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Microbes: The good, the bad, the ugly

Nathan Wolfe

Nathan Wolfe, AM '97, SD '99, discussed virus hunting and his own experience as one of the world's foremost virus hunters at HSPH's annual Leadership Council meeting October 11, 2012. Read more 

Researchers examine impact of MDGs

Fukuda-Parr Kercher Yamin
From left: Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Julia Kercher, Alicia Ely Yamin 

In a research project co-led by HSPH's Alicia Ely Yamin, a lecturer on global health in the Department of Global Health and Population, 17 researchers in the international and human rights communities are examining the consequences--both intended and unintended--of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The group, which includes Sakiko Fukuda-Parr of the New School and Julia Kercher of the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, held its first meeting at HSPH in early October. Read more

Around the School
basketball jerseys-125 Join HSPH HR and dress up in your favorite team's jersey or color on NBA opening day, October 30. Come to Kresge Atrium between 12:30 and 1:30 PM for a stadium-style lunch, raffles, and more.

Coming up: Benefits open enrollment 2013
October 31-November 14
This will be your chance to make changes to medical, dental, vision care and insurance choices or elect a flexible spending account.

HSPH mindfulness meditation practice
October 31, 12:30-1:20 PM, Kresge 203
Help manage stress, improve concentration and creativity, and increase a sense of calm by joining in guided sitting meditation, readings, and group sharing every Wednesday. No experience required.

Sign up for one-on-one consults with TIAA-CREF
November 5, Kresge 504

Harvard on the Move: Walk or run with others in Longwood
RUN: Wednesdays, 5:00 PM
WALK: Thursdays, 12:30 PM

Volunteer with the Harvard Community Gifts Campaign
Help continue this great Harvard holiday tradition!

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.


Julio Frenk-100 HSPH Dean Julio Frenk was named "Public Health Person of the Week" on the website, a resource for students interested in graduate public health, public administration, public policy, and health administration programs. Frenk was cited in particular for his efforts in introducing comprehensive national health insurance in Mexico.

Jack Spengler awarded Haagen-Smit Prize 

John Spengler Jack Spengler, Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation at HSPH, has received a 2012 Haagen-Smit Prize. This annual prize is given to two outstanding papers published in the journal Atmospheric Environment. The award recognized a 1985 paper co-authored by Spengler and George Thurston, a 1983 HSPH doctoral graduate, titled "Quantitative Assessment of Source Contributions to Inhalable Particulate Matter Pollution in Metropolitan Boston."

Event highlights


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


Recognizing and Helping the Stressed or Troubled Employee: Concrete Steps for Managers
October 30 

12:00-1:30 PM
Kresge 213 


GHP Brown Bag Seminar

Kenneth Mayer, visiting professor of global health and population 

November 1

12:30-1:30 PM

HSPH Building 1, Room 1208


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


Research news


Shuji Ogino
Shuji Ogino 


Aspirin may lengthen life for colorectal cancer patients with certain gene mutation (HealthDay


Report: Integrated care should be national priority for patient safety, health system efficiency (Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation)