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Four From UMB Win Regents Faculty Awards

Four faculty members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) have been recognized with University System of Maryland Board of Regents 2014 Faculty Awards. The awards commend distinguished performance on the part of faculty members within the 12 institutions that comprise the University System of Maryland (USM).

The award winners from UMB, the founding campus of the USM, come from its School of Pharmacy, its School of Medicine, and its School of Social Work. Nominations were gathered and rated by UMB's Faculty Senate before being submitted to the USM.

Bruce Anderson, PharmD, DABAT, was named the regents' public service winner for his work as director of the School of Pharmacy's Maryland Poison Center (MPC). Initially just serving physicians, the MPC under Anderson has grown into a free public service responding to more than 60,000 calls per year, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, preventing many costly trips to the emergency room. It has updated its technology, replacing Mr. Yuk stickers with an MPC website and popular social media tools.

Stephen Bartlett, MD, the Peter G. Angelos Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine and surgeon-in-chief and senior vice president at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), was recognized by the regents in the scholarship/research/creative activity category for blazing the trail for revolutionary transplant procedures. Under Bartlett, the Division of Transplantation has grown into one of the largest, busiest, and most comprehensive transplant programs in the world. His pioneering work has dramatically improved access to viable organs, for instance, reducing the waiting time for an African-American patient to receive a kidney transplant at UMMC from the national average of 1,335 days to 681 days.

Megan Meyer, PhD, associate professor and associate dean of academic affairs at the School of Social Work, earned the regents' teaching excellence award. An esteemed teacher and mentor, Meyer is a School Student Government Association Exemplary Faculty Award winner who has twice received the Dean's Teaching Award based on evaluations completed by students. She continues to meet the standard of 95 percent of her students must score her performance as a 15 on a 15-point scale. The students' glowing reviews were part of Meyer's nomination package.

Lastly, Jill Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the School of Pharmacy and its former associate dean for student affairs, won the regents' award in mentoring. She has been tireless in her efforts, exceeding the yearly average of six to eight students for academic advising with more than 100 PharmD students per year in Baltimore and at the Universities at Shady Grove, and she oversees 10 students annually in her pediatric experiential elective. It is not uncommon for Morgan to write 90-plus letters of recommendation every year for past and current students, who now work at places such as Children's Hospital in Texas and a pediatric intensive care clinic in Saudi Arabia.

UMB proudly congratulates its four University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award winners!
Posting Date: 03/13/2014
Contact Name: Chris Zang
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