June 5, 2008
Commencement Information 2008
HSPH Commencement will be held in the afternoon of June 5 in the Kresge
Courtyard. Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine
and former Dean of HSPH, will be the School's Commencement speaker. There will be a live webcast.
Julian Atim: Working at Nexus of Human Rights and HIV/AIDS
Several years ago, when many people were fleeing Northern Uganda
because of a long, armed conflict, Julian Atim headed straight for that
part of her country. The region has nearly twice the HIV/AIDS rates as
the rest of Uganda, according to a 2004 report from World Vision. And
Atim, who at the time was a medical student, wanted to volunteer in
hospitals near the conflict. She hoped to give back to the country that
had helped fund her education by improving the health and well-being of
her fellow Ugandans. Now, she is graduating from HSPH after earning an MPH in International Health.
Bethany Hedt: Using Math to Improve Disease Monitoring in Developing Countries
Bethany Hedt is a graduating student at HSPH with a PhD in biostatistics. She
has won the 2008 Fang Ching Sun Memorial Award, which recognizes an
outstanding graduating student who has demonstrated a commitment to
promoting the health of underprivileged people. And she has chosen to
make the people and region of southern Africa the focus of her life's
Also in this issue
Health Without Boundaries: Agendas for Action
A retrospective of the past decade at HSPH.
The last decade has witnessed profound and novel threats to the
public's health: the emergence of deadly new infections such as SARS
and the H5N1 influenza virus; 9/11 and the specter of bioterrorism; the
spread of drug-resistant pathogens; a steep rise in obesity, diabetes
and related chronic afflictions; widening disparities between rich and
poor. All these trends represent health and social problems compounded
by the forces of globalization. Against this backdrop have unfolded
revolutions in technology, genetics/genomics and communications — an
explosion of knowledge that, when properly harnessed, could turn back
many of the scourges of our time.
Milestones at HSPH from Past Decade
HPH NOW reviews some of the major milestones at the School from 1999 to 2008.
Tuberculosis Event Convened to Highlight Research and to Honor Dean Bloom
HSPH Dean Barry R. Bloom was honored by colleagues at a special symposium, "Tuberculosis — Past Challenges and Promise,"
on Monday, May 5, 2008, in Snyder Auditorium. Dyann Wirth, chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, welcomed attendees.
"It took a catalyst like Barry to get the field to where it should be," said Eric Rubin,
associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases at HSPH.
Rubin credited Dean Bloom's advocacy and research two decades ago, at a
time of rising U.S. and global TB incidence, as a major force for the
sharp increase in U.S. funding for TB research around 1990.
Genes and Environment Initiative Launched at School
HSPH has funded three pilot projects as part of its flourishing Genes
and Environment Initiative, designed to bring together several areas of
traditional excellence at the School — environmental health research,
population science, quantitative methods, and basic science — to
contribute to understanding the combined effects of genetic and
environmental factors on human health.