2011 Founders Week Winners Named
Nearly a year after his inauguration was the highlight of Founders Week, University President Jay A. Perman, MD, is looking forward to simply being the host of this year’s Founders events Oct. 25 to 28.
“Last year was fabulous, an experience I will never forget,” says Perman of his inauguration at the Hippodrome Theatre and the Founders Gala that night at the Hilton Baltimore. “But this year I’m very happy to step back and let some others enjoy the spotlight.”
He recently named four of those people as Founders Week Award winners.
Researcher of the Year
Gary Fiskum, PhD
Vice chair for research and Matjasko Professor for Research in Anesthesiology, School of Medicine
In his 13-plus years at the School, Fiskum has distinguished himself as an exceptional research scientist, particularly in his work pertaining to mitochondrial dysfunction associated with brain injury and optimizing cerebral resuscitation. Recent studies have led to nearly $5 million in funds from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, including a $2.7 million U.S. Air Force grant. He also is much in demand as a speaker at national and international meetings.
Teacher of the Year
Kathleen Holtz Deal, PhD, MSW
Associate professor, School of Social Work
Since joining the School in 1999, Deal has proved invaluable, especially to the PhD program. In addition to teaching both advanced-level MSW courses and doctoral courses, she has served on nine dissertation committees and co-chaired one. Her teaching and research have employed a strong developmental perspective by examining the way students change and grow throughout the educational process. Said one student: “Professor Deal is an extraordinary presence in the doctoral program. Her ability to connect and motivate students in a very graceful way is something that will guide me throughout my career.”
Entrepreneur of the Year
Scott Strome, MD, FACS
Chair, Department of Otorhinolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine
Strome directs a large translational research program and is interested in all aspects of head and neck cancer patient care. Gliknik, Inc., the startup company he formed with David Block, MD, MBA, is broadly recognized as one of Maryland's most promising early-stage biotech companies. In 2007, The Daily Record named Strome Innovator of the Year. Based at the University of Maryland BioPark, Gliknik has raised more than $10 million. Led by Strome, Gliknik is developing new therapies for patients with cancer and autoimmune/inflammatory diseases.
Public Servant of the Year
Jean Marie Roth
Academic program specialist, Office of Student Research, School of Medicine
A University employee since 1973, Roth has volunteered countless hours both inside and outside the workplace. She volunteers at the Hippodrome Theatre, at the Hereford Optimist Club, and for the city of Baltimore. She also has chaired numerous fundraisers at her church, Our Lady of Grace Parish. Within the University, she chairs the Staff Senate Community Outreach Committee and, on behalf of the less fortunate, she has led food drives, holiday drives, Cell Phones for Soldiers, and more.
All four winners will receive their awards at the black-tie Founders Week Gala on Oct. 25 at the Hilton Baltimore. Other Founders Week events include Multicultural Day on Oct. 24, Fiskum’s Research Lecture at Davidge Hall on Oct. 26 at 4 p.m., the Student Cookout Oct. 27 at noon in the School of Nursing courtyard, Strome’s Entrepreneur of the Year Presentation on Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. in BioPark Building Two, and the Staff Luncheon on Oct. 28 in Westminster Hall.
“It’s always a great time celebrating the achievements of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni, recognizing our generous donors, and remembering the University’s 204-year history,” says Nancy Gordon, senior director of University events. “It’s a wonderful way to unite the University.”