• Advancing Positive Community Health Outcomes

    In 2009, as a University of Maryland School of Social Work student, Nicole Mattocks interned with a community development organization in Northeast Baltimore. Shortly after earning her Master of Social Work in May 2010, Mattocks worked at a local high school in West Baltimore. 

    Read more about Nicole Mattocks.

  • Local Technology, Global Impact

    For Maureen A. Kane, PhD, investigating biomedical questions is like solving a puzzle, and finding the new or undiscovered answers is the most interesting part.

    Read more about Maureen A. Kane.

  • Sculpting Smiles to Shape Oral Health

     Influential civil rights attorney Charles Hamilton Houston, who worked to dismantle the Jim Crow laws and mentored future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, once said that a lawyer is “either a social engineer or a parasite on society.”

    Read more about the Rev. Sheridan Todd Yeary.

  • New Solutions to Fight Opioid Addiction

    Every day, news networks are filled with stories about the opioid epidemic plaguing our nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the death toll from drug overdose in the U.S. was five times higher in 2016 than in 1999, totaling more than 42,000 deaths — a startling statistic. 

    Read more about Julie Factor.

  • Reconstructing Smiles

    It’s easy to care for children when you’re a parent yourself. Just ask John F. Caccamese Jr., DMD, MD, FACS.

    Read more about John F. Caccamese Jr.

  • Improving Outcomes, Improving Lives

    Social scientists usually focus on people, not numbers, making what Sally A. Hageman, MSW, is doing at the University of Maryland School of Social Work all the more amazing.

    Read more about Sally A. Hageman.

  • Fighting Drug-Resistance with Resilience

    “I was always a little science nerd,” Alecia Dent admits.

    Read more about Alecia Dent.

  • Suicide Prevention Advocate

    For Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, MSW, studying social work meant giving a voice to people who didn’t always have one. Her goal is to help people overcome their problems while they still have access to resources needed to recover effectively.

    Read more about Jodi Jacobson Frey.

  • Enriching Public Health through Preventive Care

    As a little girl playing make-believe, Kelly Doran, PhD, MS, RN, always dreamed of being a nurse. With endless ambition, she earned her Registered Nurse degree, but the dream began to change when she realized she didn’t want to treat people after they were sick. Instead, she wanted to focus on prevention.

    Read more about Kelly Doran.

  • Championing Patients with Cancer

    Everybody knows somebody whose life has been impacted by cancer. Each year researchers across the country work tirelessly to find new ways to prevent and cure this dreaded disease. In Maryland, one of those top researchers is Kevin J. Cullen, MD.

    Read more about Kevin J. Cullen.

  • Creating Learning Opportunities for All

    If you want to see Flavius R. W. Lilly, PhD, MA, MPH, swell with pride, call him the Summer U mastermind. If you want to see him blush, call him an artist.

    Read more about Flavius R. W. Lilly.

  • Revolutionizing the Role of the Pharmacist

    Sometimes lights go off in the strangest places. For Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD ’00, BCACP, FAPhA, associate professor and associate dean for student affairs at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, it was during a community pharmacy residency with Virginia Commonwealth University and Ukrop’s Pharmacy in 2000.

    Read more about Cherokee Layson-Wolf.

  • Protecting Privacy in the Digital Age

    We live in a digital world, there’s no denying that. But as our personal sense of space extends into the digital realm, individual privacy concerns arise. This privacy, and its relation to free expression and civil rights, is the box that Danielle Citron, JD, has dedicated her career to unpacking.

    Read more about Danielle Citron.

  • Mobilizing Professionals to Prevent Child Trafficking

    Nadine M. Finigan-Carr, PhD, MS, is a research assistant professor, director of the Prevention of Adolescent Risks Initiative, and assistant director of the Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. But if you ask her, she studies “sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.”

    Read more about Nadine M. Finigan-Carr.

  • Pioneering Targeted Treatments to Fight Cancer

    William F. Regine, MD, FACR, FACRO, is a pioneer in cancer-fighting innovation. A decade ago, Regine had a vision for a center of proton therapy excellence — one that would cross all academic missions and serve as a regional resource for health care providers in the mid-Atlantic region. 

    Read more about William F. Regine.

  • Transforming the Future of Education at UMB

    Mary Jo “M.J.” Bondy’s official title is assistant dean of academic programs at the University of Maryland Graduate School. But like most people at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), she wears more hats than her title suggests.

    Read more about Mary Jo “M.J.” Bondy.

  • Value-Based Approach to Human Resources

    Accountability. Civility. Collaboration. Diversity. Excellence. Knowledge. Leadership. These aren’t just the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) core values — they’re how Randi Barclay, SHRM-CP, PHR, approaches every day as human resources manager at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

    Read more about Randi Barclay.

  • Ensuring Prescription Drug Quality for All Patients

    Growing up, James Polli, PhD, thought everyone worked in pharmaceuticals. After all, his father was a longtime researcher who developed medications, and the young Polli spent his summers working on research projects at Pfizer and Merck. “To me, that was pretty normal,” he says with a shrug.

    Read more about James Polli.

  • Preventing the Progression of Oral Cancer

    According to the American Cancer Society, about 51,540 people will get oral and oropharyngeal cancer in 2018. Of these, an estimated 10,030 — more than one person per hour each day — will die from the disease.

    Read more about Abraham Schneider.

  • Revolutionizing Research on Male and Female Brains

    Margaret M. McCarthy, PhD, thinks a lot about sex — or rather, sex differences in the brain.

    Read more about Margaret M. “Peg” McCarthy.

  • Inspiring Action for Social Justice

    When Neda Saghafi, JD ’18, applied for the Teach For America program, she had only one destination in mind — Baltimore. She wanted to live on the East Coast and Baltimore was less costly and crowded than Boston and New York. Her path to law school was a bit more circuitous. 

    Read more about Neda Saghafi.

  • Sculpting Smiles to Shape Oral Health

    Dentistry was not always the path Emily Poulos, DDS ’18, thought she’d take.  An avid jewelry maker since childhood, she began college intending to turn her hobby into a career — and quickly changed her mind.

    Read more about Emily Poulos.

The Champions of Excellence campaign is a multi-year branding campaign at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in which we are highlighting individuals and teams that exemplify extraordinary accomplishment and represent excellence at the University.

Great universities are made up of great programs, people, and teams so by sharing these stories, to both internal and external audiences, UMB can personalize its mission, its core values, and its groundbreaking achievements. Baltimore, our region, and in some cases the world is a better place because of what UMB people do. Want to know how? Read about our Champions of Excellence!

About the campaign

As we move into the next stage of the campaign we are recognizing the newest Champions of Excellence. Here you will find stories of these 2017-18 UMB Champions highlighting their accomplishments and how they exemplify the University’s mission and core values.

The Champions of Excellence campaign will include both internal and external marketing. The external advertising campaign will help to increase our brand awareness in the city, state, and region thorough print and online promotions throughout Baltimore City, Maryland, and the Mid-Atlantic. Internally, we will continue to showcase these UMB faculty, staff, & students Champions to celebrate their achievements and be an inspiration to us all.

Be our next champion

Calling all champions! Do you have an extraordinary accomplishment that should be featured in our campaign? Do you know a student, faculty member, or colleague who should be featured? If so, we want to hear about it.

Nominations can be sent to Laura Kozak, Associate Vice President, in UMB’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs. Please provide the name, affiliation, and a short, three or four sentence overview of the individual or team’s accomplishments. Remember, all accomplishments must be related to the University.