Archive for May, 2017


IPEC 2017 Fall Institute – Call for Proposals

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will be hosting faculty teams at their 2017 Fall Institute scheduled for Oct. 18-20, 2017 in Long Beach, Calif., with focus on advancing and sustaining your program for collaborative practice.

The UMB Center for Interprofessional Education Director (Jane Kirschling) and Co-Directors (Heather Congdon and Dave Mallott) would like to invite you to prepare a brief (no more than one page) proposal, including a brief description of the proposed IPE project that your team will design and implement as a result of participating in the institute. The team selected to represent UMB will be asked to submit a proposal for seed grant funding from the center for up to $15,000 to support the IPE initiative.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, June 16, 2017 at 5 p.m. The team members identified in the proposal must represent at least three different health profession disciplines. One member of the team can be from another University System of Maryland university if s/he represents a discipline other than those offered at UMB. The team should range in size from three to five members. Please send your proposal via email to Patricia Danielewicz.

All costs associated with attendance will be covered by the UMB Center for Interprofessional Education.

The overall goal of the IPEC effort is to create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences, and assessment of learners. Faculty across the health disciplines will join together to explore how to embed such content into their curriculum. Upon returning to their home institutions, it is expected that workshop participants will help to develop faculty teams with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement an interprofessional education project. The scope of the project must be interprofessional and have a direct link to clinical care. Projects require a final report within 18 months of the conference.

Please share this information with faculty who might be interested in submitting a proposal.

Patricia Danielewicz Collaboration, Education, UMB NewsMay 25, 20170 comments
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UMB Not Affected by Worldwide Ransomware Attacks

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) was not affected by the recent widespread global ransomware attack, called WannaCry.

The attack spread to more than 150 countries and affected approximately 300,000 unpatched computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems. For those affected, the attack locked people out of their computers and demanded ransom payments in order to regain access to the files.

We are members of the Research and Education Network-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC), based at Indiana University, where security threats are shared among universities in real-time. Our first verified communication of this threat came from the REN-ISAC hours before it was known and reported by the news media.

We quickly took action to check the several layers of protection that are in place for the UMB campus. First, the network port (445) that WannaCry was using to get access to any vulnerable Windows machine was blocked. We blocked this network port many years ago because of its vulnerability to these types of attacks.

UMB has a sophisticated Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) that automatically blocks malicious attacks on our network. Potential threats are eliminated immediately while at the same time, we have IT security personnel monitoring real-time reports of IPS data. We were able to use information from the REN-ISAC, as well as our monitoring software, to determine that the WannaCry attack was not hitting our IPS.

We have a network monitoring system, called our Nessus Security Center, which allows us to scan the UMB network for any vulnerable server or computer. We run scans monthly, and more often when there is a report of threat activity. We apply security patches to servers and computers on a regular basis, and if there is a security patch released by a vendor to address a critical vulnerability, that patch gets applied immediately.

IT security Information is shared on a daily basis with IT professionals across the UMB campus. The IT Security Collaborative working group, comprised of individuals in UMB schools and departments, FPI, UMMS, and CITS, meets on a monthly basis. These monthly IT security meetings focus on information sharing as well as a discussion of activities and solutions for keeping our systems and data secure.

While this attack was a non-issue for UMB, and a relatively low level threat compared to other attacks that we experience on a regular basis, it is another reminder of the value and importance of having a strong IT security plan and program, the need to continue to support IT security as a priority activity, the need to continue to make appropriate investments in security technologies, and the need to continue to remind and educate the campus community that information security is everyone’s responsibility.

If you have any questions about the WannaCry attack or about UMB IT security, please contact the IT Security and Compliance team:

Fred Smith Technology, UMB NewsMay 25, 20170 comments
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Employees Embrace Davidge Hall Tour

Davidge Hall is the most distinctive building on the UMB campus. As the oldest medical school building in continuous use for medical education in the Western Hemisphere, its historic columns and dome are the basis for the logo shared by UMB and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

But what lies inside its walls is still a mystery to many, which is why Larry Pitrof, executive director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Alumni Association, provided a lecture and tour on May 24, the latest event sponsored by UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture. Completed in 1812, Davidge Hall still fascinates faculty, staff, and students, who filled the available 25 slots the first day the notice was posted.

“I actually walked through here 30 years ago and am curious to see what has changed,” said Larry Miller, a longtime member of financial services and the first to arrive. “It was fascinating then; I remember the acoustics in one room where someone could whisper at one end and be heard at the other. That and the skeleton in the doorway,” he said with a laugh.

Pitrof said there are lots of skeletons in the Davidge Hall closet. Going over the building’s history in Chemical Hall while the visitors munched on boxed lunches, he spoke of how the first building used by Dr. John Beale Davidge to teach anatomy was destroyed by an angry mob citing the dissection of cadavers as the desecration of human remains. Grave digging was the prime source of cadavers then.

When 10 percent of Baltimore City’s population died of yellow fever in the late 1790s, it inspired support for an entity to bring together those like Dr. Davidge who understood the mysteries of medicine, and the School of Medicine, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Davidge Hall came to be. “Dr. Davidge and his colleagues paid about $40,000 to have the hall built on land that was donated,” Pitrof recalled.

Design of the building exhibits characteristics found in the architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who built America’s first anatomical theater at the University of Pennsylvania in 1806, said Pitrof, who showed side-by-side slides of the two buildings. Such a “classical looking building would elevate the medical profession at the time,” he said.

Indeed, medicine in the early 1800s wasn’t the respected field it is today. “Remedies were crude then — cupping and bleeding. You went to the hospital to die, not to be cured,” Pitrof said. Later he added, “Layer upon layer is how medicine is based. The benefits we enjoy today are all based on what happened then and our School of Medicine is a big contributor to that.”

After the history lesson, Pitrof discussed necessary renovations for Davidge Hall, starting with the exterior (roof problems despite a 2002 restoration) and the interior (complete overhaul of the heating and cooling system). The School of Medicine and its Alumni Association is raising $5 million through naming opportunities but the overall Davidge renovation is expected to cost $25 million.

The need for repairs became more apparent when the group moved to the Anatomical Hall, directly above Chemical Hall. Aside from their rising circular seating, the two rooms couldn’t be more different in ambience. Chemical Hall is dark, almost foreboding. Anatomical Hall, a room with the great acoustics Miller remembered, is energetically bright with light streaming through the circular skylights and domed ceiling. “The jewel of the building,” in Pitrof’s eyes.

That once proud ceiling of decorative semicircles and rosette patterns that saw Marquis de Lafayette awarded the first honorary doctorate from the university in 1824 has fallen on hard times, with water damage and decay at the base of the dome forming a patchwork of problems.

In the next couple of months we hope the exterior work will begin,” Pitrof said. After answering a few questions, he dismissed the group to check out the various displays in the building — the Allan Burns collection of medical artifacts, portraits of early SOM deans, eyewear and World War II collections, and much more.

Asked the reason for the tour, Pitrof replied, “Despite its distinction as America’s oldest existing medical teaching facility, there is a surprisingly large segment of our campus community that has never visited the building. This tour is part of a larger campus effort to engage colleagues in a manner that enriches their experience and makes them even more proud of our university.”

Lingling Sun, a laboratory research specialist in the Institute of Human Virology, said it did exactly that for her. “I knew of the symbol, now I know the history of Davidge Hall,” she said. “I’m proud to be part of the School of Medicine.”

Miller was happy to get an updated look at the building. “I don’t remember all the display cases. This was real interesting.”

And there were several visitors like Karen Hornick from the Department of Medicine who had only had brief glimpses of Davidge Hall previously. “I finally made it,” she said with a smile. “The tour was great. I’d definitely recommend it.”

Learn more about UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture.

by Chris Zang

Chris Zang Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University LifeMay 25, 20170 comments
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LGBT+ Pride Month Programming

The Office of Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives offers diversity programming throughout the year. June is LGBT+ Pride Month. Check out the upcoming events!

LGBT+ Pride Month

Safe Space Train-the-Trainer
Friday, June 2  |  9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 351
Are you looking to become a Safe Space Trainer? Join us for an in-depth training that provides facilitation skills, LGBT+ knowledge, and a place on our UMB Safe Space Committee.

Gender Neutral Pronoun Lunch & Learn
Friday, June 9  |  Noon to 1 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 351
Using the right pronoun is always the right thing to do but sometimes it can be hard to use gender neutral pronouns without practice. Join us in a casual and safe space where you can learn and practice pronouns such as they/them/their, xe/xem/xyr, ey/em/eir, and many more.

Safe Space Trainer
Monday, June 12  |  1 to 4 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 351
Safe Space is a national program that identifies LGBT+ friendly faculty, staff, and students. The Safe Space Training teaches participants information about gender, sex, history, and how to be a better support for LGBT+ individual. Participants will have the option of becoming a Safe Space member and earning our UMB Safe Space placard.

Clare BanksBulletin Board, Education, People, University LifeMay 24, 20170 comments
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University Farmers Market

University Farmers Market Open Today!

Farmers Market Vegetables

Illustration by Bernadette Little

The University Farmers Market is open today!

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Plaza Park across from the UMMC entrance.

Get outside and see what the market has to offer!


  • MoMo Thai Food will be at the market starting today!
  • Gift certificates are available.
  • Get your “Green on Greene Street” tote bags for $2!
Clare BanksBulletin Board, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, The UMB Dish, UMB Go Green, University LifeMay 23, 20170 comments
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School of Pharmacy Celebrates the Class of 2017 at Convocation

Family, friends, faculty, preceptors, and staff looked on with pride as the newest Doctors of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy walked across the stage to receive their doctoral hoods at the School’s annual convocation ceremony held at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel on May 19.

In her opening remarks, Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School, highlighted some of the numerous accomplishments that the Class of 2017 has achieved over the past four years. She commended the graduates for their ambition, leadership, and camaraderie, and encouraged them to follow the examples set by the School’s Founding Pharmapreneurs – including individuals such as George Avery Bunting, valedictorian of the Class of 1899, founder of Noxzema, CoverGirl Cosmetics, and the Noxell Corporation; and Alpheus P. Sharp, Class of 1842, and Louis Dohme, Class of 1857, co-founders of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. – and use their passion and enthusiasm to help advance the pharmacy profession and impact patient care in a visible, sustainable manner.
“Our Founding Pharmapreneurs dared, dreamed, and never backed down from the challenges and obstacles that they encountered along the way,” she said. “They did not take the easy route. Instead, they took an idea, a concept, or a vision, and turned it into reality. As new practitioners, you have amazing opportunities in front of you to be critical thinkers, and to solve the perennial, long-term problems that face health care, research, and society today. Follow the examples set by our Founding Pharmapreneurs who chose to be innovators and creators. Challenge the status quo approach to health care in this country.”

Sharing Advice for the Ages

Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer, PharmD, BCACP, chief pharmacy officer for the United States Public Health Services, was chosen by the Class of 2017 as the keynote speaker for convocation in honor of her extraordinary dedication to improving pharmacy services across the federal government and her leadership of pharmacy programs and professional affairs for the Office of the Surgeon General and the United States Department of Health and Human Services. In her speech, Schweitzer passed down words of professional advice and guidance that she has received throughout her career.

“You are coming into the pharmacy profession at a time when health care is rapidly changing in response to trends in health care payment reform, improving quality outcomes, and increasing patient empowerment,” she said. “Although it is exciting to know that each of you are going to be part of this transformation, you must be mindful that with this esteemed degree also comes responsibility and expectations. The School of Pharmacy has prepared you to be leaders, innovators, and lifelong learners. You are true professionals now, and well-respected members of society. Use your influence to make positive changes within your profession and your communities.”

Joining a Respected Health Care Profession

Brent Reed, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, FAHA, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS); and Fengtian Xue, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC); with assistance from Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD, BCACP, FAPhA, associate professor in PPS and associate dean for student affairs, joined Eddington in presenting graduates with their doctoral hoods to signify their completion of the highest professional degree in pharmacy.

“Donning the traditional olive colored pharmacy hood represents the fact that you have entered a caring profession that depends upon your proper use of scientific and clinical knowledge,” said Eddington. “You must care for your patients with compassion as well as intelligence. You will be trusted by patients – do not underestimate the importance of that trust, nor treat it lightly. You will have an impact on peoples’ lives.”

Celebrating All Graduates

Fifteen students graduating from the School’s PhD in pharmaceutical health services research (PHSR) and PhD in PSC programs received their hoods during the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Graduate School ceremony on May 18. The MS in regulatory science program also hosted its second convocation in Pharmacy Hall on May 18 to celebrate its more than 30 graduates.

“The MS in regulatory science program allowed me to build a foundational knowledge of the laws, regulations, and good manufacturing processes mandated by agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and its international counterparts,” said Aicha Moutanni, laboratory research specialist at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and member of the program’s Class of 2017. “I loved every minute of learning, and never shied away from any challenge that the program presented. I extend my sincerest thanks and gratitude to Dr. James Polli for his excellent leadership and guidance, and for making regulatory science a reality for my career.”

The School’s MS in pharmacometrics program also celebrated its fourth graduating class, which included 10 students.

Following the School’s morning convocation ceremony, graduates assembled in the afternoon for a Universitywide graduation ceremony at the Royal Farms Arena, where William P. Magee, Jr., DDS, MD, chief executive officer and co-founder of Operation Smile, delivered the keynote address.

To view more photos and video from this momentous occasion, please visit the School of Pharmacy’s Facebook page.

PharmD Class of 2017 Awards and Prizes

  • Preceptors of the Year: Laura A. Hatfield, PharmD, BCPS; Julie Caler, PharmD; Katy Pincus, PharmD, BCPS; and Todd P. Yori, PharmD
  • Andrew G. DuMez Award for Superior Proficiency in Pharmacy: Felicia Elaine Bartlett
  • Terry Paul Crovo Award in Pharmacy Practice for Performance and Promise to Uphold the Highest Standards of the Profession: Molly Amanda Rincavage and Dhakrit Rungkitwattanakul
  • Lambda Kappa Sigma, Epsilon Alumnae Chapter-Cole Award for Proficiency in Pharmacy Administration: Yoon Duk Hong
  • William Simon Memorial Prize for Superior Work in the Field of Medicinal Chemistry, Practical and Analytical Chemistry: Thao Thu Vo
  • Wagner Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence Prize for Meritorious Academic Achievement in Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence: Christine Anne McCulley
  • John F. Wannenwetsch Memorial Prize for Exceptional Performance and Promise in the Practice of Community Pharmacy: Songe Baek
  • Conrad L. Wich Prize for Exceptional Work in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy: Willy Wen-Hao Li
  • S. Williams Practical Pharmacy Prize to the Student Having the Highest General Average in Basic and Applied Pharmaceutics: Huy Chan Truong
  • Universities at Shady Grove Academic and Community Excellence Award: Monica Victoria Tong
  • Maryland Pharmaceutical Society Award: Sidonie Josiane Sokoudj Takougang
  • Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacy Award: Ha Khanh Phan
  • Maryland Pharmacists Association Award: Elissa Edda Joy Lechtenstein
  • Maryland-ASCP Award: Joshua Yian-Lung Chou
  • Alfred Abramson Entrepreneurship Award: David Kewui Tran
  • S. Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award: Huan Nhan Tran
  • Mylan Excellence in Pharmacy Award: Judith Sewha Kim
  • TEVA Outstanding Student Award: Kyle Slavin
  • Leadership Awards: Brandon James Biggs, Ryan James Button, Joshua Yian-Lung Chou, Amy Rose Kruger Howard, Elissa Edda Joy Lechtenstein, Monica Victoria Tong, David Kewui Tran, and Huan Nhan Tran
Malissa Carroll Bulletin Board, Education, On the Move, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAMay 22, 20170 comments
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Aicha Moutanni

My Journey Through the Masters in Regulatory Science Program

Since I was young, education has always been part of my life. Pursuing an advanced degree has been a long-term goal for me. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” If you had asked me that question 16 years ago, I would have said that I wanted to be a pharmacist. As a high school student in Casablanca, Morocco, I volunteered for a company that specialized in food quality and safety during my summer breaks. In the laboratory, I worked as a quality controller, and within a few summers, I was promoted to a quality control supervisor who was in charge of making sure that all products met strict standards for quality and safety.

After earning my Bachelor of Science in organic chemistry, I worked at a pharmacy in Morocco overseeing patient prescriptions and later as a chemist assistant responsible for over-the-counter drug preparation. During this time, I garnered broad experience in pharmacy practice, and gained a clear understanding of patient safety as I prepared and dispensed prescriptions.

My journey in the field of research began in 2002, when I immigrated to the United States and began working as a research assistant, and then as a research associate, in laboratories at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) that spanned fields from neuroscience to cancer research. After working in basic research for 13 years, I built collegial and enduring relationships with all of my colleagues, who knew about my interest in continuing education and always encouraged me to pursue new learning opportunities.

Finding the Right Fit

Each position that I have held in my career has placed a strong emphasis on safety and following regulations. I have always been curious about where these regulations originated, and how they were developed. My initial plan was to apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the School of Pharmacy, but due to a number of personal reasons, I was not able to follow through with that plan. Although I could not pursue that particular dream, I knew that I still wanted to pursue an advanced degree in an area closely connected to pharmacy — a field that would encompass my broad interests, bring me personal satisfaction, and give meaning to not only my work, but also to the lives of others.

A colleague suggested that I look into completing a master’s degree in regulatory science, as regulatory science professionals are currently in demand. I learned that a career in regulatory science can take many paths, including positions in the areas of clinical trials, drug development, food safety, medical device advancement, pharmaceutical research, and chemistry manufacturing and controls. I researched and compared the regulatory science programs at both Johns Hopkins University and the School of Pharmacy. Given my love for UMB and previous experience working with colleagues at the School of Pharmacy, I was convinced that my dream could best be accomplished at the School of Pharmacy.

It was a dream come true when I learned that I had been accepted into the School’s MS in regulatory science program.

Paving My Own Path

The MS in regulatory science program at the School of Pharmacy helps students build foundational knowledge on the laws, regulations, and good manufacturing processes mandated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its international counterparts. Courses are delivered online during five semesters, and are designed to give students a high degree of flexibility in integrating their studies with work and other commitments. During my studies in the program, I experienced immense satisfaction when working on individual projects, presentations, and team mini-reviews. I loved every minute of learning, and never shied away from any challenge, especially new learning opportunities. I enjoyed participating in the web conferences, asking questions, discussing my ideas with course managers, and working on collaborative projects with my classmates and team members.

In addition, I honestly could not have anticipated how beneficial the program would be in helping me build both a professional and social network. There are numerous opportunities for students to meet others outside of the program. The program also takes a truly multidisciplinary approach to learning that leverages scientific and technical knowledge with an in-depth understanding of the law. As a result of the two years that I spent in the program, my professional life has become more rewarding, and I have expanded my network outside of the program. Earning this degree has provided me with a conceptual and scientific foundation on which I can further build, and will be a stepping stone toward achieving my long-term career objectives.

Looking Toward Commencement

I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to James Polli, PhD, the Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair in Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics and director of the MS in regulatory science program at the School of Pharmacy, for his excellent leadership and guidance, and for making regulatory science a reality for my career. I also would like to thank all of the course managers and staff who contribute to the delivery of the course materials to students. I could not have achieved this level of success without their help and continued support.

For anyone who might be considering whether to apply to the MS in regulatory science program at the School of Pharmacy, know that this program will provide you with a strong foundation in regulatory science and hands-on experience in the discovery, regulation, and research of safe drug, biologics, and device use, as well as regulated products in the marketplace. This program offers graduates worldwide truly unique instruction that can be applied to all regulatory science positions across academia, government, and industry.

Aicha Moutanni Education, People, UMB News, University LifeMay 22, 20170 comments
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Dean's Hall of Fame

Kensington Pharmacist Posthumously Inducted into Dean’s Hall of Fame

Huseyin Tunc, BSP ’83, pharmacist and owner of Kensington Pharmacy in Kensington, Md., was posthumously inducted into the Dean’s Hall of Fame for Distinguished Community Pharmacists as part of the annual banquet hosted by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) student chapter on April 29. Established in 2006, the Hall of Fame Award is presented each year by Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School, in recognition of a pharmacist’s leadership, entrepreneurship, and passion for independent pharmacy.

“Since opening its doors, Kensington Pharmacy has become a place where everyone – patients, pharmacists, technicians, staff, and their families – knows each other,” said Eddington. “Mr. Tunc was a trustworthy and caring health care advocate and mentor. He greeted all patrons by their first names, provided mentorship to his employees, and personally delivered medications to patients at any time. With the support of his wife, he lived his dream of pharmacy ownership in the United States. I am honored to present his family with the 2017 Dean’s Hall of Fame Award for Distinguished Community Pharmacists on his behalf.”

Building a Better Life for His Family

A native of Turkey, Tunc graduated from the University of Istanbul Pharmacy School in 1975. He owned and operated a pharmacy in his hometown of Antalya, Turkey for four years before immigrating to the United States with his wife in 1979. After settling in Silver Spring, Md., Tunc enrolled in the School of Pharmacy, graduating with his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy in 1983. He worked in the inpatient pharmacy at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring before joining a national supermarket chain as a community pharmacist, where he held positions of increasing responsibility for more than 20 years.

Although Tunc experienced tremendous success during his career with the supermarket chain, he remained committed to his entrepreneurial dream of once again owning and operating an independent pharmacy. He completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Phoenix and opened Kensington Pharmacy in 2005. His daughters Zeynep Tunc, PharmD, and Melike Tunc, PharmD – graduates of the School of Pharmacy’s Classes of 2006 and 2008, respectively – later joined him in the family business.

“According to his family, Mr. Tunc was not only a devoted father and loving husband, but also a true entrepreneur,” added Eddington. “His mission to provide the highest quality pharmacy health care to patients continues through the friendly, helpful service offered by his business; his store’s clean and enjoyable atmosphere; the convenience and communication provided to patients; and staff members’ pharmacy expertise. At Kensington Pharmacy, patients are truly treated like family.”

Moving Forward in His Memory

Following a courageous battle with colon cancer, Tunc passed away in April 2016. His family has established the Huseyin C. Tunc Memorial Fund to preserve his legacy and help give others a chance to follow their dreams.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for tonight,” said Pinar Tunc, who, along with her daughters, accepted the award on behalf of her husband. “Huseyin was an incredible husband and father, excellent pharmacist, and amazing human being. Although tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of his passing, his light and his spirit are always with us. I encourage you to be kind to one another and help each other – both as students and as pharmacists after graduation – because you never know what tomorrow will bring.”

The NCPA annual banquet recognizes the NCPA student chapter’s yearly achievements. It is also the event at which new chapter officers are installed. “This outstanding group of students is the future of the profession, and a group of which we can be especially proud,” said Eddington.

The chapter’s goal is to promote independent pharmacy with the intent of increasing students’ awareness of its advantages, encourage newly practicing pharmacists to pursue pharmacy ownership, and support independent pharmacy’s already established positive image.

Malissa CarrollABAE, Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB NewsMay 18, 20170 comments
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HS/HSL Summer Workshop

Summer Workshops at the HS/HSL

The HS/HSL offers a variety of free workshops each semester to all UMB faculty, students, and staff.

Topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to 3-D printing
  • Citation management using RefWorks
  • Bioinformatics in the cloud

New workshops will include:

  • Using Biomart for data access and retrieval
  • Flow cytometry data analysis with ImmPort.

Check out the full schedule and registration.

Ryan Harris Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, Technology, University AdministrationMay 18, 20170 comments
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Financial Image

UMB Announces Project to Replace eUMB Financials and RAVEN

With the May 17 signing of a contract between University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and Oracle America, Inc., the campus has moved one step closer to its goal of replacing UMB’s financial and data reporting applications with a more modern, cloud-based system.  When the new system is complete, eUMB Financials and RAVEN will be retired. The contract with Oracle America, Inc., covers software, cloud services and the implementation services that will complement UMB’s project team during the work to configure, test, and deliver the new system.

Moving to a cloud-based application gives UMB the ability to stay current with functionality, security, and technology. In addition, the new system will deliver improved data reporting and analytics capabilities. The move to a cloud-based financial system will also improve access to UMB’s financial tools since the application is designed for use on most mobile devices – including tablets – as well as on desktop and laptop computers.

About 200 people from across campus have already been engaged in preparing for this change including gathering requirements for the system, providing feedback on the vendor software demonstrations they attended, validating core business processes, providing input that has resulted in the strategy for data reporting and analytics, and contributing to the development of a change management approach by providing input both in person and through survey responses.

More information on how you can participate will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Robin Reid People, Technology, UMB News, University LifeMay 18, 20171 comment
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Party in the Park and Academic Procession

Enjoy complimentary food, music, and fun activities. The Oriole Bird and the Ravens’ Poe also will make an appearance. Seating will be available for graduates and their guests. Come hang out with your fellow graduates before the Universitywide Commencement and procession to the Royal Farms Arena.

For more information, check out the Commencement website.

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Alice Powell Bulletin Board, UMB News, University LifeMay 17, 20170 comments
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Pharmacy Event

Evening Gala Honors Pharmacy’s Founding Pharmapreneurs

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy concluded the celebration of its 175th anniversary on May 10 with an evening gala at the Baltimore Museum of Industry that celebrated nine of its most extraordinary alumni and heralded the next era of innovation at the School – an era of pharmapreneurism.

Derived from the French term entrepreneurism and trademarked by the School of Pharmacy, pharmapreneurism describes the School’s commitment to supporting and best positioning both faculty and students to achieve their career aspirations and address the nation’s health care, research, policy, and societal needs.

“In 1865, words like ‘innovation’ and ‘entrepreneur’ were not the buzzwords that they are today,” said Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy, as she delivered opening remarks during the event. “Yet, when 10 men met that year to reorganize and reopen the Maryland College of Pharmacy – first established in 1841 – the move exemplified all that is meant by entrepreneurism. That same spirit of innovation exists in each of tonight’s honorees. The nine alumni being honored tonight stand out as true pillars of excellence among our thousands of graduates and serve as models for our faculty, students, and staff in our constant pursuit to be the preeminent home of pharmacy entrepreneurism – pharmapreneurism.”

Innovators in Their Fields

The nine distinguished alumni honored during the gala were individuals who have been recognized nationally for their entrepreneurial vision and transformational accomplishments. The School presented each of them with Founding Pharmapreneur Awards of Service and Excellence to commemorate their work as unparalleled leaders and innovative examples of successful pharmapreneurism, building upon an earlier luncheon hosted by the School that celebrated 37 outstanding alumni who epitomize expertise, influence, and impact in the School’s mission areas of education, research, practice, and community service.

The evening began with the presentation of awards to Founding Pharmapreneurs Robert W. Henderson, BSP ’63, PD, ND, founder and chair of Nutramax Laboratories; Calvin H. Knowlton, PhD ’93, MDiv, co-founder of Tabula Rasa Healthcare and founder, chair, and chief executive officer of CareKinesis; and Victoria G. Hale, BSP ’83, PhD, founder and director of OneWorldHealth and Medicines 360.

Felix A. Khin-Maung-Gyi, BSP ’83, PharmD, MBA, was also posthumously honored for his work as chair and founder of Chesapeake Research Review. Before his family accepted the award on his behalf, Eddington announced that Gyi’s family recently donated $750,000 to the School to establish the Felix Gyi Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Pharmapreneurism. The scholarship will provide one full year of tuition for a student in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program who has expressed a desire to pursue a nontraditional career path. “This scholarship will forever honor the life and legacy of Dr. Gyi’s extraordinary career, service to his alma mater, and leadership as a School of Pharmacy Founding Pharmapreneur,” she said.

A Shift in the Profession

Following a short break for dinner, the event continued with the presentation of awards to Ellen H. Yankellow, BSP ’73, PharmD ’96, president and chief executive officer of Correct Rx Pharmacy Services; and Alpheus P. Sharp, Class of 1842, and Louis Dohme, Class of 1857, co-founders of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

“As I reflect on this evening, it occurs to me that pharmacy has come full circle,” said Yankellow, who was also presented with a commemorative chair from the School to honor her long-time service as a member and former chair of its Board of Visitors. “When I graduated, it was not unusual for pharmacists to become entrepreneurs, but the profession later migrated from one of owners to one of employees. Now, there is once again a shift. I congratulate the School of Pharmacy for embracing this trend and creating a cutting-edge program to encourage creativity through pharmapreneurism, and am extremely grateful and humbled to be honored as one of its Founding Pharmapreneurs.”

“Sharp and Dohme launched their pharmaceutical enterprise during a particularly tumultuous time for science in the nation’s history,” said Sandra Milligan, MD, JD, senior vice president and head of global regulatory affairs and clinical safety at Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp. “Although they accomplished a remarkable achievement, I often wonder what their pharmapreneurial talent might have allowed them to achieve had they been alive today with the cutting-edge technologies that we now have at our disposal. I am thrilled to accept this award on their behalf, and wish the School of Pharmacy another wonderful 175 years.”

George Avery Bunting, valedictorian of the Class of 1899, founder of Noxzema, CoverGirl Cosmetics, and the Noxell Corporation; and John M. Gregory, BSP ’76, DPS (hon) ’02, chairman and chief executive officer of Gregory Pharmaceutical Holdings, founder of King Pharmaceuticals, and managing partner of SJ Strategic Investments, were also honored alongside Yankellow, Sharp, and Dohme.

“I knew my grandfather from the stories that he and my grandmother would share with us, and the more that I learned about him, the more amazed I became,” said Mary Catherine Bunting, the granddaughter of George Avery Bunting, who accepted the Founding Pharmapreneur award on his behalf. “While I don’t know what inspired my grandfather to pursue a career in pharmacy, I do know that he had a lot of business savvy and ‘get up and go,’ which helped him climb from his humble beginnings to become the head of an international corporation. I’m proud to be here to honor him tonight.”

“The School of Pharmacy provided me with a wonderful pharmaceutical background that helped me tremendously in my entrepreneurial career,” said Gregory. “However, one of the lessons that had a tremendous impact on me and that I have tried to model throughout my pharmaceutical career is that when you do something as a group, you should be rewarded as a group. As I accept this honor tonight, I accept it not as an individual, but as a member of the Gregory Family, who was blessed with the privilege of leading my family in our business enterprise.”

A Glimpse into the Future

The event concluded with a look into the future of pharmapreneurism at the School of Pharmacy.

“In September 1962, President John F. Kennedy famously delivered a speech at Rice University that discussed the nation’s efforts to land a man on the moon,” said Eddington. “That speech – referred to as President Kennedy’s moonshot speech – was intended to persuade the American people to ‘think big’ and support the national effort to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth. Our goal at the School of Pharmacy is to offer our faculty, students, and staff every opportunity to be innovators of their own and to move in a direction in which no other pharmacy school in the country has conceived. Pharmapreneurism is our moonshot.”

Eddington announced several new programs that will soon be implemented across the School to help foster an unparalleled environment that both values and nurtures pharmapreneurship among faculty and students alike, including:

  • Partnering with the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and its Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship to offer a joint PharmD/MBA degree and to create a joint Certificate in Pharmapreneurism program
  • Funding from the School’s Board of Visitors to support a pharmapreneur fellow who will work with the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Office of Research and Development to gain valuable interdisciplinary experiences in pharmapreneurship and to develop their own pharmapreneurial innovations
  • Creating a new innovation space known as the Pharmapreneur’s Farm in the Ellen H. Yankellow Grand Atrium in Pharmacy Hall that will focus exclusively on pharmapreneurism and serve as a visible reminder to everyone who visits the School of its commitment to pharmapreneurism

To learn more about or discover ways that you can help support the School’s new pharmapreneurism initiative, please contact Ken Boyden, JD, EdD, associate dean for the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, at (410) 706-3816 or

Malissa Carroll Bulletin Board, People, UMB NewsMay 17, 20170 comments
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Q and A with Perman

Quarterly Q and A With Dr. Perman

The next President’s Q&A is June 19 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the School of Social Work Auditorium.

This session will feature a discussion about the campus climate survey.

Join Dr. Perman as he answers questions from students, staff, and faculty. If you have a specific question you would like to ask but never had the opportunity, or if you would just like to know more about what’s happening around campus, please join us.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Clarie Murphy Bulletin Board, People, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAMay 17, 20170 comments
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Mikhel Kushner

UMB Welcomes New Title IX Coordinator

The Office of Accountability and Compliance is pleased to announce the arrival of University of Maryland, Baltimore’s new Title IX Coordinator, Mikhel Kushner, JD, MSW.

A graduate of UMB’s School of Social Work (1998) and the University of Baltimore School of Law (2009), Kushner comes to UMB with extensive experience in higher education including almost a decade directing the Women’s Center at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Prior to joining UMB, Kushner spent several years overseeing Title IX compliance for a consortium of institutions including two medical schools, a school of nursing, a veterinary school, and several colleges.

As executive director for diversity and inclusion and Title IX coordinator, Kushner will guide UMB’s efforts to assure meaningful compliance with federal laws focused on equity and access in schools and the workplace. Her role and responsibilities include:

  • Providing technical assistance on diversity, inclusion, equity, and access issues for employees and students
  • Offering programming and resources intended to prevent discrimination and increase understanding across differences
  • Acting as primary point of contact for responsible employees required to report any information regarding incidents or inferences of sex- and gender-based violence or harassment
  • Coordinating response to reports of possible discrimination including all instances of sex- and gender-based violence or harassment impacting our academic and affiliated communities

Kushner looks forward to working with the community to address issues proactively. Her office is on the 5th floor at 620 W. Lexington St. and she can be contacted at or 410-706-1852. Anonymous reports and inquiries can still be made by phone 866-594-5220 or online.

Mikhel Kushner Bulletin Board, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeMay 17, 20170 comments
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