Panther Bytes Blog | Information Technology | University of Pittsburgh
!

You are here

Panther Bytes Blog

September 08, 2021

For the past 18 months, many campus offices have been empty. Hallways were quiet, office doors were locked, and lights stayed dark. But recently, the familiar hum of a new academic year grew louder, with thousands of students moving into the residence halls and in-person activities resuming.

September 01, 2021

A new semester brings many things: new members of the Pitt community, a new schedule, and a new year of working on your device. Unfortunately, it also brings new cybersecurity threats, with hackers hoping to wreak havoc with your online identity. But you can stop them in their tracks. Here are some tips for keeping your information, your devices, and yourself safe and secure.

David Lawrence Hall Lab image
August 25, 2021

Welcome (back) to campus, Panthers! For all the students who are new to Pitt and all the students who haven’t been on campus in over a year, here’s a Pitt IT 101 crash course on all the computing facilities on campus.

August 18, 2021

It takes a lot of PCs, servers, storage, and systems to support the University’s teaching, learning, and research mission. But it’s hard to think of all that technology as a perk. It’s Pitt IT’s job to think about the computing infrastructure that is the backbone of so much that happens on our five campuses.

August 11, 2021

The fall semester will be here before you know it. Whether you’re a first-year student or coming back for another great year, make move-in less hectic by completing a few key IT tasks before you arrive.

Phishing scam image
August 04, 2021

Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed an influx of Pitt IT alerts regarding phishing scams.

July 21, 2021

Researchers in the University of Pittsburgh’s Biomedical Informatics department needed to grant multiple outside researchers access to sensitive biomedical data that would speed treatment to patients in need. With Pitt IT, they collaborated with Microsoft cloud solution architects to deploy a secure research enclave in record time using Microsoft Azure.

July 13, 2021

In April, the Office of the Provost announced that 2021-22 will be the Year of Data and Society, encouraging the University community to focus on the importance of data science in our daily lives. One project in particular under the Data and Society umbrella has been underway for quite some time.

Dell laptop, docking monitor, and accessories
June 30, 2021

While the word “standard” can mean ordinary or generic, it can also be defined as the minimum criteria that something must meet.

PowerPoint Live in Teams screenshot
June 23, 2021

If you’ve attended or lead a training, staff meeting, information session, board meeting, etc., chances are, a PowerPoint presentation was involved. It looks professional and is easy to use, but it’s a passive experience. A presenter just clicks through the slides and people follow along. Now, Microsoft has released PowerPoint Live and integrated it with Teams.

June 16, 2021

A few good things have come out of spending the last 15 months in our homes. I’ve rediscovered my love of the Bard. And the pandemic spurred everyone into putting their paper-based processes online. Now, I can complete a form, sign it, and submit it … all using my phone from my couch!

Sway presentation screen image
June 10, 2021

I recently discovered Microsoft Sway, and I have become a believer. I don’t mean to knock PowerPoint, but PP presentations can be static, stale, and boring. Sways, on the other hand, are dynamic, artistic, and engaging online stories that make me look like I have serious design skills, when I most decidedly do not.

Pediatrics server
June 02, 2021

Vincent Concel has one foot in the technical world and the other in the world of clinical research. As the director of research technology services for the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, he supports the cutting-edge technology that is the backbone of modern medical research.

May 26, 2021

Feels like 6 years since your last summer trip. With the vaccine now available and business and travel restrictions being relaxed, many of us are finally prepping for a real vacation. A little thinking ahead of time can save you a lot of headaches later! While you’re waiting for your plans to launch, take a little time to consider these tech precautions for IT-safe travels.

May 20, 2021

The only thing standing between a critical computing system and a nefarious hacker is you, a cybersecurity guru. Without your unwavering dedication, the entire system can be breached. The damage can range from data and financial losses to the crippling of an entire U.S. industry. Will you keep us safe?