Catalyst Magazine

President’s Message

Dear Friends,  

Welcome to the latest edition of CATALYST, a showcase of our collective achievements, innovations, and unwavering spirit that defines the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). This issue highlights remarkable innovations and milestones from across schools and departments, recognizing the invaluable contributions of our students, faculty, and staff. 

Innovation and discovery are extensive at UMB. The School of Medicine’s $29 million research to improve health outcomes in people who are hospitalized with infectious complications after injecting opioid drugs and the School of Pharmacy leading an effort to create a new research tool to advance health equity are just two examples. In this edition, you’ll also read about artificial intelligence-assisted diagnostics at the School of Dentistry and about UMB’s work around the globe.  

The seven schools at this great university are guided by our common mission to improve the human condition and serve the public good. Learn about alumna Fahren Nipple, MS, an autopsy assistant in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Maryland and the assistant program director for the Master of Science in Forensic Medicine at the Graduate School. You also can read about the University’s new “Climate Change, Health, and Society” elective and the Francis King Carey School of Law’s 200th anniversary.  

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is a dynamic community of scholars, innovators, and leaders, and I’m proud to celebrate them in this edition of CATALYST magazine. Friends of UMB, I hope that CATALYST inspires you as you read about the work that your support and generosity make happen every day in Baltimore and beyond.  


Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS 
University of Maryland, Baltimore

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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