The first Forum at HSPH event, The Impact of the 2010 Elections on US Health Reform, will be held on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm.
Tune in at http://www.forumhsph.org and watch the event live on your PC or MAC.
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The new 10th floor Forum room features seating for 40 people as well as state-of-the-art audio and video, production lighting and sound, video conferencing, and web streaming.
Sarah Bearse, HSPH’s audio-visual engineer, played a key role in designing the audio-visual room system with Ian Tosh from Rule Engineering and Jon Barkan from Communications for Learning.
Many other IT staff members participated throughout this project making important contributions including
- Christopher Ternan (graphic design and web development), Blain Smith (web development and streaming),
- Kevin Wnek (web development and streaming),
- Nate Varney (audio-visual engineering),
- Chris Riley (video) and Steve Riccardi (network and telepresence).
Finally, thank you to Larry Bouthillier, Eric Parker, and others on the Icommons staff for their assistance and support with mobile streaming.
We look forward to many great events in the room!
On October 26, 2010, User Services’ Patrick Creedon hosted a brown bag luncheon on the iPad at HSPH. The event filled up quickly and was well received. Thank you to all that attended!
We have arranged for a second session on Wednesday, November 17th in Kresge room 110 at 12:00pm.
Space is limited so please RSVP to the Helpdesk by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for announcements on future brown bag discussions:
- December: Communication options (Skype, Webex/web conferencing, video conferencing and telepresence)
- January: Mac support at HSPH
Ipad Event Information:
You may have noticed that User Services’ staff members have been accessing Helpdesk tickets and completing other field work on iPads. Over the past three months, we have been piloting iPads to assist us in our day-to-day activities. We would now like to share with you what we have learned about their usefulness at HSPH.
Please join us on Tuesday, November 26th in Kresge room 110 at 12:00pm for an informal session on this emerging techology. This session will be hosted by User Services’ Patrick Creedon. Patrick previously worked part-time at the Apple Store and is our local Mac expert. We will have iPads on hand for you to test.
Some topics Patrick will cover:
- Learn about purchasing and basic information
- Learn about popular Ipad applications
- Learn about email, calendaring, viewing meeting materials, and more
- Bring your questions!
The fourth item in Harvard University’s Information Security Mandate “Finding High Risk Confidential Information (HRCI),” requires that each School must ensure that all University-owned computers and servers are annually scanned to locate High Risk Confidential Information (HRCI).
In response to this University mandate and over the next few weeks, the HSPH Department of Information Technology will begin deploying a new security product called Data Loss Prevention (DLP), from McAfee. This product will be used to scan all HSPH-owned PC’s and servers for HRCI annually. Once the automated scan of your computer is completed, each user will receive an email from the DLP system, listing any files which meet the preset patterns for HRCI, such as social security numbers. The user is then responsible for investigating and remediating the information as necessary.
As a reminder to everyone, the Harvard Enterprise Information Security Policy states that no High Risk Confidential Information may be stored on any PC, laptop or other portable media, and approval must be obtained from the University and school Security officers prior to storing any HRCI data on a secure server.
The University’s complete Information Security policy can be found at: http://www.security.harvard.edu/
Note: this offering is for PCs only, Macs are not targeted at this time.
For questions or assistance with this policy, please contact Andy Ross, HSPH Security Manager at 617-432-1279 or email@example.com.
On September 16, 2010, the Department of Information Technology upgraded its spam and virus filtering applications to the latest version of Barracuda Network’s product.
All users should be aware of one key change. You will be required to enter your entire email address (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org) as your username instead of your HSPH Edirectory username (e.g., jdoe). The new version continues to send you a daily email and has all the same features as the former version.
Visit your email quarantine: https://quarantine.sph.harvard.edu
Username: your hsph email address (email@example.com)
Password: your local HSPH Edirectory password (same as email, Novell login, etc.)
Please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or problems.
In early August, the school published its first iPhone and Android mobile application called Harvard Public Health News.
This effort was lead by Sam Harp, Director of Marketing, Office for External Relations. IT’s Christopher Ternan, HSPH webmaster, visually designed the application and provided technical support for the effort.
The HSPH Public Health News app is designed to help members of the HSPH Community and others connect with each other and stay up-to-date on breaking public health news and research, plus events and activities going around the school.
The app features:
- News and Information: top news stories, press releases, global health news stories, twitter feed, …
- Multimedia: videos from HSPH Youtube channel, podcasts, photos
- Community: message boards, calendar, Facebook Connect
- And more including historical information about HSPH
The application is powered by a product called MobileRoadie.
Download the app!
Follow this link on your iPhone to download from iTunes or search the App Store for “HSPH.”
HSPH Information Technology is pleased to announce that HSPH is participating with other Harvard faculties and Harvard-affiliated hospitals in a new telepresence pilot that utilizes bandwith of the Internet 2 for high-end video conferencing.
HSPH has installed a Cisco telepresence 500 machine in the Instructional Computing Facility conference room (Kresge LL19) that can communicate with other similarly equipped locations around the world. Initial meetings with offices in Cambridge on the main campus have been impressive.
Cisco TelePresence systems “combine life-like, ultra-high-definition video (1080p), quality audio, a specially designed environment, and interactive elements to create the feeling of being in person with meeting participants in remote locations. This simple, easy-to-use solution allows you and other participants to communicate naturally and effectively.”
If you have potential uses for this new device, please contact Taso Markatos, Chief for Information Technology with potential uses (i.e., research projects with other universities that may have telepresence units).
For further information, please visit:
There are still three seats remaining in next Tuesday’s Adobe Captivate training.
The session will be held on Tuesday, June 22 from 9 am to 4 pm in Kresge 209.
In the course, you will use Adobe Captivate to:
- Record a software demonstration and simulation
- Create a quiz
- Organize presentations
- Publish presentations
To register, please visit our spring computer training registration form.
In addition to broadcasting commencement in HD, the HSPH Department of Information Technology is piloting a mobile live stream of commencement to iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices.
Mobile streams locations will be available at
beginning at approximatley 1:30 pm on Commencement Day, Thursday, May
Below is a screenshot of a live broadcast from Kresge G1 on an Apple iPad.
The HSPH Department of Information Technology is pleased to announce HSPH’s participation in the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP).
This provision in the University’s Microsoft enterprise license, allows HSPH faculty and staff to purchase:
- Microsoft Office 2007 for PC
- Microsoft Offce 2008 for Mac
- Microsoft Project 2007
- Microsoft Visio 2007
for personal home use on non-Harvard owned machines at deep discounts.
For costs and purchasing information please visit:
Harvard/Microsoft at Home (HSPH only, Pin-protected)
The HSPH Information Technology Department is pleased to host a technology day in the HSPH Kresge cafeteria atrium on March 17, 2010 from 11 am to 2 pm.
During lunch, we’ll have tables set up in the cafeteria atrium where you can:
- Test drive new computers and laptops from Dell and speak with one of Harvard’s Dell representatives
- Speak with representatives from Polycom about video conferencing options.
- Stop by and talk with our staff about new products. Bring your questions!
- Learn how to reserve and use our services including Webex web conferencing and Polycom video conferencing
- Learn about Microsoft upgrades offered through the University Enterprise Agreement
- Learn about upcoming training opportunities