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Finlay speaks on expert panel at United Nations on population & sustainable development

finlay_headshotHarvard Pop Center’s Director of the Research Core Jocelyn Finlay, PhD, presented as a member of an expert panel on “Population, sustainable development, and the post-2015 development agenda” at the United Nations on January 22. The panel was assembled to prepare for the upcoming 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development in 2015, when the theme will be “Realizing the future we want: integrating population issues into sustainable development, including in the post-2015 development agenda.”

Papachristos suggests ways to curb gun violence “epidemic” in Chicago in Huffington Post

papachristos.resized Former Harvard RWJF Scholar Andrew Papachristos, PhD was lead author in a study in Social Science & Medicine that is highlighted in this Huffington Post article. Papachristos compares the majority of nonfatal gun violence in Chicago to a blood-borne pathogen transmitted within networks for specific reasons.

Employees with financial incentives more likely to participate in wellness programs

blockIn this The St. Louis American article, Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Jason Block, MD, MPH,  comments on his new research that shows that a financial incentive can drastically increase employee participation in a health coach program, a wellness initiative that involves one-on-one phone calls with a personal health coach.

Subu Subramanian speaks at UNICEF South Asia conference “Stop Stunting”

subramania_headshot-for-panelHarvard Pop Center faculty member Subu Subramanian, PhD, spoke in New Delhi at a conference on stunting sponsored by UNICEF South Asia. Subramanian’s appearance at the conference was featured in this HSPH news brief, this New York Times article,  and in this video by UNICEF.

Christina Roberto honored with research grant during Obesity Week in Boston

robertoHarvard RWJF Health & Society Alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, was recently awarded The Obesity Society’s (TOS) 2014 Early-Career Research Grant. Currently an Assistant Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, Roberto was honored with the grant during Obesity Week, the annual scientific and educational conference for obesity professionals which took place in Boston during the week of November 2-7, 2014.  “The award from TOS,” commented Roberto, “will enable us to evaluate how a policy to limit sugary drink container size influences consumers’ perceptions and eating behaviors during a restaurant meal. The goal of this work is to provide timely and valuable data to both scientists and policymakers.”