Topic: faculty stories

Off the cuff: Mosquitoes, sex, & malaria

[ Spring/Summer 2012 ] Q: You study how genes affect mosquito fertility and mating, a potentially groundbreaking way to prevent malaria transmission. In perfecting this approach, you work with Anopheles gambiae, the chief vector of malaria—but also one of the most notoriously difficult insect species…

AIDS in 1982: Buried in the back pages

August, 1982. Robin Herman, who is currently assistant dean for research communications at HSPH, was then a metro reporter for The New York Times. She was assigned to cover a cluster of cases in New York City of a frightening new disease primarily afflicting…

Prevailing winds

[ Fall 2012 ] A decades-long fight to bring clean air standards in line with environmental health science offers lessons for today. On a raw January day in Washington, DC, Douglas Dockery climbed Capitol Hill on his way to testify to Congress…

Off the cuff: Bill Hanage

[ Fall 2011 ] Why are we seeing so many deadly new forms of E. coli in our food? "Bacteria are a bit like a Mr. Potato Head®. You have the core DNA—which is the potato—and then onto that are stuck all kinds of…

Off the cuff: Walter Willett

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] How would you improve the USDA 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans? "The guidelines took baby steps in the right direction. For example, they are very clear about what foods should be increased: whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. They also said…

The art of getting things done

[ Spring/Summer 2012 ] On January 19, 2011, HSPH professor William Hsiao walked onto the podium in the well of the Vermont State House. Before him sat both chambers of the state legislature. Above him stood hundreds of onlookers in the observation…

Can doing good be done better?

[ Spring/Summer 2012 ] Better-trained aid workers, closer coordination among relief agencies, and a bigger dose of humility while working in unfamiliar cultures would help ensure that the billions of dollars spent each year on humanitarian assistance are not wasted. Harvard Public…

Off the cuff: Michelle Williams

[ Winter 2012 ] Is epidemiology a beautiful science? “I started to see beauty in science as an undergrad, looking at embryonic development. There is nothing more beautiful than watching a single cell turn into an organism. It contains all the signals needed to…

Public health and the U.S. economy

[ Fall 2012 ] How the next U.S. president can stack the deck in favor of people’s health and wealth in 2013 With the November 2012 elections on the horizon, Americans surveyed in national polls consistently rank the economy as their number…

Off the cuff: Starting a revolution

[ Fall 2012 ] In May 2012, you resigned from the editorial board of Genomics, protesting the exorbitant subscription fees that scientific journals charge. Researchers and institutions in poor nations often cannot afford to pay and are effectively shut out of new science. You called…