During the Spring 2 semester, HSPH is collaborating with Harvard’s Extension School on a distance learning pilot. The course on global climate change is taught by Professor Aaron Bernstein and a number of guest lecturers. The pilot offers the course both as a residential course at HSPH and also as a distance learning course through the Harvard Extension School.
The course uses a mixture of equipment from HSPH and from Extension School. As part of this pilot, we installed some additional production lighting and audio equipment in Kresge G2 to improve overall production quality.
Professor Bernstein introduces the course at the first session.
Extension School students may view lectures either live or on-demand.
On the technical-side, HSPH’s Sarah Bearse, Christopher Riley, Mike Demarco and Erin Leveille are working with Division of Continuing Education colleagues Christian Wisewarver, Rod Linheim, and James Peregrino on the project.
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Our email systems have been experiencing a high volume of fraudulent email messages asking users to provide account information by clicking a link and then entering personal account information on a web form, Google doc, or via email. These attempts are known as “phishing” and are an identify theft attempt.
Important notes on phishing
- HSPH Department of Information Technology will never ask you to send your password via e-mail or complete a web form asking for username and password of any system. In fact, the HSPH IT Office does not know your password for any system. If you forget your password to any system, we assist you with resetting it.
- Most phishing attempts are caught by spam filtering; however, the attempts are constantly evolving and improving. A few attempts do pass filtering.
- HSPH IT reports known phishing attempts to both Harvard University Information Technology and Google (if a Google doc is involved for data collection).
I received a phishing email. What do I do?
- Delete the message. Do not click any links or provide any information.
- You may also forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org for reporting.
How do I tell if it is phishing?
- Any message asking for your username and password is phishing and fraudulent.
- Other clues to look for include:
- Odd URLs that may contain HSPH or Harvard, but link to .com addresses
- Poor grammar and misspellings
- Poorly or incorrectly used HSPH or Harvard logos
- Dramatic language about your account being closed, suspended, … “failure to respond will result in immediate account suspension”
- Link to Google docs spreadsheet to provide personal information.
I was the victim of a phishing attempt. I entered my data. What do I do?
- Change your passwords immediately for any affected account.
- Please contact the HSPH Helpdesk for further guidance, 617-432-HELP.
This is a growing problem for email systems everywhere. Below are some resources for further information on the issue:
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On Thursday, January 12, 2012, we will be performing our normal system maintenance to all servers and network equipment.
The maintenance window will last from 7:00 PM til 1:00 AM.
The following services will have one or two small outages:
(You can continue to work, but may have brief pauses while services restart)
The following services will be unavailable from 7PM to 10:00PM:
The following services will be unaffected during the maintenance window:
Future maintenance windows are scheduled for Thursday nights from 7PM to 1AM on the following dates:
- 05/13/2012 – Sunday, due to Academic Calendar
- 08/19/2012 – Sunday, due to Academic Calendar
Professor Walter Willett appeared on both ABC and CBS national news programming this week. The recordings conveniently took place live from the HSPH Leadership Studio on Kresge 10th Floor.
View News Reports:
Soda a day may lead to heart attacks in men, CBS News
Is Red Meat Hazardous to Your Health?, ABC News
The studio productions were staffed by Department of Information Technology’s Sarah Bearse and Christopher Riley.
Did you miss training? Or do you have a few follow-up questions on specific items after being migrated to Outlook?
“Friday Follow-ups” will be held in Kresge LL10 on the following dates and times:
- Friday, March 16, 10 am to noon
- Friday, March 30, 12 noon to 2 pm
- Friday, April 13, 12 noon to 2 pm
- Friday, April 27, 3 pm to 5 pm
An IT staff member will be on hand to answer general Outlook FAQs on an individual basis or on the room’s projection screen where appropriate.
Please bring your questions for these walk-in sessions.
Complete information on the email migration project may be found at: http://hsph.me/outlook
To all HSPH users,
For those of you who have been migrated to the Cambridge Microsoft Exchange/Outlook 2010 system, there will be brief outages tonight between 11:30pm and 1:30am for regularly scheduled maintenance by Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT).
Again, this only impacts the portion of our community that has already been migrated to Outlook.
If you are a Groupwise user, there will be no interruption.
HSPH IT Department
I am very happy to announce that Deane Eastwood, Assistant IT Director, has been chosen to participate in the Frye Leadership Institute. The Institute, sponsored by CLIR, EDUCAUSE, and Emory University, will be held June 3-8, 2012, in Washington, DC.
Following a competitive process within Harvard University, Deane was one of two candidates nominated through the Harvard CIO Council and the President’s Office. Deane was then selected by the Frye Institute as one of 41 candidates to participate in this national program.
The program combines a week of intensive study with post-program project work (see: Frye Leadership Institute 2.0: Educating, Incubating, and Innovating Change (PDF) for more information on the program).
HSPH Chief Information Officer
Deane Eastwood (right) and Office for Educational Program’s Amy Cohen at Harvard Commencement in 2010
FIGHTING THE CLOCK: How America’s Sleep Deficit is Damaging Longterm Health
Presented in Collaboration with The Huffington Post
- Date: Tuesday, March 6
- Time: 2-3 PM ET
- Watch at www.ForumHSPH.org and share the link with your colleagues.
PARTICIPATE DURING THE LIVE WEBCAST
Join the live chat at 1:30 p.m. ET, which will be featured on The Forum’s Fighting the Clock: How America’s Sleep Deficit is Damaging Longterm Health web page. We’ll also be live-tweeting from @ForumHSPH.
- Alana B. Elias Kornfeld, Editor In Chief, Healthy Living, The Huffington Post
- Charles Czeisler, Chief, Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School
- Susan Redline, Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Programs in Sleep and Cardiovascular Medicine and Sleep Medicine Epidemiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Frank Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
- Lucian Leape, Chair, Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation, and Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Harvard School of Public Health
American society conspires against the need for sleep. Children set off for school before many workdays begin. Tough financial times push cash-strapped workers into seeking multiple jobs. Shift work conflicts with the body’s natural clock. Hard-charging executives push themselves to work long hours. The cost is more than fatigue. Sleep deprivation has been associated with a myriad of health problems, including increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and depression. Cognitive abilities decline as people tire. Risky behavior, such as driving while deeply fatigued, can put others in harm’s way. This Forum event — held just days before the country will lose an hour of sleep due to daylight saving time — will explore what we mean by “sleep deprivation,” what happens in tired brains and bodies, what are the longterm health risks for children and adults, and what kinds of policies should be considered for schools and businesses to protect health. And a good night’s sleep.
Dear HSPH Community,
There will be a brief 15-20 minute planned outage on Outlook email services on Sunday morning, March 11, 2012 between 4 AM and 9 AM.
This affects only our migrated Outlook users and does not affect people still using Groupwise. This does not impact students in any way.
- ICEmail email and calendaring (Outlook 2010/2011 and Outlook Web Access)
- Lync messaging and web conferencing