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Ross students create productivity app

Recent graduates Shayan Shafii, Reid Ovis, Aklavya Kashyap, Tristan Neeb, and Sean Dew developed a productivity app that pairs with Amazon’s Alexa to help people set and achieve their goals. These goals could be daily, weekly, or monthly in the context of physical, mental, or social capabilities. Named “Iris,” the app aggregates statistical insights regarding productive activity versus counterproductive behaviors. The ultimate… Read More »

ITS announces approval for project to install WiFi on the Diag

Information and Technology Services has received funding approval to install WiFi in portions of the Diag. In September 2017, Central Student Government President Anushka Sarkar and CSG Vice President Nadine Jawad announced an initiative outlined as part of their platform to install WiFi on the Central Campus Diag. At the request of students and with the support of… Read More »

At what cost WiFi?

By | April 24, 2018

A recent “Inside Higher Ed” article examines how colleges, including U-M, are committing considerable resources to keep up with students’ expectation that wireless internet should be free, fast, and everywhere. The U-M Ann Arbor campus embarked on an ambitious Wi-Fi upgrade five years ago that required meticulous planning. In some areas the wired network had to be extended, and new wireless… Read More »

Helping students maintain mental wellbeing in a digital world

By | April 13, 2018

Campus Mind Works, a student wellness group that promotes mental health education and provides support through the U-M Depression Center, recently held a seminar on the potentially harmful effects of a world increasingly dependent on technology. Held in partnership with the College of Engineering, the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, and clinical staff affiliated with the Department of… 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 »

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 »

UCAN platform connects students and alumni

U-M has one of the largest alumni networks that spans the state and the globe. Until recently, accessing this robust network often relied upon Excel spread sheets, paper lists, making LinkedIn connections, or through serendipitous meetings—not exactly a convenient or reliable system. Frequently, students asked staff at the University Career Center (UCC): “Is there an easy way to… Read More »

Digital Wolverines: The LSA Summer Reads experience

During the summer of 2017, in lieu of a more traditional “summer reads” program, the College of Literature, Science and the Arts launched an experiment in online, interactive, and collaborative explorations of citizenship and diversity in a digital age. Because issues of free speech, safe spaces, inclusion, intellectual diversity, and identity-based marginalization continue to create divisions and challenges… Read More »

Help students Get Connected in 2018

By | December 21, 2017

Want to help students start off the new year right? ITS Get Connected Tech Consulting Stations will be available to assist new and returning students with technology questions the first week back from break. Stations will be active Wednesday, January 3 thru Monday, January 8 (including Saturday and Sunday) inside the Angell Hall Fishbowl and both Computer Showcase… Read More »

Girls Are IT! STEAM JAM 2017 hosted at UM-Dearborn

By | December 12, 2017

The UM-Dearborn Career Center hosted Girls Are IT! STEAM JAM 2017 on October 18. This half-day workshop targeted 50 middle school (grade 6-8) girls from Detroit Public Schools Community District. UM-Dearborn, Detroit Public Schools Community District, and Ford Motor partnered to deliver educational opportunities in STEAM for these students. These highly committed and cohesive teams worked together to… Read More »

High school students tour the MACC

By | December 6, 2017

On November 9, computer science students from Skyline High School were treated to a special tour of the Michigan Academic Computing Center (MACC). Seventy-one students were split into shifts to walk through the data center, talk about what makes it work, and see some of its key components. Brock Palen, director of Advanced Research Computing-Technology Services (ARC-TS), arranged the… Read More »

Computer Security 101: Students show what they know

For the past thirteen years, Information Assurance (IA) has engaged UM-Ann Arbor students, including medical students, with a basic quiz designed to raise awareness of IT security issues. This year’s quiz resulted in the highest completion rate yet! From October 30 through November 3, 2017, a total of 7,864 students participated. This is 17 percent of those who… Read More »

Helping new students ease into Medical School with technology

From pre-matriculation and account set up, to orientation and the first weeks of school, Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) and the Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE) work closely to identify ways in which technology can enhance medical student education. Orientation preparations begin long before the White Coat Ceremony in July. Expert staff from both departments come… Read More »

NSF award supports minority STEM students

By | April 12, 2017

A consortium of Michigan universities and community colleges — including U-M — was awarded a five-year, $4.25 million grant by the National Science Foundation to help increase participation and graduation rates among underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Derrick Scott, director of inclusion and multicultural engineering programs for the Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach at… Read More »

App helps with food allergies

By | March 23, 2017

A project started by U-M students Ish Baid and Michael Copley can make daily life easier for people with food allergies or special diets. They are the co-founders of the Edible Project app that helps people with diet restrictions find restaurants and meals they can enjoy without worrying about allergies or ingredients. The idea was prompted by Copley’s severe dairy allergies. Edible Project… Read More »

Bulletproof backups

By | March 3, 2017

Nue Lee, a PhD student in Higher Education at U-M, details a comprehensive, three-layered back-up storage approach she uses to make sure her academic work is protected. “No one likes to talk about it, because it may be admitting that you don’t do it,” writes Lee, “but as graduate students, we must have a dedicated backup system.” Lee recommends grad students… Read More »