Monthly Archives: December 2009

Share HSPH with Twitter


Want to share a Harvard School of Public Health web page with the world?  Take a look at the new addition to our Sharing feature: Twitter.

How it works:

  • Click on the ‘Share’ icon at the top-right of any page on the HSPH website
  • Then, click on the Twitter icon at the bottom right.  This will direct you to your Twitter account with a preformatted title and shortened link to the page you’re tweeting.
  • If you don’t have an existing Twitter account, you can sign up for one on the Twitter site.

Sharing at HSPH with Twitter
It’s that easy.  Utilizing Twitter will help our users share their favorite information from our site with their peers. 

What is Twitter?
“Twitter is a free service that lets you keep in touch with people through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What’s happening?”  —

For more information, check out the Twitter Frequently Asked Questions page.

HSPH Website Migration Completed

On Monday, December 21st at 6pm the migration of the main HSPH Website was completed. Launching capabilities have been restored in the HSPH Publisher and publishing updates will appear immediately as before with no delay.


  • New server is faster, more flexible, and has a larger storage capacity
  • New server is virtualized and part of HSPH’s disaster recovery plan.  In
    case of an emergency, this will enable IT to fully restore the main web
    server from our offsite DR location in a matter of hours.

A special thanks goes out to the HSPH Server Team, HSPH Web Team, and University
Information Systems
for making this switch possible.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this migration please email the HSPH Web Team at

Web Server Move on Monday

On Monday, December 21 beginning at 3 pm, there will be a delay in publishing new content to the HSPH website ( for several hours.   The Department of Information Technology is moving the website to new hardware and making necessary network changes in coordination with University Information Systems.


Community Impact:

  • The HSPH website will remain accessible for all users.  Internal and external website visitors should not see any impact.
  • All web applications will be fully accessible. 
  • The HSPH Publisher (CMS) will not allow publishing for 2-3 hours.  Any content updated in the HSPH Publisher will be delayed for several hours and will require a relaunch once our work has been completed.
  • Users with FTP accounts will likewise experience a delay in their content being updated.


  • New server is faster, more flexible, and has a larger storage capacity
  • New server is virtualized and part of HSPH’s disaster recovery plan.  In case of an emergency, this will enable IT to fully restore the main web server from our offsite DR location in a matter of hours.

New Staff Member: Mike DeMarco

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire, Michael DeMarco.  Michael will work as a senior user support specialist in our User Services Group and will provide helpdesk, desktop, classroom, and media services support to the community.

Michael is a graduate of Johnson State College in Vermont where he earned a bachelors of science degree in environmental science.

Prior to a brief contract assignment at Harvard Business School, Michael spent 3 years at the Liberty Hotel in Boston where he coordinated all aspects of information technology for a busy 300-room luxury hotel.  His work included VOIP networking, wireless computing, audio-visual conference services, security systems, and hotel management computer systems.


Photo by Julie Lantz

Michael worked previously at IDX/General Electric Healthcare as a technical support specialist where he provided customer service support for hospital billing applications nationally.  Working closely with network and server engineers, he worked through issues from problem notification to resolution.

Michael has significant experience training staff members on use of software as well as in managing complex technical projects.

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

Interesting fact:  Michael was a NSCAA first team all-American in soccer playing soccer at both University of Vermont and Johnson State College.  After graduation, he spent some time coaching soccer.

Kresge LL6 network upgrade scheduled

Adding to our winter recess work schedule, the IT Office will be upgrading the network and computer wiring in Kresge LL6 between the Christmas Holiday and New Years holiday. 

Kresge LL6 is HSPH’s largest computer classroom.  This upgrade will ensure that all machines have outstanding and reliable connections to the network. 

Work will be lead by HSPH Network Manager Stephen Riccardi.


Photo by David Shelton, User Services Group

FXB G12 and G13 Audio-Visual Renovations Scheduled

The FXB G12 and G13 classrooms will be renovated over the holiday recess.  Work will begin just before recess on December 21, 2009 and continue through January 3, 2010.

The renovations will feature:

  • New custom maple desks
  • New easy-to-use room controls
  • Upgraded microphones, speakers, and amps
  • Upgraded wiring and AV matrix switch
  • Addition of a document camera
  • Fiber connection to the HSPH control room on the Kresge G-level

Early in 2010, we will reprogram our control room to accept audio, video and VGA (computer, laptop, document camera) feeds from FXB G11, G12, and G13.  This will increase our quantity of potential course and event capture sites to nine.  Existing capture locations are Kresge G1, G2, G3, 213, 502, and the Kresge courtyard.

FXB G11 was renovated in August 2009.  New projectors and screens were already added to FXB G11 and G12 in August 2008.

Sarah Bearse, group leader for media services, will lead our renovation efforts.


The wiring shown above will be simplified and cleaned up.

Presenters will have a new document camera available. This is the same model that has been installed in Kresge 502 and FXB G11.