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Cyber-Security Threats

R.I.P. Windows XP
Microsoft ended support for the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014.  Among other things, this means that Microsoft will no longer publish security updates for Windows XP, thereby making computers that still run XP more vulnerable to viruses … Continue reading
Phishing Attempt – March 19, 2014
A phishing attempt was sent to a number of users on campus.  The subject line of the email contained the phrase “Documents” or “View this Document.”  The email tells users that a Google Document was sent to them and to … Continue reading
Phishing Attempt March 8, 2014
A phishing attempt was sent to a number of users on campus. The email asked the user to click on a link in the email or threatened that that user’s account would be disabled. The information details provided in the … Continue reading

Contact the IT Support Center to report a security threat.

Upcoming Events

IT News on Campus
AE&T Committee Awards for FY 2015
Members of the Academic Engagement & Technology committee met with OIT and Media Services staff on March 12 to award $21,000 in competitive funds for technology in support of teaching and learning.  The committee funded the following requests: 1 license … Continue reading
All Things Wireless
This summer the College is planning to make improvements to student residences on campus, including the inaugural provision of wireless access to the internet in all residences.  This project, also a year-long effort to extend and upgrade wireless coverage to … Continue reading
R.I.P. Windows XP
Microsoft ended support for the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014.  Among other things, this means that Microsoft will no longer publish security updates for Windows XP, thereby making computers that still run XP more vulnerable to viruses … Continue reading
IT Tip of the Month: Connecting to a Network Drive when Away from Campus
Welcome to the first in a new series of IT Tips that we hope will enhance how you work! Network drives are convenient in that they allow individuals to create files that are automatically shared with others in a department. … Continue reading
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Visit the IT News on Campus blog for more information about IT developments on campus.

IT News Elsewhere
QuickWire: Twitter Names Winners of Data Grants

In February, Twitter announced a new program offering researchers the chance to get free data for their studies. Apparently the idea has broad appeal: The company received 1,300 proposals from more than 60 countries, according to a blog post revealing the six institutions that have won the first round of grants.

The research projects will study “the diffusion and effectiveness of cancer early-detection campaigns” and the “happiness of cities,” among other things. The two American winners are the...

Digital Public Library of America Celebrates Its Birthday

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Like most youngsters, the Digital Public Library of America has been growing fast. Officially a year old, it now encompasses more than seven million items, three times what it started with 12 months ago.

Designed to be a gateway to information rather than a final destination, the DPLA doesn’t actually ingest digitized books, manuscripts, photos, moving pictures, recordings, or other materials. Instead, it works with a nationwide network of institutions to aggregate the metadata that describes ...

Cornell U. Researchers Put Robots in Conversation, and the Result Is Surprisingly Human

When the machines take over, much will change. But perhaps not the exquisite frustrations of a halting philosophical debate.

Researchers at Cornell University’s Creative Machines Lab have demonstrated this by putting two artificially intelligent avatars in conversation with one another. The avatars, called Cleverbots, are sophisticated versions of the classic Eliza program, developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1960s. The Cornell researchers—two doctoral students and an...

Canadian Universities Using Desire2Learn to Track Learning Outcomes in $6 Million Research Project
The University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, is leading a consortium with the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University and Mohawk College in a research effort to link pedagogy with learning outcomes.
Research: Wearable Device Sales Set To Triple in 2014
The number of wearable computing devices sold in the United States will triple in 2014, according to a new forecast from market research firm International Data Corporation, to top 19 million shipments.

 

 

Service Interruptions

Portal Service Interruption – Thursday, March 20, 2014
In order to provide maintenance and update services to the Portal systems, there will be a scheduled service interruption from approximately 5:00 am to 10:00 am on Thursday, March 20, 2014.  Portal access will be down for this time period … Continue reading
Service Interruption – Network maintenance Sunday, March 2nd
On Sunday, March 2, 2014, our internet service provider, Network Maryland, will be performing their quarterly maintenance operations for the hardware serving our campus. As part of this maintenance procedure, it is possible that there will be a 10 – 45 … Continue reading
Blackboard Possible Service Interuption 2/7/2014
The Blackboard vendor will be performing some planned maintenance procedures on our servers that have the potential to cause brief service interruptions between the hours of 2:00 am and 6:00 am Eastern Standard Time on February 7th, 2014. This maintenance … Continue reading

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