Catalyst Magazine
University of Maryland, Baltimore President Bruce Jarrell
University of Maryland, Baltimore President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS

The President’s Message

May 12, 2021

Dear Friends:

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has not slowed in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As I’ve said before, the people who work, teach, and study here represent the best kind of people — those who believe in service to others and want to improve the human condition. A great example of that service is how UMB has gone from helping to develop COVID-19 vaccines to now administering those same vaccines.

On the CATALYST website, you’ll see the incredible story of how students are getting invaluable hands-on experience preparing the vaccines and vaccinating patients at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center. You also can read about the COVID-19-related research our schools are conducting, including a nursing study on the pandemic’s effects on pregnancy and postpartum care, a team effort by the dental school to write a cutting-edge textbook on global infection control, and the Institute for Innovation and Implementation’s work to improve pediatric telehealth.

Also featured in this issue is the National Center for School Mental Health, which is providing local and national support to schools; School of Law alum Rep. Eric Swalwell, who recounts his role during former President Donald Trump’s impeachment hearing; and the work by medical  student Caroline Benzel and her therapy dog Loki to provide healing kits to front-line workers.

I’m proud to celebrate UMB in this third edition of CATALYST magazine.

CATALYST shows UMB’s common mission and the extraordinary work we do — across the state and around the world. Friends of UMB, I hope CATALYST shows you what your friendship enables, what your support enlarges, what your generosity amplifies.

I hope that you understand the incredible impact the UMB community has — and that you see yourself as part of that community.

So enjoy this third issue of CATALYST. You can access stories at CATALYST online.


Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS

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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

Marketing Manager

Kristi McGuire