Tag Archives: research

Building Inclusive Digital Environments for Research

Research is how we learn, but our findings depend upon robust data, derived from the populations we seek to serve. As teams build digital environments for research, effort must be put into ensuring that those environments support the populations of study. When constructing digital environments for research, teams must think broadly about the full research experience to include emails or SMS sent, websites, webapps or native apps provided, and any devices included or issued. In addition, it cannot be stressed enough: the work in creating these environments is never done!

Automated Data Cleaning for Sleep Data from Wearables

Automated sleep data cleanup and processing to harmonize Fitbit data obtained via Fitabase with self-reported sleep diary entries sent via SMS-to-Email. This project uses Microsoft Power Automate for processing sleep diary entries in a shared mailbox, and Excel / Power Query for loading and cleaning sleep stages and HRV data.

Wolverine Crater opens for research

By | April 1, 2024

Our lunar base at Wolverine Crater was completed on April 1, 2024. This state-of-the art facility is the home of the Michigan Information Technology to Enable Networking in Space (MITTENS) team that deployed MUniverse, the first academic WiFi network in space, for our students, faculty, and staff to take remote learning and working to a whole new level.

Technology supports researchers’ quest to understand parental discipline behaviors

How do different types of parental discipline behaviors affect children’s development in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)? A group of researchers set out to understand that question. They used a large data set from UNICEF of several hundred thousand families. The data came from the fourth (2009–2013) and fifth (2012–2017) rounds of the UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys. … Read More »

Gordon Bell Prize winning team also leverages ITS services

A U-M College of Engineering team led by Vikram Gavini was recently awarded the prestigious ACM Gordon Bell Prize. The honor was presented in recognition of their outstanding achievement for developing and demonstrating an approach that brought near-quantum mechanical accuracy for large systems consisting of tens of thousands of atoms into the range of today’s supercomputers.  The ACM… Read More »

U-M developers attend first-ever US-RSE conference

A contingent from U-M took part in the first-ever US-RSE (United States Research Software Engineer Association) annual conference. It was held at the University of Illinois Chicago, October 16–18, 2023.  Abbey Roelofs and Michael Egan (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts), Srikanth Lavu (Marsal Family School of Education), and Andy Boughton (School of Public Health) attended the… Read More »

LSA Technology Services partners with faculty to develop MacromoleculAR research application

In May 2023, LSA Technology Services launched a new application, MacromoleculAR, that provides an interactive augmented reality (AR) experience for users to view various molecular models.  The app was developed for Randy Stockbridge, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB). And it’s not only great for the students in her course, but… Read More »

Secure Enclave Service rate approved, shortcode needed by July 25

The Secure Enclave Services (SES) provides improved performance for researcher workloads. ARC began billing researchers who consume more than 16 gigabytes (GB) of RAM (memory) per month on July 1, 2023.  The first 16 GB of RAM (memory) is covered by the U-M Research Computing Package (UMRCP). If you have not already requested or been granted the UMRCP,… Read More »

U-M launches Quantum Research Institute, a $55-million project

By | June 26, 2023

The University of Michigan recently launched the Quantum Research Institute, a $55-million project to further the development of quantum research and its applications in education. The project will recruit a potential eight new faculty members to U-M’s existing expertise, combining physicists, electrical engineers, computer and materials scientists and more. Funding for the QRI also brings lab space in… Read More »

U-M’s AI for Nanobiotics: Stopping antibiotic-resistant infections

By | June 26, 2023

In 2019, 4.95 million people died from antimicrobial resistance. “Even before COVID, which worsened the problem, studies showed that by 2050, the number of deaths by antibiotic resistance will be 10 million,” said Angela Violi, a professor of six studies and U-M Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of mechanical engineering. A new computer model has been developed at the… Read More »

U-M Professors discuss how societal impacts compare to technological advances

By | June 6, 2023

Ross School of Business professor Nigel Melville and Ford School of Public Policy professor Shobita Parthasarathy recently participated in a Faculty Q&A on a U-M podcast, Business and Society with Michigan Ross, to answer questions about the rise of AI and its implications. Melville and Parthasarathy have studied the popularization of AI, as well as what it means… Read More »

The Future of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles: Exploring oceans and bringing closure to families

By | June 6, 2023

Many know that much of the Earth’s oceans remain undiscovered. Not as many may know, however, that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in 2014 helped scientists to learn more about what happens on our ocean floor.  While the search for MH370 has been unsuccessful, it did unearth valuable information about underwater landscapes, from ridges and volcanoes… Read More »

U-M Research Computing Package automatic renewal begins July 1 

The no-cost bundle of supercomputing resources known as the U-M Research Computing Package (UMRCP) automatically renews for most on July 1.  Provided by Information and Technology Services, the UMRCP offers qualified researchers on all campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, and Michigan Medicine) with allocations of high-performance computing, secure enclave, and research storage services. (Many units, including Michigan Medicine,… Read More »

Globus can now be used with Armis2 

Researchers who have an Armis2 High-Performance Computing account can now move data to and from other Protected Health Information (PHI)-approved systems using Globus File Transfer. (The endpoint is umich#armis2.)  To learn more about your responsibility and approved services, visit the Sensitive Data Guide and the Protected Health Information (PHI) webpage on the Safe Computing Website. Send an email… Read More »

Museum of Natural History exhibits soar with LSA TS Support

From viruses and ecology to soil and the planet, LSA Technology Services has helped the U-M Museum of Natural History create exhibits that connect with visitors and empower community science. Since its grand opening in 2019, the U-M Museum of Natural History has increasingly worked with LSA Technology Services to deliver exhibits and programming that connect with the… Read More »

PFAS research in the Michigan mother-infant pairs study, supported by ITS, SPH, MM, AGC

PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a class of chemicals that have been around since the 1940s and became more broadly used in the post-war 1960s era. PFAS are in our homes, offices, water, and even our food and blood. PFAS break down slowly and are difficult to process, both in the environment and our bodies.  Scientific studies… Read More »

Data Den now supports sensitive data

Data Den Research Archive is a service for preserving electronic data generated from research activities. It is a low-cost, highly durable storage system and is the largest storage system operated by ARC. Storing of sensitive data (including HIPAA and FERPA) is now supported (visit the Sensitive Data Guide for full details). This service is part of the U-M… Read More »