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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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Muslim Students and Scholars Association Banquet Set for Nov. 10

The Muslim Students and Scholars Association (MSSA) invites members of the UMB community to its Fall Banquet on Nov. 10.

The banquet will run from  6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the SMC Campus Center, Room 349.

This is the MSSA’s main event of the semester and will feature an engaging discussion followed by dinner. The topic of social media is very relevant today, and the discussion will focus on appropriate ways to incorporate social media while maintaining a professional and modest attitude.

The speaker for the night will be Brother Jose Acevedo, who has been a leader in youth development and education in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore metropolitan area for more than 15 years.

This event is open to everyone, so please spread the word!

Ghania Naeem People, University Life, USGANovember 3, 20170 comments
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UMB Snap! Photo Contest: Submission Deadline Approaching

Here is your chance to have your best photos displayed for all to see in the Fireplace Lounge in the SMC Campus Center. This year’s first-place winner also will receive a $25 gift certificate redeemable for store credit at the UMB Seven Scholars University Store!

The contest is open to UMB faculty, staff, and students; BioPark employees; and UMMC employees.

Online submissions will be accepted from now until Oct. 31, 2017. Don’t delay!


2017 contest theme: UMB, Baltimore, and Beyond

Do you have inspiring images of the UMB campus? How about a great snapshot from your summer vacation? Photos of life in Baltimore? Pics of your pet? We want your photos of the campus, the city, and the entire world. Send them in!

Note: Photos of patients, or any photos taken in health care facilities, are not allowed.

Photos will be accepted in two camera formats:


Higher quality, high-resolution photos, usually taken with a regular camera. Images may be in any format (square or rectilinear), but final dimensions must be no larger than 16″ x 20″ for the final print. Resolution must be no less than 150 pixels per inch (ppi). File size must be no greater than 10 megabytes.


Lower-resolution photos, such as those taken with standard cellphones. Images may be in any format (square or rectilinear), but final dimensions must be no larger than 16″ x 20″ for the final print. Resolution must be no less than 150 pixels per inch (ppi). File size must be no greater than 10 megabytes.

Find out more

Please see the contest rules at the Snap! website for details on the formats and for other information. Model releases are required for photos of people in some instances.

For more information about the Snap! UMB Photo Contest 2017, email Stephen Bossom.

Good luck to all participants!

Stephen BossomBulletin Board, Contests, People, University Life, USGAOctober 19, 20170 comments
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Dispose of Unused or Expired Medications on Drug Take-Back Days

If you have  unused or expired medications, you can turn them in for safe disposal on campus this month.

To help improve medication safety in the community, student pharmacists from Generation Rx in the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) at the School of Pharmacy are partnering with the UMB Police Force on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 14th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day initiative.

Medications can be disposed of Oct. 25 and Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, at the SMC Campus Center.

Erin Merino Community Service, University LifeOctober 5, 20170 comments
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Jazz Fusion

Jazz Fusion

The United Students of African Descent (USAD) is excited to announce that we will be hosting our 17th Annual Jazz Fusion. The event will take place on Friday, April 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the SMC Campus Center, Ballrooms A & B.

Join us as we celebrate cultures from around the world and our peers’ talents!

Performances will include singing, dancing, a fashion show, and more! This event is FREE for UMB students and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact or

Temitope Foleyson People, UMB News, University LifeMarch 29, 20170 comments
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Transportation Kiosk

Transportation Kiosk Available

Digital assistant towers were all the rage during the holiday shopping season. Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) recently unwrapped a gift to UMB students, faculty, and staff that also has all the answers — a new informational kiosk in the lobby of the SMC Campus Center.

The colorful new addition and its accompanying touchscreens provide quick, easy answers to many transportation and transportation demand management (TDM) questions. Such as: When is the next Fells Point shuttle? How can you rent a Zipcar or a bike on campus? Do I qualify to park in the CarPool Zone at Lexington Garage?

“People are so busy. The interactive kiosk provides a wealth of information in a timely fashion,” says Tony Green, TDM and transportation manager in PTS.

The kiosk, which was designed by Adler Display Studios, was a year in the making. “We didn’t want something where someone hits a button and just goes to our website. We wanted something distinctive and appealing,” Green says. “Now you click Zipcar, you get Zipcar information on borrowing a car. You want to know where you can charge your electric car, touch the screen and it tells you.” Bold numbers offer real-time information on the UM shuttle’s four routes.

Want to know more about a program? Brochures are available in the kiosk. Nothing is perfect so there is a comments/suggestions touchscreen for users to offer input. “We’ll most definitely be modifying things as we go along,” says Green. “But this is a great start.”

– Chris Zang

Tony Green Bulletin Board, Collaboration, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, UMB Go Green, UMB News, University Life, USGAJanuary 17, 20170 comments
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Lexington Garage Parkers OneCard Linkage

There will be new entrance and exit procedures in Lexington Garage starting Jan. 3, 2017. Link your card before the rush!


Staff parkers should automatically be linked. If you are unsure if your OneCard has been linked, visit the cashiers at the SMC Campus Center.


Student parkers will need to visit the cashier’s office at the SMC Campus Center, lower level, prior to Jan. 3 in order to link their OneCard for garage access.

Additionally, Parking and Transportation Services will be at the Lexington Garage to help students link their OneCards on the following dates:

  • Dec. 5: 7 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 6-9: 7 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 12: 7 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 13-16: 7 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.
Reetta Gach UMB News, University AdministrationNovember 29, 20160 comments
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HS/HSL Tips for New Students

* Want a quiet place to study? You can reserve select study rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Don’t worry if you forget to make a reservation: there are plenty of other study rooms and quiet spaces to study throughout the library.

* Need help with a class assignment or research? Consider requesting a consultation with your school librarian.

* Forgot your charger at home? Come use the charging station on the Library’s 1st floor. It includes chargers for multiple devices.

* Need help while you’re at the Library? Come to the Information Services Desk on the 1st floor. Our staff can help you locate items, scan documents, search databases, and more! Or visit our Ask Us! page, where you can search a knowledge base of answers or chat with a staff member.

* Love to study early in the morning or late at night? The HS/HSL is open from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., Monday through Friday for early study hours. You must enter the Library via the SMC Campus Center and show your UMB One Card. We also stay open until 1 a.m., Monday through Thursday.

Everly Brown Education, People, Research, Technology, University LifeSeptember 23, 20160 comments
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Inaugural Global Health Summit

Faculty, staff, and students from all UMB schools are invited to attend the Inaugural Global Health Summit on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 in the SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballrooms. The summit will begin at noon and includes lunch. A reception will be held at the end of the afternoon.


  • To learn!
    • Learn about the new Institute for Global Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM)
    • Discover the exciting global health research already being conducted at the UMSOM.
  • To have your voice heard!
    • Participate in working groups to develop strategies to promote global health research at UMB.
  • To meet and network!
    • Join us for a reception to interact with leaders and colleagues throughout UMB who are interested in global health research.


Katherine Frankel Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, UMB NewsSeptember 1, 20160 comments
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craft fair 2015

Calling All Crafters!

Showcase your unique creations – and make some extra holiday dough – at this year’s UMB Handmade and Homemade Holiday Craft Fair!

We are looking for handcrafted items such as blown glass pieces, holiday-themed merchandise, unique accessories, gourmet sweet treats, tote bags, greeting cards, centerpieces, and hand-painted items.

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 | 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
SMC Campus Center
621 W. Lombard St., 1st and 2nd Floors

Register Now

Holly BaierBulletin Board, People, University LifeJuly 21, 20160 comments
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Strategic Plan Town Hall

Attend Strategic Plan Town Hall

More than five years ago, UMB students, faculty, staff, and community partners began work on UMB’s 2011-2016 strategic plan, Redefining Collaboration. Our aim was to make the University “greater than the sum of our parts.”

That widely successful strategic plan winds down, in date but not impact, on June 30. Which means it’s time to turn our attention to UMB’s 2017-2021 strategic plan. As part of the Middle States reaccreditation self-study, several ideas were recommended for the 2017-2021 strategic plan.

Please join us for lunch in the SMC Campus Center Elm Ballrooms on Wednesday, May 18, at noon to discuss those proposed themes that have been identified and learn more about the next strategic plan. Like the previous plan, this will be an inclusive process, involving people from all across the University so your feedback is needed. Other information-gathering tools such as surveys also will be used as we turn drafted proposals into finalized plans.

Register today for the town hall and join the conversation. Your input is appreciated. Watch this space for more updates in the coming weeks.

Chris ZangBulletin Board, People, UMB News, University AdministrationApril 21, 20160 comments
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"Home-Sick," Tara Byrd - First Place Winner

Announcing the Snap! UMB Photo Contest 2015 Winners!

Tara Byrd, assistant director of administrative services in the School of Nursing, captured first place in the Snap! Photo Contest, which was open to UMB faculty, staff, and students. Her entry, “Home-Sick,” one of 110 entries received from Sept. 18 to Oct. 31, shows an old home in disrepair, with distinctive blue shutters and ivy growing on the outside.

Other winners named Nov. 19 were Lindsay Rutt, MS, a lead research specialist at the Institute of Genome Sciences (IGS) in the School of Medicine, who finished second for her entries “Beach Storm” and “Windows – Lawrence, Kansas,” and an array of third-place finishers.

They included Pawel Gajer, PhD, a research associate at IGS; Rutt; Kathy Martin, DNP, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing; Bruce Anderson, PharmD, DABAT, director of operations for the Maryland Poison Center in the School of Pharmacy; Colette Beaulieu, office manager in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library; and Tao Liang, student in the School of Pharmacy. Many other contestants achieved honorable mention.

Celebrity Judges

All the photos were judged by a panel of Snap! celebrity judges, who included Yumi Hogan, first lady of Maryland and honorary chair of UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture; Fletcher Mackey, a faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art and board member of UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture; John Consoli, director of photography, Marketing and Communications at the University of Maryland, College Park; and Calla Thompson, an associate professor in photography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


Entries were accepted in two categories: “The Architectural Landscape” and “UMB, Baltimore, and Beyond.” The photos could be high or low resolution, allowing entries taken with regular cameras or with cell phones.

Exhibit at SMC Campus Center

The 42 winning entries will be displayed in the Fireplace Lounge of the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center from Dec. 4 to Feb. 29 and an online gallery can be viewed at the Snap! Photo Contest Website.

“We received an amazing assortment of entries with a variety of beautiful imagery,” said Stephen Bossom, MFA, web developer of interactive media in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, who headed UMB’s Snap! committee. “I enjoyed coordinating this year’s contest, and my appreciation goes out to all who participated.”

Chris ZangCollaboration, Contests, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeNovember 20, 20150 comments
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IPE Seed Grant Recipients Symposium

Drs. Jay A. Perman, Jane Kirschling, Heather Congdon, and Dave Mallott invite you to a symposium presented by the six IPE 2014-2015 Seed Grant recipients on Monday, Nov. 23, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in SMC Campus Center, Elm Room B. The principle investigator of each group will present a 15-minute overview of their project. A reception will follow at 4 p.m.

Please RSVP to Patricia Danielewicz by Nov. 16.

Seed Grant Summaries

Rapid Response: An Interprofessional Approach was submitted by Philip Dittmar, MD (SOM), and Norman Retener, MD (SOM), and received a $10,000 grant. In addition to Drs. Dittmar and Retener, faculty participating are:  Sandeep Devabhakthuni, PharmD, BCPS (SOP); Jeffrey Gonzales, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM (SOP); Sai-Ho Jason Chui, PharmD, BCPS (UMMC-Pharmacy) and Mary Fey, MS, RN (SON). This project will allow nursing, pharmacy and medical students to collaborate and learn together in a simulated “rapid response” patient encounter. The students will apply knowledge gained through the learning modules and develop team-building skills as they collaboratively manage a simulated patient (high-fidelity mannequin) through a series of enhanced acute care scenarios. A self-efficacy process will be utilized to assess student confidence in the learning objectives and to ensure content is consistently applicable across professions.

Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN (UMB nursing) received a $9,000 grant for Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Interprofessional Summer Internship. This internship initiative will create a team of students from four disciplines (nursing, social work, pharmacy, psychology) and two academic institutions (UMB and UMBC) to participate in an IPE eight-week summer internship within the multifaceted Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Universities at Shady Grove (Mary Lang, MBA) is partnering with these institutions and the Montgomery County DHHS to allow the students to see the interdisciplinary team work that occurs in the workplace and its benefits to improving service at multiple levels. Faculty members are Joan Pittman, PhD, MSW, LCSW-C (UMB social work), Heather Congdon, PharmD, BCPS, CDE (UMB pharmacy); Diane Alonso, PhD (UMBC psychology); and Katherine Morris, LCSW-C (UMBC social work).

Kerri Thom, MD, MS (SOM), received a grant for $9,000 for Interprofessional Approach to Teaching Patient Safety and Quality Improvement at the Point of Care. Faculty members, Alison Duffy, PharmD, BCOP (SOP); Emily Heil, PharmD, BCPS (SOP); Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN (SON); and Daniel Morgan, MD, MS (SOM and Baltimore VA), will collaborate to develop an interprofessional education pilot program where students across multiple disciplines will work together in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The students will learn to identify potential patient safety and quality improvement issues in the care of their patients and develop strategies to mitigate risk.

Sandra Quezada, MD, MS (SOM), submitted a proposal entitled Spanish for Health Professions Providers and was awarded an $8,000 grant. Faculty participants are Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW (SSW); Bonnie Bissonette, MA (Student Center for Global Education), and Amy Ramirez, MA (Office of International Scholar and Student Services). This is a new initiative building on the framework of the existing Medical Spanish program in the School of Medicine with the objective of expanding access to Spanish education to students at all UMB professional schools. The demand for health professionals to learn Spanish has increased dramatically in the U.S. in the last 20 years, and consequently education and training for students at UMB should prepare them for the rapidly changing demographic.

The Pediatric TEAM (Training, Education Assessment and Management of Delirium) Program submitted by Sarah Edwards, DO (SOM), was awarded a $6,000 grant. The TEAM, with emphasis on the identification and treatment of pediatric delirium, comprises: Shari Simone, DNP, CPNP-AC, FCCM (SON and UMMC); Allison Lardieri, PharmD (SOP and UMMC); Linda Kyle Walker, MD, FCCM (UMMC), Susan dosReis, PhD (SOP), and Sean Pustilnik, MD (SOM). This project will help medical, nursing, and pharmacy students learn interprofessional collaboration in a critical care setting by combining the assessment, management and evaluation of care in children, predisposed and experiencing delirium, in the PICU and PPCU.

Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP (SON), was awarded a grant in the amount of $5,000 for Use of Simulation to Augment Interprofessional Learning in the Emergency Department. This project focuses on hospital Emergency Departments experiencing an influx of patients who present with nonlife threatening dental complaints. Faculty participants include Jackie Fried, RDH, MS (SOD); David Williams, DDS, MS, MPH (SOD), and Jane Kapustin, PhD, CRNP (SON). Since simulation has been suggested as one method to unite teams and promote IPE, this grant funds the creation of an oral health clinical simulation environment to enhance interprofessional collaboration between dental, dental hygiene, and nurse practitioner students in a risk-free environment and promotes dialogue regarding patient case management. The simulation will focus on teamwork, responsibilities, ethics, and effective interprofessional communication.

Patricia Danielewicz Collaboration, Education, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeNovember 3, 20150 comments
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