Archive for April, 2018

Plaza Garage: One Lane In, One Lane Out

A note to Plaza Garage parkers:

Beginning Monday, May 21, and ending Friday, June 8, the Plaza Garage will be undergoing necessary structural repairs. To accommodate these repairs, a temporary change in daily garage operations will be necessary. Entry and exit will be done through one lane only. This will be managed by 24/7 traffic control within the affected areas in the garage.

The ability to use the garage’s revenue control system will not be possible; therefore, all patients and visitors must adhere to an $8 cash-only flat rate due upon entry. University-issued prepaid or chargeback vouchers also will be accepted upon entry as payment. All patients and visitors with alternate forms of payments such as credit cards, debit cards, or checks must park in the Baltimore Grand Garage or the Penn Street Garage.

During this time, there will be areas within the Plaza Garage that will require spaces to be taken out of service. This, coupled with the temporary operational changes, could cause delayed entrance and exit with the possibility of the garage becoming full more frequently.

To address the issue of redirecting permit holders because of the garage becoming full or having delayed entry and exit, the Office of Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is offering a limited number of parkers the opportunity to relocate temporarily to the Penn Street, Saratoga Street, or Baltimore Grand garages.

PTS will handle requests on a first-come, first-served basis. To request the relocation, please email your parking liaison your first and last name, permit number, and preferred garage selection (Penn, Saratoga, or Baltimore Grand). PTS will confirm by email when we have switched you to the garage you chose.

When the structural repair is complete, your liaison will notify you when you must return to your home garage.

Electric vehicle spaces also will not be accessible during this period. Alternate electric vehicle spaces are available at the Baltimore Grand, Pearl Street, Pratt Street, and Saratoga Street garages.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Dana RampollaUniversity LifeApril 23, 20180 comments
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Department of PT and Rehabilitation Science’s Research Day is May 14

Emily Keshner, PT, EdD, professor of physical therapy in the College of Public Health and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Temple University, will be the keynote speaker as the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science hosts its Research Day on May 14. Her address will be titled “Crossroads and Pathways: Reflections of a PT, Researcher and Educator” and will be followed by a poster session.

Here are the details:

  • Date: Monday, May 14
  • Time: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: MSTF Leadership Hall and Atrium
  • Additional invited speaker: Elizabeth Woytowicz, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Irvine: “‘Complementary Hemispheric Dominance of Bilateral Movements In Young and Old Adults”
  • Note: This event is pending approval for .04 contact hours by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
  • RSVP: Please RSVP to Janice Abarro at or 410-706-0856
Donna BethkeClinical CareApril 20, 20180 comments
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Enhance UMB’s Social Media Efforts With This Online Survey

The University’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs wants your input on UMB’s social media. Complete our survey and let us know how we can better improve our engagement, content, and social presence.

Your input will help the office define our communications with the UMB community. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes, and we assure that all answers provided with be kept in the strictest confidentiality. Please complete the survey by Friday, May 25.

Click here to take the survey.

Kristi McGuireBulletin Board, Collaboration, People, Research, University LifeApril 20, 20180 comments
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Quantum Financials Passes Another Milestone

Quantum Financials, which will become UMB’s new financial and reporting system, passed another milestone last week: the completion of the second of four conference room pilots, or CRPs. CRPs are testing cycles used to confirm that the decisions made so far will work for the University when the new system goes live.

The purpose of the second testing cycle was to give Functional Leads hands-on experience with guiding system settings for their areas and in preparing for and executing UMB’s first round of testing within specific areas of the application, including purchasing and finance. The testing cycle was a success. The team identified processes that worked successfully and some that need additional refinements, and it even uncovered a few bugs that are being researched and addressed by the software vendor.

Functional Leads Susan McKechnie (finance), Joe Evans (procurement), and Kevin Cooke (grants) led preparation and testing within their respective areas. In fact, the Quantum Change Champions group got a sneak peek of the upgraded system at the group’s April 19 meeting. Evans led the group of 25 through creating and approving a requisition in Quantum, showcasing new features including purchasing from a catalog and quick ways to view the status of recent requisitions.

First System Upgrade/Evaluation Underway

As CRP2 activities ended, the project team immediately shifted focus to upgrading UMB’s environments to the most current release of the software — the version we will use when Quantum goes live. Functional and technical team members are now evaluating new features, functionality, and how UMB’s settings work with the new release.

Conversions and Integration Testing

The technical teams have been very busy as well. Team members created programs to convert data from eUMB Financials to Quantum. Preparation for CRP2 included testing and refining 15 conversion programs needed to populate the Quantum environments with UMB data such as suppliers, department IDs, and some sample transactional and historic data. CRP2 also included testing 11 of the 46 integrations that Quantum will have to make with other systems such as iLabs, BIORESCO, eUMB HRMS, and the state of Maryland’s R*STARS system. Each conversion and integration requires its own program as well as testing, data validation, and refinement cycles.

What’s Next?

As the team finishes evaluating the features and functionality delivered in the upgraded version of Oracle Cloud Financials, members will begin running another testing cycle — this time in the upgraded release. This cycle will include more converted data, integrations, and solutions than were in the previous cycle. The team will retest transactions and processes run through during CRP2 for any changes in results.

Finally, watch this space for information on the second town hall meeting to be held in early summer. That meeting will be your first chance to get a sneak peek at what’s coming in Quantum Financials!

Robin ReidTechnology, UMB NewsApril 20, 20180 comments
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‘Crush’s Homers for Hearts’ Benefits UM Children’s Hospital on May 14

The second annual “Crush’s Homers for Hearts” Home Run Derby, an exclusive event hosted by Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and his wife Jill, will be held May 14 at Oriole Park to benefit the Children’s Heart Program at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital.

Home Run Derby participants will experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play baseball at Oriole Park, including a warm-up on the field with the Orioles’ strength and conditioning coach, complimentary food and beverages, and photo opportunities with Jill and Chris Davis.

Here are the details:

  • Date: Monday, May 14
  • Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Location: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • Learn more: Visit this link.
Madeline BullockBulletin Board, PeopleApril 19, 20180 comments
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Med Students, Surgeons Share College/Career Advice with Local High Schoolers

On April 16, a group of first-year students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine hosted 23 freshmen from the PTECH School at Dunbar for a panel discussion on college and health care careers. This was followed by “Stop the Bleed” training provided by trauma surgeons from the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Stop the Bleed is a national campaign designed to prepare laypersons to address life-threatening bleeding after everyday emergencies or natural disasters. It is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma.

The PTECH School at Dunbar is a new six-year high school program that featuesg integrated high school and college coursework leading to an industry recognized postsecondary degree in a health care field (physical therapy, nursing, health information technology, and respiratory care) for all enrolled students. As an industry partner and Baltimore anchor institution, UMB partners with PTECH to provide campus-based learning opportunities and mentors from the University community.

The April 16 activity was organized by first-year medical students and panelists Dominique Gelmann, Mohammad Hadavand, Molly Himmelrich, Atizaz Hussain, and Madeleine Smith, in partnership with trauma surgeons Laura Buchanan, MD, Sharon Henry, MD, Habeeba Park, MD, Jason Pasley, DO, and the UMB Office of Community Engagement (OCE). Participating students gained valuable information about general preparation for higher education and specifics on how to prepare now for future careers in medicine.

Alexia Smith, corporate education liaison for PTECH, said about the visit, “The information our students gained from this experience was invaluable! Not only did they learn to start thinking critically and early about the process of continuing their education beyond their high school diploma and associate degrees, they gained a valuable skill in the Stop the Bleeding training, which can help them save people’s lives. The kids were ecstatic, and this experience really helped build their confidence. Thank you!”

OCE challenges student groups, staff, and faculty across the UMB campus to develop creative ways to share their chosen career paths with our K-12 partners. If you, your student organization, or department would like to propose such an activity or gain assistance in developing creative ways to engage our community partners, please contact Brian Sturdivant, MSW, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships, via email at or by calling 410-706-1678.

Brian SturdivantCollaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, USGAApril 18, 20180 comments
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Register for First UMB Teaching with Technology Day

At the first UMB Teaching with Technology Day on May 24, you can join colleagues for an event focused on effective ways technology can be used in higher education. Keynote speaker M.J. Bishop, EdD, director of the University System of Maryland William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, will kick off the event. A panel discussion, lunchtime table talks, and a “Technology Test Kitchen” will round out the day.

Here are the event details:

  • Date: Thursday, May 24
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: University of Maryland School of Nursing, 655 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Registration and more information: Visit this link and check back often, because new information is being added daily.
Everly BrownEducation, People, TechnologyApril 18, 20180 comments
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Peace Corps Director Olsen to Give UMB Commencement Keynote Speech

Former UMB faculty member Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW, confirmed in March as the director of the Peace Corps, will be the University’s keynote speaker at commencement on May 18.

Olsen has served four previous stints — the most recent in 2001 to 2009 as deputy director and then, for eight months, acting director — with the Peace Corps, the country’s flagship international service organization with more than 230,000 American volunteers assisting in 140 host countries since President John F. Kennedy established it in 1961.

Interested in giving back, Olsen came to UMB in 2010 and became immersed in activities as a visiting professor at the School of Social Work, lecturer at the Graduate School, founding member of UMBrella (UMB Roundtable on Empowerment in Leadership and Leveraging Aspirations), even moderating UMB’s 2017 Women’s History Month panel discussion with community leaders and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Olsen also kept international affairs close to her heart as director of UMB’s Center for Global Education Initiatives and co-chair of the Global Health Interprofessional Council. She used her deep knowledge of international development (she has traveled to more than 100 countries) and her commitment to interdisciplinary learning to redefine high-quality out-of-country experiences and give UMB students a transformative global education.

She was nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the Peace Corps on Jan. 3. In her remarks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in February, Olsen focused much of her testimony not on the Peace Corps’ work overseas, but on how Peace Corps volunteers strengthen their home communities once they return from service abroad.

“Returned Peace Corps volunteers bring home unique language, cultural, and diplomatic skills,” she said. “They are true global citizens, contributing to our economy, our country, and the urban and rural communities where they live and work all across the United States.”

She added: “Time and again … I see the remarkable ways that returned Peace Corps volunteers teach, inspire, and strengthen communities back home in the United States.”

The students from across UMB’s schools benefited in much the same way from the four summer research projects in Malawi that Olsen participated in and the student trips she led to Central America and South Asia.

“We’re trying to cultivate a mutually respectful situation to solve problems,” Olsen said in 2014 after 33 students from all seven UMB schools traveled in teams to Rwanda, Kenya, Gambia, Malawi, Zambia, Hong Kong, and the Philippines to work on solutions to community-specific health problems. “The opportunity to do that is a gift. It gives students a head start in a world where we’re increasingly dependent on each other.”

Olsen knew she wanted to work globally during her first few days as the Peace Corps’ country director in Togo. With the ink barely dry on her dissertation — a study of end-of-life satisfaction in elderly populations — Olsen landed in the West African nation with her family. There, she oversaw the work of 135 volunteers.

“I walked into that office and I knew immediately I would stay international,” she said. “I liked the action. I liked leading international teams and creating an environment for people to be successful.”

Now confirmed, Olsen will have the opportunity to do just that for the 7,400 current Peace Corps volunteers. She could face hardships, with the organization perhaps facing 15 percent budget cuts, according to some reports.

But Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, dean of the School of Social Work, has no doubts that Olsen will excel.

“Jody Olsen is a tireless champion,” he said. “She is a terrific communicator, relentlessly optimistic and affirming, and exceptionally knowledgeable about all things international.”

Glenn Blumhorst, president and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association, echoed Barth’s praise after the nomination was announced. “America and the world need the Peace Corps now more than ever,” Blumhorst said in a statement. “We’re excited Jody has the opportunity to lead it.”

— Chris Zang

To read more about the commencement speakers and honorees, visit this link.

For more on next month’s ceremonies, visit UMB’s Commencement 2018 website.

Chris ZangPeople, UMB News, University LifeApril 18, 20180 comments
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Integrative Medicine Congress to be Held in Baltimore in May

The International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health will take place at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront on May 8-11, 2018. The congress is convened by the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health, a group of 71 esteemed academic health centers and affiliated institutions. The consortium is committed to making this congress the premier international forum for integrative medicine research.

The congress will bring together the best and the brightest working globally in the field of integrative medicine and health. Connect, share, learn, and collaborate in this dynamic community, where the leading work is being done via research, clinical care, policy, and education.

Former Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland will be the special guest speaker. Other speakers include UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD; Alessio Fasano, MD; Steven Woolf, MD, MPH; Peter Wayne, PhD; Tracy Gaudet, MD; and Helene Langevin, MD.

Additionally, faculty and staff from the University of Maryland School of Medicine will have posters and presentations on a variety of topics and several faculty members will be leading after-hours events.

Integrative medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, and is informed by evidence. Integrative medicine includes many disciplines, types of practitioners, and therapeutic approaches; the evidence base is complex and growing quickly. The International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health focuses on the evidence base in the practice of integrative medicine. We expect more than 1,200 researchers, clinicians, and trainees from around the world to attend. The congress organizers invite individuals from all disciplines and professions engaged in integrative medicine and health to attend.

The congress will showcase original scientific research through keynote and plenary sessions, oral and poster presentations, and innovative sessions. Research areas to be presented and discussed include basic science, clinical trials, lifestyle and prevention, methodology, health services, cost effectiveness, and education.

For more information and to register, visit this link.

Rebekah OwensBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, Research, UMB NewsApril 17, 20180 comments
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Technical Support Scams: What They Are and How to Avoid Them

What are Technical Support Scams?

In a technical support scam, a scam artist will try to contact you by phone or initiate contact via a website, often through a pop-up window in your web browser. If you are browsing an unfamiliar website and receive a pop-up claiming that your computer is infected, you should immediately disconnect from that site.

If you receive a call, the scammer typically will claim to be a representative from Microsoft or Apple technical support and claim that they have noticed your computer appears to be infected and is causing an issue that has come to their attention. They will highlight common concerns regarding your computer, such as viruses or malware. They will emphasize the danger in not addressing these issues and offer to “fix” these manufactured issues by connecting to your system.

What is the Possible Impact of Such Scams?

The goal of the scammer is to gain remote access to your computer, and once they have achieved that via legitimate remote desktop software, such as LogMeIn, they will do one or more of the following:

  • Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive information, such as your online banking account name and password (they also might then charge you to remove this software).
  • Persuade you to download software that will allow them to take control of your computer remotely and adjust settings to leave your computer vulnerable.
  • Request credit card information so they can bill you for phone services.
  • Direct you to fraudulent websites and ask you to enter credit card and other personal or financial information there.

Many of these scammers have shell companies or fake entities with full websites and toll-free telephone numbers that you can call.

How Can I Protect Myself from Technical Support Scams?

Legitimate technical support services will never contact you and ask for credit card or other financial information, or offer services in exchange for subscriptions and fees.

Per Microsoft’s website, if someone contacts you claiming to be Microsoft:

  • Do not purchase any software or services.
  • Ask if there is a fee or subscription associated with the “service” — if there is, hang up.
  • Never give control of your computer to a third party unless you can confirm that it is a legitimate representative of a computer support team with whom you are already a customer or you have initiated the trouble call.
  • Take down the person’s information and immediately report it to your local authorities.
  • Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone claiming to be from Microsoft or other technical support.

You can review the following resources to further protect  yourself against technical support scams:


Fred SmithEducation, TechnologyApril 17, 20180 comments
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May 1 is Go-Live Date for Updated Enterprise System Kuali Research

Kuali Research is the updated version of UMB’s current enterprise system – Kuali Coeus – for electronic research administration. Among other new features and enhancements, Kuali Research guides the user through the proposal entry process and includes additional validations for National Institutes of Health proposals to reduce submission errors.

To facilitate migration to the new system, neither Kuali Coeus nor Kuali Research will be available from April 23 until the go-live date of May 1.

During this transition, Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) staff will be available to answer questions and assist with proposal submission. Click here for SPA staff assignments.

Training for Kuali Research is available for existing users, and additional training and guidance will be made available after May 1. Contact your SPA team for more information.

Janet SimonsResearch, TechnologyApril 13, 20180 comments
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Green Street Academy Students Visit School of Pharmacy

On the morning of April 9, a group of 33 high school students with aspirations in health-related careers visited UMB from Green Street Academy in West Baltimore to learn about careers in pharmacy.

Students participated in a walking tour of the UMB campus that culminated with a presentation on careers in pharmacy at Pharmacy Hall. While at the School of Pharmacy, students toured the Fred Abramson Pharmacy Practice Lab, Walgreens Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) rooms, the IV Lab, the Pharmacy Hall museum, and lecture halls.

Students also learned how they will need to prepare now if they think they’re interested in a career in pharmacy. The pharmacy presentation and building tour was developed by JuliAna Brammer, MBA, director of admissions, Records and Registration, and Patrice Sharp, office manager, Student Affairs, and it was led by third-year student Gloria Rinomhota.

“Oftentimes, students may not be aware of the diverse areas that pharmacists practice,” Brammer said. “We find that information given by our current pharmacy students, along with presentations and hands-on activities, helps to engage and expose K-12 students to careers in pharmacy.”

UMB’s Office of Community Engagement works to develop relationships with public schools in West Baltimore and leverage campus resources to meet needs identified by these schools, with career exposure being among the top requests.

OCE challenges student groups, staff, and faculty across the UMB campus to develop creative ways to share their chosen career paths with our K-12 partners. If you, your student organization, or department would like to propose such an activity or gain assistance in developing creative ways to engage our community partners, please contact Brian Sturdivant, MSW, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships, via email at or by calling 410-706-1678.

Brian SturdivantCommunity Service, Education, For B'moreApril 12, 20180 comments
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Lunch and Learn Seminar: ‘What to Expect – Body Pain As You Age’

Join University of Maryland Pain Management for a free Lunch & Learn seminar on April 24, as Dr. Omar Alyamani, instructor of anesthesiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will answer questions and discuss normal and abnormal body changes during the aging process.

Here are the details:

  • When: Tuesday, April 24
  • Time: Noon
  • Where: Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044
  • To attend: Registration is required. Sign up at this link or call 1-800-492-5538.
  • Note: Lunch will be provided.
Merideth MarrBulletin Board, People, University LifeApril 12, 20180 comments
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Join Us for MedArt Maryland on April 24

Join us at MedArt Maryland as we explore health care topics in an open and inviting space through the lens of the arts — painting and film, poetry and music, sculpture and prose.

Here are the details for our April meeting:

  • Date: Tuesday, April 24
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Health Sciences and Human Services Library, Gladhill Board Room, Fifth Floor
  • This month’s topic: “Healing Art.”
  • Special guest: Art therapist Marty Weishaar, LGPAT
  • Note: Light snacks will be served.
  • RSVP: Send an email to
Briana MathisClinical Care, UMB NewsApril 12, 20180 comments
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