Week of February 23, 2015
The Bulletin is published weekly by the Office of University Communications.
In This Issue
Dr. Kenneth Sossa Receives Faculty Scholarship Funding
RI Member Publishes Memoir of Silk Road Journeys
Wear Red This Friday
See the World! Study Abroad
Dr. Sabita Persuad Presented with Service-Learning Faculty Advocate Award
Spring 2015 Academic Success Workshops
Black History Month
The CFR&D Faculty Research and Development Fund Committee is very pleased to announce that Associate Professor Dr. Kenneth Sossa in the School of Arts & Sciences has been awarded a grant to further his research project, Localizing Specific Molecules Involved in Neuronal Plasticity in Gromphadorhina Portentosa. This project is one of a continuing series of studies that will explore how experience shapes the nervous system of insects. In this study he seeks to determine the location and function of diverse molecules in sensory neuron adaptation, using the Giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroach as his subject. In addition to the basic science research component of this proposal, a deeper understanding of the cockroach nervous system could provide the insight required for the development of specific pest control drugs. Congratulations Dr. Sossa!
Maria Drumm, a Renaissance Institute member and coordinator of courses at RI, has recently had her 10-year experiences travelling the Silk Road published. Her amazing story, Silk Road Journeys, takes the reader into 1,000-year-old Buddhist caves in Western China, to India, across the Taklamakan Desert and over the Pamir Mountains into Uzbekistan, to Sri Lanka, to Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam. This is a remarkable adventure and a unique presentation.
Maria is an attorney, mother of six and grandmother of nine. After a 20-year career in law, she retired and taught International Trade and Cross-Cultural Communication at Anhui University of Trade and Economics in Bengbu, China. She has also taught in India. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities and has received the coveted Yellow Mountain Award from the Chinese Government for her teaching. Her Renaissance courses have been based on her travelling and cultural experiences and are entertaining as well as enlightening.
For the Spring semester, however, she is taking a new direction. In conjunction with another long-term teacher and published poet and writer, Elizabeth Fanto, Maria will be teaching a six-week course entitled Publishing Your Book. It would appear that a number of RI members are thinking about becoming published authors, as the class has a waiting list.
1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year
80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes
On Friday, Feb. 27th
Help the School of Nursing-Student Circle
Celebrate American Heart Month
Wear Red to raise awareness surrounding heart disease.
Take a moment to care for yourself
Get your blood pressure checked between
in Doyle Lobby.
In the fall, seven (six pictured) Notre Dame of Maryland University Women’s College students embarked on journeys to diverse parts of the world to study abroad. Each spent a full academic semester in one of the following locations: Australia, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom. They recently gathered to share their experiences.
NDMU students have access to hundreds of study abroad opportunities in more than 35 countries. There are full semester opportunities, six week internships, summer service learning options, and faculty led short-term trips (approximately 10 days). For more information about these programs, the application process, and the many scholarships and awards available, please speak with:
Dr. Melissa Sokol, Assistant Director of Study Abroad
- In person: Monday-Friday, 8:15am-4:15pm, FIC 013
- Telephone: 410-532-5561
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Sabita Persaud, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, was presented with the Service-Learning Faculty Advocate Award at the Feb. 10 celebration of Notre Dame Day. The award is given to a faculty member who has incorporated service-learning into a least one course, helped foster student commitment to serving the community, and facilitated student reflection as a mechanism for understanding the value and connectedness between service-learning and course learning objectives.
In presenting the award, Dr. Rebecca Sawyer, VP for Student Life, noted that Dr. Persaud, after attending an intensive service learning workshop/conference at Loyola University Maryland in the summer of 2013, implemented a service learning opportunity for Nursing Research students, taking 15 volunteers to the Wolfe Street Academy and others to the Baltimore Curriculum Project.
"After their experience of designing and implementing academic games and tutoring, she asked the students to reflect on their experiences and perceptions and apply those insights to the concept of bias in qualitative research studies," Dr. Sawyer said. "In addition, a cohort of RN to BSN students from Kernan Hospital planned and implemented a health fair for families at the Academy. Service-learning activities are ongoing in Sabita’s classes and she continues the School of Nursing long history of service in Community Health courses, which are taught by a number of nursing faculty."
Congratulations, Dr. Persaud, and thank you for continuing Notre Dame's commitment to service learning!
You’re invited to attend our Spring Academic Workshop Series, featuring a variety of presentations to enhance your NDMU experience. All are welcome to any and all of the sessions – students, faculty, and staff.
Thursday, Feb. 26, 12:15-1:30 pm
MBK Dance Studio
Dr. David Hoovler
Understanding the Impact of Interpersonal Relationships on Your College Success
~Co-sponsored by the Counseling Center~
Wednesday March 18
Corey Molzon, M.S., and Sara Tafeen, M.S., Counselors
The Pitfalls of Procrastination
Tuesday, March 24
MBK Seminar Room
Dr. David Hoovler
Wednesday, April 8
Dr. Janice Bonner
Preparing for Final Exams
Wednesday, April 15
Jessie Sell, M.A., M.S., Director of Academic Support
The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement has scheduled a number of activities to commemorate the celebration of Black History Month during February. Mark your calendar and plan to attend!
Join us in Knott Auditorium on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. for free movie screenings:
February 25: The Butler
Learn about the history of soul food while enjoying it for lunch every Thursday in Doyle Dining Hall.
MBK 203 will feature a mini-Black History Month exhibit with the following weekly themes:
February 22-28: Black Leaders Trivia
Dr. Kwadwo Amankwa, Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences was awarded board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist
Dr. Paulo Carvalho, Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Research
Dr. Nicole Culhane, Director of Experiential Education & Associate Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences, was appointed as Editor of the AACP Experiential Education Section Newsletter.
Dr. Andrea Gauld, Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences was awarded board certification as an ambulatory care pharmacist
Dr. Anne Lin, Dean & Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences was appointed to the Editorial Board of the new e-journal Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice
Dr. Ashley Moody, Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences was awarded board certification as an ambulatory care pharmacist
Dr. Paul Vitale, Interim Chair & Associate Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences was appointed to the Board of Directors of CARE Pharmacies which is a national pharmacy consortium of over 80 different pharmacies
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Ashley Yee ’16, Amanda Welk ’16 presented a poster presentation “Retrospective look into the health literacy and polypharmacy of homeless men enrolled in a substance abuse facility” at the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in December 2014.
Alexandra Varga ’15, Stefan Varga ’15 presented a poster presentation “Best practices for pharmacist-led medication reconciliation in the outpatient setting: a systematic reviews” at the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in December 2014
Alexandra Varga ’15 presented a poster presentation “Development of a student pharmacist-conducted medication reconciliation program in an outpatient oncology clinic” at the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in December 2014
Karel Sinoben ’15, Sylvia Okrzesik ’15 presented a poster presentation “Balancing utility versus disuse of medications with surgery admission order sets” at the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in December 2014
Christina Haddad ’16, Sheen Chou ’15 presented a poster presentation “CE presentation on key differences in the updated hypertension guideline – a chapter project” at the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in December 2014
The Baltimore Sun, Host of Workers, Volunteers Helping in the Extreme Cold. Dr. Stacey Peterson, who chairs NDMU's Communications Arts department, is featured on the front page of The Baltimore Sun as she made her rounds making deliveries for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland in this bitter cold.