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Friday Five for Nov 10th, 2023

1. BruinTech Tour: Data Center 

BruinTech is happy to announce our upcoming UCLA Data Center Tour hosted by your guide Tony Escobar, Data Center facilities manager. You’ll learn how UCLA supports voice, data, wireless, 800 Mhz radio and cable television services for the UCLA campus. Space is limited, so RSVP now!

When: Thursday, November 16, 2023, 12PM - 12:45PM (PST)

Where: UCLA Data Center (meet-up location will be sent to participants)

RSVP for the Data Center Tour here! The form will close on Tuesday, November 14 at 12PM or when attendance reaches capacity.

2. UCSF Manual Accessibility Testing Recording Available

The UC San Francisco Digital Accessibility Program held the Manual Accessibility Testing Lunch and Learn on Oct. 18 to teach UC website owners, contributors, and developers manual testing techniques, as well as why manual testing is so important even in spite of the availability of automation. Topics covered included color contrast, keyboard testing, bookmarklets, and screen reader testing. The event recording and presentation slides are available for you to watch!

3. Reminder: UCLA AMG: ProShare 2024 Applications

ProShare applications are open for 2024! Sponsored by the UCLA Administrative Management Group, ProShare is an initiative that brings select UCLA staff together for a 6-month networking and support program. Participants will grow professionally while strengthening their connections with the vast array of UCLA departments.

Participants are sorted into groups that meet monthly beginning January 2024, and each group will set their own meeting schedules and agenda. Some previous topics include office tours, department introductions, confidential discussions and group troubleshooting, and professional resources. Check out testimonials from previous participants here

The ProShare 2024 application is due Thursday, November 30 and is open to all UCLA staff.

4. Bridge2AI Leadership Meeting

In September 2022, UCLA became one of three sites that would oversee the NIH’s new program Bridge to Artificial Intelligence, or “Bridge2AI,” which aims to advance strategies, standards, and tools to improve the way data is collected and prepared within the biomedical research industry. 

On November 6 and 7, 2023, leadership met at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center to share milestones, discuss challenges, brainstorm future pathways, and have open discussions about AI and machine learning. 

Check out more about the meeting agenda and speakers.

5. White House Executive Order on Trustworthy AI

On October 30, President Biden released an Executive Order with guidelines on how to promote trustworthy artificial intelligence. Detailed in the EO, the Biden administration’s approach to AI offers higher education institutions multiple areas to develop in favor of national interest, such as further investments in research, education and training transformation, governance, and expansions in AI careers. Executive Director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Camille Crittenden further elaborates on how the UC may benefit from Biden’s EO in her recent UC IT blog post.