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Rethinking research: Biosafety for potential pandemic pathogens

biosafety lab Laboratory-modified, highly virulent strains of the H5N1 virus were recently developed in such a way that they can be passed from one mammal to another (ferrets), suggesting that the new and potentially dangerous strain might easily be transferrable between humans. In a new commentary in the journal mBio, HSPH faculty members Marc Lipsitch and Barry Bloom state that scientists need to come together to develop new standards for deciding when such research should be done. Watch video interview with Lipsitch

Diets of low-income adults in federal food program need improvement

Roughly one in seven Americans receive benefits to purchase food from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program. SNAP is designed to alleviate hunger and provide nutritious food to its beneficiaries. However, a new study by HSPH researchers has found that SNAP participants' diets are actually worse than those of eligible adults not participating in the program. Read more 

Heart attack patients in states with public reporting less likely to receive angioplasty

angioplasty Patients entering hospitals with heart attacks in states with mandatory public reporting are less likely to receive angioplasties to fix heart blockages than patients in states without public reporting, according to a new HSPH study. The patients most affected were those considered "high-risk." Read more 
Around the School  

Last chance for a flu shot
October 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.

HSPH website upgrading technology, getting a facelift
Information session October 16, 3:00-4:00 PM, G2

The School will be retiring its existing content management system (CMS), which most departments and groups use to maintain their sections of the website. The CMS will be replaced with WordPress, an easy-to-use open source content management platform that is employed by many universities, non-profits and for-profit organizations. As part of the transition, the web team is working hard to update the look and feel of the site. The upgraded site is expected to go live in November. Come to the information session to learn more.  

Sign up for free edX online quantitative methods course
Beginning October 15, HSPH will offer a new free online course, PH207x Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical & Public Health Research. The course is an online adaptation of material from the Harvard School of Public Health's classes in epidemiology and biostatistics for students with a sound grasp of algebra. Read more


Apply now for Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Applicants to the Yerby program should advance the goal of increasing the diversity of young scholars pursuing university-based careers in public health. Each Yerby fellow works closely with a senior mentor with compatible research interests and receives additional training in all the domains critical to academic success.


The appointment is for one year, beginning September 1, 2013, and is renewable for a second year. The salary is $62,000 plus benefits, with a $3,500 supplemental budget for travel expenses and research. The application deadline is November 1, 2012.


For more information about eligibility and application requirements as well as the link to our online application, please visit

HSPH Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases Flaminia Catteruccia and MPH student Guiseppe "Bepi" Raviola were honored for their high potential as innovators in their fields.

Upcoming events for Longwood-area bicyclists
bike illustration Do you commute to work on a bicycle? If so, you'll be treated to a FREE BREAKFAST on October 22 from 9:00-9:30 AM in the Kresge Courtyard. Just bring your helmet, and you can help yourself to some hot oatmeal, coffee, bagels, and fruit -- all while socializing with fellow bicyclists! The event is sponsored by the Harvard Longwood Bicyclists.


The following day, the same group will be hosting its first-ever Bike Brainstorm on October 23 from 12:30-1:30 PM in Kresge 502. This will be a chance for bicyclists in the Longwood Medical Area to get together to talk about priorities and projects for the year ahead.

Event highlights

Nathan Wolfe


Virus Hunting: New Frontiers in the Battle to Stop the Next Global Pandemic



Nathan Wolfe, AM '97, SD '99,

Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology, Stanford University, founder and CEO of Global Viral, and author of The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

October 11
4:00-5:00 PM
Kresge G-1



The Impact of Male Behavior on Women's Health
October 16
12:30-1:30 PM
FXB G13   

Fifteenth Annual John B. Little Symposium
Topic: Cancer stem cells and tumor metabolism 
October 26-27