LATIS News provides the latest news, projects, maintenance updates, strategic initiatives as well as profiles of our LATIS experts.

January 2018

  • Managing lots of people and tasks is something you learn growing up in a big family. Learn more about Deb Ludowese's big family and and her stint as Goldy's handler in this month's "Get to Know LATIS" blog post        

        Deb Ludowese's professional photo

November 2017

  • A go-to person for all things LATIS, if Jenny King doesn't know the answer, she'll find it out for you. Learn more about Jenny in this month's "Get to Know LATIS" blog post        
        Professional photo of Jenny King

October 2017

  • With passions for technology and Anthropology, Samantha Porter helps faculty and staff advance their teaching and research through LATIS's Advanced Imaging Service for Objects and Spaces (AISOS) Lab. Learn more about Samantha and how close she is to reaching her goal of visiting all seven continents in this month's "Get to Know LATIS" blog post        
        Samantha Porter

September 2017

  • New to LATIS’s Technology Enhanced Learning team, Fritz Vandover is ready to assist departments with their transition from Moodle to Canvas. Learn Fritz’s real name and much more in this month’s “Get to Know LATIS” blog post.
  • Fritz Vandover Photo

August 2017

  • Raised in the Bahamas, Bernard went to college at St. John's, loves improving a user's experience online, and he's a poet! Read more about Bernard in this month's "Get to Know LATIS" blog post.

         Bernard Ferguson

July 2017

  • Between the LATIS Labs initiative, the DCL Elevator, video services and equipment check out, there is lot to manage in Rarig and Heller Hall. Laura Cervin is at the center overseeing all the services to ensure faculty, staff, and students have access to the technology to help them succeed. Read more about Laura and all the services she wrangles in this month's "Get to Know LATIS" blog post.

      Laura Cervin Head Shot
  • Now Open: 2018 Infrastructure For Learning Funding Program. Changes to the program include timing of the program and a required meeting with each department’s LATIS departmental consultant. More info can also be found in The Neighborhood.

June 2017

  • A self-confessed adventurer, Karen Haselmann was once a hotdog vendor in New Zealand. Learn more about Karen and her work connecting students and faculty to technology to help them do their work in this month's Get to Know LATIS

Karen Haselmann headshot

  • Registration is now open for the Digital Arts, Science and Humanities (DASH) Camp for the week of August 21, 2017. Find out more details and how to register.

May 2017

  • LATIS recently announced the 2017-2018 recipients of the Academic Innovation grant program and the Infrastructure for Learning funding program. Combined, the awarded units shared more than $470,000.00 to improve student learning and department infrastructure. Find out which departments in the LATIS Blog.
  • The University’s popular URL-shortening service will roll out a refreshed look and new features in early summer. Find out when the improvements begin in the LATIS Blog.

    The changes were made following requests from users and focus on shareability and organization. Learn how the changes improve link management in the LATIS Blog.
  • Born in the Philippines and with a love of the tropics, Rebecca Moss is surprised she's spent much of her adult life in Minnesota. Find out more about Rebecca, her work, and what she has in common with Randy Moss in this month's "Get To Know LATIS."
        Rebecca Moss

April 2017

  • While it was a culture shock moving from rural Wisconsin to Minneapolis, Jake Kramer is thankful for the opportunity. Learn more about Jake's love of helping students and his passion for media in this month's "Get To Know LATIS."
     Jake Kramer

March 2017

  • Simply put, Eric Wunderlin makes technology work on campus. Learn more about Eric's work and favorite project in this month's "Get To Know LATIS."

February 2017

  • The Spring 2017 Research Workshop Series is now open for registration. The expert led workshops are free and open to all faculty and graduate students. Register today as they fill quickly.
    • Intro to UNIX/Linux Friday, February 10 | 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. | Bruinicks 131B | Register
    • Automating Workflow with PythonFriday, February 24 | 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. | Bruinicks 131B | Register
    • Intro to R for Social Scientists - Friday, March 3 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. | Bruinicks 131B | Register
    • Making Qualitative Research Transparent/Reproducible - Friday, March 31 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. | Bruinicks 131B | Register
    • Intro to NVivo - Friday, April 7 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. | Appleby 128 | Register
    • Reproducible Online Experimental Research (using Qualtrics) - Friday, April 28 10 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. | Bruinicks 131B | Register
    • Intro to Python for Social Scientists - Friday, May 5 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. | Bruinicks 131B | Register
    • Using the Open Science Framework for Better Research - Friday, June 9 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. | Bruinicks 131B | Register

January 2017

  • If you've needed help with a server in the past 20 years, chances are you've interacted with Peter Walz. Learn more about Peter's work and his favorite place on campus in this month's "Get To Know LATIS."  
Peter Walz image

December 2016

  • LATIS Labs Open House for faculty, staff and graduate students is scheduled for Thursday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the West Bank.

  • Starting out as a student worker, Chris Scherr's career with LATIS allows him to creatively solve problems for faculty and staff. Learn more about Chris in this installment of "Get To Know LATIS."
Chris Scherr

November 2016

  • A well though out survey is critical to ensure accurate and non-biased feedback. LATIS has its own survey expert ready to help in Andy Sell. Learn more about Andy in this installment of "Get To Know LATIS."
Andy Sell Photo

October 2016

  • LATIS Research Workshop Series Registration Now Open

    The popular series of LATIS workshops is now open for 2016-2107 registration. Created by our experts, all workshops are free and open to all faculty and graduate students. Review all workshops on our LATIS Research page.

    Fall 2016 workshops include:

    Introduction to NVivo for Qualitative and Mixed Methods

    Friday, October 21 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. | 128 Appleby Hall | Registration full

    Getting Data From the Web

    Friday, October 28 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. |125 Nolte Center | Registration full

    This workshop introduces participants to browser-based tools for web-scraping (including GetThemAll and Scraper) and Facepager, a tool for gathering information from Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites. No experience with these tools is necessary, and participants do not need to have any coding skills.

    Intro to Python for Social Scientists

    Monday, November 14 | 3 - 5 p.m. | 131A Bruininks | Register

    Intro to R for Social Scientists

    Wednesday, November 16 | 3 - 5 p.m. | 131A Bruininks | Register

    Introduction to Ggplot2 in R & Lab

    Monday, December 5 | 3 - 5 p.m. | 131A Bruininks

    Lab: Wednesday, December 7 | 3 - 5 p.m. | 131A Bruininks | Register 

    This workshop introduces the logic behind ggplot2 and give users hands-on experience creating data visualizations using this package. This session will also discuss data formatting requirements for ggplot2, as well related tools creating interactive graphics from this syntax (such as plotly, While basic familiarity with R will be helpful, no prior experience with ggplot2 is required.

    Programming Tasks in E-Prime
    TBA; Anderson Hall 170 | Registration coming soon

  • Born and raised in Illinois, Pernu has worked at the U for more than 20 years. Learn more about how Pernu helps faculty and graduate students turn their ideas into research project's in this installment of "Get To Know LATIS."

        Pernu Menheer

August 2016

May 2016

  • Decision and award letters for the 2016-2017 Academic Innovation Grants and Infrastructure for Learning Plans will be sent via email on Friday, May 27.

  • Combining his loves of music, research, and history, Thomas Lindsay arranged for an Appleton Police Department bagpiper to open his senior lecture. The surprise performance attracted a big audience, including the college president. Learn more about Thomas in May's
    Get to Know LATIS.

April 2016

  • Born and raised in Michigan with post-graduate studies in Massachusetts, Alicia Hofelich Mohr now calls Minnesota home. Learn more about Alicia's love for data in April's Get to Know LATIS.

March 2016

  • Multiple IT maintenance projects scheduled for CLA and the TC campus the weekend of March 12-13. Find out which systems will be down in the LATIS at UMN blog.
  • After eight years in New York, Michael Beckstrand returned home to Minnesota to share his mixed methods expertise to help researchers design cohesive multiple component projects. Learn more about Michael in March's Get to Know LATIS.

January 2016

  • Consultation deadline approaching for Academic Innovation Grants. Learn how to apply here.

  • Before entering the education field, LATIS's Emily Stull Richardson applied her design and creative expertise to create Nordstrom's beautiful window and store displays. Learn more about Emily and her passion for design in Get to Know LATIS post.
    Emily Stull Richardson

December 2015

  • The University of Minnesota is a beautiful, sprawling campus that can prove difficult to navigate when trying to attend meetings, especially during poor weather. The U of MN offers two easy-to-use web video conferencing solutions available from the comfort of your desk or a conference room. Learn more about WebEx and Google Hangouts options in the LATIS at UMN blog.

October 2015
        Denne Wesolowski

September 2015

  • Working with images is a passion for the Digital Content Library's Ginny Larson. Learn more about Ginny in this month's "Get To Know LATIS" post.

Ginny Larson

August 2015

  • Invite LATIS to your next department meeting to learn how we support faculty and staff. More details in our LATIS blog.
  • All Active Directories (including H:, S:, and P: Drives) will be unavailable during 8/16 Maintenance from 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Learn more at the LATIS blog.
  • Capturing the stories of 103 faculty, alumni, and undergraduate and sharing them in the The First Year Experience tops LATIS'S David Ullman's list of favorite projects. Learn more about David in this month's "Get To Know LATIS" post.
        David Ullman        

July 2015
         Equipment checkout room for video, audio and laptop in Rarig   Renovated 640 Rarig checkout space and office area

June 2015 
  • At the U since 2005, LATIS' Cristina Lopez favorite part of her job is providing consultation to help solve problems and imagine the possibilities. Learn more about Cristina in this June's "Get To Know LATIS."
        Cristina Lopez

May 2015
  • A fan of technology, LATIS' Alison Link gets breaking global news on your watch. Get to know a little more about Alison in May's "Get To Know LATIS."          
        Alison Link