How telemedicine can be a key lifeline after surgery

By | April 12, 2018

A growing number of Michigan Medicine patients are participating in an innovative new approach to patient care: Surgery eClinics, which facilitate follow-up visits via video conferencing. The concept of telemedicine and video medicine isn’t new. But its application in the field of surgery has been relatively limited. Similar to the house calls of old, the virtual clinic approach… Read More »

OpenID Connect now available with Shibboleth at U-M

Setting up single sign-on for a new service? The university’s preferred solution, Shibboleth, has a new option that makes it work with additional services. Shibboleth at U-M can now be set up to use either of these two industry standard protocols: Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML). For most services, SAML will be your best choice. Most services that… Read More »

“Father of the Internet” retires from U-M

Douglas Van Houweling, UMSI professor of information, also known as the “Father of the Internet,” retired in April after a long, remarkable career at UMSI and U-M. During his time at U-M, Van Houweling has served as UMSI associate dean for research and innovation; U-M dean for academic outreach and vice provost for information and technology; and U-M… Read More »

Dearborn ITS helps students study abroad

UM-Dearborn faculty, staff, and students now have one-stop to explore study abroad opportunities. ITS at the Dearborn campus partnered together with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) to automate and streamline the management of their study abroad program. Using Terra Dotta to implement the new M-Navigator site required data integration with the student information system Banner. Once configured, single sign-on… Read More »

Fragmented U.S. privacy laws leave large data loopholes

By | April 10, 2018

Florian Schaub, an assistant professor at U-M and a privacy expert, notes in a recent article that the patchwork of U. S. laws and regulations that govern data collection and privacy leave loopholes for companies to exploit. For example, Federal laws strictly protect medical, financial, and education-related records. However, online services, apps, and data collection by emerging technologies… Read More »

Digital privacy a risk for undocumented immigrants

Undocumented immigrants tend to be careful about public life: They limit contact with authorities, keep close-knit circles, and avoid loitering too long in parks, supermarkets, shows and other public gatherings. Some even avoid driving altogether. But when it comes to their smartphones, they struggle to apply this instinctive caution, according to a study by the U-M School of… Read More »

Integrating events with Drupal and Salesforce

UM-Dearborn’s Web Services team recently partnered with a cross-functional, cross-campus team to integrate Salesforce/TargetX and Drupal to promote Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions events on the new campus calendar. In late 2017, the team introduced a new events calendar using the campus-wide Drupal content management system. The calendar is refreshed and modern, featuring a responsive design, filterable search, and… Read More »

Read the Flint ITS annual report

By | April 9, 2018

The Flint ITS annual report for FY17 was published in January 2018 and is now available online. Flint ITS is made up of 33 staff, as well as students, working across ten units who have come together to create major positive change on the University of Michigan Flint campus. Among their major achievements and stats for the year:… Read More »

How to hack an election in six easy steps

By | April 6, 2018

J. Alex Halderman, a professor of computer science and engineering at U-M, helped create a video on the vulnerability of U.S. electronic voting systems called, “I Hacked an Election. So Can the Russians.” The video is part of a series by the New York Times on voting in America, which will run until Election Day in November. Calling the… Read More »

Single sign-on makes life easier for Dearborn students

As part of the improvements to the identity processes for UMID and uniqnames, UM-Dearborn students are now using their uniqname and passwords to sign into the student self-service portal UM-Dearborn Connect. This is expected to streamline campus orientation, enhance the usability of the site, and reduce much of the ad-hoc support that was previously needed. This implementation involved a… Read More »

New IT leadership at LSA, SSW

By | April 5, 2018

After a nationwide search, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts recently announced that Cathleen Curley will be the college’s new chief information officer as of April 24, 2018. Curley is currently the executive director of strategy & planning at Information and Technology Services. She is known for her passion, strategic thinking, creating a collaborative work environment, and… Read More »

Michigan Medicine upgrading to Windows 10

Microsoft recently announced that it will be ending its support of Windows 7 — the operating system (OS) on most Michigan Medicine CoreImage devices. To get a step ahead of the transition, Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) has already begun to migrate CoreImage PCs to the Windows 10 operating system in several locations. There are more than 36,000… Read More »

ITS offers additional training in AWS, Azure, and GCP

Information and Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce that detailed agendas are now available for training on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. These day-long sessions will provide an overview as well as hands-on opportunities to explore these cloud based computing platforms. You will be able to get help with your specific use case,… Read More »

CCIDs to supplant uniqnames

By | April 1, 2018

Last year, Michigan IT News reported that ITS and HITS were doing away with uniqnames and re-implementing Computing Center IDs (CCIDs): All access to computing resources will be via CCIDs, the 4-character mainframe login ID. More details on the transition from uniqname to CCID will be announced in a future issue of this newsletter. The future is now! Work… Read More »

Gupta Family Hackathon spurs health communication innovation

By | March 30, 2018

The first-ever Gupta Family Hackathon for Health Communication brought together more than 120 participants over the weekend of March 23-25 to help address real-world problems related to health communication. The result: 30 new solutions, from apps and websites to devices and electronic medical record innovations. Four of those ideas emerged as winners, but all hold the potential to keep moving forward toward… Read More »

UMSI wins recognition from CHI

U-M School of Information (UMSI) faculty and PhD students have been awarded two Best Papers and three Honorable Mention designations for this year’s Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) conference, a significant recognition in the field. The Association for Computing Machinery’s CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference of human-computer interaction. This year, “CHI 2018: Engage with… Read More »

Outcomes of March Web Platforms Town Hall

Over 60 university community members attended the Web Platforms Service Town Hall on March 7 at Palmer Commons. The presentation reflected feedback received during meetings and interactions held over the past year and a half. Town hall participants shared further ideas verbally and using the Poll Everywhere app. The service project team is reviewing the latest feedback and… Read More »