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New and Improved Process for eUMB Access Requests

CITS is very excited to announce our new, streamlined process for requesting access to eUMB Financials, HRMS, RAVEN, and eForms.

For years, users requesting access to these systems needed to send their completed access request forms to the IT Help Desk. The Help Desk team would then submit the form into our ImageNow document management system for approval and processing by the appropriate eUMB team. These extra steps could add hours to the process.

The middle step has been removed, allowing users to submit the request directly into ImageNow and bypassing the Help Desk!

Each system – Financials, HRMS, RAVEN, and eForms – has its own request form, and each form must be sent to the appropriate eUMB team:

These addresses are printed on their respective forms. Access requests will no longer be accepted via fax beginning June 1.

If you have any questions, please email

Stephen Giermek Bulletin Board, People, Technology, University AdministrationApril 21, 20170 comments
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Lunch and Learn Flow Cytometry

The UMGCCC Lunch and Learn Lecture Series

On May 11, the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) Flow Cytometry Lunch and Learn Lecture Series with Transnational Laboratory Shared Services will present “Advanced imaging cytometry for high throughput cell, colony, and spheroids analysis.”

The UMGCCC Lunch and Learn Lecture Series is a great way to network, learn about new technologies and/or procedures, and make possible collaborations. The event is free. Registration required.


Karen Underwood Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, Research, TechnologyApril 19, 20170 comments
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SOM Gala

University of Maryland School of Medicine Gala

The annual School of Medicine Gala is more than a night of cocktails, dinner, and dancing. It also provides critical funding for basic science and translational research and clinical initiatives at the School of Medicine.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Becky Herman at or 410-706-5057.

Becky Herman Collaboration, Education, Research, Technology, UMB News, University LifeApril 10, 20170 comments
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President's Message April

April President’s Message

Check out the April issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on the Neighborhood Spring Festival, a story on the generous gift of Drs. Richard and Jane Sherman, an invitation to Dr. Perman’s State of the University Address on May 10, a recap of Frank Bruni’s and Goldie Blumenstyk’s lectures, part of our President’s Panel on Politics and Policy, a look ahead to the next lecture in that series, Matt Hourihan on the federal budget on May 2, a story on our CURE Scholars, who advanced in the Maryland Science Olympiad, a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements, and a safety tip on not texting and driving.

Chris Zang Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAApril 10, 20170 comments
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Creative Cloud Apps

Adobe Creative Cloud – The World’s Best Creative Apps!

“Researcher. Designer. Photographer. Filmmaker. Dreamer.

No matter who you are, Creative Cloud gives you the world’s best creative apps so you can make just about anything you want, wherever inspiration takes you.”

The CITS Software Licensing Office offers Creative Cloud – either as a collection or as individual titles. This annual subscription is available to UMB students, faculty, and staff, for use on UMB-owned or personally owned computers.

Email for more information.

Content courtesy of Adobe Creative Cloud site.

Stephen Giermek Bulletin Board, People, Technology, University LifeApril 6, 20170 comments
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Explore VR at HS/HSL With zSpace

The zSpace VR (virtual reality) station is located at the HS/HSL Innovation Space and available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.

ZSpace VR station allows a user wearing a pair of the 3-D glasses to manipulate a digital object with a stylus. The zSpace VR station is connected to a large LCD screen to display the 3-D view of the object to a group of viewers who are not wearing the 3-D glasses at the same time. The zSpace VR station is equipped with Visible Body, Studio, and zView.

Come explore VR at the HS/HSL Innovation Space today!

Modernization projects such as the Innovation Space initiative are made possible by the generosity of donors through the UMB Foundation. If you would like to support projects such as these please visit our Giving site or contact us at (410) 706-7545.

Everly BrownBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB NewsApril 6, 20170 comments
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Research Data Management

HS/HSL Services in Research Data Management

The HS/HSL is debuting new services in research data management.

Consult with a member of the HS/HSL team for assistance with:

  • Developing a data management plan
  • Locating, describing, storing, and sharing data

Many funding agencies are requiring that data management plans be submitted with grant applications. An effective plan to collect, share, reproduce, and preserve data may increase the impact of your research.

The HS/HSL also offers workshops in data management including Data Management 101 and Creating a Data Management Plan with the DMP Tool.

Everly Brown Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, TechnologyApril 3, 20170 comments
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ExamSoft Certification: Enhancing the Assessment Process

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.

Managing student examinations across two campuses is no simple task. Since establishing our satellite campus at the Universities at Shady Grove in 2007, the School of Pharmacy has been committed to continuous quality improvement and streamlining operations for faculty and students alike. In our early days at Shady Grove, examinations were shipped back to Baltimore via FedEx or courier, where they were graded by faculty or the campus test scoring center. This process continued until fall 2010, when we created a streamlined paper-based test scoring service that linked the Baltimore-based center with the Shady Grove campus.

Working Toward Quality Improvement

Managed by Lisa Finn, MPH, assistant director of assessment for the School of Pharmacy, the Shady Grove-based test scoring service replicated the services offered at the Baltimore campus to score bubble sheets (a.k.a. Scantrons) from proctored paper-based exams given at Shady Grove. In addition to local scoring, a brokered arrangement between the Baltimore-based test scoring center and Lisa’s office allowed the reconciliation of campus exam scores to take place at Shady Grove for unified reporting to faculty based on either campus. This service eliminated scoring delays that sometimes exceeded more than a week as materials were shipped back and forth between campuses.

In Fall 2012, we further enhanced this process with the introduction of ExamSoft – an integrated online platform for the creation, delivery, and reporting of computer-based exams – when George Anagnostou, MS, senior instructional technology specialist, joined our team in the Office of Academic Affairs. ExamSoft offers an integrated tool that our team can use to administer assessments and integrate results into courses, student performance and progression, and curriculum assessment plans supporting our accreditation requirements. As one of 110 U.S. schools of pharmacy using ExamSoft, a significant focus for our team has been to improve the overall quality of the assessment experience.

Certifying Our Excellence

A majority of the work that George, Lisa, and I do to support faculty and graduate teaching assistants on the creation and management of exams, as well as students on the resolution of technical issues, happens “behind-the-scenes” and focuses on the quality and validity of exam administration. This behind the scenes work is an unseen component of the office’s support of continuous quality improvement and commitment to using evidence-based best practices to support our educational technologies.

After learning about ExamSoft’s certification program, our office thought it offered an excellent opportunity to further our commitment to enhancing the assessment process for faculty and students. Offered once each year, the program certifies that participants are proficient in current use, test administration, and support. To receive certification, each participant must complete a series of exams that assess factual knowledge of the ExamSoft portal and student exam software SofTest, and complete a series of essays to demonstrate knowledge of best practices in the creation and support of exams and users.

Sharing Our Thoughts

The decision to participate in the new certification program arose organically out of our team’s personal commitment to serving the School community, rather than an office mandate.

“For me, certification was an important step in ensuring that I can continue to provide our faculty and students with the best advice when working with ExamSoft and SofTest,” says George. “My goal is to know any product that I support as thoroughly as possible, so certification was a logical next step. Even though I spend a lot of time working with the product, I learned so much valuable new information through the certification process, which truly made the experience worthwhile.”

Lisa adds, “I decided to pursue ExamSoft certification to increase my understanding of the many useful features included within the software. Ultimately, I want to ensure that I am as knowledgeable as possible in my ability to support our students, faculty, and academic affairs team. Having gone through the certification process, I now have greater working knowledge of how to create and post an exam, techniques for troubleshooting, and student performance and assessment analytics. I look forward to continuing to use this software and am interested to see how it enhances School-wide assessment and accreditation efforts.”

Unlike George and Lisa, I am not involved in ExamSoft support for every exam that we deliver at the School. For me, certification offered an opportunity to ensure that the support I provide is consistent with emerging best practices for product features that we have not yet implemented. Overall, our collective decision to seek certification ensures that everyone within our Office can provide a consistent level of support wherever we use ExamSoft.

Shannon Tucker Education, TechnologyMarch 24, 20170 comments
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School of Law Event

2017 Rome Lecture – Appification to AI and Health Care’s New ‘Iron Triangle’

Join Nicolas Terry, LLM, Hall Render professor of law and executive director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health at Indiana University, as he discusses health care policy in this “second machine age,” as the industry attempts to assimilate to not only patient-facing technologies such as medical apps but also to next generation technologies such as robotics and AI.


The intricacy of the impact of advanced information technologies on health care stakeholders will only increase as health care assimilates not only patient-facing technologies such as medical apps but also next generation technologies such as robotics and AI. Healthcare policy choices in this “second machine age” will possess a degree of complexity that will no longer be reducible (if they ever were) to policy binaries. Indeed, for students of health law and policy, the level of complexity should bring to mind our foundational approach to discussing health care law and policy; the Iron Triangle of access, quality, and cost containment.

Terry will discuss his proposal for an additional, “new” Iron Triangle to provide both a lens and a sorting mechanism for the issues that will arise. This triangle’s three points are Automation, Quality & Safety, and Empathy.

Event Details

April 6, 2017
5 to 6:15 p.m.
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
500 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201


Open to public; please register. Reception to follow. Presented in part by the Law & Health Care Program. The Stuart Rome Lecture was established by his family and friends to celebrate Stuart Rome’s life and work as an attorney, community activist, art patron, and
humanitarian, and is supported by the Stuart Rome Lecture Fund.

Nadia Hay Clinical Care, Education, People, Research, TechnologyMarch 23, 20170 comments
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Michael Tarlov

Andrew G. DuMez Memorial Lecture

The Andrew G. DuMez Memorial Lecture will feature Michael Tarlov, PhD, chief of the Biomolecular Measurement Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Tarlov will present “The Role of Measurements and Standards in the Development and Manufacturing of Biopharmaceuticals.” The lecture will be held in Pharmacy Hall, Room N103 on April 12 at 10 a.m.

Erin Merino ABAE, Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB NewsMarch 23, 20170 comments
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Connective Issues

Connective Issues Newsletter

In This Issue:

  • Health Sciences Libraries – Part of Interprofessional Education Too!
  • HS/HSL Innovation Space Adds Walk-in Hours and a Multimedia Mac Workstation
  • New Services in Research Data Management
  • New Student Survey Collects Data from New Users
  • The Library Genie Strikes Again!
  • Gallery Exhibit: From DNA to BEER, Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry
  • HS/HSL Special Event: “Confessions of a Homebrewer: the Science and the Passion”
  • Health Information Resources for Culturally Diverse Patients
  • Usage Survey – One Month Only
Everly Brown Education, People, Research, Technology, University LifeMarch 22, 20170 comments
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JMP statistical discovery software

CITS and Software Licensing Office Offer JMP

JMP – Discover the unexpected.

Because everything is linked – the graphics, statistics, and data – JMP encourages you to dig deeper and ask more questions, improving your chance of making breakthrough discoveries in your data. With JMP, analyses unfold, driven by what the data reveals at each step. You can explore your data without leaving the analysis flow or having to rerun commands as new questions arise.

JMP brings your data analysis to a whole new level, letting you tackle routine and difficult statistical problems more easily and communicate your findings more effectively.

JMP features include data acquisition, cleanup, visualization, and statistical modeling, as well as basic, what-if and reliability analysis. JMP includes automation and scripting tools. And, of course, it integrates seamlessly with SAS, as well as R and MATLAB.

Email for additional information.

Stephen Giermek TechnologyMarch 22, 20170 comments
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National Public Health Week

Celebrate Public Health

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. For nearly 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW. Every year, the Association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers, and practitioners about issues related to each year’s theme.

Join the MPH Program for NPHW

Sign up now for our events!

Monday, April 3
7:30 to 9 a.m.
Ronald McDonald House Breakfast
635 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Help relieve one worry for families by preparing a home cooked meal. Join the MPH Program as we prepare a healthy breakfast for Ronald McDonald House residents.

Noon to 1 p.m.
#NPHW Photo Session
SMC Campus Center Lobby
621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Start the trend and spread the word! Join the MPH Program for a fun photo session in the SMC!

Tuesday, April 4
Noon to 1 p.m.
Movie: “Unnatural Causes…is inequality making us sick?”
660 W. Redwood St., Baltimore, MD 21201, Howard Hall 101B
An acclaimed documentary series that sounds the alarm about the extent of our glaring socioeconomic and racial inequities in health and searches for their root causes.
*Snacks will be served.

Wednesday, April 5
Noon to 1 p.m.
“Join the Movement” Walk
School of Nursing, Courtyard, 655 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201 (starting location)
Influential leaders, companies, and organizations are taking important steps to create the healthiest nation. We also can build momentum and show a higher commitment to our nation’s public health. Join the MPH Program as we walk with community members around West Baltimore!

Thursday, April 6
9 to 5:30 p.m.
Public Health Research @ Maryland 2017
University of Maryland, College Park, 1220 Stamp Student Union, College Park, MD 20742
The University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, cordially invite you as active participants to explore and learn through poster sessions and panel discussions about recent advances in public health, ongoing research opportunities, and the potential for new collaborations. REGISTER NOW

Friday, April 7
Noon to 2 p.m.
“Got Public Health?” Table Booth
University of Maryland Medical Center Cafeteria, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201 (1st Floor, South Building)
What are the best sources for public health information? Stop by the public health booth and learn how to get useful preparedness tips, updates, and health alerts.

Oriyomi Dawodu ABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 15, 20170 comments
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Women in Bio

Women in Bio Baltimore Pop-Up Meets

Join Women in BIO (WIB) Baltimore Pop-Up Meets for “Rise of the Guardians – How Personality Styles Influence” with moderator Melissa Reuter, associate director, business development, Partnering for Precision Diagnostics at QIAGEN.

Women in BIO (WIB) Baltimore Pop-Up Meets is a great group for professional development, networking, collaborating, and developing friendships.

Event Details

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
8 a.m.
801 W. Baltimore St., Room 602

Karen Underwood Collaboration, Community Service, Education, TechnologyMarch 15, 20170 comments
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Flow Cytometry

How Flow Cytometry Works

In order to be a “trained user” of our core, you must take the “How Flow Cytometry Works” lecture, given by Xiaoxuan Fan, PhD.

This is the first step of our analytical training process. However, the lecture also is perfect if you merely want to learn about flow cytometry.

Event Details

March 28
Bressler Research Building 7-033
10:30 a.m. to noon

The lecture is open and free – register now.

Karen Underwood Education, Research, TechnologyMarch 13, 20170 comments
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