UMB, Dow University in Pakistan Sign Memorandum of Understanding
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in Karachi, Pakistan, and the Dow Graduates of North America (DOGANA) in Hummelstown, Pa., to promote training and research.
The five-year MOU was signed in November 2022 and also includes the exchange of faculty and students for observation, research, teaching, and study. The collaboration aims to encourage intercultural growth and promote actions designed to address global challenges through science, technology, and innovation.
Muhammad M. Mohiuddin, MBBS, professor of surgery and director of the Cardiac Xenotransplantation Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine who is an alumnus of DUHS and president of DOGANA, was instrumental in creating this collaboration.
“I have established arrangements with the Department of Surgery to provide observerships to medical students and am working on establishing a similar program with the Department of Medicine. There will be an opportunity for UMB students also to study abroad at DUHS,” Mohiuddin said.
— Jen Badie
Bindon Receives Regents’ Faculty Award
Susan Bindon, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE, CNE-cl, FAAN, associate professor, associate dean for faculty development, and director of the Institute for Educators in the Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has received a 2023 University System of Maryland (USM) Regents’ Faculty Award.
The award is the highest honor presented by the board to exemplary faculty members. The USM Board of Regents honored 19 members at its institutions.
Bindon, who also is program director of the Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions Certificate, received USM’s Excellence in Teaching Award and was praised for being a mentor and role model.
“Dr. Bindon is highly regarded for her innovative approaches to teaching and her ability to coach and mentor both seasoned and novice faculty to improve student learning,” USM said in a news release announcing the awards. “She is considered a role model in her own right for excellence and innovative teaching.”
USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman, MD, and Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden, MBA, recognized the winners in April. Each award carries a $2,000 prize provided by the institutions and the University System of Maryland Foundation.
“It’s a privilege each year to pay tribute to our outstanding faculty,” Perman said. “The impact of their teaching, their discovery, their scholarship, and service simply can’t be overstated. That our winners have distinguished themselves among tens of thousands of their faculty colleagues across the system makes this a rare honor.”
— Jen Badie
UMB Recognizes Employees for Service, Excellence
For the first time in four years, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) held an in-person Employee Recognition and Service Awards Luncheon, honoring long-serving employees while handing out the Cecil S. Kelly Memorial Employee of the Year Award, James T. Hill Scholarship, and Community Service Award.
The annual event, which was held virtually from 2020 to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attracted a crowd of 200-plus to Westminster Hall this spring including University leaders, Staff Senate members, and Employee of the Month winners who were all nominees for the 2022 Employee of the Year Award. UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, noted that the staff members honored at this gathering “are the ones who make this place go.”
“We rely on you,” Jarrell added. “You really know how UMB works, especially the 111 employees here today who have worked at the University between 20 and 50 years. That’s a lot of institutional knowledge. There are more go-to people in this room than is assembled at any other of our gatherings.”
Among those go-to people are Sarah Woods, research administrator, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UMSOM, who was selected as Employee of the Year; David Callahan, retention engagement specialist, JACQUES Initiative, Institute of Human Virology, UMSOM, who received the James T. Hill Scholarship; and Cpl. Yale Partlow, outreach and intervention officer, UMB Police Department, who won the Community Service Award.
Malika S. Monger, MPA, PHR, associate vice president and chief human resources officer, co-hosted the event with Jarrell and noted that the service award honorees had a combined 2,720 years of working at UMB.
Monger read off the list of employees who celebrated 20-, 25-, 30-, 35-, 40-, and 45-year service milestones in 2022 before bringing two 50-year employees to the stage — Perry Comegys, electron microscopy/histology technician, and Jean Marie Roth, academic program specialist, both from UMSOM — who received standing ovations.
— Lou Cortina