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Discover and Share Data with New UMB Data Catalog

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) is proud to introduce the UMB Data Catalog, a searchable and browsable collection of records describing datasets generated by UMB researchers.

The UMB Data Catalog promotes research collaboration and data sharing by facilitating the discovery of data sets that may be otherwise hard to find or unavailable from data repositories. Rather than functioning as a repository to store data, the Data Catalog provides information about data sets, including a description of the data set, keywords,  file format and size, access rights, and links to associated articles. With the UMB Data Catalog, researchers can describe their data and make it discoverable, but they are not required to share their data. Instead, the catalog allows users to request data access through an author, an administrator, or a repository. By allowing researchers to identify common research interests and by supporting the sharing and reuse of research data, the UMB Data Catalog has the capacity to promote interdisciplinary collaboration.

The HS/HSL is a member of the Data Catalog Collaboration Project (DCCP) along with New York University (NYU); the University of Pittsburgh; the University of Virginia; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Duke University. Members run their own installations of the data catalog, developed by NYU, but work together to share and improve system design, content curation, and outreach efforts.

The HS/HSL thanks the researchers who have contributed to the UMB Data Catalog during its initial development phase.

  • Sergei P. Atamas, MD, PhD, School of Medicine
  • Peter Doshi, PhD, School of Pharmacy
  • Corey Shdaimah, LLM, PhD, School of Social Work
  • Jay Unick, MSW, PhD, School of Social Work

Help us build the UMB Data Catalog! If you are interested in submitting a data set, have a suggestion for additional data sets to add, or need more information about the project, please contact us.

Everly BrownCollaboration, Education, Research, TechnologyMay 22, 20180 comments
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UMMC Schwartz Rounds: ‘When Tragedy Strikes and Compassion Wanes’

The University of Maryland Medical Center will host a Schwartz Rounds forum May 29 that is open to all employees. The topic: “Amidst Embers: When Tragedy Strikes and Compassion Wanes.”

Join our monthly multidisciplinary forum and engage with caregivers in a conversation about the emotional and social issues associated with caring for patients. Panelists will present case studies and facilitate an interactive discussion in which participants can share their experiences.

Here are the details:

  • When: Tuesday, May 29
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: UMMC Auditorium, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Registration: Go to this link.
  • Note: Lunch will be provided.
  • Continuing education: Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and social workers who attend will be eligible to earn one AMA PRA Category 1 credit, one Nursing Continuing Education Hour, or one SW Category 1 CEU.
Briana MathisClinical Care, Education, Research, UMB News, University LifeMay 22, 20180 comments
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School of Pharmacy Celebrates Class of 2018 at Convocation

No other month in the academic year brings about more excitement at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy than May, as faculty and staff join family and friends in celebrating the graduation of the School’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Master of Science (MS) Class of 2018. This year’s celebrations for graduates in all of the school’s academic programs spanned two days and culminated with the annual convocation ceremony at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel on May 18.

Celebrating Years of Hard Work

In her opening remarks at the convocation ceremony, which focuses on the achievements of the PharmD Class of 2018, Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the school, highlighted some of the class’ noteworthy accomplishments from the past four years. She commended the graduates for their commitment to their pharmacy education, noting that some students had not only overcome significant personal challenges to complete their education, but also pursued additional opportunities along the way, including the completion of a dual degree, involvement in a wide range of community and global health projects, and election to local and national student leadership roles.

“Today marks the beginning of a celebration of what is to come for each of you as members of one of the most rewarding professions — pharmacy,” she said. “As new practitioners, you have amazing opportunities in front of you to be critical thinkers and to solve the perennial, long-term problems facing health care, research, and society. Challenge the status quo approach to health care in this country. Use your passion and your enthusiasm to drive our profession to truly impact patient care in a more visible, sustainable manner focused on delivering positive health care outcomes.”

Imparting Words of Wisdom

Victoria Hale, BSP ’83, PhD, founder and chief executive officer of OneWorld Health and Medicines360 — and one of the School of Pharmacy’s Founding Pharmapreneurs — was selected by the Class of 2018 as the keynote speaker for convocation in recognition of her enduring passion for the development of important new medicines for all of humanity, with the specific goal of reducing health inequities. In her speech, Hale encouraged graduates to rely not only on their intellect as they progress through their careers, but also to listen to their hearts and make their own unique mark on the pharmacy profession.

“You are sitting here today as a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy because of your intellect,” Hale said. “All that you have learned here will carry you far in this world. But there are a lot of people with great intellects. It is your heart that will direct you and guide you, if you are open to it. I chose the pharmacy path because it was what my heart told me to do. But each of us has a different way of being in the world. It is only through knowing your heart that you will find your true path.”

Transitioning from Students to Professionals

Amanda Oglesby-Sherrouse, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC); and James Trovato, PharmD, MBA, BCOP, FASHP, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS); with assistance from Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD, BCACP, FAPhA, associate professor in PPS and associate dean for student affairs, joined Eddington in presenting graduates with their doctoral hoods to signify their completion of the highest professional degree in pharmacy.

“Donning the traditional olive-colored pharmacy hood represents the fact that you have entered a caring profession that depends upon your proper use of scientific and clinical knowledge,” Eddington said. “You must care for your patients with compassion as well as intelligence. You will be trusted by patients — do not underestimate the importance of that trust, nor treat it lightly. You will have an impact on peoples’ lives.”

Honoring All Graduates

Twenty students graduating from the school’s PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) and PhD in PSC programs received their hoods during the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Graduate School ceremony on May 17. The MS in Regulatory Science program also hosted its third convocation in Pharmacy Hall on May 17 to celebrate its nearly 30 graduates.

“Progressing through this graduate program was a much different experience than pursuing my undergraduate degree,” said Mark Hendrickson, senior director of sciences and regulatory affairs for the Association for Accessible Medicines and member of the program’s Class of 2018. “Over 18 months, my classmates and I spent five semesters together, completing approximately 350 hours of online lectures, 30 scheduled live discussions with our peers, 10 individual papers, 10 group papers, and 10 group presentations. To have this opportunity to interact with other working professionals from all sorts of backgrounds — learning from these individuals and working together to pursue a combined interest — was really a fascinating experience.”

The school’s MS in Pharmacometrics program also celebrated its fifth graduating class. This year’s graduating class featured 12 students, including two dual-degree students from the school’s Doctor of Pharmacy program — Priya Brunsdon and Minseok Lee.

After the school’s morning convocation ceremony, graduates assembled in the afternoon for a Universitywide graduation ceremony at Royal Farms Arena, where Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW, director of the Peace Corps and former faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, delivered the keynote address.

To view more photos and video from this momentous occasion, please visit the School of Pharmacy’s Facebook page.

PharmD Class of 2018 Awards and Prizes 

  • Preceptors of the Year: Jeffrey Mrowczynski, PharmD; Zachary Noel, PharmD, BCPS; Richard D. Parker, Jr., PharmBS; and Jessica Pyhtila, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS
  • Andrew G. DuMez Award for Superior Proficiency in Pharmacy: Alina Jane Kukin
  • Terry Paul Crovo Award in Pharmacy Practice for Performance and Promise to Uphold the Highest Standards of the Profession: Alyssa Theresa Henshaw and Rachel Allison Lumish
  • Lambda Kappa Sigma, Epsilon Alumnae Chapter-Cole Award for Proficiency in Pharmacy Administration: Chukwukadibia Jideofor Udeze
  • William Simon Memorial Prize for Superior Work in the Field of Medicinal Chemistry, Practical and Analytical Chemistry: Ana Luisa Moreira Coutinho
  • Wagner Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence Prize for Meritorious Academic Achievement in Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence: Ahrang Yoo
  • John F. Wannenwetsch Memorial Prize for Exceptional Performance and Promise in the Practice of Community Pharmacy: Kayla Lynn Otto
  • Conrad L. Wich Prize for Exceptional Work in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy: Priya Brunsdon
  • S. Williams Practical Pharmacy Prize to the Student Having the Highest General Average in Basic and Applied Pharmaceutics: Jessica Hodge
  • Academic Excellence Award: Jessica Hodge and Rachel Allison Lumish
  • Universities at Shady Grove Academic and Community Excellence Award: Priya Brunsdon
  • Maryland Pharmaceutical Society Award: Gaelle Annick Ngadeu Njonkou
  • Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacy Award: Kar-Yue Alvin Yee
  • Maryland Pharmacists Association Award: Meryam Sima Gharbi
  • Maryland-ASCP Award: Hongzhuo Lin
  • Alfred Abramson Entrepreneurship Award: Fahim Faruque
  • S. Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award: Priya Davey
  • Mylan Excellence in Pharmacy Award: Alaina Marie Robey
  • Leadership Awards: Priya Davey, Bahareh Ghorashi, Emmanuel Kim, Abigail Marie Klutts, Alina Jane Kukin, Joseph Robert Martin, Jenny Diep Nguyen, and Chukwukadibia Jideofor Udeze

— Malissa Carroll

Malissa CarrollEducation, UMB News, University LifeMay 21, 20180 comments
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UMB Graduates Told to Make a World of Difference

Outside it was raining but inside Royal Farms Arena sunny smiles were in abundance as students of the Class of 2018 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) received their degrees at commencement ceremonies.

The class of 2,250 students from UMB’s six professional schools and interdisciplinary Graduate School were treated to life lessons from a number of speakers, headlined by Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW, an alumna and former faculty member of the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Sworn in as Peace Corps director in March, a “humbled” Olsen told the graduates to utilize the wide-ranging hands-on lessons they’ve learned at UMB, which confers the majority of health care, human services, and law professional degrees in Maryland each year.

“We prepare briefs for the state legislature and research new, life-sustaining drugs,” Olsen said. “We conduct surgeries and perform root canals; we measure diabetes indicators, counsel drug offenders, and exercise torn muscles. We learn how to manage health bureaucracies and time pressures.

“That’s a lot of doing to help improve people’s lives.”

Olsen has spent decades helping improve people’s lives through the Peace Corps, the country’s pre-eminent international service agency, serving as acting director in 2009, deputy director from 2002 to 2009, chief of staff from 1989 to 1992, regional director of North Africa Near East, Asia, Pacific from 1981 to 1984, and country director in Togo from 1979 to 1981.

“Fortunately for us,” UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, said in his introduction, “this lifetime of service came with a few hiatuses, and Dr. Olsen spent one of them — an eight-year stint — right here at UMB.

“As director of our Center for Global Education Initiatives, Dr. Olsen came to shape how UMB approaches interprofessional global projects, and how we use the lessons learned overseas to effect change in our own home communities.”

Olsen recalled serving as a Peace Corps volunteer at a maternity clinic in Tunisia when she was 22. “I was focused, innocent, and naive,” she said. “I was charged by the ministry of health with counseling soon-to-be and new mothers with how to care for their children, while having not yet become a mother myself.”

Olsen said she learned a lot from the women, many of whom were raising their families in dwellings with no water, electricity, or sanitation. Those lessons provided a foundation as Olsen traveled to more than 100 countries in the Peace Corps. She used them during her UMB stay as well.

“Do I listen, focusing on each word? Do I take in what is said and not said, and create safety to disengage from fear?” Olsen told the graduates of the lessons she learned. “Do I understand what they are not saying but wish they could? Do I share enough of my own vulnerabilities to demonstrate that I trust them and that they can trust me? Do I ask, pause, and listen for their stories? Do I tell them mine?

“Often our patients or clients come to us afraid, vulnerable, uncertain, and with words and questions that do not make sense to us. Many times, by the point they access the health care system, they are not in comfort, they are in stress. How do we see them as whole people even as we treat a specific problem?”

Such questions apply to all of us, in all our professions, in Baltimore, throughout the United States, and the world, said Olsen, who also related stories from the summer research trips she led UMB students on to Malawi, Central America, and South Asia, stressing interprofessional teamwork among the medical, law, dental, pharmacy, nursing, and social work students.

She urged the graduates to go forth and see the person, not just the problem.

“My hope is that, when your clients and patients are sitting across the desk from you, on the exam table, in the counseling room, in the courtroom beside you, that you’ll see and know the person,” Olsen said. “You’ll know them by name, not by case number. You’ll know them by story, not by diagnosis. You’ll know them not just as they are, but as who they hope to be.

“We are eager to see what you will do, who you will be, and how you will change your community and your world.”

Before Olsen’s encouraging words, James Fielder Jr., PhD, secretary of higher education, and Gary Attman, JD, system treasurer, brought greetings from the governor and the University System of Maryland, respectively. Then Aarti Sidhu, who was graduating from the Carey School of Law, joined the celebration as the student remarker.

“When my parents moved to this country from India almost 40 years ago, they did so to provide better opportunities for me and my siblings,” she told the crowd. “I am so proud to be here surrounded by all of you, from different countries, different racial and cultural backgrounds, and with different gender identities. Despite being told time and time again that we can’t do something because of who we are or what we look like — we did it.”

Sidhu wasn’t the only member of the Class of 2018 featured. The national anthem was sung by the Hippocratic Notes, four graduates of the School of Medicine (Brendan Bui, Joshua Olexa, Grace Lee, and Jennifer Reid), and a video by Courtney Miyamoto, a third-generation graduate of the School of Dentistry, was shown.

The procession into the arena was led by marshals Mary M. Rodgers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASB, FISB, and Jill Whitall, PhD, both of the School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, and Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN, retired chair of the Department of Family and Community Health at the School of Nursing.

Four familiar figures at the University received honorary degrees of public service.

Carolyn Frenkil is a community activist, businesswoman, benefactor, and longtime friend of the School of Medicine. Her late husband, James Frenkil, MD, introduced her to the school, which she has supported with a number of innovative endeavors including a course in pharmacogenomics and collaborative research in the school’s Program on Aging, Trauma, and Emergency Care.

Mary Catherine Bunting, MS ’72, CRNP, is an alumna of the School of Nursing who became a nun and nurse practitioner for 34 years and practiced at Mercy Southern Health Center. Granddaughter of the pharmacist who invented Noxzema, she has endowed scholarship support at the school and elsewhere, including Mercy Medical Center.

Fred G. Smith, DDS ’78, MS, and Venice K. Paterakis, DDS ’81, both graduates of the School of Dentistry, have been heavily involved in charitable efforts at UMB, in the city of Baltimore, and beyond. In 2015, the couple established the first endowed professorship at the dental school. (Read more about members of the platform party.)

But in the end, the ceremony was about the graduates, who braved rain that drove their Party in the Park (link) indoors for the first time in its four-year history.

After the diplomas had been distributed, Perman sent the graduates off with a few parting words of advice.

“I wish you hard work and good luck — always — and I ask that you remember your alma mater as you make your mark on the world,” he said. “We’ll look forward to your help. And we’re all so very proud of you.”

— Chris Zang

Visit the commencement website for pictures, video, and more information.

Chris ZangEducation, People, UMB News, University LifeMay 18, 20180 comments
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Commencement 2018: Tips for Graduates from Honorary Cast

We asked the commencement keynote speaker, honorary degree recipients, honorary marshals, and student remarker what one piece of advice they would like to pass along to UMB’s Class of 2018. Here are some of their responses:

Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW
Director of Peace Corps
Keynote speaker

“Find your passion and take the risks to achieve it.”

Carolyn Frenkil
Community activist, businesswoman, benefactor
Honorary Doctor of Public Service

“Two pieces of advice come to mind. One, life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. Two, no one is in charge of your happiness except you. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride!”

Mary Catherine Bunting, MS ’72, CRNP
Retired nurse practitioner, philanthropist
Honorary Doctor of Public Service

“Do what you love and are passionate about. That is what you will do best and will be able to sustain for a lifetime. Recognize your gifts and your talent so you can use them to the fullest. I did not know that I had dyslexia until after receiving my master’s degree. I did understand that I was a visual learner and liked being active. Nursing was a perfect fit.”

Mary M. Rodgers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASB, FISB
Professor emeritus, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, School of Medicine
Honorary University Marshal

“As the many varied pressures of life increase, I would ask the UMB Class of 2018 to be kind and compassionate. Remember that with all of our individual differences and wonderful diversity, we are all one and we are all human. Kindness is possible in all that we do and compassion is essential to our very existence.”

Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN
Retired chair, Department of Family and Community Health, School of Nursing
Honorary Faculty Marshal

“Follow your dream — but if the unanticipated occurs, embrace the opportunity to dream bigger, and then let life happen.”

Aarti Sidhu
Francis King Carey School of Law
Student Remarker

“Live life and pursue careers without fear [nirbhau] and without hate [nirvair].”

— Chris Zang

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Commencement 2018: Honorary Degree Recipients

Here’s a look at the honorary degree recipients for UMB’s commencement on May 18:

Fred G. Smith, DDS ’78, MS

Venice K. Paterakis, DDS ’81

Honorary Doctor of Public Service

About Smith and Paterakis: The husband and wife, both graduates of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, come from prominent Baltimore families and have been heavily involved in charitable efforts at UMB, in the city of Baltimore, and beyond. Smith is vice president and director of Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns nearly 200 TV stations across the United States. Paterakis practiced dentistry in the Fells Point/Harbor East area of the city for 33 years and is one of six children in a family that rose to prominence through its H&S Bakery business and more recently has been involved in the development of Harbor East.

Charitable efforts: Smith and Paterakis have been performing acts of kindness for decades, with the goal of their efforts being to improve the human condition and serve the public good. In 2015, the couple donated $1.5 million to establish the first endowed professorship at the School of Dentistry. Smith also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc., among other groups, and Paterakis has been active with the Maryland Ronald McDonald House and supports many other charitable organizations such as Yumi Cares and Horizon Day Camps.

Quote: “Philanthropy and service to the community were values instilled in me at a very young age. I am honored to be involved with the University of Maryland, Baltimore and greatly appreciate this wonderful recognition bestowed on us,” Paterakis says.

Mary Catherine Bunting, MS ’72, CRNP

Honorary Doctor of Public Service

About Bunting: After a serious car accident at age 16 that required a 10-day hospital stay, she gained appreciation for nursing as a career and earned her nursing degree in 1958 at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. After a short stint as a labor and delivery nurse, she joined the Sisters of Mercy in 1959, staying in the order until 1974. From 1972 to 1996, she practiced at Mercy Southern Health Center, an outreach center in South Baltimore, and became a nurse practitioner. She retired after a 34-year career at Mercy.

Charitable efforts: Bunting, the granddaughter of George Avery Bunting, a University of Maryland pharmacist who invented Noxzema, which grew into CoverGirl Cosmetics and Noxell Corp, made a major gift in October 2007 as part of Mercy Medical Center’s $400 million capital campaign. The Mary Catherine Bunting Center is a 20-story tower that includes 259 private patient rooms and 15 state-of-the-art operating rooms. She also has donated large sums to fund scholarships and programs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she earned a master’s degree in 1972.

Quote: “I was blessed to come from a family that did not focus on wealth. And I knew that love — not wealth — is what brings joy and happiness,” Bunting says.

Carolyn Frenkil

Honorary Doctor of Public Service

About Frenkil: A businesswoman and community activist, Frenkil is president of Center City, Inc., and 10-30 W North Avenue, LLC, and helps runs the North Avenue Market project, renovation in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District in Baltimore. Before that, she created — and sold — Substance Abuse Services, Inc., which provided drug/alcohol testing of employees in the transportation industry. She was married to James Frenkil, MD, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) for 26 years before his death in 2009.

Charitable efforts: The couple’s first major contribution to UMSOM/Faculty Physicians, Inc. was an office building once used by Dr. Frenkil’s occupational medicine practice. They also set up the James and Carolyn Frenkil Foundation. She donated money to purchase equipment/furniture for UMSOM’s Executive Health Program and the school’s new Media Center, and she helped fund a course in pharmacogenomics and supported collaborative research in the medical school’s Program on Aging, Trauma, and Emergency Care, among other gifts.

Quote: “Quite frankly, I can’t imagine anyone not embracing an opportunity to be actively involved with this renowned institution,” Frenkil says of UMB.

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Commencement 2018: Student Remarker Aarti Sidhu

Here’s a look at the student remarker for UMB’s commencement on May 18:

With an impressive array of internships and leadership roles, Aarti Sidhu gained great experience and enjoyed many accomplishments during her three years at the Francis King Carey School of Law.

But in applying to be the student remarker at UMB’s Commencement — and beating out a half-dozen candidates for the honor — Sidhu stressed that what made her a good candidate to speak to the Class of 2018 wasn’t her résumé but the perspective she brings to the lectern.

“As a minority woman in America, and the child of immigrants, I have overcome many challenges and adversities,” Sidhu says. “At every turn, I’ve learned and grown more, into the woman I am today. And UMB has contributed to this substantially.”

Sidhu’s contributions to UMB were substantial, too, as she turned her beliefs into action by advocating for social change, juvenile justice reform, and fair representation for underserved populations – and going the extra mile to do it. She joined Carey Law’s School-to-Prison Pipeline Clinic (now called the Youth, Education and Justice Clinic) in August 2016 and served for four semesters, well beyond the one-semester requirement.

“I’ve been most inspired in my work there,” says Sidhu, who is allowed to practice law under a supervising professor. “We advocate for youth in schools in Baltimore City. Our goal is to do our part to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and work to get students the education they deserve.”

Born and raised in Richmond, Va., Sidhu is one of three children of parents who emigrated from India in the 1970s. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and worked as a consultant and a paralegal before arriving at Carey Law in 2015.

In Baltimore, she found many outlets to help people:

  • As a legal intern with Disability Rights Maryland, she lobbied for special education rights in the state legislature and advocated for students with disabilities.
  • As an Education Reform Project intern with the ACLU of Maryland, she created policy recommendations for the legislative session to increase funding for Maryland schools.
  • As a volunteer with Community Law in Action, a program of the nonprofit Baltimore Corps, she promoted positive community change through youth mentoring.
  • As a law clerk with Maryland Legal Aid, she supported its Community Lawyering Initiative by planning and implementing direct civil legal services to the community.

“After graduation, I hope to work in juvenile justice and more specifically education,” says Sidhu, who won the Monumental City Bar Association’s Juanita Mitchell Scholarship for her work with underserved populations in Baltimore. “I hope to ensure students are receiving the education they’re entitled to.”

Sidhu also was an active member of the Carey Law community. In her second year, she was chosen as the first chair of the school’s Diversity Committee, a particularly meaningful role because of her passion for diversity and inclusion.

“The committee was created to serve as a liaison to the administration and to work with it to improve our school climate,” says Sidhu, who was an advisor during her third year. “I held a number of events, conducted a schoolwide survey to identify concerns regarding diversity, and set a plan to be carried out in coming years.”

Sidhu also served as secretary of the Black Law Students Association, community outreach co-chair of the Suspension Representation Project, and vice president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. She was selected to the school’s 21-member National Trial Team and was manuscripts editor of the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class.

Sidhu says she couldn’t have taken on these tasks without many other helping hands — “I’m thankful to my support system and those who challenged me and laughed with me,” she says — and leaves her fellow graduates with a simple message:

“Pursue your passions, stay true to yourself, and be kind.”

— Lou Cortina

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Commencement 2018: Honorary Marshals

Here’s a look at the honorary marshals for UMB’s commencement on May 18:

Mary M. Rodgers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASB, FISB

Professor Emeritus, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, School of Medicine

Honorary University Marshal 

About Rodgers: Rodgers joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) in 1994 and found a home in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, teaching biomechanics and conducting research. She was appointed department chair in 1998 and provided leadership and stewardship for 15 years. During this time, the department rose from unranked to the top 10 percent of all physical therapy programs in the country. She retired in 2017 and is now professor emeritus.

Research: Rodgers is director of the Pilot and Exploratory Studies Core for the Maryland Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at UMB. She also has held a number of research and education advisory positions, including senior advisor for the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health for the past eight years.

Quote: “I am very excited for all of these graduates who have worked so hard to complete their programs and are now ready to launch into valuable careers,” Rodgers says.

Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN

Retired Chair, Department of Family and Community Health, School of Nursing

Honorary Faculty Marshal 

About Kauffman: After two decades in acute care nursing, Kaufmann worked as a University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty member from 1995 to 1998. She left to start Life Passages Care Consultants, Inc., a long-term care consultation practice for older adults and their families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, then returned to UMSON in 2003 as the specialty director for community/public health nursing. She became chair of the Department of Family and Community Health in 2007 and retired in December 2017.

Public Service: Her dedicated service in the public sector has made a profound difference locally, nationally, and internationally for those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, a condition Kauffman witnessed firsthand for over 20 years while caring for her mother. She has been a national and chapter leader of the Alzheimer’s Association and won many public service awards, including UMB’s 2014 Public Servant of the Year.

Quote: “For me, serving as honorary faculty marshal for the 2018 commencement is truly the capstone to my many rewarding years in the academy,” Kauffman says. 

Jill Whitall, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, School of Medicine

Honorary Student Marshal

About Whitall: A native of Windlesham, England, Whitall spent six years in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before joining UMSOM in 1994. She handled several administrative roles, including director of the PhD program, and taught/mentored students in the PhD graduate and Doctor of Physical Therapy professional programs. She is now professor emeritus after retiring in January 2018.

Research: Whitall attracted several million dollars in funding during her UMSOM tenure from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland Industrial Partnerships, and more. Her primary research focus for the last 20 years was on improving bimanual and gait rehabilitation for individuals with stroke by using motor control and learning principles to develop new treatment programs, testing these interventions, and trying to understand principles of recovery.

Quote: “I respect the tradition of graduation ceremonies, so I’m surprised and pleased to be asked to take part,” Whitall says.

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Call for Proposals: IPE Faculty Award – May 2018

All UMB faculty are eligible to apply for an IPE Faculty Award. Please see the IPE web page for additional information. Submit your two-page proposal, including budget, to Patricia Danielewicz

Faculty Award in Support of Interprofessional Education

University of Maryland, Baltimore Center for Interprofessional Education

Deadline for priority decision: Wednesday, May 30. Additional applications will be considered on a bi-monthly basis (July, September, 2018) pending availability of funds. Please visit our website for additional information and to download a proposed template.

Purpose: The purpose of the Faculty Award in Support of Interprofessional Education (IPE) is to encourage and build a community of faculty members across the schools of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and throughout the University System of Maryland who have interest and expertise in interprofessional education. This includes, potentially, IPE activities nationally and internationally.

Activities: Faculty Awards may be used for a variety of endeavors that can include, but are not limited to, travel to other institutions to study IPE; regional and national meetings focused on IPE, including poster and podium presentations; educational products focused on IPE and other faculty development activities that are inclusive of UMB students from 2 or more schools. The funds must be used within a one-year window and any individual is limited to one award per year. Faculty Awards may provide a one-time salary enhancement stipend, if allowed by the UMB School, and appropriate for the proposed activity.

Award management: All University of Maryland, Baltimore faculty members are eligible to apply for a Faculty Award of up to $2,000 annually. Other faculty from the University System of Maryland require a partner from the UMB faculty and are eligible for up to a $1,000 award. A two-page proposal, including a budget, should be submitted via email to the Center for Interprofessional Education. Please include a title for the award, along with a description of the proposed activity and its potential to further IPE at UMB. If you plan to use standardized patients through the Clinical Education and Evaluation Laboratory, please contact the director, Nancy Budd Culpepper at The co-directors of the Center for Interprofessional Education serve as the award committee.

For questions or to submit an application, please contact:

Patricia Danielewicz
Center for Interprofessional Education
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Phone: 410-706-4224

Template for IPE Faculty Award Proposals

Title of Faculty Award


Date Submitted


Primary and Contributor Contact Information

Full name



Email address

Telephone number


Description of Proposed Activity




Purpose and Objectives


Potential to Further IPE at UMB




Budget (not to exceed $2,000 per faculty member)




Patricia DanielewiczCollaboration, Education, UMB NewsMay 16, 20180 comments
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Graduate Students Give Voice to Universal Health Care Debate

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

On April 24, two teams composed of graduate students from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy engaged in a professional dialogue about the advantages and disadvantages of the Medicare Access for All Bill (HR 676) proposed to Congress in 2015, which would mandate that all individuals residing in the U.S., including any territories, be covered under the Medicare for All Program, entitling them to a universal, best quality standard of health care. The debate was motivated by recent political discussions, which have strongly argued for health care to be recognized as a human right.

While some proponents of the bill are in favor of moving to a single-payer national health care program to help resolve America’s health care crisis, others have expressed concerns about having a single-payer health care system. For example, the annual report published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2015 revealed that its Part A trust fund (hospital insurance) will be exhausted in the next 15 years. This would, in turn, lead to a cut in benefits and increased payroll taxes or a diversion of funds from the rest of the federal budget to cover the nation’s health care.

Analyzing the Issue from All Sides

In light of these discussions, the student chapters of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) and the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) organized a formal discussion around this topic and gained insights from participants, judges, and the audience on potential ways to advance health care in the United States.

The participants were required to debate on two key aspects of the bill:

  • Eligibility criteria and covered health services
  • Financing for the program

The debate was conducted such that each team delivered its opening statement, which was followed by  arguments for or against the eligibility requirements and costs that this bill would incur or save. The teams also had an opportunity to rebut the opposing side’s argument. The debate ended with each team delivering a closing statement.

The debate was judged by local leaders in health policy, including:

  • Lauren Wagner, PhD, MS, deputy director of clinical quality management for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part A and Minority AIDS Initiative Program at the Baltimore City Health Department
  • Raimee Eck, MPH, MPA, PhD, CPH, president of the Maryland Public Health Association (MdPHA)
  • Ryan Mutter, PhD, assistant professor of health economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

In addition, the audience had an opportunity to submit paper ballots with their vote for the team they thought won the debate. The three judges used this feedback, along with their own insight, to select the winning team.

Putting Forth a Persuasive Argument

Team A — which included Chigoziem Oguh, Rachana Regmi, and Christina Greene, graduate students in the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Medicine — was in favor of the bill. Their key arguments addressed improving what it called a “disjointed” health care system, including coverage for mental health and substance abuse care, which can vary by state, and moving toward a more streamlined national health care system. The premise of their argument was that uniform access to care would help reduce disparities and ultimately improve health outcomes.

Team B — which included Martin Calabrese, Kyungwan Hong, and Bansri Desai, graduate students in the PhD in PHSR Program at the School of Pharmacy — opposed the bill. Their key argument was that the bill could lead to a decline in quality of health care with no impetus for innovation. They insisted that the bill provided few specifics on exactly how a “Medicare for all” system would be implemented and funded. For example, would such a generous health care system lead to increased taxes for U.S. citizens? Of note, Team B was not opposed to the concept of a national health care system; however, it thought that this bill lacked important details about the implementation of such a system, and thus, it could not support it without the aforementioned issues being addressed.

Lessons from which Everyone Can Benefit

At the end of the debate, Team B was deemed the winner based on the judges’ decisions and input from the audience poll.

Through this debate, the UMB student chapters of ISPE and ISPOR aimed to encourage discussion and conversation as tools for shaping a health care system that can be beneficial for all stakeholders. The event also served as a platform for participants and audience members to network with local leaders in health policy.  

However, we would be remiss not to acknowledge that discussions about issues like Medicare for all, free-market health care, and the Affordable Care Act all seek to address the same issue — financing health care for all U.S. citizens. Our country needs fresh conversation on how to repair our health care system, and a system that can simplify health care delivery and provide all individuals with access to basic health care services at a reasonable cost will win the day.

— Aakash Gandhi, PHSR graduate student, vice president of the UMB ISPE student chapter, and secretary of the UMB ISPOR chapter

Aakash GandhiEducation, University Life, USGAMay 16, 20180 comments
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My Experience Balancing Pharmacy School and Parenthood

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

Any woman who has tried can tell you that being a full-time mother and a full-time student is not an easy task. It is even harder when you are a student in a graduate program, such as the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the School of Pharmacy. When I was completing my prerequisite coursework, I was already the mother of a beautiful little toddler. So, when I started pharmacy school, I thought I already knew what was ahead of me. I thought that my life in pharmacy school was going to be the same as it was in community college.

I was wrong.

My first semester as a student pharmacist was tough. And, when I say tough, I really mean it. By the time I started pharmacy school, my daughter was 2 years old. Before starting classes that fall, I asked my relatives and friends for recommendations about babysitters. However, the recommendations that I received were not suitable for me and my little one. I finally found someone who suited me, but she required that I pick up my little one by a certain time each day, and I had no choice but to accept her conditions.

My experience that first semester taught me that it is possible to manage pharmacy school and motherhood if one is very organized. I even learned a few tips that I would like to share to help other parents balance their responsibilities to their children with their pursuit of continued education. 

Get organized: Anyone who is planning to attend pharmacy school should learn to be very organized. It will save you a lot of stress, regardless of whether you are a parent or not. Keep track of upcoming deadlines, learn how to prioritize coursework and projects, and manage your time well. Doing so will ensure that you not only complete your assignments on time, but also that you still have time to spend with your family at the end of the night.

Have a plan: After my first semester in pharmacy school, I started to plan everything that I had the power to plan. For example, because I had more time to spare during weekends than I did throughout the week, I would use that time to prepare ahead all of the food that my family needed for the week, since it is important to us that we eat home-cooked meals. I recommend making a list of the tasks that you need to complete each week, for both your family and school, and using that list as a guide to plan your schedule for the week. 

Do not procrastinate: One important piece of knowledge that I have gained during my time as a student pharmacist is that there is no time to procrastinate in pharmacy school. You will need to learn good time management skills. The amount of material that you’ll need to review for an exam far exceeds what you might study for a typical undergraduate course, and the time for studying it is very short. You will have a quiz, test, or exam almost every week, which leaves no room for procrastination.

Develop a studying regimen: Developing a studying routine is a good habit for all students, but it is especially important for student pharmacists. After my first semester, I made sure that I developed a studying routine and stuck to it. For example, I would plan to watch all my lectures during weekdays, and use my weekends to revise and review all of the course materials from the previous week.

Juggling the responsibilities of parenthood and a graduate education is not easy. There will be times when you feel overwhelmed by your commitments to your children, family, professors, and peers. However, if you take the necessary steps to ensure that you are organized, have a plan, do not procrastinate, and develop a study regimen, I am confident that you will find the task much more manageable and set yourself on a path to future personal and professional success.

— Marie-Helene Meikengang Njomene, second-year student pharmacist

Marie-Helene Meikengang NjomeneEducation, University LifeMay 14, 20180 comments
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HS/HSL Information on Access to Resources for UMB Graduates

As the academic year comes to a close, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library would like graduating students to know what resources they can use after graduation.

Journals and databases: Alumni retain access to HS/HSL’s electronic resources for two months after graduation. After that, you will need to visit the Library to use the on-site computers.

RefWorks: If you have saved references in RefWorks, consider migrating them to a freely available tool so you do not lose them when your access expires two months after graduation. Two free options, Mendeley and Zotero, are described on our Other Citation Managers page.

Free databases: Once your electronic access expires, you will still have access to public databases for literature, drug information, and more. A few examples are highlighted here in the May 2018 Connective Issues. Additionally, be sure to investigate what resources you have through your new workplace and any professional organizations of which you are a member.

Everly BrownEducation, Research, University Life, USGAMay 14, 20180 comments
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A Real-World Glimpse into the Field of Regulatory Science

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

More than 40 students from the MS in Regulatory Science and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programs at the School of Pharmacy visited the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in White Oak, Md., on April 17 and met with top scientists in the Division of Psychiatry Products. The two major topics of conversation for the trip included how new drug applications (NDAs) are composed and reviewed as well as what roles and responsibilities various scientists and health care professionals play at the FDA.

Meeting the Experts

The event was organized by Keith Kiedrow, PharmD, MS, RAC, team leader for project management staff in the Division of Psychiatry Products at the FDA.

The Division of Psychiatry Products regulates and reviews investigational new drug (IND) applications and marketing applications for products used to treat psychiatric diseases and conditions, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Additional panel members from the division included:

  • Mitchell Mathis, MD, director
  • Marc Stone, MD, deputy director for safety
  • Javier Muniz, MD, clinical team leader
  • Juliette Toure, PharmD, MBA, RAC, senior policy advisor
  • Jia Yao, PhD, RAC, DPP, pharmacology/toxicology reviewer
  • Hao Zhu, PhD, team leader, Office of Clinical Pharmacology
  • Peiling Yang, PhD, team leader, Office of Biostatistics
  • Andrei Ponta, PhD, reviewer, Office of Product Quality
  • Kimberly Updegraff, RPh, MS, RAC, associate director for labeling
  • Paul David, RPh, chief, project management staff
  • Steven Hardeman, RPh, chief, project management staff
  • Ermias Zerislassie, PharmD, MBA, MS, safety regulatory project manager

Gaining New Insights

Panel members spent two hours engaged in discussion with students, including an in-depth Q&A session. One student asked about a label update for Invega Sustenna®, a sustained-release injectable suspension of paliperidone palmitate to treat schizophrenia. The label update addressed a recent study that examined long-term comparative monotherapy treatment of paliperidone palmitate versus oral antipsychotic therapy.

Interestingly, the findings from that study were based on real-world data and included patients from homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and jail-release or diversion programs. Panel members noted that the results indicated a longer time to first treatment failure for paliperidone palmitate compared with oral antipsychotic medications. In addition, they explained that the time to first arrest and/or incarceration or psychiatric hospitalization was also longer for paliperidone palmitate compared to the oral antipsychotic group.

Being able to organize events such as this trip that provide our students with a firsthand glimpse into the field of regulatory science is one of my favorite parts of serving as the director of the MS in Regulatory Science program, which is offered exclusively online. Through their participation in this experience, students in the MS in Regulatory Science program not only had the chance to meet their classmates in-person – a rare opportunity for students enrolled in an online program – but also to learn how the concepts and tools they are learning in the curriculum can be applied in the real world. In addition, our student pharmacists had an opportunity to learn more about the importance of the regulatory science field as well as explore new career opportunities for individuals with PharmD degrees who might not necessarily be interested in working in the traditional community or health system pharmacy.

To learn more about the Division of Psychiatry Products, please visit its website. For more information about the MS in Regulatory Science program at the School of Pharmacy, visit the program’s website.

— James Polli, PhD, the Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair in Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics

(Note: Image above taken from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Flickr Photostream)

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Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate Welcomes New Members for Three-Year Terms

The members of the UMB Faculty Senate would like to congratulate the newly elected senators and welcome them to the Senate.

We look forward to all the new senators attending the final Senate meeting of the 2017-18 academic year on June 13, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will thank them for their three-year commitment of service to UMB.

Our new senators include:

  • Deborah Cartee, RDH, MS, School of Dentistry
  • Stephanie Knight, MD, School of Medicine
  • Ericka Lewis, PhD, MSW, School of Social Work
  • Linda Murray, DNP, CPNP-Ped, School of Nursing
  • Marcela Romero Reyes, DDS, PhD, School of Dentistry
  • Nirav Shah, MD, School of Medicine
  • Amanda Oglesby-Sherrouse, PhD, School of Pharmacy
  • Andrea Shipper, MSLIS, Health Sciences and Human Services Library
Sonya EvansCommunity Service, Education, People, University LifeMay 11, 20180 comments
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Gutchell Elected State’s Representative for Nurse Practitioners Group

Veronica Gutchell, DNP ’13, CNS, CRNP, assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been elected as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) representative for the state of Maryland. Her term begins July 1, 2018, at the close of the AANP’s national conference in Denver.

In this role, Gutchell will represent the interests of AANP, its members, and the community at large. She also will function as the key state contact person for the AANP regional director, board of directors, committees, and executive staff.

“It is an honor to have been elected as a Maryland state representative. I’m excited to act as a liaison between Maryland nurse practitioners and AANP,” Gutchell said. “I will collaborate with state organizations on issues affecting nurse practitioners and offer solutions by connecting them with the available resources provided by the national organization. In turn, I will share with AANP the outstanding work being done by Maryland nurse practitioners who are committed to delivering high-quality health care to Maryland residents.”

AANP is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 248,000 licensed NPs in the United States. It also provides legislative leadership at the local, state, and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education, and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. Serving as the voice of the NP, AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, and patient-centered health care.

“We congratulate Dr. Gutchell on being elected the AANP representative for Maryland,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “She has demonstrated her deep commitment to advanced practice nursing and will do an outstanding job as a liaison between our state and the national organization. Dr. Gutchell represents nurse leadership at its finest, and I know that in her new role, we will all benefit from her ability to translate the experiences and interests of Maryland’s nurse practitioners to leaders at the regional and national level.”

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAMay 11, 20180 comments
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