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UITS news for June 12, 2019

Von Welch appointed executive director for cybersecurity innovation

University-wide role highlights IU’s expanding preeminence in cybersecurity

Indiana University has appointed Von Welch executive director for cybersecurity innovation, a university-wide role responsible for leveraging IU’s cybersecurity operational and research strengths in combination to address challenges faced across the nation.

In this new role, Welch will jointly report to IU Vice President for Research Fred Cate and IU Vice President for Information Technology Brad Wheeler. Welch will also continue in his role as director of the IU Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, or CACR.

Learn more about his new role

Where will you roam with IU’s new Wi-Fi network?

Start your journey with eduroam—the secure wireless network for all of IU

In January 2020, the IU Secure Wi-Fi network will be retired and replaced by eduroam. Using the same infrastructure as IU Secure, eduroam will safely and securely connect you to the internet. The eduroam Wi-Fi network is available at all IU campuses, 625 U.S. institutions, and 101 territories worldwide.

And the best part? You can start roaming today!

Start your journey with eduroam

Indiana University wins top award at IMS Global Learning Impact Awards

The winning app, Boost, improves student success via personalized notifications and encouragement

University Information Technology Services received the top award, the platinum medal, at the 2019 IMS Global Learning Impact Awards. The winners were announced at the Learning Impact Leader Institute, an annual education technology conference.

UITS received the award in the Evolution to Next Generation Digital Learning Environments category for Boost at IU, a mobile app that uses reminders, resources, and encouragement to improve learner engagement. 

Learn more and watch a video about Boost

Get ready to rumble–with robots!

Spots are still available for kids in grades 7 to 12 to participate in Ready, Set, Robots! camp

Now in its 13th consecutive year, this hands-on, two-day camp requires no prerequisites or computer programming skills, just a curious mind and an interest in technology. Participants will learn basic computer programming skills as they work in teams alongside IU technology professionals to command LEGO® Mindstorms® robots to simulate a Mars rover mission. 

Camps culminate in an exciting Robot Grand Challenge, where each team’s robot struts its stuff.

Know an interested kid? Space is still available for the June 21-22 and July 11-12 (advanced) camps.

Learn more and register for Ready, Set, Robots! camp >>

New cloud-based tool accelerates research on dementia, sports concussion

The web-computing platform was created by IU scientists to support, publish reproducible neuroscience research

A new cloud-based tool,, is allowing scientists to track data on the brain to detect disorders such as dementia, sports concussion, and eye disease. This tool can reduce human errors that are made in scientific research practice.

At IU, is being used to advance research on multiple health care research studies, such as:

Learn more about

The new and improved IT Pro Orientation

Learn about tools, services via Canvas Expand modules; ask questions at live event

IT Pro Orientation is being reimagined. No longer an all-day, on-site event taking place three times a year in Bloomington, the new IT Pro Orientation features two informational components:

  • Online orientation information accessible through Canvas Expand modules
  • Onsite interaction between IT Pros and UITS service providers

In each module, IT Pros watch the short video(s) or read the transcript that covers the material. While reviewing this material, they are encouraged to write down two or three questions per video. On July 19, UITS will host an interactive orientation during which IT Pros can get answers.

Unable to attend the on-site portion of orientation? Email questions to

Learn more and register for the new IT Pro Orientation

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