Archive for September, 2018

Connective Issues: Volume 12, Issue 4

Check Out the Latest ‘Connective Issues’ Newsletter

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

Included in this issue:

  • Welcome — Expertise, Resources, Place!
  • Doing Research?
  • Meet the Makers — The Neurobiology of Pain Modulation: From Placebo Effects to Virtual Reality
  • Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at HS/HSL
  • The Library Genie Returns Oct. 1
  • Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World
  • Scholarly Publishing Workshop Series
  • Showcasing and Preserving UMB CURE Scholars’ Works
  • Meet Your Librarian
  • Top 10 Reasons to Love the HS/HSL
  • The “Spanish” Influenza Pandemic in Baltimore, 1918-1919
Everly BrownClinical Care, Collaboration, Education, Research, Technology, USGASeptember 27, 20180 comments
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Founders Week: Public Servant of the Year Valli Meeks

Founders Week-Public Servant of the Year: Valli Meeks

Every fall, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) commemorates our rich history and celebrates the future we’re building together during Founders Week, which this year runs Oct. 13 to 18. Among the highlights is recognizing the extraordinary work of UMB’s faculty and staff with four awards, each signifying outstanding accomplishment in one facet of our mission. Leading up to Founders Week, we will highlight the award winners every Tuesday on The Elm. For more information on UMB’s annual celebration and associated events, please check out the Founders Week website.

Today: Public Servant of the Year

Valli Meeks, DDS, MS, RDH
School of Dentistry
Clinical associate professor, Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences

When she was young, Valli Meeks had an uncle who told her to never miss an opportunity to travel. She has taken him up on that — and then some.

Meeks, an alumna (1988 and 1998) and faculty member of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) since 1989, has helped Rwanda address its oral health care crisis through the creation of its first dental school. She makes the 20-hour flight (including layovers) to the African nation to assist with the dental school’s curriculum, teach, mentor, and bring donated dental equipment that she and her students and faculty colleagues procure.

Back home in Baltimore, Meeks directs the state’s first dental clinic for Marylanders with HIV/AIDS and no insurance, which she established in 1989.

Rwanda isn’t the only place she visits. As an international expert on people living with HIV, the Pennsylvania native also has given presentations in Brazil (her favorite country), Nigeria, Germany, Trinidad, and London just to name a few.

“I always knew I wanted to be ‘hands-on’ working with patients. But I never thought I would have had the opportunity to travel to all the different countries I have to lecture and exchange ideas,” Meeks says. “I will always be grateful to UMSOD for allowing me the opportunity to travel.”

Colleagues say it is them who should be thanking her.

“As a clinical trainer for the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, Dr. Meeks developed training materials for dental and medical providers to enable them to recognize oral lesions associated with HIV disease and in the dental management of HIV-positive patients,” says Carol Anderson, DDS, MS, director at East Carolina School of Dental Medicine.

Jane Barrow, MS, associate dean, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, adds that Meeks also mentors students and junior faculty. “Both in Rwanda and in Maryland she is dedicated to her students. She sets an excellent example. They see her passion, empathy, and commitment to research, patient care, and teaching, and are inspired. She is never too busy to help and is always thinking about how both the student and patient experience can be improved.”

A humble woman who calls the 2018 UMB Public Servant Award “quite unexpected” despite previous honors including the 2016 University System of Maryland Regents’ Faculty Award for Public Service, Meeks says she could do more if she could ever get the hang of scheduling.

“I never seem to be able to stick to a schedule. I’ll stay up late to do work or I’ll take a power nap and wake up at 3 a.m. and work,” says Meeks, who is single with no children but enjoys spoiling her niece and grand-niece. “Between patients I’ll do administrative work or lecture preparation. So it is continuous … I would probably be a lot more sane if I stuck to a schedule.”

The PLUS Clinic, which is still Baltimore’s primary facility to provide comprehensive oral health services to uninsured and underinsured people living with HIV/AIDS, has made major gains under Meeks’ direction. In 2013, Meeks partnered with the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute of Human Virology’s JACQUES Initiative to reduce new HIV infections by providing HIV testing in UMSOD clinics. In 2017, 293 HIV rapid tests were administered at the PLUS Clinic, a 165 percent increase from 2016. She also proudly points out that a new fourth-generation HIV rapid test reveals results four weeks after a possible exposure instead of 12 weeks as in the past.

Thanks to her efforts to secure city and state funding, almost 98 percent of PLUS Clinic patients receive care at no cost. “I am fortunate to have a great staff working with me in the PLUS Clinic,” she says. “They enjoy participating in health fairs with community-based organizations to promote not only the importance of oral health, but we really serve as ambassadors for the dental school.”

UMSOD Dean Mark A. Reynolds, DDS, PhD, MA, says the need for quality oral health care among those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS is great. “With weakened immune systems, they are at greater risk for ailments such as oral warts, oral fungal infections, and periodontal disease,” Reynolds says. “Yet this population frequently has difficulty finding dental care due to the stigma associated with the transmission of HIV disease.”

Adds Meeks’ UMSOD colleague Renty Franklin, PhD, Dr. Meeks exemplifies the mission of the University of Maryland, Baltimore to improve the human condition and serve the public good of Maryland and society.”

Despite the praise, Meeks says the PLUS Clinic can’t “rest on our laurels.”

“There is always something that the HIV/AIDS community is involved with,” Meeks says. “Now it’s the opioid crisis and young adults becoming infected with HIV. But in addition to that, there are still cohorts of people living with HIV disease that are not receiving oral health care. I still want to target them, e.g., women of color and Native Americans.”

She can do the seeming impossible, like in 2011 when she was asked by a department head on a Wednesday if she would like to go to Rwanda on Saturday. With the commitment to meeting the health needs of its citizens by 2020, the government of Rwanda, through the Ministry of Health, launched the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program in August 2012.

“Thanks to the impassioned argument of Dr. Valli Meeks, oral health was incorporated into the HRH plan,” Barrow says. “Rwanda now has its first ever dental school and its inaugural class of dental surgeons will graduate in November 2018.”

Adds Bonnie Bissonette, EdD, director of the UMB Center for Global Education Initiatives, “She is a champion of the underserved and under-represented, always working toward social justice and equity, and in Rwanda that includes collaboration with colleagues from Harvard and the University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences.”

Aside from the new dental school in Rwanda, Meeks also has teamed with American Arlene Brown and nonprofit Hope Made Real to make the Urukundo Learning Center a reality there. It began as an orphanage for children displaced by the genocide of 1994 and now provides children up to age 21 with an education.

“Dr. Valli Meeks is a quiet and wonderful soul who has dedicated her life, both figuratively and physically, to treating a particular population who had historically been condemned to isolation or to death,” says Brian Swann, DDS, MPH, chief of oral health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine. “When it was not popular and when our society became completely paranoid about being in contact with people with HIV/AIDS, Dr. Meeks was on the front line, providing and educating about their care. This is her life’s work. Her actions speak volumes.”

Meeks, who enjoys reading and going to the beach in her rare down time, isn’t done contributing. Asked her proudest accomplishment, Meeks says, “I hope it hasn’t happened yet. I don’t want to think I’ve done it all and start singing ‘I Did It My Way’ just yet.”

— Chris Zang

Chris ZangEducation, People, Research, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeSeptember 25, 20181 comment
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Scholarly Publishing Workshop Series.

Scholarly Publishing Workshop Series at HS/HSL

During this year’s Open Access Week, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) will be hosting a Scholarly Publishing Workshop Series. Please join us for a series of 30-minute workshops introducing topics related to scholarly publishing and research impact.

Choosing the Right Journal for Your Research

Tuesday, Oct. 23, noon-12:30 p.m.
Do you struggle with finding a journal that’s the perfect fit for your research? We can help! In this 30-minute workshop, we will discuss tools and strategies you can use to identify the journal that best matches your work. Feel free to come with a current manuscript or just to learn approaches for the future.

Open Access and Predatory Publishing 

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.
Are you confused about different models of Open Access publishing? Are you wondering if Open Access journals are trustworthy? Are you trying to locate a legitimate Open Access journal to submit your manuscript? In this workshop, we will talk about what Open Access is, why you should consider publishing in an Open Access journal, how to evaluate a reputable publisher, and how to differentiate predatory journals and publishers.

Author IDs

Wednesday, Oct. 24, noon-12:30 p.m.
This 30-minute workshop will cover three author IDs — ORCID, Google Scholar, and Scopus. We will discuss the differences among them and why they can help boost your research impact. The workshop will be followed by a 30-minute open session to give you time to try the tools introduced in the Author IDs workshop and allow you to ask individual questions about your author IDs.

Enhancing Your Research Impact

Thursday, Oct. 25, noon-12:30 p.m.
This 30-minute workshop will walk you through methods for enhancing the impact of your research. Topics will include establishing your scholarly identity, making strategic publishing decisions, and enhancing the discoverability of your work. The workshop will be followed by a 30-minute open session to test these strategies and ask questions about your individual research impact.

To register, please use the links above or fill out the form here. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Emily GormanBulletin Board, Education, Research, TechnologySeptember 25, 20180 comments
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University of Maryland School of Nursing

Maryland Nursing Workforce Center to Be Created at UMB

Rebecca WisemanRebecca Wiseman, PhD ’93, RN, associate professor and chair of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) at the Universities at Shady Grove, has been awarded a $265,467 Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) grant to establish the Maryland Nursing Workforce Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

Funded through the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), the grant will fund the project over two years.

Through the project, Wiseman will ensure the state of Maryland is meeting the recommendation in the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2010 Future of Nursing report calling for improving collection methods of workforce data. To plan for future workforce needs and to measure the success of programs and initiatives related to the report’s recommendations, an accurate and comprehensive data set is essential. The Maryland Nursing Workforce Center will be responsible for compiling and reporting this data.

“It is difficult to secure accurate and adequate data on workforce-related issues and to measure the state’s progress on the IOM Future of Nursing recommendations when we do not have baseline data. In Maryland, there are pockets of data, but this data is not readily available to all constituents,” Wiseman said. “The Maryland Nursing Workforce Center will provide a centralized repository of data to use for projections of future nursing resource needs, understanding diversity of the workforce, planning for educational programs to meet current and future requirements, identifying geographical distribution of nursing resources, and grant writing.”

The Maryland Nursing Workforce Center will enable the state to gather critical data in three key areas: faculty, pipeline, and practice. Faculty data will focus on statistics related to the number of faculty positions available, projected faculty needs, areas with the most faculty vacancies, and educational background of faculty members. Relevant data for the pipeline includes the number of nursing students currently in nursing programs, graduation rates, National Council Licensure Examination pass rates, projected need for new nurses, recruitment and retention initiatives, number of qualified nursing school candidates denied admission, student diversity, and clinical placements. The practice data details projected nursing demands, current workforce numbers, nursing shortage locations, and diversity within the workforce.

“We are grateful to the Nurse Support Program II for funding this project to establish a Maryland Nursing Workforce Center and thank Dr. Wiseman for her significant leadership on this undertaking,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, who also serves as co-chair of the Maryland Action Coalition (MDAC), established in 2011 to address the Future of Nursing report’s recommendations. “This center is an important outgrowth of the ongoing work of MDAC and its commitment to advancing the recommendations of the IOM report. Along with my MDAC co-chair, Patricia Travis, PhD, RN, CCRP, we applaud this important step in providing a much-needed source of statewide nursing workforce data. The center’s work will support long-range planning on the need for nurses and nurse faculty and will allow for coordination of nursing workforce development throughout Maryland. We are confident it will provide an important resource for nursing leaders, policymakers, and regulatory bodies in our state. And it is a critical step in ensuring that in the years ahead, all Maryland residents have access to high-quality care that fosters better health and well-being.”

NSP II grants aid in increasing the capacity of nurses in Maryland by implementing statewide initiatives to grow the number of nurses prepared to serve effectively in faculty roles. MHEC offers a number of educational grant programs, funded by state general funds, special funds, and federal funds, designed to address Maryland’s economic and workforce development needs, campus reform initiatives, student preparation for post-secondary education, faculty and student diversity goals, and teacher professional development objectives.

— Mary T. Phelan

Mary T. PhelanBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University LifeSeptember 25, 20180 comments
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Thursday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get Your Flu Shot on Oct. 4 at the HS/HSL

Help protect yourselves, your families, friends, and colleagues by getting a flu shot on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) in a clinic provided by Walgreens in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy and the HS/HSL.

Flu shots wil be available to UMB campus employees and students in the first-floor tower of the library (entrance to the left of the guard’s desk as you enter).

Please register and find more information at this link and remember to bring your insurance card and a photo ID.

Everly BrownCommunity Service, PeopleSeptember 25, 20180 comments
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Office 365

Office 365: The Modern Workplace

We have been utilizing Office 365 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore for the past few years. Office 365 offers many tools and services that are all geared to make our work lives easier, more accessible, and more flexible. It started small — we first focused on OneDrive, Office Online, and how to access these tools through the Office 365 Portal. Then we introduced SharePoint, which allows for team collaboration. Shortly thereafter came Teams, which is another team collaboration tool.

We’ve been gradually adding more features and programs to the UMB Office 365 workspace; however, each of these tools was a standalone. You could use one, or two, or maybe all of them — but each one was used as its own distinct tool.

This is changing! Because of Microsoft’s continuing efforts, the Office 365 platform is now mobile-friendly, robust, and beneficial, due to the new modern workplace.

What Is the Modern Workplace?

Using Office 365, the modern workplace provides an environment where people can store, sync, and securely share their work files across multiple devices and access them anywhere, anytime. It utilizes numerous real-time collaboration tools to improve how working groups and teams access content and collaborate, thus improving communication and productivity. These tools enable individual users to access and share files, emails, discussions, calendars, videos, and many other programs with their teams and other teams across the campus.

What Exactly Is Changing?

If you’ve been using any of the Office 365 tools, you may wonder what exactly does this mean, how will things be different?

When we first introduced Office 365 at UMB, each tool was promoted as serving a specific function. With the updates by Microsoft, all the tools we’ve had access to are now intertwined and serve many functions.

  • OneDrive is still used for your personal work files, but OneDrive also is an access point for ALL of your files — regardless of where they are stored or who they are shared with.
  • For team collaboration, instead of having to choose between SharePoint and Teams, your department/group/project team now gets both. If you are a part of a number of different groups, Office 365 provides easy access to all of them.
  • Teams offers a chat-based approach to communication to quickly and easily communicate with your team.
  • Additional tools, such as Office Online, OneNote, and Planner, can be used in conjunction with all of the above.

Using the Office 365 modern workplace provides a more seamless approach to information you need to complete your job from any location AND ways for you to discuss it with others in your team — whether that’s a department, cross-campus group working on a project/committee/initiative, student organization, multiple departments collaborating on a common project, or an ad-hoc group that needs to discuss a topic.

Please keep an eye out for new and updated Office 365 classes and sessions to help you learn more about Office 365 as the modern workplace. We’ll be announcing them soon!

Sarah SteinbergCollaboration, People, TechnologySeptember 24, 20180 comments
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Meet and Greet 2018

UMB Meet and Greet 2018: Sept. 27

The UMB Indian Association proudly presents Meet and Greet 2018, an opportunity for all incoming students to meet other students and learn about various affairs on  campus. A fun time awaits, and the event is open to all UMB students.

Here are the details:

  • When: Thursday, Sept. 27
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Where: SMC Campus Center Ballroom, Room 208
  • Refreshments: Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.
Anmol KumarBulletin Board, People, UMB News, USGASeptember 24, 20180 comments
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Mini-Med School: Five Sessions Starting Oct. 16

More than 400 Mini-Med School logoBaltimore-area residents annually attend the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Mini-Med School, an exclusive opportunity to learn from University of Maryland physicians and researchers about health issues that are important to everyone.

Mini-Med School provides a unique opportunity to raise the public’s awareness of biomedical research, the processes involved in science, and the importance of research to modern society. Previous classes have focused on glaucoma, diabetes, and hypertension and heart health. Mini-Med School participants also have learned about childhood vaccinations, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

Join us for this five-week series and earn your Mini-Med School certificate. The series will be held on five consecutive Tuesdays from Oct. 16 to Nov. 13.

Click here to see a Mini-Med School flyer with more information, or go to the Mini-Med School webpage.

Oriyomi DawoduBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, ResearchSeptember 24, 20180 comments
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UMB Champion of Excellence: Rev. Sheridan Todd Yeary

UMB Champion of Excellence: The Rev. Sheridan Todd Yeary, PhD, MDiv

The Champions of Excellence campaign is a multi-year branding campaign at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in which we highlight individuals and teams that exemplify extraordinary accomplishment and represent excellence at the University. During the next few months, The Elm will be featuring these UMB Champions, who are making Baltimore, our region, and in some cases the world a better place. (Read about all of the 2017-18 UMB Champions of Excellence.)

Today’s Champion:
The Rev. Sheridan Todd Yeary, PhD, MDiv
Empowering Community Through Social Action

Influential civil rights attorney Charles Hamilton Houston, who worked to dismantle the Jim Crow laws and mentored future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, once said that a lawyer is “either a social engineer or a parasite on society.”

The Rev. Sheridan Todd Yeary, PhD, MDiv, a third-year evening student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, wants to be the engineer.

Yeary is the senior pastor of Baltimore’s Douglas Memorial Community Church and an adjunct professor in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore. He’s a third-generation pastor who has devoted the last 17 years of his life to serving the faith community and advocating for civil rights.

As a child, Yeary would have told you he wanted to be a lawyer when he grew up. Now in his 50s, with both a master’s and doctoral degree under his belt, he’s making it happen.

“When people don’t have a real advocate who understands the dynamics or the rules of the game, they find themselves at a tremendous disadvantage,” Yeary says. “Law is not about right and wrong. It’s about rules.”

But Yeary cares greatly about right and wrong. At his core, he is a pastor, and always will be. Even his wife, Rhonda S. Boozer-Yeary, is an ordained minister.

With his law degree, he hopes to balance these two interests — what’s morally right and what law allows — to become the strongest possible advocate for his community of West Baltimore. His mission is to make sure public officials don’t “run the train off the rails,” leaving folks who live at the margins unrecognized, unacknowledged, or unrepresented.

It’s one of the reasons Yeary came to Maryland Carey Law: the school’s focus on both theory and practice, applying these to actual human rights concerns at the policy and advocacy level. He wanted to be in a place where he could partner with and learn from some of the most relevant black legal professionals in history — such as Larry S. Gibson, LLB, professor of law.

Yeary was born in the Deep South in Augusta, Ga., in 1966, in the segregated wing of University Hospital. His birth certificate established his race as  “colored,” while civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Julian Bond continued a nationwide crusade for racial, political, and social justice.

Even before King became a famous minister and activist, Yeary says that black ministers, such as his grandfather, had always toed the line between faith and law, especially in black communities. They served the spiritual, existential, and social needs of their congregations, helping them to make sense of their complicated lives and society’s influence, while tapping into their resilience to inspire hope.

As a child, Yeary remembered his grandfather, the Rev. James Eli Yeary Sr., as a pastor, but he was also an educator who taught math in Tennessee. Back then the state was slow to implement Brown v. Board of Education. Separate public schools were no longer constitutional, but the residual effects of segregation were still present. Yeary’s grandfather became one of the first black principals in what had been an all-white high school. He served just one year though — his contract wasn’t renewed for a number of reasons, with discrimination at the top.

Yeary’s grandfather filed a lawsuit against the school district. The federal district court ordered his grandfather’s reinstatement, calling out the obvious discrimination he endured. Yeary keeps a copy of the court decision, Yeary v. Clarksville-Montgomery County Bd. of Education, et. al., a familial reminder of the anchor that grounds him in feeling he’s in the right place at the right time.

“My grandfather had to fight for his place in a society that didn’t want to give him a fair shake,” Yeary says. “I carry with me a generational obligation to continue to fight now because I never know who may be looking back after I’m gone at how I moved the dial on fairness and justice.”

Today, Yeary continues to turn that dial through his commitment to political and social action.

After the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department, the city erupted in a wave of violence, crime, and arson. In response, Yeary participated in what he called a “ministry of presence” where he and other religious leaders served as a buffer between police and protesters while sections of Baltimore burned.

The evening of Gray’s funeral, Yeary and his clergy colleaguesknelt and prayed in the street, placing their bodies between police in riot gear and demonstrators. It was a powerful, collective response to the pain of communities like Yeary’s, where the laws and policies often aren’t aligned with the people with which they serve.

This is just one example of Yeary’s decades-long commitment. He contributed to open and honest dialogue about the need for more opportunity — education and economic — in the black community. He advocated for economic inclusion in disadvantaged communities, marriage equality, bail reform, and legislation that would remove barriers for employment of former inmates. He called for peace and purpose after violence and violation.

He serves on the national board of the National Action Network and is a past political action co-chair for the Maryland State Conference NAACP. He is a founding principal and policy director of the Strategic Advocacy and Legislative Thinktank (SALT), a faith-based public policy collaborative that develops regional and national empowerment strategies for under-resourced communities and communities of color.

He has pursued, persisted, and propelled social justice in a way that harkens back to the civil rights movement he was born into. And he’s not stopping anytime soon, considering the current political climate. At a time when demonstrators demand that black lives matter, white supremacists ready for violence over the removal of a Civil War statue, and the president of the United States heads a controversial border crossing initiative, Yeary feels his actions are more needed than ever.

He’s seen where social and political regression like this goes — he knows the history, and he knows it tends to repeat itself, but only if allowed. Yeary plans to continue his current ministry and activism in the face of these challenges, now with another tool in his toolbox — a law degree, when he graduates in 2019.

“I have the opportunity to fight for issues that may not directly impact me now,” Yeary says, “but they’re important for so many other people. I’m called to be a social engineer, not a social parasite.”

Communications and Public AffairsCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeSeptember 24, 20180 comments
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Sept. 28 Seminar: ‘RBC Alloimmunization in (Mostly) Lung Transplant’

Gustaaf de RidderGustaaf de Ridder, MD, PhD, a transfusion medicine faculty candidate for the Department of Pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will lead a seminar Friday, Sept. 28, titled “RBC Alloimmunization in (Mostly) Lung Transplant.”

The seminar will start at 11 a.m. in the pathology classroom (NBW74) at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

De Ridder is a Belgian-American dual citizen who attended high school in Greenville, S.C., followed by undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina Honors College in Columbia, S.C. After two years at the National Institutes of Health, he entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at Duke University. Gustaaf finished medical school and earned a PhD in the pathology department under Salvatore Pizzo, MD, PhD. Gustaaf has authorship on 15 published or accepted peer-reviewed articles and has presented his work at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology; Experimental Biology; the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis; the American Society for Investigative Pathology; and American Society of Human Genetics meetings.

Lisa RodgersClinical Care, EducationSeptember 21, 20180 comments
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Oct. 8 Workshop: ‘Health Information Resources for Culturally Diverse Patients’

If you provide care for patients/clients with limited English proficiency, learn about quality multilingual and multicultural health information resources available to you from the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) at a free workshop on Oct. 8 titled “Health Information Resources for Culturally Diverse Patients.”

Learn where to locate patient education resources, including medication information, available in other languages as well as those written in easy to read English. The discussion will include the potential impact utilizing health literacy resources can have on patient adherence, safety, and satisfaction.

Here are the details:

  • Date: Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: HS/HSL, Room LL03
  • Registration: Go to this HS/HSL webpage.
Everly BrownClinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, ResearchSeptember 21, 20180 comments
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Launch Your Life Speaker Series: ‘Do You Know Someone?’

Human Resource Services’ Launch Your Life is sponsoring a five-week speaker series in October titled “Do You Know Someone?” as part of an effort to reflect the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s commitment to health and well-being in a community of care and support. If you know someone struggling with mental health and its stigma, let’s talk.

Here’s a rundown of the five sessions:

In Our Own Voice — Depression

Oct. 4, Noon-1 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 349

The National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this presentation and engage with audience members to give them a better understanding of mental health.

Register here.

Take Care

Oct. 10, Noon-1 p.m.
Lexington Building, Room 2-111

Did you know perinatal depression affects 15 percent to 20 percent in all populations of pregnant and postpartum women? Other statistics show as many as 1 in 7 women are affected, and it is recommended to get screened at least once during the perinatal period. To learn more and help support women in your lives, join us in this riveting presentation.

Register here.

In Our Own Voice — Bipolar

Oct. 18, Noon-1 p.m.
Lexington Building, Room 3-111

NAMI’s In Our Own Voice adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like. You will gain understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future, and you will discover how it is possible to live a healthy life with a mental illness.

Register here.

Strong Women

Oct. 24, Noon-1 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 351

Get tips and learn how to prevent depression and anxiety in pregnancy, focusing on women in the workplace. Join us in support of mental health, learn about resources, and start talking toward a change. Presented by Women’s Mental Health Program.

Register here.

Let’s Talk

Oct. 30, Noon-1 p.m.
Lexington Building, Room 3-111

Anyone can struggle with a mental health problem. As a family member or friend, do you sometimes feel helpless to do anything to be supportive? Join the EAP for an open, supportive discussion on how to support a family member or friend struggling with mental health issues. All UMB employees are welcome to attend.

Register here.


Jina BacchusCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeSeptember 21, 20180 comments
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Tours on Tuesdays with PTS and Public Safety

Attention, UMB parkers!

Get better acquainted with the UMB campus by attending one of our University Tuesday Tours, led by the parking and public safety teams from Lexington Street Garage and Market Center Garage.

Tours are open to all faculty, staff, and students, and they will include tips for navigating the campus from a parking and public safety perspective.

Open to one and all, the tours will be offered each Tuesday in October and will include tips for navigating the campus from a parking and public safety perspective. Tours will last approximately an hour and end with a stop at Lexington Market.

Registration is required: Go to this Parking and Transportation webpage.

Here are the dates and times:

  • Oct. 2 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Oct. 16 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 23 – 11 a.m.
  • Oct. 30 – 12:30 p.m.

Suggestion: Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.

Janet ThomasEducation, People, University LifeSeptember 21, 20180 comments
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UMB Police Chief Alice Cary

Leaders of UMB Emergency Management, Police Force Say Relationships Key to Success

UMB Emergency Management Executive Director Jonathan Bratt

Relationships matter.

That was the common theme voiced by leaders of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) emergency management services and police force in presentations Sept. 18 at the University’s quarterly Q&A.

Jonathan Bratt, MS, CEM, who is UMB’s new first-ever executive director of emergency management, drove home that point while discussing his aim to develop strong relationships with city, state, and federal agencies.

“There’s a saying in the first responder world: ‘The worst place to exchange business cards is at the scene of the incident.’ You want to have exchanged them beforehand,” Bratt told a crowd about 70 UMB faculty, staff, and students who gathered in the Francis King Carey School of Law’s Moot Courtroom. “So we establish relationships at UMB and with the external community, bringing in the city’s and state’s emergency management offices, the fire departments, and non-governmental organizations together to understand how can we better respond to an emergency before we actually have to respond to one.”

UMB Police Chief Alice Cary, MS, who assumed command in June, seconded Bratt’s notion, stressing how she plans to build relationships within the University community while ramping up engagement initiatives in Southwest Baltimore with efforts such as UMB’s Police Athletic/Activities League program and collaborations with the Office of Community Engagement.

“The culture and philosophy is changing toward community-based policing,” said Cary, who is the first female chief in the UMB Police Force’s 70-year history. “So in moving forward, we want to develop a proactive police force. And our vision is to connect with the UMB community and the neighborhoods that surround us.”

Bratt, who has been in his post since April, delivered his PowerPoint presentation first, offering his vision for making UMB an emergency- and disaster-resilient University and detailing strategic goals for the short and long terms. He described emergency management as being a collaborative and integrative process that requires many disciplines to work together to succeed.

“There’s not just one science that encompasses all of emergency management,” Bratt said. “It involves engineering, medicine, sociology, psychology — every discipline has some input in the process. It’s a team effort. As we prepare for and respond to emergencies, different expertise is brought in to help us understand how to manage and mitigate these events.”

Bratt says he wants to introduce a culture of preparedness to the UMB campus and do it through training, exercises and community engagement initiatives such as Stop the Bleed, a campaign led by the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center that teaches techniques to stem life-threatening bleeding in emergency situations. It’s all part of his presentation’s theme: Learn. Prepare. Act.

“You’ll see it on the tagline of my emails — ‘You are the help until help arrives’ — and that’s a reminder to take action in an emergency situation,” Bratt said. “The true first responders are the bystanders, so it’s important to learn what you need to do before an emergency.”

In a similar vein, Bratt wants to integrate more emergency management into the schools’ curriculums. He says he’s talked to several deans who support the idea.

“For example, the Strategic National Stockpile might be a topic for the School of Pharmacy. Or resource management in hospitals could be a topic for the School of Medicine,” Bratt said. “And outside the curriculum, there could be similar training and seminar opportunities for students as well.”

Bratt says he will develop a five-year strategic plan for the University’s emergency management program, review and update UMB’s emergency operations plan, and build a team of professionals to execute the plans. That team was put to the test recently as Hurricane Florence threatened the East Coast. It met to assess the situation, then sent out a University-wide email to relay that UMB was tracking the storm and where updated information could be found. An audience member thanked Bratt for the email, saying it was comforting.

“It was a team effort. We came together, saw that there was a potential hazard coming, and knew we had to let you all know that we’re watching it,” Bratt said. “We’ll strive to put out that type of messaging in the future.”

Cary also cited the need for improved communication, saying she wants to make sure her officers are out and about and talking to not only members of the UMB community but the institution’s Southwest Baltimore neighbors, too.

“We need to get out of the car and walk around,” she said. “We need to communicate through emails, through websites, through just saying hi, how are you today. Our officers are out there on the front line — they’re the ones who are leading this agency, and they’re the ones that get the feedback to our department so I can better understand the needs of our community.”

Cary says it’s important for officers to be visible but not stationary.

“I’ve tasked our officers to look at the hot spots, the concern areas,” she said. “It’s a focused patrol approach, so it’s not predictive policing where you know that there’s an officer standing at the corner from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. every day, but something that works to mix it up.”

Ashley Valis, MSW, UMB’s executive director of strategic initiatives and community engagement, told Cary she’s taken notice of that approach and appreciates it.

“I walk back and forth a lot from the Community Engagement Center, and I’ve seen police officers in different spots, switching it up,” Valis said. “That makes me feel safer, because it’s not that same old pattern.”

Like Bratt earlier, Cary fielded questions after her presentation:

  • On concerns about safety around Lexington Market: “We’re working with the city of Baltimore to ensure that that area is safe, and that’s certainly something we need to move forward on and even prioritize.”
  • On body cameras for officers: “We are beta-testing a model with Panasonic and wrapping that up in the feedback stage, so that’s the next step in getting everyone outfitted. That promotes transparency, protects you as a citizen, and protects our officers.”
  • On the transient population and panhandling: “I’m working on creating a homeless liaison officer program so that we’ll have somebody that coordinates with the city of Baltimore on homelessness and panhandling issues, someone who will work cooperatively with our Office of Community Engagement.”
  • On feedback for the police force: “I have an open door for any concerns. You can come directly to me and I can relay that information. I have an exceptional staff that thinks outside the box and is very creative to ensure that you’re safe coming and going to campus.”

Dawn Rhodes, MBA, UMB’s chief business and finance officer and vice president, who moderated the Q&A discussion, urged attendees to take the lessons back to their own departments. “Relationships, collaborations, and partnerships. This doesn’t just apply in the safety world,” Rhodes said. “It applies to all of us in how we do our jobs and how we get things done.”

— Lou Cortina

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Exhibit Examines Pandemics on 100th Anniversary of Spanish Flu

“One hundred years ago, almost to the day, the Spanish Flu reached Baltimore,” said M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, associate vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) in remarks at the library’s latest exhibit “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” on Sept. 13.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the pandemic that killed between 50 million and 100 million people worldwide. Baltimore and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) were not immune to the incredible international natural disaster.

The “Outbreak” exhibit, a collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, also features “100 years Later: Baltimore and the Spanish Flu,” a supplemental exhibit that highlights the impact the Spanish influenza pandemic had on Baltimore, which suffered the fourth-largest death toll in the United States.

Tara Wink, MLS, HS/HSL librarian and archivist, curated the Baltimore portion of the exhibit with items loaned from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

“The message behind these exhibits is ‘one health,’ ” Wink said. The Smithsonian exhibit and the supplemental Baltimore exhibit portray, “Just how connected human beings, animals, and the environment are.”

The Smithsonian exhibit visually presents how epidemics spread, are treated, and can be prevented in the 21st century. The Baltimore artifacts enhance the “Outbreak” message with a look at some of the recommended and the not so recommended “snake oil” treatments of the early 1900s. The gallery space also delves into how the University dealt with the epidemic.

Justin Ortiz, MD, MS, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at UMSOM and an international flu expert, outlined the school’s exciting research in the fight against influenza and worldwide pandemics. He noted researchers at the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health are doing a great deal of work to better define the immune response for the influenza illness as well as the vaccination “so that we can produce vaccines that can protect longer than just the influenza season.”

The ultimate public health goal, he said, is to produce a universal influenza vaccine that can protect people from a number of emerging influenza viruses.

“A universal vaccine is something that is conceptually possible and I’m very pleased to be part of the University of Maryland School of Medicine because we really are at the forefront of that research,” he said.

The exhibit runs until Oct. 14 in the Weise Gallery located on the first floor of HS/HSL.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flu Clinic: Flu shots available to all UMB faculty, staff, and students in the first-floor tower of HS/HSL. Please visit the HS/HSL website to RSVP.

Oct. 5 at 11:45 a.m. Lunch and Lecture: The 1918 Flu: What’s Past is Prologue by Philip Mackowiak, MD, SOM Class of 1970, emeritus professor of medicine and the Carolyn Frenkil and Selvin Passen History of Medicine Scholar-in-Residence.  A light lunch will be served on the fifth floor of the HS/HSL in the Gladhill Board Room. RSVP to


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