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ABAE Awards Ceremony

A Bridge to Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony

You’re invited to A Bridge to Academic Excellence‘s Award Ceremony!

Please join us as we honor the hard work our tutors put in this year, as well as the tremendous efforts of our students!

Food will be provided!


ABAE Awards Ceremony
Saturday, May 6  |  10 a.m.  |  Pharmacy Hall, 20 N. Pine St.

Jonathan Tran ABAE, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Life, USGAApril 27, 20170 comments
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Opoid Overdose Training

Empowering Students to End the Cycle of Addiction

There is no question that the opioid crisis in Maryland has reached epidemic proportions. In the first three quarters of 2016, the state reported 1,468 unintentional deaths caused by substance abuse, with a majority of the fatalities attributed to heroin and fentanyl. In the same period, there were approximately 500 deaths reported in Baltimore City alone, an increase from approximately 300 the previous year. With overdose numbers this staggering, individuals working in public health and clinical health care have started to wonder what more can they do to address this problem.

Through the Emerging Leaders program, I met an individual from the School of Nursing who invited me to join the planning committee for the Baltimore Area Health Education Center’s (BAHEC) Interdisciplinary Training on Opioid Overdose. We organized an event called “Empowering Students to End the Cycle of Addiction,” which took place on April 8, 2017. Students, staff, and faculty, representing the Graduate School and the Schools of Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), came together to learn about the opioid epidemic in Baltimore City and to discuss their professional and personal roles in reducing opioid overdoses. Attendees also left the training certified to administer naloxone – a lifesaving drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.

Preparing Students to Save Lives

The day began with an eye-opening presentation from David Richard Fowler, MD, chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland, in which he presented data on the number of overdose deaths. He discussed the implications that this public health crisis is having on his office, noting that the increase in fatalities has caused a huge strain on his office’s human resources.

Next, Miriam Alvarez, the opioid education and naloxone distribution (OEND) outreach program coordinator at Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore, provided an inspired naloxone training. She engaged the audience by asking questions about their knowledge of opioids and their ability to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose. She stressed that while opioid misuse was once considered a low income, inner-city problem, it affects individuals from all walks of life, and we should all be prepared to respond in the event that we witness an overdose.

Representing the School of Pharmacy, Fadia Shaya, PhD, MPH, professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) and director of the Behavioral Health Research Team, discussed the pharmacist’s role in preventing opioid overdose. She spoke about Maryland’s naloxone standing order, which allows registered pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription and discussed different measures that pharmacists and pharmacies can take to ensure that they are actively involved in preventing opioid misuse, including an explanation of the risks of prescription opioids with patients and querying the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) before filling a prescription. Shaya closed her presentation by mentioning a variety of public health prevention programs on which her team works related to this issue.

Making the Discussion Hit Home

Following the presentations, faculty from the medical, dental, and social work schools presented students with a case study that profiled a young man who began misusing prescription opioids following a sports injury, and subsequently developed a dependency on heroin. Faculty encouraged students to identify areas of health care intervention, which sparked a lively discussion among attendees. The event closed with Mellissa Sager, JD, staff attorney at the School of Law, presenting an overview of the Good Samaritan Law and an update from a Baltimore City Health Department representative, who described the city’s response to the opioid overdose epidemic.

This training proved to be a huge success, with more than 55 students attending the Saturday morning training to take action on this important issue. Considering the interest in this event and the urgency of this public health epidemic, the BAHEC plans to host another training in the fall. Everyone at UMB has a role to play in reducing opioid overdoses, and this event provided an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to become more empowered to do so.

Marianne Gibson Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAApril 24, 20170 comments
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Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day with URecFit and CulinArt at the SMC Campus Center!

We’re all caretakers of the Earth. Learn how to empower others as well as yourself to make a positive impact on the planet.

Become more environmentally friendly by joining URecFit and CulinArt on Thursday, April 20, at noon in the lobby of the SMC Campus Center.

Take Action on Earth Day!

  • Bring in three plastic grocery bags and receive a recycled grocery tote
  • Bring in three water bottles and receive a recycled 25 oz. water bottle
  • Participate in the 5K walk/run and receive a mini herb garden
  • Learn about and sign up for the Green Office Program
  • Enjoy some edible dirt
Julia Wightman Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, University Administration, University Life, USGAApril 17, 20170 comments
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HIV Vaccine Trial

Healthy Volunteer Research Opportunity

Institute of Human Virology Vaccine Research Trial

This is a Phase 1 clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of a HIV vaccine called FLSC (full-length single chain) in healthy volunteers without HIV infection. This novel vaccine was developed by investigators at the Institute of Human Virology as a potential future strategy to help prevent HIV infection.

Volunteers must be healthy, between 18-45 years of age, HIV negative, and have never previously participated in an HIV or DNA vaccine trial. Compensation given for travel and expenses.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Joyce Lam 410-706-3367.

Institute of Human Virology
Clinical Research Unit
725 W. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Amy Nelson Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Education, Global & Community Engagement, ResearchApril 3, 20170 comments
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Employee of Year Donates Prize to CURE Scholars

Malinda Hughes was named UMB’s Cecil S. Kelly Memorial Employee of the Year and before the ink had dried on the oversized check in her hands she was showing why she is such a special individual.

Hughes, recently promoted to chief of staff in the Office of Academic Affairs and the Graduate School, donated her $1,500 award to the UMB CURE Scholars Program, the University pipeline program that prepares West Baltimore middle schoolers for health and research careers.

“That’s Malinda,” UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, told those at the Employee Recognition Luncheon after announcing what Hughes told him about the donation onstage.

As UMB’s May Employee of the Month, Hughes was automatically entered into the running for the annual award. She was recognized in May for her indispensable role in UMB’s 2 ½-year Middle States reaccreditation process.

Matt Lasecki, SPHR, chief human resources officer and host of the March 29 luncheon at the SMC Campus Center, read part of Hughes’ nomination entry. “Malinda almost single-handedly organized and executed the four-day Middle States site visit. She worked 16-plus-hour days, making sure every need of our visitors was cared for. She arranged for the meeting rooms, meals, escorts, badges, travel, copies, hotel rooms, pre-event briefings, etc. She even stayed at the hotel with them to be at their beck and call. There is no way UMB could have done this without her.”

Afterward, an emotional Hughes said she was honored just to be part of the group of dedicated, talented employees up for the award. “I ranked myself 12th of the 12. I’m just stunned,” she said, wiping a tear. “I didn’t see this coming.”

Asked about being the first UMB winner to donate her $1,500 prize, she said it was only fitting. “I am a UMB CURE Scholar mentor to two seventh-graders at Green Street Academy. And my office is two doors down from Robin Saunders, the UMB CURE executive director. I see how hard they work and I see the fruits of their labor by being a mentor. Donating the award money to this program will be the very best use for it.”

The luncheon started with Lasecki, with trivia from the milestone years, and Perman recognizing the 20-, 25-, 30- and 35-year employees who were honored. “Together, the long-serving employees we honor today have dedicated 1,685 years to this University,” Perman said. “And me? All told, I’ve given a dozen years to UMB. So it’s clear that UMB’s reputation — our good name and our good works — they say a lot more about all of you than they do about me.”

The 35-year group included Susan Borowy, Molly Lutz, and Elizabeth Waters  (School of Medicine), Helen Edmond, Antoinette Fields, David Gipe, Francine Nickens, and Jo-Ann Sibiski (all from the School of Dentistry), Deborah Griffith, Anthony Jackson, Philip Peters, Anita Saulsbury, and Deborah Tatum (all from Administration and Finance) as well as Susan Gillette (Office of University Counsel) and James Reynolds (Academic Affairs).

“Persistence,” said Reynolds when asked what the 35 years meant to him. He started out in the School of Medicine as a clinical administrator in radiation oncology, went to the School of Dentistry for 17 years and then was briefly with the School of Public Health before moving to Academic Affairs in 2009, where he is assistant vice president of fiscal and administrative affairs.  “But my fondest memories are of the School of Dentistry,” he said. “I really liked working for Dean [Richard] Ranney.”

Fellow 35-year honoree Griffith said it was hard to believe. “It feels just like yesterday. I did my first six years in the Finance Office and then in the Grants and Contracts Office, where I’ve been ever since,” said Griffith, who added she is “pretty proud of myself” to move up from an account clerk I to a senior administrator during her tenure.

Hughes wasn’t the only award winner recognized. Aphrodite Bodycomb (Academic Affairs), Rebecca Bowman-Rivas (Carey School of Law), and Sanjay Uchil (School of Medicine) were announced as nominees for Board of Regents Awards.

Then Christina Manoto, coordinator in Campus Life Services, received the $2,000 James T. Hill Scholarship, which was established to support the University’s commitment to staff development in recognition of the longtime vice president.

Manoto, a part-time student at UMBC the past six years, said the scholarship “will be perfect to help with my fees.” Striving to be the first college graduate in her family, she is excited to be closing in on her goal. “Everybody I work with is either in a master’s program or is going for a doctorate and here I am struggling to pass calculus,” she said with a smile. “Everyone here is so supportive. Even when I don’t think I can make it they tell me I can. I’m very thankful for all their support.”

UMB’s Community Service Award went to the Staff Senate for organizing many Universitywide outreach projects such as the Back to School Supply Drive and Holiday Gift Toy Drive to help local charities and needy neighborhood schools. Staff Senate President Colette Beaulieu, office manager in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, deflected the praise after accepting the award. “I have to give credit to Lois Warner [coordinator, Foundation Relations] who is chair of our Outreach Committee. Without her none of these projects would get off the ground.”

Chris ZangBulletin Board, Community Service, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University LifeMarch 31, 20170 comments
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Wear Red Day

Million Hearts Month: Celebrating Five Heart Healthy Years

Every February, students, faculty, and staff across the School of Pharmacy wear their hearts on their sleeves and come together in support of American Heart Month and the Million Hearts Initiative — a five-year national campaign launched in 2011, with the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes in the United States. Throughout the month, the School’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Operation Heart committee hosts a series of heart-related events dedicated to the initiative and promotion of heart health across the School and local Baltimore area. Within the last five years, our committee has:

  • Provided blood pressure screenings to more than 600
  • Educated more than 5,000 patients about how to keep their hearts healthy
  • Reached more than 60,000 people through public and media relations

With the Million Hearts Initiative coming to an end, our committee decided to leverage this year’s events to celebrate our past dedication to the initiative, as well as the beginning of a new era of promoting heart health. We held seven events to celebrate our final Million Hearts Month.

Wear Red Day

To kick off this year’s campaign, approximately 60 student pharmacists, faculty, and staff congregated in the Ellen H. Yankellow Grand Atrium in Pharmacy Hall for an annual “Wear Red Day” photo to show our support for National Wear Red Day. The event also featured a photo booth in which participants could sign the pledge to keep their hearts healthy and pose with their heart-shaped pledges.

Aspirin Day

In collaboration with APhA-ASP’s Operation Diabetes and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists student chapter, Operation Heart visited Mt. Clare Apartments in West Baltimore to provide educational presentations about safe aspirin use and healthy low-sugar and low-sodium meals.

 Blood Pressure Training Session

A blood pressure training session led by the School’s cardiology pharmacy practice faculty was held to help prepare student pharmacists to provide cardiovascular screening and education for patients in the community. Faculty delivered presentations that featured general hypertension and blood pressure information. Later, students split into groups to participate in a quiz competition that tested their knowledge.

 Roses for Hearts

Operation Heart sold red roses to faculty, staff, and students on Valentine’s Day, raising more than $150 to donate to the American Heart Association and the School’s APhA-ASP chapter.


Our committee held its annual interprofessional dodgeball tournament to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Students from the School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine participated in an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. More than 55 students attended, raising $210 for the American Heart Association.

Heart Gala and Mr. & Ms. Heart Pageant

New this year, Operation Heart hosted its inaugural Heart Gala to celebrate the School’s dedication to the Million Hearts Initiative. More than 60 guests attended in their red attire and enjoyed dinner as well as entertainment, including heart-related trivia and the first Mr. and Ms. Heart Pageant. Participants competed for the crown and were judged by the School’s cardiology pharmacy practice faculty on their “hearty” attire and heart knowledge.

Charm of a Million Hearts Health Fair

To end this year’s month-long campaign, Operation Heart once again hosted its annual interdisciplinary health fair at Lexington Market, where students offered blood pressure screenings, HIV/Hepatitis C screenings, oral cancer screenings, health education, cooking demonstrations, and dental screenings to members of the local community. Committee members were even interviewed by two news stations during the event. We provided more than 250 patients with services and collaborated with more than 30 school-based and community organizations to make the fair a success.

My co-chair, second-year student pharmacist Teny Joseph, and I are immensely proud of the dedication and commitment shown by all of our committee members and project coordinators this year. It is because of them that we were able to have such a great impact in our community. To that end, we would like to give a special thank-you to the following individuals who helped us organize this year’s events:

  • Carly Cheng, First-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Saniya Chaudhry, First-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Elodie Tendoh, First-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Pasang Sherpa, First-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Jennifer Miller, First-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Charlie Summerlin, Second-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Jennifer Joo, First-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Gao Xin, First-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Xinqi Liu, First-Year Student Pharmacist

Although it is a bittersweet to close the door on the Million Hearts Initiative, I am excited for what the future holds for Operation Heart and the American Heart Association’s new initiative: Rise Above Heart Failure.

Meryam GharbiABAE, Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, USGAMarch 23, 20170 comments
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President's Fellows 2017

Exploring Entrepreneurship at UMB

What does entrepreneurship look like on our campus? Through interviews, research, and hands-on experience, four students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) explored the importance and current state of entrepreneurship at UMB.

Known as the President’s Fellows, Chinonye “Donna” Egbulem, schools of social work and medicine (public health); Anna Hung, School of Pharmacy; Benjamin Portney, Graduate School, (biochemistry and molecular biology); and Camilo Vanegas, Graduate School (molecular medicine) have spent the academic year preparing recommendations for entrepreneurial education and exploration at our University.

Fellows Presentation

Join them as they share their journey and debut their report, Exploring Entrepreneurship at UMB. Their presentation is scheduled for Monday, April 3 at 4 p.m. in the SMC Campus Center, Elm Room B.


A networking reception will follow the presentation. Register now or contact for more information.

Pictured above from left to right: Benjamin Portney, Chinonye “Donna” Egbulem, Camilo Vanegas, and Anna Hung. Photo credit: Adrienne Kambouris, MS1, MD/PhD student

Courtney J. Jones CarneyBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, Research, UMB NewsMarch 20, 20170 comments
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NOVA’s Halal on the Lawn

At our 4th annual Halal on the Lawn, NOVA (Neuroscience Outreach and Volunteer Association) will be collecting donations for the residents of Spring Grove Psychiatric Hospital. As you do your spring cleaning, please consider bringing clothing, shoes, books, games, and toiletries to Halal on the Lawn. All students receive free food when they bring a donation.

The residents of Spring Grove Psychiatric Hospital have limited resources and opportunities to shop for themselves. NOVA runs a BINGO game for them once a month and we use the donations collected at Halal on the Lawn as prizes for BINGO throughout the year. When we play, everyone is a winner. Any donations that Spring Grove cannot accept, we bring to House of Ruth, a local women’s shelter.

This event has been wonderfully successful in the past. We are so appreciative of the University’s generosity. We hope to make this year equally beneficial for our students and the Baltimore community. Please join us April 21 on the School of Nursing Lawn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This event is co-sponsored by USGA.

Amanda Labuza Bulletin Board, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Life, USGAMarch 20, 20170 comments
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Light City Baltimore

Highlights Announced for EduLab@LightCity

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts and University System of Maryland announced the schedule of highlights for EduLab@LightCity presented by University System of Maryland, one of the six Labs@LightCity innovation conferences bringing together local and national innovators and thought leaders across six key industries during Light City 2017.

Presented by University System of Maryland, EduLab encourages audiences to rethink learning and join future-focused education innovators for a dialogue on the central role of education in our society. EduLab@LightCity takes place at the Columbus Center at 701 E. Pratt Street on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

EduLab begins with a welcome from University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret followed by a conversation between University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski and New York Times best-selling author, technology policy expert and innovator Alec Ross. Then, University System of Maryland faculty members participate in “Dear Mr. President:” A lightning round of 10 big ideas for reshaping the future of America, framed in a 5-minute pitch to the President. Noted education leaders Kim Schatzel, president of Towson University and CEO of Baltimore City Schools Sonja Santelises discuss their backgrounds, the moments that make them love their jobs, their biggest challenges and their hopes for the future.

Other speakers include Vice Dean, Business & Professional Programs for University of Maryland University College Steve Henick; musician, photographer, and educator Wendel Patrick, CEO of Mindgrub Todd Marks. EduLab’s closing keynote speaker is Donovan Livingston, public speaker, educator, and spoken word poet whose Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral in 2016.

Other topics include “The next Wave of Education Reform Solutions: Addressing Racial Opportunity Gaps, Community Engagement, Urban Teacher Education” featuring Rob Helfenbein of Loyola University Maryland, Simone Gibson of Morgan State University and Omar Simpson of Johns Hopkins University and “Awakening Youth Through Connection: The Power of Making and Mentoring” by Aisha DaCosta, executive director, CEO and founder, I Am O’Kah! Inc.

After the day’s interactive sessions, EduLab hosts an “Innovative Ideas Fair” as the Light City Twilight event. The Innovative Ideas Fair features top innovators from within the University System of Maryland and talented performances.

For a limited time, tickets to EduLab are $99 with the promo code “LUCKY99” and can be purchased at Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a bulk purchase rate of $99 per ticket and can be arranged by contacting the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts at 410-752-8632. For more information on Labs@LightCity, visit Stay connected with Labs@LightCity via, Twitter: @LabsAtLightCity, and Instagram: @LabsAtLightCity.


Launched by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. In its first year, Light City welcomed more than 400,000 people over seven nights.

Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor,  featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area.

Clare BanksBulletin Board, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Life, USGAMarch 16, 20170 comments
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Spring Festival at Community Engagement Center

Neighborhood Spring Festival

Join us for UMB’s Annual Neighborhood Festival at the Community Engagement Center! Connect with your neighbors and enjoy free activities.

Saturday, April 22  |  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  |  800 W. Baltimore St.

Free Activities

  • Health and dental screenings
  • HIV and Hepatitis C testing
  • Mental health resources
  • Legal advice
  • UMMC on the Move (University of Maryland Medical Center Mobile Health Van)
  • Performances: Korean dancing, local school dance groups, and spoken word
  • Live music
  • Taekwondo and outdoor zumba
  • Local food and craft vendors
  • Earth Day activities

Fun for Kids

  • Games
  • Hula hoop fun
  • Face painting
  • Puppet-making

Sponsored by the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture
First Lady Yumi Hogan, Honorary Chair

Clare BanksABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, The UMB Dish, UMB Go Green, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAMarch 16, 20170 comments
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Employee Giving at UMB

Continuing a long tradition of giving back, over 440 current and former UMB employees have made $1.75 million in gifts and pledges so far in FY2017. This includes current use and endowed support for students, faculty, research, and a whole host of program and public service initiatives.

As of Feb. 28, 2017, funds raise are:

  • Law – $28,967
  • Medicine – $1,228,948
  • Social Work – $17,569
  • HS/HSL – $5,505
  • Nursing – $215,634
  • Dentistry – $95,453
  • Campus – $117,250
  • Pharmacy – $37,850

Grand Total – $1,747,176

Many thanks to our fellow co-workers and colleagues; your generosity is making a difference!

Make an online gift to your favorite UMB cause today.

bossomBulletin Board, Global & Community EngagementMarch 10, 20170 comments
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Red Shoe Shuffle

Red Shoe Shuffle

Don’t miss the Red Shoe Shuffle 5K Run & Walk to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore.

Event Details

Sunday, April 2, 2017
9 a.m.
Race start – Ronald McDonald House

About the Ronald McDonald House

“There is only one Ronald McDonald House in the state of Maryland and we have been home to more than 35,000 families in the last thirty years. Each year, more than 1,500 families arrive at our doorstep in search of hope for a child battling a catastrophic illness or injury. Circumstances that bring our families here are unfortunate, challenging and often times tragic. Amidst the uncertainties and fears they face, we offer respite, normalcy, compassion, and love.” – Red Shoe Shuffle.

Clare BanksBulletin Board, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University LifeFebruary 22, 20170 comments
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HS/HSL Adds Water Bottle Filling Stations

One consistent request the Library Genie has received is for updated water fountains in the HS/HSL.

Six new water bottle filling stations have been added to replace the outdated models!

The new water bottle filling stations are fast and curtail waste by reducing the number of plastic water bottles we use. There is even a nifty counter on each fountain to calculate how many plastic bottles we’ve saved so far.

Everly Brown Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, University Life, USGAFebruary 7, 20171 comment
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