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On the Move, 5/3: Mattu appointed vice chair of Dept. of Emergency Medicine at UM School of Medicine

Dr. Amal Mattu

Dr. Amal Mattu, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in Baltimore, has been appointed to the new position of vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Mattu will focus on faculty development and expansion of the department’s educational programs while helping to extend the department’s international program. Since joining the emergency medicine faculty in 1996, Dr. Mattu has received more than a dozen teaching awards, including three national awards from the American College of Emergency Physicians and three others from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. In 2000, he was named Founder’s Day Teacher of the Year for the University of Maryland at Baltimore.


Joseph V. Murray Sr., community relations director of Ascend One Corp., recently received a Volunteer of the Year Award from The Arc of Maryland. Murray has served on The Arc of Howard County board of directors since 2002 and is president emeritus. He has also been active in a number of its committees.

The Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America was recognized recently as “Organization of the Year” by the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association. Judges noted the council’s TreeBaltimore Good-Turn community service project.

Manna Food Center will receive on May 12 the 2011 Governor’s Service Award from the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism. This year Manna has already tracked 33,447 hours of service contributed by individuals, families, businesses, sports teams, scout troops, faith-based groups, and schools who volunteer at Manna, in Gaithersburg.


The College of Southern Maryland has received a $3,000 donation from the La Plata Division of Science Applications International Corp. for the college’s annual robotics competitions for area youth. A local team that qualified through the college’s Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge in December competed in the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis in late April.

Health Care

Jonathan Forte has been appointed executive assistant to the associate director for operations for the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System. He recently completed a yearlong administrative fellowship in the Graduate Health Administration Training Program for the VA Capital Health Care Network, where he managed the ongoing activation of the Fort Detrick VA Outpatient Clinic in Frederick. Forte previously worked at the Pocono Medical Center East in Stroudsburg, Pa. He volunteers with Team River Runner, an outreach organization that helps disabled veterans, and also volunteers at the VA’s New England Winter Sports Clinic and its National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego.