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UF ICBR Launches New Self-Service Timer

UF | ICBR has launched their latest version of our self-service timer. Please see below, a guide on how the new timer can benefit your experience.

 


Accessing the Application

To access the application, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to selfservice.biotech.ufl.edu
  2. Click on Access the Self Service Suite button
  3. Authenticate with your GatorLink credentials
  4. Click on Timer

Browsing the Cores

To browse the list of cores, follow these steps:

  1. On the navigation bar on top of the screen, click on Cores
  2. When the window loads, a list of available cores will be listed.

Starting the Timer & Browsing Instruments within a Core

To browse the instruments within a core follow these steps:

To see all instruments

  1. While on the Cores section of the application, click on a core or View Instruments.
  2. When the page loads, a list of instruments will appear.

To filter instruments

  1. Once you’re browsing all the instruments in a core click on Select Building on the upper right-hand side
  2. Select the desired building
  3. Click on Filter Instruments
  4. The page will load with a list of filtered instruments

Show all instruments once more

  1. If you filtered the list, click on Reset
  2. On load, all instruments in the core will be displayed

Starting a Timer Session

To start a timer session, you simply select the instrument. Within this interface, you will be presented with the necessary information regarding that instrument.

Begin a session by pressing the Start button.

Ending a Session

Simply press the Stop button to end your session immediately.

There is no confirmation when this button is pressed.


User Dashboard

On the User Dashboard you will be able to see a summary of your role within the application, graphs, and a list of your five most recent sessions.

To access your user dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. On the navigation bar, click on the user account picture. If you’re using Gravatar, it will be a picture of your choosing.
  2. From the drop down menu, click on User Dashboard
  3. On page load, a variety of widgets will appear.

Enabling or Disabling Email Communications

  1. On the User Dashboard page scroll down to the Preferences widget
  2. Click on the Receive Email drop down menu
  3. Select Yes or No
  4. Click on Save Preferences

Setting a Profile Picture

  1. On the User Dashboard page scroll down to the Preferences widget
  2. Click on Sign Up for Gravatar
  3. For directions on how to configure this feature, click on How to Sign Up

Recent Sessions

Recent sessions will your a list of your five most recent sessions. To see your recent sessions:

  1. While on User Dashboard scroll down to Recent Sessions
  2. On this widget you will see your recent sessions and if notes are present you will see a small yellow note icon.

Access Your Session Notes

  1. While on User Dashboard scroll down to Recent Sessions
  2. Click on a small yellow note icon
  3. The icon will reveal any session notes you entered.

If no icon is available, then no notes were entered.

See More Sessions

  1. Scroll down to Recent Sessions
  2. Click on See more… on the bottom right
  3. You will navigate away from the User Dashboard and you will be able to view all of your sessions.

Session History

To access your session history, follow these steps:

  1. On the navigation bar, click on the user account picture. If you’re using Gravatar, it will be a picture of your choosing.
  2. From the drop down menu, click on Session History
  3. On page load, a your history will appear.

Access Your Session Notes

  1. While on Session History scroll down to Your Session History
  2. Click on a small yellow note icon
  3. The icon will reveal any session notes you entered.

If no icon is available, then no notes were entered.

Access More Sessions

You can access more session sin Session History by clicking on the paginator on the upper right-hand side. If no paginator is available then there are no more sessions available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UF Researcher Dr. Marco Salemi Utilizes ICBR Genomics Expertise to Understand COVID19 Epidemiology

By Steven Madore, Ph.D.

In recent years, public health emergencies caused by epidemics have led to the use of genome sequencing to identify and characterize viral pathogens. Rapid acquisition of high quality viral genomic sequences is critical for understanding viral pathogen origin, transmission and epidemiological spread. Ultimately deciphering the molecular characteristics of viruses accelerates the development of diagnostic assays and vaccine development and drug design and is important in understanding the role of evolutionary variants in viral spread through the affected population.

This virus contains a single molecule of RNA that contains the genetic information to produce new progeny in infected cells. To determine the viral genome “code” viral (more…)

UF researchers use AI datasets to track feral pigs, minimize disease risk

Courtesy of UF/IFAS
Written by Brad Buck 

Feral pigs cost the agriculture industry at least $1.5 billion in damage, disease and control costs around the United States annually, running rampant on large swaths of grazing lands. The swine root in soil and eat most everything in sight.

Farmers and ranchers will benefit from research by University of Florida scientists who are using artificial intelligence to gather data on feral hog reproduction and movement.

As they roam grazing land, feral swine carry pathogens that cause multiple diseases in cattle, like Brucella. Other pathogens, like foot-and-mouth disease, are not present in the United States, but wild pigs have the ability to transmit these foreign animal diseases. (more…)

Extinct Caribbean bird’s closest relatives hail from Africa, South Pacific

Courtesy of the Florida Museum of Natural History 
Written by Natalie van Hoose 

In a genetic surprise, ancient DNA shows the closest family members of an extinct bird known as the Haitian cave-rail are not in the Americas, but Africa and the South Pacific, uncovering an unexpected link between Caribbean bird life and the Old World.

Like many animals unique to the Caribbean, cave-rails became extinct soon after people settled the islands. The last of three known West Indian species of cave-rails – flightless, chicken-sized birds – vanished within the past 1,000 years. Florida Museum of Natural History researchers sought to resolve the group’s long-debated ancestry by analyzing DNA from a fossil toe bone of the Haitian cave-rail, Nesotrochis steganinos. But they were unprepared for the results: The genus Nesotrochis is most closely related to the flufftails, flying birds that live in sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and New Guinea, and the adzebills, large, extinct, flightless birds native to New Zealand. (more…)

UF | ICBR Scientists Contribute to Clinical Trial Testing Novel Treatment for Canine Atopic Dermatitis

 

Atopic dermatitis, or AD, is a common chronic inflammatory skin disease affecting dogs, causing defects of the skin barrier and modifications of the normal cutaneous microflora. While multiple treatment options are available, there is a growing interest in the use of alternative natural ingredient products. In human AD reports show the potential benefits of topical applications of heat-killed beneficial bacteria, with some studies demonstrating the efficacy of rapidly killed beneficial lactobacilli in ameliorating clinical symptoms. A recent clinical trial led by Dr. Domenico Santoro and Clinical Trail Coordinator Lana Fagman from the UF Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, and performed in collaboration with UF | ICBR scientists Drs. Yanping Zhang and Yu Fahong, investigated the efficacy of a spray version of a veterinary product containing heat killed lactobacilli (L. rhamnosus and L. reuteri) marketed as an adjuvant therapy for allergic dogs on the clinical signs of canine AD. This spray was applied once a day for 28 days on ten privately owned, mildly affected, dogs and clinical symptoms and skin microbiota analyzed. (more…)

UF Researchers to Use AI to Predict How Hurricanes Spread Invasive Plants

Courtesy of UF/IFAS
Written by Brad Buck

Scientists project hurricane intensity and frequency will increase with climate change. That leads researchers to want to better predict how storms will disperse and establish nonnative plant invaders.

Knowing where invasive plants spread will always be useful. But it may become especially handy soon as the National Hurricane Center is considering moving the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season two weeks earlier, starting it May 15, instead of June 1. Tropical Storm Arthur formed May 16 last year, marking six straight years a named storm formed before June 1. (more…)

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