UMSI technical workshops to teach data analytics, web development May 1

By | April 25, 2018

Interested in building technical skills? Enroll in one of three concurrent workshops offered by the School of Information. For the second year in a row, UMSI is presenting short, technical skill-building workshops taught by expert faculty and graduate students to help students gain confidence prior to a summer internship or to add to a resume or portfolio. The… Read More »

New M-Reports User Group forming

ITS Information Quest is pleased to announce the formation of the M-Reports User Group. This group’s purpose will be to share information about upcoming changes in M-Reports and also to receive feedback about what could be improved. We will attempt to meeting every few months, while being sensitive to other BI User Groups and Communities of Practice meetings.… Read More »

Erin Dietrich joins HITS as senior director for Research Applications & Advanced Computing

  Erin Dietrich joined Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) as the new senior director for Research Applications & Advanced Computing in March. As a member of the HITS senior team, Erin provides leadership for operational coordination and strategic guidance of the information technologies and services that support the research mission of Michigan Medicine. She works with U-M… Read More »

At what cost WiFi?

By | April 24, 2018

A recent “Inside Higher Ed” article examines how colleges, including U-M, are committing considerable resources to keep up with students’ expectation that wireless internet should be free, fast, and everywhere. The U-M Ann Arbor campus embarked on an ambitious Wi-Fi upgrade five years ago that required meticulous planning. In some areas the wired network had to be extended, and new wireless… Read More »

Tech innovation redefines Medical School curriculum

The U-M Medical School is undergoing a curriculum transformation to develop future physician leaders in health care. In the previous model, students spent the first two years of their education focusing on science and the second two years in the clinic working with patients. In the new curriculum, students are exposed to the clinical aspects of medicine in… Read More »

Connecting music and big data

By | April 23, 2018

Four U-M research teams will receive support for projects that apply data science tools to the study of music theory, performance, social media-based music making, and the connection between words and music. The funding is provided under the Data Science for Music Challenge Initiative through the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS). The projects include digital analysis of… Read More »

Changing the channel of MWireless: Improving your WiFi experience

A few months ago, we told you about a change to MWireless that was being tested in all ITS buildings (Arbor Lakes, Administrative Services Building, and Boyer.) The change involved having building occupants connect to MWireless using the 5 GHz frequency exclusively, which is now considered mainstream. Older devices that only support 2.4 GHz WiFi—mainly those manufactured before… Read More »

New tools may serve as virtual tutors for students in coding classes

Getting help in programming courses outside of instructors’ office hours can be difficult, but a new tool called “chat.codes” may help change that. Steve Oney, assistant professor of information at the U-M School of Information (UMSI) and of electrical engineering and computer science at the College of Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation grant of $174,981 for his… Read More »

New “Great Lakes” cluster to replace Flux

Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services (ARC-TS) is starting the process of creating a new, campus-wide computing cluster, “Great Lakes,” that will serve the broad needs of researchers across the university. Over time, Great Lakes will replace Flux, the shared research computing cluster that currently serves over 300 research projects and 2,500 active users. The existing Flux cluster… Read More »

Units to test prompts to set account recovery info

If you forget your UMICH (Level-1) password and want to reset it yourself, you can do so only if you previously saved account recovery information at UMICH Account Management. That’s because the university needs to know where to send you a password-reset code. Most new students and employees now provide account recovery information as part of self-serve uniqname setup, but many of… Read More »

Vulnerability management & vendor compliance standards published

Two new standards clearly define responsibilities regarding vulnerability management and vendor security and compliance, and updated and expanded guidance to help you meet those responsibilities is on Safe Computing. Andrew Rosenberg, interim U-M vice president for information technology and Michigan Medicine chief information officer, recently approved these two new standards: Third Party Vendor Security and Compliance (DS-20). When… Read More »

What happened when the dean’s office stopped sending emails after hours

By | April 17, 2018

When LSA English professor Anne Curzan became associate dean for humanities several years ago, she—like many professors who take on administrative roles—was overwhelmed by the uptick in email traffic she faced. It also became clear that the majority of people in the dean’s office were swimming in email as well, spending hours every evening dealing with messages that had… Read More »

Option to get password reset codes by text coming soon

Later this spring, a new option for account recovery will be added to UMICH Account Management. Currently, if you forget your UMICH (Level-1) password, you can receive a password reset code by email (as long as you have provided a non-UMICH email address for that purpose). Information and Technology Services (ITS) is working to give you the option… Read More »

U-M to host Precision Medicine World Conference focusing on Big Data

The 14th Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) will take place at U-M’s Ross School of Business, June 6-7, 2018. The conference coincides with U-M’s launch of a Precision Health research initiative, which combines biomedical expertise, big data, and the social sciences enabling a comprehensive approach to providing patients with tailored health solutions. The conference program, which will focus… Read More »

Helping students maintain mental wellbeing in a digital world

By | April 13, 2018

Campus Mind Works, a student wellness group that promotes mental health education and provides support through the U-M Depression Center, recently held a seminar on the potentially harmful effects of a world increasingly dependent on technology. Held in partnership with the College of Engineering, the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, and clinical staff affiliated with the Department of… Read More »

U-M recognized as leader in GIS by Esri

By | April 13, 2018

Earlier this year U-M was invited to participate in the informal Esri Development Center (EDC) program. We join a small number of universities recognized as leaders in GIS teaching and research. While the EDC program was initially conceived with a focus on development in the traditional sense—coding and programming of geographic information system (GIS) solutions—U-M was identified as… Read More »