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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, 20181 comment
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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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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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ORCID Week is Coming to UMB on April 16

In honor of National Orchid Day (April 16), the Health Sciences and Human Services Library is encouraging current and future researchers to distinguish themselves with a very different kind of ORCID.

An ORCID is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and ensures that your work is recognized by connecting you to your professional and scholarly activities. You can keep your ORCID with you throughout your career, even when you graduate or change jobs.

To register for an ORCID, look for our pop-up table at the UMB schools during the week of April 16 or register yourself at this link. You can enter a drawing for $25 Amazon gift cards by signing up for or submitting your ORCID at one of our pop-up tables.

Look for our table in these locations to learn more about ORCID and register:

  • School of Dentistry (first floor) – Monday, April 16, noon-2 p.m.
  • School of Social Work (third floor west) – Tuesday, April 17, noon-2 p.m.
  • School of Medicine (HSF I near the second-floor elevators)– Wednesday, April 18, noon-2 p.m.
  • School of Nursing (first-floor lobby) – Thursday, April 19, noon-2 p.m.

For more information, visit this web page.

Katherine DowntonPeople, Research, TechnologyApril 11, 20180 comments
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Symposium Highlights Value of Mass Spectrometry in Biophysics

To help celebrate Biophysics Week, which was internationally observed March 12-16, the Mass Spectrometry Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy hosted a day-long symposium March 13 focused on the increasing demand and utility of mass spectrometry in structural biology and biophysical research. Titled “Mass Spectrometry: An Expanding Tool for the Biophysicist,” the symposium attracted dozens of researchers from across the nation and featured presentations delivered by several leading experts in mass spectrometry-based biophysical studies.

“Mass spectrometry methods have been successfully applied to many areas of research — from drug discovery and quality control to diagnosis and imaging,” said Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the school, who offered opening remarks for the symposium. “Increasingly, these methods are also proving to be invaluable for biophysical research. The collective expertise of the faculty and staff in the Mass Spectrometry Center at the School of Pharmacy, coupled with the center’s collaborations with leading experts in the field, uniquely positions us to host this symposium highlighting the role that mass spectrometry can play in structural studies.”

New Approaches to Old Challenges

Biophysical research represents a bridge between biology and physics. Researchers in this field study life at every level – from atoms and molecules to cells, organisms, and environments – to help uncover how complex biological systems work. Mass spectrometry is an analytical technique that helps researchers measure the mass of different molecules within a specified sample, allowing them to identify any unknown compounds and better understand the structure and chemical properties of any molecules that appear in their sample. Recently, mass spectrometry-based methods such as footprinting, hydrogen/deuterium exchange (HDX-MS), native spray, ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS), and chemical crosslinking have proved highly valuable in the detailed structural and biophysical characterization of proteins.

To kick off the symposium, Brandon Ruotolo, PhD, associate professor of analytical chemistry and chemical biology at the University of Michigan, delivered a presentation titled, “New Gas-phase Tools for the Simultaneous Determination of Protein Complex Structure, Stability, and Sequence.” His presentation outlined key challenges that researchers have faced in their efforts to characterize proteoforms – specific molecular forms of a protein product that arise from specific genes – and showcased his team’s work to overcome those challenges.

“Understanding the complete proteoform space and how it all links together is truly a next-generation challenge for the field of proteomics,” Ruotolo said. “Being able to extract from our analyses some sense of actionable intelligence that we can use to understand a certain disease, for example, is one of our main goals. However, converting this information directly into that intelligence is very challenging. Fortunately, it is a challenge that mass spectrometry is uniquely positioned to help us overcome.”

Pharmacy Paves the Way

A number of faculty, staff, and graduate students from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) at the School of Pharmacy delivered presentations during the symposium, including Lisa Jones, PhD, assistant professor in PSC; Patrick Wintrode, PhD, associate professor in PSC; Daniel Deredge, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in PSC; and Emily Hart and Wenjing Li, students in the PhD in PSC program.

Jones, who worked with Deredge to organize the event, delivered a presentation titled “Extension of Hydroxyl Radical-Based Footprinting Coupled with Mass Spectrometry for In Cell and In Vivo Protein Analysis,” in which she spotlighted her group’s work using an emerging analytical technique known as fast photochemical oxidation of proteins (FPOP). FPOP is a hydroxyl radical protein footprinting method used to study protein structure and interactions. Researchers can apply this technique to identify protein-protein and protein-ligand interaction sites, identify regions of proteins that undergo conformation changes during ligand binding, and to perform epitope mapping.

“The chemistry behind hydroxyl radical protein footprinting is well known; as a result, we can anticipate all of the different modifications that can happen throughout the process,” Jones said. “It’s also an irreversible method, which is very nice because it allows you as a researcher to do a lot of post-labeling purification if you need to without the risk of losing your protein label.”

Different Perspectives Bring New Insight

Also speaking during the symposium were Lisa Jenkins, PhD, staff scientist from the Laboratory of Cell Biology in the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute; and Asish Chakraborty, PhD, senior business development manager for pharmaceutical business operations at the Waters Corporation. The Waters Corporation served as one of the sponsors for the symposium, with Chakraborty discussing HDX-MS and its numerous applications to the field of biophysical research.

The school’s Mass Spectrometry Center is a partner in the Waters Corporation Centers of Innovation Program, which recognizes analytical scientists facilitating breakthroughs in health and life science research, food safety, environmental protection, sports medicine, and many other areas.

Learning from Leaders in the Field

To conclude the symposium, Michael Gross, PhD, professor in the Department of Chemistry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, delivered his highly anticipated presentation titled, “Biochemical Problem Solving by MS-Based Structural Proteomics.” Gross has 50 years of experience working independently in mass spectrometry, with his research focusing primarily on the development of mass spectrometry in biophysics, specifically to probe protein-ligand interaction interfaces, affinities, and folding/unfolding. Among a long list of significant scientific contributions, his group is credited with developing FPOP as well as another method for the determination of protein-ligand interactions by titration and HD exchange (PLIMSTEX).

“Approximately 15 years ago, I began working with this idea that mass spectrometry-based HDX footprinting and ion mobility could be used to gain new insights about higher order protein structure,” Gross said. “Now, others are beginning to see the same opportunity that I saw — if you use chemistry to footprint a protein, whether it be HDX or FPOP, you can take advantage of all of the strategies that have been traditionally used to elucidate primary structure proteomics to gain new knowledge about proteins’ secondary and tertiary structure.”

Established by the Biophysical Society, Biophysics Week launched in 2016 to help celebrate and raise awareness about the field of biophysics. The symposium hosted by the School of Pharmacy’s Mass Spectrometry Center was one of dozens of events that took place across countries around the world to help promote and expand the understanding of biophysics and related applications.

— Malissa Carroll

Malissa CarrollResearch, Technology, UMB NewsApril 4, 20180 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the April issue of The President’s Message.

It includes:

  • Dr. Perman’s column on Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen and the global/local movement she’s helped shape
  • Recaps of the employee recognition luncheon and human trafficking lecture
  • A story on how the Housekeeping Department has benefited from UMB’s Project SEARCH, which trains and hires individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • CURE Corner spotlights
  • A story on the first employee to benefit from our improved Live Near Your Work Program
  • A roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAApril 4, 20180 comments
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Interested in More Microsoft Office Training Opportunities?

Microsoft Office is a robust suite of tools in and of itself, then you add in Office 365 – there is a lot to know!  Because the topics are wide and varied, and what each employee wants to learn can also be wide and varied, the Center for Information Technology (CITS) wants to remind you that there is a training tool available to all UMB employees that can help you learn more about Microsoft Office.

The Learning Management System (LMS) offers many Skillsoft e-learning courses on many subjects.  Specific to Microsoft Office, there are courses on Office 2013, 2016, and Office 365, just to name a few high-level subjects.

More specific offerings include:

  • Access 2016
  • Skype 2016
  • Office 365: SharePoint Online
  • Microsoft Office Online and Office 365
  • PowerPoint 2013
  • Excel 2013
  • Microsoft Office for Mac

Interested?  Here’s how you can get there:

Go to the Learning Management System and sign in using your UMID and password.

Once you’ve signed in:

To view a list of offerings by subject:

  • Click the Library icon (three books) toward the upper left.
  • On the menu that opens in the main window, locate Skillsoft Content and click the arrow to the right to expand the menu.
  • There are six high-level sections of learning topics. The Microsoft Office courses are located under Desktop Skills.

It is recommended to click the arrow to the left of each topic to expand the sub-menu. This is an easy way to view and select courses by subject. Once you locate the courses you are interested in, click on the course name. This will display the courses to the right. Click Select and then Start.

While we are focusing on Microsoft Office courses, Skillsoft Content offers many other courses on many other subjects. Please take the time to look through and see what else interests you!

Sarah SteinbergEducation, TechnologyApril 2, 20180 comments
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H. Leonard Warres, MD, Lecture to Discuss Focused Ultrasound Brain Treatments

Kullervo Hynynen, MSc, PhD, senior scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, will speak at the School of Medicine Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine’s H. Leonard Warres, MD, Lecture on April 19 at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Here are the details:

  • What: Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine’s 38th Anniversary Presentation of the H. Leonard Warres, MD, Lecture
  • Date: Thursday, April 19
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Main Radiology Conference Room – N2E14C (UMMC)
  • Speaker: Kullervo Hynynen, MSc, PhD, senior scientist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto
  • Topic: “Focused Ultrasound Brain Treatments: What Are the Technology Limits?”
Brigitte PoctaEducation, Research, TechnologyMarch 29, 20180 comments
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HS/HSL Historical Highlights: Blaustein Donations

In December, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s (HS/HSL) Historical Collections received a remarkable donation from Mordecai Blaustein, MD. Dr. Blaustein, a longtime professor of physiology and medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been a strong supporter of the library for many years.

The most recent additions are especially impressive and include a first edition of William Withering’s An Account of the Foxglove, and Some of its Medical Uses, a volume with special meaning to Dr. Blaustein. In the volume, Withering describes the ways in which foxglove can be used to cure or help certain medical ailments, including congestive heart failure. Blaustein’s research centers around heart disease and hypertension. The Withering volume includes a beautiful, hand-painted engraving of a foxglove.

The donation also included a second edition of G.B. Duchenne’s De L’electrisation Localisee et de son application a la Pathologie et a la Therapeutique, originally published in 1855. Duchenne introduced a form of noninvasive electrotherapy in this volume. Duchenne is well-known for describing muscular dystrophy, a condition that now bears his name (Duchenne muscular dystrophy).

Finally, the gift included a three-volume set by Richard Bright titled Reports of Medical Cases. These volumes include hand-painted engravings depicting the effect of disease on various organs. Bright is known for his research and work involving the kidneys and for his description of Bright’s disease, a form of kidney disease now known as acute or chronic nephritis.

Previous donations from Dr. and Mrs. Blaustein include volumes dedicated to the memory of Blaustein’s father, Norman Blaustein, who was an avid book collector. Blaustein credits his father with inspiring him to start his own book collection, which, in addition to the donated volumes, contained a copy of Johannes Kepler’s 1609 Astonomia Nova and a number of herbals. Among the Blausteins’ previous donations to the HS/HSL are monographs on European travel, human muscle, and anatomy.

In 1992, Blaustein donated an 1824 Maryland dissertation on measles. The dissertation was discovered by his book dealer in a European bookstore and made its way back to UMB through Blaustein. The dissertation is now available through the library’s UMB Digital Archive.

Blaustein joined the faculty at the School of Medicine in 1979 as chair of the Department of Physiology, a position he held until 2003. After stepping down from the chairman’s position, he remained a member of the Department of Physiology and served as director of the Maryland Center for Heart, Hypertension and Kidney Disease, and as an affiliate professor in the Biotechnology Center of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute.

Everly BrownEducation, People, Research, TechnologyMarch 26, 20180 comments
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HS/HSL’s Latest ‘Connective Issues’ Newsletter is Online

The March 2018 issue of the Connective Issues newsletter from the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) is now available.

Included in this issue:

  • All of Us research program
  • BrowZine has arrived
  • Maker Expo recap
  • Library Genie grants a wish
  • Historical highlights: Blaustein donations
  • Exhibit: “Scarred for Life”
  • Exhibit: “For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform”
Everly BrownCollaboration, Community Service, Education, People, Research, TechnologyMarch 23, 20180 comments
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Why You Should Never Reuse Passwords

Over the past few years, criminals have stolen more than a billion user names and passwords from many websites across the Internet, including LinkedIn, Adobe, and Tumblr. Criminals use these stolen user names and passwords to log in to other sites, including Exchange, Google, TeamViewer, GoToMyPC, and other popular sites. Many of these logins succeed because people reuse their passwords.

You can check to see if your password was stolen in one of the larger breaches at this link. You do not need to supply your password to check. This database does not include all breaches, so even if your password is not listed as stolen, you may still be at risk.

There’s a huge amount of hacked data floating around the web, and every week you hear of another site getting hacked, and all of those credentials are being advertised around the internet, but then what? What do hackers and others with bad intentions do with all of those email addresses and passwords? Among other things, they attempt to break into accounts on totally unrelated websites. And this is where the real problems begin.

Like it or not, people reuse passwords. Most people are just out there with the same password or three across all of their accounts. The hackers know this, so they’re going to try and break into as many other accounts as they can using the credentials collected from a data breach. One way this is accomplished is through credential stuffing.

Credential stuffing is the automated injection of breached user name/password pairs to fraudulently gain access to user accounts. This is a subset of the brute force attack category, where large numbers of compromised credentials are automatically entered into websites until they are potentially matched to an existing account, which the attacker can then hijack for their own purposes.

This is a serious threat for a number of reasons.

  • It’s enormously effective because of the password reuse problem.
  • It’s hard for organizations to defend against because a successful “attack” is someone logging on with legitimate credentials.
  • It’s easily automatable, and you simply need software that will reproduce the logon process against a target website.
  • There are readily available tools and credential lists that enable anyone to try their hand at credential stuffing.

We’ve all done it at one time or another, but please remember to use separate passwords for each of your accounts. If you reuse any of your passwords, please change them immediately.  Consider using a password manager to allow you to have separate, strong passwords created automatically for all of your accounts.

Never use your UMID password for any other site, including other UMB sites.

Fred SmithEducation, TechnologyMarch 16, 20180 comments
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Maker Expo Speakers to Discuss Innovative Health Care Projects

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) is pleased to present the HS/HSL Maker Expo on Tuesday, March 6 at the SMC Camus Center, bringing together health workers, researchers, and entrepreneurs who are using or interested in emerging technologies such as 3-D printing and design, virtual reality, and more.

The event will be held in the Campus Center’s Elm Ballrooms, with opening remarks at 10 a.m. and the keynote speaker at 10:15. For the full schedule, click here.

Talks will focus on:

  • Bringing prototyping tools and makerspaces into hospitals.
  • 3-D printing custom prostheses for patients with conductive hearing loss.
  • Building customized assistive devices for physical therapy patients.
  • Commercializing robotics therapy research.
  • Supporting local medical device startups and manufacturing.

The following speakers will be featured:


  • Anna Young, CEO, MakerHealth: “A Maker Revolution in Health”

Speakers Panel

  • Jeffrey Hirsch, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine: “Surgical Reconstruction of the Ossicular Chain with Custom 3-D Printed Ossicular Prosthesis”
  • Amy Hurst, PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC): “Challenges and Opportunities for Integrating 3-D Printing into Physical Therapy”
  • Bradley Hennessie, co-founder, NextStep Robotics: “Research Translation: Lab to Clinic”
  • Jeff Quinn, co-president, Engineered Medical Systems, Inc.: “The Factory and The LaunchPort: Medical Device Manufacturing and Startup Accelerator”

Registration is free. Refreshments and a boxed lunch will be provided.

Brian ZelipTechnologyMarch 5, 20180 comments
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Office 365 User Group: Sharing Files Through OneDrive and SharePoint

This Office 365 User Group session will review the specifics of using the “Share” feature through OneDrive and SharePoint.

At face value, the concept of sharing is pretty straightforward. However, through Office 365, the ability to share means you can easily collaborate on files in real time. This session will review how to share through OneDrive and SharePoint and the differences on who you can share with based on where your files are stored.

This class will be offered via Skype and the audio will be entirely through Skype. You will not be able to call in! On the day of the session, you will receive a meeting request that will include a link to the Skype meeting room.

Please visit our enrollment database to view dates and times and to enroll.

Sarah SteinbergBulletin Board, Collaboration, TechnologyMarch 2, 20180 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the March issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on the significance of Women’s History Month, a 2017 global education recap, a look back at our Black History Month presentation, a look ahead to Dr. Perman’s Q&A on March 7, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 1, 20180 comments
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