Archive for February, 2018

Need Help Getting Your Research Off the Ground?

Need help getting your research off the ground? The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Institute for Clinical & Translational Research (ICTR) provides UMB faculty free:

• Biostatistical services
• Informatics services, such as data capture forms/surveys as well as EPIC clinical data
• Community engagement assistance, such as creating community focus groups and participant instruction videos
• Studios consult services
• Voucher (micro-grant) support to help defray clinical research costs

Learn more about the support and funding ICTR can provide here or email

Wanda FinkCollaboration, Research, UMB NewsFebruary 28, 20180 comments
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Getting Involved and Finding My Purpose in Pharmacy

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

Student pharmacists at the School of Pharmacy are incredibly fortunate to have a plethora of opportunities available to them through the school’s many student organizations. I quickly got involved with the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) during my first year as a student pharmacist because it seemed to be the organization that everyone joined, but it was through my involvement with APhA-ASP that I soon discovered my passion for patient care, leadership, and advocacy. It is also through APhA-ASP that I have learned many valuable lessons that have gotten me to where I am today.

Turn Failures into Successes

After attending the 2016 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition, I was motivated and inspired to run for president-elect of the school’s APhA-ASP chapter. I spent countless hours brainstorming ideas for the position and improving my candidacy. I remember I was sitting in class when I received the email with the election results. My name was nowhere to be found. I lost. Having put my all into that position, I was quite devastated at the time. After losing the election, however, a good friend shared this quote that had a profound effect on me and motivated me to stay involved — “Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence, and inspiration.” In other words, it didn’t matter that I lost that election; I could still make an impact and serve as a leader in other capacities. I took that advice and moved on to pursue many other opportunities within APhA-ASP.

Take Advantage of Endless Opportunities

While I lost the election for president-elect my first year, I knew that there were still endless opportunities to get involved on the local, regional, and national level within APhA-ASP. I was fortunate to be able to serve in local (interim membership vice president, assistant to the patient care vice president, and patient care vice president) and regional officer roles (Region 2 member-at-large). Serving in these roles shaped me into the person I am today, ignited my passion for APhA-ASP, and pushed me to seek national leadership roles. I am excited and humbled to be continuing my involvement during the 2018-2019 academic year as a recently appointed member of the APhA-ASP National Standing Committee on Member Engagement.

Do Not Fear the Unknown

Part of pursuing other opportunities is to not fear the unknown. You really never know what to expect when you take the plunge to do something new, but I am so thankful that I pushed beyond my comfort zone to seek out those opportunities. My involvement with APhA-ASP has helped me grow in more ways than I ever could have imagined, personally and professionally. From being anxious about simply attending my first outreach event to traveling solo through Europe for the first time as part of the APhA-ASP/IPSF Student Exchange Program, and now serving in roles I never envisioned possible, the transformation I have seen in myself is unreal.

In my early days of pharmacy school, I never saw myself as a leader, and I certainly never saw myself pursuing regional and national officer positions. However, I am incredibly thankful that I was motivated to turn my failures into successes, to push beyond my comfort zone, and to take advantage of amazing opportunities. I cannot imagine what my life would be like today without the many invaluable experiences I have had as a result of this mentality. Adopt this same mind-set, and I assure that you also will be shocked about how it will transform your life for the better.

As a result of the many experiences and opportunities I have been fortunate to have, I will be much better equipped as a future pharmacist. Not only have I strengthened many practical skills, such as time management, leadership, and communication, that will benefit me in my future career, but the connections I have made also will make a lasting impact. While I have grown a tremendous amount as a student pharmacist, I am excited to grow even more through future experiences.

— Charles Summerlin, third-year student pharmacist

Charles SummerlinUniversity Life, USGAFebruary 28, 20180 comments
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Attend a Free Salary Negotiation Workshop

Attend a free American Association of University Women (AAUW) salary negotiation workshop at the University of Maryland School of Social Work on March 15.

The Work Smart workshop, sponsored by AAUW and LUNA, in collaboration with the Financial Social Work Initiative and faculty from the School of Social Work, is open to all University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students, faculty, staff, and members of the broader community.

Women working full time in the United States typically are paid 80 percent of what white men are paid, a gap of 20 percent — and it’s even worse for women of color. Want that raise or promotion? Learn the skills you need to succeed. Attend the session to gain the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate your salary and benefits packages.

Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m., with the training running 6:30 to 9.

Space is limited, so register for the salary negotiation workshop here.

Click here for other information about AAUW.

The workshop will be held at the School of Social Work, 525 W. Redwood St., in the main auditorium.

Matt ConnBulletin BoardFebruary 28, 20180 comments
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M-CERSI Workshop to be Held at School of Pharmacy on March 22

Mark your calendars for “Patient Engagement in the National Evaluation System for Health Technology (NEST): Lessons Learned, Best Practices, and Future Steps,” a one-day workshop sponsored by the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI). A collaborative partnership between the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with support from the Food and Drug Administration, M-CERSI focuses on modernizing and improving the ways drugs and medical devices are reviewed and evaluated.

The workshop, scheduled for March 22, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (registration starts at 7:30 a.m.), at the School of Pharmacy, will engage a variety of patients and patient groups related to the device ecosystem. One of the NEST goals is to fully engage patients in its development and function in all aspects. This workshop will gather lessons learned and best practices for patient engagement in evidence generation, including planning, collection of data and information, analysis, and dissemination.

In addition, the workshop will work toward recommendations for future activities and steps for NEST to more fully engage patients. It will document existing best practices and lessons learned related to how patients have been engaged with real-world evidence generation for device evaluation. Recommendations for continued patient engagement also will be developed for device- and condition-specific areas.

Click here for more information and to register.


Erin MerinoEducationFebruary 27, 20180 comments
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Determinants of Health: New Directions in Trauma-Informed Care

With 82.7 percent of U.S. respondents to an international population survey of 24 countries indicating they have experienced some form of trauma, our nation ranks among the highest of those surveyed. Analysis of data from the National Survey of Children’s Health shows at least 38 percent of children in the United States have had a least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), such as witnessing or being a victim of violence, death or incarceration of a parent, or living with someone with a drug or alcohol problem.

At the Ann Ottney Cain Lecture in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Linda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, clinical assistant professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, will focus on trauma’s impact on physical and mental health and well-being and on methods of delivering trauma-informed care.

The lecture will be held Thursday, March 29, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (with a reception to follow), at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Room 130.

To register to attend, click here. For more information, click here.

Emily ParksClinical Care, EducationFebruary 26, 20180 comments
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Women’s History Month Event to Honor Life, Legacy of Angela Brodie

The University of Maryland, Baltimore celebrates Women’s History Month with a panel discussion titled “The Life and Legacy of Angela H. Brodie, PhD,” on Wednesday, March 28, noon to 1:30 p.m., at Westminster Hall.

Brodie, former professor emeritus in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was an internationally recognized scientist whose groundbreaking cancer research is considered among the greatest advances in treating breast cancer. She died in June 2017 at age 82 of complications from Parkinson’s disease.

A panel of distinguished leaders in breast cancer research and advocacy will discuss the impact of Brodie’s career accomplishments and the future of breast cancer research.

To register to attend, click here. For more information about the event and panelists, click here.

A light lunch will be served at the event, which is sponsored by the UMBrella Group.

Alice PowellBulletin Board, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 26, 20180 comments
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Maryland Neuroimaging Retreat Set for April 25 on Campus

The Maryland Neuroimaging Retreat will be held Wednesday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the SMC Campus Center. The theme of this year’s retreat is “Molecular/Physiological Basis of Brain Signals.”

The meeting will showcase the diverse and cutting-edge research of Baltimore-Washington area neuroimaging researchers, students, and postdocs from the University of Maryland campuses, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown, and George Washington University.

Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks are included and will provide excellent networking opportunities.

For more information, please email

Registration is free and closes on April 16 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to register.

Abstracts are due by April 8 with a 250-word limit. All neuroimaging abstracts will be accepted, including SfN abstracts. Selected abstracts will be chosen for short oral presentations. Poster board must be 6 feet by 4 feet. Send abstracts via email to

Brigitte PoctaCollaboration, ResearchFebruary 26, 20180 comments
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#Metoo and #WhyIstayed: Help UMB Understand Why These are Trending

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is conducting a brief survey of students, staff, and faculty to better understand the needs of our campus community related to intimate partner violence.

The UMB Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is a multidisciplinary effort composed of faculty, staff, and students from the schools of social work, law, nursing, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy as well as the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Your answers to this short (about five-minute) survey will directly inform the development of awareness, training, and education programs for the UMB community.

All students, staff, and faculty at UMB, UMMC, and the VA Medical Center are eligible to participate. Your responses are anonymous.

Please visit this link to take the survey.

The study contact and principal investigator is Veronica Nije-Carr.

Veronica Nije-CarrClinical CareFebruary 26, 20180 comments
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Hollins Market Food Tour Offers Free Samples on March 14

The Hollins Market Food Tour is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, noon to 1 p.m., starting at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL).

The tour is an opportunity for members of the UMB community to get to know the neighboring community of Hollins Market and sample free food from three restaurants: Primo Chicken, Culinary Architecture, and Zella’s Pizzeria.

Please go to this link to RSVP.

Colin SmithBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, University Life, USGAFebruary 23, 20180 comments
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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Names New Emerson Chair

Angela Wilks, PhD, professor and program chair for chemical and biological discovery in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has been named the new Isaac E. Emerson Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Established in 1927, the endowed chair honors faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary leadership across the school and their field of research.

“Dr. Wilks’ contributions in the areas of education, research, and service to her field have been significant and sustained since she joined our department nearly 20 years ago,” says Paul Shapiro, PhD, professor and chair of PSC, who awarded the chair to Wilks. “In addition to her commitment to educating future generations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, Dr. Wilks is actively involved in research that aims to improve the treatment of serious infections among some of our most vulnerable patient populations. She has become an internationally recognized expert in her field and is exceptionally deserving of this prestigious honor.”

Honoring Dedication to the Department

The oldest endowed chair in PSC, the Isaac E. Emerson Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences was initially established as a chair in biological testing and assay by Captain Isaac Emerson, president of the Emerson Drug Company, which created Bromo-Seltzer — an antacid designed to relieve the pain caused by heartburn, upset stomach, or acid indigestion — in 1888. It was first awarded to Marvin R. Thompson, PhG, BS, pharmacologist at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in 1930. Wilks is the seventh recipient of the chair in its 90-year history.

Wilks received her doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Leeds in England, where her research focused on the mechanism of heme degradation. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship and served as a research assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco before joining the School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor in 1998. Her current research, which spans multiple disciplines, aims to understand the mechanisms by which pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria acquire and utilize heme as an iron source. Her work has led to the structural characterization of several proteins involved in heme uptake and degradation, as well as the design of potential therapeutic agents that reduce a bacterium’s virulence by targeting its iron metabolism.

In June, she collaborated with Sarah Michel, PhD, professor in PSC, on a winning proposal for the school’s Shark Tank competition, which will bring together more than half of the department’s faculty members to establish a new research center focused on advancing metalloprotein and metallotherapeutics research. “Dr. Wilks is a tremendous colleague and an excellent collaborator. She truly has the department’s best interest in mind and is willing to take that extra step to help us realize our potential,” Shapiro says.

Recognizing Excellence in the Classroom

Throughout her career, Wilks also has demonstrated a passion for educating the next generation of student pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. She is a respected advisor to graduate students in the PhD in PSC program, with nine students graduating under her mentorship, and a dedicated instructor in the school’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, for which she serves as co-course manager for PHAR 5017 (Infectious Disease and Therapeutics II).

“Dr. Wilks has trained many graduate students who now hold esteemed positions across academia, government, and industry. The impact of her mentorship on those students is undeniable,” Shapiro says.

Despite her numerous accomplishments, Wilks remains humble about her recent recognition.

“I am truly grateful to Dr. Shapiro and my department for appointing me to this prestigious role,” Wilks says. “Being named the Isaac E. Emerson Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences is an incredible honor that not only reflects on my past achievements as a researcher and educator but also reminds me that this was not possible without the contributions of others, including the many talented students and postdoctoral fellows I have worked alongside. I would be remiss if I did not also acknowledge the support and friendship of my PSC colleagues. The individuals who held the chair prior to my appointment led remarkable careers in the field of pharmaceutical sciences and it is now my responsibility to ensure that my work emulates the standard that they have set.”

Malissa CarrollEducation, People, Research, UMB NewsFebruary 23, 20180 comments
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HS/HSL Workshop: Introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) is offering a free workshop on Tableau, a business analytics tool for creating a wide variety of interactive data visualizations, on Wednesday, March 7. The workshop will run from noon to 1 p.m. in Classroom LL05.

The Tableau software is available as a free version and a more robust full-scale version. Tableau can be used to create an extensive variety of interactive visualizations that allow users to better explore temporal, spatial, topical, and network data. The drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to explore data without needing advanced programming skills. Dashboards allow users to combine multiple views of their data into one analytics tool.

At the end of this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Connect Excel, Access, TXT, or CSV files to Tableau.
  • Create simple visualizations and a dashboard utilizing Tableau.
  • Embed visualizations into websites or export to a PDF or image file.

The instructor is Tony Nguyen, MLIS, and attendance is limited to 25 people. Register here.

Everly BrownClinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, Research, TechnologyFebruary 23, 20180 comments
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Five Tips for a Successful Pharmacy School Interview

Editor’s Note: This post by third-year student pharmacist Dewan Rummana was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

You have completed the prerequisite courses, taken the PCAT, filled out more pharmacy school applications than you can count, and now you have reached the last step of the process: the interview.

Many students, myself included, are apprehensive about the pharmacy school interview, but it shouldn’t be a stressful experience. The interview should be a give-and-take process in which the student not only gets to express their  interest in the field of pharmacy and the school, but also has a chance to figure out if that school is the best fit.  Below is my advice (gained from firsthand experience) on how to make your pharmacy school interview as successful and stress-free as possible.

1. Let Your Passion Shine

The best advice that I can offer is to be yourself and let your passion for pharmacy shine through. An interviewer can tell if an applicant’s interest in pharmacy is genuine. When you are being yourself and representing your thoughts honestly and genuinely, you will find that the interview flows much easier.

2. Make the Interview a Conversation

Interviews should not simply be a question-and-answer process. This makes the interview seem forced, and your answers may come out blunt and choppy. Rather, think of the interview as a conversation about your desire to attend pharmacy school. Do not attempt to memorize answers, because your responses will appear rehearsed and monotonous. Instead, think about some broad ideas for topics that you would like to talk about and messages that you want to convey to the interviewer over the course of the conversation. When applicants think of the interview as a conversation, the experience becomes less stressful and a natural flow for the talk will take over.

3. Be Prepared

Make sure you are ready to discuss all parts of your application in detail — even down to the smallest detail, such as a pharmacy volunteer experience you might have participated in during your sophomore year in college. Do online research to learn about the most frequently asked questions for pharmacy school interviews and make sure you have thought about potential responses. Write notes to help remember topics that are important to you, what you want the interviewer to know about you, and what an interviewer should take away after talking with you.

4. Ask Questions

Asking questions shows that you have done your research on the school and you are interested in learning more. However, be mindful about the questions that you ask. Avoid asking generic questions for which the answers could easily be found on the school’s website. Make your questions thoughtful and insightful, as the responses will help you decide if that pharmacy school is the right match for you.

5. Practice

When preparing for your pharmacy school interview, you will want to practice giving firm handshakes, looking the interviewer in the eye, taking your time answering questions, and learning how to ask your questions. Also, consider practicing how to end the interview by thanking the interviewer for their time and expressing that one last thought that showcases your interest in pharmacy school.

Good luck with your interview! I hope to see you around Pharmacy Hall this fall.

Malissa CarrollEducation, People, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 22, 20181 comment
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Four Nursing Students Awarded Grants to Participate in Global Health Projects

Four University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) students have been awarded grants to participate in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Center for Global Education Initiatives (CGEI) grant program, which supports students traveling abroad this summer to participate in global health initiative projects.

Clinical Nurse Leader master’s student Elyse DeLaittre; Bachelor of Science in Nursing students Julie Factor and Sarah Litts; and PhD student Amy Nelson received grants to participate in various projects. CGEI is also providing guidance to the students regarding travel planning, cultural preparation, funding resources, and safety and security.

“We are very excited for Amy, Sarah, Elyse, and Julie. Traveling to another country to address critical global health challenges forces our students to shift their cultural stances and opens their eyes to other ways of providing health care,” said Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD ’11, MS ’05, BSN ’04, CRNP-Neonatal, assistant professor and director, UMSON Office of Global Health. “Global health service-learning experiences are important pathways for bi-directional learning and are often transformational experiences.”

Nelson and Litts will travel to Costa Rica with four other UMB students and three faculty members from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law to participate in the project titled, “A comparative analysis of emerging infectious disease outbreak preparedness and response in Costa Rica and the U.S.” The team will examine how the United States and Costa Rica governments responded to the 2016 Zika outbreak from clinical, pharmaceutical, health care, and community perspectives; compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of the two different approaches; and assist in conceptualizing how to implement in the United States successful practices used abroad, while overcoming potential barriers. Additionally, students will learn how to engage the community during infectious disease outbreaks.

DeLaittre, three other UMB students, and two faculty members from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) will travel to Gambia to participate in the project titled, “Health system strengthening in The Gambia: A continuation of prior work.” This project will build upon the foundational work laid in previous UMB visits in 2014 and 2016, with the aim of providing  Gambian health leaders with the knowledge and resources to fortify the country’s health system. Previously, UMB has served as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health in support of WHO’s Global Plan of Action on Worker’s Health. The team will provide technical expertise and content knowledge focused on the health care environment to assist low- to middle-income countries in implementing practices to ensure basic worker protections. Additionally, the group will work to prioritize and implement health care worker protections as one pillar of health system strengthening and sustainability.

Factor, two other UMB students, and a UMSOM faculty member will go to Rwanda to participate in the project titled, “First assessment of injection drug use practices and associated HIV risks in Kigali, Rwanda.” Students will partner with a team of Rwandan medical and nursing students to develop a survey to implement a pilot study at a clinical site in Kigali. The team will seek to ascertain the prevalence and associated behaviors for injection drug use in addition to processing data and presenting the results at an international infectious disease conference.

UMSON’s Office of Global Health predominantly focuses on nursing students, while CGEI is a Universitywide academic resource center for UMB faculty and students who are interested in global education opportunities. CGEI promotes and supports interprofessional global education, identifies global themes that can be contextualized locally, and facilitates academic work related to global education.

“The summer grants program spearheaded by the Center for Global Education Initiatives provides an extraordinary opportunity for our nursing students to join other UMB students and faculty in interprofessional learning opportunities within a global context,” said UMSON Dean Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Our students will participate in what will undoubtedly be an incredible learning and service experience that reflects our commitment to interprofessional education and to diversity and inclusion.”

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, University Administration, USGAFebruary 22, 20180 comments
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Thanks for Filling Out the Staff Senate Survey

The Staff Senate would like to thank all those who responded to the Staff Senate Anonymous Survey last month.

More than 500 responses were received from the University of Maryland, Baltimore community. Know that your voice truly matters. The gift card winner has been notified, so check your inbox to see if you were the lucky winner.

The Staff Senate will release information about the survey results in a BIG way soon, so stay tuned. Thank you all again and don’t forget to visit the Staff Senate website. 

Riham KeryakosUniversity LifeFebruary 21, 20180 comments
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