Archive for September, 2016


UMB Employee Flu Vaccine Campaign

The 2016-2017 influenza season is upon us! University Immediate Care will be offering flu vaccines again to UMB and FPI employees.

Please print and fill out forms in advance and bring a copy of your insurance card with you to better expedite your flu vaccine administration.

This year we are offering the quadrivalent inactivated fluzone vaccine (covering for influenza A subtypes and influenza B).

Sign up for your session in advance

Session Dates and Times

Thursday, Oct. 6, noon to 2 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 10, 1 to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 11, noon to 2 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 17, 1 to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18, noon to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20, 9 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 25, noon to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 27, 9 to 11 a.m.

* Vaccines administered at 29 S. Paca St., Lower Level

Sarah Sampson Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Community Service, People, UMB News, University LifeSeptember 30, 20160 comments
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Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau

On Oct. 5 at 6 p.m., the next iteration of the SOWK 631 Wednesday Speakers Series brings the Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau to the School of Social Work auditorium.

The Speakers Bureau is a public education program that addresses misconceptions and raises awareness of the realities of homelessness. Speakers are homeless and formerly homeless individuals who share their stories with students, communities, civic groups, faith-based organizations, and other interested parties.

The Bureau’s twin goals are to humanize homelessness and to engage the wider community in working toward effective solutions: permanent affordable housing instead of temporary shelters and abandominiums; universal health care instead of fragmented schemes to enrich insurance companies; and adequate incomes for all rather than poverty wages, welfare destitution, and charity.

This is a unique opportunity to engage the real experts on homelessness; the entire SSW community is invited. Please address questions to Jeff Singer at

We are comprised of a coalition of organizations in the Baltimore area that includes Beans and Bread, Project PLASE (People Lacking Ample Shelter and Employment) and Health Care for the Homeless.

Matt Conn Bulletin Board, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB NewsSeptember 29, 20160 comments
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A Glossary From the Cybersecurity Wars

The Internet is a powerful and useful tool, but in the same way that you shouldn’t drive without buckling your seat belt or ride a bike without a helmet, you shouldn’t venture online without taking some basic precautions.

Have you been confused by some of the terms you hear related to cybersecurity? Let’s talk about what lurks in the dangerous parts of the Internet.


Viruses are harmful computer programs that can be transmitted in a number of ways. Although they differ in many ways, all are designed to spread themselves from one computer to another through the Internet and cause havoc. Most commonly, they are designed to give the criminals who create them some sort of access to those infected computers.


The terms “spyware” and “adware” apply to several different technologies. The two important things to know about them are:

  • They can download themselves onto your computer without your permission (typically when you visit an unsafe website or via an attachment)
  • They can make your computer do things you don’t want it to do that might be as simple as opening an advertisement you didn’t want to see. In the worst cases, spyware can track your online movements, steal your passwords, and compromise your accounts.


Botnets are networks of computers infected by malware (computer viruses, key loggers, and other malicious software) and controlled remotely by criminals, usually for financial gain or to launch attacks on website or networks.

If your computer is infected with botnet malware, it communicates and receives instructions about what it’s supposed to do from “command and control” computers located anywhere around the globe. What your computer does depends on what the cybercriminals are trying to accomplish.

Many botnets are designed to harvest data, such as passwords, social security numbers, credit card numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, and other personal information. The data is then used for nefarious purposes, such as identity theft, credit card fraud, spamming (sending junk email), website attacks, and malware distribution.

Protect Yourself with these STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Tips

  • Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smartphones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Plug & scan: USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.
Chris Phillips Education, People, Technology, University LifeSeptember 27, 20160 comments
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Poverty Simulation

Please join us on Oct. 12 at 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. for the fall semester’s Poverty Simulations, an exercise designed to help participants understand what it’s like to live in a typical low-income family and survive from week to week.

In this interactive workshop, participants assume the roles of family members facing poverty. Participants experience some of the daily challenges a family in poverty may endure over a simulated experience of one month.


The Poverty Simulation lasts approximately two hours. It includes an introduction and briefing, the exercise, and a debriefing period in which participants and volunteer staffers share their reflections of the experience.

The morning simulation is from 8 to 11 a.m.; the afternoon  simulation is from 1 to 4 p.m.

Please RSVP in advance for the event.

Greg Brightbill Education, People, University LifeSeptember 26, 20160 comments
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A Bridge to Academic Excellence

Saturday Volunteer Tutoring Opportunity

Love to teach? Want to make a difference?

Come tutor with us each Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon in Pharmacy Hall, as we try to make a difference in the lives of Baltimore youth. Membership and participation in ABAE are completely free. Just show up and start teaching!


Please contact Jonathan Tran if you are interested or have any questions.

Jonathan Tran ABAE, Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Life, USGASeptember 26, 20160 comments
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Library Genie Responds

The Library Genie Responds

Last October, the Library Genie visited for a second time. He asked for your three library wishes, and you responded. A year later, we can happily say that three of your library wishes have been granted (with more to come):

  • You asked for a charging station for your electronic devices.
    HS/HSL now has a charging station with eight lockers to securely charge your phone or tablet.
  • You asked for an off-campus log-in button. There is now a big blue log-in button on the HS/HSL’s homepage so that you can authenticate before starting your work.
  • You asked for more comfy chairs and rolling white boards. More rolling white boards have been placed on each floor, and soon to arrive are 20 high-back comfort armchairs that can be wheeled around the 1st and 2nd floors for you to relax in.

The Library Genie will be accepting wishes from Oct. 1 to 31. Look for our online form Oct. 1.

  1. What could the Library offer on the 1st floor that would enhance your learning experience?
  2. Are there any new technologies you would like to see the Library offer?
  3. What about other resources and services the Library could provide?
Everly Brown Collaboration, Education, People, Research, Technology, University LifeSeptember 26, 20160 comments
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HS/HSL Tips for New Students

* Want a quiet place to study? You can reserve select study rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Don’t worry if you forget to make a reservation: there are plenty of other study rooms and quiet spaces to study throughout the library.

* Need help with a class assignment or research? Consider requesting a consultation with your school librarian.

* Forgot your charger at home? Come use the charging station on the Library’s 1st floor. It includes chargers for multiple devices.

* Need help while you’re at the Library? Come to the Information Services Desk on the 1st floor. Our staff can help you locate items, scan documents, search databases, and more! Or visit our Ask Us! page, where you can search a knowledge base of answers or chat with a staff member.

* Love to study early in the morning or late at night? The HS/HSL is open from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., Monday through Friday for early study hours. You must enter the Library via the SMC Campus Center and show your UMB One Card. We also stay open until 1 a.m., Monday through Thursday.

Everly Brown Education, People, Research, Technology, University LifeSeptember 23, 20160 comments
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Kathleen Griffith

Nursing’s Griffith Wins NIH Grant to Study Post-Chemotherapy Pain

Kathleen Griffith, PhD ’06, MPH, CRNP, assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The $439,436 grant will fund the research project Exercise Effect on Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathic Pain, Peripheral Nerve Fibers.

According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 14 million cancer survivors in the United States. Many suffer from chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), which is caused by a number of chemotherapy drugs. CIPN is associated with numbness and tingling in the hands and feet and often includes neuropathic pain. CIPN-related neuropathic pain (CIPN-NP) may cause long-term suffering, disability, and decreased quality of life. There are no agents available to prevent the development of CIPN, and pharmacologic treatment is suboptimal at best. Aerobic exercise and resistive training interventions in hospitalized hematologic cancer patients have demonstrated delayed onset and reduced severity of CIPN, and improvement in nerve-fiber density has been observed in diabetic neuropathy patients following exercise.

“So many individuals with a history of cancer chemotherapy experience persistent peripheral neuropathy that lasts well beyond treatment completion,” Griffith said. It is very important to identify ways in which to manage their symptoms and improve function, and this study aims to accomplish this through the implementation of a supervised exercise trial. We will also be examining peripheral nerve fibers in the laboratory to understand from a mechanistic standpoint how exercise influences this disabling condition.”

Through this randomized controlled trial, Griffith and her team seek to examine the effects of aerobic exercise and resistive training on pain perception and function in subjects with CIPN-NP who have completed chemotherapy treatment for at least six months. The team will also test the hypothesis that exercise improves nerve-fiber density in this population.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, UMB NewsSeptember 23, 20160 comments
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Honduras Trip Provides Invaluable Experience

When Binait Kabir ’17 got off the bus in a small Honduras village to provide dental care at a makeshift clinic, he could barely believe his eyes. “You couldn’t see the end of the line on the horizon, there were so many people. I still get chills thinking about it,” he said.

Kabir was one of five University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) students selected to participate in the school’s Honduras outreach program organized by Medical Ministry International (MMI). MMI works in over 23 countries around the world providing integrated health care to people who would ordinarily have limited or no access to medical services. MMI provides the equipment, selects the locations, and coordinates the patients that the volunteer professionals serve.

Students and faculty from select schools across the U.S. perform the medical services, and UMSOD has been participating in Honduras for more than a decade. The program is highly competitive: an average of 30 students apply for the five available slots, a number that is kept small on purpose, according to program organizer Ramsay Koury, DMD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of General Dentistry.

“I’d rather five students get an amazing experience than 10 have a mediocre one,” he said.

Kabir wanted to get involved in Honduras as a foundation for a career to assist underserved international communities. His long-term goal is to provide treatment in Ethiopia, where his family is from. For Kabir and the many other dental school faculty and student participants, the trip has been a life-changing experience.

Koury says, “I initially went to Honduras because I wanted to give back, but now I go because it takes teaching to a whole new level. It’s the best week of the year for me. You eliminate the unimportant stuff there.”

For Koury, serving in Honduras through MMI influenced him to start teaching. He made his first trip to Honduras while still in private practice. He was inspired by working alongside University of Maryland students, and they in turn encouraged him to volunteer for the Dean’s Faculty.

“I was on the Dean’s Faculty a week before I decided I wanted to teach full-time. It has become the greatest thing in my life,” he said.

For SOD students, Honduras provides the combination of a rigorous challenge and a culturally enriching patient care experience. Kabir and his four student colleagues served more than 200 patients the first day they got off the bus, and the demand rarely let up over the course of the week.

“People walked for miles and miles to receive care,” said Kabir.

Several of Kabir’s stories illustrate the resilience and generosity of Honduran villagers, as well as the stark challenges they face. Patients would save the small food items the students gave to them – such as potato chip bags – so they could later share them with their families. One patient needed all of his teeth extracted, which had decayed to the point where his teeth had fused into the bone. Jhosdyn Barragan, another UMSOD volunteer, performed the extractions.

“Most people would be in agony during this work, yet the patient sat there and didn’t say a word,” said Kabir.

The very next day after undergoing this rough procedure, the patient showed up with pineapples to thank Justin for his work.

This mutual appreciation between the Honduran villagers and UMSOD volunteers has contributed to the lasting partnership. And for the students who participate, the trip provides invaluable experience that prepares them to be better dentists and empathetic caregivers.

“Students get so much one-on-one experience in oral surgery and restorative care, and it doesn’t get better than that,” said Koury, “many come back to serve in our local clinics – like Perryville – and tell me ‘I felt so prepared and so confident because of the trip.’”

The following School of Dentistry students participated in the program in 2016:

Jhosdyn Barragan
Peter Fereg
Aidan Gallagher
Binait Kabir
Allegra Luchauco

Scott Hesel Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB NewsSeptember 23, 20160 comments
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You’re Invited: Apple User Group

CITS is excited to announce that after a hiatus, the Apple User Group (AUG) at UMB is returning for the first of what will be regularly scheduled meetings to discuss, learn, and share information about Apple technologies. This first meeting will feature our Apple representative, who will present information on the new operating systems from Apple.

  • iOS 10 is the biggest release ever of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a huge update to Messages that delivers more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, like stickers and full-screen effects. iOS 10 introduces the ability for Siri to do more by working with apps, beautifully redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News apps, and the Home app, delivering a simple and secure way to manage home automation products in one place. iOS 10 opens up incredible opportunities to developers with Siri, Maps, Phone, and Messages.
  • macOS Sierra is a major update to the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with new features that make the Mac smarter and more helpful than ever. Siri is now on the Mac with brand-new capabilities to help with the things users do every day on their desktop. With Siri, users can look up information, find documents, pin or drag and drop search results, and even adjust system preferences. Seamless integration with iCloud makes everything from your Desktop and Documents folder available on your iPhone and iPad so you always have access to the files you need. Universal Clipboard allows you to copy content, including text, images, photos and video from one Apple device and paste it in another. Apple Pay comes to the Mac in Sierra so it is even easier to shop securely and privately online. And Photos now helps you rediscover your meaningful memories, organize your library, and perfect shots like a pro.

And since this is the 1st meeting of the newly reformed AUG community, we will open the floor for your questions and input, to help guide the future direction of this growing community.

We hope you can attend!

UMB Apple User Group Meeting
Friday, Oct. 14
2 to 4 p.m
HS/HSL Library, Lower Level, Room LL02
601 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201

For more info about UMB-AUG or this specific meeting, please contact:
Stephen Giermek

Chris Phillips Collaboration, TechnologySeptember 23, 20160 comments
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Pharmacy Homecoming

Pharmacy’s Homecoming and All Alumni Reunion Weekend

Alumni and their families joined faculty, staff, and students at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy on Sept. 16-17 for the School’s annual Homecoming and All Alumni Reunion Weekend. With activities spanning two days, the event offered numerous opportunities for attendees to reconnect and reminisce with friends and fellow classmates, while celebrating traditions, strengthening connections with the School, and creating new memories with family and friends.

“With our 175th anniversary and recent ranking as one of the top 10 schools of pharmacy in the United States, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has a lot to celebrate this year,” said Natalie D. Eddington, PhD ’89, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School, who welcomed alumni and their families to the event. “As alumni, you should be very proud of these distinctions. It is through your achievements and with your support – along with the hard work of our faculty, staff, and students – that significant accomplishments like this occur. Whether it has been years since you have been on campus or just months since you graduated, you are all members of the School’s community. This reunion is our opportunity to celebrate you and your memories of the School.”

A Weekend to Remember

The reunion, which graduates from all years were invited to attend, kicked off on Sept. 16, with a cookout for alumni, family, and friends, followed by a trip to Camden Yards, where attendees rallied their support for the Baltimore Orioles as they took on the Tampa Bay Rays. The festivities continued on Sept. 17, with a scavenger hunt and brunch, during which milestone classes – including the Classes of 1956 and 1966, which celebrated their 60-year and 50-year reunions, respectively – were recognized.

Later, attendees participated in a historical clinicopathological conference during which C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR); Jill A. Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, associate professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS); and Paul Shapiro, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC), joined historical experts for a pharmacological investigation into the mysterious death of author Edgar Allan Poe. An ice cream social offered a sweet ending to the weekend’s activities.

View the photo gallery from this exciting, fun-filled event.

Malissa Carroll People, UMB News, University LifeSeptember 22, 20160 comments
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UMB Policies

Updated UMB Policy and Procedure Website

The Policy and Procedure Library is a central resource with enhanced features designed as part of the 2011-2016 strategic planning cycle.

As part of the last strategic plan, co-chairs Anthony Bibbo, MBA, senior administrator, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and John Jensen, assistant vice president, Central Administrative Support Services directed efforts for a centralized resource of standard operating procedures for business processes that were coordinated by Shannon Dawkins Wrenn, JD. Wrenn was recently appointed director of the Office of University Policy and Procedure under the direction of Roger Ward, JD, MPA, chief accountability officer, vice president, operations and planning.

This project is a credit to the many stakeholders and subject matter experts that assisted with coordination and vital feedback as the new resource for the campus community was created. Please enjoy the new features and send your feedback.

Shannon Wrenn Collaboration, TechnologySeptember 22, 20160 comments
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Connective Issues

Connective Issues Newsletter

In This Issue

  • Chchchchanges! (With apologies to David Bowie)
  • Tips for Students
  • Poster Printing at the HS/HSL
  • Success Stories from the HS/HSL Innovation Space
  • National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Discovery Workshops
  • Library Genie Grants Wishes
  • Library Presents Theodore E. Woodward Award
  • Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives
  • Copyright Fees and ILL
Everly Brown Education, People, Research, Technology, University LifeSeptember 21, 20160 comments
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