During the Spring 2 semester, HSPH is collaborating with Harvard’s Extension School on a distance learning pilot. The course on global climate change is taught by Professor Aaron Bernstein and a number of guest lecturers. The pilot offers the course both as a residential course at HSPH and also as a distance learning course through the Harvard Extension School.
The course uses a mixture of equipment from HSPH and from Extension School. As part of this pilot, we installed some additional production lighting and audio equipment in Kresge G2 to improve overall production quality.
Professor Bernstein introduces the course at the first session.
Extension School students may view lectures either live or on-demand.
On the technical-side, HSPH’s Sarah Bearse, Christopher Riley, Mike Demarco and Erin Leveille are working with Division of Continuing Education colleagues Christian Wisewarver, Rod Linheim, and James Peregrino on the project.
Professor Walter Willett appeared on both ABC and CBS national news programming this week. The recordings conveniently took place live from the HSPH Leadership Studio on Kresge 10th Floor.
View News Reports:
Soda a day may lead to heart attacks in men, CBS News
Is Red Meat Hazardous to Your Health?, ABC News
The studio productions were staffed by Department of Information Technology’s Sarah Bearse and Christopher Riley.
Did you miss training? Or do you have a few follow-up questions on specific items after being migrated to Outlook?
“Friday Follow-ups” will be held in Kresge LL10 on the following dates and times:
- Friday, March 16, 10 am to noon
- Friday, March 30, 12 noon to 2 pm
- Friday, April 13, 12 noon to 2 pm
- Friday, April 27, 3 pm to 5 pm
An IT staff member will be on hand to answer general Outlook FAQs on an individual basis or on the room’s projection screen where appropriate.
Please bring your questions for these walk-in sessions.
Complete information on the email migration project may be found at: http://hsph.me/outlook
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.
- Alana B. Elias Kornfeld, Editor In Chief, Healthy Living, The Huffington Post
- 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.
The Department of Information Technology is pleased to welcome three migration team staff members, Dulex Cherenfant, Marc Narcisse, and Laura Martos. 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 joins the staff fresh off a Microsoft Outlook migration at another organization. He is A+ computer-certified, has a computer support technician diploma, and has earned several other computer certifications. He has outstanding customer service skills.
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.
Laura joins us from UMass-Boston where she worked as a desktop support specialist and server administrator in support of UMASS-Boston’s learning management system. Laura is a student and will be completing a bachelor of science degree in information technology with a concentration in system administration in 2012.
Please join the IT staff in welcoming them to the HSPH community!
For more information on the email project, please visit http://hsph.me/outlook.
Update: All maintenance was successfully completed.
On Thursday, February 16, 2012, we will be performing our normal system maintenance to all servers and network equipment.
The maintenance window will last from 7:00 PM til 1:00 AM.
The following services will have one or two small outages:
(You can continue to work, but may have brief pauses while services restart)
The following services will be unavailable from 7PM to 10:30PM:
The following services will be unaffected during the maintenance window:
- HPCC system
- HSPH Unix server
- Microsoft Outlook/Exchange (for migrated users)
Future maintenance windows are scheduled for Thursday nights from 7PM to 1AM on the following dates:
- 05/13/2012 – Sunday, due to Academic Calendar
Dear HSPH Community,
As many of you know, the School is planning to convert from our existing GroupWise e-mail system to Microsoft Outlook 2010 over the course of the next six months. We invite you to attend a general overview session about our migration plans, which will be held in Kresge G-1 on February 3, from 1-2 p.m. We will also be holding detailed meetings with each Department as the time for its conversion gets closer. In the meanwhile, we wanted to share our overall approach and proposed timeline with you.
Below find links to 2 documents (PIN-enabled) you may wish to review.
- The first document provides a more technical description for what to expect during the conversion and some of the expected impacts the conversion may have on users. As members of the University Outlook platform, we will need to conform to university guidelines regarding such things as attachment size, mailbox size, and mobile device connectivity. VIEW ATTACHMENT 1
- The second document outlines the current proposed conversion schedule. We will begin meeting with Departments several weeks prior to the conversion to go over the actual migration process with you, your training dates, etc. VIEW SCHEDULE
There are a number of things you can do to assist in making this a smooth transition. To the extent that you have time, we would appreciate it if you could begin to:
- Review your e-mail folders and please consider deleting items you no longer need. Overall, the new default mailbox size will be 5 GB, with a maximum system limit of 25 GB. We will identify and contact users who have email in excess of this limitation.
- We will not be able to migrate e-mails with attachment sizes over 40 MB. We will be contacting users who currently exceed this limit, to assist with an alternative solution.
- We ask all users to fill out a brief survey of your email environment at: http://hsph.me/outlook.
Student email accounts will be migrated to a university contracted GMAIL system (for students) which provides students with a Harvard email account for life, at no cost. Student accounts will be migrated separately in 3 waves:
- new students’ accounts for Summer/Fall 2012 will be created in GMAIL;
- graduating students will remain on GroupWise until after Commencement; and
- continuing students will be migrated to GMAIL after the completion of the faculty and staff migrations.
You should look for more information to be coming your way from the I/T Dept. over the coming weeks and months, as we work to migrate the entire school with a minimum disruption to your normal daily activities and email usage. Please check our HSPH email migration website regularly for the latest updates and helpful information about this project: http://hsph.me/outlook
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this major I/T endeavor.
Chief for Information Technology
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.
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.
The Department of Information Technology would like to thank the community for their support of the IT computer training program.
In the fall, we offered 3 levels of MS Excel 2010, MS Access 2010, MS Visio 2010, and MS Project 2010. We also had an introductory technical session for MS Outlook 2010, preparing IT professionals for our email migration. In total, nearly 100 staff members took part in training, and we filled 88% of the available seats.
We are currently working on a spring training schedule. We will offer a significant amount of half day Microsoft Outlook 2010 quick start classes. They will be scheduled around departmental migrations to the new email platform. As a result of community suggestions we also plan on offering Level 4 of Microsoft Excel, which includes training in Visual Basic to create custom macros.
If you have suggestions for courses please contact Deane Eastwood, Assistant IT Director at 432-3613, email@example.com by January 20, 2011.
We also encourage the community to explore our new Lynda.com work stations in the Instructional Computing Facility. These work stations provide full access to thousands of self-paced training videos on a variety of computer topics from Microsoft titles to social media websites such as LinkedIN, Twitter, Facebook, and many of Google’s offerings.
The Department of Information Technology will be providing limited phone support hours to assist the community with computer issues during the winter break.
Phone support hours are as follows:
Friday, December 23rd: closed
Monday, December 26th: closed
Tuesday, December 27th: 10 am to 1 pm
Wednesday, December 28th: 10 am to 1 pm
Thursday, December 29th: 10 am to 1 pm
Friday, December 30th: 10 am to 1 pm
Monday, January 2rd: closed
Emergency phone number:
Walk-in service will not be available from December 23rd through January 2nd. The Helpdesk will reopen for walk-in service on Tuesday, January 3rd at 8:00 am.
Please note that all core systems (e.g., email, network, web servers, server rooms) are monitored throughout the break by the IT staff. These systems are monitored 24/7/365.
We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday break and look forward to working with you in 2012.
HSPH Department of Information Technology