The Steering Committee of The University of Maryland: MPowering the State has named Teresa LaMaster, J.D., executive director, MPowering the State. LaMaster will assist the growing educational and research collaboration between MPowering the State’s two partner universities, The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), and The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). Launched in March 2012, MPowering the State has developed many fruitful collaborations, providing enhanced educational opportunities, strengthening research programs, accelerating commercialization of scientific advances and creating new jobs. Just a few of these include:
•UM Ventures, building and nurturing startup companies, and commercializing new technology;
•The Center for Health-related Informatics and Bioimaging (CHIB), applying major advances in computer power to address grand challenges in genomics, health records management and translational science development;
•The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), partnering with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to foster integrated cross-disciplinary team approaches to scientific discovery;
•The Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI), modernizing and improving the way drugs and medical devices are reviewed and evaluated;
•The Collaborative School of Public Health, greatly enhancing the educational opportunities for public health students, using technology to provide more breadth and depth in course offerings; and
•Legal Education in College Park, providing undergraduate law training, and developing plans to provide a Master of Science in Law program for non-legal professionals.
“Over the past two years, our faculty, staff and students have bonded into an efficient collaborative team,” notes UMCP President Wallace Loh. “This appointment marks yet another milestone in MPower’s growth and success.”
“Teresa’s long list of accomplishments over 11 years at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law speaks volumes about her ability to forge relationships and lead teams to achieve mutual goals,” says UMB President Jay A. Perman. “With her assistance, I expect our MPower initiative to yield even greater cooperative success.”
Prior to joining UMB in 2003, LaMaster worked as an attorney in private practice with the firms Miles & Stockbridge, P.A., and Bowie & Jensen, LLC. At Carey Law, she has served as the managing director of the clinical law program, associate dean for institutional advancement, and associate dean of planning and external affairs. In that role she helped develop MPowering the State’s program for legal education in College Park, the nascent Agriculture Law program, and plans to institute a master of science in law program. “I am honored by the trust placed in me by these two great universities,” says LaMaster, “and I am thrilled by the opportunity to help MPower produce even greater educational and economic opportunities for Marylanders.”
About MPowering the State
The University of Maryland: MPowering the State brings together two universities of distinction to form a new collaborative partnership. Harnessing the resources of each, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore will focus the collective expertise on critical statewide issues of public health, biomedical informatics, and bioengineering. This collaboration will drive an even greater impact on the state, its economy, the job market, and the next generation of innovators. The joint initiatives will have a profound effect on productivity, the economy, and the very fabric of higher education.
March 21, 2014