Phish Shares Pro-Shot Video Of Monstrous “I Always Wanted It This Way”/”Death Don’t Hurt Very Long” From Mexico [Watch]

first_imgThis past weekend, Phish headed to Riviera Maya, Mexico for the third edition of their Mexican destination event. This year’s Mexico trip has been widely hailed by fans as the best of the band’s three Mexico runs, with rare bust-outs, long-lost covers, and plenty of improv popping up throughout the three-show engagement. Following their triumphant trip south of the border, the band has shared pro-shot video of the colossal “I Always Wanted It This Way” > “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long” sement from the second set of their first of three shows on Thursday.After a set-opening “Soul Planet” and a rare cover of Little Feat’s “Spanish Moon”, played for the first time since the 2010 Halloween Waiting for Columbus costume, the crowd was treated to the longest and most exploratory rendition of “I Always Wanted It This Way” to date. The Page McConnell-penned Big Boat tune got the ride of its life, standing out as the improvisational highlight of Phish’s first night in Mexico. The synth-heavy sound transformed into a light and beachy 20-minute jam that gave all four members time in the spotlight. Jon Fishman communicated to Trey Anastasio with an ear-to-ear grin before McConnell teamed up with Gordon to create a boisterous clavinet/bass concoction. After the noteworthy “IAWITW”, the quartet melted into a slow-tempo “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long”, debuted during the band’s recent Kasvot Växt Halloween set.You can watch pro-shot video of Phish’s Mexican “I Always Wanted It This Way” > “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long” below:Phish – “I Always Wanted It This Way” > “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long” [Pro-Shot][Video: Phish]Phish will now take the next few months off as the band members head out to perform with various side projects including a number of Trey Anastasio Band dates, the first-ever performances by Trey Anastasio and Jon Fishman‘s new Ghosts of the Forest project, and a number of March shows by Mike Gordon‘s solo outfit. All four members of Phish will reunite in June to commence their 2019 summer tour.For a full list of upcoming dates, head here.Setlist: Phish | Barceló Maya | Quintana Roo, Mexico | 2/21/2019Set One: Spock’s Brain, Twist, Free, Who Loves the Sun?, Everything’s Right, We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains, Rise/Come Together, Funky Bitch, SandSet Two: Soul Planet -> Spanish Moon, I Always Wanted It This Way > Death Don’t Hurt Very Long, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Bathtub Gin, The Squirming CoilEncore: Waste, Bold As Lovelast_img read more

Forests focus of gift

first_imgPaul Zofnass ’69, M.B.A. ’73, has become the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s (HMNH) largest donor since its founding in 1998 with a commitment of $500,000 to create a major, permanent multimedia exhibition focusing on the natural history, environmental significance, historical development, and conservation of New England forests.New England Forests: The Zofnass Family Gallery, scheduled to open in spring 2011, will feature Harvard’s natural history collections and draw on current research from the Departments of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Earth and Planetary Sciences, the Harvard Forest, and scientists across the University.The broad goal of the exhibition is to enhance public understanding of the dynamic nature of forest ecosystems, the impacts of human activity in shaping the landscape, and the relationships between forest landscapes and habitats and the distribution and evolution of varied flora and fauna. The exhibition will present the latest research on the role of forests in carbon sequestration and address the threats created by invasive species. It will also demonstrate the methods and tools that scientists use to investigate these issues.“We are deeply grateful for this generous gift, which offers an extraordinary opportunity to showcase dramatic specimens, present important research, and raise critical policy issues in the context of a regional landscape familiar to most of our visitors,” said Elisabeth Werby, executive director of HMNH.Zofnass is president of The Environmental Financial Consulting Group Inc., a New York City-based strategic consulting firm. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College ’69 and an alumnus of the Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, M.B.A. ’73. Zofnass’ wife, Renee Ring, is a finance attorney in New York City. They have two daughters, Jessica ’08 and Rebecca ’09.An avid sailor and outdoorsman, Zofnass grew up in Belmont, Mass., and as a child often visited the public galleries of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Zofnass has been a passionate advocate for forest conservation near his home in Pound Ridge, N.Y. Over the past 20 years, with his sister Joan Zofnass, Paul used his mergers and acquisitions skills to create the Westchester Wilderness Walk, which formally opened to the public in 2001. Through this 250-acre preserve, just 40 miles from New York City, he laid out and built a 10-mile-long hiking trail that winds around the unique forest and geological features, showing no trace of civilization.last_img read more

Harvard racks up postseason honors

first_imgThe Harvard football team may have fallen short of their goal of the 2009 Ivy League Championship, but the Crimson certainly dominated the postseason awards with four players named to the New England Football Writers’ Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-Star Team and 19 members of the team named All-Ivy League.Harvard’s four All-New England FCS selections, which included offensive lineman James Williams ’10, defensive tackle and team captain Carl Ehrlich ’10, linebacker Jon Takamura ’10, and defensive back Derrick Barker ’10, was tied with New Hampshire and Holy Cross for the most selections of any school.Of the 19 All-Ivy selections, an achievement that tied for the third-most in league history, five were named to the first team, 10 were named to the second team, and four were honorable mention selections.Both the two-time All-American Williams and Barker were also named to the All-Ivy first team, and were joined by offensive lineman Ben Sessions ’10, running back Gino Gordon ’11, and next year’s team captain, Collin Zych ’11.Highlighting the awards was freshman running back Treavor Scales, who was named to the second team and honored as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year after recording 485 yards on 108 carries and five touchdowns in his first season at Harvard despite sharing carries with the Ivy League’s top rusher, Gordon. Scales finished the season sixth in the league in rushing yards and third in rushing touchdowns.For a complete list of Harvard’s All-Ivy selections, visit read more

Six from Harvard named Paul and Daisy Soros fellows

first_imgIn 1997, Paul and Daisy Soros created a charitable trust to support the graduate study of new Americans, immigrants, and children of immigrants. This year, 31 new fellows have been awarded fellowships, and to date, a total of 384 graduate fellowships have been awarded.Out of 890 applications nationwide, six individuals from Harvard have been awarded 2010 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships.Aarti Shahani was born in Casablanca, Morocco, to parents of Pakistani heritage. She attended the University of Chicago and was an honors graduate in anthropology in 2002. Shahani is currently a first-year public policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School.Laurel Yong-Hwa Lee was born in South Korea. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), graduating with a double major in brain and cognitive science as well as biology. At MIT, Lee won a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a doctorate degree in clinical medicine at Oxford University. She is currently in her second year of studying medicine at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.Hari Prabhakar was born in Dallas, Texas, to parents from south India. While pursuing an undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University, he was awarded a British Marshall Scholarship, which he used to earn advanced degrees in tropical medicine and international health management. Prabhakar is a first-year student at Harvard Medical School.Deep Shah was born in Atlanta, eight years after his parents emigrated to this country from India. He attended the University of Georgia, and there Shah was named a Rhodes Scholar. At Oxford University, he earned a master’s degree in comparative social policy. He is currently a first-year student at Harvard Medical School.Vanara Taing was born in Thailand in a refugee camp for Cambodians who had escaped during the Vietnamese invasion. Soon thereafter, Taing’s family resettled in the state of Washington. She received her undergraduate degree from Scripps College and her master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Taing recently produced a film, “Beyond the Music,” which was shown at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Anthology Film Archive. She has applications pending at several master of fine arts programs in film production and editing.Tony Pan grew up in Kaoshiung, Taiwan, and received his undergraduate degree in physics from Stanford University, winning awards for scholastic achievement and outstanding performance in physics. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in theoretical astrophysics at Harvard.last_img read more

The morality of meatlessness: Why children choose vegetarianism

first_imgThe study began a few years ago when Karen Hussar, Ed.M.’06, Ed.D.’07, then a doctoral student, became interested in children who chose to become vegetarians at a young age (6-10) despite being raised in meat-eating families. To what extent, she wondered, was this decision based on morals, not health?In September, Professor Paul Harris, Hussar’s adviser and project collaborator, presented Hussar’s ongoing research at a discussion sponsored by the Ed School’s Civic and Moral Education Initiative. Harris explained that Hussar studied these “independent vegetarian” children, as she called them, as well as “family vegetarians” — children who grew up in vegetarian families — and a third group who, Harris said, “ate and enjoyed meat.”The initial question they explored was how these children view meat eating and why they might not eat meat. The independent vegetarians overwhelmingly cited animal rights as a top reason for not eating meat, while family vegetarians split the reasons between animal rights, family influence, and religion. Meat eaters said health and taste were top reasons for not eating certain meats.“This first study was simple yet provocative,” said Harris, “with the independent vegetarians giving genuine moral reasons: the suffering and death that meat eating entails. They empathize with the pain and distress.”Read more about the study: Read Full Storylast_img read more

A symposium on teaching, learning

first_imgThe Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) is planning a University-wide symposium designed to engage faculty and students in dialogue and debate, while sharing ideas and information about pedagogical innovation.The conference on Feb. 3 will bring together members of the Harvard community with leading scholars and teachers from both the University and beyond its gates to share their perspectives on teaching and learning in higher education. The session will be held in Harvard’s Northwest Science Building.Developed as part of a $40 million gift from Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, the event aims to stimulate discussion around evidence-based innovation in education. Sessions will pose key questions and offer perspectives aimed at helping to inform future pedagogies; to showcase novel, inventive, or exceptional approaches to teaching; and to forge connections across the University and beyond. Organizers hope that participants will, in effect, become students during the daylong symposium, learning new teaching techniques and strategies that they can use in their classrooms and share with colleagues.“We will provide the means and encouragement to faculty to teach in new, exciting ways,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “We will embrace opportunities to harness technology. We will support a cycle of creativity and renewal by evaluating methods and courses and programs, by experimenting and letting ourselves fail in some instances so that we can be bold enough to succeed in others.”A series of interactive breakout sessions will highlight improved learning through innovation in practice. There will be three keynote discussions, including “The Science of Learning,” “Innovation in Higher Education,” and “Looking to the Future.”Participants include Steven Pinker, the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology and Harvard College Professor; John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and faculty co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society; and Harvard Provost Alan Garber.Simultaneously, HILT will sponsor a resource fair open to the Harvard community. The fair, located in the Northwest Building’s garden level, will feature representatives from the University’s teaching and learning centers, related interfaculty initiatives, academic technology resources, museums, and libraries.Seating for the event is limited. Faculty, students, and staff interested in attending can apply for tickets. Segments of the symposium will also be streamed live from 8:15 to 10 a.m. and from 10:30 to noon at Hausers’ gift launched the initiative in October and is meant to serve as a catalyst for transforming students’ educational experience. The fund enables the University to marshal its considerable intellectual resources to engage a new generation of students with pioneering teaching practices, building on the long history of educational reform at Harvard.See more information on the Hauser gift and the initiative.last_img read more

Academia, meet the press

first_imgWe live in a world of too much information and not enough knowledge. No one feels the strain of that digital-age truism more than journalists, who are asked to ferret out and process information with ever-increasing speed — and often at the expense of providing solid context for the news of the day.Journalist’s Resource, a new online tool developed at Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, aims to put that background knowledge at the fingertips of reporters, bloggers, or even concerned citizens by making the work of academics less opaque and easier to find.But the website, which curates scholarship on government, economics, society, and the environment, is more than just a reliable shortcut for deadline-driven journalists. It’s also the ever-evolving manifestation of two Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) professors’ mission to promote what they call “knowledge-based reporting” in the mainstream media.“There is a real need for deepening journalism with verified, high-quality knowledge that informs the kind of serious journalism that makes our democracy work,” said Alex S. Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center and a lecturer in public policy at HKS.The thought of a reporter parsing data or perusing peer-reviewed journals before picking up the phone or dashing to the scene represents a bold departure from the way many non-specialized journalists (such as those who cover city news, education, or even politics) operate. Throw in a laptop and a smartphone, and the image of a typical reporter at work hasn’t changed much from the era of “All the President’s Men,” or even “His Girl Friday.”A familiarity with scholarly research “is not deeply ingrained in the craft,” said Thomas Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at HKS. “It’s not thought to be essential.” But, as Patterson — who’s writing a book on the subject — argues, it should be.“If there were a handful of journalists who understood the financial meltdown in 2008, that’s about it,” he said. “When Sept. 11 happened, how many journalists in this country knew the Taliban? These things come flying out of nowhere. I think there’s a recognition out there, especially among these very good places that are determined to make their reporting as accurate as possible, that their journalists have to be armed with information.”Thomas Patterson: “When Sept. 11 happened, how many journalists in this country knew the Taliban? These things come flying out of nowhere. I think there’s a recognition out there, especially among these very good places that are determined to make their reporting as accurate as possible, that their journalists have to be armed with information.”Academia, with its carefully deliberated, long-gestated research, should be a natural source of such information, but many journalists have been reluctant to turn to scholarship in their day-to-day reporting.“They ignore it because it’s too technical, because they’re not used to going looking for it, because it’s not presented to them in a form they can use,” Jones said. And in a digital world, it can be harder to ferret out high-quality sources of scholarship, because, he said, “You get the good, the bad, and the ugly.”That’s where Journalist’s Resource comes in. It’s part of a growing movement to arm journalists not with a standard body of knowledge — as doctors, lawyers, or other professionals learn in their training — but with a set of analytical tools to help them parse information and research.The site is simple and user friendly. Imagine a journalist wanted to report on the impact of tuition increases in a state’s universities and community colleges. A search for “student loans” on Journalist’s Resource brings up four studies on student lending, each with a summary of the findings. By contrast, the same query on Google Scholar yields 181,000 results.Patterson, Jones, and their team of researchers and journalists (including a rotating group of HKS work-study students) hope that the site will address the problem of “information overabundance” by vetting contemporary, high-quality studies for harried reporters on deadline.“Tens of thousands of studies come out every single year,” said John Wihbey, one of three writer/editors for the website. “It becomes very difficult for journalists, journalism professors, and students to go through and find the key items that would help them. We’re trying to be a useful filter and curator.”The site started in 2008 as a tool for journalism educators and students, and it has its origins in the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education, a partnership among the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Shorenstein Center, and 11 leading journalism schools. (It also contains a wealth of educational resources, including interviews with leading media practitioners and syllabi for reporting courses.) Last year, the Journalist’s Resource team started promoting the site to a wider audience of working journalists.“Our core constituency is younger journalists, or people who aren’t covering a specialty beat and are doing general assignment work, looking for information on topics they don’t cover every day,” Wihbey said. “It’s the local reporter or news blogger talking about environmental issues in their community, who wants to know what the research says.”The project currently has 2,300 Twitter followers and 3,500 Facebook “likes,” and the website has drawn 85,000 unique visitors in the past year. The New York Times has incorporated Journalist’s Resource–selected studies into its online topics pages for issues such as income inequality, sex crimes, and social media.One major news organization that was already working on a similar database for its employees (and which Patterson declined to name) privately approached the Shorenstein Center in the hopes of collaborating, Patterson said.“It’s very much a niche product, but we’re hoping that over time it will be treated like a fundamental journalistic resource, and a civic resource at that,” Jones said. After all, he added, “Journalism done right is a critical aid to every citizen in helping them navigate the complex world we live in.”last_img read more

Hoffman named Trudeau Scholar

first_imgSteven Hoffman, a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ (GSAS) Health Policy program, has been awarded the prestigious 2012 Trudeau Scholarship.The scholarships are awarded annually by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation of Canada to support up to 15 doctoral candidates pursuing research of compelling present-day concerns that address one or more of the foundation’s themes: human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada in the world, and people and their natural environment. Trudeau Scholars are highly gifted individuals who are actively engaged in their fields and expected to become leading national and international figures.Hoffman, who came to Harvard last year as the recipient of a 2011-12 Fulbright Canada Student Award, is pursuing a Ph.D. in health policy. Awarded by GSAS, the degree is part of a collaborative program that includes faculty from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and five Harvard Schools: the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Kennedy School.last_img read more

New test for Down syndrome

first_imgA new, noninvasive screening test for Down syndrome would allow some women with high-risk pregnancies to avoid amniocentesis and in the future may provide detection early enough for treatment to improve some babies’ cognitive function, a Tufts University neonatal genetics expert told a symposium at Harvard Medical School on Tuesday.Physicians recommend that all pregnant women undergo initial screening for Down syndrome, and it is recommended that those with positive results undergo amniocentesis, in which a long needle is inserted into the mother’s uterus to extract cells in the fluid around the fetus.Those alternate screening tests miss 8 percent of Down syndrome cases, however, and also give false positive results about 5 percent of the time. That means that some women may undergo amniocentesis, which, in addition to being invasive, bears a slight risk of causing miscarriage.The new test, according to Diana Bianchi, executive director of Tufts Medical Center’s Mother Infant Research Institute, misses only a very small fraction of Down cases, meaning that fewer women would need amniocentesis.Bianchi was one of the speakers at “Transforming Child Health through Genome Biology,” an afternoon symposium at Harvard Medical School’s Joseph B. Martin Conference Center that was sponsored by Harvard Catalyst, the clinical and translational science center that supports research across the University.The event also featured Vertex Pharmaceuticals founder and former chief executive officer Joshua Boger, who discussed cystic fibrosis, for which Vertex has a drug on the market, and Associate Professor of Medicine Robert Green, director of the G2P Research Program at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.The event was affected by the ongoing budget controversy in Washington, D.C. One of the scheduled speakers, Alan Guttmacher, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, had to cancel his appearance.The symposium was opened by Ellis Neufeld, the associate chief of hematology/oncology at Children’s Hospital Boston, co-chair of the Harvard Catalyst Child Health Committee, and Egan Family Foundation Professor of Transitional Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and by James Ware, the Frederick Mosteller Professor of Biostatistics and associate dean for clinical and translational science at Harvard School of Public Health.In his comments, Ware gave a brief history of Harvard Catalyst, which was founded in 2008 as one of 60 centers dedicated to translating research findings into treatments that benefit patients. The program received word in September that its major funding grant, from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Science, had been renewed for another five years.In his comments, Ware gave a brief history of Harvard Catalyst, which was founded in 2008 as one of 60 centers dedicated to translating research findings into treatments that benefit patients. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerChild Health is just one major focus for Harvard Catalyst, which has programs that address biostatistics, regulatory knowledge, health disparities, community health, clinical research, and other areas.In her presentation, Bianchi described the test and its rapid development, made possible by advances in DNA technology. The concept underlying it was only developed in 2007. The test, first used in 2011, analyzes fragments of fetal DNA circulating in the mother’s blood.The test can be administered earlier in a woman’s pregnancy than other screenings, potentially early enough to allow interventions aimed at improving a Down syndrome baby’s cognitive function, Bianchi said.“We believe improving neurogenesis and cognitive behavior is an achievable goal,” she said.Bianchi pointed out some of the pitfalls to approaches that utilize prenatal screening, including the potential for physicians to learn uncomfortable information, and be faced with the difficult decision of whether to share it. Another challenge, she said, is the pressure not to make a mistake, since some disappointing results may prompt parents to terminate a pregnancy.“You better be accurate, and you better be sure you’re giving parents accurate information,” Bianchi said.last_img read more

Harvard IT gets a reboot

first_imgLast year, Bennett Parsons took a just-the-facts approach to Harvard’s aging my.harvard student information system: He did what he had to do and got out.“As a freshman, I was fairly confused about all the different things that the old system had,” Parsons said. “Basically, whenever I had to perform a task that was in the system, I’d have to refer to the latest email that would walk you through a few steps. I’d just log in and do that one thing and then log out because I had no idea what was going on.”It’s different this fall, Parsons said, because the new my.harvard system and Web portal — which replaces and combines the functions of about 40 older systems and paper-based processes — went live on Aug. 17 after two years of development. The new system streamlines and digitizes much of the registration and enrollment process, as well as management of student information for faculty, staff, and advisers. College students can now browse and add courses to an electronic study card, access their advising network, and complete the enrollment-approval process with faculty and advisers, all in one place. While these changes are mostly logistical, the new system makes it easier and quicker for students, faculty, advisers, and staff to complete simple tasks.The old systems “were difficult, and it wasn’t all right there in front of you. I probably could have figured it out, but at the time I had other things to worry about,” Parsons said. “The good thing about the new system is that it is really very simple. Aesthetically, it’s really clear.”The ease of using the new student-information system is due in part to the focused effort and testing by students like Parsons, who interned at the Student Information System Office this summer. Faculty of Arts and Sciences Registrar Michael Burke said that hundreds of people — including many students, faculty, and advisers — collaborated on the project throughout the two-year planning and development process to create a system to fit Harvard’s needs.“We’ve brought it all under one portal,” Burke said of the older systems my.harvard replaced. “I’m pretty thrilled, honestly.”Burke said new functionality will continue to be added through the semester, as different phases of the academic year unfold, including shopping period, course registration, declaring concentrations, and student advising.More changes on the wayMy.harvard is just part of a significant revamp of the University’s academic and administrative IT systems launching this fall, starting in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The University also has replaced its course website platforms with Canvas, an open-source learning-management system. In November, HarvardKey will come online, allowing Harvard community members to access email, applications, and resources across the University with a single login name and password, instead of the multiple login combinations required today.Jim Waldo, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science and Harvard’s chief technology officer, echoed Parsons’ enthusiasm when talking about Canvas. Waldo, who has been using the platform for several years, said it streamlines the administrative side of running a class, allowing more focus on actual teaching.Waldo said Canvas is much more than an application that builds course websites. He said it is a learning-management system that, among other things, allows faculty members to upload course materials, post videos, set up quizzes and course modules, record attendance, grade assignments, set up course calendars, and even conduct online chats and forums. Functions are interlinked so that, for example, a change made to the syllabus automatically shows up on the calendar.“It is a course-site platform and a lot more,” Waldo said. “Once you get used to it, you’re not going to go back.”Waldo said he’s taken advantage of new Canvas functionality each year he’s used it, and every time he wonders why he didn’t do it sooner.Harvard Vice President and Chief Information Officer Anne Margulies said the new systems are part of a dramatic, University-wide technology renewal whose aim is to enhance security even as it allows students and faculty to spend less time on administrative tasks and more on their core goal at Harvard: teaching and learning.“Those three — Canvas, my.harvard, and HarvardKey — all together will have a dramatic impact on the entire community in a positive way,” Margulies said. “They’re going to ultimately make it easier for faculty and students to manage their academic life here and make it more secure.”The older systems being replaced often were written specifically for Harvard, and had limited interoperability, Margulies said. The new systems were created through the efforts of thousands of people, from registrars to IT staffers to faculty members and students. The technology renewal, an initiative by Harvard’s council of chief information officers, also will be more secure, an important factor as hackers become increasingly sophisticated and aggressive.“All three of those major systems are seriously old. Each system is made up of multiple patchwork systems. We’ve been on borrowed time,” Margulies said. “The most dramatic is the old my.harvard … We’ve gotten our money’s worth.”Better information securityIn addition to bringing efficiency to day-to-day operations, each of the new technologies will provide significantly better information-security protection, which is critical, Margulies said, because of the increasing volume of attacks against Harvard’s websites and computer systems. Higher education, she said, has become the field most frequently targeted by hackers. With Harvard’s name so prominent in higher education, Margulies said it’s not a stretch to think that the University is among the most targeted places in the most targeted industry. Harvard takes seriously its obligation to guard the personal data of students, faculty, and staff, she said.Bumps in the roadThough the new systems have been designed for ease of use, some adjustment is inevitable. Margulies acknowledged that there will be a learning curve as users get used to the new applications, and as developers continue to work out bugs in the service. She said there are several ways for the Harvard community to get help and report problems — from expanded IT help desk coverage, to mobile IT support teams stationed around campus, to personal help from local experts.“We’re trying to use every tool in the toolkit to help them use these new systems,” Margulies said. “Simple things were hard to do [with the old systems]. We’re trying to make simple things simple to do, and even hard things simple to do.”last_img read more