Category: computers

Computer Health and Security Fair

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PowerBook-165cComputer viruses and malware are no joke - today or any other day. Viruses routinely result in billions of dollars of lost productivity and lost network operation time.

Today and tomorrow, our own Office of Information Technology, partnering with EITS, will offer free laptop security check ups for the university community:

Two departments at the University of Georgia will host the spring Computer Health and Security Fair April 1-2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the second floor lobby of the Miller Learning Center.

UGA students, faculty and staff are invited to bring their personal laptops for free security checks during the two-day event.

Technical volunteers will provide free virus and malware removal, and offer security consultations and checkups to ensure that laptops are using the latest and most secure software and plug-ins.

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"Partnering with EITS on the Computer Health and Security Fair creates an excellent opportunity for faculty and staff in Franklin College to have technical professionals perform security checkups on their personal laptops," said Christine Miller, assistant dean and IT executive director for Franklin College

Come on down, open of your laptop and say, "Ahhh."

Faculty in the Media, March 2014

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Our faculty continue to do an outstanding job of offering comments and quotes in a variety of media. A sampling from this month:

Chimps outsmart kids at computer games – News Track India article quotes professor of psychology Dorothy Fragaszy, director of UGA’s Primate Cognition and Behavior Laboratory

 Athens Banner Herald article, Little flying machine is new research tool for UGA scientists , quotes Tommy Jordan, director of the Center for Geospatial research in the department of geography

Marietta Daily Journal article on the film, "12 Years A Slave," mentions history professor Stephen Berry

Associate professor of sociology and senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America David Smilde continues to be quoted widely in media reports on political violence in Venezuela

Huffington Post interview with professor of art Imi Hwangbo by UGA alumnus and artist Ridley Howard

She Blinded Me with Science: Why can Coca-Cola be used to clean rust? – R&B article quotes chemistry professor Norbert Pienta

Rocket launch to collect global weather data ‘big deal for Earth’ – ABH article quotes professor of geography Marshall Shepherd

Assistant professor of history Akela Reason was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article detailing a planned sale of artworks in the collection of the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

Technology improves logistics - but not learning

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The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a new study authored by a UGA sociology PhD candidate with some interesting findings:

the study, “Technological Change and Professional Control in the Professoriate,” includes interviews with more than 40 professors at three universities. It suggests that professors often use such technologies for logistical purposes rather than to improve learning.

“There is little or no indication that innovative pedagogy motivates technological use in the classroom, which sort of flies in the face of how the use of information-based instructional technologies is usually presented,” said David R. Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Georgia and the study’s author.

Instead, the report suggests, technology is more often used by professors for managerial reasons, such as to help with the demands of growing class sizes. While Mr. Johnson said most college administrators are not yet requiring professors to use instructional technologies, the pressure of teaching more than 300 students at once, for example, leads faculty members to adopt technology in ways unrelated to improving learning.

“You’re being told that you have to shoulder a larger and larger share of the burden, and here’s some technology that will help you do it,” said one anthropologist quoted in the report.

Mr. Johnson said the findings show a gap between how universities market their use of technology—often framing technology as more sophisticated than prior approaches to instruction—and how the faculty actually uses it. He called this a “ceremonial myth.”

We can be both proud of our technological capacity and honest about its utility. Our reliance on technology, for convenient access to information and to streamline administrative communications, has never been greater; but how dependent are we upon computers for our work? As a writer, I often turn to pen and paper. But I also frequent the library, keeping a modest list of fines by making use of that ancient form of technology - books. This is one of the points alluded to above: the more important aspects of learning haven't changed so much, and it's important to acknowledge this, as well. I suspect that, whatever types of tablets, laptops and other devices they arrive with to campus, students quickly realize their success comes down to good notetaking, lots of reading and getting better at writing. No doubt, technology abets the development of these skills - but flat screens and smartboards are only going to get students in the door. The rest is up to us - and them.

Forever Voyaging

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Here's a great little post about Apple and Steve Jobs to start the New Year:

In June 1976, Steve Jobs went looking for someone to print the manual for the Apple I computer, the first product from the company he had started with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne a few months earlier. Jobs's friend Regis McKenna, the head of Silicon Valley's premier advertising and public relations firm, suggested he contact Mike Rose, who ran a small advertising agency in Los Altos, California.