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Multifactor Authentication

Multifactor Authentication Is Coming

UMB’s computing environment requires a high level of security to ensure the privacy, integrity, and confidentiality of the data that reside in its systems.

The UMID and Password

During the last 10 years, the UMID and password have developed and served as a common credential to gain access to systems and services at the University. This authentication strategy has greatly improved the computing services user experience. However, with the growth of cyber threats and attacks, and the attempts to convince individuals to reveal their credential, known as phishing, the computing industry recognized the need to develop a technology to address this problem.

Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

An approach was devised to leverage multiple verification methods and to no longer rely only on a single credential. The combined strength of these multiple factors of authentication create a confidence or level of assurance that the person accessing the system is the appropriate individual.

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

Implementation

The Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) has been preparing the computing environment for the implementation of this new technology since last year. CITS also has been coordinating with each school and department to plan the implementation of MFA across the campus.

The first phase of this roll-out will cover the systems that contain the University’s most sensitive data and the users that can access those data. As each of these systems are integrated with MFA, the impacted users will be contacted individually with relevant timelines and instructions for how to set up and use MFA in their daily computing operations.

For more information on this project, check out the CITS site.

  
Joe Dincau Collaboration, Education, People, Technology, UMB News, University AdministrationJune 21, 20170 comments
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Saratoga Garage Pay Daily Staff Parkers

Attention Saratoga Garage Pay Daily Staff Parkers!

If you would like to continue to receive the staff pay daily parking rate of $7, your UMB OneCard must be linked to PTS by June 30, 2017.

Starting July 1, pay daily staff without a linked UMB OneCard will pay the full visitor rate. No refunds will be issued.

If you haven’t linked your UMB OneCard, meet the PTS team in the Saratoga Building’s first level conference room for assistance.

We’ll be available from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, and Wednesday, June 28.

If you have questions, please call Parking and Transportation Services at 6-6603 or 6-5518.

  
Angela HallPeople, University Administration, University LifeJune 21, 20170 comments
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Data Processing

HS/HSL Announces New Resource From National Library of Medicine

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is excited to announce a new web resource, NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery.

NNLM RD3 is a place for librarians, information professionals, library and information science students, and interested individuals to learn about and discuss research data management throughout the data lifecycle for biomedical and scientific research.

NNLM RD3 contains subject primers, professional development events, and information on the major components of research data management: data management, storage, and sharing. The subject primers provide introductory overviews on topic areas within data literacy, physical sciences, life sciences, and engineering.

Professional development opportunities will be continuously updated. The resources compiled on the site will help you learn the basics of data management and the ins and outs of data visualization, as well serve as a guide to regional and national level activities.

  
Ryan Harris Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, University Administration, USGAJune 20, 20170 comments
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Parking and Transportation Services

Street Closures Announced for Mid-July

Pine Street will be blocked off Friday, July 14, through Sunday, July 16. The road will be closed between Saratoga and Lexington streets. No parking will be allowed in this area or in adjacent parking lots.

Pine Street between Lexington and Fayette streets will have no parking on either side of the street but will be open to vehicle traffic.

Vehicles in the way after 5 p.m. on July 14 will be towed.

Street-Closures

This will restrict parking for the police station and the parking lots between the stations. Pedestrian traffic will be able to access the police station on the west sidewalk of Pine Street.

Josephine Street will be closed July 14 through 16 as well. Signs and movable barricades will be appropriately placed to notify the community of street closures. The Josephine street closure sign will be placed near the Arch Street side.

  
Clare BanksBikeUMB, Bulletin Board, For B'more, People, University AdministrationJune 19, 20170 comments
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Parking-Lot

Notice for Pearl Street Garage Parkers

Pearl Street Garage parkers, please be aware that the ongoing demolition of the Walter P. Carter Center has moved into the next phase.

From June 12 to July 8, there will be garage parking modifications: the area closest to the garage will be demolished which will require additional spaces to be taken out of service.

Note: This could cause the Pearl Street Garage to become full more frequently.

Temporary Parking Garage Reassignments

Parking and Transportation Services is offering a limited number of permit holders the opportunity to relocate temporarily to the Penn, Saratoga, or Grand Garages. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to Request a Relocation

  1. Please email your parking liaison your first and last name, permit number, and garage selection (Penn, Saratoga, or Grand).
  2. Pick up a temporary permit from the Cashiers’ Office located at the SMC Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard St., lower level.
  3. When the construction no longer affects the Pearl Street Garage parking capacity, your liaison will let you know when you can return to your home garage.
  
Dana Rampolla BikeUMB, Bulletin Board, People, University Administration, University LifeJune 13, 20170 comments
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Pride Month

LGBTQ Pride Month

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on the world. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings. The last Sunday in June is Gay Pride Day.

  
Dana Rampolla Bulletin Board, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Administration, University Life, USGAJune 12, 20170 comments
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Blue-pills

Warning From Office of Public Safety Regarding Carfentanil

Carfentanil tablet

Carfentanil tablet

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Office of Public Safety has issued the following warning to the campus community.

Please be advised that carfentanil – a powerful derivative of fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic analgesic produced from morphine – may potentially be found in Baltimore in either pill form or mixed (“cut”) with heroin. Even small amounts are generally fatal.

Skin contact with the pill could prove fatal to anyone who does not have a high tolerance to opoids.

Avoid Skin Contact

NEVER pick up pills that you find on the street or in the community. If you must pick them up, use latex gloves and standard safety precautions, and notify the UMB police and/or the Baltimore Police Department (911) immediately.

The UMB police can be reached at 771 (on-campus) or 410-706-3333 (off-campus).

Watch out for Your Pets

Carfentanil is deadly to animals, as well. It is used as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants. Watch out for your pets when walking outside.

Symptoms of exposure to carfentanil include:

1. Respiratory and cardiac distress
2. Weak pulse
3. Unconsciousness
4. Nausea and vomiting
5. Pinpoint pupils
6. Unusual drowsiness

If you have been exposed, or think you might have been exposed, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.

  
Erick PechaBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeJune 8, 20170 comments
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contest

Can You Name It?

As we told you a few weeks ago, eUMB Financials and RAVEN will be retired when UMB’s new cloud financial system goes live. That means that the new system needs a new name.  You could be the person to come up with that name! The winner will receive an Amazon Tap Alexa-enabled portable Bluetooth speaker with several accessories.

The sky’s the limit! Are you ready? Do you have a name you’d like to propose?

Here’s what you need to do:

  • UMB Employees or Affiliates may submit entries by email to fssystems@umaryland.edu.
  • Submissions must Include the following information:
    1. Submitter’s first and last name
    2. Campus email address
    3. Campus Phone Number
    4. Your suggested name for UMB’s new cloud-based financial system. (You may include more than one suggested name per email.)

Submit your proposed name(s) NO LATER THAN the end of day on Wednesday, June 28.

Here’s what happens next:

  1. The contest committee (who cannot enter, by the way!) will review all entries and select the top names.
  2. In the July 10 issue of the Elm Weekly, we will share the top submissions and ask readers to rank your favorites by July 18.
  3. The winning entry will be announced in the July 24 issue of the Elm Weekly.

The Fine Print

The winning entry becomes the property of the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Background Information on the New System

To get some ideas flowing, here’s a little more background on the new system.  When it goes live, the financials cloud system will transform how we work with administrative systems at UMB. The decision to move our financial system to the cloud places UMB at the forefront of our industry – both with peers in higher education and within USM.

The new system will improve reporting and analytics and make it easier to access to UMB’s financial application since the cloud application will be available on mobile devices as well as on desktop computers. The new cloud system will allow UMB to take advantage of the best practices and process solutions built in to the software. The more frequent delivery of updates also provides the ability to stay current with these best practices and processes.

So go on…get creative! Come up with your unique idea. And make your mark on UMB systems history.

  
Robin Reid Bulletin Board, Contests, People, Technology, UMB News, University AdministrationJune 8, 20170 comments
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Parking and Transportation Services

Attention Saratoga Garage Staff Pay-Daily Parkers

Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) links staff pay-daily parkers‘ UMB One Cards so you can swipe in and out of Saratoga Garage.

To receive the discounted staff pay daily parking rate ($7), your UMB One Card must be linked with PTS by June 30. Starting July 1, pay daily staff without a linked UMB One Card will pay the full visitor rate. No refunds will be issued.

How to Link Your UMB One Card

• Visit the PTS cashier’s office in the SMC Campus Center, lower level, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ways to Pay with a Linked UMB One Card

• Link a debit or credit card to be automatically charged
• Use the pay-on-foot machine to pay each time you park
• Pay cash at the cashier booth each time you park

When to Pull a Ticket Upon Entry

  • If you’re using a staff coupon*
  • If your UMB One Card is not activated (visitor rate will apply)
  • If you forget your card, pull a ticket and pay at the pay-on-foot machine or cashier station. The visitor rate will apply and no refunds will be issued.

*Staff coupon books are no longer sold to individuals.

  
Angela Hall Bulletin Board, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeJune 1, 20170 comments
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Road Closure

HSF III Construction Zone – What You Need to Know

Due to construction, the campus plans to close down all of Pine Street, except for the sidewalk next to Pharmacy Hall, sometime in June.

  • No delivery vehicles will have access to this area and no drops-offs from a vehicle will be able to made using the front door during this time; the loading dock will have to be used.
  • You will still be able to enter the building as you do now, using the front door.
  • We are working with the campus to make sure that those in wheel chairs will have access to the Pharmacy Hall sidewalk so that they can gain access to the building.

The sidewalk on the north side of Baltimore Street surrounding the building site will be completely closed in the near future.

The sidewalk on the south side of Baltimore Street will remain open.

Baltimore-St.-Sidewalk-Closing-Logistics

Baltimore-St.-Sidewalk-Closing-Logistics

  
Dana Rampolla Bulletin Board, People, University Administration, University LifeMay 30, 20170 comments
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HS/HSL Summer Workshop

Summer Workshops at the HS/HSL

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

Topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to 3-D printing
  • Citation management using RefWorks
  • Bioinformatics in the cloud

New workshops will include:

  • Using Biomart for data access and retrieval
  • Flow cytometry data analysis with ImmPort.

Check out the full schedule and registration.

  
Ryan Harris Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, Technology, University AdministrationMay 18, 20170 comments
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Q and A with Perman

Quarterly Q and A With Dr. Perman

The next President’s Q&A is June 19 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the School of Social Work Auditorium.

This session will feature a discussion about the campus climate survey.

Join Dr. Perman as he answers questions from students, staff, and faculty. If you have a specific question you would like to ask but never had the opportunity, or if you would just like to know more about what’s happening around campus, please join us.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

  
Clarie Murphy Bulletin Board, People, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAMay 17, 20170 comments
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Mikhel Kushner

UMB Welcomes New Title IX Coordinator

The Office of Accountability and Compliance is pleased to announce the arrival of University of Maryland, Baltimore’s new Title IX Coordinator, Mikhel Kushner, JD, MSW.

A graduate of UMB’s School of Social Work (1998) and the University of Baltimore School of Law (2009), Kushner comes to UMB with extensive experience in higher education including almost a decade directing the Women’s Center at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Prior to joining UMB, Kushner spent several years overseeing Title IX compliance for a consortium of institutions including two medical schools, a school of nursing, a veterinary school, and several colleges.

As executive director for diversity and inclusion and Title IX coordinator, Kushner will guide UMB’s efforts to assure meaningful compliance with federal laws focused on equity and access in schools and the workplace. Her role and responsibilities include:

  • Providing technical assistance on diversity, inclusion, equity, and access issues for employees and students
  • Offering programming and resources intended to prevent discrimination and increase understanding across differences
  • Acting as primary point of contact for responsible employees required to report any information regarding incidents or inferences of sex- and gender-based violence or harassment
  • Coordinating response to reports of possible discrimination including all instances of sex- and gender-based violence or harassment impacting our academic and affiliated communities

Kushner looks forward to working with the community to address issues proactively. Her office is on the 5th floor at 620 W. Lexington St. and she can be contacted at mikhel.kushner@umaryland.edu or 410-706-1852. Anonymous reports and inquiries can still be made by phone 866-594-5220 or online.

  
Mikhel Kushner Bulletin Board, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeMay 17, 20170 comments
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Stroke Study

Biogen Acquires Drug Candidate Invented by Marc Simard

Biogen has completed an asset purchase of Remedy Pharmaceuticals’ Phase 3 candidate, CIRARA (intravenous glyburide). The target indication for CIRARA is large hemispheric infarction (LHI), a severe form of ischemic stroke where brain swelling (cerebral edema) often leads to a disproportionately large share of stroke-related morbidity and morality. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted CIRARA Orphan Drug Designation for severe cerebral edema in patients with acute ischemic stroke. The FDA has also granted CIRARA Fast Track designation.

Each year, approximately 1.7 million ischemic strokes occur across the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and approximately 15 percent of these are LHI strokes. In preclinical studies, CIRARA has been shown to block SUR1-TRPM4 channels that mediate stroke-related brain swelling. Clinical proof-of-concept studies have demonstrated the potential of CIRARA to reduce brain swelling, disability, and the risk of death in patients with LHI.

“Building on our leading position in multiple sclerosis, spinal muscular atrophy, and Alzheimer’s disease research, we see a compelling opportunity in stroke where we can leverage our core expertise in neuroscience to make a major difference in patient care. CIRARA represents a potential breakthrough stroke treatment that accelerates our efforts to build a portfolio of new therapies for neurologic diseases,” said Michael Ehlers, MD, PhD, executive vice president, research and development at Biogen. “We believe the data supporting the potential of CIRARA are compelling and that CIRARA can be a first-in-class therapy that gives physicians the ability to meaningfully improve patient outcomes in an area where effective treatments have been few and far between.”

This transaction complements Biogen’s broader efforts to build a portfolio of best-in-class treatments for acute ischemic stroke and further strengthen its leadership in neuroscience. Biogen currently is conducting a Phase 2b study to determine whether its monoclonal antibody natalizumab can help patients with acute ischemic stroke improve functional outcomes by limiting brain inflammation in the post-stoke period. If successful, natalizumab and CIRARA will provide new approaches to treating different populations of stroke patients.

Biogen plans to continue the development and commercialization of CIRARA. Under the terms of the agreement, Remedy will share in the cost of development for the target indication for CIRARA in LHI stroke. Biogen will make an upfront payment of $120 million to Remedy and may also pay additional milestone payments and royalties.

About Remedy Pharmaceuticals

Remedy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a privately held, clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing and bringing life-saving treatments to people affected by acute central nervous system disease and injuries.

About Biogen

Through cutting-edge science and medicine, Biogen discovers, develops, and delivers worldwide innovative therapies for people living with serious neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. Founded in 1978, Biogen is a pioneer in biotechnology, and today the company has the leading portfolio of medicines to treat multiple sclerosis; has introduced the first and only approved treatment for spinal muscular atrophy; and is at the forefront of neurology research for conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Biogen also manufactures and commercializes biosimilars of advanced biologics.

  
Clare BanksClinical Care, Collaboration, On the Move, Research, Technology, UMB News, University AdministrationMay 16, 20170 comments
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Employee of the Month

‘Extraordinary Customer Service’ Earns Jiang May Employee of the Month

Zhewei Jiang, an IT enterprise developer for the Center for Information Technology Services (CITS), made her way up to President’s Office on the afternoon of May 11 expecting to attend a meeting about document management systems. She was joined by Peter J. Murray, PhD, chief information officer and vice president of information technology, and Michael Smith, executive director of administrative apps, for the “meeting.”

When UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, walked through the conference room doors and introduced himself to Jiang, she was visibly surprised. She politely said it was a pleasure to meet him, to which Perman responded: “It’s more of a pleasure to meet you.” Perman then announced the real reason for the “meeting”: Jiang had been named UMB’s May Employee of the Month.

He detailed positive comments given by other UMB employees about Jiang’s work. That with the help of her supervisor, Jiang has implemented and supported the campus-based ImageNow document management system, which stores over 8 million images. It allows the entire University to digitally scan, route, store, and access important documents while streamlining workflows, enhancing the operational efficiency of multiple schools and departments.

“In addition, your customer service skills are appreciated by your many admirers,” Perman said. “You go out of your way to be helpful, and that is important to me.”

Perman’s positive comments were echoed by others in the nomination form by Jiang’s supervisor, Douglas Bowser, director of enterprise applications.

Jamaica Cosby, assistant director of Human Resource Services (HRS), said, “I cannot thank your team enough for the extraordinary customer service that you have delivered by explaining every step of this process and introducing me to concepts and capabilities that I did not know even existed.” Before ImageNow was implemented, HRS was required to enter every performance evaluation form into a central database manually.

The School of Nursing (SON) also expressed its thanks. “Because of Zhewei, SON has been able to reduce processing time and staff workloads while simultaneously creating an opportunity for SON to provide updates and personalize messages to students and end users,” said Marchelle Payne-Gassaway, MS, director of admissions.

Despite the challenges that ImageNow and other University systems can present, Jiang — who has worked at CITS for five years — enjoys her job. “I’m always working with different schools and different people,” she said. “You’re always learning something new.”

Jiang received a plaque, as well as a $250 addition to her next paycheck as a reward for being Employee of the Month. “This is a great honor. I truly appreciate it,” said Jiang.

Once nearly everyone had left the room, her colleague Smith offered a final salute. “She deserves this. She is very timely and has great customer service skills,” he said.

Jiang was modest in her response. “It’s not just me. I have a great team. Whenever I need support, I can always talk to my team about what I need, and they always respond. We all work together,” she said.

  
Jacquelyn White People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeMay 16, 20170 comments
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