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Tech Day will be held on September 25

Tech Day 2014Do you have technology questions and don’t know who to ask? Have you ever wondered who all these “IT” folks are and how they can help you? Do you like free stuff? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in luck!

The HSPH Information Technology department is hosting a Tech Day on:

September 25th from 12:30 to 2 in the Kresge Cafeteria Atrium

We’ll be showing off the latest tech from tablets to video conferencing, hosting mini-talks, and raffling away prizes.

Come join us, meet the team, and have a great time.

Tentative Agenda

Tables:

  • Dell — representatives from Dell will have the latest laptop, tablets and other machines available through the Harvard contract.
  • Harvard TPC — representatives from Harvard’s Technology Product Center will have the latest Apple products available through the Harvard contract.
  • Office 365 — User Services Team will demonstrate Office 365, a cloud-based email that HSPH will be migrating to in 2015.
  • WordPress — the HSPH web team will demonstrate and explain the School’s site-wide responsive design on a variety of devices.
  • Canvas — Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) will demonstrate Canvas, the learning management system that HSPH and Harvard are rolling out over the next year.
  • MediaSite — METS will demonstrate MediaSite, HSPH’s new course capture system that was launched in September 2014.
  • BlueJeans – BlueJeans video conferencing will host a remote session to demonstrate their video conferencing bridging service.
  • Virtual Desktops – The server team will be demonstrating our new virtual desktop, which will allow you to work on the same desktop from anywhere…

Tours:

  • We will offer quick 10 minute tours of the two new distance learning studios in Kresge LL and the HSPH server room.
Tech Day 2012

Hundreds of people stopped by a previous tech day to view new products and services.

Mini-talks (15 minute Q&A talks in Kresge 110):

  • Apple support: What do we offer?
  • Personal security (HRCI, Encryption, Privacy, and Virus Protection)
  • Digital signage
  • Google analytics
  • General Q & A

New Staff Member: Kevin Brunswick

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire Kevin Brunswick. Kevin joins the Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) team as an educational video production specialist.

Kevin Brunswick, Educational Video Production Specialist

Kevin Brunswick, educational video production specialist

Kevin joins us after working the past six years as an independent audio and video producer. He has worked for a variety of clients for documentary, industrial, corporate and live events.  Kevin worked with production companies Jamtron and Beryllium and traveled to Scotland, Ireland, China, and Spain with creative staff from inside the travel and education company EF Tours. Kevin has also produced outreach videos for the Harvard Graduate School of Education and flipped classroom video for Suffolk University Law School.

Kevin brings many years of experience with audio-visual technology to HSPH.  Prior to embarking on his freelance production career, Kevin managed operations for the sales division of Rule Boston Camera, where he acquired AV equipment installation experience.

Kevin is a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in communications with a focus on film production.

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

Interesting fact:
Kevin is the technical director for a WBUR radio program, podcast, and live event called You’re the Expert where a panel of comedians guess what an academic studies.   It’s educational and it’s fun!

New Staff Addition: Cassandra Depietro

We are pleased to welcome Cassandra Depietro to the Department of Information Technology. Cassie began a summer internship on June 4 working for the Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) team.

Cassie DepietroShe is currently a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying applied mathematics where she maintains an impressive 3.7 GPA. In 2013, she completed her bachelor of science in mathematics at Fairfield University where she was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society.

She will assist the METS team in preparing for our migration from iSites to Canvas learning management system as well with testing statistical software within our virtual desktop infrastructure environment.

Previously, Cassie has worked as a teaching assistant at UMass, a research assistant at Fairfield, and a math tutor at Mathnasium Learning Center. She has also studied abroad at Regent’s American College in London.

Please join us in welcoming Cassie to the Harvard School of Public Health!

Renovation of Kresge LL19 Office Area

From December 26, 2013, through January 17, 2014 (winter recess and winter session), Kresge LL19 will be undergoing a modest renovation to the office area.

Benefits of the renovation include:

  • Consolidation of staff members that support teaching and learning
  • Larger area for student workers and student support
  • Collaborative area for tutorials and document sharing

While we will attempt to minimize impact to computer laboratory usage in LL19, it may periodically be noisy.  Computer laboratories in Kresge 209, Kresge 210, and Kresge LL6 are available for use and quiet study.

The renovation does not impact the number of available computers in Kresge LL19.  No changes are being made to the carrel space.

Kresge LL19 Laboratory

Kresge LL19 Student Computing Laboratory

 

Congratulations to Erin Provensal!

We are pleased to announce that Erin Provensal, an instructional technologist in Media and Educational Technology Services (METS), was selected as one of HSPH’s first A.C.E. Award recipients.

Mike Kan, Executive Dean for Administration with Erin Provensal

Mike Kan, Executive Dean for Administration, congratulates Erin on the A.C.E. Award

Erin was selected for her outstanding work supporting new educational initiatives, including:

  • providing staffing and production support in HSPH’s distance learning studio for programs in Saudi Arabia, Cyprus and other locations;
  • working with faculty and teaching assistants in the Edx/HarvardX platform for pilot flipped classroom courses; and
  • creating pilot courses in Canvas as part of the Harvard Learning Management Ecosystem project.
Deane Eastwood (left), Erin Provensal, and Taso Markatos (right)

Deane Eastwood (left), Erin Provensal, and Taso Markatos (right)

Please join us in congratulating Erin!

About the A.C.E Awards
Acknowledging Commitment and Excellence (A.C.E) recognizes those who go “that extra mile” in any of a number of ways. Once a quarter, up to 5 employees will be awarded a gift card through A.C.E. to be delivered by an HSPH Senior Leader.

For more information on recognition programs at HSPH, please visit the Office for Human Resources website.