January 2011 (Spring 1) – Vol 4, Issue 2

WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIETY, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & HEALTH

Our goal is to not only provide information about the Department news and initiatives, but to also serve as a resource where you can learn more about the work and lives of your colleagues, students and staff. If you’d like to contribute to future issues of the SHDH newsletter or have suggestions for topics, please send an e-mail tombrooks@hsph.harvard.edu.

 

LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

 

Dear SHDH community,

I hope you all had a nice break, and you’re feeling energized for the new semester. Those of you enjoying the warmer climes during winter break study sessions, please spare a thought for us back home digging out of the snow.
Please join me in welcoming a brand new SHDH faculty member, Alan Geller, Senior Lecturer, who will be moving into his 7th floor Kresge office this month. Alan brings a wealth of experience in cancer prevention (skin cancer screening, tobacco control) and health disparities research. He is eager to settle in and meet everyone. Please stop by and say “hi” — I’m sure you will enjoy getting to know Alan.
Best wishes and stay warm -
Ichiro 

 

 

 UPCOMING EVENTS

 

SHDH Seminars [Kresge G-2, 12:30 – 1:30 pm]

Feb 3 – Karen Ertel; Feb 10 & 24 – canceled; Mar 10 – Marcia Castro

Monthly Masters Student Meetings [Mon, Kresge 110, 5:30 – 6:30 pm]
Feb 14 & Mar 14  (more…)

 

UPCOMING COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

SHH 300: Independent Study in Eating Disorders Prevention: A Strategy Incubator

Spring 1 or 2
Dr. S. Bryn Austin
1.25 credits (more…)

 

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

NIH: The Science of Research on Discrimination and Health Feb 2-4 in Bethesda, MD
The Maine-Harvard Prevention Research Center’s Tenth Annual Statewide Conference Jan 21 in Augusta Civic Center (more…)

 

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES

Arrivals: Joining SHDH from the former Division of Public Health Practice, please welcome the faculty and staff of the Center for Global Tobacco Control (CGTC), the Program for Community Research (PCR), and Linking Assessment and Measurement to Performance in PHEP Systems (LAMPS) (more…)

 

MILESTONES

Rubimbura Rwakabuba: 10 years; Nancy Krieger: 15 years; Elizabeth Solomon: 20 years; Loretta LaFratta: 25 years; Arthur Sobol: 40 years (more…)

 

Also in this issue

EVENTS IN REVIEW

The SHDH Holiday Party on Thurs, Dec 16 was lots of fun as we shared delicious food to celebrate the close of the 1st semester and the start of a new year (more…)

 

COMMITTEES & INITIATIVES

A revised definition of Health Disparity Populations will be issued by NIH this spring based on the recommendations of a Working Group for which 2 of the 3 external academic members (all other members are federal employees) are SHDH faculty: Nancy Krieger and David Williams.

 

GRANTS, AWARDS & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Vish Viswanath was recognized as the Outstanding Health Communication Scholar for 2010 by the National Communication Association (NCA) and International Communication Association (ICA). He received the award at the November meeting of the NCA in San Francisco. Dr. Viswanath was nominated by his colleagues at NCA and ICA to receive the annual award (more…)

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES [HSPH, INTERNSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS]

Postdoctoral Fellow: The Harvard Kennedy School’s Research Initiative, The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America, is beginning a search for 2 postdoctoral fellows for the 2011-12 academic year. Job descriptions are available online at http://www.hks.harvard.edu/saguaro/research/postdoc1.htm and http://www.hks.harvard.edu/saguaro/legatum/legatumapplication.htm

 

ARTICLES IN PRESS

Aflaki P, Nelson CA, Balas B, Pomahac B. Simulated central face transplantation: Age consideration in matching donors and recipients. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery. 2010;63(3),283-285

Albert MA, Williams DR. Discrimination: An Emerging Target for CVD Risk Reduction? Commentary. American Journal of Epidemiology (in press)

Arya M, Williams LT, Stone VE, Behforouz HL, Viswanath K, Giordano TP. A key strategy for reducing HIV in African American communities: Promoting HIV testing. Journal of National Medical Association. 2010; 102(12):1-3 (more…)