For the Harvard School of Public Health’s Alumni Council, it’s a Herculean task: Choose the year’s recipients of the Alumni Awards of Merit, the School’s top prize for distinguished graduates. Pore over a pile of nominations six inches thick. Cut the list to a few dozen. Pick three or four.
The challenge gets tougher every year. Since 1922, HSPH has launched hundreds of people into leadership roles—on the world stage, in the media spotlight, and behind the scenes.
Four individuals were celebrated at the Alumni Weekend in June. They included an award-winning medical editor for ABC News; an expert on cancer risk and prevention who tracked radiation’s ill effects in Japan’s atomic bomb survivors; a crusader against childhood malnutrition in Africa; and a legendary dentist whose uphill fight for fluoridation has resulted in better oral health for generations of Americans. Congratulations to all.
Karin Kiewra is editor of the Review and Associate Director of Development Communications at HSPH.
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