February 20, 2009
Patient Safety Expert and Award-Winning Author Atul Gawande Named Commencement Speaker
Atul Gawande, associate professor, surgeon, and celebrated author,
has accepted an invitation to be the HSPH Commencement speaker on June
4, 2009, Dean Julio Frenk announced in an e-mail on
Also in this issue
Dean Frenk Tells Students at Conference that Health Is a Social Right
HSPH Dean Julio Frenk delivered the closing keynote address, “Ideas and Ideals:
Human Rights as a Basis for Health Reform in Mexico,” at the two-day
Physicians for Human Rights National Student Conference.
Sebastian's Cafe Ends Sale of Bottled Water as Part of School Effort to Reduce Plastic Use
As part of Harvard's ongoing effort to make the University more
sustainable, HSPH will no longer sell bottled water in Sebastian's
Café, announced HSPH Operations on February 17.
Former Japanese Parliamentarian and Current HSPH Fellow Offers Recommendations to G8 about Strengthening Health Systems
Last July, the annual G8 summit was held in Toyako, Japan. At the
behest of the Japanese government, Keizo Takemi headed a “Working Group on
Challenges in Global Health and Japan’s Contribution,” better known as
the Takemi Working Group, to keep global health high on the G8 agenda. Takemi is a research fellow at HSPH.
James Smith Gets Settled as New Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs
As the recently appointed assistant dean for alumni affairs, James
(Jim) Smith knows that, “Alumni are invaluable to the life of the