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October 30, 2015

UW Students Ramp Up Computational Research

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More than 90 students in 20 departments—part of the new UW High Performance Computing Club—use the UW’s shared high performance computing cluster (Hyak) to advance their research. The club provides training and access to computing nodes, purchased with Student Technology Fee Committee funds. UW-IT manages Hyak, and ordered and readied the equipment for the club’s use. Examples of research include a Biology PhD student exploring phylogenetics among avian systems, and a Chemical Engineering PhD student examining protein adsorption and enzyme stability. Go to Getting Started on Hyak to request an account; email hpcc@uw.edu to get on the mailing list.


October 29, 2015

E-RESOURCE: Gale Virtual Reference Library

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Looking for authoritative background on your topic of study? Need to learn about the key concepts, events and readings related to a particular subject? Try Gale Virtual Reference Library, a database of online academic encyclopedias in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. From business and the environment to medicine and technology, Gale Virtual Reference Library is a great tool for finding overviews that jumpstart your research. Brought to you by UW Libraries.


October 27, 2015

UW-IT Standard Managed Servers: Changing to CentOS Operating System Nov. 18

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To take advantage of cost savings and to adopt an operating system commonly used in commercially provided cloud products, UW-IT is changing the default Unix operating system for its Standard Managed Server service from RedHat Enterprise Linux version 6 to CentOS version 6 on November 18. The switch will not require a server reboot and will be seamless to users. Customers of UW-IT’s self-managed Standard Hosted Server service also can take advantage of CentOS, as UW-IT will offer instructions and consulting for IT staff interested in the change; contact help@uw.edu.


October 26, 2015

UW-IT Amazon Web Services Is Key in Economics Research

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Find out how one visiting economics PhD student is using UW-IT’s Amazon Web Services to break new ground on his economics research by running simulations at ultra-fast speeds. He is investigating current airline travel and pricing, research that may help the U.S. Department of Justice determine whether airlines have colluded in setting prices. Amazon Web Services, offered through UW-IT, includes virtualized servers, cloud storage, databases and more. Learn more about Amazon Web Services, available to UW faculty and staff, including how to order this service.


October 22, 2015

Upgrade to Internet Explorer Version 11

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If you use the Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser, check that you are using the latest version—IE11—or upgrade to it soon (or use another supported Web browser), so you will not be at risk. On January 12, 2016, Microsoft will drop its support for older versions of IE for Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems because they can create security risks, and no longer provide security patches for those versions. If your computer is part of UW-IT’s Nebula Managed Desktop service, it will be automatically updated.


October 20, 2015

Malware: What It Is, What It Does and What to Do About It

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A new, informative five-minute video on malicious software from the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) explains what malware is, what it does, and what steps you can take to prevent it from infecting your computer. Click the “Resources” tab in the upper right-hand corner of the online training to download a “Things to Know About Malware” poster. See all the online security training from CISO.


October 14, 2015

UW Seattle Students: Need Technology Equipment? Borrow a Loaner at the HUB

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UW Seattle students can borrow high-quality digital equipment through the STF Technology Loan Program’s new satellite office in HUB 111D, open 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. This location—along with the Kane and Health Sciences offices—loans a wide variety of technology. The program is operated by UW-IT and funded by the Student Technology Fee and Services & Activities Fee Committees.


October 13, 2015

RSVP for Cloud Day @ UW, Nov. 12

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All UW faculty and staff are invited to Cloud Day @ UW on November 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to hear how cloud technologies are now used by a broad cross-section of UW researchers and IT professionals, and to learn about cloud-based products from a panel of leading vendors. Bruce Vincent, Senior Technology Strategist at Stanford, will deliver the keynote. UW-IT and the UW eScience Institute are hosting this informative event. Learn more and RSVP.


October 12, 2015

The UW-IT 2015 Customer Experience Survey Report Is Now Available

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Respondents to a May 2015 customer experience survey on UW Information Technology services and support rated their overall experiences as positive. More than 1,000 UW students, faculty and staff on all three campuses responded about their awareness, use and experience with key UW-IT services, support and resources. A report on the findings is now available. Key takeaways include a desire for more training opportunities on various tools, and that wireless (Wi-Fi) and provider-based cellular coverage work both indoors and outdoors throughout the UW campuses. For confidentiality, the survey was administered by the UW Office of Educational Assessment.


October 9, 2015

Learn About Innovative Faculty Teaching With Technology at All Three UW Campuses

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UW faculty share their experiences, tips and best practices through a new series of stories that encourage a culture of innovation in teaching and learning with technology at all three campuses. Called Innovators Among Us, the Web-based series features a new faculty profile every six weeks through mid-2016 and is being produced by the Office of the Provost, UW Information Technology, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and UW Libraries.


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