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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

September 14, 2015

New MyUW for Students Now for Desktops, Too

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The new MyUW fully responsive design, with views for both desktops and mobile devices, will be rolled out to students during autumn quarter. Beginning September 15, all first-year undergraduate students logging in to MyUW will see the new desktop version; by winter quarter, all students will have access. Both desktop and mobile views provide key information, changing by the week, to help students get through the quarter. All students can view the new MyUW anytime on their mobile device. Read about the desktop rollout and watch a short video about the new MyUW.

September 9, 2015

E-RESOURCE: Declassified Documents Reference System


A treasure trove of previously classified US government documents is now available in the Declassified Documents Reference System. View original letters, cables, memoranda, surveillance reports, studies and analyses from the CIA, FBI, National Security Council, White House and other government agencies. These documents from 1942 to 1991 shed light on major foreign and domestic issues affecting post-WWII America, including the Cold War, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, al Qaeda and more. Brought to you by the UW Libraries.

September 1, 2015

UW-Led AccessComputing Initiative Receives Additional NSF Funds

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The field of computing will be further enhanced with the talents and perspectives of people with disabilities, thanks to an almost $4 million National Science Foundation grant to the UW-led Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing). The new funding will help increase the number of people with disabilities completing computing degrees, assist postsecondary institutions with fully including these students in computing courses and programs, and strengthen career opportunities in the industry. Read more.

August 27, 2015

Love Your Stuff: Register Laptops, Electronics, Bikes With UW Police

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The UW Police “Love Your Stuff” campaign encourages you to register your laptop and other electronic devices, in addition to keeping them safe, secured and out of sight. You also can register your bike with UW Police through Project 529 (which includes a mobile app for crowd-sourced bike theft reporting), and find out where to pick up a tamper-proof 529 shield to show your bike is registered.

August 25, 2015

Save the Date and RSVP: First Cloud Day @ UW, Nov. 12

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UW computing professionals, IT staff and researchers are invited to Cloud Day @ UW on November 12 to hear success stories, share best practices and learn about new cloud-based computing products from a panel of cloud vendors. Bruce Vincent, Chief IT Architect and Technology Strategist at Stanford, will deliver the keynote address. UW-IT and the UW eScience Institute are hosting this informative event and invite you to save the date and RSVP.

August 11, 2015

New 2015-2016 Microsoft Campus Agreement on Software

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The UW’s Microsoft Campus Agreement is renewed until March 30, 2016, with most software still available including Office, Visio and Project. Expressions Studio is no longer published, so no longer available. Visual Studio Professional is no longer freely available (due to changes from Microsoft), and must be licensed appropriately or removed from all UW computers by October 15, 2015. However, Visual Studio will be available through DreamSpark, which provides software for academic use at no cost but with some restrictions, and otherwise available for a fee. More details.

August 10, 2015

Make Your Videos Accessible With Able Player

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Ensure your videos are accessible with the open-source Able Player, a fully accessible cross-browser HTML5 media player originally developed by UW-IT’s Technology Accessibility Specialist Terrill Thompson. Now available free from GitHub, Able Player supports closed captions, audio descriptions, interactive transcripts, chapters within video, variable playback rate and synchronized sign language.

August 8, 2015

UW Seattle Undergraduate Admissions Going Paperless for Domestic Freshmen Applications

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This summer, UW Seattle Undergraduate Admissions will begin using a new, paperless application review system for domestic freshmen arriving winter quarter 2016. The pilot of this smaller pool of applicants will help the office prepare to review the 37,000 freshmen applications (28,000 domestic) it expects to receive this fall for autumn quarter 2016. The new system, built on Dynamics CRM and Ellucian Recruiter, provides a streamlined process supported by online forms, electronic workflow and reporting dashboards, increasing efficiencies while reducing paper use. UW-IT partnered with UW Seattle Undergraduate Admissions on this effort.

August 7, 2015

Advancing High Performance Computing in Region: July Workshop Hosted by UW

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How to advance the use of high performance computing (HPC) was the focus of a July 27 workshop that brought together more than 30 participants from the UW, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Washington State University, and was hosted by UW-IT and UW’s Hyak Governance Board. Participants explored opportunities for collaboration, including sharing supercomputers and other computational resources. A forthcoming report may outline possible paths toward a statewide alliance. HPC has helped the UW obtain more than $30 million in grants for research, and supports faculty retention and recruitment.

August 6, 2015

New Amazon Web Services Offering for UW Now Available

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UW researchers and technical staff in need of easy-to-deploy, cost-effective computing and related services, including virtualized servers, cloud storage, databases and more, now can use UW-IT Amazon Web Services. This new cloud-based service offering provides appropriate security, privacy and compliance terms for use with UW sensitive and confidential data (protected by FERPA, FISMA, and later HIPAA). It also qualifies for the UW’s new Indirect Cost (F&A) Waiver, resulting in significantly better rates for use of cloud services by research grants, and offers a waiver for data egress fees.

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