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September 18, 2017

Six Catalyst Web Tools to retire over the next 12 months

laptop with Catalyst's Collect It on the screen

Six Catalyst Web tools — Collect It, CommonView, GoPost, QuickPoll, UMail and WebQ Quiz — are on a timeline to retire, with better solutions now available. WebQ Survey and Gradebook will not be retired. Find out about UW-IT’s plan to help users transition from Catalyst to alternative options. The retirement stems from the University’s commitment to modernize our technology infrastructure and allocate resources to solutions that best meet demand. Use of these Catalyst tools has declined by 66 percent over the past four years. Many were built on outdated technology; updating them would require a considerable investment.


September 15, 2017

DO-IT Scholars program featured on UW 360

DO-IT Scholars

UWTV showcases how a summer program empowers high school students with disabilities to succeed in college. The program, offered by the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) Center since 1992, boosts the confidence of students with disabilities and teaches them how to advocate for themselves. Participating students get access to technology, college preparation, peer support and mentoring.


September 13, 2017

E-Resource: Women’s Magazine Archive

woman dressed as the iconic Rosie the Riveter

The Women’s Magazine Archive — brought to you by the UW Libraries — provides access to archives of American and Canadian women’s magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Cosmopolitan, Essence and Chatelaine. These primary sources chronicle the evolving role and experiences of women through the 19th and 20th centuries. The publications include articles on child rearing, home economics, health, careers, fashion, current events, politics and social conditions.


September 7, 2017

Confirm your web browser is Workday-supported by September 9

Browser with Workday screenshot

For an optimal Workday experience, upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or use another Workday-supported browser: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Apple Safari. Older versions of Internet Explorer (versions 7, 8, 9 and 10) are no longer supported by Microsoft; only IE 11 receives technical support and security upgrades. Modern, newer browsers are able to provide the speed and usability that Workday requires for optimal performance.


September 6, 2017

Remember to report holiday time off for Labor Day in Workday – it’s easy

Woman with backpack and mobile phone

Remember to record “Holiday Taken Time Off” in Workday if you didn’t work on Labor Day. All it takes is a few clicks, so see if this applies to you. Medical Centers employees report time off for holiday hours in Kronos. For more information, review the quick guide and full user guide for time off, and check out related information on the Time Off page of the Integrated Service Center website.


September 5, 2017

Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. Choose the right tech tools for your department to communicate

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How will your department know how to communicate during disruptive events such as inclement weather or an emergency? Check out UW-IT’s Business Continuity Toolkit for ideas on how to share departmental updates and information using tech tools during emergency events. For example, you can use your internal web page. You can set up an email distribution list. You can turn a department voicemail box into a telephone hotline or set up a traditional phone call tree. You can conduct meetings by telephone or video conferencing.


August 30, 2017

Use interactive diagram to understand how Workday organizes worker information

interactive diagram on Knowledge Navigator on laptop

Visualize fundamental Workday concepts and their relationships in Knowledge Navigator’s interactive UW Workday Conceptual model and begin to understand how Workday stores and organizes worker information. Click your way through the model to explore new terms and their definitions related to human resources, payroll, benefits, and other employee services specific to the UW’s Workday implementation. For an overview of what it means for Workday to replace the Higher Education Payroll Personnel System (HEPPS), watch this video.


August 28, 2017

Workday and Labor Day: Reporting holiday time off

Man in hat in a hammock on a summer day

Most UW employees need to sign into Workday and record that they will be taking the day off on an official UW holiday. This applies to staff who accrue time off and who would normally work on the day on which the holiday falls. However, Department of Intercollegiate Athletic coaches and academic personnel (faculty, librarians, residents and fellows and other academic staff) do not need to track time off for holidays in Workday. Medical Centers employees report time off for holiday hours in Kronos. Review the quick guide and full user guide for time off, and check out related information on the Time Off page of the Integrated Service Center website.


August 24, 2017

Tell us what you think. IT Connect website being redesigned

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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.


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