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DACA Support

In response to the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was being rescinded, Campus Life Services organized listening sessions to solicit feedback regarding how to move forward as a University community to support individuals who are affected directly or indirectly by this announcement. The feedback, compassion, and support toward DACA students and their families expressed in those listening sessions was palpable.

A number of excellent suggestions were provided as a result through those listening sessions. A DACA resources page is available here. Please review the information there to learn how to find help and how to get involved. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. University President Jay A. Perman, MD, has expressed his support for DACA students and their families.

Also be aware of several events:
• The Carey School of Law’s Immigration Clinic will provide free, confidential legal services to UMB students, faculty, staff, and family members for DACA renewals on Monday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 7 p.m. Register here. Individuals who currently have work authorization pursuant to the DACA program that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, may apply to renew their DACA work authorization. The deadline for filing the renewal application is Oct. 5, 2017.

Organizing for DREAMers will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in the SMC Campus Center Green Room. It will include both bystander and know-your-rights information, presented by CASA.

• The UMB Student Counseling Center stands ready to assist any student who is experiencing distress. Counseling services are free, and information will not be shared with anyone without your written permission. Health Sciences and Human Services Library, 4th floor, Suite 440. 410-328-8404. Contact person: Emilia K. Petrillo

  
Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, People, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGASeptember 21, 20170 comments
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Multi-Factor Authentication Coming for Office 365

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is being rolled out for Office 365 this fall as a means to provide extra cyber security and guard against phishing attacks.

At UMB, we will be transitioning to an approach that allows you to use a mobile device in addition to your UMID and password to achieve a significantly higher level of security and almost entirely negate the risk associated with phishing and similar attacks.

In the coming weeks, the Center for Information Technology (CITS) will hold a series of demonstrations on how to register your MFA device and how to sign on to and interact with Office 365.

Go to the CITS web page on MFA for a regularly updated schedule of these demonstrations and more information about multi-factor authentication.

  
Joe Dincau TechnologySeptember 18, 20170 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the September issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on workplace wellness and Launch Your Life, a look ahead to UMB Night at Oriole Park and Dr. Perman’s quarterly Q&A, a recap of the YouthWorks and CURE Scholars summer programs, a story on a patient’s kayak journey to honor the late Dr. Brodie, a safety tip concerning personal property, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

 

  
Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, Research, Technology, University Life, USGASeptember 11, 20170 comments
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Founders Week Award Winners Named

Every fall, we dedicate one week to commemorating UMB’s rich history and to celebrating the future we’re building together. Among the highlights of Founders Week is recognizing the extraordinary work of our faculty and staff. Four awards are given every year, each signifying outstanding accomplishment in one facet of our mission. We’re delighted to announce the recipients of our 2017 Founders Week Awards.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Bartley P. Griffith, MD
School of Medicine
Thomas E. and Alice Marie Hales Distinguished Professor in Transplant Surgery
Founder, Breethe, Inc.

A world-renowned heart and lung transplant surgeon, Dr. Griffith struggled for decades to develop an artificial lung — one that wouldn’t tie patients to a breathing machine in a hospital bed.

After 20 years, he achieved his goal, creating a portable, at-home device for artificial respiration.

To market this technology, which should help hundreds of thousands of patients each year, Dr. Griffith in 2014 worked with UM Ventures, the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s commercialization arm, to found the company Breethe, Inc.

Based at the BioPark, Breethe, Inc. is deep into product development, funded to date through three rounds of equity capital with Dr. Griffith playing an active role.

Dr. Griffith, who came to the School of Medicine in 2001, has performed more than 1,250 heart transplants and nearly 700 lung transplants.

In 2010, when he was named UMB’s Researcher of the Year, Dr. Griffith was credited with having “the most heavily funded cardiac surgery program in the United States” with $25 million the previous decade.

In addition to his lung breakthroughs, Griffith was one of the early surgeons to implant a Jarvik heart, and he developed a pediatric heart pump.

Previously chief of cardiac surgery at the School of Medicine, Dr. Griffith recently raised funding to endow a joint chair between the SOM Department of Surgery and the Department of Bioengineering in College Park. The chair helps to create new medical devices.


Public Servant of the Year

Susan M. Antol, PhD, RN
School of Nursing
Assistant professor, Department of Partnerships, Professional Education and Practice
Director, Wellmobile and School-Based Programs

During the past 19 years at the School of Nursing, Dr. Antol has developed innovative approaches for meeting the needs of underserved individuals throughout the state. Applying her community health nursing expertise, her organizational skills, and her perseverance, she has brought health care services to at-risk children, the homeless, immigrants, migrant workers, veterans, and victims of human trafficking.

She has led nurse-managed school-based programs providing direct care to children and has served on key statewide committees such as the Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care and the Governor’s School-Based Health Center Policy Advisory Council.

As director of the Governor’s Wellmobile Program since 2009, Dr. Antol has overseen nurse-managed primary care services in underserved areas ranging from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and Western Maryland. When Wellmobile funding was cut in half in fiscal year 2010, she pursued grants and partnerships, securing three years of funding from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, and in 2017 partnered with other University schools in a $1.2 million grant from the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission.

An advocate for interprofessional practice, she received $1.04 million in 2015 in Health Resources and Services Administration funding to expand the Wellmobile’s interprofessional practice. In collaboration with the schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Social Work, Dr. Antol and her team have implemented an interprofessional practice that serves as a clinical education site and is examining new methods of providing care through the Wellmobile.


Researcher of the Year

Robert K. Ernst, PhD
School of Dentistry
Professor, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis

Dr. Ernst and his colleagues are engineering rationally designed mimetics based on bacterial surface molecules that will inhibit the body’s immune response to sepsis, a condition that causes a death every two minutes in the U.S.

In particular, he is at the forefront of innovative research studying the molecular basis by which bacteria modify the lipid component of their membrane, specifically lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and how these alterations affect or circumvent normal host innate immune system responses, potentially resulting in septic shock. Additionally, these modifications can promote resistance to host innate immune-killing mechanisms by antimicrobial compounds.

Therefore, altering the biosynthesis of LPS can render the bacteria more susceptible to host cell killing and/or antimicrobial intervention and serve as novel components or adjuvants required for the development of more effective vaccines.

The work of Dr. Ernst, a member of the School of Dentistry faculty since 2008, has attracted ongoing funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), MedImmune, as well as University of Maryland Ventures Seed Grant Funding and the state of Maryland Technology Development Corporation.

An advocate of interprofessional research, he has four colleagues from the School of Pharmacy on the NIH sepsis proposal. One of them, David Goodlett, PhD, co-founded a startup diagnostic company with Dr. Ernst called Pataigin. Its patented test “BACLIB” inexpensively identifies bacteria- and fungi-caused infections in less than an hour.


Teacher of the Year

Fadia Tohme Shaya, PhD, MPH
School of Pharmacy
Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs

Dr. Shaya leads by example and is an inspirational educator, teacher, and mentor to predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty.

She engages her students in research very early on, and includes them in publications. Under her mentorship, her trainees have been awarded prestigious research and training grants. Her courses — Medication Safety, Drug Abuse in the Community, and Formulary Management — are highly sought after and often referenced by graduates as among their most influential. Fluent in five languages (including her native French and Arabic), Dr. Shaya has trained visiting scholars from many countries, including Armenia, France, Israel, Lebanon, and Turkey, and is a popular guest speaker, nationally and internationally.

Along with her School of Pharmacy appointments, she is on the School of Medicine faculty (Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine), director of the Behavioral Health Research and Policy Program, associate director of the Center on Drugs and Public Policy, and adjunct faculty at the American University of Beirut.

Committed to interprofessional education (IPE), she organized an inter-school IPE program on training students to counter the opioid epidemic and how to administer naloxone.

Dr. Shaya also has supported the training of minority students and junior faculty, under the NIH minority supplement mechanism. She serves as a mentor to inner city high school students through the UMB Bioscience Summer Program.

As vice chair for Academic Affairs, Dr. Shaya has helped introduce population health and health services research-based courses in the PharmD curriculum and expand dual-degree options for pharmacy students.


For more on the Founders Week events, including the awards presentation at the Founders Gala on Saturday, Oct. 14, visit The Elm and Founders Week websites in the weeks to come.

  
Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University LifeAugust 28, 20170 comments
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Fall Workshops at HS/HSL

The HS/HSL offers a variety of free workshops to faculty, students, and staff.

This semester’s topics include:

  • Leveraging research impact data for tenure and promotion
  • Citation management with RefWorks
  • Research data management basics
  • Creating effective presentations using PowerPoint
  • Finding research literature using PubMed
  • Bioinformatics on the Cloud

See the full schedule and registration information.

  
Emily Gorman Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, TechnologyAugust 28, 20170 comments
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Meet The Makers: Warren L. Grayson, PhD

“Regeneration of Vascularized Skeletal Muscle”
Warren L. Grayson, PhD, Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, Noon
Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), Gladhill Board Room

Join us as we kick off “Meet the Makers,” an HS/HSL speaker series focused on emerging technology in the life sciences.

Our first guest speaker will be Warren L. Grayson, PhD, associate professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Grayson’s tissue engineering work combines biodegradable 3D printed models and stem cells for craniofacial and orthopaedic applications. You can watch the video of his TEDxBaltimore 2016 talk, “Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine,” to learn more about his work.

  
Brian Zelip Bulletin Board, People, Research, TechnologyAugust 23, 20170 comments
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Want to learn about Office 365 but are short on time?

If you have been unable to attend one of the instructor led Introduction to Office 365 classes but are eager to learn more about Office 365, OneDrive and Skype, you’re in luck! Three short videos have been created that cover the three primary Introduction to Office 365 topics.

The videos cover:

  • Introduction to Office 365 and OneDrive
  • Introduction to the Office 365 Portal
  • Introduction to Skype

These introductory videos are located on the MicroSoft Office 365 site and run approximately seven to nine minutes each. As Office 365 and OneDrive are the future of UMB, we encourage you to either attend a live training session or view these videos to learn more about these great tools!

  
Sarah Steinberg Collaboration, Education, TechnologyAugust 15, 20170 comments
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New Slideshows Coming Soon

Our web slideshows are getting a face-lift! The new designs, to be released Tuesday, Sept. 5, feature an engaging new look as well as some useful functional adjustments.

Web content managers: If you use the slideshow and slide content types on your web pages, please prepare to update your content as soon as possible. New fields and image size requirements can be reviewed in the UMB Web Manual. Don’t be caught off guard when the template is updated next month. This announcement affects umaryland.edu, ssw.umaryland.edu, dental.umaryland.edu, and graduate.umaryland.edu.

  
bossomTechnologyAugust 14, 20170 comments
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Women In Bio (WIB) Baltimore Pop Up Meetings

Women in Bio is a networking group that on Sept. 14 will host “Beyond SBIR — The Wide World of Non-Dilutive Funding for Innovative Researchers and Startup.” Speakers include Michael McGinnis and Joshua Seidel of the Latham BioPharm Group.

The event will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the UM BioPark Discover Auditorium, 801 W. Baltimore St., 21202. The seminar is free.

RSVP Now

  
Karen Underwood Collaboration, Education, For B'more, Research, Technology, University Life, USGAAugust 9, 20170 comments
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SharePoint – What It Is and Why You Want to Use It

SharePoint Online is now here at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Not sure what it is? Keep reading!

What Is It?

SharePoint is another tool in the Office 365 tool kit that continues to provide flexibility and facilitate collaboration. It enables departments, schools, and project members to securely share and collaborate with other faculty, staff, and students. With SharePoint, you can create collaborative websites that can be used to share files, assign tasks, start blogs, calendars, manage workflows, etc. from anywhere — at the office, at home, or from a mobile device. As with OneDrive, SharePoint is also HIPAA and FERPA compliant and University approved.

What Are the Benefits?

There are many great benefits. SharePoint can help improve communications, collaboration, reduce paperwork and manual processes, and safely store and share information within your department, school, and project. Specific benefits include:

  • Accessibility and flexibility: SharePoint Online is a cloud-based service so it is easily accessible to all UMB users both on and off campus by using a browser and logging into Office 365 or from your mobile device by using an app.
  • Microsoft programs: It is closely integrated with many other Microsoft programs that you use and are familiar with such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook as well as many new programs that will help create and automate business processes and tasks you do regularly.
  • Collaboration: It is a great tool to improve collaboration by sharing documents, creating and assigning tasks, using lists to track requests/information, sharing calendars and timelines, discussing topics, using a discussion board or newsfeeds, creating alerts and notifications, and much more.
  • Security: Content within SharePoint is securely stored using a Microsoft managed cloud environment. It is HIPAA and FERPA compliant. Security and permissions can be set at a site, folder, document, and item level.

Why Should I Use SharePoint?

A prime use for SharePoint is file sharing for teams and departments. But it’s more than that –

  • In addition to file storage, SharePoint offers context. It automatically provides version history for every Microsoft file so that you know what was changed, when, and by whom. Using the version history, you have the ability to revert to an older version. There is also the ability to set alerts for specific documents or folders. Anytime a change is made, you can be alerted.
  • New tools – newsfeed, discussion boards, calendars, lists, tasks, etc. – they allow for the team to share and access information and communication whenever and however they want, and ensure that everyone sees the same information.

In essence, every team and department can use their SharePoint site as an intranet – a one-stop shop to share information, calendars, and files. Especially for department/teams who may not all be in one physical location – by using SharePoint, everyone has access real-time to all the same information. It’s NOT just file storage! It’s information storage.

SharePoint enables you to gain so much flexibility and accessibility. To help you, the Enterprise Training Group provides both training opportunities and resources. Please visit the Office 365 website for information.

  
Sarah Steinberg Collaboration, TechnologyAugust 9, 20171 comment
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UMB is Offering a Discount on the Nissan LEAF

Thanks to the efforts of Dawn M. Rhodes, MBA, chief business and finance officer and vice president, Joe Evans, assistant vice president, and several others, UMB faculty, staff, students, and alumni have the opportunity to use a significant rebate to purchase an electric vehicle (EV), the Nissan LEAF. The Nissan program will provide a $10,000 rebate (effective until Sept. 30, 2017) on the purchase of the all-electric 2017 Nissan LEAF. This rebate can be combined with a $7,500 federal EV tax credit and a $3,000 Maryland state excise tax credit (based on the LEAF’s 30 kW/h battery), which combined with the rebate could make the purchase price of the 2017 Nissan LEAF between $12,000 and $18,000 (final price depends on the options selected).

Curious about the LEAF?

The 2017 Nissan LEAF:

  • Produces zero emissions.
  • Has a 107-mile range (as measured by the Environmental Protection Agency), which can be extended to about 123 miles in ECO mode.
  • Has an above average record for maintenance per owners as reported by Consumer Reports (based on the 2011 – 2015 models).
  • Three models are offered, the S, SV, and SL, at varying manufacturer’s suggested retail prices from $31,000 to $37,000.
  • Has excellent acceleration due to the high torque of its electric motor.
  • Can recharge in three ways: “quick charge” (80 percent charge in 30 minutes), “normal charge” (using 240 volts, 100 percent charge in 6 to 8 hours), and “trickle charge” (using 120 volts, 100 percent charge in about 26 hours). Learn more about charging the LEAF on the Nissan website.

UMB currently has 16 120-volt or 240-volt EV charging stations (serving 32 cars) spread throughout our parking garages. The Baltimore region as a whole currently provides over 200 charge station locations, and as EV popularity increases the number of charging stations is expected to increase as well.

Need a reference?

Several UMB employees already have made the switch to hybrid or electric vehicles. Laura Kozak, MA, associate vice president for Communications and Public Affairs, selected a Ford C-Max hybrid a few years ago when it was time for her to purchase a new vehicle. According to Kozak, “not having to rely solely on gas as the energy source for my commute has been great! I have a 60-mile round-trip commute so the savings have been amazing.”

I (campus architect Anthony Consoli) have been driving a hybrid car since 2004. While it’s still running great at 215,000 miles, I decided to take the plunge and go to a 100 percent EV by purchasing a Nissan LEAF, taking advantage of this rare opportunity. I’ve been driving my LEAF for a week and love it. I’m happy to be supporting a future of emission-free automotive travel.

If you’re considering a new vehicle, consider the Nissan LEAF or other EV; they help make a real difference in the health of our campus, community, and planet. For more details about the Nissan Leaf discount program, download the 2017 Nissan LEAF flyer. If you have questions about the program or charging electric vehicles on campus, please email Karen Park.

Anthony Consoli, AIA, LEED AP

  
Anthony ConsoliBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, TechnologyAugust 9, 20170 comments
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July-August President’s Message

Check out the July-August issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on the Facilities Master Plan, congratulations on UMB being named a great place to work, a look ahead to Welcome Month and UMB Night at Oriole Park, a story about dental students and faculty offering care at the Special Olympics, results of the Campus Climate Survey, which were discussed at Dr. Perman’s quarterly Q&A, stories about Project SEARCH’s graduation and security guard William Groh celebrating 53 years at UMB, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

  
mmooreBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAJuly 28, 20170 comments
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