Just a reminder that you should never respond to email requests for personal information, no matter how legitimate the message looks.
Boston University will never contact you to ask for your password. If you ever see a request for your password, even if the message looks like it came from a BU source or other organization you trust, just delete the email message; it is not legitimate.
Email requests for personal information are “phishing” to see if you will provide it. If you do reply to one of these messages and provide your password, you have given the sender access to sensitive information about yourself and enabled them to use your account for a variety of illicit purposes.
For more detailed information on spoofed messages and phishing schemes, please see www.bu.edu/tech/comm/email/unwanted-email/help/.
For tips on how to tell if a message is phishing, see www.bu.edu/infosec/howtos/how-to-detect-phishing/.
Congratulations to IS&T’s #WordPress team for the newly-released BU Navigation Plugin featured in WP Daily. BU Navigation was one of three plugins released to the Open Source community last week through wordpress.org and also linked below.
Please note that the Google Cloud Connect plug-in will be discontinued on April 30th, as use of Google Drive is now recommended. More information is provided by Google in the announcement.
One of the early adopters at BU has arranged for NVivo to conduct an interactive webinar for her class. She and QSR International (Americas) Inc. have generously extended an invitation to others in our community.
Please feel free to register:
Using NVivo as a Research Tool
Date: Tuesday, March 19
Time: 9:00 – 10:00am EDT
Registration Link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/625296818
IS&T has made available NVivo, a Windows desktop application supporting qualitative and mixed methods research, available to all Boston University students, faculty and staff. A full Mac version release is expected in Fall 2013. Until then, you can use NVivo in a virtual installation of Windows using products such as Bootcamp, Parallels Desktop, or VMware Fusion. Please see the NVivo page for additional information.
Some of the key features of the application include:
- Data organization and classification
- Capture and analyze social media data from Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter
- Interchange and share data
- Import a wide range of data formats including:
- Word, Excel, PDF and rich text
- Audio, Video and Digital Image Formats
- Reference management software files
One caveat: As the University has a relatively small number of licenses at the moment (500 is really a small number!) , we are carefully monitoring demand so that it won’t outstrip supply. If you download the software and then decide not to use it, please deactivate it and let us know so we can recycle the license.
IS&T has made available the Qualtrics Research Suite, a user-friendly, feature rich, web-based survey tool, available to all current Boston University faculty, staff, and students.
Some of the key features of the service are:
- Access 100+ surveys and question types through the Qualtrics Library
- Design survey flow with Branch Logic, Display Logic, and Skip Logic functions
- Take advantage of real-time collaboration opportunities
- Create surveys with embedded video, audio, and graphics
- Send and track participation invitations
Please see the Qualtrics page for additional information.
Due to system maintenance, BUworks will be unavailable on Sunday, 3/10 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Due to network maintenance, Internet access will be unavailable on March 7th from 2-6:30am in the following residences:
- 700 Commonwealth Ave.
- 580 Commonwealth Ave.
- 25-27 Aberdeen St.
- 457 Park Drive
- 1053 Beacon St.
- 37-39 Carlton St.
- 1053 Beacon St.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Incident Discovery Time: 07:38am on 03/03/2013
Time of Resolution: 09:23am on 03/03/2013
Services Impacted: Wired Network, Wireless Network
Description of Impact
Networking was down across parts of campus affecting connectivity across various locations as well as services.
Incident Description and Resolution
IS&T teams have resolved the incident.
If you continue to have issues, please contact the IT Help Center.
The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) has received a $4.54 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) for a computer system to be used for research in the life sciences.
The grant ensures a strong life sciences program at the MGHPCC, which is operated by Boston University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts. Developed with financial support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cisco and EMC, the MGHPCC was conceived to support research by university faculty across all scientific disciplines and encourage collaboration among the participating institutions.
The new MLSC-funded system, called the Commonwealth Computational Cloud for Data Driven Biology, will be dedicated to enhancing life sciences research through large-scale computation and big data analytics.
More information about MGHPCC is also available on TechWeb.