With 2011 well underway, I would like to take this time to acknowledge the many successes across the University community that information technology has supported.
The faculty-driven Center for Research Computing (CRC) now has more than 365 users who received $78.6 million in grant funding in 2010. Researcher participation has grown tenfold over the past three years. Through the CRC, these researchers share their wealth of resources and expertise through monthly symposia and regular workshops that are open to everyone.
Strong Memorial Hospital recently launched eRecord, the new electronic medical record system. This massive undertaking will improve patient care and modernize the Medical Center’s IT infrastructure.
The Eastman School of Music has embraced distance music education through the use of cutting-edge Internet streaming technology, which supports the highest quality audio and video. This enables faculty and students to hold live virtual master classes with top international conservatories from Norway to Japan.
Students also benefit from the ongoing growth of the University’s wireless network. With the recent expansion of wireless coverage to seven more buildings, including three residence halls and the new Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 80 percent of all campus space is now wirelessly accessible.
Maintaining an institution-wide commitment to IT security and compliance through a thoughtful approach to preserve usability continues to be one of our top priorities. The new University-wide firewall blocks more than 15 million intrusion attempts per day. To further secure the personal identifying information of University community members, 832,000 records and 11,000 files containing Social Security numbers have been eliminated from centrally managed information technology systems. The University has also attained 98% compliance with Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards.
In efforts to support the University’s commitment to sustainability, our recent transition from paper to online distribution of core financial and payroll reports will save more than 2.4 million sheets of paper per year.
You can read more about some of these exciting developments in this dynamic news site, which has replaced our former e-newsletter. Here, you will also see refreshed versions of popular columns, such as Colleague Spotlight and IT Tips, as well as the latest news as it happens, keeping you more “Plugged In” to information technology news at the University.