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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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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network: Funding Your Innovation

Join the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network (EIN) for lunch and a talk on funding your innovative idea or startup.

The session will include ways to bring money in for exploring an innovative idea or building your business. Speakers will include successful entrepreneurs with experience raising money for their biotechnology ventures. Cosponsored by USGA, BHI, and EAGB. Food will be served.

  
Alex Meltzer Bulletin Board, Education, People, Technology, UMB News, USGAJune 21, 20170 comments
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Library

New Touch Screen Scanner at HS/HSL

The KIC Click scanner on the HS/HSL’s first floor is a high-speed, touch-screen scanner that allows you to quickly scan books, chapters, and other documents.

Save them as PDFs to a USB thumb drive or to your cloud storage service (Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and Box). The touch screen is user friendly and offers options to modify PDFs, such as contrast, color, resolution, and the ability to clip a section. Come by and give it a try!

  
Everly Brown Education, People, Research, TechnologyJune 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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Regulatory Science Graduation

MS in Regulatory Science Program Celebrates Class of 2017

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

Program administrators and course managers for the MS in regulatory science program at the School of Pharmacy were thrilled to celebrate the recent graduation of the 33 working professionals of the program’s Class of 2017. Although the program is hosted exclusively online, nearly all of the graduating students – including a student from Canada – traveled to Baltimore to attend the in-person convocation celebration held in Pharmacy Hall on May 18.

A Time for Celebration

Graduating student Lorena Gapasin, MSc, clinical research compliance manager for Johns Hopkins Medicine, provided a message on behalf of the Class of 2017. “The long hours spent working on team and individual projects, homework, and watching online lectures, combined with perseverance and the willpower to reach this milestone, now imbue me with a sense of fulfillment, pride, and satisfaction. It was all worth it,” she said.

Two graduating students were presented with awards for outstanding performance in regulatory science during the ceremony: Carol Rehkopf, MSc, chief for the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) Review Management in Business Operations Staff at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Madhavi Yadavalli, MSc, pharmacovigilance scientist at AstraZeneca. Support for the awards was provided by GlaxoSmithKline.

Edward Rudnic, PhD, chief executive officer for DisperSol Technologies, also offered his thoughts and words of advice to the class. He spoke about how the discovery and development of new medicines, and their rigorous assessment, is a great human endeavor, and expressed how fortunate he feels to have been able to bring new medications to patients through his work with his many talented colleagues.

Students who enroll in the MS in regulatory science program typically have eight years of experience in drug and biologics development or regulatory assessment. As the director of the program, I continue to be amazed at how important completing this degree program is to these working professionals and their families. Convocation is a truly special event for our students, and it was a joy to be able to celebrate with them this year.

View photos from the event.

  
James Polli Education, People, University Life, USGAJune 20, 20170 comments
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AAPS

AAPS/DDDI 2nd Regional Meeting

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists/Drug Discovery and Development Interface Section (AAPS/DDDI) will host it’s second regional meeting at Pharmacy Hall on Aug. 4.

Topics

  • Formulation support in drug discovery
  • Early phase drug development and population PK
  • Transforming skillsets in early development to meet the changing NCE/NBE landscape in discovery space
  • Academic collaboration and preparing for the discovery support role in industry

For more information, visit the AAPS website.

  
Erin Merino ABAE, Education, People, UMB NewsJune 19, 20170 comments
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drinking-study

Is Your Drinking out of Control?

A clinical trial is being conducted on an investigational medication for the treatment of heavy drinking. This study is open to men and women ages 18 and older and of European ancestry. Participation is confidential and you will be compensated for your time and effort. Transportation can be provided.

UMB IRB HP 00061575

University of Maryland
School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Neurobehavioral Center

For more information call the Clinical Neurobehavioral Center (CNC) at (667) 214-2111.

  
Olga kolesnikBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Education, People, ResearchJune 19, 20170 comments
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Barbara Resnick

Nursing’s Resnick Receives Solomon Public Service Award

Barbara Resnick, PhD ’96, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonia Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), received the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) David H. Solomon Public Service Award, in recognition of her career accomplishments, at the Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio. The award celebrates the legacy of David H. Solomon, MD, AGSF, a renowned geriatrician committed to community service and advancing knowledge about the care of older individuals.

Resnick, who is internationally renowned for her research on exercise and mobility for the elderly, has served as a mentor to countless students, faculty members, researchers, and clinicians who serve older adults. Throughout her career in higher education, which has spanned more than two decades, Resnick has focused on clinical work as a geriatric nurse practitioner.

“We congratulate Dr. Resnick on this tremendous honor. Her work on treatment fidelity and function-focused care exemplifies how innovative and rigorously conducted research can change the delivery of care for countless individuals,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Dr. Resnick continues to shape our understanding of the dynamics of healthy aging and to translate her findings and insights into the clinical practice and policy arenas. Each one of us either is or will be a beneficiary of her work as a researcher and as an educator and a mentor to the next generation of geriatric care providers and scientists.”

Resnick also has provided primary care to older adults across all long-term care settings and facilitated healthy aging in senior housing complexes. Additionally, Resnick serves as editor of Geriatric Nursing and Geriatric Nursing Review Syllabus and as associate editor of numerous other journals related to research on aging.

“I am honored to be recognized by AGS for work that I love doing—developing and implementing evidenced approaches to providing optimal care for older adults and mentoring others to do likewise,” Resnick said. “I continue to be appreciative of the interdisciplinary approach AGS has established over the past decade in recognizing my peers and me for our roles within the interdisciplinary team.”

AGS is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics health care professionals that has worked for 75 years to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. It provides leadership to health care professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

  
Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeJune 19, 20170 comments
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Pharmacy Hosts Welcome Day for Incoming Students

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy hosted its annual New Student Welcome Day for members of its Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Class of 2021 on June 9. With activities designed to introduce new students to the curriculum and set expectations for their first year as student pharmacists, this event offered students the opportunity to meet one another for the first time, while learning more about the School.

“I want to congratulate each of you for achieving entrance into one of the top 10 ranked schools of pharmacy in the country,” said Andrew Coop, PhD, associate dean for academic affairs and professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) at the School. “As students at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, you will receive a world class, comprehensive education spanning the fields of biochemistry and medicinal chemistry to observational-based studies and direct patient care. Understand that the curriculum is rigorous and you will be challenged from the first day, but do not lose sight of the big picture – that we are training you to be our peers, to replace us, and to do better than us.”

pharmacy welcome day

Incoming students work on scavenger hunt.

Embarking on a New Path

In addition to providing important information about financial aid and upcoming coursework, as well as sizing students for their white coats, which they will don for the first time during the School’s annual White Coat Ceremony in September, New Student Welcome Day introduced students to a pioneering new initiative at the School – pharmapreneurism. Trademarked by the School earlier this year, pharmapreneurism describes the School’s commitment to supporting and best positioning both faculty and students to achieve their career aspirations and address the nation’s health care, research, policy, and societal needs.

William “Lafon” Jones, a second-year student pharmacist and representative for the School’s Student Government Association (SGA), spoke about how students could begin to embrace their pharmapreneurial spirit by attending the student organization fair held during New Student Welcome Day to learn more about how to get involved with the School and local community. “There are many opportunities at the School of Pharmacy that will allow you to position yourself as a leader. However, it is important to remember that being a leader can come not only from the positions that you hold, but also simply by being yourself and taking the initiative when the opportunity presents itself,” he said.

Preparing for the First Semester

Following a fun-filled scavenger hunt across the School, students from the School’s satellite campus at the Universities at Shady Grove returned to their campus to meet with faculty and learn more about student life at Shady Grove, while students on the Baltimore campus attended additional presentations that highlighted life in Baltimore.

The School of Pharmacy looks forward to welcoming back the Class of 2021 in August for New Student Orientation. To see more highlights from New Student Welcome Day, view the video below.

  
Malissa Carroll Education, UMB News, University LifeJune 19, 20170 comments
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public health roundtable

Exploring Careers in Public Health Pharmacy

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

Can you imagine yourself working as a pharmacist in a prison, on a Native American reservation, or in a housing facility for immigrants seeking asylum within the United States? These are just some of the interesting career options discussed during the Public Health Roundtable sponsored by the School of Pharmacy’s Student Government Association (SGA) and Student Section of the Maryland Public Health Association (SMdPHA) in May.

A Chance to Gain New Insights

The Public Health Roundtable is an event that students look forward to each spring. In fact, in recent years, the School has had at least one graduating Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) student enter the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) as a commissioned officer. This year, more than 30 students and eight officers from the PHS participated in the successful program held at the School of Pharmacy’s satellite campus at the Universities at Shady Grove.

The PHS officers, many of whom were graduates of the School, shared their career trajectory, described their unique experiences serving in the Corps, and provided advice about future career opportunities in the fields of pharmacy and public health. Among other topics, students had the opportunity to learn about careers in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Indian Health Service, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

An Enjoyable Evening for All

Students from the Baltimore and Shady Grove campuses alike enjoyed this year’s experience, and are looking forward to planning next year’s event. Feedback from PHS officers was also very positive, with two officers offering the following kind words:

“The Public Health Roundtable was a great experience, and I found it incredibly inspiring to hear about where the students would like their professional careers to go. Best of luck to everyone and thank you again for the opportunity,” said LCDR Christine Corser, PharmD, RAC, health science policy analyst in the Office of Prescription Drug Promotion at the FDA.

“Thank you kindly for the opportunity. It was my pleasure to attend this lovely event and speak with students,” added LT Zakiya Chambers, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, recruitment specialist for the Office of the Surgeon General.

The School of Pharmacy continues to be committed to introducing students to opportunities in public health pharmacy, and looks forward to supporting more SMdPHA events in the future.

  
Robert Beardsley Education, University Life, USGAJune 14, 20170 comments
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Intimate Partner Violence IPE Course

Learning Opportunity: Interprofessional Responses to Intimate Partner Violence

The UMB Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is sponsoring the one-credit elective course “Interprofessional Responses to Intimate Partner Violence: What We All Need to Know.”

About the Course

This course is comprised of seven consecutive sessions and will be held on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning on Sept. 20 and ending on Nov. 1. Course instructors will include faculty and staff from the schools of social work, law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing.

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant societal problem, which has persisted despite efforts to eradicate it using numerous intervention strategies. In this course, the student will be introduced to key concepts, processes, measurements, and related theories across diverse practice settings (i.e. dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work) to be able to effectively address IPV in practice.

We will cover Issues related to those who experience and witness IPV as well as those who perpetrate IPV, including social and cultural factors (e.g., race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status) associated with IPV, including theory practice on intersectionality. The student will explore various strategies established for ending IPV and clinical, policy, and social change interventions from an interprofessional perspective.

Course activities will be designed to help the student think critically and apply understanding of theories from the individual to macro levels of intervention and change across practice settings in social work, law, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and medicine.

Weekly Class Topics

  • Class 1: Definitions, Prevalence and Impact of IPV
  • Class 2: History and Theories of IPV
  • Class 3: Practice: Social Work and Law (Screening for IPV, IPV Programs [crisis, clinical, advocacy], Civil and Criminal Legal Options, Child Welfare Advocates and Victim Advocates, and Safety vs. Autonomy)
  • Class 4: Practice: Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy (How Is IPV Visible in My Practice?, Screening and Brief Interventions in Health Settings, Intimate Partner Sexual Violence, and Reproductive Coercion)
  • Class 5: Policy (Local, State, and Federal Law and Policies, Limitations of Current Practice, Promising Practices, and Reporting Requirements)
  • Class 6: Special Populations/Considerations (Minority, Immigrant, LGTB, HIV, Disabled, and Male Victims, Intersection of IPV and Human Trafficking, and Adolescent Relationship Abuse)
  • Class 7: Where are we now? Where do we need to go? (Best Practices, Intersectionality, Social Justice, and Social Change)

Enroll

To enroll, contact your school’s registration office. For additional information on the topics covered in this course, contact Lisa Fedina at LFedina@ssw.umaryland.edu.

  
Lisa Fedina Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, UMB NewsJune 12, 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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Project Search

Project SEARCH Grads Conquer Labels

The 16 graduates filed into the Elm Ballroom at the SMC Campus Center on June 1, looking regally academic in their dark blue robes and caps as the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” played on the sound system. There was one more thing all the graduates wore — ear-to-ear smiles. Because this was the commencement of the Project SEARCH Class of 2017 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).

And there was much to celebrate. For every graduate had overcome obstacles that eclipse those faced by your average high school senior. Those beaming in their caps and gowns all face intellectual and developmental disabilities. But like Project SEARCH said in its invitation to the ceremony “I will not let my disability affect my ability.”

“Just because the doctors placed a label over our children’s heads does not mean that they cannot do,” said Kadijah Bey Bryan, whose son Devonte was among the graduates. As the 80-plus family members in the audience nodded their agreement, Bryan continued “they have conquered and we see that today.”

She and Ottillie Geddis, mother of graduate Afrika Geddis, both admitted they had huge reservations when first approached about Project SEARCH, which offers Baltimore public high school seniors with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore careers and acquire real-life job skills by working at a business.

“Like most parents I was skeptical when we first signed up for Project SEARCH,” said Geddis, whose daughter only allowed her to speak during the ceremony after giving her a hug. “However after working with the staff and seeing the many different things they do with our children — the parenting and nurturing they continue to receive as they are being prepared for being independent and a job is miraculous. Thank you for all you have done!”

Steve Morgan, executive director of The Arc Baltimore, which partners with the Baltimore City Public School System and the Division of Rehabilitation Services to bring Project SEARCH to UMB, UMMC, and other institutions, also expressed his thanks for “the honor and pride” the graduates brought him in his final days before retirement.

A Word From the Grads

Then it was time to turn the ceremony over to the stars of the day — the graduates themselves. One by one, all got up in front of the crowd, introduced themselves, discussed the three 10-week rotations they worked at UMB and/or UMMC, and thanked those who helped them along the way.

Anthony Alleyne Jr., the first graduate to speak, spoke of cleaning offices, shelves, and stairways. Davon Barrett worked in food services and the cafeteria, preparing beverages, stocking utensils and snacks. Christopher Brawner broke down boxes and stocked shelves in materials management and like Leah Bryant and Jalena Ford helped clean gym equipment and fold towels in URecFit. Chinazo Ihezie folded sheets in linen services, Maurice Womack transported patients, and Michael Powell and Daquan Walkins sorted packages on the receiving dock.

Helping at the Subway restaurant at UMMC, veterinary resources, police station, parking and transportation, gift shop, carpentry. The list went on and on, with each graduate proudly discussing their rotation duties. Adding levity was the fact that each graduate had coined a nickname like “Food Queen,” “Mr. Talkative,” “The Princess,” and “Mr. Smiley,” aka Christopher Smith, who indeed did not stop laughing and smiling during his entire presentation.

Every so often the graduates said the magic words program manager Tameka Harry and the other Project SEARCH leaders long to hear: I found a job!

“Our goal is 100 percent employment for each individual,” Harry said after the festivities. “It might not happen right after graduation. But we will continue looking for jobs until we have everybody placed. And not any job but a job they want.”

Laughs and Tears

The students’ thanks brought tears to some in the audience. “I would like to thank my grandmother for taking care of me. I love you,” said Tyanna Israel.

“Thanks to my mom, all the staff, my new friends, and Ms. Loretta aka Mom,” said Nikita Green. “I would like to thank my supervisor, Mr. Kenny for being a good role model,” said Maurice Wilkes. “Mrs. Danielle, thank you for the sweet treats you gave us,” said Brian Butler.

After the graduates received their Project SEARCH diplomas and posed for pictures, they formed a conga line and danced out of the room, united after spending their senior year of high school together.

“I ain’t gonna lie — you all get on my nerves sometimes,” Devonte Bey said to the class in his closing remarks at the podium. “Just like my brothers and sisters get on my nerves at home and that’s what you are to me — you are my brothers and sisters. If I had to repeat a school year I couldn’t think of a better class than this to be with.”

Afterward, smiles abounded. Jerry Bullinger, former Arc Baltimore director, who brought his wife, Carol, recalled how an earlier UMB Project SEARCH graduation had been held in a classroom.

“The program has come so far,” he said. “I just get such joy being here and seeing this. Vassie Hollamon [associate director, Operations and Maintenance] and Joanna Falcone [senior director, Arc Baltimore] were the ones who were so instrumental in getting everything off the ground nine years ago here. The University’s and the hospital’s support over the years for Project SEARCH has just been phenomenal.”

Elise Collier, whose Baltimore Transition Connection program worked with many of the graduates before they came to UMB/UMMC, was beaming. “Oh my goodness, yes I’m proud, you just don’t know!” she said. “I think I have seven more next year already accepted into the program.”

Tameka Harry stood outside the ballroom and happily surveyed the scene, graduates and families eating, drinking, and celebrating.

“I’m ecstatic,” she said. “I’m proud of them because I watch them when they come in until they leave. We are tough on them because we believe they can do virtually anything with the training of our job coaches. People come and say they want to be doctors, We don’t tell them they can’t be doctors but we’ll say how would you like to work in a hospital? For instance, the ones interning in the emergency room like doing what doctors and nurses do. It’s a proud day!”

by Chris Zang

Departments that are interested in utilizing Project SEARCH interns can notify program manager Tameka Harry at THarry@umaryland.edu.

  
Chris Zang Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeJune 8, 20170 comments
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June President's Message

June President’s Message

Check out the June issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on his State of the University Address, a story on Police Chief Tony Williams’ retirement, a look back at Commencement, a story on Matt Hourihan’s federal research budget forecast, part of the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy, a primer on why philanthropic investment in UMB is so important, a look back at year 2 of the UMB CURE Scholars Program, an invitation to Dr. Perman’s Q&A on June 19, which will include a discussion of the campus climate survey, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

  
Chris Zang ABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAJune 8, 20170 comments
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