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Fall Local Food Fair Set for Nov. 20 at BioPark

University of Maryland, Baltimore employees responsible for catering services on behalf of their department are invited to a Local Food Connection Food Fair on Nov. 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Local Food Connection is a program led by UMB’s Office of Community Engagement that works to support the economy of neighboring communities in West Baltimore by using institutional purchasing power. Small but frequent catering purchases are an ideal way to build reliable revenue streams that help neighborhoods retain food businesses that hire local workers, improve local properties, and make food available to community members.

Those attending the Food Fair will be able to:

  • Sample free food.
  • Learn about local businesses that provide catering services.
  • Collect menus and coupons for their next event (while supplies last).
  • Support businesses in Southwest Baltimore.

The event will be held at the UM BioPark, 801 W. Baltimore St., in the Conference Center.

  
Colin Smith Bulletin Board, Collaboration, University Life, USGAOctober 18, 20170 comments
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Sentinel Study Seeking Volunteers

In October, we focus on women’s health, and, in light of that, consider being part of a study.

Did you know that microbes residing in the vagina are critical to women’s reproductive health and play a key role in preventing disease that can lead to infertility and cancer?

Be a part of the Sentinel Study, co-led by Associate Professor Mary Regan, PhD, RN, which will help researchers understand how the vaginal environment can protect women’s health and subsequently develop interventions.

The Sentinel Study is seeking participants Mondays, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. Come to the University of Maryland School of Nursing lobby for more information about the study and to participate. Participants will be compensated $20 for completion of the study activities. Call 410-706-3200 for details.

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Giordana Segneri Bulletin Board, ResearchOctober 18, 20170 comments
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Immigration Protection: Know Your Rights and Bystander Information

The rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program initiated a campuswide effort at UMB to provide resources and support not only for DACA recipients and advocates on our campus, but also for the broader Latinx immigrant community being targeted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

ICE recently executed a four-day raid in sanctuary cities around the United States. Nearly 500 people were arrested, including 28 in Maryland. In an attempt to counter ICE’s actions, a Know Your Rights and Bystander Information Session was offered Sept. 27.

Katie Miller, a member of CASA de Maryland, talked about recent policy changes and pending legislation. She also provided a brief overview on how to protect yourself and others during immigration raids, followed by a conversation on how to navigate various scenarios involving ICE.

CASA de Maryland asks that if you witness or hear of a raid and think CASA has not been notified, call 301-431-4185 with all names used by the individuals, alien number, and country of origin. The information also can be emailed to ealex@wearecasa.org and lwalther@wearecasa.org.

Information about DACA and related 2017 legislation can be found online here.

Know Your Rights materials in English, Spanish, and Arabic can be found here.

For more information regarding the Sept. 27 session, Katie Miller can be contacted at kmiller@wearecasa.org.

 

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Hyoyoung Minna Kim Bulletin BoardOctober 17, 20170 comments
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‘The Grid’ Now Hiring Innovation Fellows

The Grid is now hiring Innovation Fellows.

What is The Grid?
The University’s newest innovation space, The Grid, is designed to support entrepreneurial ventures through education, early stage funding, and programming. It is a place where students, entrepreneurs, faculty, and staff connect to bring innovative health and social impact ideas to life. The space also will be home to educational opportunities such as workshops and programs. A degree program in health and social innovation will allow students to concentrate in areas such as life sciences, user experience, or science communication.

What is an Innovation Fellow?
Innovation fellows are federal work study students interested in working 10 to 20 hours per week. Fellows will:
• Receive and direct incoming calls and visitors.
• Staff the front desk and provide excellent customer service to visitors.
• Provide tours of the facility.
• Assist with coordinating activities, workshops, and events around design thinking, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
• Assist with the setting up and tearing down of special events, programs, and services in the facility.
• Maintain a clean and safe facility.
• Prepare correspondence and reports.
• Update and maintain the website and calendar.
• Attend all in-service trainings and meetings.

If you are dependable, hard-working, and love to learn new things, you are perfect for the job!

Interested? Email your resume to Sara Menso at sara.menso@umaryland.edu.

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Sara Menso Bulletin Board, Education, PeopleOctober 17, 20170 comments
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IBD Support Group Launching in November

The School of Medicine is teaming with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation to launch a new IBD (inflammatory bowl disease) support group in November that’s open to patients, family members, caregivers, and professionals.

The first meeting will take place Nov. 8 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library  in Roland Park (5108 Roland Ave., Baltimore).

If you or anyone you know might be interested, please don’t hesitate to attend the first meeting.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lauren Sibel at 410-706-8510 or via email at lsibel@som.umaryland.edu.

RSVPs are appreciated, but drop-ins are always welcome.

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Lauren Sibel Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 17, 20170 comments
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School of Nursing’s Colloca Writes About Nocebo Effect

To provide the public with a better understanding of recent groundbreaking research on the nocebo effect, Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, associate professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, has written an article, “Nocebo Effects Can Make You Feel Pain,” published in Science magazine.

The nocebo effect occurs when a person has a negative expectation of a treatment outcome, leading to adverse effects that otherwise might not occur. Although patient response often can be influenced by expectations, Colloca and her research team discovered that negative reactions to treatments go beyond psychological responses and involve neurobiological mechanisms. Building on Colloca’s work and other lab research, a recent study by Alexandra Tinnermann and colleagues at the University Medical Center in Hamburg, Germany, showed that when a patient expects to experience more pain, there is an activation of the spinal cord leading to increased pain perception.

“If a patient believes the pain is getting worse, even while going through treatment, there may be an increase of the activation of pain facilitatory pathways involving the spinal cord. Tinnermann’s study is the first neurobiological demonstration that shows expectations can change brain nociception processing and make people feel more pain,” Colloca said. “This and other nocebo studies are important because they suggest that the nocebo phenomenon can change the patient response to pain sensations and painkillers.”

Often, successfully overcoming an ailment can depend on past experiences with treatment. Additionally, information provided during the consent process and in the context of patient-clinician communication may trigger nocebo responses. Nocebo effects can contribute to perceived adverse effects and influence clinical outcomes and whether or not a patient adheres to prescribed medication. Nocebo effects should be avoided during clinical trials and practices, according to Colloca. Instead of concealing information related to side effects, a better approach is to minimize nocebo response by tailoring patient-clinician communication to balance truthful information about adverse events with expectations of outcome improvement, exploring patient treatment beliefs and negative therapeutic history, and paying attention to treatment descriptions.

You can read Colloca’s article on the Science magazine website.

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Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University LifeOctober 17, 20170 comments
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Four Faculty Members Among 2017 American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Four University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty members, five alumnae, and a student were inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) as fellows during the group’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 5-7.  They join a community of 2,400 AAN Fellows nationwide.

The following faculty were inducted into AAN’s 2017 class of fellows:

  • Shannon Idzik, DNP, MS, CRNP, FAANP, associate professor and associate dean of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program
  • Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, MS, BSN, CRNP-Neonatal, FAAN, assistant professor and director, Office of Global Health
  • Charlotte Seckman, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN, associate professor
  • Shari Simone, DNP, MS, CPNP-AC, PPCNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP, FAAN, assistant professor

Additionally, DNP student MiKaela Olsen, MS, APRN-CNS, AOCNS, and UMSON alumnae Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, BSN, CRNA, LAc; Anita Hufft, PhD, BSN, RN; Kathleen Hunter, PhD, MS, BSN, RN-BC, CNE; Karen Swisher Kesten, DNP, APRN, CCNS, CNE, CCRN-K; and Susan Renda, DNP, MS, ANP-BC, CDE, FNAP, were among the 173 highly distinguished nurse leaders who comprised this year’s cohort.

“We are extremely proud of our newly elected fellows and congratulate our faculty, alumnae, and student on achieving this significant honor,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “As educators, clinicians, and researchers, they are making significant contributions within their chosen specialties and in their communities.”

Criteria for selection as a fellow include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current AAN fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based in part on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.

Fellows include nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research, including hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. The 2017 class represents all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and 29 countries.

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Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 17, 20170 comments
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Nursing’s McLaine Receives Rosalie Silber Abrams Legislative Award

Patricia McLaine, DrPH, MPH, RN, assistant professor and director, Community/Public Health Nursing master’s specialty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), received the 2017 Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) Rosalie Silber Abrams Legislative Award on Oct. 5 at the association’s 114th annual convention.

The award is given to an MNA member who has made a significant contribution on behalf of nursing in the legislative arena on the federal, state, or local levels. These contributions can encompass a broad range of activities but must demonstrate a favorable reflection of nursing’s interests, especially those of the MNA. McLaine has been an MNA member since 1992 and a public health nurse and advocate for those with health disparities for more than 20 years.

The award recognizes McLaine’s efforts during the 2017 Maryland General Assembly session, when she tirelessly lobbied for passage of the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act (SB422/HB 602), which restricts the regular use of antibiotics in livestock in an effort to curb the spread of drug-resistant bacteria. Maryland is the second state in the United States to pass such a law.

McLaine also has worked to prevent childhood lead poisoning and combat health disparities in Baltimore. As chair of the Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission, she has maintained a steady focus on improving prevention strategies and evaluating data to reduce the risks of lead poisoning facing Maryland’s youngest residents and their families. Additionally, her work with the Reducing Asthma Disparities Program has helped shape Baltimore’s home visit program for children with asthma.

“We are thrilled that Dr. McLaine’s work has been recognized by the Maryland Nurses Association through this prestigious award,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “She has been a staunch advocate for public health, working nationally and locally to prevent lead-based paint poisoning, mitigate asthma disparities, and ensure healthy environments for children and their families. She is an outstanding leader and a role model for what expertise and persistence can accomplish on behalf of vulnerable populations.”

McLaine also received an official citation from Maryland state Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, BSN ’80, RN, District 44. The citation recognized McLaine for being honored with the Rosalie Silver Abrams Legislative Award and for her dedicated work on lead poison prevention.

“I am deeply honored to be nominated by my colleagues from MNA to receive the Rosalie Silver Abrams Legislative Award. Health is so much more than health care, and our interests as nurses go well beyond our practice concerns as a profession,” McLaine said. “In a larger sense, this work is part of what we do every day as nurses to build a culture of health. The food we eat, the air we breathe, the neighborhoods and homes where we live, and the places where we work are all part of the environment where good health begins and is maintained. I am proud as a community/public health nurse to have the opportunity to support the health of the people of Maryland and our communities at this policy level.”

In recognition of her efforts, McLaine also received a Baltimore City Health Equity Award last spring. Additionally, in November 2016, McLaine and her faculty colleagues received two American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Awards for their forward-thinking initiatives: the Innovation in Professional Nursing Education Award and the Innovations in Baccalaureate Population Health Award.

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 13, 20170 comments
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The UMB Snap! Photo Contest 2017 is Underway!

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 will also 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!

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS NOW!

2016 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:

Traditional

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.

Fun

Lower resolution photos, such as those taken with standard cell phones. 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 13, 20170 comments
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Watch an Outdoor Screening of Documentary ’13th’ on Oct. 13

Students and community members are invited to watch the immensely important documentary, 13th, on Friday, Oct. 13. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

The movie will be shown on the green space at the corner of West Baltimore and North Poppleton streets at 7 p.m. The film will be projected with the support of student groups at the School of Social Work, and Shorty’s Bootleg BBQ. Shorty’s also will be providing food. Donations are strongly suggested.

Pack chairs, blankets, and picnic snacks for the viewing.

Contact Maureen Walker at maureen.walker@umaryland.edu with questions or concerns.

  
Maureen Walker Bulletin Board, Education, For B'more, University LifeOctober 12, 20170 comments
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UMB is Offering a Discount on the Nissan LEAF

Thanks to the efforts of Dawn M. Rhodes, MBA, chief business and finance officer and vice president, Joe Evans, assistant vice president, and several others, UMB faculty, staff, students, and alumni have the opportunity to use a significant rebate to purchase an electric vehicle (EV), the Nissan LEAF. The Nissan program will provide a $10,000 rebate (effective until Dec. 31, 2017) on the purchase of the all-electric 2017 Nissan LEAF. This rebate can be combined with a $7,500 federal EV tax credit and a $3,000 Maryland state excise tax credit (based on the LEAF’s 30 kW/h battery), which combined with the rebate could make the purchase price of the 2017 Nissan LEAF between $12,000 and $18,000 (final price depends on the options selected).

Curious about the LEAF?

The 2017 Nissan LEAF:

  • Produces zero emissions.
  • Has a 107-mile range (as measured by the Environmental Protection Agency), which can be extended to about 123 miles in ECO mode.
  • Has an above average record for maintenance per owners as reported by Consumer Reports (based on the 2011 – 2015 models).
  • Three models are offered, the S, SV, and SL, at varying manufacturer’s suggested retail prices from $31,000 to $37,000.
  • Has excellent acceleration due to the high torque of its electric motor.
  • Can recharge in three ways: “quick charge” (80 percent charge in 30 minutes), “normal charge” (using 240 volts, 100 percent charge in 6 to 8 hours), and “trickle charge” (using 120 volts, 100 percent charge in about 26 hours). Learn more about charging the LEAF on the Nissan website.

UMB currently has 16 120-volt or 240-volt EV charging stations (serving 32 cars) spread throughout our parking garages. The Baltimore region as a whole currently provides over 200 charge station locations, and as EV popularity increases the number of charging stations is expected to increase as well.

Need a reference?

Several UMB employees already have made the switch to hybrid or electric vehicles. Laura Kozak, MA, associate vice president for Communications and Public Affairs, selected a Ford C-Max hybrid a few years ago when it was time for her to purchase a new vehicle. According to Kozak, “not having to rely solely on gas as the energy source for my commute has been great! I have a 60-mile round-trip commute so the savings have been amazing.”

I (campus architect Anthony Consoli) have been driving a hybrid car since 2004. While it’s still running great at 215,000 miles, I decided to take the plunge and go to a 100 percent EV by purchasing a Nissan LEAF, taking advantage of this rare opportunity. I’ve been driving my LEAF for a week and love it. I’m happy to be supporting a future of emission-free automotive travel.

If you’re considering a new vehicle, consider the Nissan LEAF or other EV; they help make a real difference in the health of our campus, community, and planet. For more details about the Nissan Leaf discount program, download the 2017 Nissan LEAF flyer. If you have questions about the program or charging electric vehicles on campus, please email Karen Park.

Anthony Consoli, AIA, LEED AP

  
Anthony ConsoliBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, TechnologyOctober 12, 20170 comments
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Cybersecurity Awareness: Protect Against Ransomware

All employees at UMB can take simple actions to protect themselves online and recover their data in the event of a cyber incident. This week’s topic covers ransomware and simple steps that an individual or organization can take to improve their online safety.

What is ransomware?

Ransomware is essentially advanced malware whose mission is to take everything stored on your computer and encrypt it. After encrypting your information, the offender will offer to decrypt all of your content for a fee, therefore “ransoming” your data. Ransomware is particularly concerning to businesses that often are asked to shell out thousands of dollars to obtain the decryption keys and in many cases pay but never receive the information necessary to recover their files.

How can I protect myself and the University?

The No. 1 protection against ransomware is vigilance. Malware infections usually make their way onto a user’s computer by persuading them to open a file or run a program by sending a phishing email. In addition to training, which the University will be providing in the coming months, anti-virus software is required for all University-owned computers — we provide network monitoring and an intrusion prevention system (IPS) at the campus gateway to the internet and in front of all administrative servers (i.e., PeopleSoft and Banner).

Simple things like applying the principle of least privilege or the removal of admin rights for user’s computers can help stop the spread of malware throughout the University. Also, it is important to regularly back up your system to a removable drive that can be completely detached after the backup is complete if it contains business critical data.

What should I do if I am infected with ransomware?

If you think the infection is confined to a single machine at your home or at the University, you should immediately disconnect the infected machine from the network. This will help prevent further spread. In some cases, ransomware can be cleaned using software available from anti-virus and anti-malware vendors. In other cases, the user must decide if the content they have lost is worth the ransom and whether the risk of paying without receiving the unlock codes is acceptable.

It is important to determine exactly what ransomware the machine was infected by and how it was activated to prevent accidental spread after the event has concluded. If you have questions about ransomware, please contact Security and Compliance at security-compliance@umaryland.edu

  
Fred Smith Bulletin Board, University LifeOctober 12, 20170 comments
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Dr. Sarah Murthi to Discuss ‘Augmented Reality Surgery’ at HS/HSL

Sarah Murthi, MD, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine will discuss the use of augmented reality in the operating room in the next “Meet the Makers” talk on emerging technology hosted by the Innovation Space at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL).

The event will be held Oct. 17, noon to 1 p.m., in the Gladhill Board Room at the HS/HSL.

  
Brian Zelip Bulletin Board, TechnologyOctober 11, 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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