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Monday, March 7, 2016

CLA-Wide IT Maintenance - Systems Not Available March 12-13th

March 12th and 13th
Saturday at 9:00 p.m. until Sunday at noon

Services Affected

  • Linux terminal server (LTS)
  • Research and compute servers (e.g. BLiSS)
  • Unix-based file servers (“pkg” directories, clio, thalia)
  • Active Directory file storage (home or “H” drive, shared or “S” drive, project folders)
  • Windows terminal server (WTS)

Services Not Affected

  • Database servers
  • Web servers
  • License servers (SPSS, Mathematica, et al.)
  • Print servers
  • Google Apps (Gmail, Google Drive, Google Sites)
  • z.umn.edu URL shortener

Work Being Performed

LATIS system engineers will be relocating several shared folders beginning Saturday evening at 9:00 p.m. Because this work affects a wide variety of departments and systems, it was not practical to schedule individual maintenance windows for affected folders.

Additionally, between 6:00 a.m. and noon on Sunday, the University’s storage team will be updating a storage service that many University units depend on, including CLA. (Additional information is available at http://systemstatus.umn.edu/; if you have access to Service Now, see CHG0038248.) Expect your home and shared drives to be unvailable during this period.
Can I work during the maintenance window?
Avoid using affected services during the maintenance window. While they may at times be available, they can and will be shut down without warning and may be unavailable for an extended period of time.
How do I find out more?
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 612-301-4357 (1-HELP) or help@umn.edu.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Get To Know LATIS’s Michael Beckstrand

Name: Michael Beckstrand, Ph.D.

Education? Ph.D., Political Science, Syracuse University

When did you start working at UMN? July 2015

What is your current job title? Mixed-Methods Research Associate, LATIS, College of Liberal Arts

Your hometown and the first place you lived after leaving your hometown? I grew up in Elk River, Minnesota and attended undergraduate in Collegeville, Minnesota at St. John’s University. I then spent eight years in Syracuse, New York, where I appreciated that one could have hills simultaneously with lakes and woods, and that it is hard to decide between sunny and negative temperatures in Minnesota and the always-grey and always-snowing but only moderately cold winters in central New York.

Describe your specialty in LATIS. My speciality at LATIS is helping researchers to develop research projects that involve multiple components to work cohesively, or to look at their source materials with a different tool set. I also assist in using software to improve research processes that were traditionally done with paper and a highlighter. Substantively, my research has been on international organizations, non-governmental organizations and human rights advocacy.

What brought you to your current job? For the last few years of my doctoral program, I both taught research methodology and organized a professional development program for graduate students. Taking a position at a research university where I would be doing professional development and methodology teaching with graduate students and faculty seemed like a perfect fit. Bringing my family and I back to Minnesota was an added bonus.

What is your favorite aspect of your job? I particularly enjoy meeting with graduate students and faculty one-on-one and helping them work through challenges in conceptualizing and executing the analysis of their research materials.

What is your favorite place on campus?  My favorite place on campus has been the mall/quad in summer. Northrup and Coffman make excellent endpoints and the music Wednesday afternoons was quite pleasant.

Tell us something about yourself that people may not know. My wife and I are excited to have just welcomed our first child, Peter, in February. When he’s not eating--which seems like always--we’re spending far too much time taking pictures.