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HUBzero and Signals top innovations for 2011
Campus Technology Magazine is recognizing Purdue as a campus technology innovator for HUBzero, a Web-based platform allowing researchers to collaborate using computational models to study complex problems, and Signals, an early warning system that helps students succeed in their coursework.
Campus Technology selected HUBzero and Signals for two of its 2011 Campus Technology Innovators Awards. The annual awards recognize higher education institutions for initiatives in educational technology that are models for other schools.
Purdue has won five of the awards since 2006, all for technologies developed by the University’s IT staff.
ITaP research computers down two weekends in August for building upgrade
ITaP’s research computing systems will be shut down at least part of August 6-7 and August 13-14 because of an ongoing power upgrade project at the Mathematical Sciences Building. Some of the research computing systems also might be down or have to run in limited production mode Aug. 8-12, between the outages. The upgrade project will install two new electrical transformers to handle the additional power and cooling demands of new supercomputers, as well as provide redundant power to the datacenter to help avoid unscheduled outages.
June symposium to focus on new ways to understand and respond to droughts
A symposium on data-driven approaches for characterizing, understanding, modeling and responding to droughts will be held June 21-22 on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. The two-day series of presentations and workshops is aimed at researchers and stakeholders in drought-related issues. It will include speakers from a variety of scientific and technological domains, industry, other national data-driven projects and international research institutions. The registration deadline is June 14.
Exchange calendar, contacts sync with BlackBerry to cease at end of 2012
After Dec. 31, 2012, Purdue will no longer support Exchange calendar or contacts synchronization with BlackBerry devices. Faculty and staff using personal BlackBerrys will only be able to connect to Exchange email through the BlackBerry Internet Service, which is the same service that connects them to personal email today.
ITaP deploys latest version of Microsoft instant messaging
ITaP is migrating instant messaging users (Microsoft Communicator) to Microsoft Lync 2010 in June. If users do not currently have Microsoft Communicator but have an Exchange mailbox on the Purdue Exchange servers, Lync will be activated and available for their use as well.
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