Spotlight on Philanthropy

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The Office of Philanthropy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is pleased to present engaging stories of newsworthy events and milestones happening across the University that are bringing about change in Baltimore and beyond.

Highlights in this issue include:

University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Establishes MPower Professorships

The MPower Professors from UMB are (clockwise from top left) Bruce Yu, Rao Gullapalli, Deanna Kelly, and Luana Colloca.

The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership, a joint collaboration between UMB and the University of Maryland, College Park that operates under the banner name of MPowering the State (MPower), unveiled four MPower Professorships, which have been established to promote and advance collaborative, groundbreaking research efforts between the two institutions. Each professor will receive $150,000, allocated over three years, to apply to their salary or to support supplemental research activities. To learn more about the specific research focus areas and the inaugural cohort of MPowerProfessors, click here.

‘Virtual Face-to-Face with President Bruce Jarrell’: A Conversation with Eric Weintraub, MD, on the Evolving Opioid Crisis

The Nov. 18, 2021 episode of “Virtual Face to Face with President Bruce Jarrell” called attention to the United States’ opioid crisis.

Eric Weintraub, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and medical director of University of Maryland Medical Center Psychiatric Emergency Services, sat down with UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, to discuss the importance of medication-assisted treatment as the silver-bullet antidote to the deep and troubling opioid crisis, after a challenging year in which upwards of 100,000 lives were claimed by drug overdose — two-thirds of which were attributable to opioid misuse. Click here to hear more about Dr. Weintraub’s pioneering, peer-reviewed telemedicine approach to serving the rural front lines of those areas hardest hit by the opioid crisis.

Louis J. Friedman, JD ’65, and Phyllis C. Friedman, JD ’77, Honored as 2021 Distinguished Service Award Recipients by the UMB Foundation

Phyllis Friedman (left) and Louis Friedman are shown outside of the Emmert Hobbs Cardiovascular Fitness Center, located within the facilities of the League for People with Disabilities, Inc., in Baltimore, just one recipient of their longstanding philanthropic support.

Louis and Phyllis Friedman have been generous supporters of UMB for more than 20 years through their Louis and Phyllis Friedman Foundation, as well as other foundations they manage. The Friedmans have truly made a lasting impact at UMB by making foundational contributions to medicine and science. We salute their dedication as community philanthropists for decades, and we are grateful they have chosen to partner with us across our mission areas. To read more about their extensive philanthropic support, including the professorships and fellowships they have established at UMB, click here.

The latest “From West Baltimore” documentary was the fourth in a series that has been following the lives of students participating in UMB’s CURE Scholars Program.

Starring Roles: 10th- and 11th-Grade UMB CURE Scholars Featured in Documentary

This documentary is the fourth installment of a docuseries that follows the life journeys of five students from West Baltimore who are part of the nationally recognized UMB CURE Scholars Program. In the film, students Shakeer, Princaya, Tyler, Courtney, and Davioin are challenged like never before, as they prepare to apply to colleges during the COVID-19 pandemic — a path to a brighter future which their families could only dream of happening. To read more about the documentary and these remarkable students, click here.

Why Ellin & Tucker’s Ed Brake Believes in Baltimore and UMB’s CURE Scholars

“Programs like UMB CURE Scholars need investors, they need mentors — there are lots of different ways for businesses, organizations, and individuals to get involved,” says Ellin & Tucker CEO Ed Brake.
(Photo Courtesy of Ellin & Tucker)

Ellin & Tucker, an accounting and business consulting firm headquartered in downtown Baltimore for over 75 years, focuses on serving the community to build a stronger Baltimore. In the opinion of its CEO, Edwin “Ed” Brake, this work can’t be done in a silo or by one person. It takes a team of business leaders with the wisdom and experience to carry out a long-term approach that delivers results to make a difference. The UMB CURE Scholars Program represents a pivotal part of Brake’s vision for a better city for all. To read about the transformative role Brake and Ellin & Tucker continue to play in Baltimore, click here.

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