New health education program uses TelePresence
|Students can interact with physicians, faculty through scalable technology.|
On Wednesday, November 20, local educators, the media and the First Lady of Ohio, Karen W. Kasich, attended a kickoff event for Ohio Connected Health Education at the John Hay High School campus. During the event, students from Cleveland Early College High School were present in the room, while students from the Cleveland School for Science and Medicine and John R. Buchtel Community Learning Center in Akron participated through TelePresence videoconferencing. Dr. Robert Haynie of Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine demonstrated how the technology can be used by giving all three groups a talk about preventing heart disease from his location on the Case Western Reserve campus.
The Ohio Connected Health Education initiative seeks to educate high school students on health, wellness and chronic disease prevention. With help from Cisco and Case Western Reserve University, students in this program can interact with and learn from doctors and health educators using TelePresence videoconferencing technology. Information Technology Services project-managed the installation of five TelePresence units at the John Hay High School campus, Akron's John R. Buchtel Community Learning Center City, Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The Cleveland Clinic Office of Civic Education Initiatives and Cleveland Clinic Children's also played key roles in the implementation of the curriculum. It is hoped that the initiative will be seen as an affordable health education model that other schools can adopt in order to extend the reach of education into the community and encourage underrepresented youth to become Ohio's next-generation of medical and healthcare professionals.
Mrs. Kasich described how she is committed to making health and wellness education more accessible to students as a means to prevent chronic disease. She said, "I think this technology is important, because not only does it elevate the number of students that we can reach, but it makes it [health education] real for them. They're able to instantaneously connect with health professionals, and it's very exciting for them to learn the technology."
Dr. Eric Gordon, CEO of Cleveland Municipal Schools, who was also in attendance, described the scalability of the videoconference-based education program. "Today is an example of the power of this technology," he said. "The beauty is that the replication is so easy." He also lauded the technology for promoting collaboration-based education. "It lets our students interact with each other, as well as with the scientists and medical professionals that they aspire to be," he concluded.
The Connected Health Education curriculum will continue at the three high schools through the end of the academic year.
Local television station WEWS Channel 5 ran a story about the event on its website.
First Lady Karen W. Kasich (far left) talks to scholars of the Early College High School about the importance of widespread health education. Dr. Robert Haynie (left) and Dean Pamela Davis (right) of the School of Medicine appear on the TelePresence screen.
|Case Western Reserve University becomes first university to upgrade to Ohio's 100-gigabit network||Connection will speed research and data transfer.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University will benefit from infrastructure improvements that increase the capacity of the university’s network connection to the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), which provides access to Internet2 and other Ohio research universities. The improvements, funded by a National Science Education grant, begin this month.
The increase in bandwidth from 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) to 100 Gbps will allow scientists and researchers to move large volumes of data between Case Western Reserve and other academic institutions at a significantly faster rate. This new 100 Gbps connection is the first component in Case Western Reserve’s expanded research network to integrate the high performance computing system and science-centric data transfer nodes.
Additionally, the award permits Case Western Reserve’s Division of Information Technology Services (ITS) to increase the bandwidth of four research buildings from 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps.
“Giving researchers access to a 10 Gbps network path will mean reducing transfer times from three hours to 20 minutes when working with a 1 Terabyte dataset,” says Dan Matthews, the university’s manager of network engineering and security.
These enhancements will allow Case Western Reserve researchers and students to move large volumes of data within the campus network and externally to regional and national supercomputing facilities. The enhanced network will support faculty involved in important areas of computationally and data-intensive research, including imaging, structural biology, astrophysics and particle physics, and will reduce barriers to collaborative data sharing among research groups on campus.
“We have begun to see that our statewide, 100 Gbps network is already being leveraged for advanced research and job growth across Ohio’s medical research, higher education, manufacturing, engineering and technology networking corridors, in part because of research being done at institutions such as Case Western Reserve University,” says Pankaj Shah, executive director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center and OARnet, which are both members of the Ohio Board of Regents Ohio Technology Consortium. “We are thrilled that Case Western will be the first university to connect to OARnet at 100 Gbps and fully utilize its potential,” he states.
Some supported research initiatives include:
- The development of real-time MRI techniques in which images for surgical procedures can be delivered immediately to a surgeon from a remote data center.
- Advances in structural biology and hybrid methods that facilitate molecular characterization of challenging biological systems, including membrane proteins, receptors and engineered viral vectors.
- The development of new radiation detection and detector media purification techniques that could impact future medical imaging, nuclear non-proliferation and industrial processes.
The principal investigator on the Campus Cyberinfrastructure-Network Infrastructure and Engineering Program grant is Dr. Roger Bielefeld, senior director in ITS. Co-investigators are Dennis Risen, of ITS, and Dr. Lev Gonick, the university’s former vice president of ITS and chief information officer.
Four faculty members helped secure the grant by documenting the significance of the proposed project to their research: Dr. Dan Akerib, professor, Department of Physics; Dr. Mark Griswold, professor, Department of Radiology and Case Center for Imaging Research; Dr. Thomas Shutt, associate professor, Department of Physics; and Dr. Phoebe Stewart, director, Cleveland Center for Membrane and Structural Biology and professor, Department of Pharmacology.
Reminder: Run Identity Finder once per semester|
|Program will reveal restricted data on your computer.|
Identity Finder is a software product that will scan computers for unsecured social security numbers, credit card numbers and passwords. It is available as a free download for university computers at softwarecenter.case.edu. Faculty and staff are asked to use Identity Finder at least once per semester (spring, summer and fall). Directions for using the program are available at the Software Center's Documentation Depot.
As part of the Tier I Controls policy, faculty and staff are required to use Identity Finder to remove restricted information from their computers in order to mitigate the risk of data loss or disclosure in the event of theft.
For questions about Identity Finder, technology policies of the university, or other information security-related questions, please contact the Office of Information Security at email@example.com.
ITS Service Desk open on university holidays|
|Students, faculty and staff can get help when university is closed.|
Even when the university is closed for one of its official holidays, the ITS Service Desk is still open! Contact the Service Desk with your technology questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year at firstname.lastname@example.org, 216.368.HELP (4357) and online with Live Chat at help.case.edu.
Phase III MediaVision control room upgrades complete
|New, broadcast-quality equipment will enhance productions.
The new video switcher and character generator are used by the MediaVision crew.
MediaVision has a new set of tools to enrich its in-studio and on-location simulcasts and recordings after the completion of a third phase of upgrades to the control room.
The addition of a broadcast-quality video switcher allows the MediaVision crew to receive video from any source and seamlessly integrate it into a live or pre-recorded program. This will make a significant impact on Commencement and other on-campus events, which MediaVision will be able to produce from the control room. The new character generator enables the broadcast of custom-built graphics, much like the those found on broadcast news. It also gives MediaVision the option to import PowerPoint slides into video productions and rescale them for broadcast applications -- a feature that will prove valuable to faculty recording lectures for MOOCs and other online learning initiatives.
Combined with MediaVision's existing broadcast-quality equipment, which includes high-definition video cameras, an audio console and the VYVX Broadcast Fiber service, this technology gives the MediaVision team the ability to produce and distribute quality, high-definition programming that promotes and supports the university's mission.
For more information on MediaVision, see the brochure or contact email@example.com to get in touch with a production professional.
Microsoft support for Windows XP, Office 2003 to end in April
|Users are encouraged to upgrade to newer versions as soon as possible.
Microsoft will be ending its support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. This means that it no longer will provide security updates and other forms of technical assistance to users who continue to use the products. While it still is possible to continue using XP and Office 2003, doing so may put your computer at risk for software failure and attacks.
Students, faculty and staff of Case Western Reserve University can download free upgrades to Windows 7 or 8 Enterprise at the Software Center. Before beginning your upgrade, please review the hardware requirements at the Microsoft Windows Compatibility Center. Please note that you must have a valid Windows license to use an upgrade offered on the Software Center.
Users who plan to migrate their XP computers to Windows 8 will find a helpful migration tutorial at lynda.com, as well as a tutorial on using Windows 8. Technical support for upgrades, troubleshooting and more is available 24/7 from the ITS Service Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357) and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutorials from lynda.com can prepare you for the transition to a new Windows operating system.
Did you know that if you need to host an online meeting with audio, video, a whiteboard, file sharing and desktop sharing, you can do that right this moment? Adobe Connect is the tool that can meet your needs, and it's easy to set up by following the directions at help.case.edu. You even can attend a meeting from your Apple, Android or Blackberry device!
Here are the basics you need to know:
- Go to connect.case.edu and sign in with your CWRU Network ID and password.
- Click the Create New: Meeting button.
- Enter a name for your meeting and, if you want, give it a custom URL. That will make it easy to use again.
- For ease of access, select "Anyone who has the URL for the meeting can enter the room."
- Click the Finish button. Your meeting room's URL will appear. Click the Enter Meeting Room button to go there.
- In your meeting room, experiment with the layout options found in the Dock on the right side of the screen. You can add and remove Pods (the boxes in the meeting room) from the Pods menu at the top left of the screen.
- Send the meeting room's URL to your meeting attendees, and you're ready to start.
There are many options for customizing the layout and security access of your Adobe Connect meeting room. Learn more on the Adobe Connect training page at help.case.edu, or click here to see our Quick Reference Guide.
|in this issue:|
|New health education program uses TelePresence|
|Case Western Reserve University becomes first university to upgrade to Ohio's 100-gigabit network|
|Reminder: Run Identity Finder once per semester|
|ITS Service Desk open on university holidays|
|Phase III MediaVision control room upgrades complete|
|Microsoft support for Windows XP, Office 2003 to end in April|
|New and updated on the Software Center|
|Upcoming ITS Connect training|
|Upcoming CAPS training|
|New on lynda.com|
|Top 5 lynda.com courses at CWRU|
November 26, 2013
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Planned outage: Blackboard Learn
Blackboard Learn will be undergoing maintenance on Thursday, December 26 from 10 a.m. to approximately 10 p.m. on Friday, December 27. The system will be unavailable during this time.
Google App "SlideRocket" being retired
SlideRocket, the Google App for creating interactive presentations, is being retired from Google Apps due to a corporate acquisition. More information is available from the company's blog. If you have a presentation stored in SlideRocket, you have until the end of the year to download it or it will be lost. Directions on creating a portable presentation file are available here.
Computers make great gifts!
Students, faculty and staff receive discounts on computers through the eStore. Choose from a selection of Dell laptops and towers at deep discounts, or receive up to $200 off your purchase of a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or iMac. If a new computer is on your wishlist or if you're looking to buy an unbeatable gift, visit the eStore under Quick Links at help.case.edu or the Dell and Apple stores directly.
New and updated on the Software Center
Matlab R2013b, a program for data computation, analysis and visualization, is available to CWRU faculty and staff at no cost. The shared-use license can be used on Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers.
Download this product and more at softwarecenter.case.edu.
Upcoming ITS Connect training
|Adobe Connect 9.1|
12/19, 11:30 a.m.
An overview of the newest features added to Adobe Connect.
ITS Connect provides live, online training on enterprise applications. Attend online at connect.case.edu/itsconnect or view it later on help.case.edu through the "Videos" link on the Training menu. Previous ITS Connect sessions include:
Upcoming CAPS training
ITS Training will provide the following CAPS courses in the upcoming weeks:
|Purchasing at CWRU|
Click "Training Catalog" to locate.
Reviews the various ways to purchase items and services at CWRU and when to use each (Accounts Payable, Card Suite, Internal Billing, SmartCART and eProcurement).
Click "Training Catalog" to locate.
Reviews the General Ledger module of PeopleSoft Financials.
Click "Training Catalog" to locate.
Reviews the procedures for managing petty cash and entering departmental deposits.
|Effective Interpersonal Communication |
12/4, 1 p.m.
Provides an overview of core elements of communication and allows participants to informally assess their own communication skills.
||Running, Interpreting and Reconciling Financial Reports|
12/9, 2 p.m.
Introduces the three ways to run financial reports from the PeopleSoft Financials ERP system.
|Sponsored Projects: Project Monitoring|
12/11, 2:30 p.m.
Covers basic issues associated with managing an award, including an overview of various reporting tools, re-budgeting, subcontracting process and cost sharing.
|ABCs of Financials at CWRU|
1/7, 2:30 p.m.
Develop a basic understanding of the accounting structure, system and concepts used to manage the financial transactions and flow of money at the university on a daily basis.
See the complete schedule and register for classroom courses online.
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The latest additions to the lynda.com library include:
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Top 5 lynda.com courses at CWRU
The top 5 lynda.com courses at CWRU during November were:
|1.||SPSS Statistics Essential Training|
A practical, visual, and non-mathematical approach to the basics of statistical concepts and data analysis in SPSS, the statistical package for business, government, research and academic organizations.
|2.||Java Essential Training
Explore Java SE, the language used to build mobile apps for Android devices, enterprise server applications and more.|
|3.||GarageBand '11 Essential Training|
A comprehensive guide to the popular digital audio software from Apple, demonstrating the tools and techniques to create, edit and publish music and podcasts.
|4.||Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals
|5.||Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors|
Teaches the ins and outs of Blackboard 9 so that educators and trainers quickly can get up to speed in the system.