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SOP’s Hollenbeck Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award

The Purdue University College of Pharmacy has named R. Gary Hollenbeck, PhD, affiliate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) and research fellow in the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, one of its 2018 Distinguished Pharmacy Alumni. Established in 1984, the award celebrates the outstanding achievements in professional and scientific endeavors of the college’s most prominent alumni.

Hollenbeck is one of four alumni from the college to be recognized with the award this year.

“Our department was thrilled to hear about Dr. Hollenbeck’s recognition as one of Purdue University College of Pharmacy’s distinguished pharmacy alumni,” says Paul Shapiro, PhD, professor and chair of PSC. “During his time at the School of Pharmacy, Dr. Hollenbeck has had an indelible impact on the advancement of pharmacy education and pharmaceutical research, spearheading the launch of both the School’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program and GMP facility. His alma mater certainly chose well in selecting him to receive this prestigious honor, and we congratulate him on this award.”

Advancing Pharmacy Education

Hollenbeck received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy in 1972 and completed his doctorate in industrial and physical pharmacy at Purdue University in 1977. He joined the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor in 1977, rising through the ranks to become a professor of pharmaceutical sciences and associate dean for academic programs. During his service as associate dean for academic programs from 1991 to 1996, Hollenbeck played a key role in the transition from the school’s Bachelor of Science program to its now nationally recognized PharmD program.

“The School of Pharmacy was the first pharmacy school on the East Coast to transition to the entry-level PharmD program,” Hollenbeck says. “I worked alongside our faculty to establish an unprecedented curriculum that was focused on instructional design, student abilities, and outcomes. In fact, many of the elements that we incorporated into our initial program still exist in the curriculum today.”

Pioneering New Research Collaborations

In addition to his numerous achievements as an educator — which include receiving the school’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1980 and 1984, being named the school’s Teacher of the Year in 1991, and being selected as the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Founders Week Teacher of the Year in 2002 — Hollenbeck was instrumental in securing  a multimillion-dollar collaborative agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which aimed to establish a scientific basis for the review of new and amended drug applications. This collaborative agreement also provided the initial funding to establish a GMP facility at the School of Pharmacy.

“What began as a conceptual document ultimately led to one of the most successful collaborations between the FDA, industry, and academia ever,” says Hollenbeck, who, along with his associates, received a Special Recognition Award from the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA to recognize of their work on the project in 1996.

In 1997, Hollenbeck became a principal figure in the formation and development of UPM Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an independent contract development and manufacturing organization serving the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He later joined the company as its chief scientific officer, before returning to the School of Pharmacy in 2016, where he participates in early-stage pharmaceutical research and development and directs clinical supplies production in the GMP facility.

Recognizing Where It All Began

Though most of his career accomplishments have been associated with the School of Pharmacy, Hollenbeck emphasizes that it was the knowledge and training that he received from the Purdue University College of Pharmacy that helped put him on the path to success.

“It would in no way be an overstatement to say that the Purdue educational experience transformed my life,” Hollenbeck says. “Small-town boy on a Big Ten campus — I discovered myself. I was fortunate to find the perfect program for me and to matriculate with such a wonderful group of faculty and graduate students. The degree I earned at Purdue opened the door to an incredibly rewarding professional career.”

Hollenbeck received his award during a ceremony held at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy on April 6.

— Malissa Carroll


Malissa CarrollPeople, Research, UMB NewsMay 22, 20180 comments
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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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Seeking Participants to Screen for Elevated Blood Sugar Levels

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine want to learn about the use of a commercially available dietary supplement for men and women who are prediabetic.

This study may be a good fit if you are:

  • Male or female, 18 years of age or older
  • Prediabetic determined by elevated blood glucose or HbA1c (possible risk factors for prediabetes include being overweight, inactive, and family history)

Participants who take part in the screening will receive $25 for their time (additional payment if eligible and enrolled in the research study).

If you decide to take part in the screening for this research, you would:

  • Attend one visit to have a fasting blood sample drawn to determine your glucose level
  • Have the opportunity to enroll in the study if eligible
  • Once enrolled, attend two 45-minute appointments over 12 weeks
  • Have bloodwork completed at both appointments
  • Participate in a short phone call midway through the study
  • Take four dietary supplement capsules per day for 12 weeks

Contact information

Mary Bahr-Robertson
Phone: 410-706-6155

The principal investigator for this study is Chris D’Adamo, PhD

Deborah TaberResearch, University LifeMay 16, 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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The President’s Message

Check out the May issue of The President’s Message.

It includes the following:

  • Dr. Perman’s column on a new home for our Community Engagement Center
  • A recap of IPE Day
  • A look ahead to commencement
  • Dr. Robert Redfield’s appointment as CDC director
  • A Women’s History Month celebration of Dr. Angela Brodie
  • Shock Trauma’s Stop the Bleed program
  • A roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAMay 10, 20180 comments
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Check Out the Latest ‘Connective Issues’ Newsletter

The May 2018 issue of the Connective Issues newsletter from the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) is now available.

Included in this issue:

  • The GDPR – Why Should We Care?
  • Virtual Reality Headset Available at HS/HSL Innovation Space
  • Fruit Ninja VR Study Break Contest – Game On
  • Discover and Share Data with the New UMB Data Catalog
  • Advice for Grads
  • Movable Monitors Roam the HS/HSL
  • HS/HSL Historical Collection Open House Event
Everly BrownContests, Education, Research, TechnologyMay 10, 20180 comments
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Dry Eye Study: Complete It and Receive $200

The University of Maryland Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is participating in a dry eye study to determine how your environment affects your eyes.

The study involves two visits to our Redwood Street practice and two visits to your home. You will receive $200 compensation for your time. To register or for more information, contact Joby Tsai at

Merideth MarrBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, Research, University LifeMay 7, 20180 comments
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Ehrlich, Glendening Discuss Federal-State Relations, Political Divisions

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., JD, and Parris N. Glendening, PhD, MA, come from different sides of the political aisle and hold opposing views on many issues. But both share the title of former Maryland governor, and they agree on what’s causing the breakdown in cooperation between federal and state governments: hyper-partisanship and a Congress that is broken.

“There has been a dramatic change in what is permissible and encouraged with partisan bitterness,” said Glendening, who joined Ehrlich on May 1 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in the sixth installment of the UMB President’s Panel on Politics and Policy.

Glendening added, “You combine that with no one consulting in the intergovernmental area, and I’ll sum it up with a rather dark statement, which comes from a recent book about journalism: ‘The absence of an intergovernmental system, which would facilitate consultation, coordination, and compromise, combined with the extraordinary negatives of current political debate, is bad public policy, bad for our politics, and bad for our country.’”

Ehrlich agreed that the system is dysfunctional because of all the hostility between the political parties, but he added, “This is not new. When people fight over power, this is a byproduct. It’s just the vitriol has crossed a line lately.”

The two ex-governors – Republican Ehrlich succeeded Democrat Glendening in 2003 after the latter had served two terms – also talked about marijuana legalization, gerrymandering district boundaries, and federal-state cooperation in Maryland at the panel, which was moderated by veteran broadcast journalist Bruce DePuyt, senior reporter for the Maryland Matters website. The panel series was launched by UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, in January 2017 to examine issues important to the University community that are likely to be affected by the Trump administration and Congress.

Perman introduced Ehrlich and Glendening to the crowd of nearly 200 UMB staff, faculty, and students at the SMC Campus Center, saying, “There are no two better guests to discuss the role of federal actors in state policy than the two we have with us today.” With that, the ex-governors talked about their relationship – “We can differ on policy and still be civil and still be friends,” Glendening said — before enlightening the crowd with their political and policy insights.

Glendening, who is now the president of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute and the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, opened by saying the name of the event, “The Intersection of Federal Policy and State Priorities,” should be changed to “The Decline of an Intergovernmental System and the Emergence of Extreme Personal Politics – A Bad Mix.” He traced the roots of federal and state governments working together to the 1930s, adding that by the 1970s most federal agencies and states had created offices to foster cooperation.

“Think about the last year, think about the changes in immigration laws and the new tax law, they were totally devoid of any intergovernmental discussions or any real bipartisan talks,” he said. “They’re looking at a new infrastructure program, but there is no input from state and local government. And there is chaos in the enforcement of marijuana laws” between states that allow medicinal or recreational use and federal law that forbids it.

Glendening favors allowing marijuana use for either purpose, whereas Ehrlich is in favor of medicinal use only.

“None of us takes the issue of yet another way to get high lightly. If we do that, we do it to our own detriment,” said Ehrlich, who is now senior counsel in the Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice group at King & Spalding LLP in Washington, D.C. “With regard to end-of-life situations, with regard to terminal pain situations, I’m for all of the above.”

Glendening compared the reform in marijuana laws, with 29 states having various degrees of legalization, to recent changes in gay rights, gay marriage, and immigration (states and cities creating so-called sanctuary cities), as being indicative of local governments serving as “laboratories of democracy.”

“I see it as good policy change coming from the states from the bottom up,” he said. “I’ll make this guarantee: The federal government will move to the same broad interpretations on marijuana – against illegal, organized distribution but permitting individual use under a regulatory system.”

‘Safe Seats’ Dangerous to Democracy

Switching back to politics, the practice of gerrymandering – manipulating the boundaries of voting districts to favor one party – came in for particular scrutiny, because the redrawing of congressional lines has created “safe seat” districts where incumbents face no real challenge from the opposing party.

“This is why there’s all this interest in primaries as opposed to general elections,” said Ehrlich, who served four terms in Congress before becoming Maryland’s first Republican governor in 36 years. “Because when you have a safe seat, your fight is generally going to be in a primary from further right or further left, not from the other party. And when you have lots of safe seats, which you have in the House of Representatives today, you generally have a lack of incentive to sit down and try to negotiate.”

Glendening, who served three terms as Prince George’s County executive and was a university professor at College Park for 27 years, agreed that redistricting has exacerbated partisanship, noting that Maryland’s delegation in the House has gone from a 4-4 split in the 1990s to 7-1 in favor of the Democrats.

“With computers and everything else, you are able to draw a line — literally go down the street, turn on this corner, turn here, and you look at voting patterns and you can go out in two hours and draw a district that is to your liking,” he said. “So now you are in a district that is extreme. There’s no center to that district. And you can do and say anything you want, as long as you keep that base happy. And it’s the Democrats and the Republicans doing this.”

‘Team Maryland’ Works Together

Democrat and Republican politicians in Maryland, however, have a great history of state-federal cooperation, both men said, suggesting that this should be a model for cooperation in Congress. Ehrlich pointed to two Maryland political legends – Barbara Mikulski in the Senate and Helen Delich Bentley in the House – as being particular supportive during his term.

“They both made it very clear that this is Team Maryland, and we need to work together,” Ehrlich said. “So egos, philosophical differences, and party were put aside. This is your uniform, and it’s yellow and black.”

Glendening said Maryland’s tradition of bipartisanship in this regard is because it’s a smaller state where many federal employees reside and relies on many aspects of federal expenditures.

“When I was governor, there were four Democrats and four Republicans in the House delegation, and you wouldn’t have known that if you were sitting in those meetings,” he said. “And that preceded weeks of meetings with staff to start to work out the details. It was a good system, and it still functions. The problem is, Congress is not functioning as well.”

When asked by an audience member if there was any hope that the acrimony between the major political parties would ease, Ehrlich answered succinctly: “No.”

But he expounded, saying, “In D.C. today, both parties do not respect rules. It’s dysfunctional. This is a structural problem, and it’s a serious problem.”

But Glendening, saying he was an eternal optimist, offered hope.

“Our country has faced challenges like this in the past. And just as we have prevailed and we have changed, I believe we can do so now,” he said. “I’m reminded somewhat of the biblical observation: This too shall pass. And that gives me the strength to keep going.”

— Lou Cortina

Read more about the UMB President’s Panel on Politics and Policy.

Lou CortinaResearch, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeMay 2, 20180 comments
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HS/HSL’s Historical Collections Holding Open House on May 9

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s (HS/HSL) Historical Collections is opening the doors to its unique and valuable collections on Wednesday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Join the library to experience some of the treasures from its historical collections. Light refreshments will be served in the hallway outside of the Woodward Historical Suite.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Peruse select volumes from the Dr. John Crawford Collection, which founded the library in 1813.
  • Read the Walter Reed/James Carroll correspondence from the fourth U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission, which discovered the cause of the disease in 1900.
  • Flip through the pages of the collection’s oldest volume, De Medicina, published in 1497.
  • View two exhibits highlighting the University’s involvement and experience in World War I and the 1918 influenza epidemic.
  • Learn more about the exceptional history of the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
  • Meet Tara Wink, the HS/HSL’s new historical librarian and archivist.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For additional information, contact Wink via email or by calling 410-706-5048.

Tara WinkEducation, People, Research, University LifeApril 30, 20180 comments
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Enhance UMB’s Social Media Efforts With This Online Survey

The University’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs wants your input on UMB’s social media. Complete our survey and let us know how we can better improve our engagement, content, and social presence.

Your input will help the office define our communications with the UMB community. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes, and we assure that all answers provided with be kept in the strictest confidentiality. Please complete the survey by Friday, May 25.

Click here to take the survey.

Kristi McGuireBulletin Board, Collaboration, People, Research, University LifeApril 20, 20180 comments
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Integrative Medicine Congress to be Held in Baltimore in May

The International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health will take place at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront on May 8-11, 2018. The congress is convened by the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health, a group of 71 esteemed academic health centers and affiliated institutions. The consortium is committed to making this congress the premier international forum for integrative medicine research.

The congress will bring together the best and the brightest working globally in the field of integrative medicine and health. Connect, share, learn, and collaborate in this dynamic community, where the leading work is being done via research, clinical care, policy, and education.

Former Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland will be the special guest speaker. Other speakers include UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD; Alessio Fasano, MD; Steven Woolf, MD, MPH; Peter Wayne, PhD; Tracy Gaudet, MD; and Helene Langevin, MD.

Additionally, faculty and staff from the University of Maryland School of Medicine will have posters and presentations on a variety of topics and several faculty members will be leading after-hours events.

Integrative medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, and is informed by evidence. Integrative medicine includes many disciplines, types of practitioners, and therapeutic approaches; the evidence base is complex and growing quickly. The International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health focuses on the evidence base in the practice of integrative medicine. We expect more than 1,200 researchers, clinicians, and trainees from around the world to attend. The congress organizers invite individuals from all disciplines and professions engaged in integrative medicine and health to attend.

The congress will showcase original scientific research through keynote and plenary sessions, oral and poster presentations, and innovative sessions. Research areas to be presented and discussed include basic science, clinical trials, lifestyle and prevention, methodology, health services, cost effectiveness, and education.

For more information and to register, visit this link.

Rebekah OwensBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, Research, UMB NewsApril 17, 20180 comments
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May 1 is Go-Live Date for Updated Enterprise System Kuali Research

Kuali Research is the updated version of UMB’s current enterprise system – Kuali Coeus – for electronic research administration. Among other new features and enhancements, Kuali Research guides the user through the proposal entry process and includes additional validations for National Institutes of Health proposals to reduce submission errors.

To facilitate migration to the new system, neither Kuali Coeus nor Kuali Research will be available from April 23 until the go-live date of May 1.

During this transition, Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) staff will be available to answer questions and assist with proposal submission. Click here for SPA staff assignments.

Training for Kuali Research is available for existing users, and additional training and guidance will be made available after May 1. Contact your SPA team for more information.

Janet SimonsResearch, TechnologyApril 13, 20180 comments
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ORCID Week is Coming to UMB on April 16

In honor of National Orchid Day (April 16), the Health Sciences and Human Services Library is encouraging current and future researchers to distinguish themselves with a very different kind of ORCID.

An ORCID is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and ensures that your work is recognized by connecting you to your professional and scholarly activities. You can keep your ORCID with you throughout your career, even when you graduate or change jobs.

To register for an ORCID, look for our pop-up table at the UMB schools during the week of April 16 or register yourself at this link. You can enter a drawing for $25 Amazon gift cards by signing up for or submitting your ORCID at one of our pop-up tables.

Look for our table in these locations to learn more about ORCID and register:

  • School of Dentistry (first floor) – Monday, April 16, noon-2 p.m.
  • School of Social Work (third floor west) – Tuesday, April 17, noon-2 p.m.
  • School of Medicine (HSF I near the second-floor elevators)– Wednesday, April 18, noon-2 p.m.
  • School of Nursing (first-floor lobby) – Thursday, April 19, noon-2 p.m.

For more information, visit this web page.

Katherine DowntonPeople, Research, TechnologyApril 11, 20180 comments
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Join UMB CURE Scholars for the Program’s STEM Expo on April 28

Members of the UMB community are invited to join us for the UMB CURE Scholars STEM Expo on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to noon at the School of Pharmacy to see posters and research articles written by the CURE Scholars.

The UMB CURE Scholars Program currently enrolls 80 sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students from three schools in West Baltimore. They receive weekly mentoring and tutoring from more than 250 volunteers within the Baltimore community, most of whom are UMB students.

Our scholars have researched dozens of topics in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), including cancer health disparities, artificial intelligence, renewable energy, nano-robotics, and more. Articles written by scholars are available in the UMB CURE Journal of STEM, which will be unveiled and distributed at the event.

We would be honored and privileged to welcome you to our exposition to learn and give valuable feedback to our scholars as they present their work.

Guests also will be treated to a special keynote address presented by UMB CURE Scholar Shereen Farquharson, who researched the prevalence of gestational trophoblastic disease in African-Americans in 2017.

We hope that you will join us for this inspiring event.

Please visit our website for more information about the program

To see a video about the program, click here.

Lauren KareemABAE, Community Service, Education, ResearchApril 10, 20180 comments
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