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Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | April 1, 2019

This core mission of the university—accomplished through teaching and learning, scientific publications, study of humanities, and more—is supported and enhanced by technology. Innovation by IT staff members is critical to the university’s mission of creating new knowledge, sharing knowledge, and archiving knowledge.

UM-Dearborn implements encryption program

UM-Dearborn ITS has kicked off a new initiative to encrypt users’ endpoint devices (laptop and desktop computers). This effort dramatically improves the way UM-Dearborn secures its endpoints, and the data and services they touch. In addition, it helps bring campus in line with U-M IT security policies and standards. The effort initially rolled out to two departments that… Read More »

New Chinese restriction impacts Duo phone calls; Use other options

China recently instituted regulations that block Duo two-factor authentication phone calls to phone numbers with the +86 Country Code. All other phone-based options continue to work in China, including: Push notifications to the Duo Mobile app Offline passcodes generated with the Duo Mobile app Passcodes received via SMS text messaging Duo has added a pop-up notification to its… Read More »

All things could be part of the Internet of Things with new RFID system

By | April 15, 2019

U-M researchers say a new RFID-based technology they’ve helped develop is key step toward creating a truly immersive IoT experience. The system, called IDAct, bridges the gap between the estimated 14.2 billion “smart” electronic devices that are currently part of the Internet of Things and the hundreds of billions of everyday non-smart objects left out of the picture.… Read More »

U-M startup Movellus raises $6 million in venture funding

By | April 11, 2019

Movellus Inc., a U-M startup, has secured $6 million in venture funding for a total of $10 million so far. The company provides technology that helps accelerate and optimize semiconductor chip design. Its applications include cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence. Movellus, based in San Jose, California, with operations in Ann Arbor, launched in 2016… Read More »

Dissonance: Understanding the Social Implications of AI, April 17

By | April 11, 2019

Through mobile phones, the Internet of Things, and web computing, every single day around the globe we create a quintillion bytes of data. Pairing that trove of data with enormous computational power, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making strides into every aspect of everyday living, from emails and targeted advertising, to healthcare and education. But with great power comes… Read More »

Microsoft 365 project update for academic campuses

As previously announced, U-M recently re-negotiated the licensing agreement with Microsoft, which will provide an expanded set of tools and services to faculty, staff, and students. Late last week, the team discovered a set of issues that requires a delay of the targeted release date for academic campuses from early May to late June/early July. As part of… Read More »

New speaker series examines intersection of tech & DEI

By | April 9, 2019

On Tuesday, April 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery will host the launch of the all new Academic Innovation at Michigan for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (AIM for DE&I) Speaker Series. This talk will be the first of four throughout April and May aimed at exploring issues at the intersections of teaching and learning; technology;… Read More »

University researchers examine how data science can interpret music

By | April 8, 2019

Last week, students and professors conducted live research in Hill Auditorium during a musical performance and informational presentation before nearly 200 community members. James Kibbie, chair of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Organ Department, and Daniel Forger, professor of mathematics, received a grant from the Michigan Institute for Data Science to collaborate on the analysis of… Read More »

Colleges are banding together digitally to help students succeed. Here’s how.

By | April 5, 2019

James Hilton, dean of libraries and vice provost for academic innovation at U-M, was featured in a recent article in “The Chronicle of Higher Education” about the impact and growth of Unizin, a non-profit consortium of research universities dedicated to improving learner experiences with digital teaching and learning resources. Unizin offers members up-to-date shared learning platforms and digital… Read More »

Online civic engagement is not always a positive experience

By | April 4, 2019

Online civic engagement is generally viewed as a positive way for individuals to improve the quality of life in their community. But new research led by School of Information associate professor Libby Hemphill suggests that online civic engagement doesn’t always feel good, and it doesn’t always improve the community. Hemphill and her team interviewed 40 nonprofit employees and… Read More »

Registration now open for Enriching Scholarship 2019: Where teaching and technology meet

By | April 3, 2019

Enriching Scholarship is a free, four-day event from May 6-9, 2019, that focuses on improving teaching, learning, and research through the effective integration of technology and pedagogy. More than 80 workshops, demonstrations, panel discussions, and other events will take place all across campus during the four days of Enriching Scholarship 2019. The opening keynote is sure to be… Read More »

Caution: Only use Google apps with U-M Google

The Collaboration Services team has discovered that using third-party apps to connect to a U-M Google account can lead to unexpected results. Google-created apps and applications Apps and applications created by Google provide the most seamless experience when using Google services, particularly with mobile devices. Google-created apps and applications are also supported by Google, whereas third-party apps are… Read More »

Go-and-Sees provide a learning experience for Michigan Medicine IT staff

A fairly new opportunity for HITS and Michigan Medicine IT employees are “Go-and-Sees,” interactive events that offer staff members a chance to gain hands-on knowledge and experience regarding other Michigan Medicine areas by visiting those labs, clinics, or offices.  During a typical Go-and-See, participants learn the ins and outs of that department and the roles of the employees. These… Read More »