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Attend GiveBackHack Baltimore on Feb. 1-3

Have a big idea to change the world? Join us at GiveBackHack Baltimore on Feb. 1-3 at Allovue, R. House 2nd Floor, 301 W. 29th St. in Baltimore.

Contact Thomas Wise at twise@umaryland.edu today to receive a promo code for 50 percent off your ticket(s). What better way to start the New Year than by pursuing your dreams?

As part of our continuous efforts to improve the human condition and serve the public good of Maryland, the Graduate School at UMB supports GiveBackHack Baltimore, a weekend-long event where passion meets innovation and community members can come together to develop sustainable solutions.

Create a new team or join an existing one to bring your social impact idea to life. Participants also will have the opportunity to tap into mentorship as well as to network with makers and entrepreneurs with similar interests. The winning team will receive $2,000 in in-kind resources to further support their idea and will ultimately walk away with an invaluable experience.

Jade GrantCollaboration, Community Service, Contests, For B'more, People, TechnologyJanuary 17, 20190 comments
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Submissions Are Open for ‘1807’: An Art and Literary Journal

Are you passionate about your art? Would you like to share your poems with the public? Then submit for the opportunity to showcase your best work in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) inaugural art and literary journal, 1807.

We accept writing, photography, and much more. UMB faculty, staff, and students, as well as UMMC employees and our West Baltimore neighbors are encouraged to enter.

Submissions will be accepted, online only, through Feb. 15.

Learn more.

Dana RampollaPeople, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 16, 20190 comments
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Invisible No Longer

Improving Health for All of Us in Baltimore and Beyond

Are you a Baltimore resident who identifies as African-American/black, Hispanic, and/or LGBTQIA?

Join the University of Maryland School of Nursing for a free event to learn more about a National Institutes of Health-funded national research program seeking to gather important health information from 1 million-plus people in the United States. The anonymous data will help scientists prevent and treat illnesses for generations to come.

  • When: Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: William Pinderhughes Elementary Middle School, 701 Gold St., Baltimore, MD 21217
  • Food: Free light breakfast served at 9 a.m. and lunch served at 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn more: JoinAllOfUs.org/together
  • Questions: Contact Kristen Rawlett at krawlett@umaryland.edu or 410-706-3906
Giordana SegneriFor B'more, People, ResearchJanuary 15, 20190 comments
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Cyber Attacks: Yes, You Are a Target

Many people mistakenly believe they are not a target for cyber attackers, that they, their systems, or accounts do not have any value. This could not be further from the truth. If you use technology in any way, at work or at home, trust us — you have value to the bad guys. But you are in luck. You already have the best defense there is against these cyber attacks, you.

Why You Are a Target

There are lots of different cyber attackers on the internet today, and they all have different motivations. So why would any of them want to attack you? Because by hacking you, they help achieve their goal. Here are two common examples of cyber attackers and why they would target you.

Cyber criminals: These guys are out to make as much money as possible. What makes the internet so valuable to them is they can now easily target everyone in the world with just the push of a button. And there are A LOT of ways they can make money from you. Examples include stealing money from your bank or retirement accounts, creating a credit card in your name and sending you the bill, using your computer to hack other people, or hacking your social media or gaming accounts and selling them to other criminals. The list of how bad guys can make money off you is almost endless There are hundreds of thousands of these bad guys who wake up each morning with the goal of hacking as many people as possible every single day, including you.

Targeted attackers: These are highly trained cyber attackers, often working for governments, criminal syndicates, or competitors targeting you at work. You may feel your job would not attract much attention, but you would be very surprised. The information you handle at work has tremendous value to different companies or governments. Targeted attackers may target you at work not because they want to hack you but to use you to hack one of your co-workers or other systems. These types of attackers may target you at work because of other companies you work or partner with.

I Have Anti-Virus, I’m Safe

OK, so I’m a target, not a problem. I’ll just install anti-virus and a firewall on my computer and I’m protected, right? Well, unfortunately, no. Many people feel if they install some security tools then they are secure. Unfortunately, that is not entirely true. Cyber attackers continue to get better and better, and many of their attack methods now easily bypass security technologies. For example, they often create special malware that your antivirus cannot detect. They bypass your email filters with a customized phishing attack or call you on the phone and trick or scam you out of your credit card, money, or password. Technology plays an important role in protecting you, but ultimately you are the best defense.

Fortunately, being secure is not that hard, and ultimately common sense and some basic behaviors are your best defense. If you get an email, message, or phone call that is extremely urgent, odd, or suspicious, it may be an attack. To ensure your computers and devices are secure, keep them current and enable automatic updating. Finally, use a strong, unique passphrase for each of your accounts. Staying cyber aware ultimately is your best defense.

Fred SmithEducation, People, TechnologyJanuary 15, 20190 comments
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UMB’s Improved Live Near Your Work Program Touts 20 Homeowners in 2018

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Live Near Your Work (LNYW) Program was designed to open the door to homeownership for University employees. In one short year since the program’s relaunch, that door has swung open 20 times, and Dawn Rhodes, MBA, chief business and finance officer and vice president, is thrilled with the results.

“In addition to the 20 people who took advantage of the opportunity to buy a home, I am so pleased with the UMB team and the community partners that made this happen,” says Rhodes, who led the initiative’s upgrade in January 2018 and emphasizes that community revitalization is key to the program’s mission. “Becoming a homeowner and developing equity is a financially transformative life event. It’s phenomenal that UMB can do that for its employees and contribute to the revitalization of Southwest Baltimore at the same time.”

The improved LNYW Program offers eligible employees a UMB grant of $16,000 — plus a matching grant of $2,500 from the city of Baltimore — to help with closing costs and down payments on houses in seven targeted Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods: Barre Circle, Franklin Square, Hollins Market, Mount Clare, Pigtown/Washington Village, Poppleton, and Union Square.

The University’s former LNYW outlay of $2,500 (plus $2,500 from the city) was rarely used, so UMB leaders committed $1.5 million to boost the grant, with more than $320,000 used to date. In addition, the initiative was transformed through community partnerships with Live Baltimore, the Southwest Partnership, and GO Northwest Housing Resource Center to offer homebuying workshops, financial counseling, neighborhood tours, a housing fair, and more.

When UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, presented the improved program to employees in a kickoff event last January at the SMC Campus Center, he predicted the moves would “change the game.” And they have, especially considering that only four employees received grants under the old LNYW Program between 2013 and 2017.

“When you take into account those types of numbers, this exceeded all of my expectations of the program in Year 1,” says Emily Winkler, Human Resources benefits manager and LNYW Program coordinator, who adds that it was more than the money that moved employees to action. “I feel that the community engagement aspect of the program really sealed the deal with our buyers. Each one I have talked to has raved about their neighbors and this wonderful opportunity.”

Employees from several UMB offices and each of the professional schools — dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, law, and social work — have utilized the program, extolling the benefits of living close to their workplace and owning a home as opposed to renting.

Among the new homeowners:

  • Shea Lawson, research project coordinator at the Brain and Tissue Bank at the School of Medicine, was the first employee to use the grant, settling into a Pigtown rowhouse in March. “I really didn’t have enough for a down payment on a house. I would’ve had to canvass some relatives for a loan,” Lawson says. “If it weren’t for this program, I probably would’ve ended up in another rental situation.”
  • Tara Wells, program administrative specialist in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at the School of Nursing, heeded the advice of the school’s dean, Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, to pursue the grant. Wells is now the proud owner of a rowhouse in Pigtown. “The neighborhood is quiet. It’s really peaceful. And the neighbors on my block have been awesome,” she says. “I would encourage anyone at UMB to take advantage of this program.”
  • Olayinka Ladeji, MPH, PATIENTS Program project manager at the School of Pharmacy, stacked an additional $10,000 in outside homebuying grants to her LNYW funds and bought a house in Washington Village. “I appreciated all the different resources that were made available to me by the program, including referrals to different organizations in Baltimore that assist homebuyers,” she says.
  • Vonetta Edwards, PhD, laboratory research lead specialist at the Institute for Genome Sciences at the School of Medicine, bought a house in Hollins Market, saying the grant was her catalyst. “It propelled me from thinking about purchasing a home to actually doing it,” Edwards says. “Especially for first-time homebuyers, the amount that covers both closing costs and the down payment is almost too good to leave on the table.”

Heading into Year 2 of the improved LNYW Program, interested UMB employees are encouraged to attend homebuying workshops, offered by GO Northwest, that are scheduled for Feb. 23 and April 27 at the SMC Campus Center, as well as a Live Baltimore-led trolley tour of Southwest Baltimore planned for May 11. The trolley tour proved popular last year, and Rhodes is eager for more employees to get on the LNYW train in 2019.

“To have 20 grant recipients in Year 1 really speaks to the dedication of the core team working on the project at UMB, and I personally would like to double our number the second year,” Rhodes says. “Mayor Catherine Pugh mentions the program often, recognizes Dr. Perman regularly for the program’s success, and challenges other anchor institutions in Baltimore to step up the way UMB has.

“This was the right thing to do in the right neighborhoods, and I think Live Near Your Work is another example of how UMB walks the talk for community engagement.”

— Lou Cortina

 The LNYW website has more information on the program’s parameters, application process, targeted neighborhoods, and more.

Lou CortinaFor B'more, People, UMB News, University AdministrationJanuary 14, 20190 comments
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PHSR’s Stellar Students Recognized with Scholarship Awards

The Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy hosted its Graduate Program Awards Presentation and Reception in October to present the Harris Zuckerman Scholarship Award, the Arthur Schwartz Memorial Scholarship, the Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Student Travel Scholarship, and the Donald O. Fedder Memorial Fellowship to five exceptional students in its doctoral program.

“Our department looks forward to hosting the Graduate Program Awards Presentation and Reception each year, because it offers us an opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments achieved by the students in our program, and share the legacies of the individuals and families who established these awards,” says Danya M. Qato, PhD, PharmD, MPH, assistant professor in PHSR and director of the PHSR Graduate Program. “We received more nominations than ever for this year’s awards, which is truly a testament to our wonderful students and the remarkable commitment they bring to the research that they are pursuing.”

Supporting Clinician Researchers

The Harris Zuckerman Scholarship Award was endowed by Ilene Harris, PharmD ’83, PhD, retired professor and chair of PHSR, to assist students interested in jointly pursuing Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and PhD degrees. Named in honor of her parents — Daniel Harris, MD, and Ann Harris — the scholarship provides support for the training, development, and advancement of graduate students in the PhD in PHSR program at the school. At the event, Yoon Hong, PharmD ’17, the 2019 recipient of the award, expressed her gratitude for the support of donors like Harris.

“I thank not only Dr. Harris, but also all of the donors present today for their ongoing support of our department and students,” Hong said. “As graduate students, it means a lot to have your support and to know that others care about our professional growth as future health services researchers.”

Honoring Two Tremendous Legacies

As the first student admitted to the PhD in PHSR program, Arthur “Artie”  Schwartz demonstrated great interest in drug use and pharmaceutical marketing issues. Following his death at an early age, his wife Karen Schwartz established the Arthur Schwartz Memorial Scholarship to provide funding for future students in the program based on academic standing and financial need. Graduate student Chengchen Zhang, MPH, whom one nominator described as “a rising star and an already competent and promising emerging health services researcher,” was celebrated as the 2019 recipient of the scholarship.

“This past year has been incredibly exciting,” Zhang said. “I have been exposed to a number of amazing projects and had opportunities to collaborate with different faculty members across our department. It has been incredibly rewarding to see how much potential exists for me to make a difference with my research moving forward, and I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award.”

Established by Michaeline Fedder in honor of her husband Donald Fedder, DrPH, MPH, BSP, FAPhA, a public health pharmacist and longtime faculty member at the School of Pharmacy who passed away in 2010, the Donald O. Fedder Memorial Fellowship supports the training and development of a graduate student whose work focuses on social justice, pharmacy advocacy, or public health. In recognition of her demonstrated dedication to the field of population health as well as her desire to improve clinical outcomes and reduce health disparities, Jacquelyn McRae, PharmD, was named the 2019 recipient of the award.

In her remarks to the audience, McRae shared an experience from her time as an undergraduate that transformed how she viewed her life and the impact that she wanted to have on others.

“In a speech that she delivered to our graduating class, my academic advisor held up a half-full glass and asked us, ‘When you die, do you want your glass to be filled to the brim or completely poured out?’ ” McRae recalled. “When she paused for a response, I remember thinking that I wanted my cup to be completely full — filled with all of my life’s experiences. But then she said something that completely changed my perspective. She said that we should strive to have our cup completely poured out, because that will mean that we have extended ourselves in the service of others.”

She added, “Now, when I think about what motivates me in my day-to-day life, it is the idea of having a ‘life poured out.’ ”

Helping Students Share Their Work

New to this year’s event was the presentation of the Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Student Travel Scholarship. Spearheaded by C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair of PHSR, this scholarship was established with generous financial support from PHSR staff, faculty, students, and alumni. Its funds can be used to pay for travel expenses related to attendance and participation in professional conferences for any student enrolled in courses taught by faculty in the department. Two recipients were named for this inaugural award: Maya Hanna, MPH, and Juan-David Rueda, MD.

Hanna used the scholarship to present a poster highlighting her research titled, “A Comparison of FDA and EMA Guidance on Medicines for the Treatment of Early Alzheimer’s Disease,” at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Europe 2018 conference in Barcelona, Spain, in November. Rueda also used funds from the scholarship to deliver a podium presentation highlighting his research titled, “Application of Machine Learning Algorithms for Predicting Missing Cost Data,” at the same conference.

“I joined this program because I wanted to be in a space where I could not only conduct research, but also have an impact on the decisions made as a result of that research,” Hanna said. “And I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to travel across the country and around the world to present my research at national and international conferences and events. None of this would have been possible without the support that I have received from this department.”

— Malissa Carroll

Malissa CarrollEducation, People, UMB NewsJanuary 14, 20190 comments
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HS/HSL Spring Hours

Here are the Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s (HS/HSL) hours for the spring 2019 semester:

Early Morning Study

Between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., Monday through Friday, enter through the SMC Campus Center with your UMB ID or UMMC ID. Library services and access to classrooms begin at 8 a.m.

Regular Hours

Monday–Thursday
6 a.m. – 1 a.m.*

Friday
6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday
8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Exceptions to Regular Hours

MLK Holiday
Monday, Jan. 21 — Closed

Easter
Sunday, April 21, 2019 — Closed

*Floors 3, 4, and 5 and library services close at 10 p.m. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., floors 1 and 2 are open for those with a current UMB ID, UMMC ID, or USM campus ID. Visitors and those with library memberships may not enter the building after 8 p.m. and must leave the building by 10 p.m.

Everly BrownEducation, People, UMB NewsJanuary 14, 20190 comments
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ART@601 Exhibit and Reception at HS/HSL

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s (HS/HSL) upcoming exhibit, 21 Years of Art at the HS/HSL, will showcase selected art works from past exhibits through Feb. 22.

To celebrate, join us on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the first-floor Frieda O. Weise Gallery for a reception and brief overview of the past 21 years of art at the HS/HSL.

Throughout the past 21 years, art exhibits of paintings, sculpture, photography, and more have graced the walls and spaces of the HS/HSL, showcasing creativity and artistic expression. Works by University staff and students, as well as other artists, have been featured.

Additionally, traveling exhibits from various organizations have informed us on a wide variety of health-related topics and social issues. The sponsoring organizations have ranged from medical institutions and groups to national museums and crisis centers. Former HS/HSL executive director Frieda Weise, for whom the gallery is named, envisioned the library as a community space where people could gather surrounded by more than books and computers, a place that invites the diverse University community to come together. What better way to do so than through the arts?

Everly BrownPeople, University LifeJanuary 11, 20190 comments
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School of Pharmacy’s Brandt Wins ASCP’s George F. Archambault Award

Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, CGP, FASCP, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, was awarded consultant pharmacy’s highest honor in late 2018 — the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) George F. Archambault Award. Named in honor of the “father of consultant pharmacy,” the George F. Archambault Award is presented each year at ASCP’s annual meeting to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of consultant and senior care pharmacy.

Brandt, who also serves as executive director of the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging at the School of Pharmacy, joins a distinguished list of past award recipients, including two of the Lamy Center’s previous executive directors: Bruce Stuart, PhD, professor emeritus in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR), and Peter P. Lamy, PhD, ScD, former faculty member and founder of the Lamy Center.

“Our department was thrilled to learn that Dr. Brandt had been selected as the 2018 recipient of the George F. Archambault Award,” says Jill A. Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, professor and chair of PPS. “Dr. Brandt has dedicated her career to promoting optimal medication management for older adults, and her commitment to the patients she serves is reflected across her educational, clinical, and health care policy work. And, though she has already proven herself a leader in her field, we know that she will continue to make tremendous contributions that help further advance the field of consultant pharmacy and health care for older adults.”

Advancing Geriatric Pharmacy Education for Future Generations

Brandt received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the School of Pharmacy in 1997. She also completed a residency in geriatric pharmacotherapy at the school in 1998, before joining the faculty in 1999. She later obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus on health care management after completing a short sabbatical at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

As a faculty member, Brandt has worked to expand geriatric training opportunities for student pharmacists, including developing the Geriatrics and Palliative Care Pathway to increase students’ awareness and knowledge of medical issues associated with aging and advanced illness, and the principles of medication management in these populations. She also expanded the school’s PGY-2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency Program, and spearheaded the launch of a new two-year, post-PharmD geriatric pharmacotherapy fellowship within the Lamy Center, which she reinvented as the school’s first cross-departmental center in collaboration with PHSR.

“Dr. Brandt has served patients in consultant and senior care pharmacy for more than two decades,” says Cynthia Boyle, PharmD, FAPhA, professor in PPS, who nominated Brandt for the award. “But nowhere is her vision and impact more evident than in her role as an educator of future pharmacists and pharmacy residents. Anyone who has seen Dr. Brandt in action knows she is an amazing educator. She brings firsthand experience from her practice into the classroom, on rotations, and in resident teaching. Her pointed questions and challenging exercises engage all of her students and trainees in the practical aspects of accountability as a practicing pharmacist and as a member of the contemporary health care team.”

A Leader and Advocate for the Field

In addition to her work as an educator, Brandt has served on numerous interdisciplinary teams across a variety of practice settings. She has directed projects involving multiple stakeholders focused on Medicare Part D Medication Therapy Management programs, high-risk medications, and medication stewardship, and is currently leading initiatives to integrate sustainable pharmacist-directed services to help improve care for older adults with multiple co-morbidities at the MedStar Center for Successful Aging.

Brandt is also an active advocate for advancing health care policy at both the state and national level. She is one of the authors of the 2012, 2015, and 2018 American Geriatrics Society Beer’s Criteria — a list of medications that health care professionals should avoid prescribing or use with caution in older adults — and the past-president and board chair of ASCP.

“It is incredibly humbling to be named the 2018 recipient of the George F. Archambault Award,” Brandt says. “Many people have asked me, ‘How have you been able to get where you are?’ The truth is that it has taken a lot of dedication, hard work, and perseverance. I feel very fortunate to have a career that not only excites and drives me, but also affords me many unique leadership opportunities that allow me to share my passion with others and impact health care policy at both the local and national level.”

Brandt received her award on Nov. 1 at the ASCP national meeting at National Harbor, Md.

— Malissa Carroll

 

Malissa CarrollClinical Care, Education, People, UMB NewsJanuary 10, 20190 comments
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The President's Message-January

The President’s Message

Check out the January issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on the Graduate School’s centennial. Also, former Senator Barbara Mikulski urges civic engagement at the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy; crime was down 21 percent in 2018, UMB Police Force reports; the School of Medicine launches a cultural transformation; seed grant events here and at College Park show the importance of collaboration; UMB CURE Scholars enjoy a Winter Wonderland; 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, USGAJanuary 10, 20190 comments
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Dr. Danya Qato

Qato Looks to Advance, Expand PHSR Graduate Program at School of Pharmacy

In 2018, the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy named Danya M. Qato, PhD, PharmD, MPH, assistant professor in PHSR, as the director of its graduate program. Qato succeeded Frank Palumbo, PhD, JD, professor in PHSR, in this role. Palumbo co-founded the internationally recognized graduate program with David Knapp, PhD, professor emeritus and former dean of the School of Pharmacy, and Robert Beardsley, RPh, PhD, professor and vice chair for administration in PHSR, in the 1990s, and served as its director from 2015 to 2018.

“Dr. Palumbo is an experienced leader who worked diligently to guarantee the continued growth and development of our top-ranked graduate program for the past three years and we thank him for his leadership,” says C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair of PHSR. “As a practicing pharmacist, epidemiologist, and health services researcher, Dr. Qato is well-positioned to help our department achieve its vision to lead the advancement of pharmacist-scholars and equip future health services researchers with the knowledge and skills they will need to think critically and apply lessons learned in the classroom to solve real-world challenges. I look forward to watching both our graduate program and our students continue to grow under her leadership.”

Creating New Opportunities for Students to Shine

Qato received her doctorate in health services research from the Brown University School of Public Health and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Illinois. She also completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in international health and humanitarian studies at Harvard University. From 2015 to 2016, she was at the Institute for Community and Public Health at Birzeit University in Palestine, where she was a Fulbright Scholar and expert consultant to the World Health Organization. Her current research focuses on improving regulatory and policy tools to reduce use of high risk medications in vulnerable populations, environmental and global health systems development, pharmacovigilance, and mitigating health disparities.

“It is an honor and an immense responsibility to serve in this new role. I’m incredibly excited to help lead and support the continued growth of our department’s top-notch graduate program,” Qato says.

She adds, “As someone who is principally invested in supporting the academic success of PHSR students and trainees, I want to ensure that our students and postdoctoral fellows are active partners in research and teaching and that they are given a voice in the process of program development and improvement. Their voices matter and have value, and by engaging in every facet of the program, students and trainees will be exposed to critical facets of their own education and training, which is an empowering and invaluable experience that will serve them well as they embark on their own careers.”

Preparing Students for the Changing Job Landscape

As the newest director of the PHSR graduate program, Qato has already identified three goals that she plans to achieve and is taking steps to transform those ambitions into reality. Her first task to tackle: raising awareness about faculty, student, and trainee accomplishments.

“I want to elevate the public’s understanding of the science that underlies our research,” Qato says. “Our department is doing such important work to improve public health, health care delivery, and health outcomes — locally, nationally, and internationally — and I want the world to know about it.”

Moving forward, Qato plans to examine and streamline curricular requirements for the PHSR graduate program to maximize the value of student training, successfully see students through to their dissertation defense, and improve opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary student and trainee-led research. She also aims to enhance students’ and trainees’ career preparedness.

“As the job market for future health services researchers continues to diversify, it is our job as educators to ensure that our graduate program adequately equips students to compete for positions that fulfill both their personal and professional aspirations,” she says.

Qato will maintain her faculty appointments in PHSR, the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the University of Maryland Institute for Global Health during her service to the department’s graduate program.

— Malissa Carroll

 

Malissa CarrollEducation, People, UMB NewsJanuary 7, 20190 comments
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TEDx UMB Videos Now Available Online

Videos from the 10-speaker lineup at TEDx University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) are now available to view on YouTube.

UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, was among the speakers at the Nov. 9 event, which had “Improving the Human Condition” as its theme and was held at the SMC Campus Center.

To see the videos, go to this TEDx UMB webpage and click on each speaker’s “Watch on YouTube” link.

To read about the event, go to this UMB News page.

To see a photo gallery, go to this UMB Facebook page.

 

Communications and Public AffairsEducation, People, UMB News, University LifeDecember 18, 20180 comments
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Free Coffee Breaks for Students on Dec. 18-19

We know finals are here and they’re stressing you out, so the Health Sciences and Human Services Library is offering free coffee to students on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 18-19, in  the first-floor Weise Gallery.

Come and grab a cup while it lasts!

Evening Coffee Break
Tuesday, Dec. 18
7 p.m., Weise Gallery

Morning Coffee Break
Wednesday, Dec. 19
8 a.m., Weise Gallery

Everly BrownEducation, People, University LifeDecember 17, 20180 comments
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Connective Issues, Volume 13, Issue 1

Check Out the Latest ‘Connective Issues’ Newsletter

The December 2018 issue of the Connective Issues newsletter from the Health Sciences and Human Services Library is now available.

Included in this issue:

  • A Celebration of 21 Years at the HS/HSL – “21@601”
  • Celebrating 21 Years of Art at the HS/HSL
  • The New Booths Are Here! The New Booths Are Here!
  • VisualDx is available at the HS/HSL
  • HSHSL Hosts DaSH 8 Hackathon
  • Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at HS/HSL
  • Library Genie 2018 Survey Results
  • Data Catalog Collaboration Project Receives CTSA Great Team Science Award
  • Innovation Space Adds Specialized 3D Printer for Research
  • Google Dataset Search (Beta)
  • The James Carroll, Yellow Fever Commission Letters
Everly BrownCollaboration, Education, People, Research, Technology, University LifeDecember 13, 20180 comments
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Dean's office staff at Ronald McDonald House

Bringing Breakfast to Families at the Ronald McDonald House

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.

To encourage employees to offer their time and talents in service of the local community, Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), recently launched the UMB Employee Volunteer Initiative. This initiative offers eligible employees four hours of paid leave to volunteer at a local charitable organization during a normal work day. Inspired by this effort to support and encourage UMB employees to give back to the community, seven staff members from the School of Pharmacy’s Offices of Communications and Marketing and Development and Alumni Affairs volunteered to make and serve breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Baltimore on Dec. 10.

Serving Families in Need

Located within walking distance of Pharmacy Hall on the UMB campus, RMH provides an affordable “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children while they receive treatment at Baltimore’s world-renowned hospitals, including the University of Maryland Medical Center and R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Up to 36 families stay at the house each night, and more than 1,400 families stay each year.

When President Perman announced the UMB Volunteer Initiative in November, he remarked, “I hope this small gesture reinforces just how valuable your service is, and how much it contributes to the strength and vitality of Maryland.” I took this offer to heart and decided to rally my co-workers and coordinate our team’s service at RMH. As someone who previously volunteered with RMH, I had seen firsthand just how appreciative the families were of the service that volunteers provided. You know that you are making a difference.

Bringing the Comforts of Home

Breakfast and dinner at RMH are often prepared by volunteers, with the former providing much-needed energy before families head to the hospital each morning. Staying in a new city can be a bit uncomfortable, so we hoped that by cooking breakfast we could make it feel a little more like home for the families.

We arrived bright and early to serve egg casseroles, mini muffins, and yogurt parfaits to the families staying at RMH. Once the food was ready and the holiday decorations were in place, an announcement was made over the loudspeaker and families began trickling into the dining area. Some were more awake than others, but all were smiling when they saw the freshly made coffee and a hot meal waiting for them. We were humbled that, despite the circumstances, every single person made it a point to thank us for coming.

Encouraging Others to Serve

Dr. Perman’s offer of paid leave time to encourage employees across the University to volunteer in service to the local community is very generous, and just one of the reasons why UMB is such a great place to work. Our team was honored to have this opportunity to serve others, especially during the holiday season, when a hospital stay can take an extraordinary toll on a family. We hope other employees across the University will be as inspired by our experience as we were by Dr. Perman’s words and find time to give back to the local community this year.

— Kate Robinson, development associate

Kate RobinsonCommunity Service, People, University LifeDecember 12, 20180 comments
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