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April 20, 2018

A crystal ball for climate change

Flooding in downtown Snohomish in 2009

Learn how climate scientists are using the Hyak supercomputer to develop a model to help predict flood risk in the Pacific Northwest in the next century. What they’re discovering could help regional agencies like King County understand how to better prepare — influencing a range of changes, from regulating development on floodplains to building stronger storm water systems.


April 19, 2018

UW Tower Data Center earns ENERGY STAR for 5th year

Data Center with ENERGY STAR logo

UW Tower Data Center earned ENERGY STAR certification for the fifth year in a row, a claim no other university in the country can make. The award recognizes superior energy efficiency and reduced carbon footprint. The data center is a centrally managed, secure facility powered and cooled without interruption, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It houses the computer, storage and networks that are the backbone for the UW’s administrative, academic and research computing systems.


April 17, 2018

New network security enhancements begin April 24, may impact off-campus users

This message is being sent to all UW students, faculty, staff, and UW Medicine employees, with approval of the Vice President for UW Information Technology and CIO, and the Chief Information Officer for UW Medicine.

As announced in February 2018, upcoming security enhancements to the UW network may affect anyone who connects to UW resources from off-campus. We are taking these steps to protect your personal and University data from an increasing number of malicious attacks.

What’s changing?

If you access UW resources from off-campus through a remote desktop or network file-sharing application, you will be required to first use a UW or UW Medicine secure virtual private network (VPN) service. These changes will start on April 24, 2018.

If you are connecting from on-campus (the Seattle campus and related facilities, UW Bothell, UW Tacoma and at UW Medicine facilities), you should not be impacted by this change.

Not sure if you are connected to a UW network? Use the Networks Portal tool from any computer to see if you are on a UW network, or visit the Frequently Asked Questions section on the Network Port Blocking web page for more information.

What’s not changing?

These changes will not affect web-based UW resources and services, such as access to email, Canvas, uw.edu web pages, UW Libraries, Google Drive or Office 365. It will also not affect access to Dropbox, peer-to-peer (P2P) or secure file transfer (FTP) programs.

How to prepare for the changes

If you are not currently using a UW or UW Medicine VPN, please see below for options and follow the instructions on the web page to set up this service.

If you need help, please contact UW-IT’s Service Center at help@uw.edu with the subject line: “Network Port Blocking.”

VPN options include:

  • Current students, faculty, including emeriti, and staff can use Husky OnNet, a free service. Please review the information on this page, and get the software.
  • UW Medicine and clinical department users with AMC accounts can use the SSL VPN (Pulse Secure). For more information about Pulse Secure, please visit the UW Medicine IT Services web page or contact UW Medicine IT Services.
  • Alumni and retirees can contact their unit or department’s IT group to see if a VPN is available.
  • Departmental VPN: Contact your unit or department’s IT group to see if they provide a VPN for your use.
  • College/Division/Department/Units can find more information and options by visiting the Network Port Blocking web page on IT Connect. These options include the new for-fee Husky OnNet-Department service, which can provide secure access for retirees, alumni and other groups. If alternative solutions are not readily available and you would like to learn about the exemption process, please contact UW-IT’s Service Center at help@uw.edu with the subject line: “Network Port Blocking.”

How does this work?

If you are off-campus, connect first with a UW or UW Medicine VPN application before running your remote desktop or network file-sharing application. If you are not familiar with these terms, please visit the Network Port Blocking web page for more information. If you do not use any of these applications, no action is needed on your part.

Why are these changes necessary?

The increasing attacks on the UW network present a serious security risk to the University. A large volume of this hostile traffic comes through specific network “ports” related to file-sharing and remote desktop applications.

To reduce the attacks, we will block these ports. Other ports may be blocked in the future, and we will notify you before any additional ports are blocked.

These security enhancements are a common practice used by many large organizations, including numerous higher education institutions. They will apply to the entire UW network, including in Seattle and at UW Bothell, UW Tacoma and UW Medicine facilities.

We understand that change is difficult, but these security enhancements are necessary to protect your personal and University information and data.

Questions?

For more information regarding these changes and for Frequently Asked Questions, please see the Network Port Blocking web page on IT Connect.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact UW-IT’s Service Center at help@uw.edu with the subject line: “Network Port Blocking.”

Thank you for your support in implementing these important security enhancements.


April 16, 2018

Preferred names now available for redesigned Husky Card

Husky Card with photo of Dubs and "Dubs" as the Preferred Name

UW students and employees now can include their preferred name on their Husky Card, which is being redesigned with a new look. Free card exchanges are available from Apr. 2 through Jun. 1 for preferred name changes. After this, the standard $25 replacement fee for a Husky Card will apply. Learn more.


April 13, 2018

Last-minute tax filing? Find your W-2 in Workday

U.S. 1040 income tax return form with laptop and glasses

The deadline for filing your 2017 tax return is April 17. Have you waited until the last-minute and need a copy of your W-2? Good news – you can quickly access your University of Washington tax documents in Workday. Find your W-2, 1099-R or Stipend Letter online with these simple steps.


April 11, 2018

Register for Accessible IT event on May 11

Participants in discussion at the Accessible IT Institute

Are you responsible for developing, procuring or deploying technology at the UW? Register for this day-long event to learn how to ensure that tools, systems and websites are accessible to everyone, including students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities. The UW Accessible IT Capacity Building Institute will be held on the Seattle campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is sponsored by UW-IT’s Accessible Technology Services. Check out the agenda and register for the event.


April 10, 2018

Switch to the new MyUW by June 14

MyUW desktop

An all-new MyUW for faculty and staff provides more personal, timely, and relevant content matched to your affiliation with the University, reduces information overload, and provides easy access to key links, tools, and information. To switch, simply click “Switch to the new MyUW!” in the black MyUW banner. Make the switch by June 14, when the legacy portal will no longer be available. Be sure to save any bookmarks or custom links you created on the legacy MyUW. Your bookmarks won’t migrate automatically.


April 9, 2018

Try your hand at 3D printing in Odegaard

3-D dinosaur, Flexi Rex

Sign up for a free four-hour block to get started with 3D printing, with hands-on help from Computer Vet techs on the second floor of Odegaard. Try out the Print of the Month, a flexible 3D dinosaur called Flexi Rex. Or bring a file from MakerBot’s Thingaverse, an online community for people interested in making and sharing 3D printable objects. The experience can prepare you to use other 3D printers, such as in Area 01’s Dabble Lab, CoMotion’s MakerSpace, UW Bothell’s Makerspace, the Collaboratory, or at the UW Tacoma Learning and Research Commons.


April 6, 2018

Students: Review class lectures on Panopto

Woman listening to lecture on her laptop

View class lectures and presentations at your own pace with Panopto-recorded course sessions. Miss something covered in lecture? Reviewing for an exam? Recordings are viewable on most web browsers and mobile devices. You can also create your own recordings for class assignments.


April 4, 2018

Learn how to create accessible documents on Apr. 16

Computer keyboard with an accessibility green key

Join a workshop from 10-11:30 a.m. in Odegaard 102 to learn how to create accessible Word and PowerPoint documents, use the built-in accessibility checker, and export these to create accessible PDF documents. All document creators, from faculty and staff to students, are required to make sure that documents are accessible to individuals who use assistive technology.


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