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Thu, 05/06/2021
WorkSource Montgomery

In this blog post from WorkSource Montgomery, Jacob Vogelhut shares how he quickly landed a job with ThermoFisher Scientific in Rockville, MD after losing his job of the last 15 years in the hospitality industry amid the pandemic. Jacob describes how he embraced his circumstances and went forth to complete a four-week Biotech Bootcamp program offered by UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove — a pilot program providing entry-level biotechnology training to county residents displaced due to COVID-19 .


University of Maryland, Baltimore
Fri, 02/12/2021
University of Maryland, Baltimore - School of Nursing

In this news release from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, it is announced that the school has received the largest gift in its history, a $13.83 million commitment from Bill and Joanne Conway through their Bedford Falls Fund to create an additional 345 Conway Scholarships across all degree programs. The gift also includes $1 million to support a renovation of the nursing building at the Universities at Shady Grove campus.


Universities at Shady Grove
Fri, 01/08/2021
Maryland Matters

In this commentary by Dr. Anne Khademian and her counterparts, Dr. Eileen Abel and Mark Halsey, the three emphasize the importance of regional centers to higher education as our lives have transformed to a “new normal” with the global pandemic.

The full article, published on January 8, 2021, can be found below in Maryland Matters.


Universities at Shady Grove
Thu, 12/17/2020
Architecture DC Winter 2020 Edition

In this feature article by Ronald O'Rourke in Architecture DC, the Universities at Shady Grove's Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Education Facility is recognized for its innovative environmental design features. The BSE has acheived LEED NC-2009 Platinum Certification – the LEED system's highest level of certification, and boasts a six-story, 228,000-square-foot building with a design that was created to promote a sense of wellbeing among its occupants, and biophilia, a term that refers to a hypothesized innate human desire or tendancy to commune with nature.

The full article can be found below in the Winter 2020 edition of Architecture DC, on pages 34-38.


University of Maryland, College Park
Thu, 12/10/2020
University of Maryland, College Park

In this news release by the University of Maryland, College Park’s (UMCP) Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJS), it is announced that the institution’s very own, Dr. Wendy Stickle from the Shady Grove campus, participated in the Universitas21 Early Career Researchers Workshop: Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking, and Forced Labor

Researchers from around the world came together at the University of Nottingham and presented a research project in which the winners were awarded funding to conduct further research. Dr. Stickle was awarded funding to conduct research on modern slavery in Northern Africa and Italy.

The full article, published on UMCP’s CCJS website, can be found below.


Universities at Shady Grove
Tue, 09/15/2020
Bethesda Magazine

In this article by Bethesda Magazine, it is announced that Dr. Anne Khademian, a presidential fellow and processor at Virginia Tech, will take over as the Universities at Shady Grove’s (USG) new executive director. Having been drawn to USG because of its focus on helping first-generation and underrepresented students participate in higher education, she aims to advance the campus and strengthen partnerships with community organizations.

The full article, published on September 15, 2020, can be found below on the Bethesda Magazine website.


Universities at Shady Grove
Tue, 04/07/2020

In this article by Linda Velazquez on Greenroofs.com, the Universities at Shady Grove’s (USG) indoor living wall, located in its newest building, the Biomedical Sciences & Engineering (BSE) education facility is recognized as a feature project. Designed by Cooper Carry and Lake Flato, the installation combines living architecture and art, where viewers ascend the staircase leading them to the exterior Piney Brand Water Garden. Throughout the living wall, there are sculpted aluminum panels that are “abstractions based on natural patterns...found within the BSE building and the regional biotech cluster.”

The full article, published on April 9, 2020, can be found below at Greenroofs.com.


Universities at Shady Grove
Mon, 11/25/2019
The Washington Post

In this article by Nick Anderson in The Washington Post, the Universities at Shady Grove’s (USG newest academic building, the Biomedical Sciences & Engineering (BSE) facility is featured. The BSE is a $175 million, 220,000 square-foot building that will double the footprint of the USG campus, and offer new degree programs such as clinical dental hygiene, cybersecurity, and translational life science technology. The BSE allows students to work with the latest lab equipment, and serve the community under the supervision of their home institution.

The full article, published November 10, 2019, can be found below.


Universities at Shady Grove
Thu, 11/21/2019
UMB News

Gov. Larry Hogan, higher education leaders, students, and local elected officials were among those celebrating expanded opportunity for Marylanders as the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and other institutions unveiled new programs and services on Nov. 7 in Montgomery County, Md.

The occasion was the grand opening of the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Education Facility at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville. The $175 million, state-of the art building includes a community dental clinic that the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) will open to patients in January.

(View a video below and a photo gallery.)

UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, was joined by Mark A. Reynolds, DDS, PhD, MA, dean and professor, UMDOD, at the event that featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours, and demonstrations for visitors to the dental suite by UMSOD students.

Third-year School of Dentistry students Ben Horn, left, and Sahar Nesvarderani demonstrate techniques for guests during the grand opening of the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Facility at the Universities at Shady Grove.

Third-year School of Dentistry students Ben Horn, left, and Sahar Nesvarderani demonstrate techniques for guests during the grand opening of the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Facility at the Universities at Shady Grove.

“The School of Dentistry’s new educational programs and clinical facility at USG will expand our ability to educate highly skilled clinical practitioners and leaders in oral health care as well as improve access to dental services for underserved residents of Montgomery County,” Reynolds said.
BSE is a six-level, 220,000-square-foot facility that will double the footprint of the campus and enable USG to increase enrollment capacity from its current 3,000-plus students to more than 7,500 over the next several years, according to USG. The campus houses programs of nine institutions in the University System of Maryland (USM).

The event began with a luncheon and panel discussion for invited guests. The moderator was Christopher P. Austin, MD, director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health and a member of the USG board of advisers. Panelists were the presidents of institutions with expanded offerings in BSE, including Perman; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Freeman Hrabowski, PhD; and the University of Maryland, College Park’s Wallace D. Loh, PhD, JD.

In keeping with the mission of BSE, their subject was STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math — and medicine). Addressing the additional “M” in STEMM, Perman said, “I often tell medical students looking ahead toward 40 years or so of practice, that if they want to enjoy a career in medicine, they need to crave what they learned in basic science.”

Perman also asked a rhetorical question. “What’s this building going to do for Montgomery County, the state, and for our learners at UMB?”

“A lot,” he declared, supplying his own answer before describing the expanded dental offerings, including patient care to bolster oral health in the region.

UMSOD is introducing two innovative programs to educate and train future leaders who will work interprofessionally to address oral and systemic health connections and improve patient outcomes.

  • The Clinical Dental Hygiene Leader Program (CDHL), in which coursework begins in June, becomes the only Master of Science (MS) degree in dental hygiene in the state. Through this two-year, dual-degree program, qualified college graduates can obtain both a second Bachelor of Science degree and the MS, producing dental hygienists who can assume key leadership roles in a variety of clinical, educational, public health, and health care settings.
  • The Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Oral Health Science Program, to be offered beginning in fall 2020, is for non-dental health care professionals who want to build core oral health competencies to better respond to patients’ needs and more holistically manage patient care.

The new clinic is expected to provide oral health care to 3,000 to 4,000 patients, many of whom are currently underserved and eligible for services on a reduced-fee basis. The suite of 24 dental chairs and adjoining operatory facilities will enable UMSOD to provide comprehensive dentistry for adults and children, with treatment by UMSOD postdoctoral residents, general dentistry students, and dental and dental hygiene students under UMSOD faculty supervision.

USM Chancellor Robert L. Caret, PhD, in remarks to several hundred guests assembled for the ribbon-cutting, noted that the clinic becomes one of the largest community dental clinics in the state. What’s more, its function helps USM fulfill its mission. “Universities have three primary roles,” he said, the first being education and the second economic vitality. “The third is social well-being of the region in which they reside. This kind of facility allows us to do all three of those things in ways that would not be possible without them.”

USG executive director Stewart Edelstein, PhD, said, “The BSE is about science — science on display — and teaching the application of science to improve the human condition.” He noted that an entire floor (the second) is devoted to health and medical education and described amenities in the community dental clinic while inviting guests to see for themselves.

Awaiting them in the UMSOD simulation laboratory adjacent to the clinic were Katherine Perez Sandoval, Megan Didion, Fahimeh Razian, and Meskerem Melorea, members of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2020; and Sahar Nesvarderani and Ben Horn, members of the Doctor of Dental Surgery Class of 2021.

Nesvarderani commented on the advantages of becoming familiar with the latest equipment and technology, such as lightweight, air-driven hand pieces. Didion also expressed students’ appreciation for the state-of the-art technology. “The more practice we get, the better our clinical skills are going to be,” she said.

Razian, Melorea, and Perez Sandoval all spoke of how the new offerings in dental hygiene will broaden opportunities for those in the area who wish to enter the career, saving time, energy, and costs. “People won’t have to go long distances from home to get the education they need,” said Perez Sandoval.

Sharing a work station, Horn and Nesvarderani demonstrated, among other techniques, how students learn by using a typodont, or model of the oral cavity, for a guest who lives nearby at a residence for the elderly.

With its new academic programs and clinic at USG, Reynolds noted, “The School of Dentistry will be drawing upon its expert faculty as well as the unique interprofessional opportunities found at the USG campus to prepare graduates for successful careers in emerging new models of multidisciplinary health care delivery.”

In addition to the new dentistry programs, UMB offerings at USG include programs of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Universities at Shady Grove
Thu, 11/21/2019
Business Wire

ROCKVILLE, Md.--()--The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) – a regional campus of the University System of Maryland that offers degree programs from nine different Maryland public universities – celebrated today the opening of its fourth academic building, a $175 million, state-of-the-art Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) education facility.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, USM Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden, University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret, university presidents from around the state, USG Executive Director Stewart Edelstein, and the USG Board of Advisors were joined by an array of elected officials, business and community leaders, faculty, staff and students for the grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting. Hundreds attended the grand opening event, which was followed by tours of the BSE and a STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medical studies) Showcase to highlight programs that partner universities will be bringing to the new facility, as well as area science and technology businesses that are partnering with USG.

USG is a regional higher education center of the University System of Maryland that offers approximately 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs from nine different state universities, all on one convenient, full-service campus in Rockville. Students who attend USG pursue and earn their degrees directly from the partner universities that offer the programs on the campus. For undergraduate students, the university programs offered at USG provide third- and fourth-year classes toward a bachelor’s degree. Most students who attend the undergraduate programs at USG transfer from Montgomery College or another college, after completing the first two years of their coursework.

The new BSE building will provide USG the opportunity to expand educational offerings and degrees in the STEMM fields, including new programs from UMBC in life sciences, cybersecurity and engineering; from the University of Maryland, College Park, including the Clark School of Engineering; and from the School of Dentistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

One of the first and most unique features of the new BSE will be a community dental clinic operated by the School of Dentistry. Equipped with 24 operatory stations, the clinic will provide comprehensive dental care to community patients. Patient care will be provided by faculty-supervised dental students and dental hygiene students.

The BSE is a six-level, 220,000-square-foot facility that doubles the footprint of the campus. It will enable USG to ultimately increase enrollment capacity from its current 3,000-plus students to more than 7,500, over the next several years.

The building has been constructed as one of the most sustainably sourced laboratory buildings in the region and is on track to be certified as LEED Platinum, the highest level of certification issued by the U.S. Green Business Council. Key sustainability features of the building and project include the materials and resources used in construction; indoor environmental quality enhancements; protection of the local ecology in design and construction; water efficiency; and energy use.

Another highlight of the BSE is a spectacular, outdoor public artwork entitled “Piney Branch Water Garden,” by the renowned Michael Singer Studio. The artwork – which connects directly to an elevated campus boardwalk that was built to traverse wetlands associated with the Piney Branch watershed – features harvested rainwater, flowing over layers of underwater sculpted surfaces and includes night lighting. Sculpted panels are repeated on a living wall of the interior of the building and represent abstractions of natural patterns, systems and structures referencing the scientific disciplines within the BSE. Michael Singer is an award-winning artist with commissioned public art projects throughout the nation and abroad. The studio was selected to design and produce the public art at USG through the Maryland Public Art Initiative, which is administered by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Among other features of note about the BSE facility:

  • 20 fully equipped teaching laboratories;
  • Two 120-plus seat lecture halls;
  • 12 active learning classrooms;
  • Clinical training facilities, including the dental clinic with 20 dental chairs and four surgical offices;
  • Product design laboratory and maker spaces for student research;
  • Academic offices;
  • A future innovation and entrepreneurship center where students and mentors will work collaboratively with local businesses to develop new ideas and technologies; and
  • Student affairs offices to support academic success, career and internship services, and counseling and consultation.

The architectural firms Cooper Carry and Lake Flato collaborated on the planning and design of the BSE. Gilbane Building Company served as the construction management firm, under oversight by University of Maryland Capital Projects, Department of Planning and Construction.

“For nearly 20 years, the Universities at Shady Grove has been providing students with opportunities to complete baccalaureate and graduate degrees in a variety of fields offered on campus by our nine university partners,” said USG Executive Director Stewart Edelstein. “The opening of this state-of-the-art Biomedical Sciences and Engineering facility will enable us to expand our ability to serve students and the region by bringing a variety of much-needed and in-demand STEMM programs into Montgomery County.”

For more information about the new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering building at USG, please visit shadygrove.umd.edu/bse.