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Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | December 16, 2020

This past year has called for extraordinary leadership, dedication, can-do attitude, trusting each other, supporting each other, serving our community, and working together. Each one of YOU exhibited these amazing attributes and more.

Join Wellness Fridays with Meditation, sponsored by ITS

While physical fitness keeps our bodies in shape, meditation is an exercise for the mind and during a pandemic, mental wellness is essential to living a happy, productive life. Perhaps Buddha put it best when he was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?” Buddha replied, “Nothing! But let me tell you what I lost: Anger, Anxiety, Depression,… Read More »

DNA sequencing productivity increases with ARC-TS services

On the cutting-edge of research at U-M is the Advanced Genomics Core’s Illumina NovaSeq 6000 sequencing platform. The AGC is one of the first academic core facilities to optimize this exciting and powerful instrument, that is about the size of a large laser printer.  The Advanced Genomics Core (AGC), part of the Biomedical Research Core Facilities within the Medical… Read More »

Microsoft Teams available for videoconferencing and collaboration

Information and Technology Services (ITS) strives to provide a diverse collaboration portfolio to an increasingly remote campus. With the upcoming retirement of BlueJeans, ITS has launched Microsoft Teams as an additional videoconferencing option to Zoom at U-M and Google Meet.  In addition to videoconferencing, Microsoft Teams is another collaboration tool option offered by ITS that helps people stay… Read More »

U-M rolls out updated ResponsiBLUE app

By | January 20, 2021

The ResponsiBLUE application has been updated and expanded for the winter 2021 semester. U-M first launched ResponsiBLUE during the fall 2020 semester to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, aid in circulating public health knowledge, and ensure student safety. University Information and Technology Services developed ResponsiBLUE in partnership with the university leadership and the Office of Research. The app, which… Read More »

Both Tech Shop locations open for pickup

For the 2021 winter term, Tech Shop offers at-the-door pickup service at both campus locations—Michigan Union and Pierpont Commons. Pickup service is available by appointment only; both stores continue to be temporarily closed to in-person shopping at this time. Service at the Pierpont Commons location launched on January 19 and is available on Tuesday and Friday each week.… Read More »

Data for Public Good Symposium, Feb. 25

By | January 19, 2021

As a community who supports data intensive research, you know that how we interact with data is ever evolving. Now, more than ever, data for good represents a diverse and interdisciplinary effort to engage, educate, and empower the world around us. Statistics in the Community (STATCOM), the Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER), and the Community… Read More »

Inspired to create: U-M alumnae and the world of international tech start ups

By | January 15, 2021

When you think of tech startup companies, what comes to mind? Is it Silicon Valley, black turtlenecks, and billion-dollar IPOs? Or perhaps something about college drop-outs and the proverbial idiosyncrasies of “tech-bro culture”? While stereotypes can be helpful for getting the big picture of things, when you look more closely they’re often misleading caricatures, and this has proven especially true in the case of the tech industry.

Watch: SI’s Cliff Lampe on social media shutdowns

By | January 15, 2021

The move by Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to remove or suspend President Donald Trump’s accounts and decisions by Google, Apple and Amazon that led to a shutdown of Parler continues to bring questions about the unchecked power of social media and the future of the platforms. Watch the video or read excerpts from the interview with Professor of… Read More »

ITS making improvements with DNS Security Extensions

ITS has begun testing DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) for use at U-M. If this testing does not present any significant issues, ITS will begin validating signatures at the end of January. Due to the higher level of risk in signing our DNS records, ITS does not plan to start signing our DNS records until later in the year.… Read More »

Dell to be U-M’s new strategic supplier for computer hardware

By | January 14, 2021

Dell Technologies has been selected as U-M’s new strategic supplier for computer hardware, which includes laptops, PCs, monitors, keyboards and other equipment. The new contract goes into effect Jan. 18 and replaces the current HP contract. Dell was selected by a cross-functional team composed of representatives from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses as well as Michigan… Read More »

Does Canvas allow faculty to track students online?

By | January 13, 2021

Learning management systems like Canvas allow faculty to see some student activity. But UM-Dearborn’s Coordinator of Digital Education Chris Casey says it’s far from being a surveillance system. The rumor he hears most often is that faculty can see if students open other browser tabs or websites outside of Canvas. “This one is definitely false,” Casey says, noting… Read More »

ITS makes data management easier with launch of Denodo at U-M

The University of Michigan, as a public research institution, houses an incredible amount of data. One of the struggles that leaders and analysts face is how to easily pull together data from the vast number of sources currently available to help gain insights on many topics and improve decision making.  That work just got a bit easier. In… Read More »

How computer science is changing education

By | January 12, 2021

U-M researchers are taking on the big challenges to integrating computing into everyone’s education: Under a grant from the National Science Foundation, Mark Guzdial, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and his colleagues have launched a program that integrate the use of task-specific computer science tools that will allow high school students to build data visualizations into… Read More »