U-M updates protection agreement with Piazza

ITS Teaching and Learning, working in conjunction with the U-M Office of the Vice President and General Counsel; the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer; and Procurement Services, has secured a new data protection agreement in December with the online collaboration Q&A platform Piazza Technologies. Piazza Q&A, which has been available for… Read More »

No more MTokens! Last RSA server retired

As of December 5, the last server supporting U-M’s former two-factor authentication vendor, RSA, was retired at the university after more than a decade of use. The retirement of RSA and MTokens marks the last step in the vendor replacement process. Since July 2016, cloud-based Duo Security has provided the university’s two-factor authentication service, offering a variety of… Read More »

Newly published MESAs

Michigan IT teams are collaborating increasingly on service planning and service roadmaps by using the Michigan Enterprise Strategic Assessments (MESAs). IT staff are using MESAs to think comprehensively about their services, products, technologies, and capabilities and to consider how they are being used today, what their future might be, and what new items are on the horizon. MESAs… Read More »

Bits and the Bard

By | January 28, 2017

The annual convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA) is the greatest show on earth for the humanities and for some years now, digital humanities—using computer technology to understand literature and the arts—have been all the rage. They present new ways to approach the work of humanities scholarship, and they’ve already delivered not just new results but new… Read More »

5 tips to avoid online tax fraud

By | January 28, 2017

Criminals can file fraudulent tax returns in your name—and steal your tax refund. Last year, several U-M employees were among the many nationwide who were victimized by tax fraud. This year, we are already seeing phishing scams targeting W-2s. Information and Infrastructure Assurance (IIA) offers the following five tips to help you avoid online tax fraud: Practice safe computing by… Read More »

Submit an Enriching Scholarship proposal

By | January 27, 2017

February is right around the corner, and that means so is Enriching Scholarship 2017! The 20th Annual Enriching Scholarship will be held May 1–5. Enriching Scholarship is a great opportunity for Michigan IT staff to share their work and expertise with the greater U-M community. This year’s event is particularly meaningful as it marks not only the 20th anniversary… Read More »

WiFi upgrades

The WiFi Project team continues to upgrade buildings across campus. Visit the project website for additional information. Recently completed: Alumni Memorial Hall (Museum of Art), Burton Memorial Tower, UM Transportation Research Testing, Life Sciences Institute, Stanford Lipsey Student Publications Bldg., Northwood Community Center Currently under construction: G.G. Brown, Randall Laboratory, Kresge Business Admin Library, Computer Executive Education Bldg.,… Read More »

Hacking for global health

By | January 26, 2017

The Skoll Global Threats Fund pioneered the EpiHack, or “epidemiology hackathon,” which design digital tools that allow communities to detect, report, and verify disease outbreaks in real time. Annie Maxwell, the group’s president and an alumna of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, says one particular EpiHack, focusing on avian flu in Thailand, was special. “It was… Read More »

IQ launches Data Concierge pilot

IQ recently launched a pilot of Data Concierge, an ITS service that delivers administrative and learning management data in a consistent, timely, and secure manner. Previously, requests for administrative data sometimes took months to fulfill, and requesters were not always kept informed of progress. Data Concierge aims to create a one-stop shop for university data needs. Requests for administrative… Read More »

Free to be you and me

By | January 25, 2017

In a recent Educause blog post, Sol Bermann (privacy officer and interim CISO at U-M) examines the concept of autonomy privacy and argues for its importance in higher education. Higher education, Bermann writes, rightfully prides itself as being a place where freedom of expression, intellectual discourse, dissenting views, and social experimentation are not just the norm but expected. The ability… Read More »

MiWorkspace supports Windows 10

MiWorkspace will support Windows 10 on a limited number of computers starting now through April. Units that subscribe to MiWorkspace may identify a representative sample of faculty and staff to get Windows 10 early to identify concerns. In May, Windows 10 will be the default operating system for new and rebuilt Windows computers. Computers currently running Windows 7… Read More »

Big Data vs. disease

By | January 25, 2017

Researchers at U-M will use Big Data and mobile technology to learn how to predict when individuals will get diseases, and to unlock the potential of single-cell gene sequencing under three recently funded projects. The Michigan Institute for Data Science awarded the three interdisciplinary projects a combined $3 million under the second round of its Challenge Initiative program. “These… Read More »

A new look for M-Pathways

By | January 24, 2017

Information and Technology Services (ITS) is upgrading the PeopleTools technology behind M-Pathways to version 8.55. This upgrade will bring a new look and feel to navigation within M-Pathways. This change will impact everyone who uses Wolverine Access at the university. The new navigation will be available on February 20 for M-Pathways Student Administration, Faculty Business, and Student Business,… Read More »