Award of Distinction Call for Nominations

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2018 Emory Award of Distinction.

As you may recall, as part of our Significant Contribution Award (SCA) process, a subset of the winners could be submitted for the Award of Distinction. However, since the timeline for soliciting Award of Distinction nominations has been moved from the usual timing in the fall to the summer, and the 2018 SCA process has not launched, LITS employees are encouraged to submit Award of Distinction nominations.

If you would like to nominate a LITS staff member who has made an outstanding contribution to the Emory Community, please complete the attached nomination form, and send it to me (kmuham3 [at] emory [dot] edu) no later than 4:oo pm Monday, August 27. LITS HR will forward the nominations to Central HR by the deadline of 5pm August 30.

Thanks, and let me know if you have any questions.

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Bommareddy recognized by Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

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Ramya Bommareddy

For the past two years, Ramya Bommareddy (manager, database administration) has been serving on the Software Engineering committee for Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). She was also session chair last year. Recently she was recognized by the organization for her contributions.

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. It is the world’s largest gathering of women in computing. The celebration results in collaborative proposals, networking and mentoring for attendees.

The celebration, named after computer scientist and Admiral Grace Hopper, is organized by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery. works with technologists in more than 80 countries, and partners with academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies worldwide. helps women make significant contributions to technical fields. Every year, women technologists and the best minds in computing convene to highlight the contributions of women to computing.

“We are proud of Ramya for volunteering and carrying the GHC message forward,” said her director Sriram Chari.

The committee on which Ramya served would review proposals for presentations, workshops and panels, and provide feedback on which ones should be a part of the conference. Ramya has even served as a mentor for some of the attendees. “GHC enables me to increase knowledge of current trends in technology, and connect with current and future technologists” said Ramya.

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Pet of the Week: Riley

Kevin Moran and his wife adopted Riley from the local Best Friends Animal Shelter in the fall of 2017. Riley had a rough start in life. He was rescued in 2016 from an abusive hoarding situation by Troup County Animal Control. He was about 4 years old when he was rescued, after having been chained up in a backyard with numerous other dogs and never given any real love, attention, or proper vet care.

Additionally, Riley had a life-threatening heartworm infestation. He was absolutely terrified of people, and Troup County Animal Control considered putting him down because they were not sure he would ever fit in with a human family.

However, Best Friends agreed to take him in, and Riley lived at the Best Friends shelter for almost a year. While he was there, he was successfully treated for heartworms and he made some progress in learning to trust people, mostly the shelter staff who gave him some affection for the first time in his life. However, he was still very wary of strangers and whenever a family came to shelter looking to adopt an animal, Riley retreated to the back of the kennel, and so most people passed on him.

In the fall of 2017, one of the Moran’s two dogs passed away, and they were looking for a new dog to join the family. Kevin’s wife spotted Riley on the Best Friends website, and one Saturday they drove to the shelter with their dog, Maddy, to see Riley in person. Riley took to Maddy instantly, and they decided to adopt him because they thought he just needed a chance in life.

At the time the Moran’s adopted Riley, he had never been in a car or been inside a house and was absolutely terrified of a leash. But with lots of love and patience, Riley has really come a long way. He adores Maddy and she has “shown him the ropes” as he adjusts to his new family life – how to walk on a leash, how to play in the backyard, how to beg the neighbors for treats, how to stretch out on the couch, etc. He even went on vacation to the beach last Christmas!

Riley’s life has completely turned around now, and one of his favorite things to do is to go for walks around Lake Avondale and take in all the new sights and sounds and smells and meet new dogs and people.

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LITS recent headlines and upcoming events

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Recent LITS headlines:

Upcoming LITS events:

(go HERE for more information for each event)

  • August 23Webinar: Sleeping for Optimal Health, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m., click HERE to register
  • August 31 – Decatur Book Festival: Kidnote: A Celebration of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Presser Hall, Agnes Scott College
  • August 31 – Decatur Book Festival: Take You Wherever You Go (Keynote), 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
  • September 1 & 2 – Decatur Book Festival: Emory Booth in Downtown Decatur
  • September 11  – Atlanta Fulton County Public Library Card Drive: Woodruff Library
  • September 13  – InfoForum: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Jones Room, Woodruff Library
  • September 26  – Symposium: Wikipedia for Academia, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Jones Room, Woodruff Library
  • September 26  – Event: Conversation with Cosmo Vinyl (former Clash manager), TBD, Rose Library
  • September 27  – Event: Tayari Jones and Pearl Cleage, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Jones Room, Woodruff Library
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Box collaboration with external (non-Emory) users

Box promotional graphicBecause we’ve disabled anonymous collaboration in Emory Box, all your collaborators must have a Box account. The good news is that it can be an Emory Box account, a Box account from a company or other university, or even a free Box “Lite” account.*

  1. Determine who your external collaborators (any who do not have an or email address) are and find out if they already have a Box account through their organization. If so, ask them for the email address associated with that account. Note that in Box, email address = Box account name, so it is very important to use the email address associated with their Box account.
  2. For external people without existing Box accounts, they can sign up for a free Box Lite account HERE. Note: While this link and the web page may look like it is associated with Emory, the account created is not. It is not in the Emory Box domain and isn’t accessible nor supported by Emory. It can, however, be invited to collaborate with an Emory Box user, so make sure you get the associated email address from people who’ve created these accounts.
  3. For external people with Emory University or Healthcare sponsored accounts (that include EU or EHC email), they can be given access to Emory Box through a request process.  These sponsored accounts will have a 0 GB quota, so cannot accumulate unshared (private) information.  Instead, they can collaborate in all ways (upload, edit, download, preview, etc…) with this account, but only in folders shared with them from faculty or staff members.  More about how that works and how to request HERE.
  4. In the Box web interface, select the folder you wish to share, click the share button on the right, and select Invite Collaborators.  In the box marked Invite, type in the emails addresses from steps 1, 2, or 3. Then the next drop-down box allows you to select what permissions they have (see this MATRIX  for a description of each option.)

A word on sharing with links:  While you can send a link for a folder to anyone, they will receive an error if they try to follow it to the folder and they haven’t been invited as a collaborator at some level because we restrict anonymous (non-defined-collaborator) access to Emory content.

  • Please note that it is the responsibility of anyone sharing content to assure that both the data and collaborators are appropriate.  There are also additional guidelines for sharing sensitive data, particularly with free Box Lite accounts, which can be found here: 
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Change regarding Duo and the “Remember Me for 30 days” option

DUO logoWe have made a change to Duo, Emory’s application for two-factor authentication. Previously, the “Remember Me for 30 days” option was tied to the specific application for which you had set that option. Setting this option for one application had no impact on your authentication to other Duo-protected applications.

We have modified the use of that option so that it applies to ALL Duo-protected web applications. Now that this change has been implemented, checking the “Remember Me for 30 days” option will enable users to skip Duo authentication for all the web-based Duo-protected applications for 30 days (as long as they are using the same browser on the same computer).

We are hopeful this will make the Duo experience here at Emory even better for our end users.

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Workplace safety active shooter training in Woodruff Library Jones Room

Graphic of targetLITS HR and Operations & Access Services has arranged for the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) and Emory Police Department (EPD) to provide training on workplace safety – active shooter. Angela Adam, Emory CEPAR  and Jay Schmahl, EPD will be the presenters.

Two training sessions will be offered as follows:

  • Monday, August 13, from 10:00-11:30 a.m., Jones Room, Woodruff Library 
  • Tuesday, August 21, from 2:00-3:30 p.m., Jones Room, Woodruff Library

If you are unable to attend the training in person, the first session will be available via live stream and will also be recorded and uploaded to the LITS HR space on Confluence. Closer to the training, you will receive instructions on how to join the live stream.

Below you will find CEPAR on workplace safety – active shooter and additional resources on the topic.

Surviving an Active Shooter – LA County Sheriff

Surviving an Active Shooter – Ohio State University DPS–FLQ 

Options for Consideration Active Shooter Training Video 

Additional Resources:

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