UTMB Announcements for 12/19/2014

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***TODAY***The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Seminar Series***TODAY***
HALF OFF ALL FRAMES WITH PURCHASE OF PRESCRIPTION LENSES
Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
> > > VANPOOL FOR CLEAR LAKE - LEAGUE CITY < < <
ALERT - Phishing Attacks and Account Compromises

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
THE FOURTH GOOD REASON TO CONSIDER LASIK: SAFETY12/18/2014
EXTERNAL REVIEWS FOR GRANT PROPOSALS12/17/2014
Microbiology and Immunology Student Research Update Seminar12/15/2014
Blackboard downtime Dec 22nd - 23rd12/16/2014
K’S CREATIONS - VICTORY LAKES - ONE DAY ONLY !!!12/17/2014
LISA’S ISLAND CREATIONS12/18/2014
HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS12/17/2014
Employee Health Clinic closed 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 1912/18/2014
Be Eco-Friendly12/18/2014
Badge Office and Police Administration Office Closed12/18/2014

***TODAY***The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Seminar Series***TODAY***
First Published 12/19/2014

 

***TODAY***The Department of Pharmacology &Toxicology***TODAY***

 

Presents

 

David Rowley, PhD

 

 

Professor

 

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

 

 

Baylor College of Medicine

 

Houston, TX

 



The Genesis of Reactive Stroma in Caner: Role of TGF-beta and RUNX1

 

Friday, December 19, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

2.212 Basic Science Auditorium

 

Hosted by: Marxa Figueiredo, PhD

Contact:     Email: Kirsty Foss     For: Pharmacology     Phone: 409-772-9646
 
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HALF OFF ALL FRAMES WITH PURCHASE OF PRESCRIPTION LENSES
First Published 12/19/2014

HALF OFF ALL FRAMES WITH PURCHASE OF PRESCRIPTION LENSES

For the month of December,UTMB Eye Health Optical Center is now offering half off all our eyeglass frames with purchase of prescription lenses*.  If you have Superior Vision receive half off your out of pocket expense towards your frame, that is a big saving!  Stop in and see our wonderful designer frames including, RayBan Ophthalmic, Prada, Versace, Vera Wang, Vogue, Van Huesen, Michael Ryen, Penquin and Michael Kor.

  • Open 8am - 5:30pm Monday - Friday
  • Free Parking
  • We accept other doctor prescriptions

Appointments 409-747-5800

Questions 409-747-5823

*discounts do not apply towards Maui Jim and Costa sunglasses.  Previous sales and orders do not apply 

Contact:     Email: Charlene Miller     For: Ophthalmology/Optical Center     Phone: 409-747-5823     Fax: 409-747-5824
 
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Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
First Published 12/19/2014

The Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases,
the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and the Center for Tropical Diseases
welcomes

 Nahed Ismail, M.D., Ph.D., D(ABMM), D(ABMLI)
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 Presenting

 “Type I Interferon and Inflammasome Activation in Ehrlichiosis”

as part of the
Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
Date:  Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Place: Basic Science Auditorium, Room 2.212

 All interested persons are encouraged to attend!

Contact:     Email: Angela Culler     For: Center for Biodefense & Emerging Infectious Diseases     Phone: 72464     Fax: 70762
 
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> > > VANPOOL FOR CLEAR LAKE - LEAGUE CITY < < <
First Published 12/19/2014


Our van has an immediate opening for Clear Lake and League City riders. Ideal for the Monday to Friday, 8am - 5pm, work shift.  Pick up riders at Bay Area Park & Ride and Sportsplex parking lot in League City.  Stops at the circle at 9th St. and Market St.

For more information, please contact Luz Cheng at (409) 682-1766 or email lcheng@utmb.edu.

Thanks!

Contact:     Email: Luz Cheng     For: EHS - Radiation Safety Program     Phone: 21781
 
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ALERT - Phishing Attacks and Account Compromises
First Published 12/19/2014

Over the last couple of months, the office of information security has seen a spike in email accounts being compromised and setup to send spam out to the internet.  We’ve even had an incident where some of our employees’ bank account and routing numbers were changed in our direct deposit portal.  These compromises usually begin with an employee receiving a fraudulent (phishing) email stating that there’s a problem with an account and it needs to be updated. Their goal is to steal your username and password and take control of your account for a variety of reasons. Most appear to come from Information Services, but some have been forged to look like they came from Human Resources.

No reputable organization will ever ask you for personal information over email. If they do, refuse to give it to them.  Emails with links that are asking you to “Click Here” to update personal information must be scrutinized.  Is that link really taking you the place that it says, or has it been forged and is taking you to a place to steal your password?  It is not difficult to validate the authenticity of an email.  Know the red flags.  One red flag is not necessarily an indicator of a phishing attempt. However, you must make the judgment call.  If it looks suspicious, get a second opinion, or send it to cirt@utmb.edu; we’ll validate it for you.

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Let’s say it’s a well-crafted phishing email and you clicked on the link; it’s not the end of the world.    It’s going to take you to a webpage that will ask you for information.  Again, think about the red flags. 

  1. Is the site branded to the organization that it’s associated with?  A UTMB page should have a UTMB logo.
  2. Look at the address bar, does it make sense, are you at the correct site?
  3. Is it asking for information other than your username and password?  If the site is prompting you to enter credit card, bank account or social security numbers, it’s an outright scam; exit the page immediately.  
  4. Last, but definitely not least, if you enter your username and password and it doesn’t take you anywhere, or it takes you to a place you weren’t expecting, your account information was probably just stolen.  Change your password immediately and contact the service desk at x25200.

Phishing phone calls – We’ve had several reports of folks receiving phone calls from “technicians” claiming to be with Microsoft.   The call usually starts off by informing you that your PC has been identified as being infected with a virus, or something to that affect.  Their goal is to take control of your computer and install malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking information, usernames and passwords. To make matters worse, they’ll try and charge you for the software installation.  If you receive one of these calls, simply say “no thanks” and hang-up.

If you have any questions regarding this email, please contact the office of information security at 409-772-3838 or email us at cirt@utmb.edu

Contact:     Email: Robert Shaffer     For: Office of Information Security     Phone: 409-772-3838
 
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THE FOURTH GOOD REASON TO CONSIDER LASIK: SAFETY
First Published 12/18/2014

If you’re dependent on eyeglasses or contacts to see clearly, getting separated from your glasses or contacts can be a constant worry. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night and not having to fumble for your glasses. LASIK may be the answer.

LASIK eye care specialist Dr. Kevin H. Merkley offers patients excellence, experience and value. In alliance with Joffe MediCenter in Bellaire, UTMB’s Dr. Merkley now is offering UTMB employees custom LASIK at special pricing ranging from $495 to $1,395 per eye for UTMB employees and family members.

With more than 17 years of LASIK experience, Dr. Merkley usesproven wavefront and excimer LASIK technology to provide a completely customized LASIK experience to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Wondering if LASIK is right for you? Call 1-866-685-6995 today to schedule your free LASIK evaluation Joffe MediCenter in Bellaire.Be sure to tell them you’re with UTMB! Click here to friend UTMB Health Eye Center on Facebook to learn more about eye health and Eye Center news.

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Contact:     Email: Call Joffe Today!     For: Ophthalmology     Phone: 1-866-685-6995
 
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EXTERNAL REVIEWS FOR GRANT PROPOSALS
First Published 12/17/2014

EXTERNAL REVIEWS FOR GRANT PROPOSALS 

The UTMB Research Services will arrange to provide external reviews of research proposals for any UTMB faculty. We will obtain 1-2 reviews for each proposal.

Components of the program: 

  1.  It is all voluntary
  2. Any proposal to an external agency or foundation with a total budget of >$250,000 qualifies for review
  3. All UTMB faculty investigators, at all ranks and levels of experience, are encouraged to participate. 

 Research Services will then arrange to have two investigators at non-UTMB institutions review the proposals. 

 Process

  1. The faculty member alerts Research Services of the intention to submit grant 45-60 days prior to submission date, and provides list of 4-6 potential reviewers at other institutions. Please email Lucy Gonzales, lcgonzal@utmb.edu, with this information.   Provide the title of the proposal and the organization to which it will be submitted.  The potential reviewers should be mid- to senior level faculty with study section experience. Research Services will identify potential reviewers if the investigator is unable to.
  2. The VP for Research contacts potential reviewers and arranges compensation etc. Reviews will be anonymous. Two reviews will be sought for each grant proposal.  There will be a one week turnaround time.
  3. The faculty member provides Research Services with complete draft of Specific Aims and Research Strategy (e.g. 13 pages for an R-01), Literature Cited, and biosketch for PI, at least 30 days prior to submission deadline.  There will be a brief, initial review by the Provost office, and a few may be returned if judged not to be sufficiently developed to benefit from rigorous review.
  4. Research Services works to ensure timely review, and provides such reviews as they are returned.
  5. Research Services will maintain a database of reviewer's contacted, those who agreed, their timeliness, and quality of reviews provided.
  6. The deadlines for alerting Research Services about a grant submission and providing potential reviewers (45 days to submission) and for providing a complete draft (30 days prior to submission) will be strictly enforced.

Limitations:

This review structure is initially intended for individual applications such as R01, R21 and K type applications.  It is assumed that groups that are planning center grants, program projects and other large proposals will want to establish their own external reviews on an earlier schedule (e.g. 60 days prior to submission). The Provost’s office will be happy to work with those groups to facilitate such reviews.

Please feel free to email either Dr. Garg, nigarg@utmb.edu, or Dr.  Goodwin, jsgoodwi@utmb.edu, with questions about this program.  

   

Contact:     Email: Kelley A. Prevou     For: Research Services     Phone: 409 747-1987     Fax: 409 772-9598
 
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Microbiology and Immunology Student Research Update Seminar
First Published 12/15/2014

"Construction and Testing of a Novel Live-Attenuated Plague Vaccine Deleted for Three Virulence Determinants" 

by

Bethany Tiner

Research Interest: Bacteriology
Mentor: Ashok Chopra, PhD

Friday, December 19, 2014

Levin Hall 3.324  

Contact:     Email: Marcela Rubio     For: Microbiology & Immunology     Phone: 28140
 
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Blackboard downtime Dec 22nd - 23rd
First Published 12/16/2014

On December 22nd and 23rd the Blackboard Learning Management System will be upgraded to ‘9.1 April 2014’ Service Pack.  Blackboard (https://eclass.utb.edu) will be unavailable starting from 6AM on Monday, December 22nd through midnight on Tuesday, December 23rd

Service Pack ‘9.1 April 2014’ includes several new features.  Please see http://www.utmb.edu/blackboard/for information on the new version.  If you have any questions about the upgrade please contact Academic Systems at edtech@utmb.edu

Contact:     Email: Sireesha Mandava     For: Business and Academic Systems     Phone: 7-6440
 
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K’S CREATIONS - VICTORY LAKES - ONE DAY ONLY !!!
First Published 12/17/2014

K’S CREATIONS IS AT VICTORY LAKES FOR ONE DAY ONLY !!!

 

Drop by and visit with the nice folks from K’s Creations and you’ll find an easy and

  convenient way to shop for great gifts or something uplifting for yourself.

 Discover a fun assortment of gifts including women’s clothing and accessories,

Popcorn Shirts which fit most (Small to Extra Large), scarves, fashion jewelry,

 Austrian crystal night lights, decorative angels and crosses, and a whole lot of

 new merchandise to choose from for yourself, your family, and all your friends.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19TH

8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

 

VICTORY LAKES

SURGICAL SPECIALTY CARE CENTER

 

Cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.

 

Proceeds benefit patient and volunteer programs.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

 

Contact:     Email: Mary Moody     For: Volunteer Services     Phone: 22549
 
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LISA’S ISLAND CREATIONS
First Published 12/18/2014

LISA’S ISLAND CREATIONS IS BACK !!!

 

Please come out and again welcome Lisa’s Island Creations.

Lisa offers one of a kind sterling silver lamp work bracelets and earrings.

She also has beautiful pendants, lanyards, and ceiling fan pulls at affordable prices.

She has lots of Christmas earrings and bracelets for your holiday needs!

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22ND

AND

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23RD   

 

8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. EACH DAY

 

LOBBY

RESEARCH BUILDING 6

(OLD CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL)

 

Cash, checks, and all major credit cards are accepted.

 

Proceeds benefit patient and volunteer programs.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

 

Contact:     Email: Mary Moody     For: Volunteer Services     Phone: 22549
 
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HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS
First Published 12/17/2014

 

The UTMB Police Department is hosting a brown bag presentation on "Holiday Safety Tips".  This presentation is open to the UTMB Community and will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014, from 12:00 to 1:00pm in Room 3.320 in the Levin Hall building.  The presentation will start at 12:15pm.

Refreshments (cookies) and drinks will be available to the first 30 participants to arrive.  If you are interested in attending, please contact (409) 772-1503 to register.   

 

Contact:     Email: Sgt. Anthony DeRanieri     For: Police     Phone: 772-2691
 
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Employee Health Clinic closed 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 19
First Published 12/18/2014

The Employee Health Clinic will be closed between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19th for a departmental meeting.

Should you experience a work-related injury or an occupational exposure during this closure, please go to the nearest emergency room.

Contact:     Email: Employee Health Clinic     For: Human Resources     Phone: (409) 747-9172
 
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Be Eco-Friendly
First Published 12/18/2014

 

RECEIVE YOUR 2014 W-2 FORM

A FAST, EASY AND MOST CONVENIENT WAY TO ACCESS YOUR W-2!

Sign up for today!

You may access your eW-2 by signing in directly to Employee Self Service.

 

Employee Self-Service Path: Self-Service>Payroll and Compensation>W-2/W-2 Consent

Are you a returning employee? You will need to sign up for eW-2 again.

 

If you do not wish to sign up for eW-2, please verify that your current home address is correct.

Corrections can be made via Employee Self Service.

Contact:     Email: Les Glaeser     For: Finance / Payroll     Phone: 409-747-8078
 
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Badge Office and Police Administration Office Closed
First Published 12/18/2014

The Badge Office and Police Administration Office will be closed, Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 thru Thursday, January 1st, 2015, in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.  We will reopen on Friday, January 2nd,  2015 at 8:00 am.  

We apologize for any inconvenience.    

Happy Holidays. 

  

Contact:     Email: Veronica Ortiz     For: Police Dept.     Phone: 772-1503
 
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