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October 12, 2016

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The University of Washington is developing ways to streamline and improve how we share information with employees through our newsletters. We want to hear from you! Please share your feedback so we can better tailor our content, design and distribution methods to suit your interests and preferences. Take our brief survey today.

October 11, 2016

E-RESOURCE: Book Review Index Plus

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Tired of slogging through questionable book reviews written by unknown reviewers on Amazon? Find high quality reviews with Book Review Index Plus, a unique database of book reviews for a wide range of popular, academic and professional titles. Reviews are pulled from thousands of journals, general interest publications and newspapers, including New York Times Book Review, Publisher’s Weekly, Times Literary Supplement, Kirkus Reviews and more. Try the visual “topic finder” to discover the context of your search term and narrow in. Brought to you by UW Libraries.

October 10, 2016

UW researchers have more IT options, support from new UW-IT unit


In an effort to strengthen IT support for research at the UW, a new Research Computing unit within UW-IT brings together on-premise high performance computing and commercial cloud solutions to offer researchers a full array of options in an integrated way. The unit is responsible for coordinating the UW’s cyberinfrastructure—the software, hardware and other technologies, as well as human expertise—required to support current and future discoveries in science and engineering. Learn more.

October 6, 2016

Get help at UW eScience Institute’s Data Science Office Hours

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For help with your data-intensive science challenges, let experts guide you toward appropriate solutions during the eScience Institute’s Data Science Office Hours. In addition to eScience data scientists, experts from UW Libraries, UW-IT, the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences, Amazon Web Services and Mathworks are available on specific days and times in the Data Science Studio on the sixth floor of the Physics/Astronomy Tower at UW Seattle. Get details.

October 5, 2016

Social media in the classroom: Implications for the UW

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UW faculty and students are interested in the potential use of social media as a learning tool, according to a recent survey of 250 higher education institutions, including the UW. Read about the opportunities and challenges of using social media in the classroom in a new synopsis of survey findings from 2012-2015, written by UW-IT, with recommendations and best practices developed in consultation with the University Registrar. FAQs, along with links to resources for using social media for teaching and learning, are included. Learn more.

October 4, 2016

Denny Hall technology renovation complete; ongoing UW Seattle refresh

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The University’s oldest building, Denny Hall, reopened fall quarter, transformed with new technology-enabled classrooms, including a 100-seat Active Learning Classroom. This renovation is part of a larger technology refresh at UW Seattle, with more than a third of the 300 general use classrooms upgraded since 2013, outpacing the original eight-year plan. Modern electrical and network connectivity, advanced projection and audio systems, and lecterns are all standardized so instructors know what to expect no matter what room they’re in, enhancing the educational experience for students. UW Capital Planning & Development, UW Facilities Services and UW-IT are partnering on these projects.

October 3, 2016

UW teleconferencing service is on-demand for up to 50 people

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A University of Washington Conference Service is available to UW subscribers, with an audio conferencing bridge for up to 50 participants, provided by UW-IT. For a low monthly fee, departments and units can hold on-demand conference calls whenever they like, without paying per-use fees that can quickly add up. More information is available on IT Connect, which describes all audio and video conferencing options. For questions or to order this service, send a message to

September 20, 2016

October is cybersecurity month; briefings through 2017

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As online scams continue to become more sophisticated, brush up on your computing security awareness year round, not only during cybersecurity month in October. The UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is hosting a series of free one-hour monthly briefings to share information, provide education and stimulate conversation on a range of information security and privacy topics. See all the cybersecurity October events, as well as the monthly briefings through 2017, on the CISO website.

September 19, 2016

Canvas template helps instructors organize—and students find—course materials

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When instructors open Canvas, the UW’s learning management system, they will discover a new resource: a template to guide course creation. The template, designed by UW-IT and tested by UW instructors, is based on research with UW students, who reported difficulty navigating course material in Canvas. Read more about the Canvas course template and watch a three-minute video highlighting the key features.

September 16, 2016

Technology Expo for UW students: Sept. 30

Find out about all the free technology, discounts and services available to you as a UW student at the Technology Expo on Friday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, first floor, as part of UW Dawg Daze schedule of events (search for “technology”). Visit booths from UW units, as well as Apple, Microsoft, Tableau and more. Enter the student drawing for a chance to win great prizes, and come early for other free gifts while supplies last. Meet the Library staff to learn about resources and services available there.

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