DotCIO News & Announcements
The Division of the Chief Information Officer (DotCIO) plans to upgrade the LMS to Blackboard Learn 9.1 October 2014 Release for the Fall 2015 semester. This new system provides numerous improvements over the current Blackboard LMS, including instructors' ability to:
Older versions of Lenovo's System Update, which is pre-installed on most Lenovo systems, are vulnerable to malicious software that can allow malware to run with elevated privileges.
As a result of this vulnerability, it is recommended that users update this application; the easiest method is to launch the program, which by default will look for a newer -- and, in this case, patched -- version and will automatically install. Patched versions of System Update are 5.06.0034 or later.
As of April 2015, Google has confirmed their intention to drop support for Java and several other NPAPI base plugins. Chrome versions and updates are also implementing the announced changes, and as a result Java users are strongly encouraged to consider browser alternatives to Chrome as soon as possible.
Please refer to the Java website for a more complete announcement and steps for configuring Chrome to enable NPAPI plugins.
On Wednesday, March 11, from 9:30am to 3:30pm in Room 3112 of the Low Center for Industrial Innovation, COMSOL, Inc. speaker Peter Lyu will present a free workshop focusing on the simulation capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.0 and its new features, including the newly released Application Builder.
The Rensselaer Learning Management System (Blackboard LMS) experienced
a database corruption early Wednesday morning which forced a temporary
service shutdown. Consequently, the LMS system was unstable, and only
intermittently available, from about 3:00AM on December 10 until
service was restored at about 9:30PM on December 11.
Rensselaer now participates in eduroam, a secure world-wide roaming Internet access service developed for the international research and education community. This service allows community members at participating institutions to obtain internet connectivity at any other participating institution. More than 5500 institutions in over 50 countries participate in this service; a list of participants in the United States is also available.
From 9:15am to 12:30pm on Thursday, October 30, on the first floor of the Folsom Library, COMSOL speaker Kateryna Vysheska will give a free introductory workshop demonstrating the fundamental workflow of the COMSOL modeling environment. Participants will also have a unique opportunity to work with the tool in a hands-on computer session. No prior experience is needed, so this is the perfect occasion to ask questions and participate in the modeling process! All attendees will also receive a free two-week trial of the software.
All Rensselaer faculty, staff, researchers and students are welcome to attend two complimentary MATLAB seminars which are scheduled to be held on Wednesday, October 1. The event will feature two technical sessions presented by MathWorks Application Engineer Mehernaz Savai, as follows:
Session 1: Top 10 Productivity Tools in MATLAB
10:00am – 11:45am
Jonsson-Rowland Science Center, Room 2C22