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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
Fri, 03/29/2019
University of Baltimore

The University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs once again ranked in the top 25 percent of all public affairs schools of its kind in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 edition of the best graduate schools in the nation. The college is ranked #60, climbing four spots from its 2019 ranking.

The rankings are based on peer reviews about program excellence and statistics that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. 

"This is our third straight year climbing in the U.S. News rankings. I attribute that rise not only to the strength and distinction of our nationally-accredited Master of Public Administration program, but also to our faculty and their world-class research and scholarship," said Roger Hartley, dean of the College of Public Affairs. "It is an honor to be ranked among prestigious schools that are a mix of Research 1 and private institutions, many much larger than us. This ranking is a testament to the tenacity and grit of our faculty, staff, students and alumni, and I thank them all for contributing to the success and national recognition of our college."

UB tied with equivalent programs at Cleveland State University, CUNY-John Jay College, the Naval Postgraduate School, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and the University of Pennsylvania, all in the #60 position.

The full rankings, data and methodologies can be found here.

Learn more about the M.P.A. and the College of Public Affairs.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.

Universities at Shady Grove
Mon, 09/24/2018
By Liz Anderson | @planetnoun September 24, 2018 6:32 am
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett in February. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)

WASHINGTON — Montgomery County’s outgoing county executive remembers scraping his way through college. Now, he and his wife are helping pay it forward in dollars and cents, so local students can get the support they need to succeed.

Ike Leggett said he has fundraising efforts at his Alexandria, Louisiana community church to thank for his very first college scholarship — all $12 of it.

“At the end of the summer, it raised more money than it ever raised in the history of the church,” Leggett remembers of the fundraiser. “That $37 had to be divided among three students, and we got about $12 apiece.”


Leggett also asked a Louisiana state senator who had given him a resounding “no” at first, but eventually gave in with some persistence.

“Once I realized the benefits of college, I really devoted myself — opened my heart, my arms, my intellect and whatever I could — to devote an effort to make sure I would do well,” he said.

Four degrees later, and many years of service to Montgomery County, Leggett and his wife have established their own fund: The Ike and Catherine Leggett Scholarship.

“This scholarship fund my wife and I are establishing is designed in a way to help those who are underprivileged, those who need resources in order to go to college, either the University of Maryland at Shady Grove or Montgomery College,” Leggett said.

Ike Leggett, who has served three terms as County Executive, announced nearly two years ago that he would not seek a fourth term at the county’s helm.

He and his wife, Catherine, were honored Sunday at the Leggett Legacy Forward event, which was free and held at the Music Center at Strathmore. It also doubled as a fundraiser.

Donations rolled in during the latter portions of the event, via text message and old-fashioned check, which helped meet the $1.7 million goal.

Now, they’re looking to raise an additional $300,000 to meet their new $2 million goal.

The Ike and Catherine Leggett scholarship fund will benefit students throughout Montgomery County who participate in the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success program, also known as ACES, a free program at 14 participating county high schools.

High school students can apply to the program while in 10th grade. They receive support during 11th and 12th grades, while navigating the pathway first through Montgomery College, then a bachelor’s degree at the Universities at Shady Grove.

“We are hoping that it is a scholarship fund that lives on in perpetuity — so clearly we’ll establish an endowment, and clearly there’ll be money that we give every single year to both Montgomery College and to the Universities at Shady Grove,” Catherine said. “And so it’ll be a perpetual scholarship fund” for students in the ACES program “who need that help to get to the four-year college, that four-year university.”

Donations can be made to the scholarship fund through the Montgomery College Foundation, or the Universities at Shady Grove Foundation.

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Universities at Shady Grove
Wed, 08/01/2018
BioBuzz news

By: Sarah Ellinwood, PhD

In this exciting age of science, technology, and innovation, more and more high schoolers, college students, and graduate students are becoming interested in pursuing a career in biotech.  But, is the standard science degree (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) keeping up with this demand and adequately preparing students for careers in this field?  While there is no doubt that having formal scientific training is important, many employers feel that students don’t often graduate with the skills that are sought out by the biotech industry.

This is where the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and Montgomery College have stepped up to the plate!  Together, these two institutions have jointly developed a new biotech industry-driven degree program that will be offered at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) this fall.  This new degree, the Bachelor of Science in Translational Life Science Technology (TLST), is designed to prepare students for the exhilarating biotech opportunities of today and tomorrow by combining general learning with real-world applications used by scientists in academic and industry research.  BioBuzz recently caught up with Dr. Bill LaCourse, Professor and Dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at UMBC, to learn more about how the TLST came to be and how it will strengthen biotech as a whole in the BioHealth Capital Region. [READ MORE]

Universities at Shady Grove
Mon, 07/30/2018
Maryland State Arts Council

MSAC in partnership with the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) announces the selection of Michael Singer Studio for the new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Building (BSE) at the Rockville campus. When the building opens in 2019, the University System of Maryland’s research universities, University of Maryland, Baltimore, University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will offer undergraduate and graduate degree opportunities in healthcare, biosciences, engineering and computational sciences.The BSE will provide state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, active learning classrooms, clinical training facilities, and innovation and product design labs for interdisciplinary student research projects.

Michael Singer Studios was selected through a national Call-to-Artists conducted by MSAC, with over 200 applications received. An artist selection committee comprised of representatives of USG, the building architects and landscape architect, and local art professionals, conducted four rounds of review narrowing the pool to three semi-finalists that were interviewed in person. Michael Singer Studio was selected for their innovative and sustainable approach to projects integrated in the landscape creatively incorporating water.

For the BSE, the proposed artwork site is highly visible both from the student gathering areas inside as well as from exterior spaces – an adjacent boardwalk traversing existing wetlands. Initial community meetings conducted with students, staff and faculty were held in late June and the studio team is currently in the concept development phase. Proposed artwork completion is fall semester 2019.

The project is part of the state’s percent-for-art program - the Maryland Public Art Initiative that integrates public art in state capital construction projects. Public art projects are underway at other University System of Maryland campuses including: University of Baltimore, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and an upcoming call-to-artists is planned for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Universities at Shady Grove
Thu, 02/08/2018
Universities at Shady Grove
Wed, 02/07/2018
I-270 News

By: Kylie Khan

GERMANTOWN, Md. - The biotechnology industry is booming in Montgomery County, and educators want to make sure there will be qualified workers to fill those jobs.

That's why Montgomery College has partnered with the Universities at Shady Grove and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to offer a new degree program called the Translational Life Sciences Technology program. Students in the program would spend two years at Montgomery College's Germantown campus, and then two years at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. 

"The object is for them to get opportunities for the skills, and the education they need for jobs. Jobs that are local, and jobs in industries that we know are growing," said Stewart Edelstein, executive director for the Universities at Shady Grove.

Officials said more than 75 percent of Maryland's biotechnology companies are located in Montgomery County. 

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TLST program
Wed, 01/10/2018

A new degree program developed jointly by UMBC and Montgomery College (MC), and soon to be offered at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG), will create opportunities for students of all backgrounds to pursue high-demand careers in the life sciences. The four-year Translational Life Science Technology (TLST) program, which leads to a bachelor of science degree from UMBC, will train students in the fundamentals of biochemistry, cell biology, epidemiology, statistics, lab instrumentation, and biochemical engineering, as well as give students opportunities to develop sought-after skills such as analytical thinking, teamwork, and data evaluation. The TLST program is accepting students now, and courses will begin in fall 2018.

“As the biotechnology industry translates basic research from ‘bench to bedside,’ it needs a well-trained workforce,” says Dean Bill LaCourse, of UMBC’s College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, within which the TLST program resides. “The TLST program is designed from the ground up to meet that need through a flexible and interdisciplinary approach with intensive industry-inspired laboratory skills training.”

Students begin coursework for the TLST program at Montgomery College, taking classes at the new, state-of-the-art Bioscience Education Center on its Germantown, MD campus for the first two years. Successful completion of that curriculum results in an A.A.S. in biotechnology or other associate’s tracks from Montgomery College.

The Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Building at The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD is scheduled for completion in 2019, and will then host the third and fourth year courses of the TLST program.  Both the USG and MC facilities are in the heart of Maryland’s technology corridor and offer well-equipped classrooms and labs where students can master techniques commonly called upon in the biotech industry, such as polymerase chain reaction, gel electrophoresis, gene cloning, mass spectroscopy and chromatography.

The need for workers with these skills is especially great in Maryland, which is one of the top-ranked regions in the nation for its concentration of technology-related jobs. Of the more than 2,300 biotech companies in the state, more than 75 percent are found in Montgomery County, the location of both MC and USG.

“The Universities at Shady Grove is pleased to bring UMBC’s Translational Life Science Technology degree program to Montgomery County,” says Stewart Edelstein, executive director of The Universities at Shady Grove, a regional higher education center in Rockville, MD that hosts courses offered by nine Maryland institutions. “This degree program is the first of its kind in Maryland and is specifically designed to provide the skilled talent needed to support the region’s growing bioscience and biotechnology industry.”

UMBC’s collaboration with Montgomery College adds to the university’s growing list of active partnerships with Maryland community colleges that support the success of Maryland students. “The collaboration between two great institutions, Montgomery College and UMBC, provides a national model for developing a pathway to a bachelor of science degree,” explains Sanjay Rai, senior vice president for academic affairs at Montgomery College. MC has offered A.A.S. degrees in biotechnology and biomanufacturing for more than 20 years, and the new, joint program with UMBC will expand opportunities for students in Montgomery County interested in the field.

“Students will graduate with a combination of ‘know-what’ and ‘know-how’ for in-demand careers,” from developing therapies for disease and next-generation materials, to inventing and refining wearable sensors and cutting-edge forensics techniques, says LaCourse, “supporting the economic growth of Maryland and offering students a novel STEM career path to a bright future.”

More information is available at the Translational Life Science Technology website.

Image: Erin Green, assistant professor of biological sciences at UMBC, and Khoa Tran, a Ph.D. student in her lab, examine experimental plates. Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.

Universities at Shady Grove
Thu, 01/04/2018

Program Director, Dr. Wendy Stickle, from University of Maryland, College Park's Criminology and Criminal Justice program at the Universities at Shady Grove, was interviewed by mymcmedia, regarding human trafficking in Montgomery County.

Universities at Shady Grove
Wed, 12/06/2017
University of Maryland Office of Marketing and Communications

Shady Grove Student Overcomes Hardships to Earn Degree

by Charlie Wright ’17

Orphan. Immigrant. Dropout. Mother of four. Francine Baker is all of these. But this month, she can also call herself a college graduate.

Along the way to her bachelor’s degree in public health science from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health at the Universities at Shady Grove, she has faced violent family tragedy, reconnected with lost siblings and nursed her children through painful chronic illness. The challenges caused her to withdraw from college twice before—but this time she’s wearing the cap and gown.