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Oct. 23 Free Lunch & Learn Seminar on Breast Cancer Prevention and Screening

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the perfect time to learn about breast health. The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center offers an all-women-physician comprehensive care team, including nationally recognized breast cancer specialists in surgery, reconstruction, genetics, and breast imaging.

On Oct. 23, Emily Bellavance, MD, and Nikki Tirada, MD, will present a free Lunch & Learn seminar titled “What to Do if You’re High Risk for Breast Cancer: And How You Know” in the Gladhill Board Room at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL).

Drs. Bellavance and Tirada will answer questions and provide information.

Registration is required and lunch will be served.

  • Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: HS/HSL Gladhill Board Room, Room 505, fifth floor
  • Title: “What to Do if You’re High Risk for Breast Cancer: And How You Know”
  • Registration: Go to this link.

One more Breast Health Lunch & Learn seminar will be offered this month:

  • Date: Tuesday, Oct. 30
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: HS/HSL, Gladhill Board Room, fifth floor
  • Title: “Deciphering Lumps: Breast Evaluation 101”
  • Registration: Go to this link.
Jessie PulsipherBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, University LifeOctober 18, 20180 comments
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USGA Halloween Social flyer

USGA Halloween Social & Costume Contest: Oct. 26

Join the University Student Government Association (USGA) for its annual Halloween Social & Costume Contest on Oct. 26 at Pickles Pub.

  • When: Friday, Oct. 26
  • Time: 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Where: Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd.
  • Price: $5 for students and $10 for guests, cash only. Tickets are good for food and drink until the tab runs out, and all Pickles Pub Halloween promos.
  • Costume contest: To participate, arrive at Pickles Pub by 6:55 p.m. to have your picture taken and posted to our voting platform.
  • Prizes: Costume contest prizes will be a $100 gift card for first, a $50 gift card for second, and a $25 gift card for third.
  • Note: Students must be 21 or older and bring their student ID and a government-issued ID or passport.
Andrea TheodoruBulletin Board, People, University Life, USGAOctober 17, 20180 comments
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President's Panel on Politics and Policy

A Conversation with Former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski

Former U.S. Senator Barbara MikulskiBarbara A. Mikulski, MSW ’65, who served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years before retiring in 2017, will be the featured speaker at the next President’s Panel on Politics and Policy. Now a Homewood Professor of Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University, Mikulski participates in speaking engagements across the country on the topics of leadership, innovation, and women’s empowerment. All members of the UMB community are invited to the event.

The President’s Panel on Politics and Policy is a speaker series examining issues important to the UMB community that are likely to be affected by the Trump administration and Congress.
With so much at stake in terms of health and higher education policy, federal budget priorities, and issues of civil rights and social justice, President Jay A. Perman, MD, encourages the UMB community to take part in these timely conversations.

Here are the event details:

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 27
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (breakfast 8 to 8:30)
  • Where: SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballrooms A and B
  • Registration: Go to this link.
  • More information and past speakers: Go to this webpage.
Melanie MooreBulletin Board, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 16, 20180 comments
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Oct. 16 Free Lunch & Learn Seminar on Breast Cancer Prevention and Screening

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the perfect time to learn about breast health. The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center offers an all-women-physician comprehensive care team, including nationally recognized breast cancer specialists in surgery, reconstruction, genetics, and breast imaging.

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Paula Rosenblatt, MD, and Nikki Tirada, MD, will present a free Lunch & Learn seminar titled “Breast Cancer Prevention and Screening: More Than Just Mammogram” in the Gladhill Board Room at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL).

Drs. Rosenblatt and Tirada will answer questions and provide information.

Registration is required and lunch will be served.

  • Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: HS/HSL, Gladhill Board Room, fifth floor
  • Registration: Go to this link.

Two other Breast Health Lunch & Learn seminars will be offered this month:

  • Date: Tuesday, Oct.  23
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: HS/HSL, Gladhill Board Room, fifth floor
  • Title: “What to Do if You’re High Risk for Breast Cancer: And How You Know”
  • Date: Tuesday, Oct. 30
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Health Sciences and Human Services Library, Gladhill Board Room, fifth floor
  • “Deciphering Lumps: Breast Evaluation 101”

Note: Attend all three seminars to earn a raffle entry to win a Kindle.

Jessie PulsipherBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, University LifeOctober 15, 20180 comments
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UMB Founders Week logo

Celebrate UMB at Founders Week Events

Each year, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) celebrates the achievements and successes of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and philanthropic supporters and pays tribute to UMB’s 200-plus-year history with a series of Founders Week events. The celebration kicks off with the Founders Week Gala on Saturday night, followed by these events next week:

Monday, Oct. 15

Staff Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Westminster Hall

To offer everyone a chance to enjoy lunch, there will be two seatings: 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., followed by 12:20 to 1 p.m. Tickets are required.

Register here.

Entrepreneurs of the Year Presentation and Reception
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Shock Trauma Auditorium

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Presentation by Thomas M. Scalea, MD, FACS, MCCM – Supporting Failing Organs
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Reception immediately following in lobby outside of the auditorium

Register here.

Read about the Entrepreneurs of the Year, the MARS team: Scalea; Deborah M. Stein, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM; and Steven I. Hanish, MD, FACS.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Art Sculpture Unveiling
11 a.m. to noon

Health Sciences Research Facility (HSRF) III plaza

Special guests: First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan and members of the Maryland State Arts Council

Researcher of the Year Lecture and Reception
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
HSRF II Auditorium

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Lecture presented by Karen L. Kotloff, MD — Global Health: Where Science Meets Humanity
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Reception immediately following in atrium of HSRF II

Register here.

Read about Kotloff, the Researcher of the Year.

Thursday, Oct. 18

Student Cookout
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
School of Nursing Courtyard

The student cookout offers free food, greetings from President Jay A. Perman, MD, and the chance to be served by a school dean, University vice president, or UMB administrator.

Register here.

More on Founders Week

Read about the Public Servant of the Year, Valli Meeks, DDS, MS, RDH.

Read about the Teacher of the Year, Geoffrey L. Greif, PhD, MSW.

Visit the Founders Week website for more information.

Communications and Public AffairsBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeOctober 12, 20180 comments
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Flow Cytometry Graphic

Next UMGCCC Flow Cytometry Lecture Set for Nov. 5

The next Flow Cytometry Monthly Lecture will be held Monday, Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Bressler Research Building, Room 7-035.

This course — led by Xiaoxuan Fan, PhD, director, Flow Cytometry Shared Service — is needed  to become a trained user at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) Flow Cytometry Shared Services. However, all are welcome to attend.

This lecture will cover:

  • How flow cytometry works
  • Multi-color design and compensation
  • Instruments and services
  • New technology and tools.

To RSVP, go to this link.

Karen UnderwoodBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, ResearchOctober 11, 20180 comments
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Stethoscope and gavel

Trump and the ACA: A Panel Discussion on Multi-City Litigation

The Law & Health Care Program at the Francis King Carey School of Law is hosting a panel discussion Oct. 25 on the multi-city lawsuit brought against the Trump administration for failure to implement the Affordable Care Act.

On Aug. 2, several cities (including Baltimore) filed suit against the administration for actions they say sabotage the Affordable Care Act. The suit alleges violations under the Administrative Procedure Act and the Take Care Clause of the Constitution.

We will hear from Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis, JD ’78, who is engaged in the lawsuit as the attorney for the city of Baltimore. Vincent DeMarco, JD, MA, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, will provide perspective on the impact of Trump administration actions on Maryland residents. Professor Mark Graber, PhD, JD, MA, will discuss the constitutional arguments asserted in the complaint, particularly the argument that the administration’s actions violate the Take Care Clause.

Here are the details:

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 25
  • Time: 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: Ceremonial Moot Courtroom, Francis King Carey School of Law, 500 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Note: The panel is free and open to the public.
  • Registration: Go to this link.
Lauren LevyBulletin Board, EducationOctober 9, 20180 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the October issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on Promise Heights’ game-changing $30 million grant; a look ahead to Founders Week; President’s Symposium and White Paper Project tackles gun violence; John T. Wolfe Jr. talks disruption and diversity at DAC Speaker Series; UMB leaders discuss policing and emergency management; new CURE Scholars documentary to air on MPT; “I’m new to Twitter — come say hello @JayPerman;” and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAOctober 8, 20180 comments
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Artist's rendering of spine pain

Oct. 25 Lunch & Learn Seminar: ‘Advances in Spine and Back Treatment’

Kanchana Gattu, MBBS, of University of Maryland Pain Medicine will present a free Lunch & Learn seminar titled “Pain in the Neck: Advances in Spine and Back Treatment” on Oct. 25 in Columbia, Md. Gattu will answer questions and provide information about the latest treatments available.

Registration is required and lunch will be served.

Merideth MarrBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, University LifeOctober 8, 20180 comments
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October ‘Boo-tox’ Specials from Maryland Medi Spa

Enjoy scary-good specials from the University of Maryland Medi SpaBefore and after photo of botox recipient through Oct. 31:

  • 15 percent off retail products (nail polish, skin care, Latisse, makeup)
  • 20 percent off botox treatment

You can be seen during your lunch break. Call 667-214-1772 (4-1772) to schedule. This offer is valid at our locations at 419 W. Redwood St., Baltimore; Columbia, Md.; and Bel Air, Md.

 

Merideth MarrBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, University LifeOctober 5, 20180 comments
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Ebony Nicholson with $18,500 check

Live Near Your Work Grant Recipients Settle into Southwest Baltimore

Ebony Nicholson, MSW ’16, didn’t really need to be told about the charms of Hollins Market or sold on the benefits of residing just a short walk from your workplace.

Nicholson, academic coordinator for diversity and inclusion initiatives in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Office of Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives, has lived in the Southwest Baltimore neighborhood since 2015, renting a house first as a student at the School of Social Work and then as a University employee.

Now, with help from UMB’s improved Live Near Your Work (LNYW) Program, Nicholson, 28, is a proud Hollins Market homeowner. She is among the most recent recipients of the $18,500 grant ($16,000 from UMB, $2,500 from the city of Baltimore) from the program, which since its launch in late January has helped 13 University employees buy homes amid seven targeted Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods.

Nicholson is thrilled to be a member of this group — and to remain a member of the Hollins Market community.

“I decided to stay in the neighborhood because I love my community members,” Nicholson says. “Hollins Market is a socioeconomically diverse community, which reminds me to think outside of my personal lens. As a young black woman, it feels good to live in a predominantly black and diverse community. There is a sense of collective responsibility and care for each other that is unmatched in the other communities where I have lived.

“I really enjoy my walks home from work and with my dog because there is always someone with whom to have a quick chat. I know most of the community members by name and at the least by face, and there is nothing like that sense of security.”

Like others before her who’ve utilized the LNYW grant this year, Nicholson says living near her workplace has provided practical benefits. For her, though, the benefits extend into the mental and physical realms.

“Walking to and from work is a part of my meditation. It gives me a chance to take in my surroundings and notice the world around me,” she says. “In a car, things are going by so fast, we often miss the little things. It is also great to have a little physical activity built into my routine.”

‘Steady Flow of Interest from UMB Employees’

Emily Winkler, UMB Human Resource Services benefits manager and coordinator of the LNYW Program, says success stories like Nicholson’s fill her with pride and joy, and she is extremely pleased with the progress of the initiative, which was upgraded from $5,000 per person to $18,500 in January.

“I am getting a steady flow of interest from UMB employees, and many of them are taking the time to find the perfect home,” Winkler says. “This continues to be a rewarding experience, making many of our employees’ homeownership dreams come true.”

Olayinka Ladeji, MPH, PATIENTS Program project manager at the School of Pharmacy, is one of those new homeowners. Ladeji, who used to live in Northwest Baltimore and has worked at UMB for a year and a half, says she is particularly happy with her shortened commute, having bought a house in Washington Village.

“I was most attracted to the interior of the homes I visited in the neighborhood while house-hunting,” said Ladeji, who says she stacked an additional $10,000 in outside grants to her LNYW funds when she closed on the property. “I appreciated all the different resources that were made available to me by the program, including referrals to different organizations in Baltimore that assist homebuyers.”

Long Commute? Not Anymore

When it comes to time saved, though, LNYW grant recipient Barbara Andersson takes the commuting cake. A program administrative specialist at the School of Dentistry, Andersson recently bought a home in Barre Circle, leaving her apartment in Kensington, Md., which is about 40 miles away from the UMB campus.

“I had moved to Kensington to work in the dental clinic that we operated at the University of Maryland, College Park site. After that location closed, I had been driving to Baltimore daily,” says Andersson, a six-year UMB employee. “I’ve regained at least 10 or more hours a week by not having to commute in the rush-hour traffic.”

To get a better feel for Southwest Baltimore, Andersson participated in the Live Baltimore trolley tour last January that took potential homebuyers around the seven targeted LNYW neighborhoods — Barre Circle, Franklin Square, Hollins Market, Mount Clare, Pigtown/Washington Village, Poppleton, and Union Square. She also sought input from colleagues and students about the communities that surround the UMB campus.

“I spoke to anyone who happened by my desk, especially the dental students, to ask which area they lived in and how they liked it,” she says. “Everyone was so supportive, and I got many positive reviews of the area.”

Meanwhile, another LNYW grant recipient, Tamiko Myles, statistical data assistant at the School of Social Work, is particularly proud to be contributing to one of the program’s stated goals — the revitalization of Southwest Baltimore — after having lived in the city’s Oliver, Northwood, and Westport neighborhoods.

“The communities that are being targeted by this grant are well in need of people who are ready to invest in and improve them,” says Myles, a 20-year UMB employee who moved into a home in Pigtown/Washington Village with her family in July. “With an open mind and that type of readiness, the employees of UMB are those people.”

— Lou Cortina

For more information, check out the Live Near Your Work Program website.

To read more about the program and previous grant recipients, go to this Elm link.

Lou CortinaBulletin Board, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 4, 20180 comments
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Female runner

Oct. 17 Lunch & Learn Seminar: ‘Relief for Foot and Ankle Pain’

Hummira Abawai, DPM, of University of Maryland Orthopaedics will present a free Lunch & Learn seminar titled “The First Step: Relief for Foot and Ankle Pain” on Oct. 17 in Columbia, Md. Abawai will answer questions and provide information about the latest treatments available.

Registration is required and lunch will be served.

 

Merideth MarrBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, University LifeOctober 1, 20180 comments
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Scholarly Publishing Workshop Series.

Scholarly Publishing Workshop Series at HS/HSL

During this year’s Open Access Week, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) will be hosting a Scholarly Publishing Workshop Series. Please join us for a series of 30-minute workshops introducing topics related to scholarly publishing and research impact.

Choosing the Right Journal for Your Research

Tuesday, Oct. 23, noon-12:30 p.m.
Do you struggle with finding a journal that’s the perfect fit for your research? We can help! In this 30-minute workshop, we will discuss tools and strategies you can use to identify the journal that best matches your work. Feel free to come with a current manuscript or just to learn approaches for the future.

Open Access and Predatory Publishing 

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.
Are you confused about different models of Open Access publishing? Are you wondering if Open Access journals are trustworthy? Are you trying to locate a legitimate Open Access journal to submit your manuscript? In this workshop, we will talk about what Open Access is, why you should consider publishing in an Open Access journal, how to evaluate a reputable publisher, and how to differentiate predatory journals and publishers.

Author IDs

Wednesday, Oct. 24, noon-12:30 p.m.
This 30-minute workshop will cover three author IDs — ORCID, Google Scholar, and Scopus. We will discuss the differences among them and why they can help boost your research impact. The workshop will be followed by a 30-minute open session to give you time to try the tools introduced in the Author IDs workshop and allow you to ask individual questions about your author IDs.

Enhancing Your Research Impact

Thursday, Oct. 25, noon-12:30 p.m.
This 30-minute workshop will walk you through methods for enhancing the impact of your research. Topics will include establishing your scholarly identity, making strategic publishing decisions, and enhancing the discoverability of your work. The workshop will be followed by a 30-minute open session to test these strategies and ask questions about your individual research impact.

To register, please use the links above or fill out the form here. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Emily GormanBulletin Board, Education, Research, TechnologySeptember 25, 20180 comments
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University of Maryland School of Nursing

Maryland Nursing Workforce Center to Be Created at UMB

Rebecca WisemanRebecca Wiseman, PhD ’93, RN, associate professor and chair of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) at the Universities at Shady Grove, has been awarded a $265,467 Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) grant to establish the Maryland Nursing Workforce Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

Funded through the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), the grant will fund the project over two years.

Through the project, Wiseman will ensure the state of Maryland is meeting the recommendation in the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2010 Future of Nursing report calling for improving collection methods of workforce data. To plan for future workforce needs and to measure the success of programs and initiatives related to the report’s recommendations, an accurate and comprehensive data set is essential. The Maryland Nursing Workforce Center will be responsible for compiling and reporting this data.

“It is difficult to secure accurate and adequate data on workforce-related issues and to measure the state’s progress on the IOM Future of Nursing recommendations when we do not have baseline data. In Maryland, there are pockets of data, but this data is not readily available to all constituents,” Wiseman said. “The Maryland Nursing Workforce Center will provide a centralized repository of data to use for projections of future nursing resource needs, understanding diversity of the workforce, planning for educational programs to meet current and future requirements, identifying geographical distribution of nursing resources, and grant writing.”

The Maryland Nursing Workforce Center will enable the state to gather critical data in three key areas: faculty, pipeline, and practice. Faculty data will focus on statistics related to the number of faculty positions available, projected faculty needs, areas with the most faculty vacancies, and educational background of faculty members. Relevant data for the pipeline includes the number of nursing students currently in nursing programs, graduation rates, National Council Licensure Examination pass rates, projected need for new nurses, recruitment and retention initiatives, number of qualified nursing school candidates denied admission, student diversity, and clinical placements. The practice data details projected nursing demands, current workforce numbers, nursing shortage locations, and diversity within the workforce.

“We are grateful to the Nurse Support Program II for funding this project to establish a Maryland Nursing Workforce Center and thank Dr. Wiseman for her significant leadership on this undertaking,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, who also serves as co-chair of the Maryland Action Coalition (MDAC), established in 2011 to address the Future of Nursing report’s recommendations. “This center is an important outgrowth of the ongoing work of MDAC and its commitment to advancing the recommendations of the IOM report. Along with my MDAC co-chair, Patricia Travis, PhD, RN, CCRP, we applaud this important step in providing a much-needed source of statewide nursing workforce data. The center’s work will support long-range planning on the need for nurses and nurse faculty and will allow for coordination of nursing workforce development throughout Maryland. We are confident it will provide an important resource for nursing leaders, policymakers, and regulatory bodies in our state. And it is a critical step in ensuring that in the years ahead, all Maryland residents have access to high-quality care that fosters better health and well-being.”

NSP II grants aid in increasing the capacity of nurses in Maryland by implementing statewide initiatives to grow the number of nurses prepared to serve effectively in faculty roles. MHEC offers a number of educational grant programs, funded by state general funds, special funds, and federal funds, designed to address Maryland’s economic and workforce development needs, campus reform initiatives, student preparation for post-secondary education, faculty and student diversity goals, and teacher professional development objectives.

— Mary T. Phelan

Mary T. PhelanBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University LifeSeptember 25, 20180 comments
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Meet and Greet 2018

UMB Meet and Greet 2018: Sept. 27

The UMB Indian Association proudly presents Meet and Greet 2018, an opportunity for all incoming students to meet other students and learn about various affairs on  campus. A fun time awaits, and the event is open to all UMB students.

Here are the details:

  • When: Thursday, Sept. 27
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Where: SMC Campus Center Ballroom, Room 208
  • Refreshments: Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.
Anmol KumarBulletin Board, People, UMB News, USGASeptember 24, 20180 comments
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