NDMU to Establish a $1.5M Endowed Chair in Biological Sciences

Notre Dame of Maryland University will establish a $1.5 million endowed chair position to advance groundbreaking research and scholarship in biology, as well as elevate NDMU as a leader in STEM and health sciences in Baltimore and beyond. Named in honor of one of Notre Dame’s most distinguished alumnae and loyal supporter, the Dr. Mary Kay Shartle Galotto ’64 Endowed Chair in the Biological Sciences is the first supporting the biological sciences. Offering Maryland’s only women’s college, Notre Dame has long been a champion of STEM education and innovation, producing graduates who excel at the highest levels in their fields.

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NDMU Student Team Heads to National Ethics Bowl

Notre Dame of Maryland University’s Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl student team is heading to the national competition for the first time after advancing to the semifinals in last month’s regional bowl held on campus. The students will compete against 35 top regional teams in the national bowl February 26-27, 2022 at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Conference (APPE) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

NDMU Student Literary Magazine Wins National Award

In persevering to publish a student literary magazine during the COVID pandemic, Notre Dame of Maryland University students were honored for excellence for the latest issue of Damozel from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). NCTE named Damozel a Merit winner in the REALM (Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines) Awards. A panel of national judges selected the top winners out of a total of 209 entries for student literary magazine programs from middle school to college in the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands, and American schools abroad.

Biology Major Places Third in Research Competition

A Notre Dame of Maryland University biology student won third place for outstanding undergraduate research in the highly competitive J. Howard Brown Awards from the American Society for Microbiology’s Maryland Branch. Janelle Sangalang ‘22 received honors for her independent research project that explores the effect of prophylactic antibiotic treatments on surgical site infection rates. NDMU Associate Professor Jennifer Kerr guided her work as Sangalang’s research mentor for the past three years. An aspiring doctor, Sangalang is also one of NDMU’s 2021-22 Sr. Alma Science Year Scholars, selected for a 15-month research internship with a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine scientist.

NDMU Grad Wins 2nd Place in Bilingual Educators Dissertation Awards

A recent Notre Dame of Maryland University graduate placed second in the 2022 Outstanding Dissertation Awards from the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) for her examination of how education policies impact English learners’ success. Dr. Xiomara Rivera Pagán D‘21 will receive honors at a Feb. 9 awards luncheon at NABE’s 51st Annual International Conference, held in New York City by the only national organization devoted to representing bilingual learners and bilingual education professionals. Her dissertation, “How Language Policy Orientations Relate to Outcomes: A Mixed-Methods Analysis,” uncovers how educational language policies affect outcomes for students learning English. She graduated from NDMU's Doctor of Philosophy program in instructional leadership for changing populations.

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