Grant will aid minority, rural communities

University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers received nearly $5 million in federal stimulus money from the National Institutes of Health to create two programs to improve health for minority and rural communities. A $2.4 million grant will create a national Bioethics Research Center, which aims to confront ethical issues in research and how those concerns affect minority health. The center, a partnership with Bowie State University, will address a historic lack of trust that some minority groups have when it comes to medical research by seeking ways to increase minority participation in clinical trials. In addition to the center, a $2.5 million grant to the medical school's office of policy and planning will study new technology to treat chronically ill residents in Southern and Western Maryland.

-Kelly Brewington

Police identify woman found dead after fire


A woman who was found dead after an apartment fire Saturday in Reisterstown has been identified as Rose Lea Salzman, 67. Baltimore County police released her identity Monday morning, noting that Salzman had worked for 31 years as a crossing guard at Timber Grove Elementary School in Owings Mills. Fire investigators determined that the two-alarm blaze in the 100 block of Ewing Drive was accidental and had been caused by combustible materials left on top of a stove. They estimated the damage to the building at $250,000. Salzman was found Saturday afternoon during a search of the second floor of the building, which housed four apartments, said Baltimore County Fire Director Kyrle Preis III.

-Nick Madigan

Catholic schools chief Valenti to retire in June


The Archdiocese of Baltimore announced Monday that schools Superintendent Ronald J. Valenti will retire at the end of the school year. Valenti, 66, who has worked for the archdiocese's Catholic schools for nearly 20 years, says the timing is right for him to step down because of the strategic plan being developed by the Blue Ribbon Committee on Schools. "The work being done by the Blue Ribbon Committee is extremely important and will require a long commitment," said Valenti, who added that he wants to remain active in the field of education. During his 17 years as superintendent, his accomplishments include instituting a requirement that all schools be accredited by the Middle States Association, creating the PRIDE program for children with special needs, and raising expectations for academic achievement through curriculum mapping. His last day will be June 30.

- Baltimore Sun staff

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