Topic: faculty stories

David Williams honored for leadership in psychology

David R. Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health, is the recipient of the 2015 CSES (Committee on Socioeconomic Status) Award for Distinguished Leadership in Psychology from the American Psychological…

Your phone knows how you feel

[Spring 2015] Scientists are using cellphone data to track everything from depression and mood disorders to crowd behavior. On a difficult day, the patient’s data stream includes very few pings. Her GPS sensor shows her going slowly from the bedroom to the bathroom and…

Off the Cuff: Making the case for childhood immunization

[Spring 2015] Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Q: There has been an uptick of measles, whooping cough, and other infections in the United States. Many of these infections, which are routinely prevented by childhood…

Tracking a duo of deadly diseases

June 30, 2015 -- Should we be worried about Lassa fever, the hemorrhagic fever that recently killed a New Jersey man? How is it different from Ebola? Computational biologist Pardis Sabeti—recently named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator for 2015—studies the genetics…

Michael Reich honored for advancing public health in Japan

For immediate release: April 29, 2015 Boston, MA — On April 29 in Japan, the Japanese Government announced its Spring Honors List. Harvard University Professor Michael Robin Reich is awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for…

A MOOC spreads the word on global health quality

For Ashish Jha, teaching a massive open online course (MOOC) through the digital platform HarvardX was an opportunity to try a new model for learning. Rather than attempt to replicate the classroom experience, Jha, K.T. Li Professor of International Health at Harvard…

In memoriam: Fred Li, pioneer of population cancer genetics

June 18, 2015 -- Frederick Pei Li, who helped inaugurate the era of cancer genetics by demonstrating that people can inherit a genetic susceptibility to develop certain malignancies, died on June 12 at the age of 75. A professor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute…

Commencement 2015: Award winners

May 28, 2015 — Each year, several awards are presented to graduating students, faculty, and staff at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 2015 Student Awards: Albert Schweitzer Award Avik Chatterjee Dr. Fang-Ching Sun Memorial Award Kimberly Chang Edgar Haber…