D. Stephanie Dascola, ITS Communications

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

UPS battery maintenance process streamlined

Information and Technology Services (ITS) has streamlined the maintenance process for UPS batteries which will increase operational efficiency and improve network reliability.  Effective January 1, ITS will no longer charge a separate fee for UPS battery replacements and units no longer need to obtain separate shortcodes to pay for UPS battery replacements.  The UPS battery fee of approximately… Read More »

Understanding the strongest electromagnetic fields in the universe

Alec Thomas is part of the team from the U-M College of Engineering Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optical Science that is building the most powerful laser in the U.S. Dubbed “ZEUS,” the laser will be 3-petawatts of power. That’s a ‘3’ with 15 zeros. All the power generated in the entire world is 10-terawatts, or 1000 times less than the ZEUS laser.

Yottabyte (Blue) to retire April 2022

The Yottabyte Research Cloud, powered by Verge.io, provides U-M researchers with high-performance, secure, and flexible computing environments enabling the analysis of data sets, and hosting of databases for research purposes. Yottabyte (Blue) will retire on April 4, 2022. Yottabyte (Maize) for sensitive data will continue to be offered as a service.  To determine if a virtual server is… Read More »

Technology helps preserve Michigan’s musical history and culture

From Kentucky bluegrass “noodlin’ and doodlin’” to Louisiana Zydeco to German hurdy-gurdy to East European Klezmer to Indian Manipuri dancing to Native American pow wows, and much more, the Michigan Musical Heritage Project has been documenting Michigan’s folk history and culture since 2014.  The project is led by ethnomusicologist Lester P. Monts, Arthur F. Thurnau professor emeritus of… Read More »

Leveraging technology to improve education outcomes

Researchers from U-M campuses and all across the country are using education data provided by the State of Michigan to study a wide variety of topics ranging from the effects of COVID-19 on public school enrollment to the role of neighborhood instability on student educational outcomes to exploring the ways that financial assets can change youth’s lives. An… Read More »

Speaker series highlights programming tools, resources

All members of the U-M community are invited to join the CoderSpaces hosts during the month of November as they share their expertise! The presenting hosts are a team of ITS Advanced Research Computing (ARC) and Consulting for Statistics, Computing & Analytics Research (CSCAR) consultants, faculty and post-docs, as well as research support staff originating from different research… Read More »

Google Cloud Platform: Versatility in compute options, new pricing for researchers

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) now offers greater flexibility and even better pricing for researchers. The suite of products and services includes application hosting, cloud computing, database services, and more, that is available for current faculty and staff. To date, the GCP team has given nearly a quarter of a million dollars worth of credits to accelerate research and work around barriers created by supply chain shortages. 

NameCoach pronunciation tool API now available to developers

NameCoach is a web-based tool that allows users to record, listen to, and learn names. It promotes inclusivity across all campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, and Michigan Medicine) for all current students, faculty, and staff. NameCoach enables units to promote organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion, foster employee retention, and forge better customer relationships. Now, the NameCoach Participants APIs are… Read More »

MRequest (FootPrints) retirement project update

MRequest (FootPrints), a web-based service for the tracking and management of customer support, is on track to retire in three months. As of Sept. 3, 85 percent of all workstations have been retired or deactivated, and the majority of the remaining units will complete migrations in November.  There are a few key dates remaining in the retirement schedule:… Read More »

Profiles in IT: Lauren Atkins Budde—Delightful director

Lauren Atkins Budde is the director of Open Learning Initiatives with the Center for Academic Innovation (CAI). In her role, she oversees the strategy, support, evolution, and delivery for multiple online learning opportunities, including non-credit massive open online courses (MOOCs), free and open online learning events called Teach-Outs, short-form video content, and educational podcasts.

New no-cost research computing allocations are now available

The University of Michigan Research Computing Package (UMRCP), provided by Information and Technology Services, is an investment into the U-M research community via simple, dependable access to several ITS-provided high-performance computing clusters and data storage resources.  University researchers now have access to a base allocation for 80,000 CPU hours of high-performance computing and research storage services (including 10… Read More »

NameCoach pronunciation tool now available in Canvas

NameCoach is a tool that allows students and faculty to create an audio recording to help peers better pronounce their names within officially-provisioned Canvas courses. Provided by Information and Technology Services (ITS), NameCoach is now available on all campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, and Michigan Medicine) to support inclusive teaching and learning.  The tool has two parts: NameCoach… Read More »

Adolescent Health Initiative uses IT to train health care providers

The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI), a program of Community Health Services at Michigan Medicine, works to transform the health care landscape to optimize adolescent and young adult health and well-being. AHI provides customer-focused, youth-driven, and innovative approaches to improving adolescent care through coaching and technical assistance including engaging webinars, virtual clinic tours, implementing an assessment tool, and more.… Read More »