Notes – 2/12/2014
Just back from the Centennial Time Capsule Celebration in which Dean Frenk placed the placed the HSPH Time Capsule in the wall in the FXB lobby. For EH department we contributed two doctoral theses from 1923 and 2013 which span the history of the Department The first, “Distribution of Lead in the Organism in Acute and Chronic Lead Poisoning,” was submitted by Annie Stone Minot in May 1923. The second, “Effect of Lead Exposure on Neuromotor Function and Movement Disorder,” by John Ji was submitted in May 2013. While 90 years apart, both deal with the insidious effects of exposure to lead. I also included a letter to the Chair of our Department in 2063, a copy of which is attached.
Jack Spengler just received word that he will be receiving a major award from the JPB Foundation to establish the JPB Environmental Health Fellows Program. This new program will bring together a cohort of junior faculty and staff scientists from around the country. It has two main goals: First, to have the fellows collaborate on issues related to urban environmental health problems, particularly those problems that adversely affect children of low income families; and second, to develop the careers of environmental health researchers dedicated to multi-disciplinary research and teaching careers that focus on urban health in low-income communities. We congratulate Jack for devising this concept, and for obtaining the funding for such a novel and worthy venture!
The Community Outreach and Engagement Core of the NIEHS Center organized an environmental health awareness event at the Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market last weekend. You can see some pictures of it here.
Justin Yang and colleagues had an interesting article entitled “Modified Mediterranean Diet Score and Cardiovascular Risk in a North American Working Population” published in PLOS ONE. The article was featured on the HSPH website here, and the article itself can be found here.
Congratulations to Julie Goodman and Alice Smythe who completed the HSPH’s Research Administration Boot Camp.
Those of you who attended our very fun Star Wars-themed department party may be experiencing post-party blues. Fear not! I invite you to join us tomorrow for our next social gathering party this Thursday, February 13 at 4:00 in the cafeteria. We are co-sponsoring this party with the Epi Department, so come on down and meet some new and old friends for food, drinks, music and karaoke. Though not inter-galactical, this promises to be an inter-departmental fun time. I hope to see you there!