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Quantum Financials Town Hall Meeting to be Held Jan. 22

The Quantum Financials Project Team invites the University community to the first Quantum Town Hall Meeting on Monday, Jan. 22, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in Elm Room A at the SMC Campus Center. Every UMB department will be affected by the transition to Quantum Financials. Plan to attend the town hall for the latest update on the system’s development.

Executive sponsors Dawn Rhodes, MBA, Peter Murray, PhD, and Scott Bitner, MBA, CPA, will describe benefits the University hopes to enjoy as a result of this system change. In addition, the sponsors will share their thoughts on what they’ve seen accomplished to date. Other team members will provide background on the project, update the audience on its progress, and take a peek at what’s coming next.

For those not familiar with Quantum Financials, it will become UMB’s new financial and reporting system, replacing eUMB Financials and RAVEN. The system’s rollout is targeted for late 2018. At that time, departments will begin using Quantum Financials to create, approve, process, and track financial transactions such as requisitions, purchase orders, and receiving goods and services. In addition, the system will include new tools for reporting and analytics.

Please plan to join the meeting and stay informed. And bring your questions so you – and others – will have the best information possible. See you there!

  
Robin Reid Technology, UMB NewsJanuary 16, 20180 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the January issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on UM Ventures 2.0, an update on the Catalyst Campaign, the Snap! Photo Contest winners, the 2017 UMB crime report, a reminder about our Black History Month event on Feb. 1, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

  
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAJanuary 11, 20180 comments
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Quantum Financials Chart of Accounts Discovery Session Set for Jan. 31

With the Quantum Financials team in the process of creating a new Chart of Accounts (COA), Susan McKechnie, assistant vice president and University controller, will lead a COA discovery session on Jan. 31 to explain what you need to do now to be ready.

The discovery session will run 10 a.m. to noon and be held at Pharmacy Hall, Room N103,

This session is the first step in preparing to convert data from eUMB Financials to UMB’s new financials system, Quantum Financials. The presentation will familiarize you with the proposed Chart of Accounts. Most important, it will lay out the actions your department needs to take now while there is time to revisit some decisions that have been made to date. The presentation also will set expectations for what will be required of departments over the next few months (including some clean-up in eUMB Financials).

This meeting is especially important for any departmental staff who prepare financial reports, analyze financial transactions, or create budgets for non-sponsored funding streams. However, anyone interested in the new Chart of Accounts is welcome to attend.

Plan to join us at this session to gain an understanding of where we are going with the Chart of Accounts changes and the steps your department needs to take now.

  
Robin ReidTechnology, UMB NewsJanuary 5, 20180 comments
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Free Workshops Offered This Spring at HS/HSL

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) offers a variety of free workshops to faculty, students, and staff.

The spring semester’s topics include:

  • Communicating with patients
  • Citation management (RefWorks or EndNote)
  • Introduction to conducting systematic reviews
  • Creating effective presentations using PowerPoint
  • Finding research literature using PubMed
  • Imaging informatics

For the full schedule and registration information, click here.

  
Emily Gorman Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, TechnologyJanuary 2, 20180 comments
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Quantum Financials Town Hall Meeting Set for Jan. 22

The Quantum Financials Project Team invites the University community to the first Quantum Town Hall Meeting on Monday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. in Elm Room A at the SMC Campus Center. Every UMB department will be affected by the transition to Quantum Financials. Plan to attend the town hall for the latest update on the system’s development.

Executive sponsors Dawn Rhodes, MBA, Peter Murray, PhD, and Scott Bitner, MBA, CPA, will describe benefits the University hopes to enjoy as a result of this system change. In addition, the sponsors will share their thoughts on what they’ve seen accomplished to date. Other team members will provide background on the project, update the audience on its progress, and take a peek at what’s coming next.

For those not familiar with Quantum Financials, it will become UMB’s new financial and reporting system, replacing eUMB Financials and RAVEN. The system’s rollout is targeted for late 2018. At that time, departments will begin using Quantum Financials to create, approve, process, and track financial transactions such as requisitions, purchase orders, and receiving goods and services. In addition, the system will include new tools for reporting and analytics.

Please plan to join the meeting and stay informed. And bring your questions so you – and others – will have the best information possible. See you there!

  
Robin ReidTechnology, UMB NewsDecember 20, 20170 comments
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HS/HSL Unveils New Collaborative Learning Room

After a recent renovation, the Distance Education Room on the Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s lower level is now the Collaborative Learning Room.

This flexible space can be used for collaborative hands-on learning, small group work, presentations, or meetings. The space seats up to 40 and contains chairs and tables on wheels to allow for a variety of setups.

The room is equipped with five 75-inch, wall-mounted Samsung monitors. A computer connected to all five displays allows for simultaneous viewing, or users may bring their own devices to connect to individual displays, allowing for collaborative or group work. The displays connect using HDMI cables. Adapters are available at the Information Services Desk.

To reserve the room, contact HS/HSL administration at 410-706-7545.

  
Everly Brown Collaboration, Education, People, TechnologyDecember 14, 20170 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the December issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on Medicaid cuts under proposed health care legislation, a holiday greeting, Russell McClain’s Diversity Advisory Council presentation on bias, volunteers helping at Project Feast, CURE welcoming its third cohort of young scholars, seasonal safety tips, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

  
Chris Zang ABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGADecember 13, 20170 comments
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Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Offers New Funding Opportunity

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UMB ICTR) is a Universitywide clinical and translational research initiative supported by the UMB campus and the University of Maryland Medical System. The UMB ICTR provides financial support and infrastructure, environment, training, and workforce development to invigorate, facilitate, and accelerate clinical and translational research to improve patient and community health.

The institute is pleased to announce the first round of the UMB ICTR Accelerated Translational Incubator Pilot (ATIP) Grant Program for 2018-2019. This request for proposals provides 12 months of funding for two types of ATIP opportunities: the ICTR Innovative Collaboration Pilot Grant and the ICTR Community-Engaged Research Grant. Awards up to $50,000 will be funded, including at least one Community-Engaged Research Grant award.

To be considered for the UMB ICTR ATIP Grant Program opportunity, proposals must be submitted electronically as a combined PDF file by 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 16 via email to ICTR-navigator@umaryland.edu. You can download the application packet and find out more information regarding this funding opportunity by visiting the ATIP Grant Program website.

For questions regarding application guidelines, please contact Meriem Gaval Cruz via ICTR-navigator@umaryland.edu.

— Stephen N. Davis, MBBS, FRCP, FACE, MACP; Director of ICTR and Vice President, Clinical Translational Science, UMB

  
Stephen Davis Community Service, Research, TechnologyDecember 8, 20170 comments
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Bioinformatics and Data Science Workstation Available at HS/HSL

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) has added a bioinformatics workstation to the research commons area on the library’s first floor. The high-performance computer is loaded with licensed and open-source software and dedicated to high-throughput data analysis for faculty, staff, and students of University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

Licensed software on the computer:

*Pathway Studio
*DNAStar Lasergene 15

Open-source software on the computer:

*Galaxy
*R & R-Studio
*Anaconda / Python
*Broad – Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV)
*Cytoscape
*UNIX/Linux Bioinformatics tools

For more information, contact HS/HSL’s bioinformationist, Jean-Paul Courneya, or call 410-706-1784.

  
Everly Brown Education, Research, TechnologyDecember 6, 20170 comments
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Latest Issue of ‘Connective Issues’ Newsletter is Online

The December 2017 issue of the Connective Issues newsletter from the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) is now available.

The topics in this issue include:

  • Why All the Kerfuffle About ResearchGate and SciHub?
  • HS/HSL Partners With the NIH All of Us Research Program
  • 3D-Print Your Holiday Ornaments!
  • HS/HSL Cancels Web of Science
  • Graphic Medicine Collection
  • Collection Realignment Process
  • Bioinformatics and Data Science Workstation
  • HS/HSL Maker Expo – March 6, 2018 – Save the Date!
  • UMB Entrepreneur Toolkit
  • Library Genie 2017 Survey Results
  • Collaborative Learning Room Now Available!
  • Gender Neutral Bathroom
  • “Unmasking the Trauma of War” Luncheon and Guest Speaker
  
Everly Brown Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, Research, Technology, University LifeDecember 5, 20170 comments
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Tips to Keep Your Online Holiday Shopping Safe and Secure

Shoppers gearing up for the holiday season should be aware of what they’re up against while doing their online shopping. The internet has always been an uncontrolled environment, but it becomes particularly rough during the holiday shopping season.

In preparation for the shopping frenzy, hackers have crafted specific social engineering scams, malspam, and malicious, spoofed websites in efforts to catch people who are expected to spend nearly $4 billion online this year.

It’s important to know the warning signs, so here is a guide to safe online shopping during the holiday season.

1. Go directly to a store’s website instead of using search engines to look for deals. If you find a deal using a search engine, try to verify it by searching for the exact name of the deal in quotes. If it’s a scam, it’s likely someone will have already put out a warning.

2. Don’t be fooled by pop-ups and other digital ads. Many pop-ups could contain fake coupons, redirect you to malicious sites, or expose you to cross-site scripting attacks. If a coupon seems to come out of nowhere with a too-good-to-be-true offer, don’t think twice. Just click the “x” and shut it down.

3. Watch out for social media scams, especially on Facebook. Cybercriminals are using fake or compromised Facebook accounts to post links to amazing deals that don’t actually exist. They’re especially prone to dropping links on the walls of open groups dedicated to shopping. During any given holiday period, there will be an excess of fake offers, deals, and supposed freebies. If you’re being asked to share something on Facebook to get something too good to be true, you can bet there’s probably a scam involved.

4. Delete any holiday-related emails with attachments. Emails with attachments, especially zip files, are suspect — it’s likely that they contain malware. Delete them immediately. If you get an email from a store claiming to have a deal, type the store’s URL directly into your browser instead of clicking on the link. If the site doesn’t verify the deal, you know it’s a fake.

5. Make sure you’re on a secure connection. Look for the padlock icon to the left of the URL when you go to check out. If it’s there, that means the information passed between a store’s server and your browser remains private. In addition, the URL should read “https” and not just “http.”

6. Do not use debit cards to shop online. Debit cards give cybercriminals direct access to your bank account, so it is safer to use credit cards or a PayPal account that’s linked to a credit card. While many banks are cracking down on fraudulent withdrawals, you’ll still have to wait for your money while they investigate the charges.

7. Avoid using public Wi-Fi to shop. If you are shopping and entering personal data, it’s safer to do it on your secure Wi-Fi connection at home or to make sure you are using a VPN on your laptop or mobile device in malls or coffee shops.

8. Watch out for malicious QR codes. QR codes are small, pixelated codes meant to be scanned by a smartphone’s camera. They often contain coupons, links to websites, or other product marketing materials. Some hackers have started creating codes that link to a phishing or malware site, printing them on stickers, and placing them on top of the legit QR codes.

9. Don’t give out extra info. If a site starts asking for out-of-the-ordinary personal data such as Social Security numbers or password security questions, close out of the site.

10. Tighten up security before you go shopping this holiday season. Make sure all the software on your computer is up-to-date, including your operating system, browser, and other apps. And if you don’t already have it, install an anti-virus program on your desktop or laptop. In addition, since mobile shopping is set to outpace desktop shopping for the first time this year, it’s a smart idea to download an anti-virus program for your phone if available.

  
Fred Smith Bulletin Board, Technology, University LifeDecember 4, 20170 comments
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Signing into the Office 365 Portal Using MFA

To keep our files and data secure, multi-factor authentication (MFA) is being utilized at University of Maryland, Baltimore for certain applications. One of these applications is the Office 365 portal. When you access the portal from off-campus with your UMB e-mail address and password, you will also be required to authenticate who you are using another device – a smartphone, tablet, or landline. The tool that UMB is using for this additional layer of security is called Duo.

How do I use MFA?

In order to use MFA, it is necessary to set up your account in Duo. This can either be done ahead of time or it can be done the first time you are prompted to use MFA. For detailed instructions to set up your Duo account, visit the Center for Information Technology Services website. A Duo instructional video is available for viewing if you need help.

Logging In

Once your account has been set-up, when signing into the Office 365 portal, you will now be able to select to receive a Duo Push (recommended), Call Me or Passcode.
There is a “Remember this device” checkbox that allows you to bypass MFA for 10 hours.

For detailed information on MFA, visit the CITS MFA web page.

  
Sarah Steinberg Bulletin Board, Technology, University LifeNovember 30, 20170 comments
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What is the Office 365 Portal and Why Use It?

If you are an employee of University of Maryland, Baltimore, you have access to Office 365. Office 365 provides all the standard Office apps (email, calendar, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive) in a cloud environment — which means you can access your data (email, calendar, files, etc.) from anywhere that you have a device and internet access.

But how do you access all of these items from anywhere?

That’s where the Office 365 portal comes in. When you are away from your workstation, the Office 365 portal is the tool that allows you to access email, calendar, and files saved to OneDrive for Business. The portal also offers online versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which allows for quick and easy viewing and editing of files. If you’re at a meeting across campus, at home, traveling for work — whatever the scenario — use the Office 365 portal to access your email or files.

How Do I Access the Portal?

From any web browser, to go the Microsoft Office 365 home page. You will be prompted to enter your UMB e-mail and password.

If you are off-campus, there is a new security step called Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA requires another device (smartphone or landline) to authenticate that you are who you say you are by sending what is called a “Push” or a pass code. Once this step is completed, you will be taken to your Office 365 portal home page.

For detailed information on MFA, including on how to enroll, visit the Center for Information Technology Services MFA web page.

For more information on Office 365, visit the CITS Office 365 web page.

  
Sarah Steinberg Technology, University LifeNovember 30, 20170 comments
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Monthly Flow Cytometry Lecture on Dec. 5

Xiaoxuan Fan, PhD, 
director of Flow Cytometry Shared Service, will offer a lecture on flow cytometery and Flow Cytometry Shared Service on Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Bressler Research Building 7-035.

Flow cytometry is a powerful technique tailor-made for making measurements on single cells. The Flow Cytometry Shared Service (FCSS) offers equipment and technical expertise to members of University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine conducting research in cancer biology and other areas of basic and applied biomedical science.

The lecture will cover:

  • How a flow cytometer works
  • Multi-color panel design and compensation
  • Instruments and services offered at the Flow Cytometry Facility
  • New technology and tools
  • Online booking system

The lecture is free and open to anyone. To become a “trained” user of the core, you must attend the lecture. To register to attend, click here.

  
Karen Underwood Education, Research, TechnologyNovember 21, 20170 comments
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