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Two UMB leaders named among Maryland Top 100 Women

The University of Maryland, Baltimore had two winners among the Maryland Daily Record newspaper's Top 100 Women for 2010: School of Pharmacy Dean Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, and School of Medicine Assistant Dean Wendy Sanders, MA.

Following an evening reception in the lobby of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore on May 3, winners and their supporters were ushered into the main hall where each was called to the stage to be recognized.

Since 1996, the Maryland Daily Record has recognized more than 800 high-achieving Maryland women who are making an impact through their leadership, community service, and mentoring.

Publisher Chris Eddings described his reason for creating the Maryland Top 100 event. "I felt so strongly that Maryland's Top 100 Women could be a catalyst for change," he said. "By recognizing and saluting women who are outstanding achievers in Maryland businesses and professions while also serving their communities and mentoring others, we are changing American culture."

Eddington became dean of the School of Pharmacy in 2007. Since then, she has supervised the implementation of the School's distance learning program at the Universities at Shady Grove, guided a major revision of the PharmD curriculum, and oversaw the construction of the School's $67 million Pharmacy Hall Addition, which is scheduled to open in August.

Eddington said her most significant professional accomplishment was assuming leadership of the School of Pharmacy. She said, "As dean, I lead an outstanding group of faculty, staff, and students who are working tirelessly to transform the pharmacist's role into one that is focused on direct, collaborative patient care. The School of Pharmacy is also investing in biomedical research to focus on new drug discoveries and improved therapeutics, while serving the public through resources such as our Maryland Poison Center. I share tonight's honor with all of my colleagues at the School who have provided me with support, direction, and counsel."

Wendy Sanders skating on iceSanders, who joined the School of Medicine in 2006, said she has developed a program in research skills to support the research careers of junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows. Said Sanders, "I developed a range of classes and workshops in research-related skills, including how to write a grant, how to write a research paper, and how to give a research presentation." More than 500 faculty participate in her classes annually.

Sanders is multi-talented. In the past year, she also attained a personal goal of competing at the Adult National Figure Skating Championships, held in Minneapolis in April. Wendy made the top 10 in her group of competitors.

Posting Date: 05/04/2010
Contact Name: Ed Fishel
Contact Phone: 410-706-3801
Contact Email: efishel@umaryland.edu