Archive for November, 2017

Monthly Flow Cytometery Lecture on Dec. 5

Xiaoxuan Fan, PhD, 
director of Flow Cytometry Shared Service, will offer a lecture on flow cytometery and Flow Cytometry Shared Service on Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Bressler Research Building 7-035.

Flow cytometry is a powerful technique tailor-made for making measurements on single cells. The Flow Cytometry Shared Service (FCSS) offers equipment and technical expertise to members of University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine conducting research in cancer biology and other areas of basic and applied biomedical science.

The lecture will cover:

  • How a flow cytometer works
  • Multi-color panel design and compensation
  • Instruments and services offered at the Flow Cytometry Facility
  • New technology and tools
  • Online booking system

The lecture is free and open to anyone. To become a “trained” user of the core, you must attend the lecture.

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Karen Underwood Education, Research, TechnologyNovember 21, 20170 comments
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UMBrella Caregivers

UMBrella Caregivers Group to Meet Dec. 4

The UMBrella Group hosts Caregivers, a support group for members of the UMB community who care for elderly loved ones. Open to all faculty, staff, and students, the group meets once a month to socialize, learn from each other, share resources and information, and hear from experts on a wide range of topics.

The next meeting is a brown bag event:

Monday, Dec, 4
Noon to 1 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Meeting Room 203

Please RSVP to umbrella@umaryland.edu.

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sonya evans PeopleNovember 21, 20170 comments
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Medi SPA Specials Available for Thanksgiving Week

The University of Maryland Faculty Physicians’ Medi SPA is offering special prices for a number of treatments during Thanksgiving week, including: Eleccio nail polish set ($12), Latisse with a free hydrating lip balm ($18 value), and an hourlong peppermint facial ($60).

You must book or purchase the specials by Wednesday, Nov. 22.

For more information, call 667-214-1772, go to this website, or email medspa@som.umaryland.edu.

 

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Merideth Marr Bulletin Board, People, University LifeNovember 20, 20170 comments
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Electric Vehicles: What You Should Know

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is a great place to work if you drive or are considering purchasing an electric car.

If you are thinking about buying an electric car, there are a number of things to keep in mind.

EVs (electric vehicles) and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) have several advantages over gasoline vehicles — most notably cost savings and environmental benefits. EVs require no gasoline and, when recharged from renewable energy sources, produce zero emissions. Vehicles powered by gas, on the other hand, produce 33 percent of all the carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.

If all drivers in the United States switched from gasoline cars to EVs and PHEVs recharged by existing utility grids (which mostly use fossil fuels), there would be an average of 42 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions nationally, according to research by Peter Lilienthal, CEO of HOMER Energy, LLC.

There are a few downsides to electric cars. While the battery is used to drive the electric drive-motor, it also is used for air conditioning and heating. This depletes the charge more rapidly, and that decreases the distance the vehicle can operate on battery power alone, resulting in more battery wear overall. The availability of charging stations, while on the rise, also can be a concern. Questions to consider on charging your electric car include:

  • Where will you charge your EV?
  • What if all of the charging stations are occupied and you are on a time-sensitive schedule?
  • If you live in an apartment building or a condo, is there anywhere to install EV chargers?
  • Is your work parking area equipped with EV charging stations?
  • What is the distance your EV can travel when its battery is fully charged?

The distance an electric car can travel on a charge varies for different EVs. A Mercedes-Benz-engineered smart car has a range of 68 miles, while other cars such as the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt can go 200 miles or more.

On-campus electric charging stations

The University has 16 electric vehicle charging stations open to UMB faculty, staff, students, and affiliates.

Station locations include:

  • Baltimore Grand Garage, second level
  • Lexington Street Garage, first level
  • Plaza Garage, first level
  • Pratt Street Garage, first level
  • Pearl Street Garage, third level
  • Penn Street Garage, first level
  • Saratoga Street Garage, fourth level

Charging your vehicle

The stations, manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, charge two vehicles per station. One port provides 120 volts for a 12-hour charge. The other port provides 240 volts for a six-hour charge.

To charge your vehicle, use one of three options:

  • An RFID (radio frequency identification) credit card.
  • Contact 1-888-758-4389.
  • ChargePoint ChargePass.

There is no fee for charging your vehicle. The service is covered through your parking fee. More information is available on the UMB Parking and Transportation website.

Information courtesy of:

IVEY Engineering — http://www.iveyengineering.com/reasons-buy-electric-vehicle/

Komando.com — https://www.komando.com/cars-trucks-tech/388980/5-things-you-must-know-before-you-buy-an-all-electric-car/2

  
Dana Rampolla Community ServiceNovember 17, 20170 comments
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Q and A with Perman

Quarterly Q and A With President Perman Set for Dec. 12

The next President’s Q&A will be held Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the School of Medicine HSF II Auditorium.

This session will feature a discussion about the Catalyst fundraising campaign.

Join UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, as he answers questions from students, staff, and faculty. If you have a specific question you would like to ask but haven’t had the opportunity, or if you would just like to know more about what’s happening around the University, please join us.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

  
Claire Murphy University LifeNovember 16, 20170 comments
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OneDrive for Office 365 Offers Flexibility for Your Files

OneDrive is UMB’s new, secure, and universally accessible storage location for all your work files. It is HIPAA and FERPA compliant and University approved.

However, OneDrive offers a lot more than just file storage. It’s an integral part of Office 365, and by using OneDrive, it also allows you to:

  • Access your files securely from anywhere.
  • Share files with others.
  • Work on Office documents with others at the same time.

In a word: Flexibility!

Once your files are in OneDrive, you can access them from any computer or mobile device that has internet access. If you’re at a meeting across campus, at home, traveling for work — whatever the scenario — you can get access to your files  by using the Office 365 portal or mobile app.

Again, OneDrive is HIPAA and FERPA compliant, so you can be assured that your files are safe and secure no matter where you’re accessing them from.

If you need a colleague to review a file, you can let them view and update the file in your  OneDrive by using the “Share” feature — meaning their changes will automatically appear in the file. There’s no need to email a file back and forth.

You also can be in the file at the same time as your colleague, and both can make real-time updates.

By using OneDrive to securely store your files, you gain great flexibility and accessibility. To help you, the Enterprise Training Group provides training opportunities and resources. Please visit the Center for Information Technology Services’ Office 365 website for information.

  
Sarah Steinberg Bulletin Board, Technology, University LifeNovember 15, 20170 comments
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Study on Women’s Reproductive Health Seeking Volunteers

Did you know that microbes residing in the vagina are critical to women’s reproductive health and play a key role in preventing disease that can lead to infertility and cancer?

Be a part of a Sentinel Study that will help researchers understand how the vaginal environment can protect women’s health and subsequently develop interventions. The study is co-led by School of Nursing associate professor Mary Regan, PhD, RN.

The study is seeking participants Mondays, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. Come to the School of Nursing lobby to get more information about the study and to participate. Participants will be compensated $20 for completion of the study activities. Call 410-706-3200 for more information.

  
Giordana Segneri Collaboration, ResearchNovember 15, 20170 comments
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Warren Serving as Co-Chair of Foundation’s Nursing Research Grants Program

Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN, of the School of Nursing (UMSON) has been selected to serve a one-year term as co-chair of the American Nurses Foundation’s (ANF) Nursing Research Grants program for 2018.

As co-chair, Warren will work closely with the current chair to guide the grant review process, then will become chair for 2019. Warren has been recognized for advancing the professionalism of nurses and improving hospital environments through research. Additionally, Warren has been instrumental in building structures and developing processes for infusing evidence-based practice and research into the Association for Nursing Professional Development.

“I am extremely honored to be selected as co-chair and future chair of ANF’s Nursing Research Grants program,” Warren said. “The program has supported beginner and experienced nurse scientists in conducting scientific research across the health care continuum for almost 60 years, and as a former recipient of the grant, I know how meaningful the award is to aspiring nurse scientists for their career growth. I look forward to working with the reviewers and ANF staff in achieving its mission for improving the health of the nation through the power of nursing research.”

Each year, through the Nursing Research Grants program, ANF provides funds to nurse researchers to conduct studies that contribute to advancing nursing science and enhancing patient care. The program continues to grow with contributions for nursing research from organizations and individuals. These donations support scientific research for advancing the practice of nursing, promoting health, and preventing disease.

“We want to congratulate Dr. Warren on the honor of being selected as co-chair of the ANF’s Nursing Research Grants program,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Her longstanding commitment to engaging nurses in research and the translation of evidence into practice coupled with her leadership in professional development for nurses make her ideally suited to contribute to this important national program.”

ANF is dedicated to transforming the nation’s health through the power of nursing. It is the only philanthropic organization with a mission to improve health care and support the United States’ 3.6 million nurses.

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 15, 20170 comments
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UMBPACE/UMBrella New Affinity Group to Meet

UMBrella welcomes a new Affinity Group, UMB Professional Administrative Committed to Excellence (UMBPACE).

UMBPACE will meet Nov. 15, noon to 1 p.m., in the President’s Conference Room on the 14th floor of the Saratoga Building.

The mission of the UMBPACE group is to support UMB’s administrative professionals’ quest to enhance and improve their skills. We are committed to communicating UMB best practices and sharing our expertise and experiences with current and new administrative professionals at UMB.

Goals:

  • Provide and direct administrative professionals to resources, identifying website links and learning tools that will help familiarize them with UMB policies and procedures that will help them better understand and maneuver through UMB processes.
  • Offer skill improvement tips and demonstrations to enhance organizing, coordinating, and problem solving techniques by inviting each committee member to share from their perspective and expertise and/or invite speakers from UMB departments to present and speak on a relevant topic useful to UMB administrative professionals.
  • Improve communications among administrative staff by identifying areas needing upgrades or improvements throughout UMB that will enhance the UMB experience.
  • Encourage new UMB administrative support professionals to reach out to the committee to obtain information and tools offered.
  • Create and offer a workshop presentation to the community through the UMB Community Engagement Center on Office Etiquette and basic office skills, procedures, and customer service.
  
Sonya Evans Community Service, UMB NewsNovember 13, 20170 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the November issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on UMB’s outreach to alumni, a wrap-up of Founders Week, Derreck Kayongo’s Politics and Policy presentation, MPower seed grant recipients and an award for the BioPark, stories on RISING Baltimore and the schools’ Mission of Mercy community service, a safety tip, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

  
Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 10, 20170 comments
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AMCP Student Chapter Brings Home the Gold

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) presents its annual Chapter of the Year Award to three student chapters that have demonstrated the greatest innovation and commitment to establishing quality managed care programming for student pharmacists. The award highlights all of the programs and initiatives established by the winning chapters throughout the year, and the competition can be intense.

With dozens of student chapters vying for this coveted award, it was truly amazing — not to mention incredibly humbling — to hear our chapter announced as the first-place winner of the Chapter of the Year Award at the AMCP Nexus 2017 in Grapevine, Texas, in October.

Raising Awareness About Opportunities in Managed Care

The mission of our AMCP student chapter is to improve students’ understanding of concepts and career opportunities in managed care and industry. Our goal is to provide opportunities for students to gain exposure to the field by inviting speakers from managed care and industry to deliver presentations and meet with students at the School of Pharmacy. We also strive to develop and implement professional development events aimed at helping our members and other students in the school achieve their unique professional goals.

Building Sustainable Programming

Each year, our chapter strives to build on the initiatives put in place by the previous executive board and members to create sustainable programs for students. For instance, to help expose students to managed care concepts, we host a local Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition that allows participants to analyze the cost-effectiveness of new medications on the market, critically examine medication-related literature, and conduct comparative effectiveness research. The team selected as the winner of our competition then has the chance to enter its submission into the national P&T Competition hosted by AMCP.

In addition, to assist students with their professional development, we have implemented an Internship Prep Series (IPS) and Network Development Series (NDS). IPS supports students in their goal to obtain an internship by hosting CV/resume workshops and internship panels. IPS is open to students interested in all areas of pharmacy, including community and hospital. NDS represents the next step in professional development, providing students with the skills necessary to help them learn how to network. Later, students can implement the skills they have learned at our annual AMCP Managed Care, Industry, and Regulatory Affairs Roundtable, which introduces participants to the wide range of careers available in managed care pharmacy.

We also regularly invite speakers from industry and managed care to present to students about residency and fellowship opportunities in managed care, as well as potential career options. Our Seminar Series, made up of webinars, aims to provide in-depth information about career opportunities as well as the day-to-day life of a managed care or industry pharmacist. During each fall semester, we coordinate with fourth-year student pharmacists and current fellows, who also are alumni of the school, to host “PPS 101: Intro to Fellowship Applications.” Personnel Placement Service (PPS) is the application portal through which student pharmacists can apply for fellowships and set up interviews at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Meeting. The goal of this event is to educate students about what to expect during the fellowship application process and to provide steps they can take to enhance their competitiveness as an applicant based on the experience of previous fellows.

Expressing Our Gratitude

As with any notable achievement, this award is the result of the time and effort dedicated by numerous individuals. In addition to the hard work put forth by our members and executive board, we are grateful to the many alumni of the school who have taken time from their busy schedules to talk with students about the field and support our chapter in many other intangible ways. Without everyone’s hard work, this remarkable achievement would not have been possible.

– Yogitha Pazhani, chapter president and third-year student pharmacist

  
Yogitha Pazhani Education, University Life, USGANovember 10, 20170 comments
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