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Third-year dental student Elizabeth Chen offers Jermaine Blackwell-Smith, a student at Baltimore’s Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School, a few pointers about dentistry. The activity was part of Planet Smilez, a week of hands-on summer activities organized at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and aimed at introducing middle school youths to the oral health professions.

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At the 2019 Founders Week Gala, then-UMB President Jay Perman (far right) presented the inaugural Catalyst for Excellence Awards to (from left) Harry Knipp, Robert Ord, Robert Kim, Beth O’Connell, Terry Gyi, Betsy Krieger, and David Kandel for their outstanding commitment to philanthropy and progress at the University.

The UMB CURE Scholars Program now serves over 100 scholars across five cohorts of students from sixth through 10th grade. The scholars, their families, mentors, and staff commemorated this milestone and their academic success at the Winter Wonderland celebration.

UMB Confronts Chronic Pain. In 2019, UMB experts engaged the community in conversation around chronic pain and the interdisciplinary research being conducted to find solutions.

Photo By Mary Phelan

After 14 years, Richard Barth, PhD, MSW, is stepping down as dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year and will transition into a faculty position. To honor his impact on the social work profession, lead donors and Dean Barth and his brothers have created the Richard P. Barth Professorship in Children’s Services Research.

In 2019, the University of Maryland School of Nursing celebrated 130 years of impact on nursing education and its continued leadership in the state and around the world.

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Kate Ostrowski

Kate Ostrowski, MPP, is the associate director, foundation operations and compliance, and board relations, in the Office of Philanthropy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

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