonstrated a focus on and commitment to community/public health and/or leadership and administration; it will be awarded annually and will be based on academic achievement.

“I am thankful to the Jonas Center and the University of Maryland School of Nursing for this wonderful honor,” Curley said. “Nursing leadership in practice, research, and policy is more important than ever to improve the health of our nation.”

Curley, who was honored by UMSON as a visionary pioneer in 2015, has transformed the Jonas Center’s profile and impact from a local New York funder to a national thought leader and grant maker for all 50 states. She has forged partnerships with leading philanthropic, academic, and health care organizations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, John A. Hartford Foundation, Bob Woodruff Foundation, Hearst Publishing Foundation, and the Veterans Administration. Curley has doubled grant dollars available through leveraged funds, matching funds, and innovative fundraising. She is currently leading an effort to support 1,000 doctoral students in all 50 states to address the critical shortage of nurses and nursing faculty.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous gift from the Jonas Center honoring Darlene Curley,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Through its visionary philanthropy and the leadership of Ms. Curley, the Jonas Center is supporting the development of nurse leaders who will be well-equipped to address the current and future challenges of our health care system. The Darlene J. Curley Scholarship will provide important additional resources for nurses pursuing doctoral degrees.”

Established in 2006, the Jonas Center deploys philanthropy to advance the nursing profession through grants and programs designed to develop outstanding faculty, advance scholarship, and spark innovative practice.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAFebruary 22, 20170 comments
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Nursing Awards-Faculty-2017

Nursing Faculty Awarded Nurse Educator Grants

Three faculty members from the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) have been awarded a Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant (NEDG) for Practice and Dissertation Research. Clinical instructors Ameera Chakravarthy, MS, BSN ’02, CRNP, interim specialty director, adult-geronotology acute care nurse practitioner/adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist; Ernest Opoku-Agyemang, MA, MS, RN; and Mary Pat Ulicny, MS ’11, MHA, RN, CNE, clinical simulation lab director for UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in nursing program at the Universities at Shady Grove, all received the maximum award amount of $30,000.

This competitive grant program is designed to assist PhD and Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates by helping to cover costs associated with graduate education expenses; professional development; course release time; research-related administrative support; and project-related expenses for supplies, travel, and document creation. Its goals are to increase the number of doctorally prepared nursing faculty in Maryland, to strengthen faculty development for optimal capacity at schools of nursing, and to recruit and retain a diverse nursing faculty.

“We are extremely grateful for this support to faculty members pursuing doctoral degrees,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The NEDG program responds to the critical need to increase the number of faculty with advanced degrees and in turn ensures a highly educated nursing workforce for the future. We look forward to the continuing contributions of each award recipient to teaching and research at the School of Nursing.”

NEDG is part of the Nurse Support Program II, a statewide initiative funded by the Health Services Cost Review Commission and administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. It helps increase Maryland’s nursing capacity by supporting initiatives that advance the recommendations outlined in the Institute of Medicine’s report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGAFebruary 21, 20170 comments
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Biosafety Lecture

Introduction to Institutional Biosafety Committee

Melissa Morland will provide a lecture on the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).

Topics will include what the IBC is responsible for, when you should seek approval, and training opportunities provided by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

Event Details

Wednesday, March 8
School of Pharmacy, Room N211
Noon to 1 p.m.

Sarah ArchibaldBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, University AdministrationFebruary 21, 20170 comments
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yankellow and molofsky

Pharmacy Hosts Reception for Scholarship Donors and Recipients

The School of Pharmacy held its first reception for scholarship donors and recipients on Jan. 19. Hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, the reception provided a forum for scholarship donors to meet the students who have benefited from their gifts and offered students an opportunity to express their gratitude to the donors.

“It is an honor to bring together some of our School’s most dedicated supporters and top students to show our appreciation for the continued commitment demonstrated by our scholarship donors to help ensure the success of our students,” said Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy, who welcomed attendees to the event. “The scholarships to which you have contributed help the School attract students with high academic promise and alleviate some of the financial burden that our students often shoulder. Scholarships are a critical component of recruiting a diverse student population, and remain a philanthropic priority for the School.”

Supporting Students’ Education

Ninety-seven percent of eligible students qualify to receive financial aid or scholarship assistance at the School of Pharmacy, which offers more than 90 scholarships for students in its Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and other graduate programs. One of the most recent scholarship endowments received by the School comes from Ellen H. Yankellow, PharmD ’96, BSP ’73, President and Chief Executive Officer of Correct Rx Pharmacy Services and a member of the School’s Board of Visitors, who attended the evening reception. “As a leader in the field of institutional pharmacy services, I feel a great responsibility to help support the industry. One of the ways that I demonstrate my commitment is through my ongoing support of the School of Pharmacy,” she says.

During the reception, Yankellow had an opportunity to meet Laura Murphy, MT, MPH, manager of pharmacovigilance at C.B. Fleet Company in Lynchburg, Va. Murphy is the first graduate student to benefit from her scholarship.

“It was a real honor to commit the School’s first fully endowed scholarship in 2016,” says Yankellow. “The scholarship reception was my first opportunity to meet and talk with current students who might be able to benefit from both the fellowship and scholarship that I have established at the School. It was especially meaningful to meet my scholar, Laura Murphy. She’s a lovely young woman who has already accomplished a great deal and is now able to broaden her formal education in the area of regulatory science.”

“I am incredibly appreciative of Dr. Yankellow and the generosity that she has demonstrated to the School of Pharmacy,” adds Murphy, who is currently enrolled in the School’s MS in regulatory science program. “As a working professional, I have long believed in the value of continuous growth and development. The scholarship that I was awarded has allowed me to focus on my academic goals and personal growth without worrying about my finances. The lessons that I’m learning in the MS in regulatory science program will not only help advance my career, but also better equip me to aid in the professional development of my colleagues.”

Bringing Alumni Donors Together

Also in attendance at the reception was Jill Molofsky, BSP ’81, vice president and co-owner of Correct Rx Pharmacy Services, who established the Jill Molofsky Student Leadership Endowment at the School.

“The education that I received from the School of Pharmacy not only helped me launch my career, but truly transformed me into the professional that I am today,” she says. “I believe it is crucial that I pay forward the success that I have experienced to help ensure that the next generation of pharmacists has the knowledge and tools necessary to continue advancing the pharmacy profession for years to come. Attending the scholarship reception gave me the opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of the talented students who have benefited from my support. They are incredibly bright individuals, and I left the event knowing that the future of our profession is in great hands.”

In addition to providing the School with the chance to thank its donors for their generous contributions, the reception highlighted the strength of the School’s alumni donor community, instilling within current students the importance of giving back to the individuals and organizations that have supported them. “While speaking with fellow alumni during the reception, I was thrilled to see how many of them share my fervent hope that those students who are provided a full year of tuition assistance will be able to focus less on managing finances and more on their personal academic goals and professional development,” says Yankellow.

For information about how you can establish or support scholarships at the School of Pharmacy, please contact Ken Boyden, JD, EdD, associate dean for the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, at (410) 706-3816 or

Malissa Carroll Education, People, UMB NewsFebruary 21, 20170 comments
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UMBrella Coaching Program

The UMBrella Group empowers women at UMB to achieve their potential. Try our new coaching program and get help reaching your professional and personal goals.

UMBrella Coaching, a partnership program with Human Resource Services, is a small group topical coaching program led by members of the UMBrella Group Advisory Board.

For further information about UMBrella, the coaching program, and how to apply, please visit

Camilla Kyewaah Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, University LifeFebruary 21, 20170 comments
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Apple Macbook Pro

Apple Users Group Meeting

Join the next Apple Users Group meeting.

Thursday, March 2, 2017
LL02, Distance Education Room
10 a.m. to noon

Our Apple representative is bringing an engineer from JAMF to talk about their solution for enterprise management of Apple devices.

This month’s presentation is primarily for IT professionals at UMB who are interested in supporting Apple products, but all members of the community are welcome.

Please share this information with any appropriate members of your team.

Stephen Giermek Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Technology, University AdministrationFebruary 21, 20170 comments
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Maryland Neuroimaging Retreat

Maryland Neuroimaging Retreat is an annual meeting of Baltimore-Washington area neuroimaging researchers, postdocs, and students. The topic of this year’s retreat is Pain Neuroimaging – Advances and Controversies.

Meeting Details

April 14, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
University of Maryland School of Nursing, Room 140

REGISTER by March 31, 2017

Call for Abstracts

Submit your abstract by March 25, 2017, (250 words limit).

All neuroimaging abstracts accepted, including SfN abstracts. Selected abstracts will be chosen for short oral presentation. Poster boards should be 6ft × 4ft or 1.8m × 1.2m.


  • David Seminowicz
  • Joel Greenspan
  • Rao Gullapalli
  • Chandler Sours
Brigitte Pocta Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, Research, Technology, UMB NewsFebruary 17, 20170 comments
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Second Annual ATRIUM Spring Symposium

The School of Pharmacy’s ATRIUM Cardiology Collaborative will be holding its second annual spring two-hour continuing education (CE) program on April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The session will be delivered in a live format in Pharmacy Hall, Room N103 starting at 6 p.m., with an optional dinner available before presentations begin.


The program will include a one-hour patient safety continuing education activity titled “TSOACs, DOACs, and NOACs…Oh My! Drug Safety Considerations for Using Non-Vitamin K Antagonist Oral Anticoagulants” presented by Zachary Noel, PharmD, BCPS, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and science (PPS).

For the second hour, the featured topic will be “Keeping Your Patients with Heart Failure Out of the Hospital: Preventing Drug-Induced Exacerbations of Heart Failure” presented by Brent N. Reed, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, FAHA, assistant professor in PPS and director of PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency and Kristin Watson, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, associate professor in PPS and vice chair of clinical services. This application-based educational activity is designed for pharmacists practicing in all settings, and one hour will count as patient safety continuing education credit.


The registration fee for the CE event is $20, and the fee for CE event and dinner is $35. The deadline to register is March 22.


Erin Merino EducationFebruary 17, 20170 comments
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Online Giving Is on the Rise

UMB closed fiscal year 2016 (FY16) with the highest number of online transactions and funds raised in its history; in fact, we saw a 41 percent increase in total online giving and a 21 percent increase in the number of online transactions processed as compared to FY15.

The Office of Philanthropy attributes these results to an increased trend in online giving, showing a steady rise since FY10, and partly to the university’s updated online giving websites, which give our alumni, students, and friends a more vibrant, informational, and social giving experience, among other factors.

The current fiscal year is on target to again show positive growth in both number of transactions and funds raised online.

Lisa VuoloUMB News, University AdministrationFebruary 17, 20170 comments
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Employee of the Month McLean

Pharmacy’s McLean Honored For Audiovisual Rescue

When William McLean was asked to go to the President’s Conference Room to offer advice on upgrading the audiovisual service there, he thought nothing about it. Problem-solving is all in a day’s work for McLean, who for nearly 10 years has been multimedia manager at the School of Pharmacy.

UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, listened to McLean’s suggestions for several moments on Feb. 9, then changed the subject, letting McLean know he had been chosen as UMB’s Employee of the Month for February.

“I understand there was a big crisis in the pharmacy school,” Perman said, “and the vendor that you’d been using couldn’t handle the problem and you saved the day.”

“Well, I don’t know about that,” McLean humbly responded. “I just did my job.”

“More than your job,” emphasized Perman, who gave McLean a letter, plaque, and assurances that an extra $250 would be in his next paycheck. After Perman left the room, a smiling McLean told three School of Pharmacy colleagues, “Well, that was unexpected.”

Picking up the Pieces

When asked, he explained in detail the “big crisis” Perman had alluded to. In the summer of 2016, the School of Pharmacy was upgrading its $3 million audiovisual (AV) system and had contracted with a company to take out all the old analog technology and replace it with full digital technology before the fall semester.

“The project went out to bid and we don’t have a lot of control over that,” said McLean, who as multimedia manager handles AV systems for the school, which has a satellite campus and does a lot of videoconferencing, recording of lectures, and interactive applications. Awarded the upgrading project in May, the contractor didn’t begin until the end of June and by late July had only completed the demolition, leaving the 45 to 50 lines running throughout Pharmacy Hall that carry AV signals — content, video, audio, control — still not working.

“Classes start mid-August. So it quickly became apparent, due to the fact I’ve been doing this for 20 years, I knew they weren’t going to be able to get this done,” McLean said of the company, which had the contract terminated with the lines still not functioning.

He learned the day before students returned that the integrated system wasn’t working. “It was interesting,” said McLean, not one to get flustered easily.

Beginning the PharmD classes the next day without audiovisual services was not an option. The school’s satellite campus, the Universities at Shady Grove, is fully dependent on distance-learning technology. Had the classes started in Baltimore and not at Shady Grove in Rockville, there would have been an equity issue. So McLean and his three-person team — Jerry Adney, Erich Gercke, and Brian Hall — jumped in with both feet.

Past Experience

Fortunately, they were not strangers to such disasters. A flood in 2011 almost took out the AV control room at the school. A ruptured pipe in 2015 flooded the north end of Pharmacy Hall, taking out AV service to several of the main lecture halls.

“We had disaster carts we had developed for the old [analog] system,” McLean recalled. “Modifying them, I had to come up with a way to do videoconferencing and recording of lectures in the rooms without an integrated system so I built a series of videoconferencing carts and mediasite recording carts that I then tied into the existing systems in the rooms to get us up and running.”

After some long days and sleepless nights, the crisis passed, with the next-in-line bidder coming aboard to help with the task, which is ongoing.

‘School Is Indebted’

“Bill was up to the challenge and fashioned an improvised AV infrastructure to allow the delivery of PharmD courses, keeping the curriculum on track at both the Baltimore and Shady Grove campuses,” said Tim Munn, assistant dean for information technology, and Shannon Tucker, MS, assistant dean for instructional design and technology, in nominating McLean.

“Bill’s creativity and leadership of the School’s AV group ensured that coursework continued on schedule eliminating any need to consider alternate facilities, compressed course schedules, or an extended semester. The school is indebted to his leadership and technical skills during this trying time.”

McLean said he was honored to be Employee of the Month.

“In a position like mine you tend to hear all the bad things and you don’t very often hear the good things, so it’s just very nice,” he said. “Your story isn’t long enough to thank everyone, but I would like to thank my group for all the hard work they do and making me look good. I’d like to thank Tim and Shannon for nominating me and, of course, Dean Eddington and Bill Cooper [senior associate dean for administration and finance] for agreeing to finance the upgrade and to support our advanced programs.”

— Chris Zang

Chris Zang Clinical Care, Collaboration, Contests, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 15, 20170 comments
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Pearl Street Warning

Using Pearl Street as a shortcut to Lexington Street to avoid traffic on Greene and Saratoga streets can be a big mistake — a $90 mistake.

The UMB Police Force says drivers going the wrong way on Pearl Street is happening more often as the bottleneck at Saratoga and Greene streets worsens at rush hour. A clear violation of Article 21-308(a) in the Maryland Motor Vehicle Laws, failure to drive designated one-way direction on posted roadway, taking this shortcut will soon result in tickets.

“We know sitting in traffic can be frustrating,” says Lt. Erik Pecha of the UMB Police Force, who points out the ticket carries a $90 fine and one point if found guilty and $130 fine and three points if the violation contributes to an accident. “But the UMB Police Force is committed to maintaining public safety so if this practice continues, tickets will be handed out. We don’t want to see a head-on accident result from someone driving the wrong way on Pearl Street.”

Faculty, staff, and students, please drive safely and follow the rules of the road. Your University colleagues’ safety can depend upon it.

— Chris Zang

Chris ZangBulletin Board, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 15, 20171 comment
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Frank Bruni

President’s Politics Panel Presents Frank Bruni

The President’s Panel on Politics and Policy speaker series will continue on Feb. 28 with an address on social justice by Frank Bruni, MS.

Bruni is a New York Times Op-Ed columnist and the author of three bestselling books: a 2002 chronicle of George W. Bush’s initial presidential campaign, Ambling Into History; a 2009 memoir, Born Round, about the joys and torments of his eating life; and a 2015 reflection on higher education, Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania.

As UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, noted in his December President’s Message, there is much at stake in terms of health and higher education policy, federal budget priorities, and issues of civil rights and social justice as the administration changes in Washington.

“We’ll invite noted experts and thought leaders to weigh in on how the new president and his administration and the new Congress could alter the country’s course in each of these areas and how such changes could affect institutions like UMB,” Perman said in introducing the new speaker series.

To learn more about this UMB speaker series and to register, visit

Clare BanksBulletin Board, Education, For B'more, People, UMB NewsFebruary 14, 20170 comments
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