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Connecting You to Information Technology at the UW MAY 2011

Here’s the information technology news from around the UW recently posted on IT Connect.

UW Email for Students Ends June 30: Choose a New Provider
no email logoStudents who use UW Email (Web Alpine) need to choose a new email service (UW Windows Live, UW Google Apps, or a third-party service) before June 30, 2011. See Moving Off UW Email for details and exceptions, steps you need to take now, and FAQs.

Microsoft Software Available to UW Students for Another Year
Windows 7 Ultimate boxThanks to funding from the Student Technology Fee Committee, eligible UW students at all three campuses will continue to be able to download Microsoft software for another year. Office Professional Plus 2010, Office 2011 for Mac, and Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade are included. Please note that Office 2008 for Mac is only available for download until June 30, under the current agreement. See details and FAQs

UW Students Now Have an Easier Way to Navigate Financial Aid
connecting online and by mobileA new financial aid status self-service helps current UW students track their financial aid progress. The service, launched by the UW Office of Student Financial Aid and UW-IT in late April, provides messaging that alerts students to actions they need to take and documentation they need to submit. Improved site navigation makes it faster and easier to find critical information. UW Financial Aid Counselors and students collaborated on designing this service, and further enhancements are planned for late summer. 

E-RESOURCE: UW Libraries Subject Guides
Subject Guides
Have you ever needed to research a subject you’re not familiar with and didn’t know where to start? Do you need articles, books and journals on a particular subject and don’t know where to look? Use the UW Libraries Subject Guides for key starting points for your research. Watch a video tutorial to learn more.

Future of Accessible Technology Panel Kicks Off UW Disability Awareness Week: May 23
wheelchairA panel discussion on accessible technology, with UW computer science professor Richard Ladner, kicks off Disability Awareness Week at UW Seattle. Hear about creativity in designing new technology, recent developments and applications, and how people relate to and are impacted by the technologies they use. Panelist Mark Harniss, UW Center for Technology and Disability research scientist, also will discuss accessible technology in the developing world. Save the date: May 23, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Mary Gates Hall Room 288.

UW Streaming Service Upgraded and Easier to Use
computerPublishing streaming videos is now easier than ever, thanks to recent upgrades to the UW streaming service. Servers maintained by UW-IT can now stream to mobile devices and phones, and also support streaming of flash media. With Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol enabled, you can copy a file from your desktop to the streaming media file server simply by dragging it between folders. Go to the Streaming Media “how-to” page to get started.

Catalyst Tools Expand Teaching Strategies in UW Dentistry 
Photo of Wataha"Catalyst has fundamentally expanded the opportunities and strategies I have to teach our students," says Dr. John Wataha, chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry. He chose to use Catalyst because he knew the UW was moving toward a campus-wide online grade submission system, he’d found the tools intuitive and easy to use, and that as a University-wide system Catalyst would be well supported. Read how he leverages CommonView, GoPost, and WebQ to develop his students’ potential in his Profile of Technology Use.

UW iSchool Capstone June 2: Information as a Tool for Transformation
iSchool logoAttend the Information School Capstone Event 2011 and see how UW iSchool students help build effective solutions to information problems in collaboration with public, private, and non-profits organizations. Projects and presentations are showcased on June 2 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in UW Tower Auditorium. Please RSVP.

UW Technology Recharge Fee Remains the Same for FY 2012
Red Square towersThe UW Technology Recharge Fee for FY 2012 will remain at the current level of $52.68 per month per capita for all academic and administrative units. The fee supplements central funds to help pay for critical information technology services delivered by UW Information Technology (UW-IT). Over a dozen basic services are included, such as wired and Wi-Fi networks, UW NetID access management, administrative systems infrastructure, and Catalyst Web Tools. It also includes renewal of the Microsoft Campus License Agreement for FY 2012. 

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