D. Stephanie Dascola, ITS Communications

D. Stephanie Dascola, ITS Communications

Stephanie is a marketing and communications specialist senior on the ITS Communications team. Contact her at sdascola@umich.edu.

New research computing package supports data-intensive research

Information and Technology Services has launched a new package of supercomputing resources for researchers and PhD students on all U-M campuses: the U-M Research Computing Package, provided by ITS. The U-M Research Computing Package reduces the current rates for high performance computing and research storage services provided by ITS by an estimated 35-40 percent. The reduction in rates… Read More »

New Resource Management Portal feature for Great Lakes HPC Clusters

Advanced Research Computing (ARC), a division of Information and Technology Services (ITS), has been developing a self-service tool called the Resource Management Portal (RMP) to give researchers and their delegates the ability to directly manage the IT research services they consume from ARC.  Customers who use the Great Lakes High-Performance Computing Clusters now have the ability to view… Read More »

Success! Falcon endpoint protection deployment project complete

IT security is a shared responsibility and a never-ending journey of incremental improvement, but some improvements are larger and come faster than others. In October 2020, ITS announced that Enhanced Endpoint Protection powered by CrowdStrike Falcon would be rolled out to university-owned computers (desktops, laptops, and servers). About six months later, as of early March 2021, Falcon has… Read More »

Global research uses computing services to advance parenting and child development

Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, professor of Social Work, has spent the past 15 years studying the impact of physical discipline on children within the United States.  Working with a team of other researchers at the School of Social Work, co-led by professors Shawna Lee and Julie Ma, he recently expanded his research to include children from all over the world,… Read More »

New feature offered for the Resource Management Portal

Advanced Research Computing (ARC), a division of Information and Technology Services (ITS), has been developing a self-service tool called the Resource Management Portal (RMP) to give researchers and their delegates the ability to directly manage the IT research services they consume from ARC.  Turbo Research Storage customers now have the option to directly manage their own approved users. … Read More »

ARC, LSA support groundbreaking global energy tracking

How can technology services like high-performance computing and storage help a political scientist contribute to more equal access to electricity around the world?  Brian Min, associate professor of political science and research associate professor with the Center for Political Studies, and lead researcher Zachary O’Keeffe have been using nightly satellite imagery to generate new indicators of electricity access… Read More »

MRequest (FootPrints) retirement plans continue

MRequest (FootPrints) is on-schedule to retire on December 17, 2021. For the past 18 years, it has offered web-based service tracking and management of customer support and other tasks. The retirement team has been actively partnering with units to determine solutions and, assisting in the creation of migration plans, including archiving data in Dropbox at U-M when needed.… 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 »

Virtual Sites has been improved

On-the-go access to the Virtual Sites software catalog has been improved with faster loading times, more storage, better graphics capability, and more virtual machines. Virtual Sites, powered by Information and Technology Services (ITS), offers remote access to a broad range of software that is also available at Campus Computing Sites like the “Fishbowl.” Virtual Sites has been enhanced… Read More »

Units moving forward on enhanced endpoint protection implementation

In October we reported that, along with other security tools like Virtru at U-M, CrowdStrike Falcon was being rolled out across the university on UM-owned machines. Falcon provides antivirus, anti-malware, and threat detection and mitigation capabilities, all of which offer stronger protection against ransomware and other malicious attacks than previous tools.  Deployment update  CrowdStrike Falcon has been deployed… Read More »

HPC allocation for academic use

To support academic discovery, ARC-TS will offer Great Lakes High-Performance Computing Cluster for classroom use for the 2020-2021 academic year. Each course can have $100 per student for HPC, GPU, Jupyter, and RStudio resources. Great Lakes is the university’s flagship, open-science, high-performance computing cluster. Just one second of computing on the Great Lakes network is the same as… Read More »