Archive for November, 2017

Signing into the Office 365 Portal Using MFA

To keep our files and data secure, multi-factor authentication (MFA) is being utilized at University of Maryland, Baltimore for certain applications. One of these applications is the Office 365 portal. When you access the portal from off-campus with your UMB e-mail address and password, you will also be required to authenticate who you are using another device – a smartphone, tablet, or landline. The tool that UMB is using for this additional layer of security is called Duo.

How do I use MFA?

In order to use MFA, it is necessary to set up your account in Duo. This can either be done ahead of time or it can be done the first time you are prompted to use MFA. For detailed instructions to set up your Duo account, visit the Center for Information Technology Services website. A Duo instructional video is available for viewing if you need help.

Logging In

Once your account has been set-up, when signing into the Office 365 portal, you will now be able to select to receive a Duo Push (recommended), Call Me or Passcode.
There is a “Remember this device” checkbox that allows you to bypass MFA for 10 hours.

For detailed information on MFA, visit the CITS MFA web page.

Sarah Steinberg Bulletin Board, Technology, University LifeNovember 30, 20170 comments
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What is the Office 365 Portal and Why Use It?

If you are an employee of University of Maryland, Baltimore, you have access to Office 365. Office 365 provides all the standard Office apps (email, calendar, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive) in a cloud environment — which means you can access your data (email, calendar, files, etc.) from anywhere that you have a device and internet access.

But how do you access all of these items from anywhere?

That’s where the Office 365 portal comes in. When you are away from your workstation, the Office 365 portal is the tool that allows you to access email, calendar, and files saved to OneDrive for Business. The portal also offers online versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which allows for quick and easy viewing and editing of files. If you’re at a meeting across campus, at home, traveling for work — whatever the scenario — use the Office 365 portal to access your email or files.

How Do I Access the Portal?

From any web browser, to go the Microsoft Office 365 home page. You will be prompted to enter your UMB e-mail and password.

If you are off-campus, there is a new security step called Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA requires another device (smartphone or landline) to authenticate that you are who you say you are by sending what is called a “Push” or a pass code. Once this step is completed, you will be taken to your Office 365 portal home page.

For detailed information on MFA, including on how to enroll, visit the Center for Information Technology Services MFA web page.

For more information on Office 365, visit the CITS Office 365 web page.

Sarah Steinberg Technology, University LifeNovember 30, 20170 comments
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Redwood Optical Shop Reopening Dec. 6

The UM Optical Shop is reopening on Dec. 6 in a brand-new space in the Ophthalmology Suite 420, 419 W. Redwood St.

The shop will offer competitive pricing, patient convenience, and a large selection of brands. Use your flex spending before the end of the year! Employees without insurance receive a 20 percent discount. Call 667-214-1111 or visit the University of Maryland Eye Care web page for details.

Merideth Marr Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, University LifeNovember 30, 20170 comments
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School of Nursing building

Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Granted 10-Year Continued Accreditation

The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia specialty has been granted continued accreditation for 10 years from the Council on Accreditation (COA).

“I am thrilled, but am not at all surprised, that the COA awarded UMSON’s Nurse Anesthesia program full accreditation. It is not often that the COA awards a program full, 10-year accreditation with no progress report required,” said Shannon Idzik, DNP ’10, MS ’03, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, associate professor and associate dean of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. “It is something to be proud of and speaks to the quality, integrity, and performance of our program, faculty, and students. Our faculty are extremely dedicated to our Nurse Anesthesia program and students, and with support from our many health care partners, we graduate some of the best nurse anesthetists in the world.”

UMSON’s Nurse Anesthesia specialty, which was found to be in 100 percent compliance with the standards, was granted accreditation with no annual progress report required, which is rare. Even fewer programs achieve the maximum accreditation of 10 years. Although UMSON is not required to submit an annual progress report, it does need to submit faculty and student online evaluations in the spring of 2022. The Nurse Anesthesia specialty is next scheduled for consideration for continued accreditation in the fall of 2027.

“I am extremely proud of the fact that our program was in 100 percent compliance with the standards,” said Joseph E. Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, director of the Nurse Anesthesia specialty. “This is a testament to the outstanding faculty, students, and staff who support and facilitate this program.”

COA is an accrediting agency that grants public recognition to nurse anesthesia programs and institutions in the United States that award post-master’s certificates and master’s and doctoral degrees that meet nationally established standards of academic quality. It also assists programs and institutions in improving educational quality.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGANovember 30, 20170 comments
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Market Center Garage Fall Permits Expire/Spring Registration To Open

For students who currently park at the Market Center Garage or for those who want parking for the spring semester, it’s almost time to take action.

Market Center Garage fall semester permits expire Dec. 15. Semester permits need to be returned or additional fees will apply. Visit the UMB Parking and Transportation Services website for more information.

Registration for spring semester Market Center Garage parking permits begin Jan. 2. To register for the spring permit, visit the UMB Parking and Transportation Services website.

The Market Center Garage is located at 221 North Paca St., and permit holders have access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Dana Rampolla University LifeNovember 29, 20170 comments
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Call for Proposals: Interprofessional Education Collaborative Spring Institute

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will be hosting faculty teams at an Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute set for April 30-May 2, 2018, at the Association of American Medical Colleges Learning Center in Washington, D.C. The event’s topic is “Interprofessional Education: Building a Framework for Collaboration.”

The UMB Center for Interprofessional Education’s director (Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN) and co-directors (Heather Congdon, PharmD, CACP, CDE; and Dave Mallott, MD) would like to invite you to prepare a brief proposal (no more than one page), including a brief description of the proposed IPE project the team would design and implement as a result of participating in the institute. The team selected to represent UMB will be asked to submit a proposal for seed grant funding from the center for up to $10,000 to support the IPE initiative. (To learn more about the seed grant application and template, visit the UMB IPE website. A template for IPEC proposals is available on the website and below.)

Proposal deadline: Jan. 19

The deadline for proposals is Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. The team members identified in the proposal must represent at least three different health profession disciplines. One member of the team can be from another University of Maryland System school if they are representing a discipline other than those offered at UMB. The team should range in size from three to five members. Please send your proposal via email to Patricia Danielewicz.

All costs associated with attendance will be covered by the UMB Center for Interprofessional Education.

The goal of the IPEC effort is to create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences, and assessment of learners (to learn more about IPEC, go to its website.) Faculty across the health disciplines will join together to explore how to embed such content into their curriculum. Upon returning to their home institutions, it is expected that workshop participants will help to develop faculty teams with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement an interprofessional education project. The scope of the project must be interprofessional and have a direct link to clinical care. Your project will require a final report within 18 months of the conference.

Please share this information with faculty who might be interested in submitting a proposal.

Template for Interprofessional Education Collaboration (IPEC)

Date of IPEC Institute                     April 30-May 2, 2018

Title of Submission

Date Submitted


Team Organizer


Title and Credentials

School Affiliation

Email Address

Telephone Number

Information for additional team members


Title and Credentials

School of Affiliation

Email Address

Telephone Number

Brief description of the proposed IPE project (no more than one page)


Patricia Danielewicz Collaboration, UMB NewsNovember 29, 20170 comments
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‘Freedom Riders’ Talks Set for Dec. 4-5 at School of Social Work

Paul Breines, retired member of the Boston College history department and a participant in the 1961 Freedom Rides to Jackson, Miss., will speak at the School of Social Work on Dec. 4 and 5, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day, in the school’s auditorium. The talk’s title is “Bigger Than Buses — The Legacy of the Freedom Riders.”

Space is limited, so please arrive early if you wish to attend.

Matt Conn Bulletin Board, University LifeNovember 29, 20170 comments
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Presentation on Development of Infectivity-Selective Oncolytic Adenoviruses

Masato Yamamoto, MD, PhD, will hold a presentation on Development of Infectivity-Selective Oncolytic Adenoviruses on Monday, Dec. 11, noon to 1 p.m. in the sixth floor conference room of the Department of Orthopaedics, 110 S. Paca-Pratt Building.

Yamamoto is professor and director of Basic and Translational Research Labs in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. His lab is one of the leading labs in the field of development of adenovirus vector-based cancer therapeutics. They have recently developed a novel vector production method that enables generation of high-diversity adenoviral library for high throughput screen targeting many motifs. They have successfully applied replication competent adenoviruses to therapeutic gene transfer at high level in the cancer cells.






Masato Yamamoto For B'more, ResearchNovember 28, 20170 comments
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Join UMMC for Schwartz Rounds and Nursing Grand Rounds Back-to-Back

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m., the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) will host a two-hour special event featuring the emotional exploration of Schwartz Rounds (Topic: “Taking Things Personally: The Toil and Harvest of Caregiving”) and a unique experiential Nursing Grand Rounds (Topic: “Odes, Licks, and Flicks: The Role of Humanities in Health Care”).

The event, which will be held in the UMMC Auditorium, is free and open to all University of Maryland students, residents, fellows, nurses, faculty, staff, and allied health providers.


Shapir Rosenberg Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Contests, Education, People, ResearchNovember 28, 20170 comments
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Take a Study Break at USAD’s Charity Holiday Celebration

The United Students of African Descent (USAD) is hosting its Charity Holiday Celebration for UMB students to relax and take a break from studying on Monday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. in Room 351 of the SMC Campus Center.

Students will have the opportunity to decorate ornaments and bring in items for donation. Cookies, hot chocolate, coffee, fruit, and cupcakes will be provided, and a movie will be playing in the background.

Temitope Foleyson People, University LifeNovember 28, 20170 comments
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Weekend Work Wins Drummond Praise, Employee of Month Award

Persia Drummond says she’s the joker of the group among her co-workers at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), where she is the weekend supervisor. That was evident when she was honored as UMB’s November Employee of the Month on Nov. 20.

After surprising Drummond with the award, UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, shared a series of glowing comments about her work at the library, thanked her for her efforts, and said he had some things to give her.

“Ooooh, presents!” Drummond replied, eliciting laughter from the group of HS/HSL colleagues in the President’s Conference Room that included M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, associate vice president, academic affairs, and executive director, HS/HSL; Alexa Mayo, MLIS, AHIP, associate director for services; and Everly Brown, MLIS, head of information services.

The laughs continued after Perman told her there would be an extra $250 in her next paycheck. Drummond smiled, rubbed her hands together, and said, “Ooooh, I can buy more books! Thank you!”

“I am probably the ‘jokiest’ person at the library,” Drummond said later, “and I just like to make everything fun. I just have energy and bubbliness. I even make cleaning day fun, like, ‘Let’s have snacks and pizza, and let’s clean while we do it!’ ”

When it comes to getting her job done, though, Drummond is super serious, showing impressive work ethic, versatility, and dedication to the HS/HSL.

“She is professional, dedicated, a natural leader, and proud of her work, regularly receiving compliments from colleagues and patrons,” said Brown, her supervisor. “As our weekend supervisor, she is responsible for not only the service desk but also control of the building when there are often many students and visitors around but few other employees.”

Perman echoed Brown’s compliments, telling Drummond, “People say that when they encounter you in the library, you’re always so helpful. Dr. Philip Mackowiak, a professor emeritus at the School of Medicine whom I hold in very high regard, said in an email, ‘Just a short note of praise for Persia Drummond. I needed help in the library today and she went out of her way to see I got what I needed.’

“There are a lot of accolades for you, and you’re the kind of person we need a couple thousand of at UMB,” Perman said. “So I want to thank you. Keep up the good work.”

Drummond, who has worked at the library for 12 years, pulls 12-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday, providing reference and circulation services among other tasks. “Anything I can do that’s within the scope of the library, I will do,” Drummond said. “And if any emergency arises, I’m in charge of the building.”

In addition, she’s as dependable and durable as can be, according to her supervisor. “She is exceptionally reliable and hasn’t called out sick or used annual leave on a weekend for years,” Brown said. “This is remarkable and shows a profound dedication to the library and respect for her colleagues.”

Drummond says she’s simply being conscientious, not wanting to disrupt a co-worker’s weekend plans by asking someone to fill in for her.

“By the time you get to the weekend, most of the people have already worked their 40 hours, so I just don’t get sick,” she said. “People are going to be doing their weekend events, so I make it my business to be there. I plan my activities during the weekdays.”

Drummond has a bachelor’s degree in management from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and is aiming to complete her master’s degree in project management from UMUC by 2019. She says she might pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting, too, so she could do that part-time.

But library services are closest to her heart.

“I just love libraries, and I love helping people. That’s what it comes down to,” Drummond said, turning serious. “I work with a great group of people, and it’s an overall good campus. You run into interesting people, unique personalities.”

One of those unique personalities is Drummond, the humorous sort who also showed off her humility by saying her Employee of the Month honor was a group effort.

“It’s an honor, and I wish everyone at the library could win,” she said. “We’re a great bunch. It’s easier to do my job because it’s a great place to work.”

— Lou Cortina

Lou Cortina People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 27, 20170 comments
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Staff Senate’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive a Success

The UMB Staff Senate’s Community Outreach Committee led another successful, month-long Thanksgiving Basket Drive, right on the tail of its hugely successful Back to School Drive, to benefit families in the University’s neighboring communities.

Many of the benefactors were neighbors who frequent the UMB Community Engagement Center for activities and programs such as weekly line dancing, legal clinics, workforce initiatives, and other programming at the direct request of UMB’s neighbors.

Collection bins were placed in buildings around campus and monitored by senators designated for each location. This year, donations supported more than 120 local families that included CURE Scholar families, Community Engagement Center stakeholders, and families with children attending West Baltimore K-12 partner schools.

Brian Sturdivant Community Service, For B'more, PeopleNovember 27, 20172 comments
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Channeling My Inner Beyoncé: Learning to Sing Like a Pro

Sitting at my desk, rarely taking the opportunity to leave for lunch, I was intrigued when I saw the Elm post, “Broadway 101 Event at Hippodrome: Learn to Sing with Becky Mossing.”

One of my five children, now a college freshman, has been studying classical voice since early middle school. For years, I have sat on the sidelines listening to her instructor teach her and observing her performances. But for me, a “shower singer” who can barely remember the words, I thought this would be a great opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and into my daughter’s shoes. I clicked the link to sign up.

On the day of the event, we were escorted through the side door of the Hippodrome, where we could sneak a quick peek at the inner operations of the theater, an exciting opportunity to be sure. We quickly took an elevator up to a small rehearsal room that featured an upright piano and mirrored walls and was encircled by a two-tiered ballet bar.

Mossing introduced herself and began sharing her operatic knowledge with our group of attendees from across the University of Maryland System. It was the second event in the series, arranged through the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture, and she indicated that it was going to be a hands-on — or should we say “voice-on” — vocal lesson.

Mossing started our experience by explaining that she likes to teach through visualization, creating many visual scenarios that help her protégés identify with the principals and technique she fosters. So we immediately got into singer-stance, a neutral position that was like a tree  — knees slightly bent, but not locked, and loose limbs. This anchored us and gave us the perception of power and strength while creating a pathway for better energy flow with our breath.

Next, we envisioned a large, fat straw pulling air into our mouths, channeling it through our airways and filling our abdomens. Even though we all understood that breathing involves air entering our lungs, Mossing wanted us to learn that what we really need to do to be in control of our singing is to direct or “channel” that energy into our stomach area. This technique actually results in more oxygen filling our lung space, which enhances our ability to peacefully push out the melodic “me, may, ma, mow, mu” sounds she next instructed us to emit. We visualized our “sound” (aka our “voice”) filling all of the sinuses in our faces and heads. She demonstrated how to casually release the sound from our throat and let it spill over our lips, causing a vibration as it was liberated.

As the lesson continued, we were asked to identify a strong female singer: Collectively, we selected Beyoncé. Mossing explained that one of the most important aspects of singing is that we need to develop great technique, but technique alone will not make us great singers. It’s the combination of learned skill with passion that gives connectivity to what we are singing. So we all channeled our inner Beyoncé and continued to use our “head voices” as the lesson carried on.

We were each handed a copy of “What I Did for Love,” one of the musical scores from A Chorus Line. Most of the attendees were familiar with reading music and the musical selection, so the fun began! We read through the music and began to sing. Mossing kept reminding us to use our head voices. We repeated stanzas and focused on controlling our sound as opposed to “belting” out the tune. After 15 minutes of rehearsal, we actually sounded quite good.

We ended the lesson with a fun exercise — each attendee selected a sound to make vocally. We went around the circle, one after another, adding on to the existing sounds. The first person started by repeating “beeeeeep-bop,” the next person added “whiirrr,” someone chimed in with a low “laaaaaa,” and next, a high-pitched “ding.” The additions continued until collectively we produced a melodic tune.

We were all quite impressed with our accomplishments during the hourlong lesson. It was great to take a midday break from our work to not only become educated in the fine art of opera, but also have fun while meeting new colleagues. Certainly, no one is ready to perform at the coveted Super Bowl halftime show in February, but a few participants left planning to sign up for additional vocal lessons. Holly Hammond, laboratory research specialist at the School of Medicine, summed it up as follows: “This class was wonderful! … [It was] a real day maker! Thank you so much for the Hippodrome series! [It is a] very wonderful benefit of employment at the University.”

For more on the Council for the Arts & Culture, and to get information on other upcoming Broadway 101 events at the Hippodrome, visit the council’s web page.

— Dana Rampolla


Dana Rampolla Collaboration, People, University LifeNovember 27, 20171 comment
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Pharmacist McPherson Named Visionary in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS, CPE, professor and executive director of advanced postgraduate education in palliative care in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has been named a Visionary in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). She is one of 30 health care professionals, and the only pharmacist, to be honored by the organization this year in recognition of her continued work to advance the field.

“In the nearly 30 years since she joined the faculty at the School of Pharmacy, Dr. McPherson has achieved worldwide recognition as a trusted authority in the field of hospice and palliative care medicine,” says Jill A. Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, associate professor and chair of PPS. “She has dedicated her career not only to improving care for patients diagnosed with serious illnesses and their families as a practicing pharmacist, but also to educating future generations of practitioners to ensure that they enter the field prepared to have a marked impact on the lives of their patients. There is no one more deserving of this award, and our department congratulates her on this tremendous achievement.”

Pioneer in Palliative Care

An international expert in the field of palliative care and pain management, McPherson received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the school in 1986 and joined the faculty in 1990. She has maintained a practice in hospice and ambulatory care throughout her career while teaching extensively in the school’s PharmD program on pain management and end-of-life care. She established one of the first palliative care pharmacy residency programs in the United States at the school and recently launched an online, interprofessional MS in Palliative Care program for which she serves as director. She is the author of four books, including Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations: A Guide for Effective Dosing, and has received numerous honors and awards for her practice and teaching throughout her career, including the Presidential Citation from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and the Robert C. Chalmers Distinguished Educator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. McPherson over the years on a number of educational activities, both with AAHPM and now with her recently launched MS in Palliative Care program at the School of Pharmacy,” says Vincent Jay Vanston, MD, FAAHPM, associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, who nominated McPherson for the award. “She is a truly outstanding teacher. Through passion, humor, and a razor-sharp mind, she engages students and draws them into her commitment to providing excellent care for patients near the end of life. More importantly, she is a genuinely kind person. She is honestly interested in her students and works assiduously to help them achieve their goals.”

Pinnacle of Success

Hospice and palliative medicine is the medical specialty that focuses on improving quality of life and relieving pain and other symptoms of seriously ill patients. AAHPM is the professional organization for physicians who specialize in this field, though members also include nurses and other health care professionals such as pharmacists, who have demonstrated a commitment to improving quality of life for seriously ill patients and their families. Its Visionaries in Hospice and Palliative Medicine awards program was established in 2012. The award is presented to deserving leaders in the field every five years based on nominations submitted by AAHPM members. From the more than 140 nominations received this year, 30 practitioners were selected as recipients.

“This program recognizes key individuals who have been critical in building and shaping our field over the past 30 years,” says Steve R. Smith, MS CAE, chief executive officer for AAHPM. “These individuals represent thousands of other health care professionals in this country who provide quality medical care and support for those living with serious illness — each and every day.”

McPherson will receive her award at the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care in March. She and the other honorees join the inaugural group of Visionaries named by the organization in 2012.

“It is truly an honor to have been named one of this year’s Visionaries in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, particularly given the list of ‘who’s who’ nominees for this prestigious award,” McPherson says.  “I am touched that my peers thought that my work in the field to date has been of value, and receiving this recognition has invigorated me to continue my work with palliative care colleagues from across all health disciplines to further advance the role of appropriate medication management in serious illness.”

Malissa Carroll

Malissa Carroll Clinical Care, Education, People, UMB NewsNovember 22, 20170 comments
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