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Cybercriminals Target UF International Community

GRAPHIC: A scam email from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

UF’s 5,712 international students, along with our international faculty and staff population, are prime targets for criminals who want to leverage their immigration status to steal money and sensitive data.

The UF International Center (UFIC) reported several cases of phishing emails and phone calls from cybercriminals posing as representatives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Scams include threats of deportation, visa revocation, or phony visa lottery acceptances. The fake messages are schemes to solicit money or sensitive information (e.g. Social Security numbers, credit card information, etc.).

“We cannot emphasize enough how important it is for our international students to be aware of scams and phishing attempts that can impact their legal status, identity, and financial future,” said Debra Anderson, director of International Student Support Services for UFIC.

Everyone, regardless of visa status, should think twice before automatically clicking on an email attachment. U.S. government agencies never demand immediate payment over the phone or via email. In fact, contact with U.S. agencies involved in immigration issues always starts with a letter, not a phone call or an email. If you think an email in your GatorMail is suspicious, report it with the Phish Alert Button so UF’s Information Security Office can investigate further.

Supporting Academic Accessibility Efforts

LOGO: Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

UFIT is hosting Fix Your Content Day sessions as part of UF’s support of of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. These sessions will empower instructors, TAs, and academic support staff to maximize use of Ally and make courses accessible for all learners. Ally is an easy-to-use tool that generates accessibility reports, providing a score that correlates to the accessibility of the content, and offers suggestions for quickly fixing content. Two sessions will be offered on May 20. Participants may drop-in for all or part of either session:

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fix Your Content Day is free. Pre-registration is not required. To participate, log in to the Canvas event page, select a session, and enter the Zoom lobby. Attendees will be paired with an e-Learning specialist or instructional designer who will discuss their course’s Ally report and identify ways to make content more accessible. UFIT’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training (CITT) offers several options for creating inclusive courses, including Ally in Canvas, Designing an Inclusive Course, and Accessibility Fundamentals. For more information, please contact the CITT.

Improving Patient Data Access for Researchers

SCREEN CAPTURE: Updated UF Health's Integrated Data Repository website, with a list of highlights to be found due to the site upgrade

When a researcher requires patient data, either to support grant proposals or to fulfill complex investigative studies, they utilize UF Health’s Integrated Data Repository Research Services. The new IDR website makes data requests easier and includes access to the COVID-19 De-identified Patient Dataset, which is pre-approved by UF’s Institutional Review Board.

The integrated data repository is a large-scale database used to collect, store, and report on information from across UF Health’s clinical and research programs. The IDR Research Services consultation team delivers data to facilitate new research discoveries and support patient care quality and safety efforts. Services include consultation, feasibility and cohort discovery, including i2B2 database training tools, as well as clinical trial patient recruitment support, and fulfilment of research data needs.

IDR Research Services is a collaboration under the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute and UF Health Information Technology. Please contact the IDR research team with any questions related to the data repository or the COVID-19 De-identified Patient Dataset.

Free Job Search and Test Prep Help

PHOTO: Female student using LinkedIn Learning on her laptop in UF Library West

LinkedIn Learning has a series of videos for recent graduates searching for jobs on LinkedIn and through other networking options. All newly admitted Gators, as well as recent graduates, have access to LinkedIn Learning. Start developing your LinkedIn currency, whether you are just beginning your academic career or wearing a mortar board this month.

The LinkedIn Learning for Students is a great course to take, and includes videos on Search for Jobs, Set Up a Job Alert, and Prepare for an Interview. Another course to consider is Developing Your Professional Image.

In addition to computer applications courses, did you know that LinkedIn Learning also offers extensive test prep videos for the GRE and GMAT exams? The courses have tips to help test takers mentally prepare and include practice problems from previous exams that students can work on at their own pace. Multiple options are available, but here are two examples: Test Prep: GRE and Preparing for the GMAT.

UFIT provides free access, a $30/monthly value, for all members of the UF community with active Gatorlink credentials. Any student, faculty, or staff member needing assistance logging in to LinkedIn Learning for free may contact the UF Computing Help Desk.

NVIDIA Deep-Learning Institute Offerings

GRAPHIC: NVIDIA DLI with University of Florida block monogram

NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Institute (DLI) online courses are available free to UF faculty, students, and staff. The course examples can easily be ported to the HiPerGator AI cluster and integrated into a researcher’s work or professor’s classes. Students, faculty, and staff can email UFIT’s AI Support team IT-RC-AI@UFL.EDU for a course code to take any of the self-paced classes. Faculty can obtain their own code by requesting a teaching kit (information below).

“NVIDIA’s DLI offerings cover the fundamentals of deep learning and include specific AI areas such as natural language processing, image processing, healthcare research, and robotics,” says Ying Zhang, AI support lead and research facilitator for UFIT. “These courses will help faculty and students get the most out of our HiPerGator AI environment.”

The DLI provides teaching kits that include downloadable, semester-long university curriculum course materials with ready-to-use lecture slides, videos, quiz/exam problem sets, and solutions. The teaching kits come with a code that enable faculty to provide free access for up to 200 students to DLI online courses. Faculty can also request free class allocations on HiPerGatorAI to teach courses using NVIDIA’s DLI teaching kits or integrate DLI-provided course components into their self-developed curriculum.