Category Archives: IT Staff News

New Staff Member: Jacob Yerdon

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire Jacob Yerdon. Jake will work as a senior web and application developer for the HSPH web team. Jake replaces Kevin Wnek who left IT for Thomson Reuters and the position of senior web and streaming developer.

Jake joins us from Lockheed Martin where he worked for four years in two different roles; first as a systems integration analyst and more recently as a data warehouse analyst.  Prior to his work at Lockheed, he was a computer specialist for Madison-Oneida Regional Information Center where he helped coordinate the mass  implementation of a school management software used by over 30 New York public schools in central/upstate New York.

Jake has excellent experience with and knowledge of open source technologies/languages including PHP, WordPress, AJAX and MySQL.  He has become an immediate asset in working on the HSPH website rebranding and migration to WordPress, a project that is scheduled for launch in November.

Jake Yerdon

Jake has both a bachelor of science and master of science degree from SUNY Institute of Technology.

In his new role as senior web and application developer, Jake will contribute to many important processes and projects, including:

  • HSPH website redesign
  • MyHSPH portal development
  • Maintenance and enhancement of the HSPH web team’s portfolio of web applications
  • Oversight of our Google technologies (search, analytics)
  • Training end users on use of web technology

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

Interesting facts:
Away from work, Jake enjoys candy-making and spent several years making gourmet chocolate before trying his hand in the Italian wine industry.

 

HSPH IT Welcomes Fall Coops

We are pleased to welcome two coops this fall from Roxbury Community College, Hansel Ruiz and  Moses Mokuolu.  This placement is part of a new partnership coordinated by the HSPH Office of Human Resources.

Hansel and Moses will work ~10-12 hours each per week.  They are both candidates for an associate degree in Information System Technology and have outstanding technical skills.  They will provide computer support to the community at the Helpdesk as well as in the field with support and training provided by our User Services team.

New HSPH coop Hansel Ruiz

New HSPH coop Moses Mokuolo

Our Harvard Hero

Congratulations to Sarah Bearse, HSPH Leadership Studio Technical Manager, for being recognized by the University in the Harvard Heroes Program.  With many outstanding candidates from all over the University, only 49 individuals from more than 12,000 Harvard staff were selected as Harvard Heroes in 2012.

 

On June 5th, Sarah and her invited guests (family, friends, and colleagues) will attend a celebration for 2012 Harvard Heroes in Sanders Theater hosted by President Faust with a reception in the Harvard Faculty Club.

Sarah received the news from our HR Partner Elissa Chambers and Robin Herman, Director of the Forum at HSPH

 

 

Deane Eastwood to participate in Frye Leadership Institute

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).

Congratulations Deane!

Taso Markatos
HSPH Chief Information Officer

Deane Eastwood (right) and Office for Educational Program’s Amy Cohen at Harvard Commencement in 2010

 

 

 

TODAY: Watch Live Forum Webcast

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.

MODERATOR

  • Alana B. Elias Kornfeld, Editor In Chief, Healthy Living, The Huffington Post

EXPERT PARTICIPANTS

  • 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.

Migration Team Additions to IT Staff

The Department of Information Technology is pleased to welcome three migration team staff members, Dulex Cherenfant and Marc Narcisse.  These staff members will be with us through the email migration and will work in the field getting users up and running on their migration day.  All have outstanding experience with Microsoft Outlook and mobile devices.

Dulex Cherenfant
Dulex joins the staff fresh off a Microsoft Outlook migration at another organizationHe is A+ computer-certified, has a computer support technician diploma, and has earned several other computer certifications.  He has outstanding customer service skills.

Marc Narcisse
Marc rejoins the HSPH staff after being a Year Up Boston intern for us in 2010-2011.  Marc has excellent general computer skills and is familiar with the HSPH Helpdesk operation.  As an intern, he was a top performer in closing tickets.  We welcome him back to HSPH.

For more information on the email project, please visit http://hsph.me/outlook.

 

Congratulations to our "Stars!"

The Department of Information Technology would like to recognize our long-service employees who were celebrated at the annual HSPH Celebration with the Stars on February 16, 2012.

Celebrating 10 years of Service

Celebrating 20 years of Service

Celebrating 30 years of Service

  • Taso Markatos, Chief Information Officer

A special thank you to Christopher Riley for his video production work for the Celebration with the Stars event as well as Nathan Varney, Michael Demarco, and David Shelton for their supporting roles in the production.

 

TODAY: Watch Live Forum Webcast

THE TOXIC STRESS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD ADVERSITY:
Rethinking Health and Education Policy

  • Date: TODAY, Tuesday, February 7, 2012
  • Time: 3-4 PM ET
  • Watch at www.ForumHSPH.org  and share the link with your colleagues.
  • Join the live chat, which will begin at 2:30 PM ET.

MODERATOR

  • Abigail Trafford, Author and Former Health Editor, The Washington Post

EXPERT PARTICIPANTS

  • Jack Shonkoff, Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, and Professor of Child Health and Development, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Robert Block, President, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Roberto Rodríguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy, The White House

Evidence suggests that for the youngest children, prolonged or severe exposure to abuse, neglect and economic hardship — exacerbated by a dearth of stable, supportive relationships with adults — can provoke a “toxic stress response” with lifelong consequences. Such stress may influence brain development and increase the risk for illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. While efforts have been made for decades to intervene early in children’s lives, the results have not always been resounding. This Forum event will examine how health and education policies can be both harnessed and revamped to counteract early childhood adversity and will include a discussion of a new policy statement, “Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Role of the Pediatrician: Translating Developmental Science Into Lifelong Health,” issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

ASK THE EXPERT PARTICIPANTS

  • Tweet your questions using the hash tag #kidsforum
  • E-mail theforum@hsph.harvard.edu
  • Submit your questions to the Community Discussion page

PARTICIPATE DURING THE LIVE WEBCAST

  • In addition to our 2:30 p.m. live chat, you can participate in our Twitter conversation by using the hashtag #kidsforum. We’ll also be live-tweeting from @ForumHSPH.

TV Off, Oven On

Congratulations to Kevin Wnek, HSPH senior web developer, and his student project team from MGMT E-6640 Social Media Marketing at Harvard Extension School for having their blog featured on the main HSPH Facebook feed this week.

“TV Off, Oven On is an online community supporting busy parents with recipes, resources and ideas. Our mission is to give people the tools and confidence they need to foster healthy eating habits for the entire family and re-engage around the kitchen table.”

Kevin’s eggplant, caramelized onion and goat cheese pizza recipe looks delicious!

Website:

Educational Efforts in HSPH Department of Information Technology
A high percentage of HSPH IT staff members are enrolled in courses or degree programs.  We have celebrated with three staff members over the past three years as they received Harvard degrees.

New Staff Member: Erin B. Leveille

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire Erin B. Leveille. Erin will work as an Instructional Technologist in the Instructional Computing Facility. Erin replaces Amy Cohen who has left IT for the Office for Educational Programs and the position of director of educational technology.

Erin joins us from the Department of Economics at FAS where she worked for three years providing webmaster and computer support to the busiest and largest department of the College. Erin provided support and training on the use of Harvard’s iSites learning management system. She also provided support for more than 20 faculty members as part of a team, maintained the department’s website and staff wiki, produced a weekly newsletter, created promotional materials for the department, and provided general software and hardware troubleshooting to staff.

Erin has also spent time as a Service Desk Technician at Kennedy School of Government where she provided phone support for the community and routed calls to technical staff in the field.

erin.jpg

Photo by David Shelton

Erin is a graduate of Stonehill College where she earned a bachelor of arts in English and economics. She is currently a master of liberal arts (ALM) degree candidate in the visual arts program at Harvard Extension School.

In her new role as instructional technologist, Erin will contribute to many important processes and projects, including:

  • Supporting the HSPH Courseware (Harvard’s iSites)
  • Overseeing HSPH computer laboratory operation in all locations (Kresge LL19, Shattuck, Landmark)
  • Managing HSPH computer classroom operation (Kresge 209, 210, 213, LL10, and LL6)
  • Teaching training sessions to faculty and students on a variety of technologies including Cisco telepresence, video conferencing, web conferencing, Skype, and other software packages.
  • Working on special projects for the Department of Information Technology

We are very excited about Erin’s mix of technical, writing, and customer service skills. Please join us in welcoming Erin to our technical staff and to the HSPH community!

Interesting facts:
Away from work, Erin greatly enjoys various types of crafting, reading, cooking, baking, attending sports events and developing photography skills.