U-M hosts SEISMIC conference

By | June 18, 2019

SEISMIC, a coalition of American research institutions striving to create a more accessible STEM curriculum to underrepresented minorities, held its first annual summer meeting in June on the U-M campus. Over four days, nearly 40 representatives from the 10 participating universities, which collectively enroll about 350,000 students, gathered to discuss how to foster a mindset in which STEM… Read More »

MACC network power validation aims to improve reliability

The Network and Data Center (DC) teams recently partnered to perform a power validation for the network devices at the Michigan Academic Computing Center (MACC). The focus of the effort was to conduct a field audit to evaluate the current state of the network device power, identify areas of improvement, and make recommendations for future changes. This validation… Read More »

Tech equity and redesigning Detroit

By | June 17, 2019

U-M professors were a key part of the DIA Plaza/Midtown Cultural Connections international design competition’s winning submission, called Detroit Square. The project provides the opportunity “to leapfrog the current generation of technology and do something that is very progressive and future proof,” said team member John Marshall, an associate professor at the Stamps School of Art & Design.… Read More »

Ann Arbor named “sweet spot” for high tech

By | June 14, 2019

A recent issue of Business Facilities magazine named Ann Arbor as one of the top 12 Sweet Spots For High Tech in the U.S. The editors cited Cisco’s 2018 acquisition of Ann Arbor-based Duo Security and KLA, one of the largest semiconductor equipment companies in the world, which selected Ann Arbor for the location of its new R&D… Read More »

Student team brings augmented reality to the operating room

By | June 13, 2019

Three computer science students and alumni have launched operating room monitors and screens into the virtual world of augmented reality. Mitchell Bigland, Nicholas Keuning, and Chase Austin, working with doctors David Chesney and Marcus Jarboe of Pediatric Surgery, have developed an app for the Microsoft Hololens to stream a video feed of a patient’s internals directly to the… Read More »

Amanda Sedlik joins HITS as senior director for Clinical & Operational Applications

Amanda Sedlik, MSHI, BSN, RN became the new senior director for Clinical & Operational Applications in May. The previous interim senior director, Carleen Penoza, was recently named Michigan Medicine’s Chief Informatics Nursing Officer. Amanda is a registered nurse with vast experience in electronic medical record (EMR) go-lives, readiness, and optimization at hospitals and health systems across the country. She most… Read More »

Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | June 10, 2019

The goal to “improve the way we serve the U-M campus by providing proactive, laser-focused customer service” truly boils down to working with our customers to understand and help achieve their goals, and to tackle projects and problems with their needs in mind.

2019 Michigan IT Symposium: Save the date!

Mark your calendars for the Michigan IT Symposium November 25-26, 2019. This annual event focuses on creating connections between Michigan IT community members while showcasing the innovation occurring across all U-M campuses. The co-chairs for this year’s event are Andrea Bolash, Director of Institutional Research for the College of Engineering and Michael Warden Senior Director, HITS Service Management.… Read More »

Flint ITS plans for new interactive tech in building expansion

By | June 4, 2019

Flint Information Technology Services, in coordination with an AV consultant from the project architectural firm Harley Ellis Devereaux, is pleased to announce plans to incorporate new, interactive technologies into the new wing of the Murchie Science Building. The additions will enable active learning in classrooms and support group collaboration in work breakout areas. Previous classroom technology models on… Read More »

Is ‘digital addiction’ a real threat to kids?

By | June 3, 2019

There’s a great deal of talk these days about “digital addiction.” But several experts from U-M say we should teach kids to think of screens as something to handle in moderation rather than something without any healthy place in our lives. Ellen Selkie, an assistant professor of adolescent medicine, who does research on adolescents’ use of social media,… Read More »

Profiles in IT: Mahathy Kuchibhatla—Patient Portal expert

Michigan IT News recently interviewed Health Information Technology and Services staffer Mahathy Kuchibhatla, M.S., about her work building and managing the Patient Portal (MyUofMHealth.org). An undergraduate project that used Artificial Intelligence got her interested in computers that has led to a 10-year career in IT that improves patient engagement. Tell us about your background. I have a master’s… Read More »

New fee structure for Microsoft Premier Support Licensing Partnership

By | May 30, 2019

Information & Technology Services has been working to update and simplify the fee structure for its Microsoft Premier Support Licensing Partnership with U-M campus units. Analysis of past billings show that ITS uses, on average, 75% of the current contract services. To simplify billing and account for the virtualization of many Windows servers, the new process for calculating… Read More »

Plan to attend the 2019 MiVideo Summit June 21

Register today for the 2019 MiVideo Summit on June 21 and discover what’s possible to do with MiVideo, U-M’s cloud-based media streaming and content management service, powered by Kaltura. Learn how faculty, staff and students across U-M use MiVideo natively or integrated within Canvas and Blackboard (UM-Flint), to create, organize, catalog, share, search, and publish multimedia content. Now… Read More »