Monthly Archives: August 2013

New Web Feature: Research Topics

We are pleased to launch a new research topic feature on the HSPH website.  Hundreds of news items and other important content pieces are now categorized by research topics, geographic location, faculty member, and other criteria.

Main Research Topic Page

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This new functionality allows us to add related content to news articles throughout the HSPH website in sidebars.

Sample sidebar on a news page with related links

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As new news items are added to the HSPH website, articles will be categorized and our database of related links will grow and improve.

On this central initiative, the web team partnered with the Office for External Relations in creating and implementing the tagging strategy.

Jake Yerdon, senior web and application developer, led the Department of Information Technology’s development effort.

New Staff Member: Ian Tosh

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire Ian Tosh. Ian will work as manager of a newly reorganized and renamed team called Media and Educational Technology Services (METS).  METS includes Sarah Bearse, Christopher Riley, Mike Demarco, and Erin Provensal and will provide technical oversight of HSPH’s audio-visual infrastructure, student computer classrooms, iSites and Harvard learning management ecosystem (LME), HarvardX, and studio productions. 

Ian Tosh, Manager of Media and Educational Technology Services

Ian Tosh, Manager of Media and Educational Technology Services

Ian joins us after 13 years at Rule Broadcast Systems where he was most recently employed as Director of System Integration.  At Rule, Ian was the project manager for more than 200 audio-visual projects in academia (Harvard, Boston College, Babson), government (City of Boston, US Navy), and corporate settings (Hill Holliday, Procter & Gamble).  He was promoted several times during his tenure at Rule.

In 2010-11, Ian collaborated with Sarah Bearse and Jon Barkan of Communications for Learning, in designing and installing the HSPH Leadership Studio, one of the most state-of-the-art rooms at Harvard University.  More recently, Ian and Sarah designed the HSPH distance learning studio in Kresge LL19-h.  Ian has also worked on a number of Decision-Making: Voices from the Field and Forum at HSPH production teams.

Ian has outstanding training skills, and he will offer training sessions for technical and non-technical users on the latest and greatest in audio-visual equipment.

Ian is a graduate of Emerson College, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications with a focus on film production.

Please join us in welcoming Ian to our technical staff and to the HSPH community!

Interesting fact: Ian is a board member and treasurer for Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV).

New Staff Member: Bill Dantowitz

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire Bill Dantowitz. Bill will work as a user support specialist in our User Services Group providing helpdesk, desktop, classroom, and media services support to the community.  

Bill is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in English.  While a student, Bill spent a year working at OSU’s IT Helpdesk, the main IT support group for one of the largest public universities in the country.  Bill supported the President’s Office and other administrative groups.

Most recently, Bill worked as a Help Desk Administrator at TechTarget, where he won a departmental award for automating and streamlining tasks.

Bill

Bill Dantowitz, User Support Specialist

We are excited about Bill’s technical and customer service skills.  He brings great support experience to HSPH.

Please join us in welcoming Bill to our technical staff and to the HSPH community!

Interesting fact: Bill is a fan of rugby and played for the OSU Rugby Football Club.

Welcome new HSPH Students! Computer Orientation Sessions Scheduled Throughout This Week

The Department of Information Technology will be hosting hands-on new student computer orientation sessions this week on:

  • Wednesday, August 28, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 29, 9:00-10:00 am
  • Friday, August 30, 1:00-2:00 pm

All orientations will be held in Kresge LL-6 computer classroom.

Topics will include:

  • Harvard and HSPH accounts
  • Email (GMAIL)
  • Computer laboratory locations, policies, and software available
  • Wireless networks for mobile devices
  • Printing, faxing and scanning
  • Software purchases (SAS, Stata, SPSS, Microsoft and other business software)
  • Course websites
  • MyHSPH portal

Each session allows time for general Q & A.

For the complete orientiation schedule, please visit the HSPH Orientation website.

New Web Feature: World Map Relaunched

We are pleased to launch a new interactive version of the HSPH World Map.  The map integrates with Google maps allowing you to zoom in and out of different areas of the world and view HSPH research project information.

On this central initiative, the web team partnered with the Office for External Relations and Office for Sponsored Programs Administration on the new design and updated content.

David Marshall, senior web and application developer, led the Department of Information Technology’s development effort.

worldmap

 

Maintenance Window: Sunday, August 18

UPDATE: All updates were successful and systems are fully operational.

On Sunday, August 18th, we will be performing our normal system maintenance to all servers.

The maintenance window will last from 7PM to 1 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 – 10:30pm:

The following services will be unaffected during the maintenance window: 

Upcoming maintenance dates:

  • 9/12/2013
  • 10/10/2013
  • 11/14/2013
  • 12/12/2013

Thank You,
HSPH IT Department

Harvard Secure Wireless Network

UPDATE, 11:50 AM: this issue has been resolved.  All three wireless networks available are fully functioning.

We are currently experiencing problems with Harvard Secure Wireless connections within the HSPH campus.

This is related to a regular scheduled maintenance that Harvard University IT preformed to the wireless systems this morning.

HUIT engineers are working on the problem but we do not have an ETA for a resolution at this time.

Harvard University and Harvard Guest wireless networks are working. To use either one, please choose it from your wireless settings, then open a web browser.

  • For Harvard Guest, just click on the Accept terms button.
  • For Harvard University, sign in with your HUID and PIN and follow the instructions to authenticate to it.

We will send out updates as soon as we receive information. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank You,
HSPH IT Helpdesk

New Coops: Stacey Gudoshnik and Myles Gosmon

We are pleased to welcome two new coops to the Department of Information Technology.

Anastasiya (Stacey) Gudoshnik began working in July and will be working full-time through out the fall semester.  Stacey is a candidate for a bachelor of science degree in information science and business from Northeastern University.

Stacey, HSPH coop

Stacey Gudoshnik, HSPH coop

Myles Gosmon began working in June and will be working 10-12 hours each week as part of his program at Roxbury Community College.  He is a candidate for an associate of science degree in information systems technology.  Myles is our fourth coop in the the HSPH-RCC partnership coordinated by the HSPH Office of Human Resources.

Myles

Myles Gosmon, HSPH coop

Both Stacey and Myles will be providing computer support to the community at the Helpdesk, as well as in the field, with support and training provided by our User Services team.

Please join us in welcoming Stacey and Myles to the Harvard School of Public Health.