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Girls Are IT! STEAM JAM 2017 hosted at UM-Dearborn

By | December 12, 2017

The UM-Dearborn Career Center hosted Girls Are IT! STEAM JAM 2017 on October 18. This half-day workshop targeted 50 middle school (grade 6-8) girls from Detroit Public Schools Community District. UM-Dearborn, Detroit Public Schools Community District, and Ford Motor partnered to deliver educational opportunities in STEAM for these students. These highly committed and cohesive teams worked together to… Read More »

They did it! Women of Michigan IT contribute to world record

On October 14, 2017, more than 3,700 women and girls dressed as the iconic Rosie the Riveter—dark blue work clothes, red socks, and the effervescent, red-and-white polka-dot bandana. Together, they set a new world record of the most people dressed as Rosie the Riveter gathered in one place. Kudos to all Michigan IT staff who participated! Here’s what some… Read More »

As Michigan Medicine grows, so does the need for technology

The first thing you notice when entering West Ann Arbor-Parkland Plaza health center might be the welcome desk, floor-to-ceiling windows, or charming artwork. It probably isn’t the WiFi access points, label printers, or network cables. Randy Smith, a network architect with Health Information Technology & Services (HITS), knows how integral that technology is to the health center’s day-to-day… Read More »

UM-Flint completes successful phishing awareness campaign

By | November 21, 2017

From July to September of this year, University of Michigan-Flint ITS, supported by the U-M Information Assurance Office (IA), conducted an awareness campaign on campus that resulted in a significant decrease in the number of users who fell for simulated phish emails. In addition to IA support, UM-Flint ITS groups that were also instrumental in this process included… Read More »

LSA Gateway: Faculty and staff portal to the college

By | November 15, 2017

Historically the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) used its public web site for some content that ideally would have gone to department- or college-level intranet sites, if those sites had existed. This past summer, using the same web content management software as our public web site — Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) — LSA Web Services… Read More »

10 things to do at the Michigan IT Symposium

Registration is open for the 2017 Michigan IT Symposium, November 20–21, 2017. The event, which offers a great opportunity for networking with peers and making new connections, will take place at the Michigan League on the Ann Arbor campus The 2017 symposium will focus on how IT work at Michigan is transforming with the proliferation of cloud technologies… Read More »

An Hour of Code can change a life

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet, but fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented in computer science classes, and in the tech industry. The good news is there are ways to change this situation, and you can help.  U-M groups such as the Women in IT Community… Read More »

Electronic Research Notebook: A tech tool for simplifying research data management

Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) and the Michigan Medicine Office of Research are pleased to announce a new tool that will soon make its mark on Michigan Medicine research: the Electronic Research Notebook (ERN). The ERN will be available at no cost to all Michigan Medicine faculty, students, and staff beginning November 1, 2017. The ERN offers… Read More »

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

With massive data breaches like the one at Equifax (what to do if you are affected) constantly in the news, it sometimes feels as if we are under siege and helpless to defend ourselves. Yet we now have more power than ever before to control digital identity and important financial and other sensitive accounts. Take some time this… Read More »

UM-Dearborn IT summer initiatives

By | September 1, 2017

It has been a busy summer for ITS in the D… UM-Dearborn that is. With changes from WiFi to enterprise systems and adding additional services, we have been making improvements to connect our campus members wherever they are and make sure our systems are adding value by making a positive impact on the IT environment here in Dearborn.… Read More »

“Design thinking” featured at June iiE Gathering

“Spontaneous.” “Open-minded.” “Continue to step out of your comfort zone.” “Keep trying and failing–you’ll keep learning!” These were some of the phrases that came to mind for Shelly Grunsted, assistant professor of legal studies at the University of Oklahoma, after attending the Institute for Innovation in Education (iiE) Ann Arbor Gathering this past June at the Duderstadt Center.… Read More »

Sites changes coming this fall

Campus Computing Sites and Virtual Sites perform routine updates each summer to prepare for the fall semester. Along with the usual changes, Sites computers will be upgraded to Windows 10 and the Campus Computing Sites website will be updated. But this year, Sites has some special improvements and added features that go beyond the ordinary. Some are already… Read More »

Helping new students ease into Medical School with technology

From pre-matriculation and account set up, to orientation and the first weeks of school, Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) and the Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE) work closely to identify ways in which technology can enhance medical student education. Orientation preparations begin long before the White Coat Ceremony in July. Expert staff from both departments come… Read More »

Improved accessibility features in Windows 10

As Windows 10 becomes more prevalent on campus, individuals will have access to many new and improved features offered by this operating system. Two tools that have been significantly upgraded are designed as visual aids: the Magnifier and the screen reader Narrator. Both are in the Ease of Access Center Control Panel. Narrator A screen reader like Narrator… Read More »