A new phishing email attempt is circulating among UAB students, faculty and staff. The email claims that your BlazerID is about to expire.

The email looks similar to the one below. Some emails may even come from valid but compromised UAB email accounts.

BlazerID AbouttoExpire
If you receive a similar email, please report it using the "PhishMe Reporter" button on your Outlook, or forward to phishing@uab.edu

To avoid phishing scams, pay close attention to the sender and any links in the email. If they look unusual, ignore them. You can always log in to a known web site — such as the BlazerID web site — instead of clicking on the link.

The video below gives more tips on how to catch a phish.

To ensure UAB's mobile app can continue to deliver easy access to campus systems, the app will undergo maintenance resulting in a brief outage from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.

The UAB mobile app offers a seamless mobile integration with Canvas, BlazerNET, the campus map, directory and other necessary campus systems. Download it today to stay connected.


Improvements to the Box.com web interface will make it easier for UAB employees to search for and share documents when using UAB Box. 

If you are using UAB Box, you can switch to the new interface now to try it out. Box will automatically switch the interface for all users on Sept. 8, 2017. 

Changes include better search capabilities using metadata, simplified sharing options and improved tile view. Notifications will also be renamed “messages” and will be accessible from the new left sidebar. 

UAB Box is a free cloud storage and collaboration tool available to campus faculty and staff. Storage capacity is unlimited, and files up to 15GB can be uploaded.  

Documentation about the changes has been placed on UAB Box in the “Welcome to UAB Box” folder. In that folder is a “New Box Experience” folder containing an inventory of changes and a short video explaining some of the differences between the new interface and the original one. Additional information can be found here [link to KB article].  

To try out the new interface, click here. You can revert to the original interface by clicking the question mark icon near your name in the upper right corner of the Box web page and clicking the link next to “Need to switch back to the old Box Experience?” 

UAB IT recommends you switch to the new interface as early as possible to become familiar with it. 

On Sept. 8, 2017, Box.com will enforce the use of this new interface for all users. 
Would a share in UAB’s supercomputer help you with groundbreaking research?

UAB IT is offering a unique opportunity for UAB faculty and researchers to invest in the UAB research computing infrastructure by providing a dollar-for-dollar match toward the purchase of compute resources. UAB’s research computing cluster is one of the fastest in the state.

The matching program effectively enables the researcher to get priority access to twice the compute resources in which they invest.

Priority access will be implemented through scheduler policies, ensuring the maximum wait time to access those priority compute resources will not exceed two hours.

When these resources are not in use, they will be available to all cluster users who have individual jobs that take less than two hours to execute (i.e., these resources will be part of the express queue). These resources will be available to the user in this mode for a period of three years, after which the priority to use expires, and they will be added to the general compute pool.

Since there is a limited amount of funds set aside for this matching program, requests are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and approved based on the matching amount and specific needs for the purchase.

The matching program for the 2016-2017 fiscal year has $150,000 available for matching and is restricted to specific hardware configurations and only minor variations to these configurations are allowed (e.g., additional RAM). The configurations that are currently supported are:

  • Two Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4 2.4GHz CPUs (total 28 cores) and four NVIDIA Tesla P100 16GB GPUs without NVLINK; 256 GB RAM; EDR InfiniBand - $32,000
  • Two Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4 2.4GHz CPUs (total 28 cores) and four NVIDIA Tesla P100 16GB GPUs with NVLINK; 256 GB RAM; EDR InfiniBand - $38,000
The purchased resources will be operated and supported by the UAB IT as a standard part the cluster. All existing procedures and policies regarding access and usage to the cluster remain the same. These resources will be accessed through the existing job scheduler and workload manager (SLURM). Advanced reservation of these resources will be available as needed. 
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