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Culinary Architechture

Culinary Architecture’s Culinary Passion

UMB seeks to support local businesses through programs like the Local Food Connection, led by the University’s Office of Community Engagement. Check out this week’s local restaurant spotlight.

Culinary Architecture earned 5/5 on Foodify and Yelp not just for its rotation of hearty breakfasts and vegetarian-friendly lunch options, but also for its philosophy on food — stress-free and served with warmth and generosity. Culinary Architecture is close to campus, making it perfect for catering or dining in or to check out its retail market or outdoor event space.

Find out more at Culinary Architecture’s website, its Facebook page, or its Instagram page.

The restaurant is located at 767 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD 21230. Telephone: 443-708-8482.

Olivia FickenscherBulletin Board, Community Service, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 16, 20180 comments
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FLO - Friendly Loving Opportunities

Volunteers Needed for FLO Homeless Festival on Aug. 11

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is partnering with FLO, a Baltimore nonprofit and UMB community partner, to provide aid to the homeless during its annual Homeless Festival.

FLO is seeking volunteers for the Homeless Festival, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. at Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood High School in West Baltimore. Services for the homeless will be offered, including health screenings, legal counseling, and housing/ employment information. In addition, FLO will be giving away backpacks and school supplies to local elementary school children.

UMB will have a table promoting its Community Engagement Center and is seeking additional volunteers to help support this event.

For more information and to sign up, visit FLO’s website.

Olivia FickenscherBulletin Board, Community Service, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 12, 20180 comments
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Students discussing mock trial

A LEAP into the Courtroom at UM Carey Law

Guilty or not guilty? That was the question as a mock trial tutorial unfolded for seven students from Baltimore City public schools who are among those participating in the Law Exploration Academic Pathway’s (LEAP) Forensic Mock Trial Camp.

Founded by University of Maryland Carey School of Law alumnus Kirk Crawley, JD ’88, the camp is based at Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School, but some activities take place at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and Frederick Douglass High School, where Crawley teaches.

On July 9, another Carey Law alum, Sally McMillan Guy, JD ’11, laid out the scenario for the students as a first step in preparing them to perform a mock trial later in their camp based on the book Lord of the Flies. For this outing, in a UM Carey classroom, the alleged infraction involved adolescent behavior but was far less complex. Was the accused, Susie Parsons, breaking her school’s rules by eating snacks? Or was she a volunteer cleaning up after someone else?

After various students played the roles of witnesses, attorneys, and members of the jury, the foreman announced that the jury had found for the defendant.

“Court is now in recess,” said Guy, acting in the role of the judge.

“What we had here was circumstantial evidence,” she added, this time in the role of instructor explaining why the jury did not find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

In actuality, Guy is a senior policy analyst and legislative counsel in the Maryland General Assembly’s Department of Legislative Services who coaches mock trial teams at Carey Law in her spare time. Helping facilitate her interaction with the LEAP campers and their counselors was Michele Hayes, JD, LLM, assistant dean for student affairs at Carey Law.

In addition to these types of activities for the mind, the students in the LEAP camp can exercise and swim during weekly access to the facilities at URecFit at the SMC Campus Center, thanks to arrangements by the UMB Office of Community Engagement.

To see more photos from the mock trial, go to UMB’s Facebook page.

Communication and Public AffairsCommunity Service, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 10, 20180 comments
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Cafe Jovial sign

Cafe Jovial’s Joyful Approach to Food and Community

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) seeks to support local businesses through programs like the Local Food Connection, led by UMB’s Office of Community Engagement. Thanks to community support, local restaurants can thrive.

One such business, situated between Pigtown and Fells Point (making it perfect for a workday lunch or catering event), is Cafe Jovial, which offers hot and cold beverages and light fare. Its veggie lasagna is well liked by regulars, as is its Zeke’s coffee. In addition, the cafe’s friendly staff is key to its cozy, inviting atmosphere.

The cafe is located at 784 Washington Blvd., and its phone number is 443-708-2644

Check out its menu online.

Olivia FickenscherBulletin Board, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 10, 20180 comments
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UMB Cure Scholars

‘From West Baltimore’ Recognized at Regional Emmy Awards

The documentary From West Baltimore, which features middle-school students in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) CURE Scholars Program, was nominated recently for an Emmy Award by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The documentary, which was produced by MedSchool Maryland Productions and aired on Maryland Public Television in October 2017, follows six young teens from West Baltimore who talk about their lives and the challenges of growing up in neighborhoods of violence and poverty. Five of the six are UMB CURE Scholars: Shakeer Franklin, Davioin Hill, Courtney Jacobs, Tyler McKinsey, and Princaya Sanders.

The five CURE Scholars attended the Emmy Awards Gala on June 23 in Bethesda, Md., where the film Saber Rock beat out From West Baltimore to win the “Documentary-Cultural/Topical” category. That film chronicles the efforts of a translator who helps U.S. military forces fight the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Started in 2015, the UMB CURE Scholars Program is a groundbreaking year-round pipeline program that prepares sixth- to 12th-grade students from three West Baltimore schools for competitive and rewarding research, STEM, and health care career opportunities. It is the first middle school program funded by the National Cancer Institute’s  Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Program.

To watch a trailer and learn more about the students, go to the From West Baltimore web page. To learn more about the UMB program, go to the CURE Scholars web page.

 

Communication and Public AffairsCommunity Service, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University LifeJuly 6, 20180 comments
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20-Color Panel Blue Laser Dyes Emission Spectra

A New Age of Spectral Flow Cytometry

The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) Flow Cytometry Shared Services has acquired the Cytek Aurora, Spectral Cytometer. A seminar scheduled for July 19 will to help you gain more understanding of spectral flow and its capabilities. Lunch is included, but you need to reserve a spot.

  • When: Thursday, July 19
  • Time: Noon
  • Site: Room 600, Health Sciences Facility II, 20 N. Penn St.
  • Sign up to attend at this link.
Karen UnderwoodCollaboration, Community Service, Education, Research, UMB NewsJuly 5, 20180 comments
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Sticky wings

Break Bread at Locally Owned Restaurant Breaking Bread

Breaking Bread boasts Baltimore’s best wings, according to Baltimore City Paper, plus other favorites like salmon salad and cheesecake. Hungry guests can eat in at the laid-back Washington Boulevard restaurant, order delivery, or have them cater at UMB. They are BYOB and have limite, but tasty vegetarian options.

See a menu and more at the restaurant’s website at breakingbreadnation.com or check out its Instagram page.

Olivia FickenscherCommunity Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 5, 20180 comments
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Lori Edwards

Nursing’s Edwards Named President-Elect of ACHNE Executive Board

Lori Edwards, DrPH, MPH, BSN ’80, RN, PHCNS-BC, assistant professor, University of Maryland‌ School of Nursing (UMSON), has been named president-elect of the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE). Edwards, who served as ACHNE’s vice president and program committee chair from 2016-18, will become president in 2020.

As president-elect, Edwards, who has been a member of ACHNE since 2008, collaborates with the president and serves as a liaison and ex-officio member of all ACHNE committees. Edwards also will serve as a leading member of the Quad Council Coalition of Public Health Nursing Organizations (QCC). QCC provides voice and visibility for public health nurses; sets a national policy agenda on issues related to public health nursing; and advocates for excellence in public health nursing education, practice, leadership, and research.

“I am thrilled to continue to serve in a leadership capacity for ACHNE. I’m looking forward to this new role and to following in the footsteps of national leaders who have significant legacies,” Edwards said. “As I progress, ACHNE is also moving forward as it has a new health policy committee that aims to empower public health nurses to take the lead in population health and culture of health initiatives. The next few years promise to be very exciting, and we as an association will continue to support our members as we educate future community health nursing leaders.”

ACHNE seeks to be recognized as the premier leader in community/public health nursing (C/PH) education and to impact positively local to global population health. It advances population health through quality C/PH nursing education, research, and service.

Additionally, Edwards serves as a member of the board of directors for Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, which includes the acute care hospital in West Baltimore. As a board member, Edwards works closely with the hospital’s president, chief operating officer, chief financial officers, and other hospital leaders.

“We applaud Dr. Edwards for her leadership role in the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators and with the board of the Bon Secours Baltimore Health System,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Her ongoing efforts on behalf of these two significant, and very different, organizations speaks volumes about her deep commitment to community and public health education, research, and service. It also serves as an outstanding example of how an individual nurse leader can advance the public good and make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities at the global, national, and local levels.”

As a member of the board, Edwards assists hospital leadership in assessing finances, hiring physicians, evaluating quality and safety data, and reviewing operational procedures. The board also oversees the expansion and implementation of community programs. Edwards’ term on the board ends in 2021.

“It is an honor to be a part of this faith-based, ministry-driven health system that in addition to providing health care has numerous programs that address the social determinants of health in its surrounding communities,” Edwards said. “I am inspired by Bon Secours’ focus on social justice and its commitment to its mission, which is to help those in need. By serving on the board, I have been afforded an excellent opportunity to guide this work and to collaborate with colleagues across multiple disciplines.”

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 3, 20180 comments
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Maggie Ryan speaking to students

Students Begin High School Summer Bioscience Program at UMB

This summer, just like the previous nine, Baltimore City high school students who aspire to careers in research and health care will work with University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) scientists and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) clinicians in the Summer Bioscience Internship Program (SBIP).

Seventeen students began the program June 25 with a three-day orientation that featured HIPAA training provided by Allison Robinson, MPH, program manager, Maryland AHEC Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine (UMSOM); laboratory safety training provided by UMB Environmental Health Services staff member Simone Houng; a presentation about the Meyerhof Scholars Program given by UMB graduate student and SBIP program coordinator Devona Quasie-Woode; surgery by robotics hands-on demonstration in the Maryland Advanced Simulation Training Research and Innovation (MASTRI) Center at UMMC provided by simulation specialist Maggie Ryan MS, RN, and simulation educator Katie Gordon, MS, RN, CNE; and a presentation on lung transplantation and clinic tour provided by June Kim, MD, director of lung transplant, UMSOM Department of Medicine, and her multidisciplinary staff.

After the orientation, SBIP students on June 27 met the mentors they will shadow or work for four weeks. Students are required to journal their experience and will present their reflections to peers and mentors at the end of the program. Participants this year include students from Baltimore City high schools as well as undergraduates who began the program as high school students in previous years.

This year, eight of the students received coveted placement in the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center under the guidance of Laura Buchanan, MD, and nine were placed with faculty researchers in the schools of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry. The trauma students work varying shifts on the nursing units, with emergency surgery services, or embedded in trauma teams A, B, C, or D.

Quasie-Woode, a master’s student studying cellular and molecular biomedical science, says, “It’s so important to nurture a student’s interests in the early stages, before doubt and fear set in. Young scholars should understand that it’s OK to have big dreams if you’re willing to put in the necessary hard work. SBIP affords students the opportunity to grow professionally while directly experiencing the field of biomedical science.”

The SBIP, directed by UMB Office of Community Engagement and Maryland AHEC Program staff members Brian Sturdivant, MSW, and Robinson and coordinated by Quasie-Woode, is one of four youth employment initiatives operated by UMB on campus and in its surrounding community this summer in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) YouthWorks summer employment program.

Brian SturdivantClinical Care, Community Service, Education, Research, UMB News, University LifeJuly 2, 20180 comments
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PATIENTS Day greeters

Join School of Pharmacy for PATIENTS Day on July 20

The School of Pharmacy’s PATIENTS Program invites all faculty, staff, and students to PATIENTS Day 2018 on July 20, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the UM BioPark (801 W. Baltimore Street).

The day will be an interactive, educational health fair where community members, health care providers, researchers, and community organizers can learn from one another about what our community needs to create and sustain healthy individuals and families.

Activities will include blood-pressure screenings, HIV testing, fitness demonstrations, recreational activities and music, wellness advocates on-site to answer questions, and free lunch.

Learn more and register.

Erin MerinoCommunity Service, Education, For B'more, PeopleJune 26, 20180 comments
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Close-up photo of a vaccination shot

Volunteers Needed for Experimental Avian Influenza Vaccine Study

The University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health is conducting an experimental avian influenza vaccine study.

You may be eligible if you are 19 years or older and in good health.

Participation is about 13 months, and you will receive two vaccinations. Compensation is up to $1,200. For more information, call 410-706-6156.

Leslie JamkaABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGAJune 21, 20180 comments
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A Healthy Kickoff to the Summer Season

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.

The School of Pharmacy’s student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) celebrated the unofficial start of the summer season before Memorial Day weekend with the ninth annual “TO LIFE” Health & Wellness Expo on May 24. The event was coordinated by the Bender Jewish Community Center (JCC) Coming of Age (CoA) in Maryland program and was held at Leisure World, a retirement community in Silver Spring, Md., that is home to more than 8,500 residents over age 50.

The event attracted more than 1,000 attendees and featured more than 65 exhibitors, 25 health screenings, six workshops, and a keynote speaker. APhA-ASP partnered with Giant Pharmacy to provide blood-pressure screenings and vaccinations at the event.

Translating Classroom Lessons to Community Practice

The third-year student pharmacists in our group who had completed the APhA immunization certification course — myself included — were able to provide immunizations to patients who visited our booth. Although I had practiced giving immunizations in class, I was still nervous about giving my first immunization to a real patient. However, thanks to the support of a trusting patient and our Giant pharmacist preceptor, I was able to give my first two intramuscular shots at this event. It was exciting to have an opportunity to use the skills I had gained in the classroom to directly impact patient care. And, I can confidently say that, after this event I am no longer nervous about giving immunizations to patients.

Overall, the event was a great success. We provided 10 immunizations total — seven shingles (Shingrix) vaccines, one pneumococcal (Pneumovax 23) vaccine, and two tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) boosters — and engaged more than 100 attendees in conversation about the importance of staying up to date on immunizations. We also conducted approximately 75 blood-pressures screenings, counseled patients about their results, and encouraged them to share their results with their health care providers.

Engaging with and Learning from Patients

Participating in outreach events is one of my favorite parts of being a student pharmacist. These events offer amazing opportunities for students and community members to learn from each other. Students are able to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to real-world scenarios, while community members have the opportunity to inform themselves about their health status and how it can potentially be improved. Patient care is a huge part of the pharmacy profession, and interacting with patients at outreach events is a great way to practice patient interactions in an environment that is less stressful and more exciting than the typical classroom setting. In addition, most patients are grateful for the personal interactions they have with students.

I’d like to thank our volunteers — third-year student pharmacists Anoopa Poovathodi and Tilahun Abegaz and second-year student pharmacists Ricardo Gaitan and Chaya Lachman — for using a day of their summer vacation to make a positive impact on the community. I also thank Bender JCC CoA for hosting this wonderful event; Giant Pharmacy for including our students in amazing outreach opportunities; Rimple Gabri, PharmD, pharmacy manager at Giant Pharmacy and our preceptor, for encouraging us to practice giving immunizations; and the many patients that allowed us to serve them.

— Elena Buff, third-year student pharmacist

(Note: Photo from www.pixabay.com)

Elena BuffCommunity Service, USGAJune 20, 20180 comments
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K-12 Partners Celebrate Graduations on UMB Campus

Four weeks after UMB’s commencement celebration, some of the institution’s closest K-12 partners and neighbors celebrated their graduation exercises on campus.

Ceremonies were held at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Leadership Hall, beginning with Southwest Baltimore Charter School on June 8 for its eighth-grade promotional ceremony, followed by James McHenry Elementary School’s kindergarten and pre-kindergarten ceremonies June 11, and culminating with George Washington Elementary for a fifth-grade graduation June 13.

Valedictorians addressed their classes, students reflected publicly on academic and social challenges they’ve overcome, family members cheered their loved ones and, most of all, UMB was able to play a role in the successes of its neighbors.

The University’s K-12 partners value the opportunity to culminate their academic year on the UMB campus, as eloquently expressed by Christophe Turk, principal at James McHenry Elementary/ Middle School, as he used part of his remarks to thank the University for allowing use of the space.

“Facilities matter. They send a message,” Turk said. “And this beautiful space sends a positive message worthy of our students and families. It says we value you. And we want only the best for our children.”

Please join UMB President Jay. A Perman, MD, and the Office of Community Engagement in congratulating the graduates of these and the University’s other neighboring K-12 schools and encouraging their continued commitment to education and achievement.

Brian SturdivantCommunity Service, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University LifeJune 18, 20180 comments
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The President's Message-June

The President’s Message

Check out the June issue of The President’s Message.

It includes:

  • Dr. Perman’s column on last month’s State of the University Address
  • A recap of commencement, UMB’s Neighborhood Spring Festival, Glendening and Ehrlich’s political discussion, and the CURE Scholars’ end-of-year celebration
  • A look ahead to Dr. Perman’s June 19 Q&A
  • Stories on philanthropic gifts to the schools of medicine and nursing
  • Two more employees benefit from the Live Near Your Work Program
  • UMB police start active shooter response training
  • A roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAJune 11, 20180 comments
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Women in Bio

Next Women In Bio Baltimore Meet-Up Set for June 19

Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx) has agreed to sponsor the next Women In Bio (WIB) Baltimore Meet-Up on June 19. The event is a mixer in the evening to cap off a great spring season.

Here are the details:

  • When: Tuesday, June 19
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Personal Genome Diagnostics, Bottle Building, 3600 Boston St., Baltimore, MD 21224
  • Price: Free to WIB mmebers; $15 for non-WIB members
  • To attend: Registration is limited because of space
  • Contact: WIB-Capital Region at CapitalRegion@womeninbio.org
Karen UnderwoodCollaboration, Community ServiceMay 24, 20180 comments
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