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October 18, 2016

Save the date: Husky Experience Spark Session Nov. 1

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Co-curricular events and opportunities are a key part of the UW’s Husky Experience, with significant effort across campus in planning and communicating about them to students. But are students receiving the message? A recent report from the UW-IT Husky Experience researchers provides insight into the complex UW information ecosystem, with recommendations for more effective messaging. Come to a Spark Session on November 1 to learn more about the recommendations and brainstorm about ways to implement them.

October 17, 2016

Online Scout app helps UW students find study spaces, food, resources

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UW students can get help finding campus study spaces, food locations and STF-funded technology resources on all three UW campuses with ScoutTM, a mobile-optimized web app. You can filter to find exactly what you need, and Scout returns a list of results with photos and detailed information. Scout—funded by UW-IT and the Student Technology Fee—is the next evolution of SpaceScout, and both native iOS and Android versions of Scout will be coming soon.

October 14, 2016

UW Tech Talks Nov. 14; submit a proposal by Oct. 31


The University’s technology support community is invited to the fall quarter Campus Tech Talks on November 14 to share ideas, knowledge, and best practices in various IT areas. If you have a topic or case study to present, contact Stephen Bangs to submit a proposal by October 31. The event will take place at UW Seattle in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220, from 10 a.m. to noon. See previous Tech Talks.

October 12, 2016

Share your feedback: Take our newsletter survey

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The University of Washington is developing ways to streamline and improve how we share information with employees through our newsletters. We want to hear from you! Please share your feedback so we can better tailor our content, design and distribution methods to suit your interests and preferences. Take our brief survey today.

October 11, 2016

E-RESOURCE: Book Review Index Plus

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Tired of slogging through questionable book reviews written by unknown reviewers on Amazon? Find high quality reviews with Book Review Index Plus, a unique database of book reviews for a wide range of popular, academic and professional titles. Reviews are pulled from thousands of journals, general interest publications and newspapers, including New York Times Book Review, Publisher’s Weekly, Times Literary Supplement, Kirkus Reviews and more. Try the visual “topic finder” to discover the context of your search term and narrow in. Brought to you by UW Libraries.

October 10, 2016

UW researchers have more IT options, support from new UW-IT unit


In an effort to strengthen IT support for research at the UW, a new Research Computing unit within UW-IT brings together on-premise high performance computing and commercial cloud solutions to offer researchers a full array of options in an integrated way. The unit is responsible for coordinating the UW’s cyberinfrastructure—the software, hardware and other technologies, as well as human expertise—required to support current and future discoveries in science and engineering. Learn more.

October 6, 2016

Get help at UW eScience Institute’s Data Science Office Hours

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For help with your data-intensive science challenges, let experts guide you toward appropriate solutions during the eScience Institute’s Data Science Office Hours. In addition to eScience data scientists, experts from UW Libraries, UW-IT, the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences, Amazon Web Services and Mathworks are available on specific days and times in the Data Science Studio on the sixth floor of the Physics/Astronomy Tower at UW Seattle. Get details.

October 5, 2016

Social media in the classroom: Implications for the UW

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UW faculty and students are interested in the potential use of social media as a learning tool, according to a recent survey of 250 higher education institutions, including the UW. Read about the opportunities and challenges of using social media in the classroom in a new synopsis of survey findings from 2012-2015, written by UW-IT, with recommendations and best practices developed in consultation with the University Registrar. FAQs, along with links to resources for using social media for teaching and learning, are included. Learn more.

October 4, 2016

Denny Hall technology renovation complete; ongoing UW Seattle refresh

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The University’s oldest building, Denny Hall, reopened fall quarter, transformed with new technology-enabled classrooms, including a 100-seat Active Learning Classroom. This renovation is part of a larger technology refresh at UW Seattle, with more than a third of the 300 general use classrooms upgraded since 2013, outpacing the original eight-year plan. Modern electrical and network connectivity, advanced projection and audio systems, and lecterns are all standardized so instructors know what to expect no matter what room they’re in, enhancing the educational experience for students. UW Capital Planning & Development, UW Facilities Services and UW-IT are partnering on these projects.

October 3, 2016

UW teleconferencing service is on-demand for up to 50 people

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A University of Washington Conference Service is available to UW subscribers, with an audio conferencing bridge for up to 50 participants, provided by UW-IT. For a low monthly fee, departments and units can hold on-demand conference calls whenever they like, without paying per-use fees that can quickly add up. More information is available on IT Connect, which describes all audio and video conferencing options. For questions or to order this service, send a message to

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