Technology posts displayed by category

UMB Not Affected by Worldwide Ransomware Attacks

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) was not affected by the recent widespread global ransomware attack, called WannaCry.

The attack spread to more than 150 countries and affected approximately 300,000 unpatched computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems. For those affected, the attack locked people out of their computers and demanded ransom payments in order to regain access to the files.

We are members of the Research and Education Network-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC), based at Indiana University, where security threats are shared among universities in real-time. Our first verified communication of this threat came from the REN-ISAC hours before it was known and reported by the news media.

We quickly took action to check the several layers of protection that are in place for the UMB campus. First, the network port (445) that WannaCry was using to get access to any vulnerable Windows machine was blocked. We blocked this network port many years ago because of its vulnerability to these types of attacks.

UMB has a sophisticated Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) that automatically blocks malicious attacks on our network. Potential threats are eliminated immediately while at the same time, we have IT security personnel monitoring real-time reports of IPS data. We were able to use information from the REN-ISAC, as well as our monitoring software, to determine that the WannaCry attack was not hitting our IPS.

We have a network monitoring system, called our Nessus Security Center, which allows us to scan the UMB network for any vulnerable server or computer. We run scans monthly, and more often when there is a report of threat activity. We apply security patches to servers and computers on a regular basis, and if there is a security patch released by a vendor to address a critical vulnerability, that patch gets applied immediately.

IT security Information is shared on a daily basis with IT professionals across the UMB campus. The IT Security Collaborative working group, comprised of individuals in UMB schools and departments, FPI, UMMS, and CITS, meets on a monthly basis. These monthly IT security meetings focus on information sharing as well as a discussion of activities and solutions for keeping our systems and data secure.

While this attack was a non-issue for UMB, and a relatively low level threat compared to other attacks that we experience on a regular basis, it is another reminder of the value and importance of having a strong IT security plan and program, the need to continue to support IT security as a priority activity, the need to continue to make appropriate investments in security technologies, and the need to continue to remind and educate the campus community that information security is everyone’s responsibility.

If you have any questions about the WannaCry attack or about UMB IT security, please contact the IT Security and Compliance team: security-compliance@umaryland.edu.

  
Fred Smith Technology, UMB NewsMay 25, 20170 comments
Read More
Davidge-Hall-Tour

Employees Embrace Davidge Hall Tour

Davidge Hall is the most distinctive building on the UMB campus. As the oldest medical school building in continuous use for medical education in the Western Hemisphere, its historic columns and dome are the basis for the logo shared by UMB and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

But what lies inside its walls is still a mystery to many, which is why Larry Pitrof, executive director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Alumni Association, provided a lecture and tour on May 24, the latest event sponsored by UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture. Completed in 1812, Davidge Hall still fascinates faculty, staff, and students, who filled the available 25 slots the first day the notice was posted.

“I actually walked through here 30 years ago and am curious to see what has changed,” said Larry Miller, a longtime member of financial services and the first to arrive. “It was fascinating then; I remember the acoustics in one room where someone could whisper at one end and be heard at the other. That and the skeleton in the doorway,” he said with a laugh.

Pitrof said there are lots of skeletons in the Davidge Hall closet. Going over the building’s history in Chemical Hall while the visitors munched on boxed lunches, he spoke of how the first building used by Dr. John Beale Davidge to teach anatomy was destroyed by an angry mob citing the dissection of cadavers as the desecration of human remains. Grave digging was the prime source of cadavers then.

When 10 percent of Baltimore City’s population died of yellow fever in the late 1790s, it inspired support for an entity to bring together those like Dr. Davidge who understood the mysteries of medicine, and the School of Medicine, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Davidge Hall came to be. “Dr. Davidge and his colleagues paid about $40,000 to have the hall built on land that was donated,” Pitrof recalled.

Design of the building exhibits characteristics found in the architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who built America’s first anatomical theater at the University of Pennsylvania in 1806, said Pitrof, who showed side-by-side slides of the two buildings. Such a “classical looking building would elevate the medical profession at the time,” he said.

Indeed, medicine in the early 1800s wasn’t the respected field it is today. “Remedies were crude then — cupping and bleeding. You went to the hospital to die, not to be cured,” Pitrof said. Later he added, “Layer upon layer is how medicine is based. The benefits we enjoy today are all based on what happened then and our School of Medicine is a big contributor to that.”

After the history lesson, Pitrof discussed necessary renovations for Davidge Hall, starting with the exterior (roof problems despite a 2002 restoration) and the interior (complete overhaul of the heating and cooling system). The School of Medicine and its Alumni Association is raising $5 million through naming opportunities but the overall Davidge renovation is expected to cost $25 million.

The need for repairs became more apparent when the group moved to the Anatomical Hall, directly above Chemical Hall. Aside from their rising circular seating, the two rooms couldn’t be more different in ambience. Chemical Hall is dark, almost foreboding. Anatomical Hall, a room with the great acoustics Miller remembered, is energetically bright with light streaming through the circular skylights and domed ceiling. “The jewel of the building,” in Pitrof’s eyes.

That once proud ceiling of decorative semicircles and rosette patterns that saw Marquis de Lafayette awarded the first honorary doctorate from the university in 1824 has fallen on hard times, with water damage and decay at the base of the dome forming a patchwork of problems.

In the next couple of months we hope the exterior work will begin,” Pitrof said. After answering a few questions, he dismissed the group to check out the various displays in the building — the Allan Burns collection of medical artifacts, portraits of early SOM deans, eyewear and World War II collections, and much more.

Asked the reason for the tour, Pitrof replied, “Despite its distinction as America’s oldest existing medical teaching facility, there is a surprisingly large segment of our campus community that has never visited the building. This tour is part of a larger campus effort to engage colleagues in a manner that enriches their experience and makes them even more proud of our university.”

Lingling Sun, a laboratory research specialist in the Institute of Human Virology, said it did exactly that for her. “I knew of the symbol, now I know the history of Davidge Hall,” she said. “I’m proud to be part of the School of Medicine.”

Miller was happy to get an updated look at the building. “I don’t remember all the display cases. This was real interesting.”

And there were several visitors like Karen Hornick from the Department of Medicine who had only had brief glimpses of Davidge Hall previously. “I finally made it,” she said with a smile. “The tour was great. I’d definitely recommend it.”

Learn more about UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture.

by Chris Zang

  
Chris Zang Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University LifeMay 25, 20170 comments
Read More
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
Read More
Financial Image

UMB Announces Project to Replace eUMB Financials and RAVEN

With the May 17 signing of a contract between University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and Oracle America, Inc., the campus has moved one step closer to its goal of replacing UMB’s financial and data reporting applications with a more modern, cloud-based system.  When the new system is complete, eUMB Financials and RAVEN will be retired. The contract with Oracle America, Inc., covers software, cloud services and the implementation services that will complement UMB’s project team during the work to configure, test, and deliver the new system.

Moving to a cloud-based application gives UMB the ability to stay current with functionality, security, and technology. In addition, the new system will deliver improved data reporting and analytics capabilities. The move to a cloud-based financial system will also improve access to UMB’s financial tools since the application is designed for use on most mobile devices – including tablets – as well as on desktop and laptop computers.

About 200 people from across campus have already been engaged in preparing for this change including gathering requirements for the system, providing feedback on the vendor software demonstrations they attended, validating core business processes, providing input that has resulted in the strategy for data reporting and analytics, and contributing to the development of a change management approach by providing input both in person and through survey responses.

More information on how you can participate will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

  
Robin Reid People, Technology, UMB News, University LifeMay 18, 20171 comment
Read More
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
Read More
Women in Bio

Women in Bio Baltimore Pop-Up Meets

Beyond The Ivory Tower: Transitioning Our Career from Academia to Industry

Two great speakers will give insights into their career experiences and lead a discussion with the audience.

Jonathan Jacobs, PhD, senior advisor, MRI Global, and Melissa Reuter, MS, MBA, associate director, business development, QIAGEN Partnering for Precision Diagnostics.

Event is free, please bring your own brown bag lunch. This talk will be great for career development, networking, and being with science-like folk.

Event Details

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
11:30 a.m.
BioPark
801 W. Baltimore St., Conference Room

  
Karen Underwood Collaboration, Community Service, Education, TechnologyMay 11, 20170 comments
Read More
connective issues

Connective Issues Newsletter

The new Connective Issues is available. Find out about how the HS/HSL is supporting your work on campus and the expert resources and services we have to offer.

*Data Driven Library Decision Making – Looking at the Evidence
*Friends of National Library of Medicine Annual Conference, June 14-17
*Science not Silence – A March for Science in Washington, D.C.
*Poster Printing Bonanza!
*SNU Medical Librarians Visit HS/HSL
*Explore VR with zSpace
*Finding a Piece of Maryland in Rural North Carolina
*Confessions of a Home Brewer
*ACRL #CritLib Unconference

  
Everly Brown Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, Research, Technology, University LifeMay 9, 20170 comments
Read More
May President's Message

May President’s Message

Check out the May issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on changing our logo from “The Founding Campus” to “Baltimore,” a story on Malinda Hughes, who gave her $1,500 Employee of the Year prize to the UMB CURE Scholars Program, an invitation to Dr. Perman’s State of the University Address on May 10 and commencement on May 19, a National Mental Health Awareness Month reminder about UMB’s Employee Assistance Program, a safety tip on the UMB Police Force escort service, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements, including a special section on global health interprofessional projects.

  
Chris Zang Clinical Care, Community Service, Contests, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAMay 8, 20170 comments
Read More
Qualtrics

Qualtrics Is Now Available at UMB

Qualtrics is now available to faculty, staff, and students at UMB. It is an easy-to-use online survey software that’s powerful enough to perform even the most sophisticated research. With Qualtrics, survey creation is simple. You can easily collaborate your surveys and results with other faculty and analyze results inside and outside the platform (connect to SPSS, Mechanical Turk, etc.).

Additionally, Qualtrics recently launched the Insight Platform that includes new features and functionality. Over the next few months, try it out and find out how the Insight Platform can take your academic research to the next level!

How are people like me using Qualtrics?

• Academic research
• Class quizzes
• Classroom learning
• Course evaluations
• Conduct academic research
• Enhance your resume
• Improve class projects
• Launch field studies
• New! Qualitative research with text analytics

FIND OUT MORE

  
Joe Dincau Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, Technology, University AdministrationMay 4, 20170 comments
Read More
Pharmaceutical Research Computing

Pharmaceutical Research Computing Offering Pilot Funding

The Pharmaceutical Research Computing (PRC) center in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the School of Pharmacy invites individuals with an interest in data analysis services to submit proposals for pilot project funding.

One pilot project of $15,000 will be awarded. Proposals of four pages maximum are due to Jacqueline Milani at jmilani@rx.umaryland.edu before 5 p.m. on June 16.

PRC is an analytic and computing center that provides a wide range of analytical, computing, and statistical support services to clients within and outside the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Visit our website for more information.

  
Jacqueline Milani Research, TechnologyMay 4, 20170 comments
Read More

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 help@umaryland.edu.

  
Stephen Giermek Bulletin Board, People, Technology, University AdministrationApril 21, 20170 comments
Read More
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.

REGISTER NOW

  
Karen Underwood Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, Research, TechnologyApril 19, 20170 comments
Read More
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 rherman@som.umaryland.edu or 410-706-5057.

  
Becky Herman Collaboration, Education, Research, Technology, UMB News, University LifeApril 10, 20170 comments
Read More
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
Read More