Monthly Archives: April 2010

April 2010 update from the CIO

Hello everyone, Here’s the monthly update from CIS for April 2010. 1. IT Strategy As you know, April is the month in which HMC employees work on annual performance evaluations. In the past few years at CIS, these have morphed into documents that represent a set of agreements about the goals we will pursue in […]

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Task Force deliberates future of Email and Calendar systems at HMC

In the Fall, the President’s Cabinet set up an email and calendar task force and asked it to examine the College’s email and calendar services.  The questions that the Cabinet proposed looking at included: What is the College’s current approach? What are the pros and cons of this approach? And what is the approximate cost […]

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Grid computing with gridMathematica

From Jeho Park: Are you a Mathematica user wishing for more computing power for your long-running number crunching jobs? Then this may be good news for you. In our continuing efforts to deliver cutting-edge computing technologies and innovations to you, CIS has installed gridMathematica server engineson the CIS lab computers. The lab computers will provide […]

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HMC launches Facebook Application

In late April, CIS, the office of Admission and the Dean of Students office collaborated to launch the first Harvey Mudd College application on Facebook.  Within a day of the launch, 187 admitted students had logged in to the application, which resides on the Facebook platform but keeps its data separate from Facebook data. In […]

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Construction of Learning Studio Begins

Construction on the Learning Studio on the ground floor of Sprague has begun and is proceeding rapidly. Among the steps taken so far: Removal of the old carpet Coring of the concrete floor for power and data Demolition of walls in the northwest corner of the building Construction of new walls for the storage room […]

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Erik Pope Joins CIS

Erik Pope became the newest member of the Data and Software Engineering Services group when he joined CIS in January as a Senior Software Engineer.  Erik comes to HMC from Pomona College where he was a member of the AISO team that supports the use of CX and JICS at all five of the undergraduate […]

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Order out of chaos for user accounts drives CIS Identity Management project

CIS is presently engaged in evaluating several software products that automate much of the work of creating and managing user login accounts.  In addition to making the administrative work easier and more streamlined within CIS, these products provide features that enable users to reset their own passwords, change their own privacy preferences, and update some […]

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Sakai Fellows Program 2010

From the Sakai listserv…. Nominations for the Sakai Fellows Program for 2010 are now open.  Up to six fellows will be chosen by the selection committee.  We are seeking nominees who have advanced the goals of the Sakai Community by their innovative work, leadership and/or advocacy.  The nomination form is attached and eligibility requirements are […]

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Introducing Apple’s latest invention: The iPad

Apple has finally released the “much talked-about” iPad starting at an amazing price of only $499.  There are more than a thousand apps designed specifically for the iPad, including iWork productivity apps such as Keynote, Pages and Numbers. Or you can browse thousands of new books at the iBookstore by downloading the free iBooks application […]

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New Matlab license for HMC

Dr. Jeho Park, CIS’ Scientific Computing Specialist, found from faculty interviews that more faculty use Matlab than any other scientific computing software on campus.  In fact, more than half of the faculty surveyed said that they use Matlab for research or instruction.  Students also use Matlab for research, homework, projects, and Clinic.  In other words, […]

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