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Jody Olsen Chosen to Lead Peace Corps

The White House announced Jan. 3 that President Trump will nominate Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW, a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW), senior faculty advisor of the Center for Global Education Initiatives, and senior lecturer at the Graduate School, to be director of the Peace Corps. A letter on the White House web page noted that Olsen was deputy and acting director of the Peace Corps from 2001 to 2009.

Olsen began her work at the agency as a volunteer in Tunisia and later became country director in the West African nation of Togo, the regional director for North Africa, the Near East, Asia, and the Pacific, and agency chief of staff.

Between tours of duty with the Peace Corps, Olsen was senior vice president of the Academy of Educational Development (AED), a large nonprofit focused on education and economic development in the United States and 150 countries around the world.

In 2015, UMB named Olsen a Champion of Excellence, honoring her global impact. “Jody Olsen is a tireless champion for developing the campus infrastructure and faculty and student competencies to ensure that we can effectively and safely deliver great global education,” said Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, UMSSW dean. “She is a terrific communicator, relentlessly optimistic and affirming, and exceptionally knowledgeable about all things international.”

A presidential appointment to director of the Peace Corps must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Alex LikowskiCommunity Service, Education, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 5, 20180 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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Muslim Students and Scholars Spring Banquet

Muslim Students and Scholars Association Spring Banquet

Please join the UMB Muslim Students and Scholars Association on Wednesday, March 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the SMC Ballroom for our 2017 spring banquet.

This event is open to everyone and there will be delicious food and great entertainment.

The banquet will focus on having a positive attitude while building unity and strengthening our interfaith communities.

Our discussion will be led by an amazing group of panelists: Brother Jose Acevedo, Imam Mikaeel Ahmed Smith, and Dr. Zainab Chaudry!

Please RSVP by email or through our Facebook page.

Waleed Risheq Bulletin Board, UMB NewsMarch 15, 20170 comments
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PROMISE AGEP Family & Friends Cookout

Calling all graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff, alumni! Bring your family and friends to the annual PROMISE Cookout! Graduate students from all disciplines and all levels (1st year masters to doctoral candidate) are invited to participate!

This is an annual event! Feel free to bring games, cards, and athletic equipment.

All PROMISE participants who are graduating from a masters or doctoral program from any school within the University System of Maryland will be celebrated!

Send your name, school, department, and degree to with the subject: “PROMISE Cookout 2016.” Family and friends are invited to celebrate with you.

Event Details

Saturday, May 7  |  1 to 4 p.m.  |  10100 Superior Ave., Laurel, MD 20723


LaNette ParsonABAE, Bulletin Board, People, University Life, USGAApril 22, 20160 comments
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Graduate Research Conference

The Annual Graduate Research Conference will be held on Wednesday, March 23. Students are welcome to register to attend the event. Lunch is included and a graduate school-wide social hour will take place after the event.


Registration is now open, and is free for all UMB graduate students. Sign up for a poster or oral presentation.


Deadline: Friday, March 11

Conference Details

SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballrooms  |  Wednesday, March 23  |  8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m

LaNette ParsonBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, USGAMarch 4, 20160 comments
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Forensic Medicine

New Master’s Program in Forensic Medicine

Offered by the University of Maryland Graduate School, the Master of Science (MS) in forensic medicine is a full-time, nonthesis, one-year graduate degree program that prepares students for careers in forensic medicine.

The program is offered in collaboration with the State of Maryland, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner giving students the opportunity to study in one of the nation’s best medical examination facilities under the guidance of licensed and board certified forensic pathologists.

To learn more about the program, please visit our website!

Krista PetersClinical Care, Collaboration, Education, Research, Technology, UMB NewsOctober 2, 20150 comments
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Shaina Holman

Double Duty

As an undergraduate, Shaina Holman found the inspiration for her future career in an unlikely spot — in Costa Rica. It was there that the University of Maryland, Baltimore dual-degree student, studying for her DDS from the School of Dentistry and her PhD from the Graduate School, witnessed firsthand how barriers to dental care affect vulnerable populations. With 14 academic publications to her credit, Holman’s successes have been many, though her career is just beginning. She has plans to “help train the next generation” through her practice and clinical research. Learn more.

Clare BanksClinical Care, Education, People, Research, UMB NewsJune 12, 20150 comments
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Liver Transplant team hosted a medical group from Dow University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan

April Laurels


Jennifer Aumiller, MEd, director, Career Development and Alumni Relations, Graduate Program in Life Sciences, School of Medicine, and Erin Golembewski, PhD, senior associate dean, Graduate School, hosted the National Postdoctoral Association 2015 Annual Meeting March 13-15.

Congratulations to the School of Nursing and the Francis King Carey School of Law for moving up in the recently released U.S.News & World Report rankings. The nursing school rose from No. 11 to No. 6 among all accredited graduate nursing programs and had eight specialties/options ranked in the top 10, with two at No. 1. The law school moved up in two U.S.News rankings, with the Clinical Training specialty rising from No. 11 to No. 5 and the Evening Program rising from No. 7 SOD-fried_jacquelynWEBto No. 5.


Vineet Dhar, BDS, MDS, PhD, clinical associate professor, has been named director of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry.

Jacquelyn Fried, RDH, MS, associate professor and director of interprofessional initiatives, has been named one of the “Top 100 Women” for 2015 by The Daily Record.


Seven alumni of the Environmental Law Program — Catherine Faint, JD ’93; Jaclyn Ford, JD ’04; Jomar Maldonado, JD ’03; Karyn Marsh, JD ’03; Jeremy Scholtes, JD ’08; Rachel Shapiro, JD ’10; and Amber Widmayer, JD ’07 — were admitted to the Supreme Court Bar. All were sponsored by Robert Percival, JD, MA, the Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and director of the Environmental Law Program.

Student Laura Thomas Merkey won first place in a national writing competition sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Law.SOM-Fiskum_GaryWEB


Gary Fiskum, PhD, the M. Jane Matjasko Professor for Research and vice chair for research, Department of Anesthesiology, and seven SOM colleagues received a three-year, $2,307,489 award from the U.S. Air Force Medical Service for “Effects of Hypobaria on Brain Injury and Mortality Following Head Trauma Combined with Hemorrhagic Shock.”

The Liver Transplant team hosted a medical group from Dow University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. The team of eight visiting physicians sought out the SOM team and the University of Maryland Medical Center as an international example of an integrated model of care for living donor liver transplantation.


Susan Dorsey, PhD ’01, MS ’98, RN, FAAN, associate professor and chair, Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science, and Barbara Resnick, PhD ’96, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Endowed Chair in Gerontology, will be inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in July.

Mary Pat Ulicny, MS ’11, MHA, RN, CNE, clinical instructor and director, clinical simulation labs, Universities at Shady Grove, was given a $14,000 HRSA-supported Nurse Faculty Loan Program Award.


Jeffery Gonzales, PharmD, associate professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, received a 2014 Society of Critical Care Medicine Presidential Citation.

Audra Stinchcomb, PhD, professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, received a one-year, $385,663 grant from the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education for “Absolute Bioavailability/Pharmacokinetic and Residual Drug Analysis of Oxybutynin, Scopolamine, and Fentanyl Transdermal Systems in Healthy Adults.”


Associate professors Jodi Frey, PhD, and Kathryn Collins, PhD, along with recent MSW graduates Jennifer Pastoor and Linnea Linde wrote “Social Workers’ Observations of the Needs of the Total Military Community,” which was published in the Journal of Social Work Education.

Student Dawn Philip has been named a Council for Social Work Education minority fellow.

For the complete set of April laurels, see Dr. Perman’s President’s Message.

Chris ZangClinical Care, Collaboration, Contests, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeApril 9, 20150 comments
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IPE Day Collaboration 2

Attend SciPhD Bootcamp!

Learn to combat the perception that you may lack the leadership, communication, and teamwork skills that are essential to thrive in your first job.

SciPhD 2 Day Bootcamp

The SciPhD 2 Day Bootcamp uses unique experiential learning techniques to help you stand out from your competition. Leverage your experiences and learn essential skills with us.

This is a free event and lunch is provided!

This two-day event occurs 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., July 29 to July 30. Attendance and registration is required for both days.

RSVP now!

Julia CutlerCollaboration, Education, Research, University LifeJuly 9, 20140 comments
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Commencement Lunch in the Park

When: Friday, May 16, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch Before Commencement

Food trucks will be located along Plaza Park on Friday, May 16, so that graduates and their families can have lunch in the park before the Commencement procession begins at 1:15 p.m.

Food Truck Discounts for Grads

Graduates in their caps and gowns will receive a $1 discount on food truck orders. Seating will be available for graduates and families.

Get more information about this event.

Holly BaierFor B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAApril 30, 20140 comments
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Volleyball Championship

Volleyball Fall League Champions

After five weeks of tough competition, it was all on the line this past Monday Night at the Pratt. Four teams met to determine this season’s volleyball championship, bumping, setting, and spiking their hearts out for those precious Poe Cup points.

Dirty Half Dozen took home the championship over Rough Sets in a highly contested match that went all the way to the wire, winning the tie-breaking third set by a score of 15-13. They assumed the traditional bragging rights along with a much needed 450 points for the Graduate School team.

Additionally, while the School of Dentistry fell short of first place, they took home both 2nd and 3rd places and a total of 600 Poe Cup Points, vaulting them over physical therapy for first place, as we wrap-up the fall season.

Dave OglesbyClinical Care, University LifeNovember 21, 20130 comments
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Thank You to Our Veterans

For Operation Make a Veteran Smile, which was staged at midday on Nov. 11 to mark Veterans Day, the task was simple: “Stop by the SMC Campus Center to write a note of appreciation to vets and their loved ones.“

At noon, several students from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Graduate School and the School of Social Work (SSW) had reported for duty, along with staff from Campus Life Services. UMB supplied the materials; students supplied the creativity.

Their handwritten cards will go to Operation Welcome Home, an organization that greets returning vets at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. In a similar effort during UMB’s Welcome Month, students produced 250 cards expressing gratitude for military service.

Photo by Patricia Fanning: The Office of Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives (ISLSI)’s program manager Reina Pomeroy, LGSW, MSW (foreground) welcomes students to the table to make thank-you cards for vets, as SSW students Tanika Wiggins (right) and Kim Woodard (left) work on their cards.

Patricia FanningGlobal & Community Engagement, University LifeNovember 12, 20130 comments
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