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August 24, 2017

Tell us what you think. IT Connect website being redesigned

Suggestion being put into feedback box

Take a quick eight-question survey to help improve the IT Connect website, which features information technology resources, tools and services for students, faculty and staff. Your feedback on the type of content you look for on IT Connect, how you find it, and how the website could be improved will help with the IT Connect website redesign planned for next year.


August 23, 2017

Tumor-imaging microscope uses fast network, cloud platform for cancer diagnosis

Medical team performing surgery on a patient

UW clinicians are studying the feasibility of real-time cancer diagnosis during surgery with a light-sheet microscope by uploading 3D tissue images to a cloud computing platform using a UW-IT-designed high-speed network. These large images require 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections and use Amazon Web Services for transporting and processing the massive amounts of data. Current pathology methods for cancer diagnosis include either a detailed process for studying tissue samples that can take days or a quick technique to freeze and slice tissue samples that is not always reliable.


August 21, 2017

Workday rolls out enhancements and new features on September 9

computer dialog box with a software update

Expect a brand new look for the Worker Profile, improved error messaging, and for managers, a new My Team Dashboard. These are part of a major upgrade to Workday — UW’s new, integrated, cloud-based human resource and payroll operations system — that happens twice a year, in September and March, to increase functionality and enhance the user experience.


August 18, 2017

Knowledge Navigator identifies HR and payroll reports affected by Workday

Screenshot of Knowledge Navigator screen

Use Knowledge Navigator, the metadata repository tool, to find reports that are replaced by Workday or are a new report in the Business Intelligence (BI) Portal by searching the list of enterprise reports. The BI Portal is your gateway to the UW’s Enterprise Data Warehouse reporting and analytic tools. Questions? Email help@uw.edu with “Knowledge Navigator” in the subject line.


August 16, 2017

lolo stores more than a petabyte of data for UW researchers

Data storage with gears suggesting innovation

More than a petabyte of research-critical data is protected on the lolo Archive, a centrally managed data archiving and file-sharing storage service that provides long-term safekeeping and fast, convenient retrieval. A petabyte of data storage can hold all the letters and words published, bound and shelved in 1,000 libraries, each the size of the UW Libraries. lolo is part of a scientific computing infrastructure operated by UW-IT, which includes lolo; Hyak, the shared cluster supercomputer; a research network to support fast data transfers; and consultation on high performance computing (including cloud computing) for research.


August 14, 2017

E-Resource: Caribbean Studies in Video: The Banyan Archive

Calypso singer

Caribbean Studies in Video includes more than 1,000 hours of video that document the past 40 years of Caribbean life and culture. The collection — brought to you by the UW Libraries — features original Caribbean films and TV shows. Listen to interviews with artists like Derek Walcott and V.S. Naipaul and political activists like Aime Cesaire. Watch documentaries on cultural practices such as Trinidadian stick fighting and the Hindu Goddess Kali worship and watch carnival, calypso and steel band performances or enjoy theater and dance performances.


August 11, 2017

New phone area code brings changes to how you dial local digits in Western Washington

new phone code

A new 564 area code is being added in Western Washington, which will affect the way you dial local numbers. The 206, 360, 253, 425 and the new 564 area code will require 10-digit dialing after Sept. 15 for campus phones. Make sure to reset your devices to comply with the new norm. New phone lines will be assigned the new 564 area code. Tip: UW phones already support 10-digit dialing.


August 10, 2017

New, faster computer storage has longer life, costs less, more efficient

computer network

Compared to its predecessor, the new storage solution for UW’s administrative applications triples performance, more than doubles the lifespan, costs 50 percent less, and reduces electricity by 75 percent. The new storage benefits UW-IT supported business systems and UW-IT customers, including UW-IT Standard Managed Servers and the self-sustaining storage area network data storage, among others.


August 9, 2017

UW’s DO-IT Center honored with national award for its youth mentoring programs

K Wheeler is a DO-IT mentor

Thanks to its extensive mentoring programs, the UW’s Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT) Center was named among this year’s recipients of the prestigious Susan M. Daniels Mentoring Hall of Fame award by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition. “We are honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Sheryl Burgstahler, who founded and directs DO-IT. “Individuals with disabilities make our communities more vibrant, diverse and inclusive. We share this award with the mentors in our programs who serve as advocates, guides and role models for others.”


August 7, 2017

UW students and instructors help improve plagiarism-detection tool

Student studying in the library

VeriCite’s plagiarism-detection tool is now easier to use thanks to an improved user interface, designed with input from UW students and faculty. Student papers can be submitted through the web-based system and checked for plagiarism. Eighteen people from the UW participated in usability studies to evaluate the tool’s usefulness. “Having real users helped us learn what we needed to focus on and what needed to be fixed,” said Scott Siddall, VeriCite’s managing partner. Feedback from the studies led to VeriCite making over 30 changes to the user interface.


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