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Q and A with Perman

Quarterly Q and A With President Perman Set for Dec. 12

The next President’s Q&A will be held Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the School of Medicine HSF II Auditorium.

This session will feature a discussion about the Catalyst fundraising campaign.

Join UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, as he answers questions from students, staff, and faculty. If you have a specific question you would like to ask but haven’t had the opportunity, or if you would just like to know more about what’s happening around the University, please join us.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Claire Murphy University LifeNovember 16, 20170 comments
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UMBrella Group Sending Two to Women’s Leadership Conference

The UMBrella Group has awarded scholarships to Marianne Gibson, MS, and Emily Lee, MSW, to attend the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Women’s Leadership Institute conference in Amelia Island, Fla., on Dec. 3 to 6.

Gibson is a program manager in the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR), and Lee is a research and academic affairs strategic administrator at the School of Social Work (SSW).

Gibson joined UMB in 2014, serving as a program manager with the Behavioral Health Resources Team in the PHSR. She is  responsible for providing technical and evaluation assistance to local health departments in Maryland as they apply a public health planning model to address substance use and misuse. On campus, Gibson has been involved with the Emerging Leaders Program and the Baltimore Area Health Education Center’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) Planning Committee, which coordinated two IPE events to educate students on the opioid epidemic and train students on how to administer the life-saving drug naloxone.

Lee has a key leadership role in developing and directing strategic initiatives to strengthen the SSW’s competitiveness in procuring state and federal research grants and to improve the quality of its MSW program. She builds a sense of community and a culture of information-sharing among SSW principal investigators. She facilitated quality improvements in the SSW at large with the creation of the school’s first consumer satisfaction survey, which generated new ideas for improving the school. Additionally, she works within Academic Affairs to strengthen the Master’s in Social Work (MSW) program. She created a new advising open house and advising videos for the main website, and she established a new online adjunct orientation and teaching development day to better integrate, orient, and develop the teaching skills of adjunct faculty and to improve communication and the organizational culture for adjuncts, who cover about 40 percent of MSW courses.

The leadership institute is for women who seek to become leaders in higher education administration. The conference is designed for attendees to hone leadership skills for working in a rapidly changing environment; develop a better understanding of the campus as a workplace and culture; share experiences with others about how campuses are adapting and adjusting to the new reality, and create new personal networks and networking skills to better tap the higher education community.

The UMBrella Group’s missions are to advocate for a culture that embraces flexibility and family-friendly work policies; coach women at all levels of the University; and provide opportunities for women at UMB to connect and engage with a community that supports the success of women.

For more information about the UMBrella Group, check out its web page.

sonya evans Education, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 17, 20170 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 the Catalyst fundraising campaign, a look ahead to Founders Week and Derreck Kayongo’s Politics and Policy presentation, a recap of the quarterly Q&A, a safety tip for pedestrians, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Chris Zang ABAE, Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University LifeOctober 10, 20170 comments
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UMBrella Hosts Women’s History Month

Join UMBrella for this year’s Women’s History Month event – Women Making a Difference in Baltimore’s Communities.

Featuring a distinguished panel of leaders in the Baltimore community who will discuss their respective journeys and experiences in leadership.

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Westminster Hall
519 W. Fayette St.

Light lunch will be served.


Catherine Pugh
City of Baltimore

Ericka L. Alton-Buck
Chief Executive Officer
Maryland Community Health Initiatives, Inc.
Penn-North Recovery/Behavioral Health Center

Edith Gilliard-Canty
Franklin Square Community Association

Rachel Monroe
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Kandace Pierce
Carter Memorial Church of Baltimore’s Fist Lady

Donations of school supplies, household items (blankets, towels, dishes, etc.), and children’s spring jackets (new/gently used) will be collected on site for Baltimore Outreach Services. For a complete wish list, please visit the Baltimore Outreach Services website.


Camilla Kyewaah Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, University LifeFebruary 10, 20170 comments
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UMBrella Lunch and Learn: Gender and Organizational Dynamics

Join the UMBrella Group for its first Lunch & Learn session of 2017!

Demonstrating Your Value: Gender and Organizational Dynamics

Empirical research demonstrates that women and their work are disproportionately undervalued within organizations. Expect to enjoy a robust discussion of this research and proven strategies for ensuring that the value you add to your institution is recognized and rewarded.

Presented by Paula A. Monopoli
Feb. 22, 2017
SMC Campus Center – Elm Ballroom
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Brown bag event


Camilla Kyewaah Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, University LifeJanuary 18, 20170 comments
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Fisher to Launch President’s Panel on Politics and Policy

The President’s Panel on Politics and Policy speaker series will kick off on Jan. 31 with an address by Karen Fisher, JD, chief public policy officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

As UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, noted in his December President’s Message, there is much at stake in terms of health and higher education policy, federal budget priorities, and issues of civil rights and social justice as the administration changes in Washington.

“We’ll invite noted experts and thought leaders to weigh in on how the new president and his administration and the new Congress could alter the country’s course in each of these areas and how such changes could affect institutions like UMB,” Perman said in introducing the new speaker series.

Fisher’s breakfast lecture and Q&A session, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the SMC Campus Center, will focus on health. She leads the AAMC’s public policy initiatives on medical education, health care delivery, and medical research, providing strategic guidance to advance the association’s legislative and regulatory priorities and developing policy proposals that support the work of academic medicine.

One of the nation’s leading experts on Medicare, Fisher has more than 20 years of experience in legislative and regulatory health care policy. Most recently, she served as senior health counsel for the Senate Finance Committee where she played a key role in drafting the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 and the new Medicare physician payment system.

Before moving to the Senate, Fisher spent almost a decade as senior director in health care affairs at the AAMC after serving as senior health policy analyst and general counsel for the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission — the precursor to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

“We’ll seek Ms. Fisher’s advice on how we at UMB can help shape U.S. policy to ensure health care access for those historically underserved,” Perman said. “We’ll also discuss proposals for such urgent issues as cutting health care costs, stimulating innovation in health technology and treatment delivery, and assuring quality care for all.”

Future speakers in the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy series include Frank Bruni of The New York Times on social justice and Goldie Blumenstyk of The Chronicle of Higher Education on higher ed. To learn more about this UMB speaker series and to register, visit

— Chris Zang

Chris Zang Education, People, University LifeJanuary 17, 20170 comments
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January CURE Corner: Festive Fall Finish

CURE Corner is an occasional feature with noteworthy updates from UMB’s CURE Scholars Program, a pipeline initiative that prepares West Baltimore children for health and research careers through hands-on workshops, lab experiences, and mentorship. UMB’s CURE scholars are the youngest ever to participate in the National Cancer Institute’s Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) national program.

The UMB CURE Scholars Program wrapped up the fall semester with a Winter Wonderland Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 10. The day was full of holiday stores, parent workshops, guest speakers, and awards for the scholars.

Scholars began the day at the University of Maryland BioPark and the UMB Community Engagement Center to use merits that they’ve earned with good behavior to purchase gifts for their families and other scholars. Parents were treated to a parent workshop facilitated by the Community Engagement Center during this time as well.

The scholars then participated in an awards ceremony through the School of Pharmacy’s student organization A Bridge to Academic Excellence (ABAE). ABAE treated the UMB CURE scholars to raffle prizes, awards for all of the scholars, and a delicious lunch!

The afternoon was full of special guest speakers and awards given from the UMB CURE Scholars Program. UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, welcomed the scholars and their families and congratulated the scholars on an awesome first semester. Alison Lin, PhD, a program director for the Diversity Training Branch of the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities of the National Cancer Institute, emphasized to the CURE scholars that they can be anything they want to be and that they are all on the track to being scientists. The scholars were then treated to a presentation by Renetta Tull, PhD, associate vice provost for graduate student development at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a global speaker for STEM equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The UMB CURE leadership team (with the help of the Baltimore Orioles mascot) presented awards to the UMB CURE community, including Scholar of the Month, Mentor of the Month, and Scholar Perfect Attendance awards. Fully admitted scholars (with no demerits for poor behavior and only one unexcused absence) received a certificate from the Baltimore City Council recognizing their achievements. Lastly, each scholar received a Mathlete Award for completing math problems during Saturday tutoring throughout the semester. A special shout out goes to Mariah Beatty, a sixth-grade scholar at Green Street Academy, for completing over 1,700 math problems since Oct. 15 and being the UMB CURE Mathlete MVP for the fall semester.

After a wonderful fall semester, the UMB CURE community is looking forward to the Science Olympiad projects that the scholars will begin in January. Stay tuned to hear about the accomplishments of the UMB CURE scholars during the Science Olympiad competition on March 4.

Emily Rencsok Community Service, Education, UMB NewsJanuary 17, 20170 comments
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October President's Message

October President’s Message

Check out the October issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column and personal reflection on UMB’s Community Engagement Center; a look ahead to Founders Week; revisiting the launch of the Diversity Advisory Council Speaker Series with Marc Nivet, EdD, MBA; a visit with UMB Ombudsperson Laurelyn Irving, PhD, MSW; and the CURE Corner.

Chris Zang Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAOctober 6, 20160 comments
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