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School of Pharmacy Joins UM Quality Care Network on Telehealth Grant

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is partnering with the University of Maryland Quality Care Network (UMQCN) on a $150,000 grant from the Maryland Health Care Commission that aims to improve health outcomes, enhance quality of primary care, and reduce costs associated with inpatient and emergency room visits for patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Through this project, specially trained pharmacists at the School of Pharmacy in Baltimore use state-of-the-art telehealth technologies available in the school’s new Pharmacy e-Health Center to provide comprehensive medication therapy management services to patients receiving care for COPD on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

“This grant represents an excellent opportunity for the School of Pharmacy to expand its successful partnership with UMQCN,” says Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD, FAPhA, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) and associate dean for clinical services and practice transformation at the school. “We are working together to not only examine the clinical impact of using telehealth technologies to deliver medication therapy management services to patients, but also to understand the economic impact associated with offering this service to patients, particularly related to any reductions in costs associated with inpatient and emergency room visits.

“If successful, the results could truly transform the way pharmacists’ services are integrated in the health care team, especially in primary care practices.”

A Novel Approach to Patient Care

COPD is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult for people to breathe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Recent studies have found that many patients with COPD do not adhere to their medications as prescribed, which can exacerbate symptoms associated with the illness. Although medication reviews are conducted as part of the routine care these patients receive, comprehensive medication reconciliation is often difficult to achieve due to a number of factors, such as patient literacy, frequent medication changes, hospitalization, and multiple transitions in patients’ care.

The specially trained pharmacists working on this project use evidence-based data and protocols to provide comprehensive medication management services to a variety of patient populations. They employ special videoconferencing software that is compliant with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations and allows them to work with patients and other health care providers via confidential, private, and secure videoconferences to optimize patient care in areas such as medication adherence, generic medication utilization, and patient medication reconciliation.

These pharmacists also serve as a hub to help centralize patient referrals, manage scheduling, and set patient appointments in collaboration with other health care providers.

“The use of telehealth tools represents a truly novel approach to patient care,” says Rodriguez de Bittner, who also serves as executive director of the school’s Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions, which houses the Pharmacy e-Health Center and oversees the School’s partnership with UMQCN. “We are able to conduct sessions led by pharmacists here at the School of Pharmacy and/or other locations, while the patient is in a completely different location, such as his or her home or physician’s office. It is a service not many pharmacies are able to offer.”

Embracing the Value Pharmacists Bring to the Health Care Team

Through its partnership with UMQCN and the grant from the Maryland Health Care Commission, the specially trained pharmacists at the school are leveraging the telehealth capabilities of the Pharmacy e-Health Center to provide 100 patients who have been diagnosed with COPD and are currently receiving care from a primary care physician on the Eastern Shore with comprehensive medication therapy management services. These services are delivered via videoconference from Baltimore and are designed to help improve medication adherence among patients and educate them about how to self-manage their illness, such as demonstrating how to correctly use an inhaler. Pharmacists also work with patients’ primary care providers to optimize and manage their medication regimens.

The ultimate goal is to develop a user-friendly telehealth model scalable to all Maryland health care practices that promotes medication safety and care coordination with an emphasis on the affordability, accessibility, and adaptability of the technology to the rural setting.

“The model that we are developing is truly unique — we are integrating pharmacists into primary care practice, but without needing a pharmacist to be physically present in the community setting,” says Rodriguez de Bittner. “We are demonstrating that the addition of these pharmacists to that practice brings value to the physicians, to the practice, and to the patient. It is opening the door for other practices to say, ‘We want to do this, too.’ And that will create more opportunities for us to partner with additional providers and help other patients with chronic illnesses achieve optimal health outcomes.”

— Malissa Carroll

Malissa CarrollClinical Care, Technology, UMB NewsFebruary 5, 20190 comments
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The President's Message-February

February President’s Message

Check out the February issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on his Panel on Politics and Policy; sexual harassment addressed at Q&A; the new Elm is coming to the UMB website; Police Chief Cary reflects on her first six months; art and literary journal, 1807, to launch; 20 employees benefit from Live Near Your Work Program in 2018; campus climate survey coming in mid-February; and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Back issues of the newsletter can be found in the archives.

Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAFebruary 5, 20190 comments
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Visual DX

VisualDx Clinical Support Tool Now Available

VisualDx is a visual diagnostic clinical support tool that includes over 2,800 adult and pediatric conditions and thousands of images. Search by a diagnosis, build patient-specific differentials, or review medication reactions and adverse events. This versatile tool delivers speed and diagnostic accuracy in your clinical work.

Find it in the Databases list on the Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s website. Download the iOS or Android app from the library’s VisualDx account for use off campus.

  • Access over 40,000 medical images. See the variations of disease presentation by age, skin type, etc.
  • Build a differential diagnosis in seconds.
  • Review succinct disease information.
  • Provide patients with images and information designed to improve follow-up.

To learn more, watch these VisualDX video tutorials.

Everly BrownClinical Care, Education, People, Research, TechnologyFebruary 5, 20190 comments
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Quantum landing page graphic

Update: Quantum System Go-Live Date Postponed

After careful consideration, the Quantum Project managers, in coordination with the executive sponsors and Oracle Consulting managers, have decided to postpone the Quantum system go-live date.

Quantum Financials, Analytics, and Planning and Budgeting will not go live on May 6, 2019. Although project leadership confirms that the go-live date will be after the 2019 fiscal year ends, the group is still working to determine the appropriate reset date.

Work on the project continues at an urgent pace despite this change. Departments and schools are strongly encouraged to continue any preparations already undertaken in anticipation of a 2019 system go-live. As the revised project plan is finalized, we will share more detailed information.

Questions may be directed via email to the project team. Thank you for your continued support of the Quantum project.

Robin ReidTechnology, UMB NewsJanuary 31, 20190 comments
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Women in Bio

Artificial Intelligence Is Topic at Next Women In Bio Meet-Up

The next Women In Bio (WIB) Baltimore Meet-Up will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, 1812 Ashland Avenue, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21205. The topic: “Artificial Intelligence-Based Insights from Heartrate to Respiration, Voice and Brain Data.”

The event speakers are Jean M. Vettel, PhD, senior scientist/lead and neuroscientist at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, and Debra Cancro, founder and CEO of VoiceVibes, Inc

Find out about how the nature of artificial intelligence can influence our lives. Topics covered will include: using live wearables to show heart rate and respiration in real time, software analytics for human voices, brain-related data, social network analysis, and the real world, driving, and more. Register at this link.

The event is free for members and students, and members can bring up to two guests for free. If you’re new to WIB and interested in checking it out before becoming a member, get in touch via email at


Karen UnderwoodBulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, TechnologyJanuary 30, 20190 comments
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Vijay Ivaturi

A Step Toward Precision Therapeutics in the Treatment of Complicated Infections

A new study from researchers at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine uses non-invasive positron emission tomography (PET) scans and advanced pharmacometric modeling techniques to help optimize dosing recommendations for rifampin in patients diagnosed with tuberculosis meningitis (TBM), an often- deadly strain of tuberculosis that infects the brain. Published in Science Translational Medicine, the study recommends an increase in current dose recommendations to ensure a sufficient amount of rifampin can reach the infection in the brain and decrease patients’ risk of developing an antibiotic-resistant infection.

“Rifampin is an important drug in the treatment of tuberculosis,” says Vijay Ivaturi, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) and pharmacometrician in the Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) at the School of Pharmacy. “However, although this drug has been around for nearly 50 years, information about the optimal dose to administer to patients remains limited. This study offered our team an opportunity to explore the use of non-traditional, non-invasive methods to help determine the optimal treatment regimen for rifampin for patients diagnosed with TBM.”

A Novel Approach to Dose Optimization

According to the World Health Organization, tuberculosis is responsible for more than 1 million deaths around the world each year, making it one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. TBM, which results from tuberculosis bacteria spreading to a patient’s brain and cerebral spinal fluid, is the most devastating and deadly form of this disease. It disproportionately affects children under age five and individuals who have been diagnosed with other chronic illnesses, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Researchers have long known that rifampin, when administered at the current recommended dose, is not able to adequately penetrate and treat infections in the brain. There also exists a lack of reliable data on how the small percentage of drug that reaches the brain is distributed throughout the tissue, as current methods to measure the drug at the infection site involve surgical resection of the infected tissue. These limitations have hampered previous pharmacokinetic modeling efforts to optimize treatments for TBM.

“Traditional dosing recommendations for rifampin have been based on measurements of the drug in the patient’s blood,” Ivaturi says. “But we know that the bacteria in TBM infections are sitting deeper in the tissue. Since it is incredibly difficult for us to measure the concentration of the drug at the tissue level, we must explore other options to help us best determine the right dose of medication needed to kill the bacteria where it lives.”

To help with this endeavor, Ivaturi collaborated with Sanjay Jain, MD, professor of pediatrics and international health and director of the Center for Infection and Inflammation Imaging Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Jain and his team engineered a version of rifampin with a charged particle, known as a positron, attached to the drug. This allowed the researchers to track the movement of the drug throughout the body and measure its concentration at the site of infection using PET scans.

Taking the Results a Step Further

Equipped with data from these scans, Ivaturi and his team used advanced pharmacometric modeling and simulation techniques — which they combined with known clinical pharmacology information for rifampin — to show that the concentration of rifampin at the site of infection in the brain significantly decreased over time. They also were able to extrapolate those results to optimize the dose of rifampin for children diagnosed with TBM.

“Through the use of these integrated technologies, including state-of-the-art imaging and advanced pharmacometric modeling, we were able to optimize treatments for patients with TBM,” says Ivaturi, who also explained that the models showed that patients diagnosed with TBM should be given a much higher dose of rifampin than is currently recommended — a minimum of 30 milligrams/kilogram (mg/kg), compared to the currently prescribed 10 to 20 mg/kg.

However, perhaps the most significant finding from this research is that this novel method is not limited to rifampin and TBM, but is applicable to a wide range of antibiotic drugs and illnesses.

“In this study, we show proof-of-concept that PET scans are a clinically translatable tool to help clinicians non-invasively measure antibiotic distribution in infected tissues,” Jain says. “In the near future, we envision that this technology could be used to help us not only develop better treatments for TBM, but also to enable precision medicine techniques for patients with other complicated infections.”

“While we focused on individualizing treatment for TBM in this particular study, the techniques and tools that we used can be applied to a variety of other conditions,” Ivaturi adds. “In fact, we at CTM are currently working to develop a clinical decision support system that will be able to optimize treatments for a range of conditions and numerous therapeutics. This system will be available very soon, and it is going to revolutionize the field of precision therapeutics.”

— Malissa Carroll

Malissa CarrollResearch, Technology, UMB NewsJanuary 28, 20190 comments
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OneDrive for Business

OneDrive: Why Should You Use It?

First, what is OneDrive? At its very simplest, OneDrive is UMB’s secure and universally accessible storage location for all your work files.

But what does this really mean? What does OneDrive really offer? In a word – FLEXIBILTY! By using OneDrive, it allows for:

  • File storage: You can access your files from any computer or mobile device that has internet access. If you’re at a meeting across campus, at home, traveling for work — whatever the scenario — and you need to access your files, you can by using the Office 365 portal or the mobile app.
  • Sharing files with others: If you need a colleague to review a file, by using the “Share” feature they can view and update the file that is in your OneDrive — meaning their changes will automatically appear in the file. No need to email a file back and forth.

Specifically through the Office 365 Portal, OneDrive also allows for:

  • Work on Office documents with others at the same time: Using Office Online, you can be in the same file as your colleague at the same time and you can both make real-time updates.
  • View your shared files: OneDrive will show you which files you’ve shared with other people and what files have been shared with you. No need to search through your files or emails to locate what’s been shared!
  • Access to files that are stored in SharePoint and Teams: OneDrive also allows for “one-stop shopping.” If you use SharePoint and Teams, you also can access those files through OneDrive via the Office 365 portal. They are still stored in their respective locations, but you don’t have to go to a different app to view and access those files.

Also, OneDrive is HIPAA- and FERPA-compliant, so you can be assured that your files are safe and secure no matter where you’re accessing them from.

By using OneDrive to securely store your files, you gain so much flexibility and accessibility! To help you, the Enterprise Training Group provides training opportunities and resources. Please visit the Office 365 website for information.

Sarah SteinbergCollaboration, Education, People, TechnologyJanuary 22, 20190 comments
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GiveBackHack logo

Attend GiveBackHack Baltimore on Feb. 1-3

Have a big idea to change the world? Join us at GiveBackHack Baltimore on Feb. 1-3 at Allovue, R. House 2nd Floor, 301 W. 29th St. in Baltimore.

Contact Thomas Wise at today to receive a promo code for 50 percent off your ticket(s). What better way to start the New Year than by pursuing your dreams?

As part of our continuous efforts to improve the human condition and serve the public good of Maryland, the Graduate School at UMB supports GiveBackHack Baltimore, a weekend-long event where passion meets innovation and community members can come together to develop sustainable solutions.

Create a new team or join an existing one to bring your social impact idea to life. Participants also will have the opportunity to tap into mentorship as well as to network with makers and entrepreneurs with similar interests. The winning team will receive $2,000 in in-kind resources to further support their idea and will ultimately walk away with an invaluable experience.

Jade GrantCollaboration, Community Service, Contests, For B'more, People, TechnologyJanuary 17, 20190 comments
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Cyber Attacks: Yes, You Are a Target

Many people mistakenly believe they are not a target for cyber attackers, that they, their systems, or accounts do not have any value. This could not be further from the truth. If you use technology in any way, at work or at home, trust us — you have value to the bad guys. But you are in luck. You already have the best defense there is against these cyber attacks, you.

Why You Are a Target

There are lots of different cyber attackers on the internet today, and they all have different motivations. So why would any of them want to attack you? Because by hacking you, they help achieve their goal. Here are two common examples of cyber attackers and why they would target you.

Cyber criminals: These guys are out to make as much money as possible. What makes the internet so valuable to them is they can now easily target everyone in the world with just the push of a button. And there are A LOT of ways they can make money from you. Examples include stealing money from your bank or retirement accounts, creating a credit card in your name and sending you the bill, using your computer to hack other people, or hacking your social media or gaming accounts and selling them to other criminals. The list of how bad guys can make money off you is almost endless There are hundreds of thousands of these bad guys who wake up each morning with the goal of hacking as many people as possible every single day, including you.

Targeted attackers: These are highly trained cyber attackers, often working for governments, criminal syndicates, or competitors targeting you at work. You may feel your job would not attract much attention, but you would be very surprised. The information you handle at work has tremendous value to different companies or governments. Targeted attackers may target you at work not because they want to hack you but to use you to hack one of your co-workers or other systems. These types of attackers may target you at work because of other companies you work or partner with.

I Have Anti-Virus, I’m Safe

OK, so I’m a target, not a problem. I’ll just install anti-virus and a firewall on my computer and I’m protected, right? Well, unfortunately, no. Many people feel if they install some security tools then they are secure. Unfortunately, that is not entirely true. Cyber attackers continue to get better and better, and many of their attack methods now easily bypass security technologies. For example, they often create special malware that your antivirus cannot detect. They bypass your email filters with a customized phishing attack or call you on the phone and trick or scam you out of your credit card, money, or password. Technology plays an important role in protecting you, but ultimately you are the best defense.

Fortunately, being secure is not that hard, and ultimately common sense and some basic behaviors are your best defense. If you get an email, message, or phone call that is extremely urgent, odd, or suspicious, it may be an attack. To ensure your computers and devices are secure, keep them current and enable automatic updating. Finally, use a strong, unique passphrase for each of your accounts. Staying cyber aware ultimately is your best defense.

Fred SmithEducation, People, TechnologyJanuary 15, 20190 comments
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The President's Message-January

The President’s Message

Check out the January issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on the Graduate School’s centennial. Also, former Senator Barbara Mikulski urges civic engagement at the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy; crime was down 21 percent in 2018, UMB Police Force reports; the School of Medicine launches a cultural transformation; seed grant events here and at College Park show the importance of collaboration; UMB CURE Scholars enjoy a Winter Wonderland; and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAJanuary 10, 20190 comments
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Women In Bio logo

Next Women In Bio Baltimore Meet-Up Set for Jan. 31

A Women In Bio Baltimore Meet-Up will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the University of Maryland BioPark Auditorium.

The event is titled “Full-Time Employment and Side Ventures” and will feature a panel that consists of Jenny Owens, ScD, MS, executive director of the Graduate Research Innovation District (Grid) and Hosts for Humanity; Jennifer Hammaker, vice president, business development, TEDCO; and Megan Wahler, FastForward Program manager at Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures.

Baltimore meet-ups are a way for people to network and mingle with science-like folk, promote self development, and learn about biotechnology and life sciences industries. Our members consist of professionals at leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, device, and diagnostics companies; nonprofits; academic institutions; government agencies; and support service companies, including law firms, consultants, and financial service firms.

This meet-up features a panel of women who will share their stories on full-time employment and side ventures. Why is it important to them? What are their side gigs? How do they juggle it all?

Register here.

Karen UnderwoodCollaboration, Community Service, Education, TechnologyJanuary 10, 20190 comments
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Open book and green pencil

Free Spring Workshops at HS/HSL

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library offers a variety of free workshops to faculty, students, and staff. Classes are offered online and in person.

This semester’s topics include:

  • Managing citations using EndNote, Zotero, or Mendeley
  • Introduction to conducting systematic reviews
  • Graphic design principles in PowerPoint presentations
  • Scholarly publishing and research impact

See the full schedule and registration information.

Emily GormanBulletin Board, Education, Research, TechnologyJanuary 10, 20190 comments
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Connective Issues, Volume 13, Issue 1

Check Out the Latest ‘Connective Issues’ Newsletter

The December 2018 issue of the Connective Issues newsletter from the Health Sciences and Human Services Library is now available.

Included in this issue:

  • A Celebration of 21 Years at the HS/HSL – “21@601”
  • Celebrating 21 Years of Art at the HS/HSL
  • The New Booths Are Here! The New Booths Are Here!
  • VisualDx is available at the HS/HSL
  • HSHSL Hosts DaSH 8 Hackathon
  • Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at HS/HSL
  • Library Genie 2018 Survey Results
  • Data Catalog Collaboration Project Receives CTSA Great Team Science Award
  • Innovation Space Adds Specialized 3D Printer for Research
  • Google Dataset Search (Beta)
  • The James Carroll, Yellow Fever Commission Letters
Everly BrownCollaboration, Education, People, Research, Technology, University LifeDecember 13, 20180 comments
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Email Security: Magnifying glass

Don’t Fall For Fake Student Job Postings

Jobs that sound too good to be true should raise a red flag for any college student. Fake job postings abound in unsolicited emails sent to your student account and in online job listing sites.

Fake jobs can be attempts to steal personal information about you or steal money or bank account information from you. You also could get entangled in criminal activity, so be cautious.

Here are some tips to help you identify fake jobs. You should always carefully research the legitimacy of employers before applying.

Common Job Scams Targeting College Students

  • Mystery shoppers
  • Envelope stuffing from home
  • Repackaging or shipping from home
  • Issuing checks/check processing from home
  • Model/talent agencies
  • Pyramid sales schemes
  • A variety of scams in which a student is asked to pay for certification, training materials, or equipment with promise of reimbursement

Overpayment Scams

Watch out for overpayment scams. These are often posted as a bookkeeper, personal assistant, administrative assistant, etc., to assist in processing checks or mystery/secret shoppers. The “company” sends a check to the “assistant” (student), who is then responsible for taking their “salary” out of the check and wiring the remainder of the money back to the “company.” These checks are fraudulent and can leave you out thousands of dollars and facing criminal charges.

Beware If the Email or Job Posting:

  • Does not indicate the company name
  • Comes from an email address that doesn’t match the company name
  • Does not give the employer contact information — title of person sending the email, company address, phone number, etc.
  • Offers to pay a large amount for almost no work
  • Offers you a job without ever interacting with you
  • Asks you to pay an application fee
  • Wants you to transfer money from one account to another
  • Offers to send you a check before you do any work
  • Asks you to give your credit card or bank account numbers
  • Asks for copies of personal documents
  • Says you must send payment by wire service or courier
  • Offers you a large payment for allowing the use of your bank account — often for depositing checks or transferring money
  • Sends you an unexpectedly large check

No legitimate employer will send payment in advance and ask the employee to send a portion of it back. DO NOT provide any personal information, especially Social Security numbers or financial information! 

Examples of Suspicious Ads

The following job posting was rejected by the Student Employment Program Job Board:

“Agile and Responsible individual is needed to fill the vacant position of a Personal Assistant (Part time) Someone who can offer these services: *Mail services (Receive mails and drop them off at UPS) *Shop for Gifts *Sit for delivery (at your home) or pick items up at nearby post office at your convenience. (You will be notified when delivery would be made).”

A student notified the Student Employment Program that she received the following email:

“If you are resourceful, organized, good with paperwork and honest, you can make three hundred dollars ($300) a week, as a business assistant. This flexible but formal position would only take at most two hours of your time daily, or even less, depending on your work-speed. You would be needed Mondays through Fridays, but the job’s flexibility lies in the fact that your duties are clear-cut and would take little of your time to be executed daily. Kindly get back to me ASAP if you are interested and wish to know more about this opportunity.”

Another student received an email offering them a “New, interesting, and respectable job” as a typist.

A recent actual email to UMB students:

Dear The University of Maryland, Baltimore Students…

At Market Force Information Company. Get paid $185- $250 Twice a week and we offer Survey Evaluation Services to various shopping outlets and Organizations. We want all Survey  Evaluation to take complete pride in their work, writing intelligent surveys that are clear, honest and observant.

The information collected by Market Force Information  Compliance Services reaches clients, but will always conceal individual identity. Survey results are aggregated by combining responses with those provided by other participants who have also completed the online survey. This data is stored in a database that can be analyzed by clients, but personal data will never be revealed, sold or traded without your permission.

You are providing input for the development of a product or service.

Market Force Information Compliance Services Is one of the most popular paid survey panels in  America. My survey provides a variety of interesting surveys, including product reviews, service reviews buyers opinion, general opinion, Survey Evaluation just to name a few. Find below Job description (available survey).\The recruitment is restricted to US and Canada residents only.


Survey Evaluation services are to be carried out in your location in which you will carry out a survey on the performance and effectiveness of the stores with which you will be directed to carry out a Survey Evaluation on and we would like you to become our Survey Evaluation. Salary/Wage: – $185-$250 per survey assignment.

 Your employment packet includes businesses/stores evaluation (Macy-Stores, Banks, Wal-Mart, CVS, McDonald’s, Best Buy and many more). Assignment instructions will be sent to you via email after you must have received the payment for the Survey assignment.

 Payment for the assignment/wages would be sent to you by Certified Check. No experience required and no upfront payment needed from you (Application is Free).

If you would like to be considered for this survey assignment, please fill out the application below and kindly send the requested details to the email above. 


    Current Address:



    Zip Code:

    Home Phone:

    Cell Phone:

    Alternative email address:

    Preferred Time to Call:

    Occupation: none

    Can you check email at least twice daily?

Report Suspicious Ads

If you feel that you’ve been the victim of a scam, please contact University Police at 410-706-6882.

Researching Ads and Employers

Why is it important to research every opportunity?

  • To find out if the job and the company are legitimate
  • To gather information to help you determine whether the company or job is a good fit for you
  • To find data to help you write targeted resumes and cover letters
  • To find facts to help you answer interview questions such as: Why do you want to work for this company?

Visit the organization website

If the organization in question doesn’t have a website or the website doesn’t seem to match the advertised job, there may be cause for concern. Note the professionalism of the website. Is there specific contact information? Are jobs and career information actually posted on the site? Lack of pertinent information is a red flag.

Use personal contacts, Linked-In, or other networking sites

Do you have any connections to help you find inside information? If you belong to a professional association, they may be able to put you in touch with people who can advise you. Search Linked-In by “People” and the advanced search fields for “Company Name.” Click the “Current Companies Only” checkbox to receive information on people currently listed as employed by this company.

Use Google

Search by the name of the organization to gather information and recent news. You also can search by “scam” to look for signs the company has been reported in any type of fraudulent activity.

Check with consumer services

Two organizations to utilize are the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission to see if any complaints have been lodged against the company.

Investigate the company’s references

If you aren’t sure a company is legitimate, request a list of employees or contractors. Then contact the references to see how satisfied they are. If a company isn’t willing to share references (names, email addresses, and phone numbers), this is a red flag. You may want to research the references a bit as well, to be sure they are legitimate.

Be suspicious of poor communication skills

Be careful when an employer cannot communicate accurately or effectively on the website, by email, over the telephone, etc. If communications are sloppy, how professional is the organization?

Exercise caution when asked to pay any fees

Most legitimate employers will not charge to hire you! Don’t send money for work-at-home directories, advice on getting hired, company information, or for anything else related to the job. There are some well-known internship programs that do require payment to place you in internships, but check with your department’s internship coordinator to determine if the program is legitimate.

Review payment information

When information about salary isn’t listed on a job posting, try to find out if you will receive a salary or be paid on commission. Find out how much you’re paid, how often you are paid, and how you are paid. If the company doesn’t pay an hourly rate or a salary, be cautious and investigate further.

Beware: Scam ads can be found in legitimate publications

Read all information carefully. If the opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Just because a job lead appears in a legitimate publication, it doesn’t mean that the job or company is necessarily legitimate. Forget about getting rich quick.

Additional information about job scams

Federal Trade Commission video about job scams

Sarah SteinbergTechnologyDecember 11, 20180 comments
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America's Got Regulatory Talent 2018 winning team

America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent: Call for Submissions

The Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation is holding its Sixth Annual America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent competition on Feb. 6, 2019, from 1-2 p.m. at Pharmacy Hall.

The competition, which is open to all students, aims to promote student interest in regulatory science, which is the science of developing new tools, standards, and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated products.

Students can participate as individuals or as a team and will have to present a proposed solution to a current opportunity in regulatory science. Presentations will be evaluated by a panel of judges from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and the FDA in terms of proposed solution and presentation quality.

Registration deadline for participation is Jan. 30.

Learn more about the competition.

Erin MerinoEducation, TechnologyDecember 6, 20180 comments
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