Harvard Public Health NOW

February 15, 2008

HF Thumb (Harvey-Fineberg_thumb.jpg)Harvey Fineberg, President of Institute of Medicine, Named Commencement Speaker

Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine and former Harvard School of Public Health dean, has agreed to be the Commencement speaker on June 5, 2008.

RBthumb555 (Robert_Blendon_3.4thumb.jpg)Sharp Differences in Health Care Views of Republican and Democratic Voters

In this highly competitive primary election season — the first since 1928 with no sitting president or vice president running — the candidates are closely tailoring their policies around the preferences of their parties' most dedicated voters, said Robert Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Also in this issue

Kumanyika Thumb (Kumanyika_thumb.jpg)Combating the Obesity Epidemic 

Nutrition expert Shiriki Kumanyika delivered a lecture — available now as a webcast — entitled “Combating the Obesity Epidemic: Recognizing and Reconciling Research Priorities” on February 11 in Kresge G-2 as part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. The event was co-sponsored by the Department of Nutrition.

What Does Countway Library of Medicine Have to Offer? Pssst...It's More than Books 

CLM (CLM.jpg) When Countway Library of Medicine first opened in 1965, the moon landing was several years away, network television was in black and white, and the Internet, of course, did not exist. To make use of the library’s resources, one needed to go to the building, use the card catalog, and peruse the open stacks.

Employees Honored at Event Marking Years of Service 

Stars Thumb (stars_thumb.jpg) Each year, HSPH holds an annual appreciation event called “Celebration with the Stars” to honor employees who have reached their employment anniversaries of five, 10, 15, 20, 25, and more years. This year's event took place on January 30 in the Kresge cafeteria.

Student Affairs Says Bienvenidos to Returning Students with Fiesta

Welcome Thumb (Welcome_Fiesta_2_thumb.jpg)The Office for Student Affairs greeted students returning from WinterSession on January 31 with a “Welcome Back Fiesta” in the Kresge cafeteria. The event offered refreshments, a nacho bar, and live music.

NIH Announces Initiative and Funding for Epigenomics Field

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced an initiative that will invest more than $190 million over the next five years in the field of epigenomics. The effort falls under the NIH Roadmap initiative.

Exams and Defenses

Ghasi Simone Phillips, doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology, will present a dissertation, “Neighborhoods, Depression, and Pre-term Birth,” on Monday, March 31, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Kresge 908.

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