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Postdocs take center stage at annual Appreciation Day

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Eric Rimm, associate professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition, is the recipient of the 2012 Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Mentor Award. Rimm was nominated by his postdoc, Juliana Cohen, and received the award at the September 21 Postdoc Appreciation Day celebration. Outgoing PDA President Silje Reme (pictured left) received the PDA Service Award at the event and researchers Anne Lusk and Feyza Engin were awarded certificates of appreciation. Read more 

Friday, Sept. 28: Watch live webcast  

Maternal Health Forum

Saving Lives That Give Life: Preventing Maternal Deaths and Advancing Women's Health

September 28
2:00-3:00 PM  


Christy Turlington Burns
, director/producer of No Woman, No Cry and founder, Every Mother Counts; Ana Langer, professor of the practice of public health, and director of HSPH's Women and Health Initiative; Julio Frenk, Dean, HSPH, former minister of health, Mexico, and chair of the Board of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Submit questions to the panel on Twitter using the hash tag #maternaldeath, via email at, or by posting to the Community Discussion page

Regular consumption of sugary beverages linked to increased genetic risk of obesity  

A study by HSPH researchers showed that the genetic effects on body mass index (BMI) and obesity risk among those who drank one or more sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) per day were about twice as large as those who consumed less than one serving per month. The findings suggest that regular consumption may amplify the genetic risk of obesity. In addition, individuals with greater genetic predisposition to obesity appear to be more susceptible to harmful effects of SSBs on BMI. Read more 

Around the School  

Brazil symposium For a health reform model, try Brazil
At the Harvard-Brazil Symposium, hosted by HSPH, government officials from Brazil discussed that nation's progress on health reform.

Epidemiology table
Guest speaker Alfredo Morabia traced  epidemiology's origin to 1662, when statistics were first compiled to show population health trends.


Article discussion: Why Woman Still Can't Have It All
October 4
1:00-2:00 PM
Countway Library, Ballard Room    

HSPH Professor Francesca Dominici will
facilitate a discussion about a controversial article recently published in The Atlantic.

Got info to share at APHA? Contact Admissions by October 9  The HSPH Admissions Office will be hosting a booth at the American Public Health Association conference on October 28-31. Contact if you would like to share materials or information about a conference presentation with attendees.
First flu shot clinic next week 

October 4, 11, 25 9:00-11:00 AM Kresge Cafeteria

Free to faculty, staff, and students. Harvard ID required. Please note that doses are limited and may run out early.


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School Innovation Project Celebration
October 1
2:30-4:00 PM
Kresge Cafeteria

This event celebrates everyone who submitted an idea to the School Innovation Project. Ideas selected for implementation will be announced.

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP requested.