Category Archives: Professional Development

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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 »

Managing your digital life

By | January 4, 2021

“Digital archiving” might sound like something best left to trained professionals, but with so much of our lives online — photos, videos, financial records, audio recordings, creative projects — we’re all engaged in it these days, if only by neglect.  To help people become more purposeful about the organization and preservation of their digital lives, Scott Witmer, digital preservation… Read More »

Sign up for the 2021 Michigan IT Mentor Program

Are you interested in helping colleagues reach their professional goals, or striving towards professional goals of your own? If so, sign up to become a mentor or mentee in the 2021 Michigan IT Mentor Program. The Michigan Mentor IT program empowers and enables Michigan IT professionals from all levels to connect and learn from others with similar interests… Read More »

Extended reality: U-M online courses make XR accessible to everyone

By | December 15, 2020

A new three-course online specialization on extended reality developed by Michael Nebeling, an assistant professor with both the School of Information and the College of Engineering, and a team at the U-M Center for Academic Innovation has something for everyone—from novices to the most advanced users, designers, and developers. Extended reality, or XR, is the term for technology… Read More »

Virtual 2020 Michigan IT Symposium exceeds expectations

The 2020 Michigan IT Symposium was held virtually November 10–12, 2020, with the theme “Innovative solutions to support the university mission.” Event highlights included: A leadership conversation between U-M VPIT-CIO Ravi Pendse and Michael S. Barr, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy Pendse’s fireside chat with keynote speaker Eric Yuan, Zoom CEO 18 fascinating breakout sessions… Read More »

Michigan IT CoP activities: November–January

Michigan IT Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups where like-minded IT professionals can share information, experiences, and ideas around a particular topic in support of the university’s missions. Communities of Practice The full calendar is on the CoP website. Below you’ll find the list of recent and upcoming CoP meetings.  We invite you to get involved, share your knowledge,… Read More »

Research reproducibility in data science and the role of IT staff

By | December 8, 2020

A significant challenge facing a wide variety of disciplines is the ability to reproduce research results. Researchers across U-M are working together to develop best practices that promote reproducible data science, and Michigan IT staff play an important role in this effort. “Many IT staff members don’t normally get involved directly in specific research projects, so the reproducibility… Read More »

Join the LRC for online fun and games this month!

Need a little more fun in your life? Want to de-stress, hang out, and maybe even learn something? Grab a refreshing drink and a tasty snack, put on your favorite hat, and get comfy in your ergonomic chair. It’s game time with the Language Resource Center (LRC)! Check out their upcoming self-care workshops and close out the semester… Read More »

Cybersecurity experts discuss election, research security

By | December 3, 2020

Almost a month after Election Day, experts discussed the threats to election security and cybersecurity and its role within the University of Michigan community in the second installment of the Trotter Distinguished Leadership Series.  Javed Ali, former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council, discussed the connections between technology and election security. Ali said the shift towards paper… Read More »

U-M Data Science Annual Symposium covers wide range of topics

By | November 13, 2020

The Michigan Institute for Data Science held its Data Science Annual Symposium Tuesday, November 10 and Wednesday, November 11. The keynote featured Lauren Klein, English professor at Emory University, and Catherine D’Ignazio, urban science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The pair discussed their book, “Data Feminism,” published last February. Klein and D’Ignazio introduced what they call the… Read More »

New ERN trainings announced for November and December

By | November 11, 2020

Throughout November and December 2020, HITS is partnering with LabArchives to offer unique Electronic Research Notebook (ERN) training opportunities to the U-M community. Two types of training sessions will be offered. The first is an introductory session for researchers to provide basic and refresher information for new and current users. The second session is specifically for educators and… Read More »

Register for the 2020 Michigan IT Symposium

Join colleagues from across U-M for the 2020 Michigan IT Symposium. Experience this energizing opportunity to learn new skills, connect with other IT professionals, and hear from campus leaders and innovators who are employing technology to empower the leaders and best! Details at-a-glance When: November 10 – 12 from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. each day (including breaks)Where: Virtually through Zoom… Read More »

Michigan IT Governance & CoP activities for October/November 2020

IT governance ensures the effective and efficient use of IT resources and capabilities across U-M in order to meet the goals of the university. Advice and guidance are provided by strategic governance committees and multiple advisory groups. Michigan IT communities of practice (CoPs) are groups where like-minded IT professionals can share information, experiences, and ideas around a particular topic in… Read More »

Collaboration on new HIPAA course for the Shared Services Center

Staff in the Shared Services Center (SSC) play an important role in properly handling sensitive institutional data, including data regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This past summer, the SSC decided it was time to update their HIPAA training, which they require annually of their staff.  The SSC noticed that Information and Technology Services… Read More »

Join weekly CoderSpaces to get research compute support

By | October 29, 2020

If you are grappling with a piece of code, trying to compute on a cluster, or just getting started with a new method such as machine learning, CoderSpaces can help. All members of the U-M community are invited to join the weekly virtual CoderSpaces starting Monday, November 3, 2020, to get research support and connect with others.  The… Read More »

IT mentoring opportunities

Mentors are caring professionals who share their knowledge, experience, and expertise to help mentees reach their unique professional goals and expand their networks. What would having an IT mentor mean to you? What would it mean to be a mentor to one of your more-junior colleagues? With the Michigan IT Mentor program, U-M IT professionals have the opportunity… Read More »