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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

November 20, 2015

Innovators Among Us: Bringing the Real World of Language to the Classroom

Betsy Evans

Read how UW linguistics professor Betsy Evans uses a number of technologies to bring the real world of language to the classroom in the latest “Innovators Among Us” story. Evans uses Canvas, UW’s learning management system, and clickers, an audience response system that allows the entire class to respond to questions on a screen, in addition to multimedia presentations to help explain subtle language concepts to her students. Also, don’t miss the newly posted five tips to getting the most out of Active Learning Classrooms.

November 9, 2015

Active Learning Classroom Open House, UW Seattle: Nov. 19

Active Learning Classroom

Faculty and instructors curious about active learning at the UW are invited to an open house on November 19, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., at UW Seattle’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library, in Active Learning Classroom 136. You will have a chance to chat with instructors across campus who will share their active learning strategies and experiences in this showcase event. Registration is appreciated.


November 3, 2015

UW Campus Tech Talks: Dec. 3

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The UW technology support community is invited to Campus Tech Talks on December 3 to share ideas, expertise, case studies and more. If you have a topic to present, contact Stephen Bangs by November 6. The event will take place in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

November 2, 2015

First Cloud Day @ UW: Nov. 12


Come to Cloud Day @ UW on November 12 and find out how cloud-based products from Amazon, Google and Microsoft can help solve technology issues and take your research to the next level. All UW students, faculty and staff are invited to this free, all-day HUB event, hosted by UW-IT and the UW eScience Institute. You’ll have over 20 presentations to choose from, including the keynote address from Bruce Vincent, Chief IT Architect and Technology Strategist at Stanford University. Reserve your spot.

October 30, 2015

UW Students Ramp Up Computational Research

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More than 90 students in 20 departments—part of the new UW High Performance Computing Club—use the UW’s shared high performance computing cluster (Hyak) to advance their research. The club provides training and access to computing nodes, purchased with Student Technology Fee Committee funds. UW-IT manages Hyak, and ordered and readied the equipment for the club’s use. Examples of research include a Biology PhD student exploring phylogenetics among avian systems, and a Chemical Engineering PhD student examining protein adsorption and enzyme stability. Go to Getting Started on Hyak to request an account; email to get on the mailing list.

October 29, 2015

E-RESOURCE: Gale Virtual Reference Library

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Looking for authoritative background on your topic of study? Need to learn about the key concepts, events and readings related to a particular subject? Try Gale Virtual Reference Library, a database of online academic encyclopedias in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. From business and the environment to medicine and technology, Gale Virtual Reference Library is a great tool for finding overviews that jumpstart your research. Brought to you by UW Libraries.

October 27, 2015

UW-IT Standard Managed Servers: Changing to CentOS Operating System Nov. 18

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To take advantage of cost savings and to adopt an operating system commonly used in commercially provided cloud products, UW-IT is changing the default Unix operating system for its Standard Managed Server service from RedHat Enterprise Linux version 6 to CentOS version 6 on November 18. The switch will not require a server reboot and will be seamless to users. Customers of UW-IT’s self-managed Standard Hosted Server service also can take advantage of CentOS, as UW-IT will offer instructions and consulting for IT staff interested in the change; contact

October 26, 2015

UW-IT Amazon Web Services Is Key in Economics Research

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Find out how one visiting economics PhD student is using UW-IT’s Amazon Web Services to break new ground on his economics research by running simulations at ultra-fast speeds. He is investigating current airline travel and pricing, research that may help the U.S. Department of Justice determine whether airlines have colluded in setting prices. Amazon Web Services, offered through UW-IT, includes virtualized servers, cloud storage, databases and more. Learn more about Amazon Web Services, available to UW faculty and staff, including how to order this service.

October 22, 2015

Upgrade to Internet Explorer Version 11

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If you use the Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser, check that you are using the latest version—IE11—or upgrade to it soon (or use another supported Web browser), so you will not be at risk. On January 12, 2016, Microsoft will drop its support for older versions of IE for Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems because they can create security risks, and no longer provide security patches for those versions. If your computer is part of UW-IT’s Nebula Managed Desktop service, it will be automatically updated.

October 20, 2015

Malware: What It Is, What It Does and What to Do About It

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A new, informative five-minute video on malicious software from the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) explains what malware is, what it does, and what steps you can take to prevent it from infecting your computer. Click the “Resources” tab in the upper right-hand corner of the online training to download a “Things to Know About Malware” poster. See all the online security training from CISO.

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