News and Announcements

New Staff Additions: Chi Mo and TJ Porter

We are pleased to welcome two new additions to the Department of Information Technology, Chi Mo and TJ Porter.  Both Chi Mo and TJ are Northeastern University students and will be working for 6 months full-time as co-ops at HSPH as part of their degree program.  This is TJ’s second co-op assignment at Harvard Chan.

They replace Chris Doherty and Deion Barawid, who completed their assignments with great success.

Chi Mo

Chi Mo, Northeastern co-op

Chi Mo is a candidate for a bachelor of science in information science and will graduate from Northeastern in May 2017.  This is Chi’s first internship as part of  the co-op program.  Before starting at Northeastern, Chi taught English in her native China at various schools and institutions.

Chi enjoys traveling and plays the piano.

She will be working the 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM shift.

TJ Porter is a candidate for a bachelor of science in business administration and will graduate from Northeastern in May 2016.  In addition to his Harvard Chan co-op assignments, TJ was previously a co-op at New England Baptist Hospital.

TJ Porter, Northeastern Co-op

TJ Porter, Northeastern co-op

For you gamers, he is a published contributor to Alienware as an arena writer! He is also a referee and scorekeeper for the Hudson Youth DekHockey League.

He will be working the 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM shift.

Please join us in welcoming Chi and welcoming TJ back to the Harvard School of Public Health!

Harvard Chan Website Update on Monday, February 23

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UPDATE, 2/24/2015: At 1:05 pm, the HSPH website become inaccessible due to a database issue related to the move.  The issue was resolved at 1:50 pm and access to the site was fully restored.

UPDATE, 2/23/2015: The move was successful and all services are operating normally.

On next Monday evening, we will move the School’s website to new servers. We do not anticipate any downtime for the public website in this move.  However, the move will necessitate a short WordPress dashboard lockout for site administrators.  Websites will not be editable until the move is complete.

When will it start?
Monday, February 23rd at 7 PM

How long with it take?
Approximately 3 hours

What is changing?
The web and database servers that support the School homepage website will be moved from our current servers to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Why are we switching servers?
Our move to Amazon Web Services enhances our ability to support high traffic loads and further optimize for greater availability. It also aligns us with a larger University initiative to cloud infrastructure.

Do I need to do anything?
We will test thoroughly after the move, but we ask that each publisher run through their website on Tuesday morning to ensure expected functionality.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: webteam@hsph.harvard.edu.

WordPress Training Opportunities

Word Press LogoThe Harvard Chan Web Team will be offering WordPress training in the Kresge LL6 computer laboratory on the following dates:

  • February 24, 11:30 am
  • March 26, 11:30 am

The training will cover many of the basic WordPress features, including how to edit pages, add images, and configure menus. It will be hands-on in a computer lab, so you can maximize your learning as you follow along.

No need to register, simply join us in the computer lab for an informative session!

For more training sessions and announcements, please check out http://hsph.me/wp.

Monthly Maintenance Window: Sunday, February 15

UPDATE: All updates were successful and systems are fully operational.

On Sunday, February 15th, we will be performing our normal monthly system maintenance to all servers and network gear.  Note: Our normal Thursday window has been moved to Sunday to accommodate the academic calendar.

The maintenance window will last from 7PM to 1AM.

There will be several brief, 5 minute, network outages between 7:00PM and 9:00PM for Landmark Center:

– Network and Internet access from inside SPH Landmark, will be interrupted

The following services will have one or two small outages:
(You can continue to work, but may have brief pauses while services restart)

  • File and Print services
  • ICF File services
  • ICF Print services
  • NetStorage
  • Kanaka
  • Powerfaids and NetPartner
  • Wasabi
  • Virtual desktop system (VDI)
  • Accellion File Transfer service

The following services will be unavailable from 7PM – 10:30 pm:

  • ALICE
  • MyHSPH Portal

The following services will be unaffected during the maintenance window:  

  • Web Server (main www.hsph.harvard.edu site)
  • ALICE Development/Testing systems
  • HUIT ICEmail (Outlook) system
  • Office 365

Please contact our Helpdesk at (617)432-4357 or email helpdesk@hsph.harvard.edu for any questions or concerns you may have regarding this information.

Upcoming maintenance dates:

  • 3/15/2015 – Moved to Sunday, to accommodate Academic Calendar
  • 4/9/2015
  • 5/17/2015 – Moved to Sunday, to accommodate Academic Calendar
  • 6/11/2015

Email Upgrades Scheduled for February 10 Postponed Due to Storm

The email upgrades to Office 365 for the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences scheduled for Tuesday, February 10 have been postponed to Thursday, February 12 due to inclement weather.

In addition, the upgrades scheduled for Thursday, February 12 will be rescheduled for another day.  These include Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research.  We hope to have a new date later this week.

Welcome Back: Kevin Wnek

We are pleased to announce that Kevin Wnek has returned to the department of information technology as our manager of web and application development. Kevin will oversee the web team and student information systems (SIS) team which has been merged into one larger group.

Kevin Wnek

Kevin Wnek returns to HSPH as manager of web and application development. His team can be found at Landmark Center.

Kevin previously worked at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for seven years as a web and application developer, earning several promotions along the way.  In 2012, he left for a position at Thomson Reuters/NASDAQ as a web and streaming developer.

Kevin is a graduate of Northeastern University, where he earned a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering.  While at Harvard, Kevin took advantage of the tuition assistance program, and earned a masters degree in management from Harvard Extension School in 2014.

Please join us in welcoming Kevin back to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health!

New Staff Addition: Shawn DeAntonio

Shawn DeAntonio joined the Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) team in late 2014 as our senior audio-visual systems engineer.  Shawn replaces Sarah Bearse, who left the METS team in late January for a position at Google.

Shawn DeAntonio

Shawn DeAntonio, our new senior audio-visual engineer

Shawn will be working on designing, building and supporting audio/video technology for the School.  He comes to us after more then a decade with Rule Broadcast Systems, a local AV design/build company, where he was director of integration services.

While Shawn is new to this role at Harvard Chan School of Public Health, he has worked on projects at the school for years, including the Leadership Studio and the Distance Teaching and Learning Room in the lower level of the Kresge Building.

Shawn’s first project was updating the audio-visual in our largest computer laboratory, Kresge LL6.  Kresge LL6 reopened on January 26th.

Please join us in welcoming Shawn to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

FXB G11 opens as computer classroom

We are pleased to announce that FXB G11 has opened for the spring and summer semesters as a computer laboratory with seating for 38 students.  Each seat is equipped with a laptop, hardwired network connection, and the full suite of software available in any computer laboratory.  A laser printer has been added to the room.

FXB G11

The room is available both as a computer classroom and for general student use between scheduled classes.

This room replaces Kresge 213 which has gone offline for renovations along with Kresge 201, 210, and 212.  This is the first of a two phase complete renovation & redesign of all the second floor classroom space in Kresge building.

FXB G11