Posted Date: 02/16/2018

Maybe you’ve thought it yourself: That message in my inbox is probably legitimate, but it looks like phishing. Campuses are well aware of the dilemma of sending emails that resemble the scams they often warn against. Fortunately, a few simple measures can help those messages look legitimate.

Petr Brym, assistant chief information security officer for UC Davis, will join an Educause online panel from noon to 1 Wednesday, Feb. 21, that discusses those measures in “How to Avoid Making Legitimate Campus Messages Look Phishy.” (Attending is free; for details, scroll down to the HEISC Online Events section on the Educause website.)

Posted Date: 02/02/2018

The annual University of California Computing Services Conference is now seeking presentations for its 2018 meeting, to be held Aug. 13-15, 2018, here at UC Davis.

The theme is “sustainable technology,” and organizers are calling for proposals that fit any of several tracks:

Posted Date: 01/31/2018

The Information Security Office is distributing this message to the campus this afternoon.

Jan. 31, 2018


An unusually realistic phishing email has shown up today in UC Davis email accounts. The links direct the user to a fake UC Davis login page. If you receive this email message (see example) or anything like it, please delete it. You don’t need to do anything else.

The campus has blocked incoming and outgoing traffic to locations associated with this scam.

Posted Date: 01/29/2018

The eLearning Studio in 50 Hutchison, a high-quality, lower-cost recording center that faculty use to make instructional videos, has been refreshed, simplified, and is ready for wider use.

Faculty have typically used the studio to narrate slides, “but people are starting to be more creative with it,” says Instructional Designer Mark Wilson (in photo).

Posted Date: 01/24/2018

January 28 is National Data Privacy Day. In that spirit, here are five suggestions that can help you to, as the U.S. Senate once declared in a Privacy Day resolution, “respect privacy, safeguard data, and enable trust.” And because every day is a good day to do that, these ideas apply year-round.

“It is important that we think every day about both our own privacy, as well as our responsibilities as employees to respect and protect each other’s privacy,” said Molly M. Theodossy, director of Compliance and Policy Programs for UC Davis.

Posted Date: 01/16/2018

If you have a 916 area code number, get ready to change your dialing habits and perhaps update your saved or programmed phone numbers.

Starting Feb. 10, when you call from a 916 number, you must include the area code of the number you’re dialing for the call to go through. Instead of dialing seven digits, you’ll dial 1 + ten.

For example, to reach UC Davis Health, you’ll dial 1-916-734-2011. Simply dialing 734-2011 won’t work anymore.

Posted Date: 01/12/2018

Would you find it useful to hear UC Davis faculty talk about their creative uses of video? How about a design perspective on teaching and technology, or on how to use Canvas to empower students?

If you’re an instructor at UC Davis, you’re invited to attend free presentations on these topics or any of several others lined up for DOLCE and Faculty Forum this term. The events meet from noon to 1 on Fridays in 1310 The Grove/Surge III near the Silo, in the center of campus.

Posted Date: 12/21/2017

Several important UC Davis services were unavailable starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, when a construction project in downtown Sacramento severed a fiber-optic cable that carries network traffic to and from the Sacramento data center used by UC Davis.
Computing accounts, Banner, UC Davis Canvas, Final Grade Submission, myucdavis, and Office 365 were among the services affected. UC Davis services were re-established about 2:30 p.m. after technical personnel were able to restore a redundant network access channel.
The outage affected much more than UC Davis.

Posted Date: 12/14/2017

A recent change to UC Davis Canvas makes it easy for faculty to identify wait-listed students in class rosters.

Instructors can see the improvement when they look at the roster displayed in the People tool of their course sites. Beginning with classes taught in the upcoming winter quarter/spring semester, any students who are wait-listed will have “Student_Waitlist” after their names (see example).

Previously, students were listed simply as students, whether they were on a wait list or not.

Posted Date: 12/12/2017

UC Davis website managers and communicators should be interested in this news: The campus will retire Cascade as a content management system, and cPanel as a place to host websites, in late 2018.