Archive for March, 2016

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is vicious malware that prevents a user from accessing his or her files by encrypting them. It typically arrives on the affected computer through spam emails or executed via malicious ads or compromised websites however more recently ransomware has been known to start from a malicious email attachment. Once the ransomware is executed on the compromised computer, it encrypts files on the user’s computer and any mapped network drives and even connected cloud storage such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.

Ransomware was designed to prevent the user from accessing their files and force them to pay the attacker a fee in order to regain access. Once the files are encrypted, ransomware displays a text document or HTML page with a message informing the user that their files have been encrypted and gives instructions on how to obtain the decryption key needed to unlock the files. This message may also warn users that the decryption key will be deleted after a certain time period to pressure the user into paying sooner. The message also contains a link to a website where the user can make the payment. Even if the user pays the ransom, there’s no guarantee that the attacker will provide the decryption key needed to unlock their files.

What can I do to protect my data?

  • Limit your online activity to business related sites only.
  • Never click on links or open attachments in emails you were not expecting.
  • Minimize the amount of data that is stored locally on your computer. Data stored locally is not backed-up by your IT support group. If you do need to store data locally, it should only be personal in nature and it is your responsibility to ensure personal files are regularly backed up to an alternate storage location.

Am I a Victim of Ransomware?

If you suspect your computer may be impacted by Ransomware, please contact your local IT Support group immediately so we can assist with containment of the malware and any recovery operations that might be possible.


Chris PhillipsEducation, Technology, University AdministrationMarch 30, 20160 comments
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Connective Issues

Connective Issues Newsletter

Read the latest issue of the HS/HSL newsletter.

In This Issue

* Cause and Effect
* Project SHARE used in National AHEC Health Information Literacy Project
* Nationally Recognized Experts Bookend Cybersecurity Conference on April 8
* The Library Genie Responds…
* Technology Brown Bag: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Health Care
* “And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the Four Humors
* New Additions to the Innovation Space
* Notable Tech Trends: Cybersecurity, Digital Privacy, and Online Surveillance
* HS/HSL Holiday Giving Project

Everly BrownCollaboration, Education, People, Research, TechnologyMarch 29, 20160 comments
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UMB New and Expecting Parent Support Group

Are you a new or expecting parent? Don’t miss UMBrella’s New and Expecting Parent Support Group.

Learn about the resources available at UMB and in your community.

We will socialize, learn from each other, and hear from experts about infant sleep, toddler eating, and developmental milestones.

Thursday, April 28  |  Noon  |  SMC Campus Center, Room 203


Camilla KyewaahBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, University Administration, University LifeMarch 29, 20160 comments
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March EOTM

Pharmacy’s Currier Is Employee of Month

Don’t expect to see Lindsay Currier on a ski slope after she retires many years from now. She’s had enough of the white stuff. As the coordinator for scheduling at the School of Pharmacy, Currier has been responsible for rescheduling all the pharmacy classes at the Baltimore location and at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, updating the 25 Live scheduling software, and sending out emails to all involved when classes are canceled or delayed, largely because of inclement weather.

“Snow is one of my least favorite things on so many different levels,” says Currier, a UMB employee for 13 years, “because I also have two little girls so, inevitably, not only am I dealing with work stuff, but they’re up early and excited because it’s a snow day, running around the house like maniacs.”

She has an early morning ally on snow days in UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, who surprised her at a supposed 25 Live meeting on March 23 to tell her she was UMB’s Employee of the Month.

“It was good to read that since I have to get up to receive a phone call at 4:45, you’re waiting at 5 a.m. for the verdict,” Perman told Currier. “And I understand you do a very good job of juggling things.”

IPE Supporter

Perman also pointed out that Currier helps facilitate his passion for interprofessional education by coordinating the School’s academic schedule so pharmacy students can participate in the President’s Clinic and UMB’s Interprofessional Education Day. “Your School is always there when we have an activity,” Perman said. “In fact you probably know I have a bunch of pharmacy students every week in my clinic. Your colleagues talk about you as a collaborative, knowledgeable, gifted, concise communicator. Simply put, they say ‘without Lindsay we would be lost.’ So congratulations on your honor!”

Shannon Tucker, MS, assistant dean for instructional design and technology at the School of Pharmacy, nominated Currier, citing her day-to-day contributions, core values such as accountability and collaboration, and her proactive nature to solve problems “before colleagues even know they exist.”

And on snow days?

“Lindsay makes literally thousands of changes in the School of Pharmacy scheduling platform so students can get back to studying and faculty back to teaching, research, and service as fast as possible,” said Tucker, who accompanied Currier to the surprise “meeting” in the Lexington Building along with Richard Dalby, PhD, associate dean of academic affairs at the School of Pharmacy and professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“Lindsay’s work requires diplomacy, collaboration, and civility under pressure; then, once a recovery plan is devised, the details must be meticulously entered into 25 Live for distribution to our community,” Tucker added. “One mistake could be catastrophic — integrated courses could become out of sequence, students could end up in the wrong room and miss key instruction prior to scheduled rotations, or an exam proctor or the AV and IT support on which faculty rely for support could be missing. Due to Lindsay’s hard work and diligence, this almost never happens.”

Surprised and Pleased

Currier, who manages the scheduling of School of Pharmacy activities at UMB and USG such as academic courses, student events, special events, and any meetings that need conference rooms, takes pride in her work. She was surprised, and very pleased, to be the March Employee of the Month, which comes with a plaque, $250, and makes her a candidate for the Cecil S. Kelly Memorial Employee of the Year Award, which will be given at the Employee Service Awards Luncheon on April 7.

“I’m excited to be recognized,” said Currier, who began working at the school as coordinator of mental health programs. “I feel like I work really hard to do really well, but sometimes you’re not sure if it’s helping anyone.”

Now she has a plaque to prove it.

— By Chris Zang

Pictured above from left: Shannon Tucker, Lindsay Currier, Dr. Perman, and Richard Dalby.

Chris ZangABAE, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University AdministrationMarch 25, 20160 comments
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The Effectiveness of Anti-Epileptic Drugs

A collaborative research project led by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with support from the Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and the Pediatric Epilepsy Academic Consortium for Extrapolation (PEACE) has concluded that extrapolation of anti-epileptic drug efficacy results from adults to children ages four years and older with partial onset seizures is acceptable, and that independent clinical trials for efficacy in children will no longer be needed.

“The CTM works with organizations around the world to streamline drug development through the continuous assessment of current practices, with the goal of developing and implementing new, more efficient drug development processes,” says Joga Gobburu, PhD, MBA, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) and director of the CTM at the School. “In the field of pediatric drug development, we know that performing clinical trials in the pediatric patient population is challenging for a number of reasons. Through this collaborative research project, we sought to determine whether additional clinical trials are truly necessary to show efficacy of anti-epileptic drugs in children once other trials have shown those drugs to be effective in adults.”

Convening the Experts

Anti-epileptic drugs refer to a diverse group of medications used to treat various types of epileptic seizures. These medications are often developed as supplemental therapy to treat partial onset seizures – the most common type of seizure experienced by patients with epilepsy – in adults. Prior to the completion of this project, these medications were only prescribed to pediatric patients after they had been approved for use in adults and at least one well-controlled clinical trial had been conducted in pediatric patients.

To assess whether the accumulated evidence from past clinical trials with multiple anti-epileptic drugs was sufficient to support extrapolation of efficacy from adult to pediatric patients for the treatment of partial onset seizures, and under what circumstances such extrapolation would be appropriate, the FDA turned to the CTM. Gobburu reached out to PEACE – a consortium that includes experts from a number of organizations external to the FDA, including academia and the pharmaceutical industry – to provide supportive clinical expertise in describing disease and intervention similarities between adult and pediatric patients.

“PEACE was established in 2012, and includes representatives from numerous organizations across academia, government, and industry,” says John Pellock, MD, a member of PEACE and professor and senior associate dean of continuing medical education at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. “When Dr. Gobburu first introduced the project to the consortium, we recognized its relevance to the work that we do every day, and were excited to get involved. The child neurologists in the consortium were instrumental in assessing the similarity of focal epilepsy in adults and children, while Dr. Gobburu led other members in further pharmacometric analyses in conjunction with the FDA.”

Gaining Hands-On Training

Funded by the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Critical Path program, the project required screening all approved anti-epileptic drugs to identify those for which efficacy clinical trials had been conducted in both adult and pediatric patients for supplemental therapy of partial onset seizures. Quantitative pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) analyses were then conducted for PK/PD and clinical endpoints datasets collected from both FDA databases and the pharmaceutical companies. Shailly Mehrotra, a graduate student mentored by Gobburu in the PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) program at the School, was afforded the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience analyzing the data at the FDA, where she assisted with the creation of a clinical trial database and performed exposure-response analyses to bridge partial onset seizures’ supplemental treatment data between adult and pediatric patients.

“I am grateful to the CTM for offering me the opportunity to complete a fellowship with the FDA,” says Mehrotra. “The CTM has played a pivotal role in providing me with excellent training to help hone my technical skills, while helping to elucidate complex drug development concepts that I will be able to apply towards influencing decisions.”

She adds, “As a graduate student, it was a unique experience to work with the immensely talented scientists at the FDA, as well as the brilliant clinicians from PEACE. I feel fortunate to have been involved in a project that directly impacted public health and patient care through accelerating the pediatric drug development of anti-epileptic drugs. Not only did this fellowship provide a platform to help me further develop my core skills as a researcher, but – more importantly – it also provided me with a broad overview of pediatric drug development. It taught me how innovative, out-of-the-box thinking, combined with team collaborations can help tackle challenging problems. The lessons that I learned during my fellowship at the FDA, coupled with the meticulous training that I have received at the CTM, have truly laid a strong foundation for my professional career.”

Lasting Implications

Based on the analyses conducted by Mehrotra and other researchers, the FDA concluded that extrapolation of efficacy from adult to pediatric patients ages four years and older with partial onset seizures is acceptable.

“The FDA thanks Dr. Gobburu for his truly pivotal role in bringing together external collaborators to work with our agency on this project,” says Mehul Mehta, PhD, FAAPS, director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology I in the Office of Clinical Pharmacology at the FDA. “Those rich collaborations, combined with Shailly’s exhaustive and complex analysis of a large number of clinical trials, helped to form the backbone for the success of this project.”

Echoing Mehta’s sentiment, Gobburu notes that it was the level of collaboration that occurred between the FDA, CTM, and PEACE throughout the project that made the initiative exceptionally trailblazing. “Putting the outcome of the project aside, it was the collaborative process in which all of the stakeholders engaged that helped to make this project a success. This project brought together a consortium, an academic institution, and the FDA to solve a common problem, creating a template for teamwork that we can implement across other projects. It is very fulfilling to know that our Center and the School of Pharmacy were instrumental in bringing all of the parties together to make this happen.”

Malissa CarrollCollaboration, Education, People, Research, UMB NewsMarch 25, 20160 comments
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Upcoming Orioles’ Season Will Impact Parking

Please be advised that the Orioles’ season begins April 4 and there may be an increase in traffic entering the Pratt and Penn Street garages prior to weekday evening games and weekend games.

In addition, exits from the Penn Street Garage will be affected during evening home games. The Pratt Street exit will close at 6:30 p.m. to accommodate incoming Orioles traffic. All exiting traffic at this time will leave via the Penn Street exit.

Please make note of any home games that may affect your entry and/or exit and plan accordingly. Orioles’ schedules are on the bulletin board near the elevator on the first level of the garage.

You may also visit to view and print the Orioles’ schedule.

Please contact Parking and Transportation Services at 6-6603 if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Claire MurphyBulletin Board, People, University Administration, University LifeMarch 24, 20160 comments
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Cyber-Security Conference

Experts Bookend Upcoming Cybersecurity Conference

Cybersecurity is everyone’s concern whether at the research bench, in the classroom, or in your own personal email and social media accounts. Join us on April 8 for “Cybersecurity and You: Issues in Higher Education and Beyond.”

Keynote Speakers

Our morning and afternoon keynote speakers, Joe St. Sauver, PhD, and Alessandro Acquisti, PhD, will explore the subject from two different perspectives. For the morning keynote, St. Sauver, a scientist at a data-driven security company, with previous work in higher education and Internet2/InCommon, will offer his keynote, “Cybersecurity and You: Successfully Operating in Denied Areas.”

Our afternoon keynote, Alessandro Acquisti, a professor of information technology and public policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, and member, Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine will share his thoughts in “Why Online Privacy Matters in the Face of Heightened Surveillance Measures.”

Other panels will explore:

  • How UMB meets challenges in sharing and securing research data
  • Cybersecurity trends and their impacts on the legal industry
  • Collaborative efforts to safeguard the UMB community’s infrastructure, data, and networks
  • Massive data collection practices by the government under the Fourth Amendment and their implications for libraries and current legislative efforts potentially detrimental to library users’ privacy
  • How your information on social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn is gathered and used

Conference Details

Check out the conference program and RSVP online today!

Organized by HS/HSL, the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, and CITS, this conference is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. It will take place on Friday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center at UMB.

A light lunch will be served. The keynotes and parts of the program will be live-streamed at the time of the event, and the video recording also will be available.

Ryan HarrisBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University AdministrationMarch 24, 20160 comments
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Stop Spear Phishers

The Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) has received reports of email messages sent to University of Maryland account holders that look very official and are created to get the account holder to give up personal information. The messages warn of a variety of account problems.

Suspicious Email Messages

  • Compromised accounts are being restricted
  • Account deletion is being conducted in preparation for a system upgrade
  • Unused accounts are being deleted
  • Mailbox storage limit has been reached
  • Accounts are being migrated to a new system
  • A maintenance process to fight spam is being conducted

These emails, themselves a type of spam, request that you visit a link to verify your account or reply  to the message with your directory ID, password, as well as full name and contact information.


These emails are an attempt (called “phishing”) by someone to gain access to personal information, which they should not have. The “From:” address is forged (or “spoofed”), and may or may not be an actual email address, but is not where the email actually originated. Targeted versions of phishing have been termed “spear phishing.”

What to Do If You Receive a Phishing Message

First, do not respond to the phishing message for any reason, including trying to scold or taunt the sender.

Second, send the message to as an attachment. With the entire phishing email in its original format, the administrators can get the information needed to adjust the IronPort filters to block future phishing messages from this sender.


What to Do If You Have Responded to a Phishing Message

If you responded to a phishing message with your password, please email or call the IT Help Desk and change your password immediately.

If you still have a copy of the original phishing message, send the message to as an attachment. With the entire phishing email in its original format, the administrators can get the information needed to adjust the IronPort filters to block future phishing messages from this sender.

Chris PhillipsTechnology, University AdministrationMarch 24, 20160 comments
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Brain-Bee 2016

Brain Bee Championship

After three days of intense competition, the 2016 USA Brain Bee Champion is Karina Bao representing the Jefferson, Ark., Brain Bee chapter.

The Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for teenagers. A record 56 chapter winners from 35 states around the country competed at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, March 18-20.

Bao is a junior at Little Rock Central High School. Among her prizes are a summer internship at a neuroscience lab, trophies for her school and herself, and the right to represent the United States at the 17th World Brain Bee Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark in July.

Second place went to Xuchen Wei representing the Indianapolis, Ind., chapter, and third place went to William Ellsworth representing the Atlanta, Ga., chapter. Other cities that placed in the top 10 are Birmingham, Ala.; Chicago; St. Louis, Mo.; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; Hershey, Pa.; and Biddeford, Maine.

About the Brain Bee

The Brain Bee tests a student’s knowledge of the human brain, including such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensations, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, schizophrenia, addictions, brain research, and many others.

The USA championship competition involves a neuroanatomy laboratory practical exam with real human brains, patient diagnosis involving face-to-face interactions with patient actors, MRI brain imaging analysis, brain histology, and a final question and answer component.

Bao will now advance to compete in the world championship hosted this year by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. She will be competing against about 25 other champions from such countries as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and others.

Norbert Myslinski, PhD, founded the International Brain Bee 17 years ago. His organization has expanded to 160 chapters in 40 regions on six continents. Its purpose is “to motivate young men and women to learn about the brain, and inspire them to consider careers in basic and clinical neurosciences.” He says, “We build better brains to fight brain disorders.”

Karen RobinsonClinical Care, Contests, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, Research, UMB NewsMarch 22, 20160 comments
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SOP Works With Schoolchildren

Students Bring Pharmaceutical Sciences to Life for Virginia Schoolchildren

On March 12, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) student chapter at the School of Pharmacy participated in the Career Choice S.T.E.M. Bonanza held at DeVry University in Arlington, Va. Participating in youth outreach events is an integral part of the chapter’s mission to introduce children of all ages to careers in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

A Team Effort

As the vice president of our chapter, I collaborated with Nam Nguyen, a first-year student pharmacist and president and founder of the School’s Industrial Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) student chapter, to help make our presentation even more comprehensive, bringing the unique perspectives and insights of students from the School’s PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) program and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program together for our demonstrations. Other students who participated in the event included:

  • William Hedrich (PSC)
  • Bryan Mackowiak (PSC)
  • Stephanie Shiffka (PSC)
  • Ramon Martinez (PSC)
  • Kiwon Ok (PSC)
  • My Ngo (first-year student pharmacist)
  • David Tran (third-year student pharmacist)

Thanks to additional funding from the AAPS Foundation, we were able to make the event even more exciting and interactive for the children who attended, selecting demonstrations that provided opportunities for them to gain hands-on experience making lip balms, slime, and cocoa powder capsules. The three stations were not only designed to be fun and interactive, but also to demonstrate important pharmacy and pharmaceutical science concepts and to highlight career opportunities in the fields of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

Cocoa Powder Capsules Station

The Cocoa Powder Capsules Station taught students from grades K-12 about compounding pharmacy, labeling of medications, and drug delivery. They were taught about active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) (cocoa powder) and excipients (powdered sugar). After uniformly mixing the API and excipients, the students were challenged to fill different sized capsules using pharmacist compounding techniques. After successfully completing the activity, they packaged their capsules in their own prescription medicine bottle with proper labeling.

Lip-Balm Station

Many of the children that we interacted with were surprised to discover that lip balm is something that can easily be made at home. We educated the students who stopped by our demonstration about the basic chemistry of emulsification, explaining how hydrophobic (“water-hating”) materials such as oils can be mixed with hydrophilic (“water-loving”) materials through the use of an emulsifier to make a consistent mixture, which can then be used as lip balm. This technique is routinely used in pharmacies when preparing creams and lotions. We used Kool-Aid flavoring to alter the color and flavor of the lip balms, which were then packaged in containers that the students could take home.

Slime Station

The most popular of all three stations, the Slime Station really piqued children’s interest. It was used to demonstrate polymer science. Polymers are important materials used to help deliver drugs through our bodies. The demonstration allowed the students to visualize polymer properties and physically play with the material to see how it changed with processing. Polyvinyl acetate (present in liquid glue) was mixed with borax, creating a reaction that cross-links the polymer chains becoming one large flexible polymer. However, as the kids played with (or “processed”) it, the slime stiffened to the consistency of putty.

Lessons Learned for Parents and Children

Overall, the Career Choice S.T.E.M. Bonanza was a great opportunity for graduate students and student pharmacists to come together to collaborate and build relationships for future collaborative work and outreach events. At the end of the event, we found that many of the children who participated in our demonstrations enjoyed the hands-on experiences and were able to see that science can be fun and easy. But, they were not the only ones who walked away with new lessons learned. Their parents also expressed interest in pharmacy careers, to which our volunteers were able to chip in and help them understand the differences between pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. Our student pharmacists were also able to help parents better understand the pharmacist’s role as an integral member of the health care team, beyond dispensing medications.

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.

Soo Hyeon ShinCollaboration, Community Service, Education, People, University LifeMarch 22, 20160 comments
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Pharmacy Student Award

Pharmacy Student Organizations Receive National Recognition

Two student organizations at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy were recognized with national awards during the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition held March 4-7 at the Convention Center in Baltimore. The School’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) chapter received the Second Runner-Up Division A Chapter Achievement Award for 2014-2015, while its Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society (PLS) chapter took home the Phi Lambda Sigma 2016 Charles Thomas Leadership Challenge Award.

“Students truly are central to all that we do at the School of Pharmacy,” says Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD, BCACP, FAPhA, associate dean for student affairs and associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the School. “Having the School’s student organizations recognized at the national level reflects our dedication to preparing the next generation of pharmacists to continue our mission to lead pharmacy education, scientific discovery, patient care, and community engagement across the state of Maryland and beyond. We congratulate the members of APhA-ASP and PLS on their recent awards, and cannot wait to hear about their continued efforts to move the pharmacy profession forward.”

Recognizing Chapter Achievement

Established in 1974, the APhA-ASP Chapter Achievement Awards Program recognizes superior programming developed and implemented by APhA-ASP chapters at schools and colleges of pharmacy across the United States in the areas of patient care, chapter leadership and operations, professionalism, and policy and advocacy. Chapters are chosen for awards based on the activities and outreach initiatives outlined in their previous year’s reports, which are submitted to the professional organization for review. This year, the School’s APhA-ASP chapter received the Second Runner-Up Division A Chapter Achievement Award for 2014-2015. Division A awards recognize colleges and schools of pharmacy with more than 550 students enrolled.

“Receiving this award was a tremendous accomplishment for the members of our chapter,” says Elissa Lechtenstein, a third-year student pharmacist and president of the School’s APhA-ASP chapter. “We all work very hard to plan and implement a wide range of outreach initiatives that showcase the important role that pharmacists can play in patients’ health care, so having our efforts recognized at the national level was incredible. We also have not placed nationally in some time, which makes us even more proud to know that we are returning to a level of excellence that sets us apart from other chapters across the country.”

Celebrating Personal Achievements

In addition to receiving an award recognizing the chapter, Lechtenstein celebrated a personal accomplishment at the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition. She was elected to serve as one of APhA-ASP’s national members-at-large, a position in which she will oversee communications and social media for all of the APhA-ASP chapters. “Having competed against 11 other student pharmacists for this role – all of whom are outstanding individuals and truly dedicated to the mission of APhA-ASP – it feels surreal to have been elected by my peers to serve in a national office. I will work as hard as I can in my new appointment to assure the members of APhA-ASP chapters across the country that they made the right decision in appointing me to this important position,” she says.

Lechtenstein was also honored with APhA Foundation’s Mary Louise Andersen Scholarship in recognition of her exceptional pharmacy leadership.

Honoring Advocacy Endeavors

Nine third-year student pharmacists and members of the School’s PLS chapter were also recognized during the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition with the Phi Lambda Sigma 2016 Charles Thomas Leadership Challenge Award. The award was presented to chapter members for their proposal titled “More Than Status: Providing Education to Empower Future Pharmacy Leaders,” which aimed to promote awareness of the need for pharmacists to obtain provider status, as well as provide guidance for working with state pharmacy leaders to create and implement a strategy that would modify state statutes to grant pharmacists provider status.

The team’s proposal was selected to receive the award by the Phi Lambda Sigma National Executive Committee from among 31 proposals submitted by PLS chapters at colleges and schools of pharmacy across the United States.

“This award represents a great opportunity for our chapter to garner national recognition and to work collaboratively with the members of other chapters to place ourselves at the forefront of the push for provider status,” says Huan Tran, president of the School’s PLS chapter. “It is a chance for our members to impress the importance of advocacy upon the next generation of Phi Lambda Sigma leaders.”

“This award truly affirms our School’s efforts in pushing for provider status,” adds Joshua Chou, chair of the Leadership Challenge team. “Our student body has been very active in advocating for this issue, from participating in health fairs at Capitol Hill to meeting with our state’s legislators in Annapolis. Moving forward, it is my hope that this award will serve as a platform upon which we can further those advocacy efforts.”

Malissa CarrollABAE, Education, People, UMB NewsMarch 22, 20160 comments
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Philip Gentry

15 Foods That Stain Teeth

1. Coffee

Your morning cup of Joe might be a necessity, but coffee contains dark pigments and healthy, but acidic, polyphenols and tannins that can lead to staining and discoloration. Plus, coffee also is very acidic, and acidic foods lead to tooth decay.

2. Tea

Tea has stain-causing tannins. If you sip tea throughout the day, avoid Earl Grey and choose a lighter-colored variety such as an herbal or green tea. To fight against tea stains, research published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene says to add a little milk to your cup. The casein in milk was found to significantly prevent and reduce tea-induced stains.

3. Red Wine

Those same troublesome tannins exist in your favorite glass of vino, too. Try pairing your glass of Pinot Noir with a handful of almonds to help counteract staining. The act of chewing hard foods like nuts can help scrub away plaque from teeth and mitigate staining. Swish out your mouth with water immediately after drinking wine.

4. Berries

Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are very healthy and packed with antioxidants, but due to their darker hues, berries will stain your teeth. Eat berries, but brush right after.

5. Curry

Although the exotic spices taste amazing, those yummy yellow and red spices also tint your teeth, thanks to their deep pigmentation. The best way to prevent staining here is to make curry an “every once in awhile” treat. Your smile will thank you.

6. Hard Candies

Hard candies like Jolly ranchers might be one of the worst foods for your teeth. They are both sticky and acidic. Choose nonsticky dark chocolate instead.

7. Tomato Sauce and Ketchup

Anything that can stain your clothes can stain your teeth. Tomatoes also are acidic. Brush after your spaghetti and meatballs.

8. Cherry and Cranberry Juice

All fruit juice puts your teeth at risk of discoloration, especially when the fruits are richly pigmented like cherries or berries. Not to mention the fact that fruit juice is often high in sugar, which can act as a breeding site for bacteria in your mouth and lead to more dental damage and discoloration.

9. Soda

Regular and diet soda are very acidic to the body and, as a result, are damaging to your dental health. Drinking plain water is the best choice for your teeth. Drinking through a straw may help a little.

10. Balsamic Vinegar and Soy Sauce

Salads are healthy for you, but that balsamic may do a number on your teeth. Not only is balsamic dark in color, but it’s rather sticky and will latch onto teeth, which can lead to staining if it’s not brushed away soon after eating. Avoid too much soy sauce, it stains and contains too much sodium anyway.

11. Beets

Whether you enjoy them in your morning veggie juice or consume them whole, beets can be incredibly staining to the teeth. Brush your teeth after eating beets. You also can try pairing them with foods that are less damaging to your mouth—like cheese! Studies show that cheese can reduce acids in the mouth.

12. Popsicles

Popsicles may be lower in calories than other dessert options, but due to their sugar content and fruit juice base, they will stain your teeth. Chew sugarless gum instead to increase your saliva production, which helps to neutralize and counteract those acid attacks.

13. Gatorade

Some research suggests sports drinks are even more harmful to your smile than sodas. Researchers from New York University found that excessive consumption of these types of drinks can weaken and damage the tissue in your teeth because of a combination of acidic components, sugars, and other additives.

14. Grapes

If wine will turn your smile dark, then you better believe its main ingredient will do the same. Grapes are deeply pigmented fruits and may cause staining when eaten often. Brush after eating grapes.

15. Lemon

Hot water with lemon in the morning has become popular with celebrities. But citrus fruits like lemons or limes are highly acidic and can erode the enamel on your teeth—in turn, revealing yellow dentin tissue below. Avoid acids, drink water.

Dr. Philip A. Gentry, DDS
Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry
Dean’s Faculty, Advanced Education in General Dentistry
Department of General Dentistry,
University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Philip GentryCommunity Service, Education, People, University LifeMarch 21, 20162 comments
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University of Maryland School of Medicine Gala

The 2016 School of Medicine Gala will celebrate our vibrant tradition that has brought forth many extraordinary advances in medicine, further the efforts of promising research endeavors and fuel future growth in our academic and clinical enterprise.

The proceeds from this year’s event will be used to endow scholarships to attract the brightest students, to invest in recruiting and retaining leading physicians and scientists, to advance the efforts of promising research endeavors, and to provide new facilities that are essential to support continued progress of high-tech, interdisciplinary medical education.

Gala Details

Saturday, May 7, 2016
6:30 p.m. to midnight
Baltimore Convention Center

6:30 p.m. Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
8 p.m. Dinner and Program
10 p.m. Dessert, Coffee, and Dancing

Tickets are $200 each.
Dress is Black Tie Optional.

For more information contact Becky Herman at 410-706-5057 or

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National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week 2016

Every year, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to highlight issues that are important to improving public health.

Join the Master of Public Health (MPH) program and Community Public Health Nursing program in celebrating National Public Health Week 2016!

Monday, April 4

#NPHW Photo Session
Noon to 1 p.m.
SMC Campus Center Lobby

Start the trend and spread the word! Take a selfie and add the hashtag: #NPHW or join the MPH progam and the Community Public Health Nursing program as we a hold a photo session where faculty, students, staff, and local community members will get the chance to show that indeed, the healthiest nation starts with me!

Breakfast for Ronald McDonald House
7:30 to 9 a.m.
635 W. Lexington St.

Join the MPH program as we prepare a healthy breakfast for Ronald McDonald House residents. The Ronald McDonald House serves as a “home away from home” for families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. Help relieve one worry for families by preparing a home cooked meal.

Tuesday, April 5

Public Health Research@Maryland 2016
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
University of Maryland, College Park
1220 Stamp Student Union
College Park, MD 20742

The University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, cordially invite you as active participants to explore and learn through poster sessions and panel discussions about recent advances in public health, ongoing research opportunities and the potential for new collaborations. Register now!

Watch “Resistance”
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
School of Nursing, Room 104

The MPH Program and the Community Public Health Nursing Program invites you to watch Resistance, a documentary that explores the emerging pandemic of antibiotic-resistant infection – what is causing it and what’s being done to combat it. The film follows patients, health care providers, and farmers who’ve confronted resistant bacteria; and microbiologist and medical doctors who’re working to develop new solutions to the problem.

Wednesday, April 6

Join the Movement Walk
Noon to 1 p.m.
Meet in School of Nursing Courtyard
655 W. Lombard St.

Influential leaders, companies and organizations are taking important steps to create the healthiest nation. We can also build momentum and show a higher commitment to our nation’s public health! Join the MPH program and the Community Public Health Nursing program as we walk with community members around West Baltimore!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

UMB in the Community

You can make a change by starting in your ZIP code! Check out the complete list of NPHW activities in the community or stop by the MPH Student Services Office in Howard Hall, Suite 135.

Friday, April 8

Got Public Health?
Noon to 2 p.m.
University of Maryland Medical Center Cafeteria
22 S. Greene St., 1st Floor, South Building

Zika Virus? Salmonella? What are the best sources for public health information and news alerts? Stop by the public health booth and learn how to get useful preparedness tips, updates, and health alerts.

Oriyomi DawoduBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, Research, UMB NewsMarch 18, 20160 comments
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