The UMB Pulse Podcast

The UMB Pulse Podcast

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is working to strengthen social impact and galvanize innovation. This season of “The UMB Pulse” podcast is featuring stories about how UMB is taking creative action to overcome barriers and solve social problems. Be sure to tune in – new episodes drop on the FIRST FRIDAY of the month! “The UMB Pulse” is produced by the UMB Office of Communications and Public Affairs. Co-hosted by Charles Schelle, lead social media specialist and Dana Rampolla, director of integrated marketing.

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May 10, 2024 32 mins

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This episode of the UMB Pulse podcast features an inspiring interview with Kun Yang, PharmD '15, a University of Maryland School of Pharmacy alumnus who co-founded Pricklee, a company that produces cactus water. Kun's journey took him from growing up in Canada to attending pharmacy school in Maryland, where the idea for Pricklee cactus water blossomed. He shares the challenges and triumphs of appear...

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This episode of “The UMB Pulse” podcast features Allan Doctor, MD, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine who was the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) David J. Ramsay Entrepreneur of the Year in 2022. Doctor also is the co-founder and chief scientific officer at KaloCyte, a company focused on developing freeze-dried, powdered synthetic blood designed to save lives in emergency s...

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Explore the transformative work happening at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) through the lens of EMBRACE — a civic engagement initiative led by executive director Kyla Liggett-Creel, PhD, LCSW-C, who is also a clinical associate professor at the University of Maryland Graduate School. Liggett-Creel shares her insights into creating pathways for community improvement and how EMBRACE facilitates con...

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We are excited to welcome two distinguished guests from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD): Vineet Dhar, BDS, MDS, PhD, clinical professor, assistant dean of postgraduate and professional studies in dentistry, and chair of the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, and Robert Windsor, DDS, FICD, director of clinical operations in the Division of General Dentistry. 

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In this episode of “The UMB Pulse” podcast, we are joined by Megan Todd, JD, managing director for the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and Nia Nyamweya, founder and farm manager of Beauty Blooms Farm in Montgomery County. 

They discuss the new generation of Maryland farming, the role of ALEI in aiding Maryland farmers, and the nuances ...

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In this episode, we delve into the transformative work of the West Baltimore RICH Collaborative, a partnership of 15 community organizations dedicated to tackling hypertension, social determinants of health, and social isolation in four West Baltimore ZIP codes that show evidence of race-based disparities. Join us as alumna and the new Bill and Joanne Conway Dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursin...

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We delve deep into the heart of the opioid crisis, focusing on the devastating impact of fentanyl. Our special guest, Melanie Yates, LMSW, a May 2023 graduate from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, shares her personal journey of loss and her relentless pursuit to make a difference.

Melanie's efforts led to the passing of the Josh Siems Act, a groundbreaking legislation that mand...

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Discover the journey of Carmen Farmer, a standout University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law alumna and Team USA Rugby Olympian, who now champions land and water conservation in Colorado. In this episode of "The Pulse," recorded during the Podcast Movement Conference in Denver, Colorado, our co-hosts dive deep into Carmen's transition from the rugby fields of the Rio Olympics to th...

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Celebrate National Breastfeeding Month with an eye-opening conversation featuring B'More For Healthy Babies Director Stacey B. Stephens and lactation counselor Shasha Satchell! Discover how this collaborative program is revolutionizing the lives of new mothers, babies, and even fathers in Baltimore, transforming communities like the Upton/Druid Heights neighborhood, which witnessed an astounding 75 ...
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The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has several programs and opportunities to help student entrepreneurs go from idea to invention. The Graduate Research Innovation District (The Grid) is a one-stop-shop for anything related to entrepreneurial and innovation education and is located in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library.

Jenny Owens, ScD, MS, associate dean, University of Maryland Graduate ...

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Commencement is a time for celebration and inspiration for new graduates ready to change the world. In this episode, co-hosts Dana Rampolla and Charles Schelle share their personal favorite speeches from this year's University of Maryland, Baltimore graduation ceremonies.

First is Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who spoke at the University of Maryland School of Social Work convocation ceremony...

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A new wave of generative artificial intelligence (AI) is proving to be a disruptor across industries. How can artificial intelligence and tools like Chat GPT improve health care? What are the pitfalls? The University of Maryland Medical Intelligent Imaging (UM2ii) Center is an academic research hub for revolutionizing medical imaging AI housed in the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Paul Yi, MD, ass...

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As recreational marijuana is readied to be legalized in Maryland come July, there will still be a demand for medical cannabis. Catrena Almonte, MS ’21, is a graduate from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics program housed at the Universities at Shady Grove, and she is preparing for the next steps in her cannabis career as laws continue to change. Alm...

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March 3, 2023 40 mins

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March 17 is World Sleep Day, and it might be a challenge for teens and pre-teens to get all the shuteye they need this month. Between the start of Daylight Saving Time and the arrival of spring and all of the activities that come with the warmer months, there are plenty of events that can disrupt a good night's rest.

This month’s "Pulse" guest is talking all about sleep — and the lack thereof — ...

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Happy Valentine's Day! In this bonus episode, we continue our discussion about in-law relationships to focus on how Black fathers-in-law and sons-in-law can create healthy bonds. Ericka Lewis, PhD, MSW,assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW), and Brianna Lemmons, PhD, MSW, assistant professor at the Baylor University Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, join &qu...

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Whether you recently got engaged or might get a proposal on Valentine's Day or in the upcoming months, it may mean meeting your in-laws for the first time or building your relationship with them more fully. University of Maryland School of Social Work professors Geoff Greif, PhD, MSW, and Michael Woolley, PhD, MSW, provide tips and anecdotes of how married couples get along with their in-laws in this wid...

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Each summer, University of Maryland School of Dentistry alumna Kathryn Pawlak, DDS '19, returns to the University of Maryland, Baltimore to inspire teenagers to become dentists through her Discovering Dentistry Camp she created through her non-profit Planet Smilez. Pawlak created Planet Smilez as an undergraduate at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York, and in this episode she tells us why pedia...

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Dr. Karen Kotloff finds herself in remote areas of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to help children survive diarrheal illnesses that we take for granted in the United States thanks to our health care system. Kotloff discusses what her work in global health looks like, in part thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and explains why some countries continue to battle these illnesses. Kotloff is a p...

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Shows like "CSI" have made forensic evidence flashy, brought to TVs with cases wrapped in under an hour. Some types of forensic evidence, like pattern matching, aren't as reliable as what a TV show might make it appear to be, and it's a challenge to address the reliability of certain pattern matching evidence in courtrooms, according to Maneka Sinha, JD, associate professor at the Universi...

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When will you be able to grab a bite to eat in the new Lexington Market? What surprises will you find as you walk through the brightly lit new building? From highly crafted merchant stalls to Baltimore's Biggest Stoop,  Baltimore Public Markets Corp. President and CEO Paul Ruppert and Director of Marketing, Cherrie Woods, dish on all of the latest of Baltimore's flagship public food hall and market ...

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