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ITS Weekly - 2 September 2016

Headline of the Week: Update on Minerva - The Project to Reinvent the Liberal Arts College
Two years ago
Minerva came onto the radar. Last year we shared information from an extensive article in The Atlantic that provided much more first-hand information about how this new model was initially going to work. This week we received another update from FastCompany.  Minerva now has rising Juniors and it will be interesting in another couple years to learn more about how that first cohort fared.

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ITS Weekly - 26 August 2016

Headline of the Week: Thank You for Summer’s Preparation for a New Academic Year
I am frequently asked by colleagues outside of higher education, “So, do things slow down a bit in the summer for you?” The rhythm is surely different. However, my response is, “No, summer is when all the big moves and changes can occur.” That was indeed the case this summer.

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ITS Weekly - 19 August 2016

Headline of the Week: Makerspaces for Nurses
When I think about medical device R&D first thoughts go the deep community of Minnesota businesses that are part of Medical Alley Association that develop all sorts of medical devices. One such example is Medtronic. Minnesota has over 300 medical device firms that collectively employ over 28,000 people in Minnesota - more per capita than California or Massachusetts.

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ITS Weekly - 12 August 2016

Headline of the Week: Thanks you! Thank you! Thank you! Colleague SQL Migrators All
This past weekend Colleague, our main enterprise system, was migrated from a version based on a Unidata database to a version that is built on a current SQL Server database. In this transition a report writing tool called Query Builder and the hundreds of reports based on it were left behind. We will now use a new to us reporting tool, Business Objects.

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ITS Weekly - 29 July 2016

Headline of the Week:  Tesla’s Battery Gigafactory
Inspired by Adam F. and others who have gone before Miri and I have been evaluating a solar panel installation at our house. A key design constraint is the amount of electricity that is consumed by the household. This is largely because the solution is grid connected and net-metered.

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ITS Weekly - 22 July 2016

Headline of the Week:  RIP VCR
It’s generally most interesting to think about new information technologies and how they might play out as they begin to find their legs in products and services and especially within higher education. This week it has been interesting to reflect on the impact of a technology coming to the end of its commercial life.

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ITS Weekly - 1 July 2016

Headline of the Week:  Iowa Fiber Alliance - An Idea for Lower Cost Internet Bandwidth and Services
Yesterday Adam and I drove to Cedar Falls and attended a meeting of representatives of a number of eastern Iowa municipal telecommunication utilities, representatives of communities that are considering establishing municipal telecommunication utilities and us, who participate in the Decorah Metronet (DMN).

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ITS Weekly - 24 June 2016

Headline of the Week:  Makerspaces, Cybersecurity and Cyberinfrastructure - Ideas from CLAC Conference
Last week Diane Gossman, Director of User Services, and I attended the
Annual Conference for the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges. CLAC is a consortium of 70 member institutions that focuses on sharing technology information among peers to support and advance the liberal arts. Our conference was graciously hosted by Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

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