Tuesday Tips

January 25, 2022
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Welcome, Emily Marwedel!

We are thrilled to welcome and introduce the newest member of the LS IT team, Emily Marwedel! Emily is joining us this week as a Service Desk Analyst.

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What do you consider to be an area of expertise for you in your IT work?

I have experience troubleshooting hardware and software (Mac and PC), Duo, and printers. I think one of my greatest assets is being approachable. I also enjoy bringing people together, whether to work collaboratively or to celebrate socially. I am also one of the leaders of the UCD/UCDH Women in Technology group here on campus. 


What is something you enjoy outside of work?

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family, reading, hiking, learning how to play the piano, and creating floral arrangements. 


What brought you to UC Davis?

I’ve been working at UC Davis for four and a half years in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. Prior to UC Davis I was the Systems Administrator for the Portola Valley School District (SF Bay Area). It was in this position that I discovered my love for supporting faculty, staff, and students in the educational setting. Coming to UC Davis represented a wonderful opportunity to join and support a diverse community while also broadening my IT skills. In college I studied Geography and Natural Resource Management, and specialized in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). 


What is something unique about you that you bring to the team?

Regardless of the issue, I am a patient and active listener who is committed to supporting people with their technology needs. I love problem solving and thrive in a collaborative work setting. I am thrilled to be joining the L&S Service Desk team!

UC Love Data Week and Other Opportunities for Researchers

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The UC Love Data Week in February is a week-long offering of free presentations and workshops focused on data access, management, security, sharing, and preservation. All members of the University of California community are welcome to attend.  Topics range from introductions to basic research skills (e.g. R, Python, HPC, github, Jupyter), to accessing and disseminating research data, grants, visualization, best practices in research, and much, much, more.  Visit the event web page for more information and be sure to use your UC Davis email address when registering.
This event is coordinated locally by the UC Davis DataLab, which also recently announced its Winter Quarter workshop schedule.  For those not familiar, the DataLab is a cross-university service unit, which fosters, promotes and facilitates data science to accelerate discovery at the frontiers of scientific, engineering and social disciplines.  Their services cover key aspects of the research process and include consulting services and a wide range of free workshops on many data science tools with a particular focus on open-source solutions such as R and Python.  If you are not already on their mailing list, take a moment and sign up to keep informed of their ever expanding list of workshops and research presentations.

macOS Recommended and Supported Versions

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If you are running an older version of macOS than 10.15 Catalina, you are no longer receiving security updates. Running an unsupported macOS version both puts you a significantly higher risk from malware AND puts you out of compliance with UC-wide policy. 

LS IT currently recommends running macOS 12 Monterey for all Macs that support running the latest version. We have extensively tested Monterey with our most common applications, and we have found it to be much more stable than the previous version (macOS 11 Big Sur).

Apple has a longstanding policy of providing security updates for the current version of macOS plus the previous two versions, meaning that the oldest supported version is macOS 10.15 Catalina.

If you would like assistance with upgrading to Monterey, please don't hesitate to contact the LS IT service desk!

Quick Updates and Reminders


Supply Chain Delays

We continue to experience the effects of global supply chain delays on monitors, printers, some computers, and other equipment. In many cases, items we order today are not shipping for up to 6 months—and sometimes longer. Please plan ahead by ordering as soon as possible, and please be patient.

Daily Symptom Survey Required

For any in-person support, including drop-ins, your LS IT service analyst will ask to see your Daily Symptom Survey results. IT support often involves close contact, so for your protection and ours we ask that you be prepared to show your green symptom survey result for any in-person support.

UC Davis Phish Bowl

The UC Davis Phish Bowl is a fast place to check whether a suspicious email you've received is phishing or legitimate. 
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