Free Seminars at The Universities at Shady Grove (Rockville, MD)

The Universities at Shady Grove and Rockville Institute Present “Contemporary Social Issues Seminar Series”

Free Seminars:  March 14, April 2, and April 24, 2013

The Universities at Shady Grove (USG), Rockville, and The Rockville Institute for the Advancement of Social Science are partnering once again this spring to offer an interactive seminar series to stimulate an exchange of ideas among practitioners, researchers, policymakers, students, and the general public about contemporary social issues.

Beginning Thursday, March 14, with the first discussion about “ LGBT Youth in Foster Care: Challenges and Strategies,” the three-part 2013 Contemporary Social Issues (CSI) Seminar Series will unite social scientists, researchers and other well-known experts to discuss important social issues of our time.

“We are proud to partner with Rockville Institute to offer this opportunity for discussion about issues that impact our community,” said Dr. Stewart Edelstein, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University System of Maryland and Executive Director at USG. “It benefits everyone when members of the community, leaders and students are able to have an open dialogue on timely, real-life issues.”

All seminars in the series are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Each will be held at the Universities at Shady Grove, in the Camille Kendall Academic Center (Building III, Room 3241), 9636 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville, Md., 20850. For more information about the sixth annual CSI Series at USG, visit

The three seminars in the CSI series will include:

Thursday, March 14 at 4:30PM

“LGBT Youth in Foster Care: Challenges and Strategies”

Liz Quinn, MS, MA, Senior Study Director, Westat; Brandynicole Brooks, MSW, LICSW, Office of Youth Empowerment, D.C. Child and Family Services Agency; and Mary Hicks-Pope, Youth Ambassador, D.C. Child and Family Services Agency will be talking about youth in foster care and the special challenges due to trauma, placement instability, and the long-term effects of maltreatment. LGBT foster youth have additional challenges that make them particularly vulnerable. The goal of this seminar is to increase understanding and provide strategies for working with LGBT youth, especially those in child welfare systems.

Tuesday, April 2 at 4:30PM

“What is a Meaningful Use of an Electronic Health Record?”

Helga Rippen, MD, PhD, MPH, Chief Health Information Officer, Westat; Zia Hassan, MD, Sibley Memorial Hospital; Tina DiFranco, Attorney, Cook & DiFranco, faculty, UMBC; and Anita Samarth, President and Co-Founder, Clinovations, will be talking about how an electronic health record (EHR) allows health care providers to record patient information electronically instead of using paper records. The Federal Government is implementing policies to increase the adoption of EHR’s.  Presenters will address such questions as:  What are the implications of these Federal requirements?  Will EHR’s decrease the cost of providing care?  Will health records be more secure?

Wednesday, April 24th at 4:30PM

“Enhancing Learning in STEM Through the Creation of Teachers”

Joy Frechtling, PhD, Vice President, Associate Director, Westat; Tracy Irish, Science/STEM Academic Coordinator, MAE, Department of Education, UMBC; Anne Spence, PhD, Professor of the Practice, Undergraduate Program Director, Director of Lead the Way, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UMBC; and John Quinn, EdD, Co-Director, Baltimore County STEM Alliance, Executive Director of STEM, Baltimore County Public Schools, Instructor, UMBC will discuss the need for science,                   Technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) master teachers and look at the reality of trying to support and be a STEM master teacher.  The speakers will draw on their own experiences to share the challenges and lessons learned from both training and practice.

About The Universities at Shady Grove:

The Universities at Shady Grove is an innovative model for delivering top-quality college degree programs. USG is not one university; instead it is a collaboration of nine leading public universities in Maryland offering more than 75undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Montgomery County. Established in 2000, USG serves more than 4,000 full- and part-time students. Participating USG partners include: Bowie State University; Salisbury University; Towson University; University of Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore County, University of Maryland, College Park, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and University of Maryland University College. More information on all of the undergraduate and graduate programs is available at

About the Rockville Institute:

The Rockville Institute for the Advancement of Social Science is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the social sciences by performing research and disseminating research finding sot the public. Research areas that the Institute associates are active in include health care, education, employment and training, criminal justice, Native American issues, racial/ethnic minorities, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and children and families.

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