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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

February 1, 2017

Feb. 16 Tech Talks: Multi-factor authentication, building smarter APIs and System Center

Join UW’s technology support community and share IT resources and foster connections at the next Campus Tech Talks from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 16 in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, room 220. Learn about multi-factor authentication, an authentication system that goes beyond a user name and password; how a revolutionary new model for computing will change the way we think about application programming interfaces (API); and how Microsoft’s System Center products are being used to support UW servers and work stations at the UW and worldwide.

January 31, 2017

It’s not too late! Submit application for free UW video captioning

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You can apply to have your UW video captioned by UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Services for no charge, making it more accessible to everyone. Competitive applications are for videos that will be widely available and used multiple times. Accessible Technology Services in UW-IT has already worked on 102 videos, totaling 49 hours of free captioning for individuals, departments, and other units at the UW.

January 13, 2017

Students can use a “preferred name” in Canvas, class rosters and more

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Did you know that as of autumn quarter UW students can go by a preferred name — a nickname, middle name, etc. — for class and photo rosters and the UW Directory? Respecting students’ wishes on how they are addressed is part of making UW more welcoming and inclusive. And this quarter, use of preferred names has expanded to MyPlan, Canvas, Panopto, Catalyst GradeBook and more, and to MyGradProgram by quarter end. Legal names will appear on official transcripts, diplomas, etc. It is easy to do; learn more at Preferred Names.

January 12, 2017

Make music in the Odegaard Sound Studio

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Want to produce and share your own music or podcast? Take advantage of the series of workshops on digital audio editing and music production in the UW’s Odegaard Sound Studio. These 90-minute sessions will prepare you to use the studio equipment and software to create high-quality audio projects.

January 11, 2017

E-RESOURCE: American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990

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Students and researchers can immerse themselves in civil rights history like never before with the new archive American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990. Drawing from the records of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), this collection offers an array of primary source materials on civil rights, race, gender and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court — topics intensely relevant to today’s curriculum and debates at both national and local levels. This UW-restricted resource is provided by UW Libraries.

January 10, 2017

New state accessibility policy affects all UW units; help is available

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UW units need to ensure that information technology (IT) they develop, buy and use to make UW resources available is usable by those with disabilities, as required by Accessibility Policy #188. Adopted in August by the Washington State Office of the Chief Information Officer, it covers websites, web-based applications, e-documents, multimedia and more. In late November, UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Director Sheryl Burgstahler, who is leading Policy 188 implementation, met with 40 state public postsecondary IT and disability personnel to coordinate efforts. Get started now; visit UW’s accessibility technology website.

January 5, 2017

UW Tower Data Center earns ENERGY STAR certification for 2016

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The UW Tower Data Center earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification for 2016, one of just 14 centers to do so for the last four years in a row. This award recognizes a commitment to energy efficiency and achievement of superior energy performance. ENERGY STAR buildings use 35 percent less energy and generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings. Learn more about ordering Data Center Co-Location Services from UW-IT, which keeps the UW data centers powered and cooled 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

December 21, 2016

Husky OnNet expands to Sponsored UW NetIDs, for a monthly fee

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The encrypted connection to the UW network that UW students, faculty and staff use for secure access to UW resources from remote locations — Husky OnNet — is expanding its reach. Now UW departments who require Husky OnNet access for their Sponsored UW NetID holders can use the online self-service Assign Computing Services form to include Husky OnNet for a $20 monthly fee on a UW budget number. With this service enabled, they, too, can remotely access departmental services, research databases, specialized applications, desktops, printers and more.

December 14, 2016

A Year in Partnerships 2016: A UW-IT special report

A special online report features UW-IT’s collaborations with partners across all three campuses to support the work of students, faculty and staff. Read how a graduate student is seeking to unravel the mysteries of the human genome using cloud computing services, how an initiative to modernize UW Seattle classrooms is enhancing teaching and learning, how efforts by the Office of Student Financial Aid are getting decisions out faster, and how a partnership with UW Bothell helped redirect resources to its academic mission. Some of UW-IT’s key initiatives for Fiscal Year 2017 are also highlighted.

December 8, 2016

IT Connect News for faculty and staff becomes part of UW Insider in January; will still mail to students

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A new weekly e-newsletter for UW faculty and staff—called UW Insider—is launching in January 2017. It will combine important messages from IT Connect News, The Resource, The Whole U, Disaster Digest, UW Recycling and Combined Fund Drive into one centrally managed email. UW Insider aims to help you make the most of your UW employment experience while reducing information overload. IT Connect News will continue to be mailed to students and posted on IT Connect.

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