Archive for August, 2016


Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Recognition Awards

The UMB President’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) is pleased to announce the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Recognition Awards. These annual awards recognize individual or group achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness, as well as highlight our University’s steadfast commitment to promoting diversity as one of our core values. The recipients’ personal and/or professional work must serve as testament of the ideals epitomized by the life and work of Dr. King.

Award Categories

Three award categories will be presented. Individuals or groups will be recognized in the following categories:

• Outstanding UMB faculty or unit
• Outstanding UMB staff or unit
• Outstanding UMB student or student group

In addition to the underlying principles outlined above, the DAC will use the criteria outlined on the nomination form when evaluating all nominations. Nominators are encouraged to address as many of the criteria as appropriate. Self-nominations are acceptable.

Deadline Information

All nominations are due to Vanessa Fahie, PhD, RN, no later than close of business on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Please pass this on to your constituencies so that all may have the opportunity to nominate.
The University’s MLK/BHM event is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at noon, during which the awards will be presented.

If you have questions, please email Vanessa Fahie, the DAC MLK Jr. Award Committee Chair, or call 6-7501.

Please consider submitting a nomination briefly highlighting the wonderful work of a student, group of students, a staff member or unit, or faculty member or unit. Your nominations will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your commitment to diversity at UMB!

Vanessa Fahie Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, Technology, University LifeAugust 31, 20160 comments
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School of Dentistry

Healthy People Needed for Brain Imaging Study

Are you 18 or older? No history of chronic pain?

If you answered “yes” to these questions then you may be eligible to participate in our study.
As a volunteer you will participate in three sessions of about two hours.

Each visit will include:

  • An MRI of your brain
  • Performance of a computerized attention task
  • Perceptual testing including thresholds for warm, cool, and pain

If interested, please call (410) 706-4049 or email us at

PI: David Seminowicz, PhD

Mariya Prokhorenko People, Research, TechnologyAugust 31, 20160 comments
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Procurement Policy

Changes to Procurement Policies and Procedures

One of the initiatives of the University System of Maryland’s Efficiency and Effectiveness 2.0 Study Group was to review and update the USM Procurement Policies and Procedures. These policies and procedures had not been updated since they were approved and issued on Feb. 9, 2000.

Notable Changes

While there were several changes made to the policies and procedures as a result of this review, of particular note is the raising of the competition level for a procurement from $5,000 to $25,000. Under the previous policy, any procurement greater than $5,000 required competition or justification as a sole source. Under the revised policy these requirements only apply if the procurement is greater than $25,000. Although competition is not required, where time permits a best business practice is to compare prices from multiple vendors prior to submitting a requisition to Procurement Services for processing. This policy change is effective immediately.

Federal Grants and Contracts

At this time the threshold increase does apply to procurement on federal grants and contracts. However, in the future, the Office of Management and Budget could change the federal regulation that affects the procurement competition threshold. We will know more in the coming months.

Corporate Purchasing Card

The escalation in the competition threshold does not affect the Corporate Purchasing Card program which is a State of Maryland program. The single transaction limit still remains $4,999.


Joe Evans, director of procurement services, will be communicating all procurement changes more broadly. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact him at 6-1850 or email

The ElmABAE, People, University AdministrationAugust 31, 20160 comments
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Migraine Headache

Do You Suffer From Migraine Headaches?

To participate, you must:

• Be 18-65 years old
• Have had migraines for at least 1 year
• Experience 4 to 14 headaches per month
• Not be using opioid (“narcotic”) pain medication

To see if you are eligible, you must complete:

• Two screening visits that include:
o Evaluation and questionnaires
o Sensory testing procedures
o One or more MRIs of your brain

• Daily migraine diaries completed online

If you are eligible, the study involves:

• Assignment to one of two stress management groups
o Both groups use nondrug techniques and one group includes mindfulness meditation
o Each group includes 12-13 sessions that will occur over a four-month period

• All examinations, parking, and tests are provided at no cost
• Compensation up to $900, for completing ALL study visits

If interested, please call us at (410) 550-9056
Protocol No.:NA_00091884 / HP-00053524

David A. Seminowicz, PhD, Principal Investigator | University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Jennifer Haythornwaite, PhD, Principal Investigator | Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Mariya Prokhorenko People, ResearchAugust 30, 20160 comments
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American Sign Language

American Sign Language Course

UMB students, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply to participate in the Hearing and Speech Agency’s eight-week American Sign Language – Level 1 & 2 course available at UMB this fall.

Fall classes will consist of ASL 1 & 2, which will meet on Mondays at noon. Individuals interested in ASL 3 & 4 for the spring will need to apply after completing ASL 1 & 2. Applicants must be available for all classes in order to apply. For more information, please email

Greg Brightbill Education, University LifeAugust 30, 20161 comment
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President's Student Leadership Institute

President’s Student Leadership Institute

The President’s Student Leadership Institute is a co-curricular certificate program designed to help students strengthen their leadership skills. If selected, candidates focus on one of the six tracks in which they attend seminars and perform community service.


  • Career Development
  • Effective Leadership
  • Wellness
  • Cultural Competence
  • Sustainable Leadership
  • Community Engagement

Once completed, students receive a certificate, an honor cord for recognition during commencement, and recognition by the University President during our awards banquet.


Greg Brightbill Community Service, Education, UMB News, University LifeAugust 30, 20160 comments
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UMB Day at Oriole Park

Save the date and join us for the fourth annual UMB Day at the Ballpark on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 1:35 p.m. Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays. Kids run the bases (post-game for all fans 14 and under).

Seating Options

Eutaw Street Bleachers (Sections 90-98): $17*
Left Field Lower Box (Sections 66-86): $28*
Lower Reserve (Sections 7-17 & 55-87): $17*
Lower Reserve Between Bases (Sections 19-53, Rows 10-13): $24*
Terrace Box (Sections 1-17, 55-65): $28*
*There is an additional 10 percent service charge per ticket.

Ordering Tickets

1) Click the ordering link.
2) Select a seating location and quantity of tickets.
3) Create a Baltimore Orioles ticket account.
4) Purchase and print your tickets.

For any questions on ADA accessible seating, please call 888-848-BIRD (2473) and ask for the Ticket Services team.

Tickets posted for resale are subject to cancellation. Offer is NOT valid at the Box Office.

For more information, contact the Office of Protocol and Special Events at or 410-706-8035.

Holly BaierFor B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University LifeAugust 29, 20161 comment
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Agnes Ann Feemster

Pharmacy Names New Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning

Agnes Ann Feemster, PharmD, BCPS, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has been named the new assistant dean for experiential learning at the School. A member of the School’s faculty since 2014, Feemster brings more than 15 years of clinical, leadership, and management experience to her new role.

“The Experiential Learning Program (ELP) at the School of Pharmacy is an integral component of our Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum,” says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School. “The program strives to develop in each student pharmacist the professional judgement and competencies needed to meet the responsibilities of a practicing pharmacist in a wide range of settings. Dr. Feemster has served as a preceptor for pharmacy students and residents for 20 years, and has significant experience in health-system pharmacy and management, as well as an outstanding reputation in pharmacy organizations across the state. I am excited to welcome her into her new role, and look forward to all that she is sure to contribute.”

Real World Practice for Pharmacy Students

The Office of Experiential Learning at the School of Pharmacy recruits and oversees preceptors – full-time or part-time pharmacy practitioners and other professionals who serve as affiliate faculty for the School and supervise students during their experiential rotations – as well as manages introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences for students, which account for more than 30 percent of the School’s PharmD curriculum. As assistant dean for experiential learning, Feemster will work with staff in the office to increase the School’s roster of ambulatory care rotations and implement experiences focused on the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners’ Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process and Entrustable Professional Activities.
“Being named assistant dean for experiential learning is an incredible honor, and I am excited for all of the opportunities that the future holds for me in this new role,” says Feemster. “I look forward to working alongside staff in ELP to continue providing high quality preceptors, sites, and services to cultivate the best learning experiences for our students and ensure that they emerge from our program as lifelong learners prepared to advance the pharmacy profession and to meet the current and future health care needs of the patients they serve.”

The Right Person for the Job

Feemster received a bachelor’s degree in pre-professional health studies from Clemson University, and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her PharmD at the University of South Carolina, and later pursued a pharmacy practice residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Her research interests include pharmacy practice management and leadership, medication safety, educational methods and outcomes, pharmacy informatics, global health, and interprofessional education.

Before joining the School of Pharmacy, Feemster was interim director of pharmacy at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she also served as assistant director of clinical pharmacy, investigational drug, and central production services. Now a member of the School’s Curriculum Committee, she leads the pharmacy practice management and health-system pharmacy course in the PharmD program, manages the practice lab experience for first-year student pharmacists, and coordinates the international training program in PPS.

“As one of the top 10 schools of pharmacy in the United States, our School takes pride in fostering students’ success through innovative curricula, superior practical experiences, and professional engagement. This new role represents a tremendous opportunity for me to continue serving our faculty, students, and preceptors in a new, more dynamic capacity,” she adds.

Malissa Carroll Education, People, UMB NewsAugust 29, 20160 comments
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Annual School Supply Drive

It’s school supply buying time again, which also means it’s time for the Staff Senate to begin our annual school supply drive!

The UMB Staff Senate’s Community Outreach Committee is collecting school supplies to distribute to UMB partner elementary schools within Baltimore’s West Side. Look for the blue collection totes in your building/school, or if you would like to host a tote in your building/school, please email Lois Warner. Donations also can be dropped off to Lois at 620 W. Lexington St., 2nd Floor, cubicle 2B05.

The last day to donate is Wednesday, Aug. 31. Don’t forget to take advantage of Maryland Tax-free Week, Aug. 14-20!

If you don’t have time to shop – the Staff Senate has an Community Outreach Funding page where you can make a secure donation (and receive a receipt).

Thank you and happy shopping!

The Staff Senate

Lois WarnerBulletin Board, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAAugust 29, 20160 comments
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Social Justice and Our Community

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will offer a service-learning course to all UMB students for the fall 2016 semester.

Students will receive hands-on, professional experience with community health programs by working with partner organizations in the community surrounding UMB.

Through service learning students will learn how community health programs are developed, organized, implemented, and evaluated as well as how interprofessional teams successfully function, how to interact with individuals and groups living in our community, and how to report on their observations to peers and supervisors.

Students who wish to take this course will register through their school’s normal registration process.

Course Description and Requirements

Course Name: CIPP 970: Interprofessional Service, Social Justice, and Our Community
Semester Offered: Fall 2016
Course Credit: 1 credit hour (tuition free)
Hosting School: University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate School
Instructor: Jane Lipscomb PhD, RN
Office Telephone: 410-706-7647

Course Introduction & Goals

This course links the experiential with the theoretical by providing hands-on professional experience in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s surrounding community.  Students from all University programs are encouraged to enroll in this course.

Providing true service-learning is the ultimate goal of this course in which students will learn by providing for the expressed need of the community.  Students will learn how community health programs (broadly defined) are developed, organized, implemented and evaluated, how interprofessional teams successfully function, how to interact with individuals and groups living in our community, as well as how to report back their observations to peers and supervisors.  Students will work with organizations with which the University has formed partnerships to meet the course learning objectives.  Students will be required to reflect on the service-learning experience in formal written reflections.

Service learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. Reflection is a key element of service learning. It is one of the elements that differentiates service learning from community service. Equally important in differentiating service learning from community service is reciprocity between the person providing the service and the person receiving the service. Through the reciprocity associated with service learning, students gain a better sense of belonging to that community while community members are empowered to address and advocate for their own needs.

Course Co- Pre-Requisites

Co-registration in CIPP 971 encouraged.

Course Requirements

Students will be matched with at least one student from another professional school and select from among several community-based projects underway at the UMB Community Engagement Center for their service learning experience. All students will spend some of the required hours “out in the community” meeting our neighbors, where they live, work, and play. Each student, under the mentorship of CEC staff, will complete a total of 40 hours of service-learning, a minimum of five hours of classroom training (with faculty), and a series of assignments (see Grading below). The classroom content will include principles of service learning, community engagement and strategies for working in a reciprocal relationship with community partners. Students will work in small inter-professional groups two to three students for their service learning/project.

Class Meetings

We will meet in-person 3 times over the course of the semester. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Community Engagement Center (1 N. Poppleton St. – BioPark area).  During this meeting students will receive an orientation to the class, principles of service learning and your Southwest Baltimore neighbors/community. All meetings will take place in the Community Engagement Center.  The second meeting will serve as a mid-semester group check in and peer mentoring.  The final meeting will be a presentation about your “take home” product and discuss your experiences in the course.

To get the full course syllabus, contact Jane Lipscomb. 



Jane LipscombClinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, Research, USGAAugust 26, 20160 comments
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Three School of Nursing Faculty and an Alumna Elected to Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland Board

Three University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty members and an alumna were recently elected to the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland’s (NPAM) Board of Directors for the 2016-17 term. Faculty members Veronica Gutchell, DNP ‘13, CNS, CRNP, assistant professor; Ameera Chakravarthy, MS, BSN ’02, CRNP, clinical instructor; and Roseann Velez, DNP, FNP-BC ’99, assistant professor; and alumna Sonia P. Brown, DNP ‘15, MS ’99, ACNP-BC, were selected to the board.

About Gutchell

Gutchell, NPAM’s president, serves as chief executive officer, NPAM’s principle representative and spokesperson, and chairperson of the board of directors and the executive committee. She also presides over all NPAM meetings, with the exception of district meetings; appoints members, with the approval of the board; serves on committees, special assignments, and task forces; and fills vacant positions within NPAM’s leadership. Additionally, Gutchell establishes ad hoc committees/task forces, serves as an ex-officio member of all committees and task forces, except for the nominations committee, and delegates appropriate duties to the executive director.

About Brown, Chakravarthy, and Velez

Brown, who is serving as president-elect, assumes the duties of the president during absences or when the president is unable to perform the duties of office, serves on the finance committee, and performs other duties as assigned by the president. Velez, who is NPAM’s secretary, records the proceedings of all meetings for the board of directors, executive committee, membership, or president; provides meeting minutes; and with the assistance of the editorial board and the association manager, oversees the publication of The Oracle. As treasurer, Chakravarthy presides over the finance committee; assumes responsibility and accountability for NPAM’s fiscal affairs; presents a budget annually to the board; provides budgetary reports to the board and executive committee; and oversees disbursement of funds with approval from the board of directors.

Ensuring the Highest Quality of Health Care

“We are extremely proud that three alumnae from the School of Nursing—three of whom are also faculty members—have been elected to serve as officers of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Through their volunteer service to NPAM as president, president-elect, secretary, and treasurer respectively, Dr. Gutchell, Dr. Brown, Dr. Velez, and Ms. Chakravarthy are emblematic of the national focus on nurses assuming leadership positions in organizations that are advancing health. I know that they will do an outstanding job in supporting the important work that NPAM is doing to ensure the highest quality of health care for Maryland residents and advance the role of nurse practitioners in meeting the needs of our communities.”

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, People, UMB News, University LifeAugust 25, 20160 comments
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Email Library

New School Year, New Safe IT Reminders

While many of us have been vacationing, cyber criminals have been honing their tools and schemes to compromise data and steal identities.  Here are a few reminders of how to safely use personal technology and the Internet.

Keep a Clean Machine

  • Keep Security Software Current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • Automate Software Updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
  • Protect All Devices That Connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web‐enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Plug and Scan: USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.

Protect Your Personal Information

  • Secure Your Accounts: Ask for protection beyond passwords. Many account providers now offer additional ways for you verify who you are before you conduct business on that site.
  • Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.
  • Unique Account, Unique Password: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.
  • Write it Down and Keep it Safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer.
  • Own Your Online Presence: Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit how and with whom you share information.

Connect With Care

  • When in Doubt, Throw it Out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email.
  • Get Savvy About Wi-Fi Hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.
  • Protect Your Money: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the site is security enabled. Look for web addresses with https://, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “Http://” is not secure.
Chris Phillips TechnologyAugust 25, 20160 comments
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UMB CURE Scholars Program: Become a Mentor Today!

The UMB CURE Scholars Program officially concluded its pilot year on July 31, culminating with a six-week summer component. The rising seventh-grade scholars participated in activities that included trips to the B&O Railroad Museum, the Koshland Science Museum, the National Institutes of Health labs in Bethesda, Bon Secours Hospital, and Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation in Whiteford. They also enjoyed lessons taught by Michelle Giglio, PhD, associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and researchers at the Maryland Proton Treatment Center. The scholars demonstrated proficiency this summer by creating thoughtful poster presentations, building dynamic robots and rockets, and giving oral presentations.

Major Outcomes

Major outcomes for year one in the UMB CURE Scholars Program include a 92.7 percent scholar retention rate, a 98.2 percent mentor retention rate, an average increase in school attendance, an average increase in performance and growth on standardized assessments, and overwhelming support from family and community members. In large part, the success of CURE is due to its mentors from all across the UMB campus who have supported students academically, socially, and emotionally.

The second cohort of CURE scholars will be admitted on Oct. 1 and the program is in need of mentors from the UMB community and elsewhere in the city. Mentors serve as a vital component to continue our work with underserved children. Learn more by attending an informational Lunch and Learn session on Sept. 13 at noon in the SMC Campus Center, Room 349, or Sept. 29 at 11:15 a.m. in the Saratoga Building, 14th floor boardroom. Register at, where donations also can be made and mentor applications can be processed.

Lauren Kareem Community Service, EducationAugust 25, 20160 comments
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Dean Chang

President’s Symposium: Dr. Dean Chang Entrepreneurship: Yesterday’s Alternative Career Path, Tomorrow’s De Facto Career Path

Recent years have seen a spate of new entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives throughout industry, academia, and even government. One of the main drivers for this trend is economic development with startups historically being the primary source of new job creation in this country. But what does this mean for careers, particularly for students in majors not typically associated with entrepreneurship? Not everyone can or wants to start a company.

This talk will delve into innovation and entrepreneurship as a set of tools and a mindset that can be applied to solving tough challenges in small companies, large companies, non-profits, the public sector, and anywhere else. These methods and mindsets can be taught and developed, and a growing number of schools have adopted design thinking and lean startup as a means to do so.

With this broader view, entrepreneurship isn’t just an alternative career path into the world of startup companies. Instead innovation and entrepreneurship can enable anyone to make a significant and lasting impact no matter where they end up in their careers, whether it’s in industry, academia, government, or elsewhere. In that respect, innovation and entrepreneurship might eventually become the de facto career path for all students, regardless of major.


Dean’s passion is helping students and researchers discover and cultivate the innovator and entrepreneurial mindset inside of them through design thinking, lean startup, and team-based experiential learning. He is the University of Maryland, College Park’s (UMCP) founding associate vice president for the Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (AIE), reporting to the President and Provost and tasked with engaging all 37,000 students in all 12 colleges in innovation. He is a PI and instructor in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) I-Corps Node program and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ IdeaLab Ignite program. He develops and teaches I&E curriculum for high school and college students, university researchers, and government agencies.

Prior to UMCP, Dean spent 15 years in Silicon Valley where he served dual roles as the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Gaming Business of Immersion Corporation. He joined Immersion as employee #4 and helped transform the venture-backed, Stanford University robotics lab spinout into a publicly traded (NASDAQ: IMMR), world-leading licensor of haptics technology embedded in hundreds of millions of products from companies like Microsoft, Apple, BMW, Samsung, and Electronic Arts.

Dean holds over 40 U.S. and international patents; contributes regularly at innovation and education conferences; and has written freelance articles for the Huffington Post, BusinessWeek Online, the Startup America Partnership, and Computer magazine. Dean received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT and an M.S. and Ph.D in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He also holds an MBA with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Palmer Scholar.

Register for this event!

Dean Chang Research, Technology, University Life, USGAAugust 25, 20160 comments
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