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Draper appointed associate vice provost for Information Technology Services

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Betsy Draper has been appointed as the Associate Vice Provost for Information Technology Services beginning Monday, May 23, 2016. Draper will be responsible for the overall coordination of ITS strategic and investment planning, policy development, and portfolio management activities. She will also be in charge of research and analysis, including coordinating the identification, collection, tracking, and reporting of IT metrics, and the completion of industry and higher education surveys, as well as local, state and federal reports. Continue reading “Draper appointed associate vice provost for Information Technology Services”

Financial Information System successfully migrated to converged infrastructure

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Over the last eighteen months, Information Technology Services (ITS) staff along with vendor partners have been working to overhaul our aging information technology infrastructure. The process of modernizing the data center combines servers, storage, networking, virtualization and management in a single managed solution referred to as a converged infrastructure. Joe Lear, director of enterprise server technologies explained, “This updated environment will allow us to merge our current server infrastructure from over 300 physical servers to four server racks, expand our virtualization capabilities, reduce our space requirements, provide a more reliable and faster system for data delivery and storage, and reduce power and cooling needs for the data center.”

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Call for Presentation Proposals for SIDLIT 2016 Conference

Colleague 2 Colleague has put out a call for “transformational superheroes” working in SIDLIT call for proposalsSummer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (or SIDLIT, pronounced “sidelight”) conference. The conference will be held Thursday and Friday, Aug. 4-5 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

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Check out the new Waters 231 technology classroom renovation

A big project this summer was the complete renovation and remodeling of the Waters 231 technology classroom. With faculty and student input, the Division of Facilities and iTAC have planned and created an updated space for teaching and learning.

Completed renovation of Waters 231 technology classroom, with link to panorama view
Completed renovation of Waters 231 classroom. Panorama view: Click the image, then drag left-right.

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United States to attempt to dethrone China with world’s fastest supercomputer

China has the world’s fastest supercomputer in 2015, but in 10 years it might not be able to say the same. On July 29, President Obama signed an executive order calling for the U.S. to build the world’s fastest computer by the year 2025. The supercomputer would be 20 times quicker than the current leading machine, which is  the Tianhe-2 in China’s National Computer Center located in Guangzhou.

This new supercomputer would be capable of making one quintillion (a billion billion) calculations per second, also known as one exaflop. The National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) is a collaborative strategy to research and build the computer.

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The future: Batteries with indefinite lifespan

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been known around the tech community as being ahead of the curve, but what it has achieved in partnership with Samsung may be the beginning of a revolution. MIT and Samsung recently announced they have found a way to make batteries with an “indefinite” lifespan by replacing an existing liquid electrolyte substance with solid electrolyte material.

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“Driving Change–Steering into the Future of Ed Tech” SIDLIT Conference July 30 – 31

Colleague 2 Colleague, a non-profit regional professional organization, is hosting the 16th annual Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (SIDLIT) Thurs. and Fri., July 30 – 31, 2015, at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

Keynote on Next-Gen LMSes

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Dr. Ali Jafari, Professor of Engineering and Technology and Director of CyberLab at Indiana University, will be the 2015 keynote speaker.  He will be speaking on “Next Generation of Learning Management Systems: Social, Global, and Engaging”.

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First-ever Game Jam event at K-State draws over 60 players

GameJam2015-participantsby Ben Ward

A marathon run of video-game development took place the weekend of Feb. 6-8 in K-State’s Fiedler Hall.  The Invitational Game Jam at K-State was one of the first such events in the state of Kansas.  More than 60 students participated in the team-based competition, with a total of 20 video games produced on a cybersecurity theme.  Continue reading “First-ever Game Jam event at K-State draws over 60 players”

K-Staters invited to annual Big Data conference in KC

by William Hsu

The Kansas City area will host its second annual regional big data conference Nov. 12-14, 2014, at the Kansas City Convention Center. The conference organizers would like to invite and encourage increased participation from students, researchers, instructors, and practitioners in academia. General admission is open to all faculty, staff, and students at Kansas State University.  Continue reading “K-Staters invited to annual Big Data conference in KC”

Training available on Scalar, a free, online publishing platform aligned with the Semantic Web

Interested in a new open-source and free, hosted publishing platform with a wide reach?  Scalar has been setting the humanities world on fire with its smartly designed capabilities.

Faculty/staff who are interested in learning how to use this tool should email shalin@k-state.edu to request training.

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