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UMGCCC Flow Cytometry Shared Services Lecture Set for Oct. 8

The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) Flow Cytometry Shared Services monthly flow lecture will be held Monday, Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Bressler Research Building, Room 7-035.

The lecture will be led by Xiaoxuan Fan, PhD, the School of Medicine, and you will learn:

  • How flow cytometry works
  • Multi-color design and compensation
  • Instruments and services
  • New technology and tools
  • Online booking system

The lecture is free, but you need to reserve your spot at this link.

All are welcome, and this lecture is required for those who want to be “trained users” at the UMGCCC FCSS facility.

Karen UnderwoodBulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, Research, TechnologySeptember 19, 20180 comments
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Orioles vs. Astros: USGA Bullpen on Sept. 28, 2018

USGA Fall Bullpen: Orioles vs. Astros on Sept. 28

The University Student Government Association Fall Bullpen event will be held Friday, Sept. 28, before the Orioles’ game against the Houston Astros.

Here are the details:

  • Time: 5:30 p.m.; game time is 7:05.
  • Price: $10 students, $20 guest (includes food and drink). There are 400 tickets, so buy today at this link.
  • Location: Banquet room of the B&O Warehouse
  • Game promotion: The first 20,000 fans will receive an Orioles coaster set.
  • More information: Go to USGA’s Facebook page.
Ray GergenBulletin Board, University Life, USGASeptember 17, 20180 comments
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It's time for flu shots

Flu Shot Clinic at HS/HSL on Oct. 4

It’s time to get your flu shot, and students from the School of Pharmacy are here to vaccinate you.

They will be hosting a Flu Shot Clinic with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, sponsored by Walgreens, for the entire campus on Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the first-floor tower of the library.

Vaccinations are $35, may be covered by insurance, and can be paid by cash, check, or credit. Please remember to bring your insurance card.

Anyone who wishes to participate must RSVP by completing this online form.

Erin MerinoBulletin Board, People, UMB News, University LifeSeptember 14, 20180 comments
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Oct. 4 Lunch & Learn Seminar: ‘Managing Shoulder Pain and Arthritis’

Syed Hasan, MD, from University of Maryland Orthopaedics will present a free Lunch & Learn seminar titled “Stay in Motion: Managing Shoulder Pain and Arthritis” on Oct. 4 in Columbia, Md. Hasan will answer questions and provide information about the latest treatments available.

Registration is required and lunch will be served.

Merideth MarrBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, University LifeSeptember 13, 20180 comments
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Sept. 27 Workshop: ‘Dealing with Non-Disclosure Agreements’

You’ve been asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) — how should you respond?

In a Sept. 27 workshop titled “Dealing with Non-Disclosure Agreements” from the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network student group, the use of NDAs to protect confidential information that may be exchanged during discussions or negotiations between companies will be discussed.

The workshop will review standard terms in an NDA and highlight problematic provisions that you might want to avoid. It also will touch on confidentiality provisions in employment and independent contractor agreements and other types of contracts.

Here are the details:


Edwin OakBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGASeptember 13, 20180 comments
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Registration Opens for Oct. 15 Founders Week Staff Luncheon

UMB staff members can enjoy a free lunch on Monday, Oct. 15, at Westminster Hall as we celebrate Founders Week.

To offer everyone a chance to enjoy the luncheon, there will be two seatings: 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., followed by 12:20 p.m. to 1 p.m. Please register today, as tickets are required for entry.

More on Founders Week

Read about all the events and award winners at UMB’s Founders Week website.

Alice PowellBulletin Board, University LifeSeptember 11, 20180 comments
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Registration Opens for Oct. 18 Founders Week Student Cookout

What combines free food and being served by your school dean? The UMB Founders Week Student Cookout, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the School of Nursing Courtyard.

UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, will greet students, who will enjoy chicken, hot dogs, and more served by school deans, administrators, and UMB vice presidents.

The food and drinks are free, but tickets are required. Registration is now open for all UMB students.

More on Founders Week

Read about all the events and award winners at UMB’s Founders Week website.

Alice PowellABAE, Bulletin Board, UMB News, University Life, USGASeptember 10, 20180 comments
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Nursing Awarded Grant from Jonas Philanthropies to Fund Doctoral Nursing Scholars

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has been awarded a new $20,000 grant from Jonas Philanthropies, a leading national philanthropic funder of graduate nursing education. Matched by $20,000 from UMSON, the grant will provide $20,000 in academic funding each for UMSON PhD students Amy Nelson, MS ’17, BSN, and Rhea Williams, MSN, BSN, CNM, for 2018-20.

As a grant recipient, UMSON joins Jonas Philanthropies in its efforts to improve the quality of health care by investing in nursing scholars whose research and clinical foci specifically address our nation’s most urgent needs. The grant will empower and support nursing students with financial assistance, leadership development, and networking to expand the pipeline of future nursing faculty, researchers, and advanced practice nurses and to improve the health of veterans.

“We are extremely grateful to Jonas Philanthropies for their ongoing support of doctoral nursing students and congratulate Amy Nelson and Rhea Williams on their selection for designation as Jonas Scholars,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, “I know that they will benefit tremendously from the financial support and professional development opportunities that this program provides, and we look forward to their continued development as researchers, clinicians, and future nurse leaders.”

Nelson and Williams are part of the new two-year cohort of more than 200 scholars pursuing PhD, DNP, or EdD degrees at 95 universities across the country. The scholars’ doctoral work will focus on critical priorities such as chronic health and preventative health. They join more than 1,000 Jonas Scholar alumni representing 157 universities across all 50 states.

“As we welcome another impressive group of nurse leaders into the Jonas Scholar community, Barbara and I are honored to celebrate all that the program has achieved in the past decade,” said Donald Jonas, president of Jonas Philanthropies. “Nurses play a pivotal role in advancing our nation’s health care, and as we look to the future, we are thrilled to continue our work with our partner nursing schools and expand our impact to help the country’s most vulnerable citizens.”

With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 each day, an entire generation of the health care workforce is preparing to retire. Coupled with the responsibility to care for 22.2 million veterans living across the country, this means the United States is facing a dire need for a new era of highly educated nursing professionals. Together, UMSON and Jonas Philanthropies believe the investment in the education of nurse leaders is critically important to improve the health care system.

Jonas Philanthropies seeks to improve health care by investing where it matters most. It addresses high-need issues and audiences with high-impact solutions, promoting leadership in nursing and veterans’ health care, preventing and treating low vision and blindness, and protecting children’s environmental health.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, UMB News, University Life, USGASeptember 6, 20180 comments
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The President's Message (Septemer)

The President’s Message

Check out the September issue of The President’s Message. It includes:

  • Dr. Perman’s column on our Interprofessional Care Transitions Clinic, serving vulnerable patients with a team-based approach
  • The launch of the improved UMB mobile app
  • CURE Scholars and YouthWorks interns embrace summer learning at UMB
  • Congressional staffers get a sneak peek at Health Sciences Research Facility III
  • UMB Foundation matches employee gifts made through the “Proud to work here. Proud to give here.” campaign
  • A look ahead to UMB Night at the Ballpark on Sept. 14, Dr. John T. Wolfe Jr.’s diversity presentation on Sept. 17, and Dr. Perman’s Q&A on Sept. 18
  • UMB Police Force and community residents mix and mingle at National Night Out
  • And a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGASeptember 6, 20180 comments
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Nursing’s Fahie Awarded Federal Funding for Increasing Diversity Program

Vanessa P. Fahie, PhD ’94, BSN ’76, RN, assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), recently was awarded a three-year, $2 million U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to fund the project Increasing Diversity in the Clinical Nurse Leader Option.

Through the project, Fahie and UMSON colleagues Lynn Chen, PhD, assistant professor, and Gail Schoen Lemaire, PhD ’96, PMHCNS, BC, CNL, associate professor and associate dean for the Master of Science program, aim to increase the number of master’s-level Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) graduates from underrepresented backgrounds. Qualified students will receive academic, financial, and social support to aid in their successful completion of the CNL program. In addition, UMSON staff from its Student Success Center will provide academic advising and tutoring, and members from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care will mentor, serve as role models, and assist with preparing students to present at local and national meetings and to be published in professional journals.

“This important grant is consistent with the School of Nursing’s ongoing efforts to support development of a racially and ethnically diverse nursing workforce that meets the needs of our increasingly diverse society,” said Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor. “Our Clinical Nurse Leader students will benefit from a new pre-entry immersion program as well as academic support and mentoring. We also look forward to collaborating with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to expand the use of holistic assessments and cultural diversity training.”

The goal of the project is to retain 85 percent of CNL students enrolled in the program each year; place 85 percent of CNL graduates from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds into practice within underserved communities; and distribute scholarships to eligible students each semester. Scholarships cover tuition and fees for the students’ first two semesters and include a book voucher for their first three semesters. Additionally, project leaders aim to establish an academic environment that supports cultural diversity and inclusion and the development of financial management skills.

“We are using evidence-based strategies to recruit, enroll, retain, empower, and graduate nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds,” Fahie said. “Through our commitment to include ethnic and racial minority populations who are underrepresented in the nursing workforce, we seek to improve health equity within their communities through professional nursing practice.”

HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care by strengthening its workforce, building healthy communities, and achieving health equity. Its programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated or economically or medically vulnerable.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeSeptember 5, 20180 comments
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Improved UMB Mobile App Launches

Just in time for the fall semester, the Office of Communications and Public Affairs (CPA) has launched improvements to UMB’s mobile app.

The app, created in 2013 to “put UMB in your pocket,” has evolved over time. But Amir Chamsaz, ScD, MS, managing director of web development and interactive media in CPA, says this upgrade is the best one yet. In addition to a redesign that increases user engagement and retention, the app offers a wide range of improvements.

  • Interactive experience: Latest news, social media stories, and more display on the landing page and users can flip through them without having to open the modules
  • Ease of use: Most used functionality is moved to the top to help users access what they need faster
  • Accessibility: Using large tile icons, sufficient color contrast, and other measures to help impaired users, the app meets ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility requirements
  • Incorporates URecFit live and Blackboard that are popular destinations for users

“By studying quantitative data from Google Analytics as well as conversations with users, we put together a group of suggestions that are addressed in the redesigned UMB mobile app,” says Chamsaz, who adds the app is available by free download from the Apple App Store or Google Play. “In addition to being more functional, it is user-centered, beautiful, and easy to use.”

Learn more about the app at this CPA web page, and you can read more about it next month in the September issue of Dr. Perman’s President’s Message.

Chris ZangBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAAugust 29, 20180 comments
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Free Fall Workshops at HS/HSL

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) offers a variety of free workshops to faculty, students, and staff.

Topics for Fall 2018 include:

  • Communicating with patients
  • Which citation manager is right for me?
  • Managing citations using EndNote/Zotero/Mendeley
  • Graphic design principles in PowerPoint presentations
  • Health information resources for culturally diverse patients
  • Imaging informatics

See the full schedule and registration information.

Emily GormanBulletin Board, Education, Research, TechnologyAugust 27, 20180 comments
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Nursing’s Fahie Leading Collaboration with Baltimore City Public Schools

VanVanessa Fahieessa P. Fahie, PhD, RN, assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), was awarded another College Preparation Intervention Program grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The $125,000 award is in support of the Maryland Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program, a discretionary grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

In collaboration with Baltimore City Public Schools, UMSON provides services to Edmondson-Westside and Frederick Douglass high school students and their families; both schools are in West Baltimore. The Exploring Health Profession Careers project fosters career awareness and exploration, college readiness, financial literacy, and increased parental involvement. Students and their families are exposed to diverse options within the health care field, which is designed to help overcome the disparity in educational attainment and awareness of health professions career opportunities among low-income students.

“The Exploring Health Profession Careers Program leverages resources from public K-12, higher education, and nonprofit entities to address a triple threat — achievement gap, opportunity gap, and learning gap — for students attending low-performing high schools,” Fahie said. “It gives students the opportunity to engage in interactive college readiness activities that motivate them to aim higher, study harder, and take the courses required for college admission and success.”

Through the partnership, the various organizations have pooled resources to develop a creative model to reduce the obstacles that might prevent high school students, particularly African-Americans interested in health professions, from graduating from high school and enrolling in college. The partnership also will increase communication among parents, teachers, and administrators to identify career and educational goals.

“We congratulate Dr. Fahie on receiving further support for her important work fostering awareness of health professions careers among high school students,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “It is essential that we continue to increase the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of our future health care workforce. Dr. Fahie’s efforts to introduce students at an early and impressionable age to the opportunities afforded by a health professions career is a valuable contribution and helps ensure that we will have the nurses and other health professionals needed to care for Maryland’s residents in the years ahead.”

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAAugust 24, 20180 comments
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