Category Archives: Media Services

TEDxHSPH to be held on April 5, 2012

HSPH’s Office for Educational Programs and the HSPH Student Government will be hosting TEDxHSPH as part of the TEDxChange 2012 event live from Berlin. The event includes a simulcast of the event live from Berlin followed by a local program.

The event will be held in the HSPH Leadership Studio.

TEDxChange 2012 – April 5, 2012, live from Berlin

TEDxChange 2012 is a TEDx event co-organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TED. Convened by Melinda French Gates and hosted by Chris Anderson, TEDxChange will focus on issues surrounding global health and development. TEDxChange type events are TEDx events hosted around the live webcast of TEDxChange, and also feature local speakers. Our event is called TEDxHSPH, and is one of many TEDx events happening around the globe on April 5th that will expand on the ideas brought up at TEDxChange 2010.

About the Tedxchange Program

TODAY: Watch Live Forum Webcast

Rethinking Health and Education Policy

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


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


  • 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.


  • Tweet your questions using the hash tag #kidsforum
  • E-mail
  • Submit your questions to the Community Discussion page


  • 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.

Live from the Leadership Studio

HSPH faculty member Gregory Connolly was interviewed from the HSPH Leadership Studio on January 10, 2012 by ABC News on recent research that reveals that nicotine replacement therapies may not be effective in helping people quit smoking.

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One day earlier, HSPH researcher Hillel Alpert was interviewed by the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC) on the same study.

See also: HSPH press release and Harvard Gazette article.


Upgrades to Kresge G1, G2, and G3 slated for December 19-21

UPDATE: All upgrades were successfully completed.

The Department of Information Technology will be making significant upgrades to the infrastructure that powers Kresge G1, G2, and G3 control systems from Monday, December 19, 2011 through Wednesday, December 21, 2011.   Similar upgrades were made to Kresge 213 and to the HSPH central control room earlier in 2011.  The only change noticeable for instructors and presenters will be new and improved touchscreens.

This works completes modest upgrades to keep our busiest rooms fully operational and without fail.

All of these rooms now have new projectors, new touch panels, and new processors.  In addition to the work in these rooms, projectors were replaced in our largest student computing laboratory, Kresge LL6.

Live chat demonstration

The recent Forum@HSPH event, held on Wednesday, October 20, 2011, demonstrated live chat technology during the event.

More than 150 people tuned into the live broadcast and a few dozen actively participated in the chat adding a new dimension to the event.  The chat allowed people to login as a guest or with their Facebook or Twitter credentials.  People that logged in via Twitter or Facebook could easily share their comments via a chat sharing feature.

The chat room was staffed with a moderator who answered questions, monitored the chat, and passed questions along to the event room.

On-demand video of the event entitled “Reforming the 2012 Farm Bill: Subsidies, Food Assistance, and America’s Health” may be viewed on the Forum site.

Watch the next Forum at HSPH on your iPhone or iPad

The next Forum at HSPH event is tomorrow, October 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm and entitled:

Reforming the 2012 Farm Bill: Subsidies, Food Assistance, and America’s Health

Try watching the event on your iPhone or iPad!

Tech Talk:  The Forum’s video page auto detects your mobile device and delivers an optimized stream for your device.  Video is hosted by an external vendor, MobileCDN, and fed from an encoder in the HSPH control room in Kresge G29.   The Leadership Studio, like many locations at HSPH, feed audio and video to the Kresge G29 control room over a fiber connection.

Smith Street Conference Rooms Completed

All Smith Street conference rooms have been completed.   The remaining rooms on the 1st and 4th floors were completed in early-September.  Training was held for the community on September 20, 2011.

“How-to” guides for each room may be found in the rooms or may be requested via email from the HSPH Helpdesk,, 432-HELP.

The 3rd floor location only has a Cisco Telepresence unit that allows for either telepresence calls or traditional video conferencing calls utilizing a Harvard bridge.  If you need further information on scheduling a video conference, please contact the Helpdesk.

If you need assistance on room operation in any of the six conference rooms of Smith Street, please contact the Helpdesk at 432-HELP.

Smith Street 3rd Floor Conference Room

Smith Street 3rd Floor Conference Room


Television Hits from HSPH Leadership Studio

Professor Eric Rimm was interviewed by ABC News from the HSPH Leadership Studio on September 15, 2011.  This new broadcast feature allows faculty and researchers to reach broadcast networks for live or recorded high definition interviews without leaving HSPH.

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This is the third successful television interview held in the Leadership Studio since we launched the broadcast service late this summer.

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Technical management of the HSPH Leadership Studio is provided by Sarah Bearse.

The Studio connects to Level 3’s Vyvx Network via fiber from HSPH to downtown Boston.  HSPH has contracted with Videolink of Newton to provide additional assistance with technical aspects of working the networks.

If you have media requests that could utilize this new HSPH offering, please contact Todd Datz, Director of News and Online Communications, Office of External Relations, 617-432-8413,