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A conversation on leadership with Harvard President Drew Faust

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Harvard President Drew Faust will discuss leadership in a conversation moderated by HSPH Dean Julio Frenk, as part of the Decision-Making: Voices From the Field series, on Monday, October 22, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Watch the webcast live at Login with Harvard PIN required. The event will also be broadcast on a large screen in a special section of Kresge Cafeteria. 

Analysis: After economy, health care most important issue for likely voters

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A new analysis of 37 national opinion polls conducted by 17 survey organizations finds that health care is the second most important issue for likely voters in deciding their 2012 presidential vote. Although the economy dominates most voters' thinking when choosing a candidate, in a close election, "health care issues could help swing the balance among some voters," said Robert Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis at HSPH, who co-authored the analysis. Read more

Reclaiming childhood 

Theresa Betancourt-250 Theresa Betancourt works with former child soldiers, AIDS orphans, refugees, and children growing up on construction sites. An associate professor of child health and human rights and director of the Program on Children and Global Adversity at Harvard's François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Betancourt studies the effectiveness of interventions that aim to help neglected children from Asia and Africa to Boston. Read the Harvard Magazine article 

Using cell phone data to curb the spread of malaria

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New research that combines cell phone data from 15 million people in Kenya with detailed information on the regional incidence of malaria has revealed, on the largest scale so far, how human travel patterns contribute to the disease's spread. The findings from researchers at HSPH and seven other institutions indicate that malaria, in large part, emanates from Kenya's Lake Victoria region and spreads east, chiefly toward the capital, Nairobi. Read more 

Around the School  

See award-winning documentary, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
Available on iTunes/Video on Demand. Harvard's Don Berwick, former Medicare/Medicaid chief, opens the film, calling for solutions--"escape fires" already at hand--to transform our disease-care system to a true healthcare system.

Outings & Innings is back at LMA
Wednesdays 10/24, 11/7, 12/5 and 12/12, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, Kresge Cafeteria
Discounted tickets to movies, shows, museums and more

Last chance for a flu shot on campus
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.

Fight back against cancer with Harvard
Participate in the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3)

bike illustration Bike breakfast
October 22, 8:00-9:30 AM
Kresge Courtyard (next to Countway)
Plan B (if it rains): Kresge Cafeteria
Free breakfast to anyone who shows a helmet
Bike brainstorm
October 23, 12:30-1:30 PM
Kresge 502
To discuss priorities and projects to pursue in the coming year

Attention all HSPH website publishers
If you have responsibility for updating HSPH websites, you are strongly encouraged to attend a pair of upcoming sessions to learn how to use WordPress, which will replace HSPH's existing content management system, HSPH Publisher, next month.
Overview sessions:
October 23, 9:30-11 AM, Kresge G-2
October 24, 2-3:30 PM, FXB G-12
Hands-on training sessions (sign-up required):
October 25, 9-10:30 AM, Kresge 209
October 26, 9-10:30 AM, Kresge 213
October 30, 10-11:30 AM, Kresge LL-6
October 31, 10-11:30 AM, Kresge LL-6

Fall computer training series 

Free courses for faculty, staff, and researchers begin October 22. Microsoft Outlook, Project, Excel, and Access. 


Apply now for Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, aimed at advancing the goal of increasing the diversity of young scholars pursuing university-based careers in public health. For information about eligibility and application requirements and an online application link, please visit Deadline is November 1. 

Event highlights


Book launch: Beauty Without the Breast
October 22

4-6:30 PM
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Room 1620, 44 Binney St., Boston


Book launch: Cost of Inaction 

October 23

1:30-5:30 PM

Charles Hotel

Kennedy Room


Symposium: Prospects for Accelerating Progress in Health and Nutrition in India

October 23

4:00-7:00 PM

Kresge 502 


Health & Money: A Global Overview 

October 25

9 AM

Kresge G-2 

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


Delivering Cancer Care in Settings of Extreme Poverty
Paul Farmer
Thursday, November 1, 5:00-6:30 PM
Jimmy Fund Auditorium, Dana Farber Cancer Institute