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Location Autocomplete in Google Calendar

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When you create events for meetings in public places (like Murry's Bagels) with your New School Google Calendar, you can now easily and accurately include the name and location of your meeting place in your event invite. The “Where” field on the create events screen in your New School Google Calendar will now autocomplete suggestions from Google Maps. The “map” link in the event will open Google Maps showing the location of the venue.

Visit Google's Blog for more information on this feature.

Lab Hours in January

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Starting on January 2nd 2014, some Arnhold Hall Labs will be open reduced hours. See the Lab Hours for full details of operational hours of the labs.

All other Academic Technology labs, the Equipment Center* and the Print Output Center will re-open at the start of the Spring academic term on January 27, 2014.

*The Equipment Center staff will be available for fines payment only.

Tech Tips for Winter Break

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Here are a few handy technology tips to consider while you are away over winter break:

Don't broadcast your travels over social media.
Be careful about broadcasting that you are away from your residence over social media. Broadcasting your vacations over social media, might be a nice way to share your break activities with other, but be careful about with whom you share your information. If in the wrong hands, you leave yourself vulnerable to burglary.

Shut down your computer be for you go away for any extended period of time.
If you are leaving behind a desktop computer, be sure to shut the computer down before you leaving for an extended period of time. Shutting your computer down regularly is a good practice, but this is especially true if you will be gone for an extended period of time. Leaving your computer running, places unnecessary ware on your computer and is a waste of energy.

Set up an auto-reply message in your email.
If you plan to spend some time away from your inbox over the break, you may want to consider setting up an auto-reply message. Google’s support site provides step-by step instructions to help you set you New School Mail to automatically reply when out of office or on vacation.

Technology Facilities in the University Center

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This month the University Center opens its doors to reveal state of the art technology for instruction. General classrooms and studios are equipped to present digital content, record lectures and annotate. Specialized rooms such as the lecture halls and the distance learning room have teleconferencing capabilities. The four computing classrooms are configured to allow the instructor to control any of the student workstations and to present student work onto any of the large wall mounted flat panel displays within the rooms. In addition to the instructional spaces some of student areas have an LCD built in to allow students to plug-in their laptop and collaborate with their peers.

The Auditorium is capable of blending up to eight HD videos or images onto one large projection screen at the stage, using three 18,000 lumen HD projectors and advanced video imaging processors. There are ceiling mounted flat panel displays in the rear of the Auditorium to reinforce the image on the stage. In addition to installed pan, tilt and zoom HD video cameras and streaming capabilities the Auditorium is equipped with industry standard press feeds and HD videoconferencing. Instructional technology including presentation Windows, Mac and document camera at the podium are available.

The Master AV Control Room, the MACR, is a centralized content and AV management hub within the University Center. The Blu-ray DVD, Mini DV and other associated content formats are aggregated in this location for improved management. Any source in the MACR is available to any classroom, studio, lecture hall or auditorium spaces for streaming or recording purposes.

Welcoming a New CIO

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The New School recently welcomed a new senior vice president and chief information officer, Anand Padmanabhan. Anand will guide Information Technology priorities in support of academic goals and The New School's efforts to become a more operationally effective and service-oriented university.

Anand was recently named one of India’s Top 100 CIOs by CIO magazine (a coveted recognition by IT leaders in India). He brings significant experience and achievement in leading technology innovation in educational organizations. As chief information officer for the Shiv Nadar Foundation, he set IT strategy for a large organization that encompasses a research university, a college of engineering, and other programs.

Previously, Anand directed IT strategy for Everonn Education Limited in Chennai, India; NYU’s Stern School of Business; Hunter College; Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania; and the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future. He has an MBA from the Stern School and an MS from Louisiana State University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Madras University in India.

We anticipate exciting opportunities to make IT a more strategic tool for The New School, and thank the many colleagues who participated in the search process that identified him.

Please join us in welcoming Anand Padmanabhan to The New School, as we enter a new phase of service-oriented IT.

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