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Monday, April 21, 2:00 P.M.   -   3:00 P.M.

Dr. Paula Braveman will give a Public Health Innovations Grand Rounds Lecture titled "Shorter Lives, Poorer Health: The U.S. Health Disadvantage Relative to Other Affluent Countries."

Dr. Braveman has made major contributions on health disparities, health equity, and the social determinants of health, and has actively engaged in bringing attention to these issues in the U.S. and internationally. During the 1990s she worked with World Health Organization staff to develop and implement a global initiative on equity in health and health care and collaborated with local, state, federal, and international health agencies to see rigorous research translated into practice. Dr. Braveman is Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

This event is cosponsored by the Center for Health Equity and the Advance Program for Inclusive Excellence.

Venue: SPH 1312

Tuesday, April 22, 9:00 A.M.   -   April 17, 10:00 A.M.

Title: The Effect of Metabolic Substrate on ROS Production During Muscle Contraction Abstract: The mitochondria are a critical regulator of the energetic state of skeletal muscle. Many different disease states, such as type 2 diabetes and obesity, are characterized by the onset of mitochondrial dysfunction, which is often defined by excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. Surprisingly, acute bouts of exercise or bouts of muscle contraction induce ROS generation independent of the mitochondria in skeletal muscle. The ROS generation during contraction is thought to be required for physiological adaptations. Collectively, the literature suggests that an optimal range of ROS production is necessary for proper cell function, but excess ROS production can cause oxidative damage to the cell. At this point, it is unclear if the source of ROS production is affected by the metabolic substrate utilized by the muscle to meet the energetic demand of the contraction. The purpose of this study will be to determine the rate and source of ROS production in contracting single muscle fibers cultured with different metabolic substrates. ROS production will be assessed in single muscle fibers isolated from adult male C57Bl/6 mice that are divided into two groups (unstimulated and stimulated) and exposed to conditions with no metabolic substrate, glucose only, and fatty acid only. In a second set of experiments, single muscle fibers from adult male C57Bl/6 mice will then be divided in to unstimulated and stimulated groups and exposed to the same metabolic conditions, except these experiments will include the use of organelle-specific ROS scavengers to allow for better dissection of the ROS source. The completion of this study will determine if metabolic substrate is a key consideration for defining the source of ROS production during skeletal muscle contraction.

Committee: Espen Spangenburg, PhD, advisor, James Hagberg, PhD, and Richard Lovering, PhD., P.T.

Venue: KNES Conference Room
Contact: Polly Sebastian Schurer (
Contact Phone:(301) 405-2453

Friday, April 25, 8:00 A.M.   -   4:30 P.M.

Physical Cultural Studies (PCS) - housed within the Department of Kinesiology and the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland - is hosting its Annual Graduate Conference on Friday, April 25th in the School of Public Health. This one-day conference will consist of a series of student presentations commenced with a keynote by PCS alumnus Dr. Callie Batts Maddox. Dr. Maddox's research focuses upon sport and physical culture within contemporary India as expressions of the intersection between lingering colonial practices and post-colonial globalization.

Venue: School of Public Health
Contact: Polly Sebastian Schurer (
Contact Phone:(301) 405-2453
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Saturday, April 26, 10:00 A.M.   -   4:00 P.M.

On April 26, the School of Public Health is participating in Maryland Day 2014, a campus-wide, family-friendly event with over 400 interactive exhibits, workshops, and live performances. More information is available at

In one of this year's activities, the Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE), in collaboration with the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, will recruit 1,400 participants to break the Guinness World Record of the largest hand drum ensemble. The record attempt is based on the current largest hand drum ensemble of 1,331 participants playing dolu drums at an event in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India on May 6, 2012. The drum circle will take place from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at Byrd Stadium.

Other SPH highlights include an Interactive Health Fair organized by the Department of Behavioral and Community Health, HIV testing from the Prevention Research Center, and yoga sessions from the Department of Kinesiology. The exhibits and events listed below take place throughout the day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm unless otherwise indicated.


Adult Oral Cancer Screening

Better Than an Apple a Day

Common Sports Injuries: Advice From the Experts

Do you have CondomSense?

Gymnastics Exhibition (1:00-1:30pm)

Health Literacy for You!

Healthy Lifestyles

Healthy Smiles Make Happy Families

HIV Testing by STICC

How Clean Are Your Hands?

Interactive Health Fair (at St. Mary's Hall)

Is bottled water better for your health?

Jump for the Stars

Maryland Healthy Smiles Dental Program/DentaQuest

Maryland on the Move! Count your steps and enter to win a prize!

Meet a Commissioned Corps Officer

One Stop Health Shop- Institute for Healthier Maryland

Sesame Street Cutout

Surf's Up! Discover Your Inner Ear

This Is Public Health at Maryland


Yoga on the Mall


Panel Discussion: Undergraduate Degrees in the School of Public Health (10:00-11:00am, School of Public Health Building, room 1304)

Health Equity Drum Circle: Drum Beats for Health and Wellness (12:00-3:00pm, Byrd Stadium)

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Wednesday, April 30, 11:00 A.M.   -   3:00 P.M.

In collaboration with the Farmers Market at the University of Maryland, the School of Public Health-HLTH391 class is putting on a Health Fair! Come by to pick up some fresh and healthy food items while visiting multiple health vendors! Get some great health advice relevant to the college lifestyle. There will be free door prizes too!!

More info at

Venue: Outside of Cole Fieldhouse

Friday, May 9, 2:00 P.M.   -   3:00 P.M.

Walter Herzog, PhD, is a Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary and Co-director of the Human Performance Laboratory. His Husman Lecture at the University of Maryland School of Public Health is titled "Mysteries of Muscle Contraction: What's Titin Got to Do with It?"

The Husman Lecture series honors Dr. Burris F. Husman (d. 2008), who arrived at the University of Maryland’s Department of Physical Education in 1949 and remained there for over 30 years, nine of them as chairperson or acting chairperson of the department. He also served as a professor, instructor and coach.

Venue: SPH 1312

Thursday, May 22, 4:30 P.M.   -   5:30 P.M.

The SPH class of 2014 spring commencement will begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014 in the Cole Student Activities Building. The main campus commencement ceremony will take place earlier that day at 10 a.m. in the Comcast Center.

The School of Public Health is honored to host Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as the Spring 2014 Commencement speaker.

Venue: Cole Student Activities Building
Contact: Mark Brenneman (
Contact Phone:(301) 405-2440
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