IT Connect

Information technology tools and resources at the UW

September 9, 2016

Free video captioning, research study

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Take advantage of the opportunity to have UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Services caption your highly viewed UW video presentation at no charge, making it more accessible to everyone. To qualify, videos should be used multiple times in one or more courses, or provided for the public on a department’s website. Instructors and units may apply online for this limited, fall and winter quarter offer. Faculty interested in participating in a research study, using multiple captioning options in their class, can check that box on the application.


September 7, 2016

Submit a UW Student Technology Fee proposal by Oct. 3

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The Student Technology Fee Committee is now accepting proposals to fund projects that help meet the technology needs of UW students in furthering their educational, research and other goals. The over $4 million of student fees collected annually has funded a diverse set of technology projects, from computer labs to microscopes, water research to plotters. Under a newly revised and now quarterly process, proposal applications may be submitted by October 3. Visit the STF website or attend a proposal workshop for details.


September 1, 2016

New “IT at the UW” quick start guide for students

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Students now have one place to go to learn the essentials of IT at the UW. With the new Student Quick Start Guide, students can find the computing tools and resources they need to get their academic year off to a good start. From information about connecting to the internet from dorms or around campus, to setting up email, downloading necessary software and finding study spaces, the guide orients students to the many IT tools and central services they can use at the University of Washington.


August 29, 2016

UW Matlab software license renewed; aligns with fiscal year

Matlab web home page

The UW license agreement for Matlab (MATrix LABoratory), software that delivers powerful computation, visualization and application development tools to your desktop, has been renewed and now aligns with the UW fiscal year. Individual licenses expire September 1, and renewals and new subscriptions can now be made online, and will be valid through June 30, 2017. The price remains the same: $60 for faculty, staff or UW-owned systems; $30 for student-owned systems. Get details.


August 25, 2016

Homer security change requires some Windows users to update SSH clients by Oct. 31

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Outdated security methods leave UW users and information vulnerable to attack, so Homer (a UW-IT Linux server) will undergo a security update on October 31. After that, connections that do not use the modern “SSH version 2” security protocol will not be allowed. UW-IT is notifying affected users (that can be identified) that they need to change to software that meets the security requirements, recommending they download and install PuTTY on Windows. Macintosh users are not affected. Contact your local computing support group or email help@uw.edu for help.


August 17, 2016

Cell phone plan discounts for UW students, employees

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You can receive cell phone plan discounts—from 10 percent to 18 percent—if you are a student or employee of the UW and affiliated organizations. UW-IT negotiated these discounts with AT&T and T-Mobile (some plans); get discount details on IT Connect, or inquire with your provider. Cell phone services charged to a UW ProCard for department use also can take advantage of discounts, described on the UW’s Cell Phone Service page.


August 16, 2016

2017 UW TechConnect: Save the date; submit a proposal

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Mark your calendar for the UW TechConnect Conference March 23, 2017 at the UW Seattle Husky Union Building, and submit a proposal to present your work. This all-day event brings together the UW’s community of technology professionals to explore new ideas, share information and connect with each other. With a theme of “Transformative IT—The New Normal,” this year’s conference will feature a keynote speaker, up to 16 concurrent sessions and an afternoon networking event. To present, lead a panel or facilitate a hands-on problem solving session, submit a proposal by November 30 (extended from previous October 10 deadline).


August 15, 2016

Compare UW with its peer institutions

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See how the UW measures up against similar schools, with 11 new peer comparison dashboards on the UW Profiles website. Explore four student measures (Graduation Rates, Retention Rates, Fall Enrollment, and Awards Granted and Completers), and seven on finance data (Expenses Story, Expenses by Category, Modified Expenses by Category, Revenue by Category, Revenue Total Breakdown, Revenue Percent Breakdown, and Endowment Values). Data is from the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Data Center, a public repository of self-reported institutional data for US universities.


August 11, 2016

Employee forums on UW HR/Payroll Integrated Service Center

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Come hear about how the new Integrated Service Center will provide in-person, phone and web support for HR and payroll questions once the new UW Workday HR/Payroll system launches, at one of two open forums: Monday, August 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Odegaard 220, or Wednesday, August 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the HUB, Room 250. Learn about the center’s objectives, review feedback from winter input sessions, and find out how the center will work. Read more in UW Today, or visit the center website.


August 10, 2016

UW’s Confidential Data Risk Guide now includes AWS, Azure

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Find out how to access and store UW confidential information in the updated Confidential Data Risk Guide, now including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure cloud products, provided by the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer. This interactive tool details restrictions and provides guidance on software, platforms and infrastructure for over 130 services to help you make informed decisions about protecting key types of UW confidential data—from credit cards to financial aid and research. Get started with the Confidential Data Risk Guide overview.


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