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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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Police officers talking to Tour participants

On University Tour, UMB Police Stress Theme of Safety First

Personal safety was the focus Oct. 2 when a group of University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) staff members traversed the campus and city streets with UMB police officers and Office of Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) leaders during the first of five University Tours scheduled for Tuesdays this October. (See schedule here.)

Lt. Erk Pecha speaking to the groupUMB Police Force Capt. Erik Pecha and Lt. Dennis Smith led the way, enlightening the employees on ways to avoid becoming a victim of crime and urging the use of services such as the Safe Walk/Safe Ride program, where uniformed officers accompany UMB students, staff, and faculty between campus sites when requested.

“I can’t walk next to you 24/7 and 365 days a year to make you feel safe,” Smith told the group. “The police forces does as much as it can, but we can’t have a cop on every corner of the campus. That’s not practical. In the end, you are responsible for your personal safety, but we can help you along the way.”

To that end, the UMB officers offered safety tips on the tour, which began at Lexington Street Garage, moved south on Pine Street to West Baltimore Street, then east to Greene Street, south to West Lombard Street, east to South Paca Street, and north to Lexington Market.

Perhaps the central message conveyed was: Be aware of your surroundings. The officers lamented the fact that too many people, with cellphone in hand or earphones on, are not paying attention to what’s happening around them as they navigate the campus.

“One thing that we preach all the time: no headphones or texting while you are walking,” Smith said. “Take your headphones off and pay attention to what’s going on around you. People who are looking to commit crime are watching to see who’s paying attention and who’s not. If you are oblivious to your situation because you are on your phone or have headphones on, you are a prime target.”

Other tips:

• If you feel uncomfortable on the street or think someone is following you, walk into any UMB building and seek out a security officer or attendant who can contact police immediately. “Don’t worry that you might offend someone by doing that,” said Pecha, who also holds the title of assistant chief. “You are not doing it because of any bias, you are doing it because you don’t feel safe.”

• Do not jaywalk. Instead, use the marked crosswalks, but never assume that just because you are in a crosswalk that you don’t have to pay attention to the vehicles. “You should take an extra moment and try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing,” Pecha said.

• The emergency blue light phones around campus and in garages are analog devices that call the police dispatcher, but if you use one, you can’t just hit the button and leave the site. You need to talk to the dispatcher and give them information about the emergency.

• Use a backpack to carry your belongings, and bring as few valuables to campus as possible. “With a backpack, you’ve got everything in there secure and two straps on your shoulders,” Smith said. “Most women carry their purse on their side, and a thief can give it a good yank and most likely it’s going to come out of your hands. … And if you don’t need something, don’t carry it with you. But also don’t leave it in your car and visible, because someone might break a window to get it.”

• When walking around the city, avoid alleys and other shortcuts; stay on streets that are well-lit and heavily traveled. This is an emphasis for Pecha. “Shortcuts are bad!” he said. “Everyone makes fun of me for repeating that, but it’s the truth. There’s no reward for taking a shortcut.”

• Use police services such as Safe Walk/Safe Ride — even if the distance between your destinations is short. “It’s a resource that we offer, so why not use it?” Pecha said (simply call 6-6882 on campus or 410-706-6882). “You are not putting us out in any way, shape, or form. That’s part of our job.”

The tour also offered suggestions on places to eat that you might not know about, like the School of Dentistry cafeteria or the snack bar in Health Sciences Research Facility I; pointed out the location of UMaryland Immediate Care on West Lombard Street for health care needs; and provided guidance on how to interact with the homeless and panhandlers.

The tour ended at Lexington Market, where Stacey Pack, marketing and communications manager for Baltimore Public Markets, pointed out the many culinary, produce, and shopping choices at the historic site, which is soon to be redeveloped. The market tour ended with a walk through Mem Sahib Indian Cuisine restaurant, a participant in the UMB Office of Community Engagement’s Local Food Connection.

The group then sat down for a Q&A session with the police officers and three PTS officials, including director Robert Milner, MS, CAPP.

Tony Green, manager, TDM and Transportation Services, discussed the UM shuttle, alternative transportation options, and electric vehicle services, while encouraging the group to follow PTS’ Twitter and Facebook accounts. Stacy Holmes, operations manager, talked about garage services such as flat tire assistance, battery jumps, and lockout help.

During the feedback session, one member of the UMB group, a new employee who has moved to Baltimore from New York, said that she appreciated the safety and security aspects of the tour and that she gained more familiarity with the campus’ landscape — which is what University Tours is all about.

“We began these tours about three years ago,” Pecha said, noting the need to educate those new to UMB or anyone who might be unfamiliar with an urban environment. “It’s not a historical tour, like, ‘Oh, there’s the School of Pharmacy, and there’s the School of Medicine.’ It’s more of a practical and social-type tour: ‘You can get coffee here. There’s a snack bar there. Don’t walk this way. Walk on this street.’

“It’s also a chance for students and staff to get to know us as human beings, and we can learn about them and learn from them as well.”

— Lou Cortina

Read about more safety tips from the UMB Police Force.

Lou CortinaCollaboration, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAOctober 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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T.J. Smith with President's Fellows

Police Spokesman Gives Inside Story at President’s Symposium on Gun Violence

As the media relations director of the Baltimore Police Department, Capt. T.J. Smith, MA, MS, knows the ugly side of the city better than most. So he didn’t sugarcoat Baltimore’s problems on Sept. 26 when he spoke to University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) faculty, staff, and students as part of the President’s Symposium and White Paper Project, which this year focuses on the fight against gun violence.

T.J. Smith with Police Chief Cary and others

“These have been the most violent years in Baltimore history,” Smith told the 80-plus people gathered in the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center ballroom. “So we’re keenly aware of violence. Don’t be fooled by any masks that people use to describe different tenures in policing over the years. Baltimore has been a very violent town for a very long time.”

In fact, as Smith pointed out, USA TODAY recently ranked Baltimore No. 1 among large U.S. cities in the number of murders per capita. He said it wasn’t even close.

“If we had a 40 percent reduction in homicides we would still be the largest city with the No. 1 problem,” Smith said. “Just to use a comparison, New York City, with 8 million-plus people, had 285 murders last year. Baltimore City, with 615,000 people, had 342. If we had the population of New York City, we would have had well over 3,000 murders last year.”

Not that Baltimore is the only city struggling with gun violence. Early in his talk, the personable Smith asked the crowd what state in the U.S. does not have gangs? Attendees guessed Utah or Hawaii. “No. The state of denial is the one that doesn’t have gangs. Gangs are everywhere, gun violence is everywhere,” Smith said, mentioning recent mass shootings in Harford County and a local elementary school that day where a student brought a gun.

He doesn’t see things changing anytime soon despite determined efforts to curb such crimes. He pointed out systemic problems that have to be fixed first.

“Why is it easier for the kid in West Baltimore to get a gun than an apple or a salad?” Smith said. Combine the food deserts with poor housing, “and then you’re sending that child to school and telling them to sit still for six to eight hours a day and expect them to be a vibrant, productive member of society. We see zero percent proficiency in some of our schools.”

And it’s an ugly cycle that repeats itself, Smith said. “Let’s just take three guys who spent 25 years in federal prison. One was from Baltimore, one was from D.C., and one was from New York, and you dropped them back off in their ‘hood. The only person who would be able to navigate through their ‘hood today would be the one from Baltimore because it looks exactly the same as it looked 25 years ago. We just haven’t been aggressive enough at changing what people have been used to.”

Among numerous stories Smith told was one about Curtis Deal, 18, who in February 2017 got out of jail for the third time in a month before an altercation with police less than 24 hours later in which he was killed when he pulled a gun.

Smith said the story behind the gun is a sad tale in itself.

“That gun was reported stolen in Washington County by a husband and his wife who were getting some work done to their home. So he thinks it’s these workers that are doing work, and reports it. Find out that his wife was opioid addicted and took these guns and sold them in Baltimore and that’s how the gun ended up on the streets and used by Curtis Deal and he ultimately died as a result.

“We use Curtis Deal not to chastise him for what he did but to talk about an epic failure in the overall system. One, he probably should still be in jail. Two, we have an issue with people who are responsible gun owners having irresponsible people around.”

With over 20 years in law enforcement, serving in community policing, tactical patrol, narcotics work at the Anne Arundel County Police Department before coming to the Baltimore Police Department just after the riots in 2015, Smith still takes tackling crime personally.

Especially a case in July 2017. Enjoying a rare vacation, Smith had just steamed crabs and taken some to his mother when one of the hundreds of texts he gets every day on police business came in with the subject line “Dionay Smith.”

“I said, ‘That’s my brother,’ ” related Capt. Smith. “The age and address were the same and his first name is unusual. That’s one of those surreal moments where you just can’t believe it.”

The younger Smith, 24, had been gunned down on the side of his home. Capt. Smith recounted to the UMB crowd how he reacted, details of the point-blank shooting, and how media outlets descended on him seeking a story during his time of grief.

As the public face who often is on TV reporting on the latest murder, Smith turned down dozens of story requests about his brother’s death, which he called “number 173, because that’s what we do in Baltimore, we count bodies.”

After closing remarks by Smith and emcee Courtney Jones Carney, MBA, director of Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives, the captain took many questions from the audience. He discussed the Safe Streets initiative, bulletproof vests for civilians, “suicide by cop,” trust between police and the community, social media and crime, closing of rec centers, public housing, and many other topics.

Nicole Campion Dialo, a School of Medicine student who is one of the seven 2018 President’s Fellows studying the root cause of gun violence, asked Smith if he could conceive of something to implement tomorrow that would cut our violence rates in half, what would it be?

“If I had a magic wand to fix our problem,” Smith said, “I would start with our schools because really education is the key. There are not a lot of areas in this country that have an educated population and has these socioeconomic problems and social ills. So our school system is where it begins and our elementary school-aged kids.”

— Chris Zang

Read more about the President’s Symposium and White Paper Project.

Chris ZangFor B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAOctober 3, 20180 comments
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Dr. Perman, John Wolfe, and Elsie Stines

Speaker Enlightens UMB on Diversity and Inclusion Through Disruption

As the former associate vice chancellor for diversity and academic leadership development for the University System of Maryland, John T. Wolfe Jr., PhD, MS, isn’t one to back down from challenges.

So when he was asked to give the third presentation in the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) Speaker Series at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) on Sept. 17, Wolfe jumped in with both feet, stirring the pot from the outset.

Before a roomful of UMB students, faculty, and staff, Wolfe began by quoting the English poet, John Milton. “Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, and many opinions,” Wolfe said. “For opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making,”

Smiling at those assembled in the SMC Campus Center Elm Ballrooms, Wolfe added, “I intend to stir curiosity, to provoke thought, test boundaries, reinforce some things that you already know and hopefully – if I do it right – disrupt.”

Wolfe came back to the concept of disruption several times during his hourlong presentation “Managing Disruption: Cooperating and Collaborating Even When We Disagree.”Founder and principal of Avant-Garde Higher Education Services and Solutions, Inc., Wolfe defined a disruption as words, actions, or occurrences that may distract or test people and their reactions. The outcome could either cause conflict and chaos or it could inspire progressive movement within an organization or group. In this context, he is hoping to accomplish the latter.

Through a series of anecdotes and words of wisdom, Wolfe talked about managing disruptions in both working environments and everyday life.

“Disruption is a part of life. You have to anticipate it,” continued Wolfe, whose decorated career spans five decades including stints as English teacher, employee relations manager, tenured faculty member, department head, and provost. “I have been a disrupter. I have had to mediate and mitigate, and I found that in order to make diversity and inclusion work, you have to find a common ground.”

Finding common ground is one of the aims of the DAC, which provides recommendations that promote UMB’s commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion in every aspect of the University.

“The DAC created the Diversity Speaker Series to provide a forum for faculty, staff, and students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said DAC member Elsie Stines, DNP, CRNP, a pediatric nurse practitioner who is assistant vice president of special projects and initiatives in the President’s Office.

“We wanted to find a speaker who most aligned with where we were going with diversity and conflict management,” said DAC member Vanessa Fahie, PhD, RN, assistant professor in the School of Nursing. “Dr. Wolfe seemed like a logical choice.”

— Jena Frick

Watch a video of Wolfe’s presentation. Read about previous DAC speakers.

Jena FrickCollaboration, People, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAOctober 1, 20180 comments
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Connective Issues: Volume 12, Issue 4

Check Out the Latest ‘Connective Issues’ Newsletter

The September 2018 issue of the Connective Issues newsletter from the Health Sciences and Human Services Library is now available.

Included in this issue:

  • Welcome — Expertise, Resources, Place!
  • Doing Research?
  • Meet the Makers — The Neurobiology of Pain Modulation: From Placebo Effects to Virtual Reality
  • Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at HS/HSL
  • The Library Genie Returns Oct. 1
  • Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World
  • Scholarly Publishing Workshop Series
  • Showcasing and Preserving UMB CURE Scholars’ Works
  • Meet Your Librarian
  • Top 10 Reasons to Love the HS/HSL
  • The “Spanish” Influenza Pandemic in Baltimore, 1918-1919
Everly BrownClinical Care, Collaboration, Education, Research, Technology, USGASeptember 27, 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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Amy Bao, student pharmacist

Summer Reflections: Practicing Pharmacy Across the Pacific

Editor’s Note: This post is the fourth in a series of Summer Reflections authored by student pharmacists at the School of Pharmacy who participated in study abroad experiences during their summer breaks.

As a first-year student pharmacist, I was initially overwhelmed by the number of student organizations and opportunities to get involved at the School of Pharmacy. During the first month of school, I attended all of the general body meetings (GBMs) and student panels I could to figure out which organizations might interest me the most. It was at the second GBM for the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) that I first discovered the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF), and its Student Exchange Program (SEP). After listening to the student panel share stories about their time in countries like England and Taiwan, I decided that I definitely wanted to take advantage of this opportunity during the free time I would have the summer after my first year.

An Opportunity to Broaden My Horizons

On my application, I indicated Japan as my top choice of countries in which I’d like to study abroad. I had just vacationed in Japan for two weeks before starting my first year of pharmacy school, and I enjoyed my time there so much that I wanted to go back. I was already familiar with some elements of Japanese culture, but I had never been exposed to Japan’s health care system. Despite having just spent the previous summer in Japan, I had never visited a hospital or pharmacy — I didn’t even know what the Japanese word for pharmacy was when I applied for this experience! In addition to gaining a better understanding of Japanese culture through learning about the country’s approach to health care, I wanted to learn some new aspects of pharmacy practice that I might be able to take back to the United States. I also hoped to improve my Japanese language skills, since studying languages is one of my passions.

So Much to Learn, So Little Time

I was fortunate to have my application accepted by the Association of Pharmaceutical Students in Japan (APS-Japan). The program’s student exchange officer (SEO) reached out to me to provide more details about the program. My study abroad experience included two major parts: a four-day internship at a community pharmacy in Kouchi prefecture, which I would complete alone, and a two-week exchange program in Nagoya, where I would be placed with four other exchange students.

I spent the four days of my community pharmacy internship at three different locations of Blue Cross Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy chain. Although I was not able to work as a traditional intern due to language barriers (the prescriptions were written exclusively in Japanese, and some of the commonly prescribed medications are different from those we use in America), this internship was still one of the most insightful parts of my study abroad experience. I was able to spend the majority of each day talking to the pharmacists at each of the pharmacies. We talked for hours about the similarities and differences between some of the more complex aspects of pharmacy, such as insurance systems and pharmacy education, in our respective countries. I also had the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning with compounding ointments, operating the medication packaging machines, and providing patient counseling in Japanese.

The second part of my exchange program offered additional exposure to various sectors of pharmacy practice through visits to a community pharmacy; hospital; Pfizer’s manufacturing plant; the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a government agency that provides assistance to developing countries; and a skin care workshop with Shiseido. All of the exchange students — or SEPers, as we liked to refer to ourselves — were also required to prepare brief presentations about pharmacy practice in our home countries, which we presented to each other and the SEP staff. In addition to me representing America, the other four students had traveled from the Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, and Taiwan, so we were all able to learn a lot about how pharmacy is practiced in completely different cultures. The rest of our time was spent sightseeing around the city. We ate local specialties, sang at karaoke bars, did a lot of shopping, visited museums, and explored local shrines and temples. In those two weeks, I grew very close to the other SEPers, as well as the local SEP staff, who also were pharmacy students. Parting ways was bittersweet, but I still keep in touch with everyone online, and we will hopefully stay lifelong friends.

The Difference Is in the Details

Looking back on this experience, I am extremely thankful to all of the staff for guiding me through the internship and exchange program, allowing me such a unique opportunity to experience what pharmacy is like in another country. The differences between Japan and America are almost impossible to count, but some notable contrasts that I learned about involved the insurance systems, pharmacy education, types of medications dispensed, and patient counseling. One of the biggest takeaways from my stay in Japan was learning about the principle of omotenashi, which is a concept of hospitality that is deeply ingrained in Japanese culture. The term loosely translates to “looking after guests wholeheartedly” — going the extra mile to look after needs that guests might not even realize they have. Omotenashi is exhibited through various services that the pharmacy provides, such as dividing a patient’s medications into different packages according to the time of day they need to take them, providing services such as free tea and foot massage machines in the pharmacy’s waiting area, and spending more than 10 minutes to counsel every patient. To the Japanese pharmacists, these acts of consideration were an obvious part of patient care, and they were surprised to learn that pharmacies in America do not normally provide these same services. I think the concept of omotenashi is a very admirable part of Japanese culture and could be very beneficial to incorporate into the patient care that we provide in American pharmacies.

Learning about how your profession is practiced in another country not only teaches you about the ways that you can improve those practices in your own country, but it also makes you more aware and appreciative of how the profession operates in your home country. In addition to learning so much new information during the internship, I was able to connect with the pharmacists and students I worked alongside, making new mentors and friends. Participating in study abroad programs like SEP is one of the most valuable experiences a pharmacy student can have, and I would highly recommend it to any student who is able to take advantage of such an opportunity.

— Amy Bao, second-year student pharmacist

Amy BaoEducation, People, USGASeptember 20, 20180 comments
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Global Medical Brigades Group Photo

Global Medical Bridages Applications Now Open

The application for Global Medical Brigades is open. Click here to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and applicants will hear within a week if they have been selected. The deadline is Monday, Oct. 8.

Global Medical Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Since 2004, Global Medical Brigades has mobilized tens of thousands of students and professionals through skill-based programs that work in partnership with community members to improve quality of life in under-resourced regions while respecting local culture.

Our chapter at the University of Maryland, Baltimore is one of hundreds of chapters around the globe. Each chapter brings students on one-week trips to areas in Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, or Ghana that have little access to health care. While there, students work together to set up makeshift clinics and can see anywhere from 500 to 1,000 patients per brigade.

This year, the UMB chapter will be going to Honduras from Jan 6-12.

Lewis LiuCollaboration, Education, People, University Life, USGASeptember 18, 20180 comments
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Orioles vs. Astros: USGA Bullpen on Sept. 28, 2018

USGA Fall Bullpen: Orioles vs. Astros on Sept. 28

The University Student Government Association Fall Bullpen event will be held Friday, Sept. 28, before the Orioles’ game against the Houston Astros.

Here are the details:

  • Time: 5:30 p.m.; game time is 7:05.
  • Price: $10 students, $20 guest (includes food and drink). There are 400 tickets, so buy today at this link.
  • Location: Banquet room of the B&O Warehouse
  • Game promotion: The first 20,000 fans will receive an Orioles coaster set.
  • More information: Go to USGA’s Facebook page.
Ray GergenBulletin Board, University Life, USGASeptember 17, 20180 comments
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President's Fellow

President’s Symposium Takes on Gun Violence

In the aftermath of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2018, that killed 17 people, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Jay A. Perman, MD wrote a letter to the UMB Community expressing anger and sadness at yet another senseless school shooting. He wrote, “As a father, grandfather, and pediatrician, I am horrified by the ongoing slaughter of children — in schools nationwide and on the streets of Baltimore.”

In addition to inviting readers to use the “power of the purse” to influence state-level gun policy, Perman noted he was eager to hear ideas about how UMB might focus scholarship, research, and teaching on the fight against gun violence.

As a result of that rallying cry to action, the 2018-2019 President’s Symposium and White Paper Project will tackle the pervasive and controversial issue of gun violence. This interprofessional initiative engages students, faculty, and staff from all of UMB’s schools and academic programs in a year-long conversation on a topic of importance to the University community. This year, the Speakers Series and the White Paper will explore UMB’s role in addressing gun violence through education, research, clinical care, and service while using an interdisciplinary lens to examine the impact of trauma on communities.

At a kickoff event Sept. 6 at the SMC Campus Center, President Perman frankly admitted “we have little control over the gun violence that occurs routinely in our city, in our nation.” However, as he introduced this year’s group of President’s Fellows, he added, “If we absolve ourselves from studying it, then who can we expect to take up the issue?

“I know we have to find and an answer and I know we have to start somewhere,” Perman emphatically stated.

Keynote speaker Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH, assistant professor and deputy director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, agrees that scholarship is one way to push back against gun violence. In her work as an injury epidemiologist and gun policy researcher, she says she “strives to develop the strongest evidence base possible to promote policies that will reduce gun violence.” The goal is to improve public safety and “make everyone safer, regardless of where they live.”

Her talk, titled “Understanding Violence: Epidemiology and Evidence-based Policy,” outlined standards for legal gun ownership; regulation of gun purchasing and carrying; and public opinion on gun policy. As a public health researcher, Crifasi called gun violence a complex public health problem but explained, “It’s more than a public health problem. It’s law, it’s nursing, it’s social work. It’s all of these things together.”

This year’s fellows are an interdisciplinary team that will study the root causes of gun violence and use a team approach to examine its traumatic impact on communities. They will use this same team approach to develop recommendations and present a proposed Universitywide implementation strategy in spring 2019.

The 2018-2019 President’s Fellows are: Nicole Campion Dialo, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Zachary Lee, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; Vibha Rao, University of  Maryland Graduate School; Basant Motawi, Graduate School; Jenny Afkinich, Graduate School; Lauren Highsmith, University of Maryland School of Social Work; and Jessica Egan, University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Campion Dialo is a third-year medical student interested in psychiatry and family medicine. She thinks these two medical specialties are uniquely suited to addressing communities affected by the trauma of gun violence, and she wants to deepen her knowledge about possible solutions. “I want to learn more about what has worked in other places to get at the problem and what we can do better right here in Baltimore,” she said.

Lee, the law student, also wants to help alleviate the issue of gun violence in Baltimore, “Given our geography, I think it’s important we focus on Baltimore and also more broadly in Maryland,” he noted.

But like his colleague Campion Dialo, Lee is looking at the issue through a wide lens. “This is an issue of national importance, so I’m looking at it from many angles and examining how it sits on our national conscience,” he said.

This is the eighth year of the President’s Symposium and White Paper Project, which is a joint initiative with the Office Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives. The most recent topic of study was global literacy. The topics before that were  entrepreneurial exploration, cultural competence, community engagement, interprofessional education, civility, and urban renewal.

— Laura Lee



Laura LeeEducation, For B'more, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGASeptember 14, 20180 comments
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To sign or not to sign ... UMBEIN.ORG

Sept. 27 Workshop: ‘Dealing with Non-Disclosure Agreements’

You’ve been asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) — how should you respond?

In a Sept. 27 workshop titled “Dealing with Non-Disclosure Agreements” from the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network student group, the use of NDAs to protect confidential information that may be exchanged during discussions or negotiations between companies will be discussed.

The workshop will review standard terms in an NDA and highlight problematic provisions that you might want to avoid. It also will touch on confidentiality provisions in employment and independent contractor agreements and other types of contracts.

Here are the details:


Edwin OakBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGASeptember 13, 20180 comments
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Students being served food by school deans and administrators

Registration Opens for Oct. 18 Founders Week Student Cookout

What combines free food and being served by your school dean? The UMB Founders Week Student Cookout, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the School of Nursing Courtyard.

UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, will greet students, who will enjoy chicken, hot dogs, and more served by school deans, administrators, and UMB vice presidents.

The food and drinks are free, but tickets are required. Registration is now open for all UMB students.

More on Founders Week

Read about all the events and award winners at UMB’s Founders Week website.

Alice PowellABAE, Bulletin Board, UMB News, University Life, USGASeptember 10, 20180 comments
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CommUNITY Fest on September 29

UMB SNMA’s 16th Annual CommUNITY Fest Set for Sept. 29

One of the UMB Student National Medical Association’s (SNMA) biggest events is the annual, one-day, free health fair, CommUNITY FEST at Lexington Market. This year’s event will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In an effort to promote good health among Baltimore residents, the CommUNITY Fest provides numerous health screenings, resources, and activities that people of all ages can enjoy. An array of services offered at the fair include but are not limited to blood pressure screenings, diabetes screening, HIV/AIDS testing, dietary and nutrition information, flu shots, and immunizations. We hope that as a result of the health education and promotion efforts we will foster a healthier Baltimore one family at a time.

More than 300 Baltimoreans come and benefit from the health fair each year. This is a collaborative effort involving not only the various University of Maryland schools (medicine, pharmacy, dental, nursing, physical therapy), but also local organizations and the Baltimore City Health Department.

Linda OtienoFor B'more, University Life, USGASeptember 7, 20180 comments
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