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Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

‘Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World’ at HS/HSL

“Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” is an exhibition created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C. This three-year exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of the devastating 1918 influenza pandemic. The exhibit, adapted for use by UMB’s Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), will be on display in the library’s Frieda O. Weise Gallery from Aug. 24 to Oct. 14.

The main message of the exhibit is “One Health,” which is derived from the understanding that human health, animal health, and environmental health are closely connected. “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary responses to stop outbreaks — and the impact those outbreaks have on communities.

“Outbreak” examines zoonotic emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and their pandemic risks in the 21st century. NMNH collaborated with public health institutions to address these questions: Why do pathogens emerge where they do? How do they “spill over” from animals to people? What causes them to amplify and spread quickly? And finally, what can individuals and communities do to prevent the next outbreak?

The “Outbreak” exhibition project is a collaborative effort between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and global partners to raise awareness of the human, animal, and environmental factors contributing to infectious disease epidemics.

The 1918 Flu Epidemic and Baltimore: 100 years later

In conjunction with the Smithsonian’s “Outbreak” exhibit, the HS/HSL has created a supplementary exhibit remembering the 1918 flu pandemic. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the pandemic that killed between 50 million and 100 million people worldwide. Baltimore and UMB were not immune to this incredible international natural disaster. This exhibit explains the spread of the disease in Baltimore and at the University while supplying a supporting story to the Smithsonian’s “connected world” message.

Upcoming Events for Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

  • Thursday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m.: Opening reception, press welcome.
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Flu shots available to UMB campus employees and students in the first-floor tower of the library. Please bring your insurance information. The flu clinic is provided by Walgreens in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy and the HS/HSL. RSVP with “Flu” as the subject to aepps@hshsl.umaryland.edu.
  • Friday, Oct. 5, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.: A light lunch will be served, and Philip A. Mackowiak, MD ’70, MBA, emeritus professor of medicine and the Carolyn Frenkil and Selvin Passen History of Medicine Scholar, will present “The ‘Spanish Flu’ of 1918, What’s Past is Prologue.”

RSVP to events@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Everly BrownClinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, ResearchAugust 16, 20180 comments
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Gun violence panelists at PATIENTS Day

PATIENTS Day Empowers Communities to Take Charge of Their Health

Nearly 200 community members, health care providers, and researchers came together at the University of Maryland BioPark on July 20 to celebrate PATIENTS Day. Hosted by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s Patient-Centered Involvement in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Treatments (PATIENTS) Program, this interactive health fair offered attendees an opportunity to learn from and teach one another how to create and sustain healthy individuals and communities in West Baltimore and nationwide.

“One of the most valuable lessons our team has learned is that health is more than physical wellness — it is a state of well-being,” says C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) and director of the PATIENTS Program at the School of Pharmacy. “PATIENTS Day takes what we have learned about building healthy communities and combines it with what we want community members to know about their health, the PATIENTS Program, and our partners.”

Understanding What Our Communities Need

The half-day event featured three panel discussions that highlighted some of the physical, mental, and social factors that impact community members’ health. There were conversations focused on the community’s perspective of research as well as steps community members can take to foster health and wellness in every area of their lives.

“We as a community want to give back,” said Daniel Frye, JD, vice president for public sector engagement strategy at Aira Tech Corp, who spoke about his experience as a blind patient participating in research. “We want to render the world in which we live a better place, and we’re happy to do it if we’re embraced and welcomed by those who are interested enough to do the work in a way that is respectful of who we are.”

Baltimore’s Ernestine Shepherd, 82, who has achieved international fame as Guinness World Records’ “World’s Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder,” also participated in the panel discussions to share how the unexpected loss of her sister inspired her to take her fitness journey to the next level.

“We wanted to inspire others to live a healthy, happy lifestyle by exercising,” Shepherd said. “My sister asked me, ‘If something happened to me, could you continue what we’re doing?’ Little did I know that she was already sick. She had a brain aneurysm, and when she died, I knew I had to continue on, as she wanted.”

However, it was the panel discussion highlighting the impact of gun violence on the health of Baltimore’s residents and neighborhoods that elicited the most impassioned response from attendees, with panelists sharing their experiences growing up in neighborhoods affected by this tragic epidemic.

“I was 12 the first time that I was awakened by gunshots,” recalled Erricka Bridgeford, mediator and community organizer for Baltimore CeaseFire 365. “When I was younger, I assumed this must be what people like me and neighborhoods like mine deserved. You don’t realize that violence is a symptom of the oppressive systems that are happening to your neighborhood. You just think there’s something wrong with the people in your neighborhood.

“It has been a constant, intimate journey with violence and murder, but what I’m learning is that murder doesn’t get to have the last say, my resilience does.”

Providing Communities with Critical Resources

Attendees also were invited to take advantage of free blood pressure and HIV screenings as well as to learn more about other support services to empower them to take charge of their health.

“There are a lot of health disparities in Baltimore, so it was great to have this opportunity to attend PATIENTS Day and learn more about resources that we can share with our patients,” said Marquita Carroll, a community health worker at the University Health Center Clinic. “We want to get this knowledge out to the community to help our patients live healthier lives.”

The PATIENTS Program partners with patients and care providers to answer questions about the best treatment options to improve health and quality of life. Funded through a five-year infrastructure development grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the program conducts and funds patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), which aims to engage people from all communities — particularly those from underserved populations — in every step of the research process.

— Malissa Carroll

Watch a video about PATIENTS Day.

Malissa CarrollCommunity Service, For B'more, People, UMB NewsAugust 13, 20180 comments
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July-August President’s Message

Check out the July-August issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on immigrants’ rights and how Maryland Carey Law is helping secure them; a Q&A with new Police Chief Alice Cary; a preview of Campus Life Services’ Welcome Month; a recap of Project SEARCH’s graduation, and a new alignment for UMB’s overall commencement; stories on UMBrella scholarships and Teaching with Technology Day; a look ahead to Dr. Perman’s Sept. 18 Q&A; and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Click here to read the full message.

Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAAugust 7, 20180 comments
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An Oasis of Options in a Food Desert

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Community Engagement Center (CEC) is providing a source of relief for West Baltimore residents searching for fresh food options. With weekly food markets open all year long, community members as well as UMB students, faculty, and staff can sink their teeth into fresh produce and organic foods at a deep discount.

“Poppleton is a food desert as are many other neighborhoods in West Baltimore,” explains Kelly Quinn, PhD, coordinator for the CEC. “Because it’s a food desert we wanted to provide these food markets so the community has plenty of food options.”

From fresh fruits and vegetables to organic meats and eggs, there is a plethora of options available at these markets, all within walking distance of the Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods where there is limited access to healthy food.

On Mondays, the CEC hosts Produce in a Snap!, which is provided by Hungry Harvest, a local food company started by a University of Maryland alum. The company rescues produce that’s considered to be “too ugly” for grocery store shelves, and sells it at a reduced price.

Customers can buy a mixed bag full of fresh fruits and vegetables for $7, using cash, credit or debit cards, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The available fruits and vegetables change every week, so no two weeks are the same, providing the community with a wide variety of healthy choices.

(View a photo gallery.)

Produce in a Snap! is coordinated by Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic AmeriCorps VISTA leaders as part of their year of service at the center. VISTA leaders, whose focus is on developing and supporting anti-poverty programs, launched, coordinated, and grew the Monday food market. Former VISTA leaders for the CEC, Avery Harmon and Philip Lin, implemented the project and the CEC’s latest VISTA leader, Rajaniece Thompson, will begin in early August, picking up where they left off.

“We simply could not have implemented this market without their expertise and assistance,” notes Quinn.

Produce in a Snap! is the most popular of the three food markets available this summer. According to Quinn, between 20 and 40 shoppers stop by to pick up a bag pf produce every Monday. The market is open from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the summer and from 2:30 to 5:30 the rest of the year, providing a convenient and cost-effective way for the West Baltimore community to access fresh food.

Community members also can shop for fresh produce and organic foods on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the CEC courtesy of the Baltimore Food Economy and Civic Works’ Real Food Farm. Real Food Farm sells locally grown fruits and vegetables through the summer and doubles the dollars (up to $10) for anyone using SNAP/EBT Independence cards, Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers, or WIC Fruit & Vegetable Checks.

Meanwhile, inside the CEC building, the Baltimore Food Economy is open year-round, allowing customers the chance to buy or barter for organic foods taken off the shelves of grocery stores before their expiration dates.

(View a photo gallery.)

Not only do these markets provide a place for easily accessible, healthy foods, they also expose the community to ingredients they may have never seen before. Dorothy “Dottie” Page, a Poppleton resident and community leader, discovered spaghetti squash after finding one in her bag at the Monday market. She had never heard of a spaghetti squash, let alone knew how to prepare one, but now the gourd is one of her favorite dinners.

“If there are fruits or vegetables you don’t know, they will tell you how to cook them and what they taste good with,” explains Page.

She is referring to the staff at the CEC who often help community members learn more about the produce they purchase and provide recipe suggestions. Thompson, the incoming VISTA leader, will expand upon this sharing of culinary knowledge at the food markets by providing CulinArt cooking demonstrations, recipe exchanges, and food sampling tables.

Founder of the Baltimore Food Economy, Ulysses Archie, believes these food markets provide a necessary service to the West Baltimore community while also bringing about a strong sense of community by uniting people on a common ground.

“Food is something all people share and all people have in common,” says Archie. “It does not matter where you came from or what economic bracket you fall under. Anyone who is interested in good food at a reasonable price is welcome here.”

Jena FrickCommunity Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, UMB NewsAugust 6, 20180 comments
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UMBrella Scholarship Opportunity

UMBrella is offering two scholarships to attend the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) 2018 Women’s Leadership Institute.

The scholarship will cover conference registration fees, airfare, and lodging. You must obtain your supervisor’s approval to accept this scholarship. You must also write a reflection piece upon completion of the institute and submit it to the UMBrella Group.

To be considered, please submit your application and a one-page letter of interest detailing:

  1. Why you would like to attend the leadership institute and what you hope to gain personally and professionally by attending
  2. Your leadership experience to date
  3. Your school/unit affiliation (School of Pharmacy, Office of Academic Affairs, etc.)

Submissions will be reviewed by the UMBrella advisory board.

The application deadline is Sept. 3, 2018, at noon ET.

For further information about the conference, please visit the ACUI Women’s Leadership Institute website. If you have any questions, please contact us by email.

The UMB Roundtable on Empowerment in Leadership and Leveraging Aspirations (UMBrella) is a group that helps women achieve their potential, find their voices, and feel empowered. UMBrella works to support the success of women, advance women into leadership roles at UMB, and champion women at all levels of our organization.

Sonya EvansCommunity Service, Education, People, University LifeJuly 31, 20180 comments
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UMBrella Caregivers Group to Meet Aug. 20

UMBrella hosts Caregivers, a support group for members of the UMB community who care for elderly loved ones.

Open to all faculty, staff, and students, Caregivers meet once a month to socialize, learn from each other, share resources and information, and hear from experts on a wide range of topics. The program is sponsored by UMBrella and will be facilitated by Reba Cornman, MSW, director, Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program. UMBrella events are open to all UMB faculty, staff, and students.

Here are details on the next meeting:

  • When: Monday, Aug. 20
  • Time: Noon
  • Where: SMC Campus Center, Room 223
  • Registration: Go to this link or RSVP at umbrella@umaryland.edu

 

Sonya EvansCommunity Service, Education, People, University LifeJuly 31, 20180 comments
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Donate to the UMB Staff Senate’s School Supply Drive

The UMB Staff Senate’s Community Outreach Committee, in collaboration with the Office of Community Engagement, is collecting school supplies for James McHenry Elementary and the UMB CURE Scholars. Look for collection bins in your building. If you can collect for your department or building, please email Lois Warner at Lwarn002@umaryland.edu.

Donations can be brought to the Saratoga Building, 220 N. Arch St., 14th Floor, Room 03-168.

Donations Requested

  • Rulers
  • Pens
  • Binders
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Backpacks
  • Tab dividers
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Protractors and compasses
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Pocket folders
  • Scissors
  • One-subject notebooks
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Tissues and hand sanitizer

The last day to donate is Wednesday, Sept. 12, and you are encouraged to take advantage of tax-free shopping week Aug. 12-18.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please click here.

Mary PhelanBulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, UMB News, University LifeJuly 30, 20180 comments
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Affordable, Authentic Afghan Food at Maiwand Grill

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) supports local businesses like Maiwand Grill through programs such as the Local Food Connection, led by UMB’s Office of Community Engagement.

Maiwand Grill owes the mix of men in business suits and college students in sweats to its “terrific” food, as The Baltimore Sun raves. The restaurant offers delicious appetizers and affordable, large platters, like authentic beef kebabs with flavorful rice, bread, and salad. Maiwand is within walking distance of campus and offers delivery and catering services.

Find out more on the Maiwand Grill website or its Facebook and Instagram pages.

Address: 324 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore MD 21201
Telephone: 410-685-0208, 410-685-0225

Olivia FickenscherCommunity Service, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 30, 20180 comments
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Nicole Willhide speaks to SBIP interns

YouthWorks Interns Learn Valuable Lessons About Jobs, Workplace

Kiana Carr and Sydnie Taylor are students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County pursuing biology degrees and careers in the medical field. Carr wants to be a pediatrician. Taylor is leaning heavily toward pediatric dentistry, but she’s not 100 percent sure.

What both students are certain about is the impact of the five-week Summer Bioscience Internship Program (SBIP) they are completing this week as part of the YouthWorks Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). This is the University’s 28th year of participation in the work-readiness program with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, and more than 60 interns were placed in jobs this summer through UMB’s Office of Community Engagement (OCE).

High school and college students receive paychecks for their YouthWorks efforts, but what pays off in the long run are the experiences gained by assisting clinicians or researchers, participating in school tours or hands-on workshops. Interns receive invaluable lessons about succeeding in the workforce while making connections that can help them with their future study plans and career paths.

“It’s been interesting to actually interact with patients before you begin your research to find out what topic really matters to them the most,” said Carr, who has been working with C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP). Carr was a YouthWorks intern the past two summers at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. “I got to interact with a lot of doctors and residents at Shock Trauma, and that was fun,” she said, “but with pharmacy, it’s interesting to work with different researchers and see their varied focuses. I really get to see how much their research impacts the groups they’re studying.”

Taylor is in her fourth year in the SBIP, and she thanked the program’s leaders — Brian Sturdivant, MSW, director, strategic initiatives and community partnerships in the OCE, and Allison Robinson, MPH, program manager, Maryland AHEC Program, Family and Community Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) — for arranging her internship at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD), which hadn’t hosted a YouthWorks intern before.

“They knew I was interested in dentistry, reached out to the school, and paved the way for me to have a mentor in the field I want to possibly get in to,” said Taylor, who is assisting Vivek Thumbigere-Math, BDS, PhD, assistant professor in UMSOD’s Division of Periodontology in the Department of Advanced Oral Sciences and Therapeutics. “The SBIP is a really good program for anyone who’s interested in the science field. It really helps you make connections, which is the best part, because I’m still in contact with mentors I’ve had in the past, and they’ve been very supportive.”

Primers, Tours, and More

On July 20, a dozen of the SBIP students got a primer on UMSOM’s Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science from Nicole Willhide, MS, director of student services. Along with UMB graduate student and SBIP program coordinator Devona Quasie-Woode, they watched a 20-minute video about the profession and toured an anatomy class on the second floor at Howard Hall, where first-year physical therapy students were dissecting cadavers. Then they headed to UMSOP’s PATIENTS Day at the UM BioPark for more interactive and educational experiences. Earlier in the summer, the group took part in a three-day orientation before heading off to their placements at Shock Trauma, Sponsored Programs Administration in UMB’s Office of Research and Development,  and the schools of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry.

“The topics and the experience itself are very intriguing,” said John Tinawin, who is studying civil engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park and was placed at UMSOM with Asaf Keller, PhD, professor of anatomy and neurobiology. “I’m helping with three experiments in the lab — on opium addiction, nicotine addiction, and pain. I joined this program to see if I can find anything interesting outside of engineering. I definitely would recommend YouthWorks to anyone who’s looking to expose themselves to different career opportunities.”

There are four sectors to UMB’s participation in YouthWorks: the SBIP; the Community Engagement Center (CEC); HIRE One (administrative/office-type jobs), and the CURE Scholars Summer Program. The latter hosts students from the groundbreaking UMB CURE initiative, the first in the nation to engage middle schoolers in the National Cancer Institute’s Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Program. (Read more about the CURE summer events.)

Engaging with the Community

Six high school students spent their five-week internship working at the CEC and in the community, with four interns maintaining the Pop! Farm in the nearby Poppleton neighborhood. The students watered plants and trees, pulled weeds, and more. They were supervised by Sara Haile, a student at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW), and the program is led by Bill Joyner, MSW, UMSSW alum and senior economic inclusion specialist in the OCE.

Gardening was a new activity for Jahleah DeGraffinried, who’ll be entering the ninth grade at Western High School in September. “I’m learning how to garden, what weeds to pull, so that’s a plus. And I get to work with my friends,” said DeGraffinried, who did a YouthWorks job last summer canvassing the community to promote West Baltimore businesses.

Dante Gregg, who’ll enter 11th grade at Augusta Fells High School in September, says working at the farm had a side benefit. “I like working in the garden,” he said. “My grandmother’s got a little garden in her yard, so now I can help her with what I’ve learned this summer.”

The teens also got a glimpse of what it’s like to be in the workforce. Andrew Gordon, a rising senior at REACH Partnership, says he’s learned “that I’ll be fine in the work environment,” and wished he could get more hours at the CEC.

“This kind of feels like the Boys and Girls Club, but it’s work, so it’s a lot more serious than that,” he said. “And interacting with people from the community in here is nice, because it brings us all together. We really make a difference, and I love making a difference in our community.”

Haile said she was lucky to have this group of YouthWorks students.

“We supervise them at the Pop! Farm and take them on trips that involve the farm and community engagement,” she said. “We also set up enrichment sessions so they can learn about financial literacy and things like that. We are basically showing them what it’s like in the real world.”

Help Around the Office

Rather than tending to gardens, the HIRE One interns tend to office tasks around the campus in a program led by Camille Givens-Patterson, community partnership specialist in OCE. There are 19 in the program this summer, including Coty Rock, a rising sophomore at Notre Dame of Maryland University, who Givens-Patterson calls a real “Rock star.”

Rock works as a general assistant in the UMSOM Office of Finance and Resource Management, answering phones, filing confidential information, entering data, and doing office inventory among other tasks. She enjoys being a “helping hand” and finds that even the simplest task can provide teachable moments.

“On the phone, you have to really be professional and know what to say and how to say things to people,” Rock said. “One day a caller needed to get transferred, and they told the other assistant that they really liked the way I answered and how well I spoke. That is a compliment because this is my first time answering phones in the office. I really love working with YouthWorks and UMB. It’s a great experience.”

Over on the 14th floor of the Saratoga Building, Fudi Fickenscher is having a similar experience working for UMB’s Office of the President. The rising senior at Bryn Mawr School has been doing secretarial work as well as writing items for The Elm website to promote OCE’s Local Food Connection initiative.

Fickenscher calls working at UMB this summer “truly a foot in the door” and adds that the teamwork she sees in the office reinforces lessons she’s learned in school group projects.

“There is no assignment at work that has not involved other people,” she said. “Without teamwork and without meeting deadlines, this University and any workplace would not function. YouthWorks also teaches us valuable skills to succeed — college prep, résumé writing and finances. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have exposure to a 9-to-5 office job. Not a lot of teenagers have this opportunity.”

— Lou Cortina

 

Lou CortinaCommunity Service, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 25, 20180 comments
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Culinary Architechture

Culinary Architecture’s Culinary Passion

UMB seeks to support local businesses through programs like the Local Food Connection, led by the University’s Office of Community Engagement. Check out this week’s local restaurant spotlight.

Culinary Architecture earned 5/5 on Foodify and Yelp not just for its rotation of hearty breakfasts and vegetarian-friendly lunch options, but also for its philosophy on food — stress-free and served with warmth and generosity. Culinary Architecture is close to campus, making it perfect for catering or dining in or to check out its retail market or outdoor event space.

Find out more at Culinary Architecture’s website, its Facebook page, or its Instagram page.

The restaurant is located at 767 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD 21230. Telephone: 443-708-8482.

Olivia FickenscherBulletin Board, Community Service, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 16, 20180 comments
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FLO - Friendly Loving Opportunities

Volunteers Needed for FLO Homeless Festival on Aug. 11

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is partnering with FLO, a Baltimore nonprofit and UMB community partner, to provide aid to the homeless during its annual Homeless Festival.

FLO is seeking volunteers for the Homeless Festival, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. at Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood High School in West Baltimore. Services for the homeless will be offered, including health screenings, legal counseling, and housing/ employment information. In addition, FLO will be giving away backpacks and school supplies to local elementary school children.

UMB will have a table promoting its Community Engagement Center and is seeking additional volunteers to help support this event.

For more information and to sign up, visit FLO’s website.

Olivia FickenscherBulletin Board, Community Service, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 12, 20180 comments
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Students discussing mock trial

A LEAP into the Courtroom at UM Carey Law

Guilty or not guilty? That was the question as a mock trial tutorial unfolded for seven students from Baltimore City public schools who are among those participating in the Law Exploration Academic Pathway’s (LEAP) Forensic Mock Trial Camp.

Founded by University of Maryland Carey School of Law alumnus Kirk Crawley, JD ’88, the camp is based at Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School, but some activities take place at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and Frederick Douglass High School, where Crawley teaches.

On July 9, another Carey Law alum, Sally McMillan Guy, JD ’11, laid out the scenario for the students as a first step in preparing them to perform a mock trial later in their camp based on the book Lord of the Flies. For this outing, in a UM Carey classroom, the alleged infraction involved adolescent behavior but was far less complex. Was the accused, Susie Parsons, breaking her school’s rules by eating snacks? Or was she a volunteer cleaning up after someone else?

After various students played the roles of witnesses, attorneys, and members of the jury, the foreman announced that the jury had found for the defendant.

“Court is now in recess,” said Guy, acting in the role of the judge.

“What we had here was circumstantial evidence,” she added, this time in the role of instructor explaining why the jury did not find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

In actuality, Guy is a senior policy analyst and legislative counsel in the Maryland General Assembly’s Department of Legislative Services who coaches mock trial teams at Carey Law in her spare time. Helping facilitate her interaction with the LEAP campers and their counselors was Michele Hayes, JD, LLM, assistant dean for student affairs at Carey Law.

In addition to these types of activities for the mind, the students in the LEAP camp can exercise and swim during weekly access to the facilities at URecFit at the SMC Campus Center, thanks to arrangements by the UMB Office of Community Engagement.

To see more photos from the mock trial, go to UMB’s Facebook page.

Communication and Public AffairsCommunity Service, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 10, 20180 comments
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Cafe Jovial sign

Cafe Jovial’s Joyful Approach to Food and Community

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) seeks to support local businesses through programs like the Local Food Connection, led by UMB’s Office of Community Engagement. Thanks to community support, local restaurants can thrive.

One such business, situated between Pigtown and Fells Point (making it perfect for a workday lunch or catering event), is Cafe Jovial, which offers hot and cold beverages and light fare. Its veggie lasagna is well liked by regulars, as is its Zeke’s coffee. In addition, the cafe’s friendly staff is key to its cozy, inviting atmosphere.

The cafe is located at 784 Washington Blvd., and its phone number is 443-708-2644

Check out its menu online.

Olivia FickenscherBulletin Board, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 10, 20180 comments
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UMB Cure Scholars

‘From West Baltimore’ Recognized at Regional Emmy Awards

The documentary From West Baltimore, which features middle-school students in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) CURE Scholars Program, was nominated recently for an Emmy Award by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The documentary, which was produced by MedSchool Maryland Productions and aired on Maryland Public Television in October 2017, follows six young teens from West Baltimore who talk about their lives and the challenges of growing up in neighborhoods of violence and poverty. Five of the six are UMB CURE Scholars: Shakeer Franklin, Davioin Hill, Courtney Jacobs, Tyler McKinsey, and Princaya Sanders.

The five CURE Scholars attended the Emmy Awards Gala on June 23 in Bethesda, Md., where the film Saber Rock beat out From West Baltimore to win the “Documentary-Cultural/Topical” category. That film chronicles the efforts of a translator who helps U.S. military forces fight the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Started in 2015, the UMB CURE Scholars Program is a groundbreaking year-round pipeline program that prepares sixth- to 12th-grade students from three West Baltimore schools for competitive and rewarding research, STEM, and health care career opportunities. It is the first middle school program funded by the National Cancer Institute’s  Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Program.

To watch a trailer and learn more about the students, go to the From West Baltimore web page. To learn more about the UMB program, go to the CURE Scholars web page.

 

Communication and Public AffairsCommunity Service, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University LifeJuly 6, 20180 comments
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20-Color Panel Blue Laser Dyes Emission Spectra

A New Age of Spectral Flow Cytometry

The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) Flow Cytometry Shared Services has acquired the Cytek Aurora, Spectral Cytometer. A seminar scheduled for July 19 will to help you gain more understanding of spectral flow and its capabilities. Lunch is included, but you need to reserve a spot.

  • When: Thursday, July 19
  • Time: Noon
  • Site: Room 600, Health Sciences Facility II, 20 N. Penn St.
  • Sign up to attend at this link.
Karen UnderwoodCollaboration, Community Service, Education, Research, UMB NewsJuly 5, 20180 comments
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