Catalyst Magazine

President’s Message

May 4, 2023

Dear Friends:

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is committed to Baltimore. I am committed to Baltimore. We are further embracing our role as an anchor institution for Baltimore. As I mentioned in my State of the University address in November, I believe that Baltimore will thrive when our youth thrive and have hope for their future, when community health is prioritized, and when citizens have increased opportunities to succeed economically. UMB is proud of the work that we do in our community.

In this issue of CATALYST,  you’ll read about some of that work, like the School of Nursing’s partnership with Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Library System to have health care on-site in the library, and the 50th anniversary of the Francis King Carey School of Law’s Clinical Law Program that provides thousands of hours of free legal services to those who need it. Learn more about the School of Dentistry’s Oral Health for Underserved Uninsured Children program, which aims to expand access to dental care for children from Baltimore and surrounding areas, and the School of Pharmacy’s youth tutoring initiative. You’ll read about how the School of Social Work’s  Behavioral Health and Well-Being Lab is helping adults in recovery from opioid use disorders overcome barriers to employment. This is just a sampling of the amazing programs and initiatives across UMB that help strengthen our community and beyond.

This issue includes news about exciting advances from the School of Medicine in the fight against malaria and about the Graduate School’s new MS in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Leadership. You’ll also get a chance to hear from four of UMB’s women deans and get to know more about the equity, diversity and inclusion officers in the schools.

I’m proud to celebrate UMB in this edition of CATALYST magazine. CATALYST shows UMB’s commitment to our mission to improve the human condition and serve the public good — across the state and around the world. Friends of UMB, I hope CATALYST shows you a glimpse of the innovation and discovery that your friendship enables, what your support enlarges, and what your generosity amplifies.

So enjoy this issue of CATALYST.


Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS

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CATALYST magazine

Executive Board

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


Lynne Henry

Managing Editor

Chris Zang

Assistant Editor

Kate Ostrowski

Photography Director

Matthew D’Agostino


Michelle Baffuto

Web Director

Amir Chamsaz

Marketing Manager

Kristi McGuire