The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents at its meeting April 10 announced the 17 recipients of the 2009 USM Regents’ Faculty Awards, and they included two faculty members from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).
Presented in five categories, the awards honor excellence in teaching; scholarship, research or creative activities; public service; mentoring; and collaboration. Each award carries a $1,000 prize provided by the institutions and the University System of Maryland Foundation. The regents’ meeting was held on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
UMB President David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil, joined the presenters to honor the UMB winners.
In the category of public service, Stephen Bartlett, MD, the Barbara Baur Dunlap Professor of Transplant Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chair of the Department of Surgery, was a winner. He has used his role as a transplant surgeon to reduce racial disparity in the field of renal transplantation. He has been recognized by Baltimore magazine as one of the area’s “Top Doctors” for 2008.” Chancellor “Brit” Kirwan, PhD, said, “That could also apply to 2009, 2010, and so on.”
Gerald Rosen, PhD, JD, the Isaac E. Emerson Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has received the inaugural University System of Maryland Board of Regents Award for Faculty Collaboration for his research with Joseph Kao, PhD, of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute on a new biomedical imaging method.
Since 2004, Rosen and Kao have been working on a method called electron paramagnetic resonance imaging (EPRI). Unlike magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a well-known diagnostic technique that provides anatomical information about the body, EPRI can potentially track and visualize cell movements in real time within the body, such as the spread of metastatic cancer cells, or the sites where stem cells localize after they are introduced into the body.
Rosen and Kao are focusing on EPRI probes that can detect changes in the physiological status of tissue. These probes need to be both magnetic and highly specific, to permit tagging and tracking of specific cell types or biologically active molecules. Depending upon the specificity of the probe, EPRI imaging can even monitor changes in brain oxygen levels that can assist in therapeutic interventions after a stroke.
Established in 1995, the Faculty Awards are the highest honors presented to the USM faculty by the Board of Regents. Awardees are selected by the Council of University System Faculty and approved by the board.