Archive for January, 2014

Flat Stanley Meds

Flat Stanley Visits Pharmacy Practice Lab

After visiting the School of Dentistry, Flat Stanley popped on over to the School of Pharmacy.

He writes, “My next stop was to the School of Pharmacy – established in 1841. Did you know it is the fourth oldest pharmacy school in the United States?

“Their mission is to lead pharmacy education, scientific discovery, patient care, and community engagement in the state of Maryland and beyond.

“Here we are inside the pharmacy practice lab where students train in the dispensing of prescription medications in both community and hospital pharmacy settings. The lab also includes an area with over-the-counter medications!”

Stay tuned for next week’s post and see where Flat Stanley pops up next!

Sarah RebackUniversity LifeJanuary 31, 20140 comments
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Yolanda Ogbolu

Nursing’s Ogbolu Wins Faculty Diversity Award

An assistant professor in the School of Nursing, Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, RN, CRNP, is deputy director of the School’s Office of Global Health and has devoted 20 years to working across local, state, national, and international levels to address issues of health disparities and cultural competency, especially among newborns.

Ogbolu – Mentor and Leader

Ogbolu has participated on the Governor’s Task Force on Infant Mortality and led a subcommittee of the Cultural Competency Task Force.

She mentors nurse leaders from sub-Saharan Africa and local high school students to encourage health care careers. Ogbolu collaborated with the National Office of Minority Health/SRA to develop an innovative educational module on the National Standards for Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Care.

In West Africa, she focuses on newborn survival and led the development of educational curricula, and four nursing university partnerships.

Additionally, Ogbolu is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar funded to examine organizational cultural competency and its association with patient-reported experiences.

Black History Month Celebration Award

Ogbolu will receive her Diversity Recognition Award at the University’s Black History Month celebration on Monday, Feb. 10, at noon in the Medical School Teaching Facility auditorium. About the award she says she, “is grateful and at the same time humbled.”

Registration for the celebration is required by Feb. 3. For more information, please contact UMB’s Office of Protocol and Special Events.

About the MLK Diversity Recognition Awards

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Recognition Awards are presented for individual and/or group achievements in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness.

Each year, UMB schools and administrative units are asked to nominate individuals or groups that have played a leadership role or been an integral part of the diversity effort at the University.

The recipients serve as models of the ideals epitomized by the life and work of Dr. King.

Chris ZangGlobal & Community Engagement, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 31, 20140 comments
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Welcome Back Social at Pickles Pub

Pickles PubThe USGA’s welcome back social is coming up FAST – mark your calendars!

Reconnect with your friends and classmates following the holiday break with copious food and drinks at Pickles Pub.

We are offering speed dating for those of you looking to meet new people and to potentially find a date for Valentine’s Day (Only two weeks after the event!).

When: Friday, Jan. 31
Where: Pickles Pub


  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with food and drinks starting at 7 p.m. until they run out.
  • Fee at the door is $5 for students and $10 for guests.
  • CASH ONLY at the door and please bring your student ID.
  • Sign up at the door for speed dating, which will start around 8 p.m. upstairs.

View the event on Facebook.

Welcome to the University Student Government Association’s (USGA) blog.

We will have updates on upcoming USGA events, advocacy, and other important information. We also will spotlight various USGA executive board members and senators, so that you can get to better know them.

Fall Formal

Come dressed to impress to our Casino-themed Fall Formal and enjoy dancing, food, drinks, and games at our decorated Campus Center!!

When: Friday, Nov. 22
Where: SMC Campus Center
Time: 8 p.m. to midnight


Tickets will be $20 for students and $30 for guests. Please bring your formal ticket, student ID, and government-issued ID to the formal.

Ticket Sales

Each student can buy a maximum of two tickets. When purchasing tickets, you must bring your student ID. Tickets are purchased with CASH only.

Ticket Sales will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. and will continue until tickets sell out. They can be purchased from Ms. Cyndi Rice in SMC Campus Center Room 319 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Nov. 12 to 22. Leftover tickets will be sold at the door.

For your convenience, tickets also will be sold at the following times in the SMC Camus Center lobby:

Tuesday, Nov. 12, noon to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 13, noon to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19, noon to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, noon to 1 p.m.

Spencer ToddUniversity Life, USGAJanuary 31, 20140 comments
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Hispanic Dental Association

Hispanic Dental Association Wins Diversity Recognition Award

The University’s Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) chapter, who focuses on service, leadership, education, and advocacy in Baltimore’s Hispanic community, was named National Student Chapter of the Year by the National Hispanic Dental Association in September.

Health Fairs Screen Kids and Community Members

In September the chapter held a health fair at Wolfe Street Academy, where 90-plus children from kindergarten through fifth grade were screened for oral cancer and any conditions needing immediate attention. In November, HDA volunteers screened and educated 70-plus community members of all ages at the Langley Park Health Fair.

The HDA chapter at UMB primarily serves the Hispanic community, but most of the members are not Hispanic. They learn key Spanish dental terms during lunch-and-learns to promote inclusiveness.

“It’s an honor for our HDA student chapter to be awarded with this distinguished MLK recognition,” says HDA President Richard Duarte, DDS ’15. “We continuously strive to serve the local Hispanic community while maintaining a diverse group of members. We are thankful for our dedicated volunteers and supporters for their continued efforts toward our organization’s goals and overall mission.”

Award Presentation at Black History Month Celebration

The awards will be presented at the University’s Black History Month celebration on Monday, Feb. 10, at noon in the Medical School Teaching Facility auditorium.

Registration is required by Feb. 3.

For more information, please contact UMB’s Office of Protocol and Special Events.

MLK Diversity Recognition Awards

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Recognition Awards are presented for individual and/or group achievements in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness. Each year, UMB schools and administrative units are asked to nominate individuals or groups who have played a leadership role or been an integral part of the diversity effort at UMB. The recipients serve as models of the ideals epitomized by the life and work of Dr. King.

Chris ZangUniversity LifeJanuary 28, 20140 comments
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Kids to Farmers’ Market Program Combats Childhood Obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese in 2010. Obese youths are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bone and joint problems, and sleep apnea.

Social and psychological problems such as poor self-esteem and being ostracized by peers also are worse with obesity. In addition, obese youths are more likely to be obese as adults, when they would be subject to the same health risks.

A Project to Instill a Healthy Lifestyle

Kids_4749-elmA healthy lifestyle, focusing on good eating and exercise, is the best strategy for obesity prevention. Communities, schools, and medical care providers can all influence these behaviors in children. To that end, on behalf of Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), Jennifer Litchman, MA, special assistant to Perman and chief communications officer and vice president in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, assembled a UMB and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) team to create the Kids to Farmers’ Market project, which focuses on improving the eating habits and physical activity of inner city schoolchildren on Baltimore’s Westside.

The team, assembled in 2012, has so far planned and executed two successful Kids to Farmers’ Market seasons. The program’s initial goals were to expose the children to local, sustainable foods, and to teach them about the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. During the past year, the team offered more educational sessions in two local schools, with a focus on healthy eating and physical activity.

How the Program Works

A University bus brings a fourth or fifth grade class, along with teachers and chaperones, to the weekly farmers’ market in University Plaza. The Kids to Farmers’ Market team gives each student a backpack stuffed with healthy-eating information, seasonal fruit and vegetable recipes, and $10 of “farmers’ market bucks” that can be used to buy items. The children are divided into three groups: one group shops, one attends a chef’s cooking demonstration, and one goes to a nutrition class led by a registered dietitian or nutrition intern. The groups rotate until all students complete each activity. At the end of the session, the types of foods the students bought are documented, and each child receives a healthy lunch to take back to school.

Shopping at the Market

In the first year, the children were told to limit their market purchases to fruits and vegetables. The first question a student asked was, “Can I buy the pickles?” Since pickles are vegetables, the answer was “yes.” This year, the children were allowed to buy anything at the market, with the hope that after being educated about healthy eating, they would make more fruit and vegetable choices. There were too many temptations though, so next year the rules might need to be reconsidered.

The children chatted with the farmers, asking them about the locations of their farms and the types of crops they grow. The farmers often gave the students a piece of fruit to try, or reduced the prices of their produce. The children asked questions about odd-looking vegetables, and they talked about ways their families cook vegetables at home. While the students shopped, the UMB/UMMC team shared healthy cooking ideas.

The Chef’s Demo

KFM_4867-elmDanielle Clair, catering chef at CulinArt dining services, developed an interactive component of the Kids to Farmers’ Market program. By preparing a seasonal recipe and explaining each step, she taught the children cooking techniques while describing each ingredient as she went along. Recipes she prepared and offered for tasting included watermelon salad kabobs, cheesy spaghetti squash, and pumpkin dip with fresh apples.

One student was hesitant to taste the spaghetti squash, but after high-spirited cheering from his classmates, he ate some and said it was “pretty good.” Many of the children were excited to share the recipes with their families.

The Nutrition Class

UMMC dietetic interns and registered dietitians developed and presented the class this year, emphasizing the following: benefits of eating local and seasonal fruits and vegetables from a farmer’s market, the need to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables of different colors, and the importance of making the plate for every meal be half fruits and vegetables. Some of the questions asked by the children were: “Are any fruits and vegetables good for your eyes?” “How do fruits and vegetables help us play sports?” “What’s the difference between canned and fresh fruit and vegetables?”

This year, to supplement the healthy lifestyle messages of Kids to Farmers’ Market, team members went to the two schools and led nutrition education, physical fitness instruction, and herb and vegetable planting activities. The program also presented Foodplay, a school assembly program that showcased the benefits of healthy eating habits and active lifestyles through music, magic, and live theater.

The Kids to Farmers’ Market team is evaluating the program’s effectiveness before the farmer’s market reopens this spring. “Our hope is that this UMB/UMMC initiative will enable us to make a meaningful difference in the health of school children right here in our own neighborhood,” says Litchman.

UMB Members

The UMB team members are Litchman; Office of Communications and Public Affairs staff members Holly Baier, assistant director of special events, Saifa Bikim-Edeze, office manager, and Nancy Gordon, executive director of protocol and special events; Greer Huffman, community outreach coordinator, Office of the President; and Brian Sturdivant, MSW, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships, Office of Government and Community Affairs.

UMMC Members

The UMMC team members are Denise Choiniere, MS, RN, materials management director; Christine Dobmeier, RD, LDN, CSR, senior nutrition specialist; Justin Graves, RN, BSN, sustainability coordinator; LaVette Jackson, customer service program coordination; Ellen Loreck, MS, RD, LDN, director, clinical nutrition services; and Anne Williams, DNP, RN, senior manager, community empowerment and health education.

Ellen LoreckFor B'more, Global & Community Engagement, UMB NewsJanuary 28, 20140 comments
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Changes to HS/HSL Access for UMMC

Effective Feb. 3, access to Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) e-resources from University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) computers will change.

This change is due to HS/HSL licensing agreements with publishers and vendors.

For UMMC employees who have an appointment in one of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) schools, access will require your UMID and password. For all other UMMC employees access is no longer available except from within the library building.

UMB faculty, staff, and students who want to access HS/HSL e-resources from UMMC computers will need to use their UMID and password.

Questions about your UMID? Visit CITS HelpDesk.


E-resources that will continue to be available to all UMMC employees:*

  • Facts and Comparisons from Thomson Reuters (expiration date May 31, 2014)
  • Databases including Medline and HAPI from OVID (expiration date Dec. 31, 2014)
  • Journals from Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins (expiration date Dec. 31, 2014)
  • ClinicalKey from Elsevier (expiration date Aug. 31, 2014)

*These resources are paid in part by UMMC and will be available through their expiration dates. At that time, UMMC will determine whether these resources will be renewed and access expanded to the UMMS.

If you have questions, please contact Everly Brown, MLIS, head of information services.

Everly BrownResearch, TechnologyJanuary 28, 20140 comments
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Celebrate National Rec Day with URecFit!

Join URecFit on Friday, Feb. 21, to celebrate NIRSA’s National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day!

The National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), established on Feb. 22, 1950, is celebrating the 101st year of collegiate recreation efforts, which began being recorded in 1913.

National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day was created to highlight the positive benefits of recreational sports, fitness activities, and wellness programs to Americans of all ages

Come join us Feb. 21, 2014, 3 to 7 p.m., as we celebrate National Rec Day!

For more information, please visit our website!

Dave OglesbyUniversity LifeJanuary 28, 20140 comments
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Personal Data Privacy Month

The Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) is participating in National Data Privacy Month, Jan. 28 through Feb. 28.

With announced breaches of security at Target and Neiman-Marcus and the national debate about government access to personal data, this is a perfect time to focus on what we can do individually to secure our personal data.

How Safe Is Your Data?

Take our quiz and find out and read about best practices at the Office of IT Security and Compliance.

Chris PhillipsTechnology, UMB NewsJanuary 27, 20140 comments
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Class of 2016 Funds Oral Health Care for African Students

The School of Dentistry Class of 2016 donated $1,800 to Faraja Primary School for Physically Handicapped Children in Tanzania to fund essential dental screenings, cleanings, and basic restorative care for 85 students.

An Opportunity to Give Back

Chris Tolmie, DDS ’16, whose grandparents founded the Faraja School in 2001, is hopeful that the dental treatments also will help the Tanzanian students build self-esteem.

The Tolmies established the academic and vocational school after they visited the African country on a mission trip and learned that physically handicapped children face great difficulties finding jobs in Tanzania.

“As dental students going into a profession where we have a sought-after skill, it’s something that we should be sharing on a local and a global level. We shouldn’t take our education for granted. We should use it to give back,” Tolmie states.

“As a student body, we are all learning to be compassionate oral health care providers, so we thought it would be a great idea to come together and support this cause,” remarks Rob Slauch, DDS ’16, treasurer for the Class of 2016.

A Beneficial Donation


The students held a t-shirt sale to raise the funds. In addition, the class sent toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss, as well as dental hygiene educational materials, so the African students can learn to take care of their teeth in the long term.

The donation of oral health care supplies is especially important for the elementary school students, since Tanzania lacks fluoridated water and many of the nation’s residents struggle to access oral health care.

The Class of 2016 is planning to hold another fundraiser this spring to raise money for follow-up dental care for the Faraja students.

Adam ZeweGlobal & Community Engagement, UMB NewsJanuary 27, 20140 comments
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MPC’s Bivens Makes Poison Safety Fun for Local Students

The gray, rainy day could not dampen the bright eyes and big smiles covering the faces of the 32 students from the YMaryland group at Johnston Square Elementary School who visited Port Discovery Children’s Museum on Jan. 14.

While spending an afternoon at one of the top 12 children’s museums in the United States – according to Forbes – is sure to bring joy to any child’s day, these students were not here for a typical visit. They were on a mission; a mission to learn important healthy habits from UMB experts.

The Healthy Habits Initiative

Launched in January 2014, A Kid’s Port to Discovery: Healthy Habits is a community-based initiative developed by the Office of the President at UMB, in partnership with Port Discovery, to offer instructive – not to mention, exciting – health and wellness programs for local elementary school students.

“As a pediatrician, I care deeply about the health and well-being of children,” says Jay A. Perman, MD, president of UMB. “And, as a university president, I care deeply about the community in which we live and work. Our partnership with Port Discovery allows us to teach local school children about a wide range of healthy habits so that they can thrive.”

The initiative features presentations on physical and mental health and wellness from the faculty and staff of all six UMB professional schools.

UMB’s Partnership With Port Discovery

“The partnership between UMB and Port Discovery allows us to provide a unique experience for our after school students,” says Sarah Zimmerman, STEM and education specialist for Port Discovery. “These students have an opportunity to learn about important health topics from experts in the field, and this knowledge is being passed to the children who need it most.”

One of the first programs offered through this new initiative was presented by Angel Bivens, RPh, MBA, CSPI, public education coordinator for the Maryland Poison Center (MPC). Established in 1972, the MPC is part of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the School of Pharmacy.

What is a poison?

“It is an honor to be recognized by the University as an expert in poison safety and to have this time to speak with young children about this important topic,” says Bivens. “It is always refreshing to hear what students have been taught about poison safety in school, and I appreciate the opportunity that has been created through this new initiative with Port Discovery to add to their knowledge base.”

Bivens’ presentation provided students with important poison safety information. “A poison is anything that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, by the wrong person, or in the wrong amount,” she said.

To illustrate different examples of poisons, Bivens brought a large white notebook filled with photos of potential poisons, including household cleaners, personal care products, automotive products, lawn and garden products, and medicines. She also spoke about Mr. Yuk, and how Mr. Yuk stickers can help students identify some poisons, but not all.

“There are many poisons that we cannot put Mr. Yuk stickers on,” explained Bivens. “We cannot put Mr. Yuk stickers on different plants and berries, or on the critters we find in the wild. That is why it is important that you never touch, smell, or taste anything without first checking with an adult to make sure it is safe.”

Medicine or Candy?

“Always ask first” – that was the message that Bivens worked to impart to students throughout her presentation. To further demonstrate just how important it is for children to ask adults before touching, smelling, or tasting anything, Bivens brought her “Medicine or Candy” chart – a small box that contains a number of unidentified medicines and candies that is sealed with a clear top.

“It was fun, and a little tough, trying to figure out which things were poisons and which were candies. A lot of them looked the same,” said one student about his experience in the program, confirming something that Bivens has known for years.

“Young kids cannot tell the difference between something that is good for them and something that is not,” says Bivens. “We want to make sure that we are not putting that decision-making power in their hands – that we are having them ask an adult.”

At the end of her presentation, Bivens gave each student a MPC pencil and closed envelope, which was to remain closed until the students got home and could share it with their parents. “The real message is meant for the parents, because they are the ones who need to change the environment to keep their children safe,” says Bivens.

Upcoming Presentations From Other Schools

Richard Manski, DDS, MBA, PhD, professor at the School of Dentistry, joined Bivens at Port Discovery, where he spoke to students about maintaining good oral health.

Programs in this month-long series will continue until Feb. 11. Future presentations will be delivered by faculty and staff from the schools of law, medicine, nursing, and social work, and cover a wide range of health-related topics, including healthy eating, healthy habits, asking for help, bullying and peer pressure, making good decisions, anatomy, and active living and exercise.

Upon completing the series, students will be presented with graduation certificates.

Malissa CarrollEducation, For B'more, Global & Community EngagementJanuary 27, 20140 comments
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Basic Tooth Anatomy

Clinical Trial for Children’s Teeth Funded

The American Association of Endodontists Foundation has awarded $1.7 million to the School of Dentistry and two collaborating institutions to fund an innovative, multicenter clinical trial.

The trial, “Regeneration of pulp-dentin development in teeth with necrotic pulps and immature roots,” is being developed at the School by the Department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics, and Operative Dentistry in collaboration with Loma Linda University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Goals of the Clinical Trial

The goal of the clinical trial is to evaluate whether dental pulp can be successfully regenerated in immature teeth of pediatric patients.

CDEL and dental specialty boards“Children are frequently exposed to trauma and decay, or develop congenital anomalies in their teeth. These conditions may render the dental pulp, which is the tissue inside the tooth, dead,” explains Ashraf Fouad, DDS, MS, chair of the Department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry.

Treating pediatric patients who suffer from dead tooth pulp is technically difficult, and may render the tooth susceptible to fracture. After permanent teeth erupt in the mouth of a patient, which usually starts at age 6 and continues through adolescence, it takes about three years before the teeth reach complete maturation and can be treated using conventional endodontic techniques and materials.

Long-Term Outcomes for Children

The trial, which is planned to begin later this spring, will continue for six years. “Our short-term goal is to address a condition that is very difficult to treat in a way that will hopefully make the long-term outcomes for these children much better. Down the road, if we are successful in regenerating pulp and dentin, we will start to think about whether we can apply the regenerative technique to permanent teeth,” states Fouad.

Adam ZeweClinical Care, Education, Research, TechnologyJanuary 24, 20140 comments
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