Accessible software is good for everyone, not just people with disabilities. Keeping that in mind, and to remain true to our commitment to diversity, our approach to accessibility is strongly related to universal design. Universal design means creating products that are usable by people with the widest possible range of abilities, operating within the widest possible range of situations.
Are you getting ready to travel for spring break? You’ve probably thought about measures for your own personal safety, but don’t forget the safety of your mobile devices! Be sure to pack the sunscreen for yourself and the encryption software for your smartphone.
Have you ever received a strange message from a “friend” on Facebook, asking you to share a password or join their new business venture? Maybe they asked some seemingly innocent questions, like your current address, first pet’s name, mother’s maiden name, father’s middle name… if this sounds familiar, you may have been a target of social engineering.
This month the spotlight shines on ODEE application developer, Vedu Hariths. This former pharmacy assistant has been with Ohio State for nearly eight years, and he says we’re the best group of people he’s ever worked with (d’awww). He left India for Ohio to avoid death-by-crocodile (and perhaps to work on his PhD). When he’s not at Mount Hall, this wildlife enthusiast can be found eating El Vaquero, trekking the Serengeti or watching super hero movies with his two boys. Learn more about Vedu in this month’s employee spotlight!
Enterprise Security has taken a number of steps to cultivate the cybersecurity professionals of tomorrow. Most recently, the team helped host Cooltechgirls’ “Think Like a Hacker” event in early December.
After a short program explaining the security aspects of geocaching, participants worked through a cybersecurity activity that challenged them to use their newly-gained knowledge to tackle a problem similar to one that a security professional might need to solve in real life.
The university community is incredibly diverse, with every conceivable nationality, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical capability and socio-economic background imaginable. Numerous studies show that teams with varied backgrounds enjoy more effective problem solving and fewer service gaps.
This month’s spotlight employee comes from shared services across OCIO and ODEE. You’ve heard her name and read it on emails, but you may not have met this Wes Anderson-loving writer. She dreamed of being a fossil finder, but lucky for us, digging up new ways to communicate to students also keeps her satisfied. Meet Mount Hall Move Admiral Grace Buchholz in this month’s employee spotlight!
Ohio State is constantly maintaining and updating its campuses to make a great first impression on incoming and potential students and their families. The impression we make online is equally important.
This November, the spotlight is shining on OCIO employee Nick Rotonda. He’s a java engineer (sadly, NOT a fancy coffee creator) on the Web & Mobile team. Although he loves working with the people at Ohio State, he would jump at the chance to get away to a beautiful beachy island. When he’s not delving into web frameworks in OCIO, Nick can be found exploring local bars and frequenting his favorite pizza shop. Learn more about Nick in this month’s employee spotlight!