Getting Started in CBCB

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Getting Building Access and Room Keys

CBCB is located on the 3rd floor of The Brendan Iribe Center identified on campus maps as Building #432.

Contact the Center Coordinator, Barbara Lewis, about gaining card access to the building. She will need the following information:

  • A notification email from your sponsor/adviser
  • Your Name
  • Your 9 Digit University ID number
  • Your Contact email

Along with your assigned space and phone numbers, the coordinator will send your information to UMIACS Coordinator Edna Walker who will contact campus security to add you into their system. Note: clearance usually takes a number of days, so contact the coordinator as soon as possible.

If you prefer not to send your information through email feel free to contact the coordinator in person.

You must get your key from the coordinator in person.

Barbara Lewis
Room 3234
Brendan Iribe Center

Research In Progress Seminars

These seminars are held throughout the year. For information go to CBCB Research in Progress

For a list of our Disk Storage and amount of available space left on each one, see

Configuring Your Home Directory and Shell

WARNING: /fs/sz-user-supported/ and /cbcb/software has been deprecated as of March 2015. Please move towards using Red Hat 7 machines and CBCB Software Modules.

We import common settings files that set our path variables to include commonly shared software repositories.

As a start, add the following line to the top of the file called ".bashrc" located in your home directory (/nfshomes/username/):

. /fs/sz-user-supported/share/dotfiles/bashrc.cbcb

This will import the common bashrc.cbcb file into your own bashrc file every time you log in.

Now add this line to your ".bash_profile" file, also located in your home directory:

. ~/.bashrc

This will import your personal bashrc file every time you log in. Now you should have access to most of the locally installed software like "blastall" and "AMOS."

If you want to add any addition commands to your bashrc file, such as setting your default text editor to "vim" or formatting the output of bash commands (eg. "ls"), add the appropriate commands after the imported common files as shown in this example:

. /fs/sz-user-supported/share/dotfiles/bashrc.cbcb

alias vi='vim'
alias ls='ls --color'

If you decide you want to change the settings in the common bashrc.cbcb to better suit your personal needs, then please copy and paste its contents into your personal bashrc file. Do not modify the common bashrc.cbcb file as it will affect everyone's environment. Also check back periodically as people may add common paths for new software.

If you have any other problems, contact staff [at] or your PI.

More resources can be found at umiacs wiki

CBCB Software Modules

To use CBCB Software Modules, see CBCB Software Modules


Go to the umiacs wiki to find system-specific guides for printing, and be sure to add 'nb' to the end of your print queue to avoid wasting paper printing banners.

Using the Wiki

When You Travel

 A copy will be sent directly to the Center coordinator. A Travel Request must be completed before every trip per University policy.
  • See the Miscellaneous Expenses section of for allowable and unallowable miscellaneous expenses for reimbursement
  • Keep all original receipts and give to Barbara for reimbursement after the trip has been completed.
  • Confirmation emails aren’t acceptable. If paying online with your own credit card, then Barbara will need the electronic receipt. and a copy of the credit card transactions showing the expense.
  • Barbara will need the amount, date, and description for reimbursable expenses.