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Women In Bio Meet-Up Scheduled for March 14 at The Grid

The next Women In Bio (WIB) Baltimore Meet-up will be held at the Grid, 875 Hollins St., Suite 102, on Wednesday, March 14, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Deborah Wild, vice president of quality and regulatory affairs at Paragon Bioservices, will be the featured speaker at the event, titled, “Pioneering Spirit or Stuck in a Rut? Keeping the Pioneering Spirit in Leadership.”

WIB is an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in the life sciences. The Baltimore meet-ups are a way to hold meetings, networking events, etc., in the area throughout the year.

The March 14 meet-up is free, and you can register at this link.

Karen UnderwoodCollaboration, Community Service, Education, TechnologyFebruary 15, 20180 comments
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Grantees Discuss Global Education Experiences

The steak in Botswana is inexpensive and “really, really good” because they have 3 million cows there and only 2 million people. Nigerian women are remarkably open to new self-administered screening tools for cervical cancer. Malawi has five sewage treatment plants; only one is working to full capacity. The Jordan River in Israel has receded almost into a stream.

These are among the observations of the 2017 grantees from the UMB Center for Global Education Initiatives as they held an annual recap on Jan. 29 in the President’s Boardroom. Prodded by questions from UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, the grantees not only spoke about their two- to six-week interprofessional research projects, but also the influence it has played on reshaping their future professional and personal goals.

Students Kim Graninger of the School of Nursing and Rhiya Dave of the School of Medicine discussed their project, “Clinical outcomes of HIV-positive individuals treated with dolutegravir-containing regimens in Botswana.” The students examined 1,200 files looking for adverse reactions to the antiretroviral therapy.

“I’m interested in doing travel nursing after I get my degree,” Graninger said. “I’d ideally like to go back to Botswana and South Africa where HIV is such a huge health crisis.” There is much to learn from countries like Botswana, which has one of the highest rates of HIV but also one of the most effective and comprehensive treatment programs.

Dave, who aspires to become an infectious disease physician, found it “enlightening to see how the nurses there not only looked at the patients and their health outcomes, but they also would talk to them about their families.”

Experiencing the system of universal health care practiced in Botswana up close also brought a new perspective to the two students, which Perman and Virginia Rowthorn, JD, LLM, executive director of the center, said is a strength of the grant program.

“Students come back from these trips with things that they would have never figured out here,” Perman said. “I see Virginia nodding her head. That’s why I appreciate all of you taking on these experiences.”

Teaming Up Against HIV

Chelsea McFadden, a School of Pharmacy student, was part of a team studying barriers to the new “Treat All” approach to HIV/AIDS treatment (treating all patients and removing conditions for initiation of antiretroviral therapy) in Rwanda and its capital city, Kigali.

“We did see quite a few barriers that were very common,” McFadden said. Pressed for details, she added, “There weren’t as many cultural barriers in terms of stigma as I expected, but barriers such as financial situations or concerns over revealing infidelity that prevent people from receiving treatment.”

Salam Syed, a second-year student at the School of Medicine, also learned about the social determinants of health in her monthlong project, “Impact of educational intervention on self-sampling for cervical cancer screening in Nigeria.” She was on a team looking to see if women in Nigeria were willing and able to collect their own cervical samples for cervical cancer screening.

“They were fine with it,” Syed told the group, “and they thought it was very easy. Some would come to us afterward to volunteer their time, saying, ‘If you need us to teach other people how to do it, sign us up.’ ”

A follow-up study Syed is involved in with the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN, an outgrowth of UMB’s own IHV) will measure if self-sampling is as reliable as health care provider sampling.

She said the experience was transforming. “I’ve always been interested in women’s health and I am interested also in global health, and this experience solidified that for me,” Syed said. “But also there was a huge education component to our project, and I never really thought of myself as wanting to be a health educator, but I really enjoyed that aspect. I think that’s something I’d want to incorporate more into my career now.”

Syed was based in the Nigerian capital of Abuja where IHVN has its headquarters. “We find that our students benefit greatly from the deep expertise found among local researchers and health care providers at the IHVN facility in Abuja,” explained Bonnie Bissonette, EdD, director of education abroad and safety at UMB. “There is an amazing infrastructure there where the students live and learn with U.S. and Nigerian colleagues.”

Working with local health care providers also was part of the project led by School of Pharmacy assistant professor Emily Heil, PharmD, BCPS, “Antibiotic administration at the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia.” Heil’s group, which included pharmacy, nursing, and medical students, spent time in a Zambian hospital laboratory compiling a massive amount of data about antibiotic prescription practices and microbiology data. “We used Year 1 of our project to identify the challenges in slowing antimicrobial resistance and then we’re going back next year to work on a comprehensive antibiotic guideline for the folks on the ground in Zambia.”

Heil, who says in the United States the “No. 1 problem preventing patients with HIV from having their virus suppressed is a lack of medication adherence,” found the Zambian culture much different. “There, medication compliance is high, but you have other problems that contribute to the problem. It was a good way to study the comparative cultural components of the same public health problem. Plus Zambia is beautiful. We went during the dry season, so it was 70 degrees and sunny every day.”

Water Worries

Robert Percival, JD, MA, professor and director of the Environmental Law Program at the Carey School of Law, and law student Taylor Lilley found a less lush setting for their Israel research project, “Governance, capacity and safety for an off-grid water project in Jerusalem.”

“It was an interesting project because we spent a lot of time focusing on the availability of water,” Lilley said. “They’re trying to do a Red Sea/Dead Sea project, which would move water from the Dead Sea into the Red Sea to increase water. That’s problematic because the Dead Sea has receded significantly. We stood on the steps of a previously oceanfront restaurant and couldn’t see the Dead Sea for miles … and the Jordan River has diminished into a small stream.”

Percival recalled the evolution of the project. “The first project, we visited various sites in Israel and the West Bank. Then, in the second and third trips, we had multidisciplinary teams from the School of Public Health [at College Park], the School of Nursing, the business school [at College Park], and the law school,” he said. “The public health students looked at ensuring that the recycled water would be safe. The law students looked at regulatory barriers to expanding greywater recycling projects and the business students — who turned out to be real all-stars — looked at the economics of it. They asked, ‘How can you make this model cheap enough so that it could be readily used elsewhere?’”

The great surprise, Percival said, came at a UMB-UMCP summit after the second Israel trip. “It turned out Amy Sapkota from the School of Public Health was putting the finishing touches on a $10 million grant proposal to USDA, and the one component she was missing was legal expertise on the regulatory issues. So UMB got plugged into the grant and received the grant.”

Water also played a role in the other study Percival and Lilley discussed, “Malawi: Environmental Law Clinic Capacity Building at Chancellor College Faculty of Law.” The project last summer was at the request of professor Chikosa Banda, LLB, LLM, of the University of Malawi Chancellor College Faculty of Law, an international expert in human rights and environmental law.

“They have just launched the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic there,” Percival said.

He said the need is dire. “There are five sewage treatment plants in Malawi, which is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. Only one plant is working, and they took us to a site where there’s a broken pipe spewing raw sewage into a river that people use downstream to bathe and clean their clothes in. There are really serious issues there that haven’t been tackled to this point.”

Malawi has been a UMB project site since 2010, which started with malaria research and over the years has expanded to include a concentration on law because of the Center for Global Education Initiatives’ primary focus on interprofessional collaboration. The Malawi collaboration has taken UMB faculty and students there as well as brought Malawian faculty and research staff to Baltimore. It’s a practice of partnership and bi-directional learning that Flavius Lilly, PhD, MA, MPH, associate vice president of Academic and Student Affairs, said he hopes will continue.

“I’m so pleased these experiences have been so enriching for our students,” said Lilly, who also was joined by Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS, UMB’s executive vice president and provost. “I think back to my experience studying abroad for six months and how it changed me completely. I can see it on some of their faces when they talk about their project that they’ve been changed by the experience as well.

“I hope that we continue to have conversations about how we can take the work of the Center for Global Education Initiatives and make these opportunities available to many, many more of our students who, as you know, Dr. Perman, have been asking for those kinds of opportunities.”

The Center for Global Education Initiatives grants are $5,000 for faculty grantees and cover student grantees’ airfare, which is the most expensive aspect of international projects. To learn more about the grants, click here. To read more about the projects, click here.

In the photo above, Dr. Perman and grantees (clockwise, from left) Emily Heil, Kim Graninger, Chelsea McFadden, Salam Syed, Taylor Lilley, Rhiya Dave, and Robert Percival.














Chris ZangCollaboration, Education, People, Technology, UMB NewsFebruary 12, 20180 comments
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Need a Poster for Graduate Research Day?

Students preparing for the annual Graduate Research Conference on March 15 are discovering the value of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) in the research process.

The HS/HSL offers poster printing services to all UMB faculty, students, staff, and University of Maryland Medical Center staff. Posters are printed on up to 42-inch-by-60-inch glossy paper ($50) or canvas fabric ($60) and are available for pickup within two business days after submission.

The library’s Presentation Practice Studio is ideal for practicing oral presentations. Taping your presentation for later review is an option, too.

Each school’s faculty librarian can meet with students to retrieve relevant articles from quality databases and demonstrate efficient management of these references using RefWorks or EndNote. In addition, any student, staff, or faculty member preparing to present at a professional meeting or table clinic or to defend a dissertation is encouraged to contact their school’s faculty librarian.

Everly BrownCollaboration, Education, Research, Technology, University Life, USGAFebruary 12, 20180 comments
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MakerHealth CEO Young to Keynote HS/HSL Maker Expo

MakerHealth CEO Anna Young brings prototyping tools and makerspaces into hospitals. Her keynote address at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s (HS/HSL) Maker Expo, “A Maker Revolution in Health,” will discuss the use of rapid prototyping tools in hospital units to enhance the natural, do-it-yourself problem-solving abilities of clinicians and patients.

Young is the co-founder of MakerNurse, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored program to support inventive, frontline nurses. Her roots come from MIT as a researcher in the Little Devices Lab and a lecturer in the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science. In 2015, Young was recognized by LinkedIn as a top health innovator under 35. In 2016, she made Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business list.

The HS/HSL Maker Expo is a networking and showcase event for makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs working in the health sciences. Invited speakers will discuss health care projects that leverage 3-D printing, design software, and robotics, as well as new ventures to increase local support for commercializing bio and medical technologies.

Exhibitors will provide hands-on demonstrations of 3-D bio printers, virtual reality microscopy and radiology, medical imaging software, and more.

The half-day event will be begin at 9:30 a.m. on March 6 at the SMC Campus Center. Registration is free, but space is limited. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Register at this link.

Brian ZelipClinical Care, Collaboration, People, TechnologyFebruary 12, 20180 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the February issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on the Live Near Your Work Program, a look ahead to his quarterly Q&A on March 7, CURE Corner, a story on Jody Olsen’s nomination as Peace Corps director, and a safety tip on winter driving.

Chris ZangBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAFebruary 2, 20180 comments
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UMB Hosts Emergency Exercise

What would the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) do if a terrorist group released radioactive material in Baltimore City with large-scale contamination and mass casualties? How would UMB’s local, state, and federal partners help in such an emergency?

This scary thought was the basis for the Inner Harbor Thunder emergency exercise held Jan. 17 at the SMC Campus Center.

The all-day tabletop exercise created by the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the FBI “to build an in-depth understanding of responding to a terrorism incident involving radiological, nuclear, or other weapons of mass destruction” drew more than 130 participants.

They represented local, state, and federal law enforcement, the Baltimore City Fire Department, state and federal emergency response and regulatory agencies, UMB and other local universities, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and congressional staff members.

UMB and Yale are the two university sites where such exercises are being held this year.

“I think the exercise was a huge success,” said Steven Deck, DM, MBA, director of UMB’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety, who organized and coordinated the tabletop exercise. “Participants increased their understanding of each agency’s and organization’s role as members of a regional team responding to a radiological incident.”

Added Laura Kozak, MA, associate vice president, Office of Communications and Public Affairs, “The most interesting thing to me was the contacts that I made — these were people we would actually be working with if an emergency of this magnitude occurred — but also the number of agencies that are available to respond.

“Of course, you hope we never confront such an emergency,” said Kozak, one of more than a dozen UMB people who took part in the exercise, “but this kind of preparation and being aware of the expertise of your partners can prove invaluable.”

According to the NNSA, nearly 7,000 people from across the country have participated in such Thunder tabletop exercises. Follow-up discussions are planned in Baltimore to further improve the region’s ability to respond to a radiological incident.

— Chris Zang


Chris Zang Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, Technology, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 1, 20180 comments
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Attend the Monthly Flow Cytometry Lecture on Feb. 1

The University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center monthly Flow Cytometry Lecture will be held Thursday, Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Bressler Research Building, Room 7-035.

The lecture, led by Xiaoxuan Fan, PhD, director of the Flow Cytometry Shared Service,  will teach the basics of flow cytometry. This is needed if you would like to become a trained user of the facility. All are welcome to attend and can RSVP at this link.

The lecture will cover:

  • How a flow cytometer works
  • Multicolor panel design and compensation
  • Instruments and services we offer
  • New technology and tools
  • Online booking system
Karen Underwood Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, Research, TechnologyJanuary 29, 20180 comments
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School of Dentistry’s Otto Wins MLK Student Award

President Jay. A Perman, MD, is fond of telling new UMB graduates to “go out and change the world.” Tiffany Otto hasn’t graduated yet, but she already is on course toward changing things for the better.

A fourth-year student at the School of Dentistry, Otto has provided meaningful discussions for minority professionals after traumatic local and national incidents with University events such as an open forum on the shooting deaths of unarmed black men with City Councilman Brandon Scott, a post-Freddie Gray meeting where she allowed her colleagues to speak freely and safely, and helped coordinate an event supporting slain Muslim students at colleges in North Carolina with other student groups on the UMB campus.

She has served in organizations such as Healthy Smiles for Baltimore (vice president), the Baltimore Minority Council of Professional and Graduate Students (vice chairman), and the Student National Dental Association (president), which won Chapter of the Year honors for notable programs such as the Taste Bud Tour, where cultural groups shared their cuisines.

For this and much more, Otto will receive a Diversity Recognition Award as Outstanding UMB Student at the University’s Black History Month celebration Feb. 1.

“I truly don’t have many hobbies, thus service and upliftment of others serves me just fine,” Otto said when asked how she finds time for her yeoman organizational efforts. “It is energizing and exhausting, yet empowering at the same time. My commitment to inclusivity, dialogue, support, and service is an integral part of my being.”

This has been demonstrated in her many successful events. The open forum on the shooting of black men provided a safe space for students from all seven UMB schools to discuss their thoughts, feelings, and attitudes without fear or backlash. The goal of this, as well as many of her initiatives and events she has been involved with at the University, was to help students of marginalized ethnic groups and various religious backgrounds attain healing, discussion, and awareness amongst each other.

“I’m incredibly grateful, honored, and thankful that I attend a University that offers such a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. diversity recognition award,” Otto said. “This shows UMB’s commitment to Dr. King’s principles, and that makes me proud to be here. My hope is that this award will inspire students and staff to initiate conversations and spread love to their colleagues, friends, and community members who share different backgrounds than them.”

Some of her best work outside the classroom — it’s easy to forget Otto also maintains a rigorous dental school schedule that includes clinic work with patients several days a week — has come with the Student National Dental Association (SNDA), an organization that strives to uplift minority students.

She was community service chair for SNDA during her second year at UMB and created service events for students, on and off campus. The next year she became president and hosted over triple the community service events. In addition, she led four professional development programs, seven general body meetings, and more.

The school’s SNDA chapter won Chapter of the Year for the second consecutive year, this time with Otto as president. Notable activities were highlighted such as the Taste Bud Tour, during which all cultural groups on campus were invited to share their cuisines; Generation NeXT, which provided opportunities for School of Dentistry students to mentor high school students at the Vivien Thomas Medical Arts Academy; and an Oral Cancer Walk, which raised $19,445.

Otto says all of the SNDA events would not have been possible without the help of her executive board and chapter members who also shared the same vision of service and cultural competence.

“Her impact toward diversity and inclusivity has been monumental over her four years at the school,” said those who nominated her. “She has been a leader every step of the way.”

Otto, who plans to do a dental residency program in New York (and do community projects, of course) after graduating from UMB, credits her parents for putting her on the public service path.

“My character has been shaped by my childhood experiences in a racially diverse small town called South Orange in New Jersey, coupled by a ‘village’ of family and friends who share similar core values,” Otto said. “My parents taught me very early to treat others well, to do good, and to be the change that I wish to see — and it has truly gone a long way. It took a village to get me here, and I owe it to that village to enter spaces at UMB with the same love, energy, and tenacity that they taught me.”

— Chris Zang

Chris ZangClinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAJanuary 26, 20180 comments
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SharePoint Will Replace Vibe as Collaboration Software

Vibe, also known as UMVibe, is being replaced by SharePoint. This process began at the end of 2016, and, on May 31, 2018, Vibe will no longer be available for use. SharePoint offers enhanced team collaboration, file storage, and seamless integration with all Office 365 components.

CITS has been in contact with owners of team workspaces to discuss options for data stored in their workspaces. If you have data on Vibe (in a team workspace or a personal workspace) and have not been  contacted concerning this migration, please email to discuss your options.

Sarah Steinberg Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Technology, University LifeJanuary 24, 20180 comments
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CURE Scholars Program Wins MLK Staff Award

Princaya Sanders used to dream of being a professional wrestler. Now, she has her heart set on anesthesiology. Shakeer Franklin was a disruptive, inattentive middle school student. Now, he plans to be a psychotherapist. Nicholas Knight aspired to be an NFL player. Now he sees a career in health care.

These are just three of the lives that have been changed by the UMB CURE Scholars Program, which for 2 1/2 years has been taking young people from West Baltimore with an interest in science and molding them into future health care workers and researchers through hands-on workshops, lab experiences, and mentorship.

On Feb. 1, the UMB CURE Scholars Program’s central leadership team will receive the Outstanding UMB Staff Award as part of the University’s Black History Month celebration.

When informed of the program’s selection of this award, executive director Robin Saunders, EdD, MS, noted, “This program is truly a labor of love for all of us on the central leadership team. I am honored to work with a team of committed professionals who work tirelessly to positively impact and transform the lives of young West Baltimore students and their families.

“I am amazed at the progress of our scholars who were often overlooked and perhaps even written off due to the socioeconomic status of their neighborhoods. This program demonstrates that when students have opportunities and high expectations, they can rise to immeasurable heights.”

Launched in October 2015, the program has grown to include 80 sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders, not to mention the nearly 200 mentors from UMB schools recruited by CURE staff members. The UMB CURE Scholars are the youngest ever to participate in the National Cancer Institute’s Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) national program. With the first cohort of UMB CURE middle schoolers entering high school in fall 2018, their improved grades, including math and reading scores, and stellar school attendance becomes all the more important.

After school on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, the scholars are transported to the Baltimore City Community College Life Sciences Institute at the University of Maryland BioPark for their training with mentors. On Saturdays, they meet at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy to take part in A Bridge to Academic Excellence, where they receive tutoring.

The UMB Writing Center also has held workshops to help prepare the students for the college application process. Field trips have included museums, mechanical engineering labs, pharmacy and dental school, anatomy class, and planetary presentations. Summer camps have exposed the scholars to new discoveries as well.

“I think it’s amazing,” said sixth-grade scholar Jazire Faw. “Last week we dissected a sheep’s eye, and I thought that was really cool.”

By enhancing that love of science from groups under-represented in the biomedical and health care workforces, UMB hopes to create a pipeline that will see the scholars through college into rewarding careers — breaking the cycle of poverty so prevalent in West Baltimore.

“We’ve established that in these students we’ve got talent to spare, but now we have to make the opportunity,” UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, said on Saturday, Oct. 14, as the third cohort of CURE scholars slipped on the program’s signature white laboratory coats.

“We have to dismantle the barriers that separate our young people from their potential and from their purpose. We have to give these students what they need to rise, because I’ve seen them rise, and it’s beautiful to watch.”

Each year at UMB’s Black History Month celebration, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Recognition Awards are presented for individual and/or group achievements in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness. The recipients serve as models of the ideals epitomized by the life and work of Dr. King.

Saunders (pictured above with CURE colleagues Lauren Kareem, MEd, and Borndavid McCraw) is proud that the UMB CURE Scholars Program is taking its place among former outstanding staff recipients.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our challenging and complex yet rewarding work,” she said. “We are grateful to have been selected for this prestigious award named after a great man who gave his life to improve conditions for people who, like our scholars, are often overlooked, forgotten, and perhaps even written off. This award is a blessing and we greatly appreciate this acknowledgment on behalf of the many mentors, faculty, staff, and partners who support our important work, our amazing scholars, and our comprehensive program.”

For more on UMB’s Black History Month celebration, click here.

— Chris Zang

Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAJanuary 23, 20182 comments
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Save the Date for the HS/HSL Maker Expo

Save the date for the Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s HS/HSL Maker Expo — a health sciences networking and showcase event for makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. The half-day event will be begin at 9:30 a.m., March 6, at the SMC Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard St.

Meet and learn from academic and industry leaders pushing the boundaries of health care with emerging technologies.

The HS/HSL Maker Expo is a gathering place for:

  • Curious people who like to learn by doing.
  • Makers creating solutions to improve patient care.
  • Entrepreneurs leveraging technology to impact wellness.
  • Innovators building the future of health care.

Attend the free workshop after the Maker Expo to learn about making 3D printable molecular models using open-source tools (seating is limited).

This event is free and open to the public.

Registration is required, and space is limited. Go to the HS/HSL Maker Expo website for more information and to register.

Brian Zelip TechnologyJanuary 23, 20180 comments
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Meet the Makers Series to Discuss Innovative Collaborations for Rehab Patients

The Meet the Makers emerging technology speaker series, hosted by the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) Innovation Space, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 7, noon to 12:45 p.m., in the HS/HSL Gladhill Board Rroom.

Karen Gordes, PT, DScPT, PhD, and Sandra McCombe Waller, PT, PhD, both from University of Maryland School of Medicine, will address “Building Collaborations Between Information Technology Students and Physical Therapy Students.” Gordes and McCombe-Waller will discuss their National Science Foundation grant-funded collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Department of Information Systems to create custom assistive devices for physical therapy and rehabilitation patients.



Brian Zelip Clinical Care, TechnologyJanuary 19, 20180 comments
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HS/HSL Partners with All of Us Research Program

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) is one of eight institutions to serve as Regional Medical Libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). Through a cooperative agreement from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the NNLM will focus on improving consumer access to high-quality health information in communities throughout the United States, specifically working with public libraries. (See news release here.)

This partnership is a three-year pilot program to support the NIH’s All of Us Research Program. Activities in the pilot are designed to:

  • Help public libraries support the health information needs of their users.
  • Support community engagement through public libraries for All of Us.
  • Operate the All of Us Training Center, the home for training and resources about and related to the program for consumers, health professionals, librarians, and researchers.

“Libraries serve as vital community hubs, and this collaboration presents a perfect opportunity to help the public understand how health research impacts all of us,” said Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, director of NLM. “Working with our vast network of public libraries, we hope to contribute to medical breakthroughs that may lead to more tailored disease prevention and treatment solutions for generations to come.”

The All of Us Research Program aims to build one of the largest, most diverse data sets of its kind for health research, with 1 million or more volunteers nationwide who will sign up to share their information over time. Researchers will be able to access participants’ de-identified information for a variety of studies to learn more about the biological, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence health and disease. Their findings may lead to more individualized health care approaches in the future.

Everly Brown Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, Research, TechnologyJanuary 18, 20180 comments
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Install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus at No Cost

Office 365 is a subscription service that ensures you always have the most up-to-date tools from Microsoft. Office 365 ProPlus is included with your Office 365 account, at no cost, as long as you remain an active employee or student. This is a single-user license, connected to your UMB account, which allows for up to five installations. When you leave UMB, your license becomes inactive.

To download and install Office 365, go to this link, log in with your email address and password, then click on Install Office Apps.

Office 2016 also is available at a cost of $100. Office 2016 is sold as a one-time purchase or “perpetual license,” which means you pay a single, upfront cost to get Office applications for one computer. One-time purchases are available for PCs and Macs. One-time purchases don’t have an upgrade option, which means if you plan to upgrade to the next major release, you’ll have to buy it at full price.

To purchase and download Office 2016, go to this link, then log in with your UM ID and password.

For more information, send an email to

Stephen Giermek TechnologyJanuary 17, 20180 comments
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