Category Archives: Faculty Computing

Thank you for Attending Tech Day!

On March 17, 2010, the HSPH Information Technology Department hosted our first technology day in the Kresge Cafeteria Atrium.  Thank you for stopping by and visting with Dell, Polycom, and our staff. 

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User Services Mike Demarco (lower left) and Dell’s Peter Ton (upper left) show the new Dell laptop and desktop models available to the community through the University’s Dell contract.

Fred Sheahan of HSPH’s Instructional Computing Facility led a demonstration on the use of TurningPoint audience response systems.

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Video from SPH Security Briefing on March 16, 2010

A recent Boston Globe article reported “One million Massachusetts residents–or 1 in 6 people–have had their credit card numbers, medical records, or other personal information leaked or stolen over the past two years.”

In an effort to educate the community on responsibilities, policies, procedures and technology in place at HSPH, the Information Technology department hosted a security briefing for the community on March 16, 2010.

View On Demand Video:
View: HSPH Information Security Update

TIP: to fastforward and/or enlarge the video, right click on the presentation and select “Play in Real Player.”

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Presenters:

  • Taso Markatos, Chief for Information Technology and
  • Andrew Ross, HSPH Security Manager.

Agenda:

  • Discussion of Security Case Studies
  • Types of Confidential Information
  • High Risk Confidential Information (HRCI)
  • Why We Are Focusing on This Issue
  • Obtaining and Storing HRCI
  • Exchanging Confidential Files
  • Encrypting Laptops
  • Recent Security Developments
  • What We Are Asking of You

Additional Excel and Powerpoint 2007 Courses Added

We are pleased to add two additional computer training courses in June to the spring training schedule.  The first offerings of MS Excel 2007 and Powerpoint 2007 in March and April filled quickly.  We had a number of requests for additional courses from the community.

Intermediate MS Excel 2007 will be taught on:

  • Part I: Wednesday, June 16, 1 pm to 4 pm, Kresge 209
  • Part II: Wednesday, June 23, 1 pm to 4 pm, Kresge 209

Intermediate MS Powerpoint 2007 will be taught on:

  • Part I: Wednesday, June 16, 9 am to noon, Kresge 209
  • Part II: Wednesday, June 23, 9 am to noon, Kresge 209

The courses are offered free of charge and are conveniently located in Kresge Building
computer laboratories.

There are also still spaces remaining in New Features of MS Office 2007, Adobe Captivate, Groupwise 8 and MS Project classes offered this spring.

Register today at: https://webapps.sph.harvard.edu/internal/computer-training/index.cfm

Upgrade to Internet Explorer 7

It is time to retire Internet Explorer 6 (IE6).

Many people in the community are still using IE6.  Due to compatibility requirements of new MyHSPH portal software that the school will be launching later this spring, we recommend that all users upgrade to Internet Explorer 7.0 (IE7) as soon as possible. Other popular websites such as Google and Youtube are also phasing out IE6 support this month. 

Upgrading is easy and only takes 10-15 minutes.

If you need further assistance, please contact the Helpdesk at 432-HELP and we can walk you through it.

We are working on a means to efficiently push out an upgrade to the community.  However, due to the time required to do the install, we are currently recommending manual upgrades at your leisure.

NOTE: Although Internet Explorer 8  (IE8) is also available, IE7 is currently still the supported web browser for Central Administrative Systems
(Oracle Financial, HUBS, CREW, PeopleSoft, CAADS, GMAS, etc.).

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Spring Computer Training Courses

We are pleased to offer a spring series of computer training courses from March through June for HSPH faculty and staff.  The courses are offered free of charge and are conveniently located in Kresge Building computer laboratories.

Courses include:

  • New Features of Microsoft Office 2007 (multiple sessions)
  • Intermediate MS Excel 2007
  • Intermediate MS Powperpoint 2007
  • Beginner and Intermediate MS Project 2007
  • Adobe Captivate
  • Groupwise 8

To sign up for courses and to view course descriptions, please visit:

https://webapps.sph.harvard.edu/internal/computer-training/
MS Office 2007 upgrades are available to the community free of charge as part of the University’s Enterprise Microsoft agreement.  Because the Office 2007 user interface is different from previous versions of MS Office, we have set up training sessions
monthly from March through June to assist with the transition.

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These courses are sponsored by the Information Technology Department and the Office of Human Resources.

If you have further questions, please contact the Helpdesk at 432-HELP.

Audio Recording Using the MicroTrack II

The HSPH Information Technology technology department has several new portable audio recorders available for community use.

The M-Audio’s Microtrack II recorders are ideal for quick recordings for course websites, meeting recordings, and podcasts.  The recorders are as easy or easier to use than most digital cameras and offer professional quality at a very reasonable price.

User Service’s David Shelton and Julie Lantz have produced the following “how-to” video to get users started.

How to Use the MicroTrack II

You can also download the MicroTrack II Training Video. 

Product details (from M-Audio’s website):
“The redesigned MicroTrack II brings even more professional features to the original high-fidelity mobile digital recorder that’s been embraced by audio and film professionals worldwide. With an extended input gain range, analog input limiter, 48V phantom power, faster file transfer rate, seamless recording of files beyond 2GB in size and other enhancements, MicroTrack II delivers the highest quality mobile recording experience available today. Simply record WAV (BWF) and MP3 files to CompactFlash or Microdrives through balanced line inputs or built-in microphone preamps—then drag and drop recordings to your computer via high-speed USB 2.0 for immediate editing or Web posting. MicroTrack II is perfect for a wide variety of applications including field recording, capturing live shows, songwriting, education and more.”

Finally, we have an IT staff connection to this product.  Prior to joining HSPH, Sarah Bearse, our Group Leader for Media Services, was the lead engineer on the development of this award-winning product.  She spent a summer in China working with a team to bring her design from concept to production.

Please call the Helpdesk at 432-HELP to reserve a recorder, request a demo or find out more information on purchasing your own recorder.

IT Ticket Satisfation Survey

The Information Technology department values your input on our performance.  We aim to provide the best service possible to our users and, in order to do so, we need to know how our service rates to your standards.

We have launched the Ticket Satisfaction Survey to collect feedback from you and the rest of the community on every task that we help you with.

When you receive your email confirmation that your issues have been closed, there will be a link to login to our ticketing system. On this page, you will see all of your open and closed tickets. If you click on a closed ticket, you will be able to fill out the Ticket Satisfaction Survey to give us feedback on that particular ticket.

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Once you have clicked TICKET SATISFACTION SURVEY you will be able to fill out the survey.

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Give us a star rating for each of the areas and leave an option comment. It is that simple!

Dell Premier Website for HSPH Community

The HSPH Dell Premier site is now open!  

To view computer options and computer pricing, faculty and staff are invited to create a Dell Premier Account.

Creating a Dell Premier Account:

  1. Visit computers.harvard.edu site to establish a Dell Premier Account
  2. Click onI have not yet established my Harvard Premier Page account with Dell” if you do not already have a Dell Premier Account.
  3. Click on the HSPH link “Harvard School of Public Health (SPH) – SHOPPER STATUS
  4. Fill out the form to establish an account
  5. Success! 
  6. Visit http://premier.dell.com to view available models, create e-quotes and start shopping!

    If you need “purchaser privileges,” please contact your department administrator.  A purchaser is a departmental representative who can approve equotes.

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Important buying notes:

  • HSPH has selected 5 models as recommended machines based on community purchasing preferences over the past year. These include:
    • Latitude E6400 14.1″ inch laptop
    • Latitude E4200 12″ inch “ultralight” laptop
    • Latitude E4300 13″ inch “lightweight” laptop
    • Optiplex 960 small form factor “workhorse” desktop machine
    • Optiplex 960 minitower “workhorse” desktop machine
  • There are an additional 7 model models recommended by the University including a 15″ laptop, a tablet PC, netbook, two high-end workstations, and an entry-level desktop model. If you have questions about these models or would like to order these models, please contact Chris Cahill, 432-HELP for further assistance.
  • All models may be customized for additional charges using the Dell Premier site. 
  • Desktop models do not include a monitor; however, do include a standard keyboard and mouse.  Please be sure to select a monitor with your desktop purchase.
  • Dell personal and student purchases are offered at a separate Dell site.

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Keep your SMART phone, Blackberry, or iPhone Safe!

SMARTphones, iPhones, and Blackberrys are in use everywhere on the HSPH campus.  As the functionality of these devices increases, it is important to be aware of potential security concerns with these devices. These security issues can have an impact on your computing at HSPH.

cnet.jpgCNET wrote an excellent article last week highlighting the areas of concern with recommendations. 

It may be found at: Using your smartphone safely (FAQ)

To help keep your phones safe, we recommend:

  • Resist the temptation to store any sensitive data on your phone for convenience sake (i.e., username/password combinations, account numbers)
  • Set a phone password.  Nearly all phones have method that requires entering a PIN after a period of inactivity
  • Keep your phone’s software up-to-date.  (i.e., iPhone and Blackberry have regular software updates that include important security patches.)

Learn computer technology at your own pace!

The HSPH IT Office encourages staff participation in University’s low-cost, web-based training program utilizing the vendor Element K.

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ElementK is an excellent option for computer skill-building and career development for all employees. Because the training is self-paced, it fits well into busy work schedules.

Harvard offers a silver version that is recommended for all employees and offers a library of more than 700 titles around the topics of office productivity, design and media.

A gold version at slightly more cost contains hundreds more titles for computer professional.

For pricing information, please see our internal site: Training Costs (HSPH only, pin-protected)

A training license offers:

  • Ability to stop and start the lessons with automatic bookmarking of where you left off
  • 24-hour access
  • Mixture of videos, tutorials, online exercises, problem sets, and reference materials for download
  • Certificates awarded at completion of training classes

Available libraries of courses noting titles of particular interest to HSPH community:

  • Office Productivity Library
    • All Office 2003 and 2007 products including Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Access
    • MS Project
    • Novell Groupwise
    • FileMaker Pro
    • Operating system training including Windows XP and Mac OSX

Sign me up!
To register, visit the Center for Workplace and Development Study site on HARVIE at:
Web-based Computer Training

Example screenshot of course introduction for Adobe Captivate:
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