UC Davis will host UC-wide computing conference for 2018

December 11, 2017

UC Davis will host the next annual University of California Computing Services Conference on Aug. 13-15, 2018. The theme this year is “sustainable technology.”   

The conference is open to any faculty and staff who work in IT or are interested in information technology. Presentations are generally designed for IT professionals, but some sessions will cover topics that also apply outside IT, such as project management, service delivery and procurement.

UC orders moratorium on new purchases or uses of Kaspersky Lab products

December 08, 2017

The University of California has ordered all UC campuses and locations not to buy or deploy Kaspersky Lab products, including technology that uses embedded Kaspersky code.

Kaspersky’s main product is antivirus software. Based on procurement records and data from managed computer systems, only a handful of locations at UC Davis use Kaspersky products, so the impact here is minor.

Next phase of reduced access to SmartSite begins Dec. 19

December 04, 2017

Starting Dec. 19, 2017, anyone who still wants to access SmartSite will need to do so from a campus location or, if they’re away from UC Davis, use a VPN (virtual private network) connection.

The change, which essentially limits access to people who have UC Davis accounts, is part of the phased retirement of the former campus learning management system.

To encourage scholarship and innovation, speak up for net neutrality

November 30, 2017

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to replace current rules enforcing net neutrality. Because of interest generated by the pending decision, we’re posting this essay originally written last spring.


By Bill Buchanan

If the United States abandons net neutrality, says UC Davis University Librarian MacKenzie Smith, the harm to scholarship will be significant.

UC Davis Canvas releases simplified cross-listing tool

November 21, 2017

A new tool that helps instructors combine enrollments from multiple course sections into one primary course site is now available in UC Davis Canvas.

The Cross-listing Assistant improves on the previous Canvas process for combining sections, which was complex for courses with multiple sections. As an interim measure, Canvas Support has been offering to cross-list sections for any UC Davis instructor upon request.

Improving the process has been a top goal this fall for the Information and Educational Technology team that manages UC Davis Canvas.

Coming in December: A mostly invisible improvement to campus email 'hygiene'

November 02, 2017

A good email service includes good email “hygiene”—back-end processes that remove malware and block spam. On Dec. 2, UC Davis will make some improvements to its hygiene for all campus email systems, including Office 365 (used by most staff and many faculty) and DavisMail (used by undergraduates and many graduate students and faculty).

Few people are likely to notice any difference. The changes will make campus email more secure, especially over the long term.

Banner work ended on schedule

October 23, 2017

The latest phase of the project to improve Banner, the student information system for UC Davis, wrapped up as planned on Sunday evening.

The work to improve Banner’s long-term sustainability required a scheduled maintenance window that took Banner offline from 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, until 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. Myucdavis and other services that draw data from Banner were offline as well, and then resumed normal operations on Sunday. From Friday through this morning (Oct. 23), the IT Express Service Desk received only a handful of questions related to the work.

FBI special agent will discuss cybersecurity threats to higher ed research

October 19, 2017

Faculty research attracts attention, and it’s not always the kind faculty want. On Oct. 26, FBI Special Agent Nick Shenkin will visit UC Davis for a lunchtime talk about international and other cybersecurity threats directed at researchers.

The risks can range from cyber-based incidents to steal data, to attempts to bribe researchers at sham academic conferences set up to flatter them.