Harvard Public Health NOW

August 29, 2008

Greetings from Dean Bloom

gg t (ksg1014_thumb_2.jpg)Welcome students, staff, and faculty to the new academic year. I hope you all had a wonderful summer, and I anticipate that this will be an exciting year for you and HSPH. It has been an enormous privilege to serve as dean of this extraordinary School for the past decade. Over these past 10 years, our faculty, students, and staff have worked to broaden the global mission of HSPH.


Postdoc Ulenga Tries to Unlock HIV Drug Resistance

ulenga thumb (Nzovu_Ulenga_36_thumb.jpg) Growing up in Tanzania, Nzovu Ulenga knew many people infected by the HIV virus. As a doctoral candidate at HSPH, he sought to understand the inner workings of that virus, with an eye toward helping develop ways to prevent infection as well as to slow the replication of the virus once it has invaded the body. Now, he is studying the problem of HIV drug resistance.

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Thomas H. Weller, Nobel Prize Winner and Professor Emeritus, Dies

weller thumb (weller_2_thumb.jpg) Thomas H. Weller, a Nobel Prize winner in 1954 and HSPH Professor Emeritus, passed away quietly in his sleep at home in Needham, MA, on Saturday, August 23, 2008. He was 93. In an email announcement to the School, Dean Barry Bloom described how Dr. Weller received the Nobel Prize for Medicine with Drs. John Enders and Frederick Robbins for discovering how to grow poliomyelitis viruses in culture for the first time. This breakthrough laid the foundation for others to develop the polio vaccine and later other vaccines. The discovery demonstrated that scientists could grow viruses in human tissues in test tubes, foregoing the need for laboratory animals and speeding the way towards other vaccines.

Speakers Discussed Communicating Risks to Children’s Health at Event

kat thumb (Kids_at_Risk_46_thumb.jpg)Parents concerned about the health and well-being of their children face a confusing picture: some risks to children are over-hyped in the media, while others may be virtually ignored. To address the problem, Kimberly Thompson, HSPH associate professor of risk analysis and decision science, held a symposium on July 30 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center. 

Study in HSPH's Own Sebastian's Cafe Suggests Price Affects Food Choices

sb thumb (Salad_Bar_Thumb.jpg) No matter where you go for lunch, a plate of fresh veggies from the salad bar will almost always be more expensive than a hamburger or a slice of pizza. But if the price difference didn't exist, would consumers reach for the healthier alternative? When Karin Michels, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH, decided to find out, she looked to a venue close to home — Sebastian's café in the Kresge building. Her findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

Scoopfest Celebrates Summer Fun

scoop real thumb (Scoopfest16_thumb.jpg) HSPH held its annual summer celebration on Thursday, July 17, in the Kresge cafeteria. The flavors of ice cream served included chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, sugar-free vanilla, lactose-free vanilla, and lemon sorbet. Vanilla proved most popular.

Around the School, August 29 2008

  • Welcome Dr. Julio Frenk
  • The Barry R. Bloom Public Health Leadership Speaker Series
  • Health Care in the Next Administration: The Great Debate
  • HSPH Community Forum — Hollywood and Tobacco: A Marriage of Convenience
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