Catalyst Magazine

CURE Scholar: “I Want to Help Other People Get Through What I’ve Been Through”

Lynijah was one of 36 UMB CURE Scholars who traveled to Annapolis on Jan. 28, 2019, for Advocacy Day, which allowed them to present their cancer research posters to prominent Maryland lawmakers.

Ex-Major Leaguer Joins Dental Student Lineup

Having already reached the best of the best in baseball by making it to the major leagues, Justin Maxwell, after a seven-year MLB career, now is striving to do the same in dentistry.

Doing Away with Cancer … in a FLASH

A revolutionary, non-invasive treatment using an external beam of protons delivered in high doses, called “FLASH Therapy,” is designed to attack tumors with protons delivered at ultra-high dose rates and with pinpoint accuracy.

Cover Story: How UMB is revitalizing West Baltimore

Photo by Matthew D’Agostino

Connecting Neighbors to Jobs

After an eight-hour shift, Ayisha Harris has a half hour to get to her second full-time job as a housekeeper in the Bressler Research Building at UMB.

Cpl. Lewis and Black Cherry Puppet Theater’s Michael Lamason help some PAL kids create a storyboard for a puppet show.

Making a PAL-pable Difference

When Cpl. Hazel Lewis walks into the UMB's Community Engagement Center (CEC) on a weekday afternoon she is always greeted with a chorus of excited elementary school children.

Photo by Jena Frick

Port to Discovery

Like any devoted parent, Lekisha McCray wants to take her children to exciting places where they can have fun and explore.

Stephanie Bowe likes that she can bike to work from her new home in Union Square.

A Neighborly Thing to Do

The improved LNYW Program offers eligible employees a UMB grant of $16,000 — plus a matching grant of $2,500 from the city of Baltimore — to help with closing costs and down payments.

Feature Stories

Photo by Matthew D’Agostino

Ex-Major Leaguer Joins Dental Student Lineup

Having already reached the best of the best in baseball by making it to the major leagues, Justin Maxwell, after a seven-year MLB career, now is striving to do the same in dentistry.

Photo by Matthew D’Agostino

“They Saved My Life”

To say that Gary Gardiner Jr. is a fan of the medical team at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is more than an understatement.

Photo by Jena Frick

The Blessings of “Miss Evelyn”

Kayla Wyche is an endearing eighth-grader at Green Street Academy, a self-described “cheerful seed” who brightens the lives of those around her.

Fire Department medics attend to Theresa Springfield in her home.

House Calls: UMB Partners to Deliver Mobile Care

For someone who is ailing, even bedridden, and lives alone, there’s rarely a more welcome visitor than a member of a new health care team that makes house calls to ease that transition.

Also in this issue

Photo by Matthew D’Agostino

Learning Teamwork, One Giggle at a Time

A cute 19-month-old named Claudine stole the show as the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE) held its seventh annual IPE Day on April 3.

Photo by Tom Jemski

UMBrella Reigns

The UMBrella Group reached for the stars and mixed in a little candlelight in its highlight event of 2019, turning the annual Women’s History Month celebration into a daylong symposium.

Photo by Alex Likowski

“Art Brings All of Us Together”

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) first piece of public art stands proudly at the corner of Baltimore and Pine streets, a 30-foot-tall kinetic sculpture by artist Eric Peltzer.

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Photo by Laura Lee

Breath of Fresh Air

AlgenAir was joined by five other groups of fellow business-minded students for the Grid Pitch, which is described as a “celebration of ideas and student entrepreneurs.”

Photo by Alex Likowski

TEDx: Out of the (Cereal) Box

Ten speakers from the UMB community took the stage to share their innovative ideas across a wide scope of subject areas united under a single theme.

Students Take Aim at Gun Violence

Findings related to how UMB can impact gun violence in Baltimore City were released by this year’s President’s Fellows.

Student Counsel

In Dr. Perman’s State of the University Address in May 2019, he kept coming back to one phrase: “Believe students.” Believe students when they tell us how they feel.

Photo by Gabriela Kahrl

Clinic Steps Up for Immigrants

To understand the work of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, listen to the tale of J.R., whose name has been changed to protect his privacy.

Photo by Coyle Studios / 2017

How Biotech Thrives at the BioPark

For more than a decade, Paragon Bioservices has made the UM BioPark its headquarters, growing from 30 employees to nearly 400.

Spotlight on Philanthropy

Steve Fader of MileOne AutoGroup in Towson issued a challenge that resulted in two 15-passenger vans gifted to UMB for use by its Police Athletic/Activities League, the Community Engagement Center, and other University programs.

You Made It Happen, You Can Make It Happen

Read over a highlight of recent major gifts to UMB, and learn how the impact that your gift can have on a variety of the University's programs and initiatives.

Thought Leaders at UMB: Where ideas come together

CATALYST magazine

Executive Board

Lynne Henry, Laura Kozak, Larry Kushner, Jennifer Litchman, Thomas Sullivan, Kate Tafelski


Lynne Henry

Managing Editor

Chris Zang

Assistant Editor

Kate Tafelski

Photography Director

Matthew D’Agostino


Michelle Baffuto

Web Director

Amir Chamsaz

Digital Content Manager

Brandon Desiderio

Marketing Manager

Kristi McGuire