STAC expands membership to include new voices from IT units across campus

The Strategic Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) is expanding from 16 to roughly 50 members to represent voices from all units across campus to create a place for IT community members to come together, share information, and collaborate. STAC, previously known as the Unit IT Steering Committee, was formed nine years ago. Since then, its objectives have remained the… Read More »

Profiles in IT: Jackie Wolf—User experience advocate

Jackie Wolf is a web project manager and an user experience specialist for Michigan Medicine Department of Communication. Primarily she and her team build and support websites for Michigan Medicine. She also ensures that the web technology is robust, flexible, accessible, and secure. Collectively, the team gathers data to look for lessons about how frequently the content is… Read More »

Creating a Canvas course homepage

By | July 10, 2020

Your course homepage will be the first thing students see when they open your course on Canvas. Take advantage of this by making a course home page that introduces the course and directs students where to go and what to do, to begin the course. This is especially important when teaching remotely, as students who are normally in-person… Read More »

Duo for U-M VPN now available

You can now use Duo two-factor protection with the U-M Virtual Private Network (VPN). With faculty, staff, and students already benefiting from Duo two-factor authentication at Weblogin, ITS is working to further extend this protection to other university services. Try it now on your personal computer Visit ITS: Getting Started With VPN and choose your operating system to… Read More »

Police brutality in America: Teach-Out encourages learners to get informed, involved

By | July 9, 2020

As Black Lives Matter protests continue throughout the nation and deadly run-ins with police repeatedly make headlines, the University of Michigan explores the topic with a “Police Brutality in America Teach-Out.” Online now, the self-guided learning event on Coursera explores the history of policing in the United States and the legacy of mistrust between police and minority communities.… Read More »

Google Chat for Gmail is arriving July 15

By | July 8, 2020

Google Chat will be replacing classic Google Hangouts in Gmail. Google Chat is an evolution of classic Hangouts, adding additional features that let you chat with individuals, send group messages, and engage in team-based collaboration with rooms across the entire university community and externally. Starting July 15, 2020, Google Chat will become the default option for direct (one-to-one)… Read More »

Preparing your teaching team for teaching remotely

By | July 7, 2020

LSA Learning and Teaching Technology consultants have written a short article with tips on preparing teaching teams for remote teaching. The article offers advice for both senior instructors and graduate student instructors, covering tools like Canvas, Zoom, and Bluejeans. It includes linked resources and concrete steps and tips, as well as further reading. 

Gift from EECS alumnus Kuck establishes CSE Dissertation Prize

By | July 7, 2020

U-M EECS alumnus David J. Kuck (BSE EE 1959), Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois and distinguished computer scientist, has made a generous gift to the University of Michigan to establish the David J. Kuck Ph.D. Dissertation Prize in Computer Science and Engineering. Each year, the prize will recognize the most impactful Ph.D. dissertation submitted by a… Read More »

Wireless sensors for N95 masks could enable easier, more accurate decontamination

By | July 7, 2020

Tiny wireless sensors for recycled N95 masks could verify, in real time, whether the respirators are being exposed to proper decontamination conditions. They’re being developed and tested at the University of Michigan through a new National Science Foundation RAPID COVID-19 grant. The batteryless sensors are designed to provide more accurate and less cumbersome  monitoring during the decontamination of… Read More »

Tech Shop launches new ecommerce website

Tech Shop, the U-M campus technology store formerly known as Computer Showcase, successfully launched a new point-of-sale system and ecommerce website on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted previously announced plans to unveil the new service name in conjunction with the grand opening of a re-designed Michigan Union store. Despite that delay, development on behind-the-scenes systems… Read More »

To the moon and beyond: Aerospace engineering is on the cutting edge of electric space propulsion

By | July 5, 2020

The University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department’s Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory (PEPL) is developing the next-generation of Hall thruster technology that may one day propel the first human missions to Mars. A Hall thruster is a form of electric space propulsion that replaces conventional rockets with a stream of charged ions that can propel a spacecraft for… Read More »

Check systems for signs of compromise

Has a system you are responsible for been compromised? How would you know? What should you do? Almost all IT professionals at some time in their career have faced these questions. Information Assurance (IA) offers guidance for checking your systems for signs of compromise, or simply suspicious activity.  Start by checking system and software logs for the following… Read More »

Distinctly Detroit podcast

By | July 2, 2020

The Detroit Center is proud to present “Distinctly Detroit,” a Podcast on what makes one want to be in the D. Join host Katie Lehman as she interviews students, scholars, innovators, and leaders from across the city to learn how they came to live, work, and love in Detroit. Click here to listen to the latest episodes.

Semester in Detroit offers learning hybrid format for the fall

By | July 1, 2020

U-M recently announced plans for the fall 2020 semester, which will include a combination of online and in-person courses. In keeping with this, and in recognition of the ongoing public health crisis, the Semester in Detroit (SiD) program will be offered in a hybrid format. For fall 2020, all SiD classes, including community-based internships and projects. will be offered… Read More »

Google Cloud Print changes

By | July 1, 2020

As of December 31, 2020, Google will no longer support Google Cloud Print, Google’s beta, cloud-based printing solution.  Beginning January 1, 2021, devices across all operating systems will not be able to print using Google Cloud Print. It is recommended that you find an alternative print solution and migrate your print services by the end of 2020. One alternative, MPrint, is U-M’s printing… Read More »

Inclusive technology: How a single step could pave the way

By | June 30, 2020

In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and other recent incidents of police brutality, a coalition of Black computer scientists drafted an open letter calling for action in the computing community to address systemic and structural inequities Chad Jenkins, a roboticist and associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, is among… Read More »