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January 22, 2018

As internet traffic continues to grow UW-IT keeps pace with network improvements

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UW Seattle’s links to the internet now provide more capacity and redundancy to support the never-ending increase in workloads. UW-IT has reconfigured its networks so more net traffic is funneled via two separate 100-gigabit links connecting the Seattle campus to the Pacific Northwest Gigapop, which provides access to the national networks, including internet and high-performance federal networks. In the past, many campus users had to rely on smaller 20-gigabit networks to move their work.


January 18, 2018

Sign up for half-day Google Cloud Platform workshop on Feb.13

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Learn the basics of the Google Cloud Platform. The workshop for students and researchers will cover computing and storage resources, database services and cost calculation for cloud adoption. It takes place Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Data Science Studio on the sixth floor of the Physics/Astronomy Tower on the UW Seattle campus.


January 16, 2018

Learn more about Meltdown and Spectre, and how to protect your devices

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Find out how to protect your computer and other devices from two major security vulnerabilities, known as Meltdown and Spectre, in a comprehensive risk advisory by the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer. The two security vulnerabilities affect the processing chips in almost every computer made in the last 20 years. Don’t miss the “What to do” section.


January 12, 2018

Get free and discounted Microsoft software for your personal devices

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UW students and eligible faculty and staff can download Microsoft software for use on their personal computers, laptops and mobile devices. Learn more about Office 365 ProPlus and how to install it. Software includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and Publisher and Access for PCs. The cost of Office 365 ProPlus is covered by the Technology Recharge Fee.


January 11, 2018

Reminder: Record Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday Time Off in Workday

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Don’t forget to record Martin Luther King Jr. Day as “Holiday Taken Time Off” in Workday. This applies to most UW employees 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, 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. To see if this applies to you, review the quick guide and full user guide for time off, and check out related information on the Time Off webpage of the Integrated Service Center website.


January 10, 2018

Thousands of students apply to UW Seattle via new national online app

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Thousands of prospective freshmen used a new national online app to apply to UW Seattle last November. The new app offers students a single, centralized platform to organize, build and refine their applications online and apply to any of the 113 public and private universities that are participating.  All freshmen applicants to UW Seattle must now apply using the new Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success app.


January 9, 2018

E-Resource: PolicyMap

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Access online maps with data on demographics, real estate, health, jobs and more in communities across the United States with PolicyMap, an online mapping tool that is useful for a variety of disciplines. The data comes from a library of indicators sourced from more than 150 public and proprietary sources. You can also upload and map geocoded data in CSV format to the PolicyMap platform and share the data/maps with others in the UW community. PolicyMap is brought to you by the UW Libraries.


January 5, 2018

Opt out of paper tax forms and contribute to a more sustainable University

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Save time and contribute to a more sustainable University by opting out of paper tax forms and receiving your documents digitally. Mailing tax forms requires more than 60,000 sheets of paper, along with about 49,000 envelopes (and nearly $24,000 worth of stamps). Receiving your tax forms digitally reduces paper use, and once you sign up your selection will be remembered each year for a lasting impact. Find out how to opt out now on the Integrated Service Center’s website.


January 4, 2018

Use Canvas to view course assignments, materials and more

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Access course materials online with Canvas, the UW’s learning management system. View assignments, discussions, course calendars, grades and more. Watch this overview video to learn about important features and find out more about Canvas.


January 3, 2018

How do you build community with an online class? Ask the Evans School

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Learn how the Evans School partnered with Learning Technologies to break barriers and build community among African health professionals who participated in a long-distance learning program. With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Evans School brought together 18 participants from a half-dozen African countries using easy-to-use online tools. The program, now recruiting its second cohort, was designed for health pros who operate in a demanding and changing climate.


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