September 2011 (Fall 1) – Vol 1, Issue 3

WELCOME BACK 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 to mbrooks@hsph.harvard.edu.

 

LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

Dear SHDH community,
Welcome to the new academic year! I hope you are all drying out after Hurricane Irene. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there in person to greet our incoming students on the first day of orientation. It would have been so much enjoyable than being stuck in the Toronto airport for two days. Provided my plane takes off this afternoon, I hope to catch up with you very soon. Enjoy the beautiful New England fall.

Best wishes, 
Ichiro

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dr. Marie McCormick will be holding a welcome back gathering for all MCH/CYF students, faculty and alumni on Sunday, September 11th, 2011 at her house. All individuals are welcome to attend. Please contact Sarah Chase at schase@hsph.harvard.edu if you have any questions. (more…)


UPCOMING COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

SHDH 288: Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health
Fall 1
Dr. Roberta E. Goldman
2.5 credits
Fri, 9:30 am-12:20 pm
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UPCOMING CONFERENCES
The Health Literacy Annual Research Conference will be combined for the first time with the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare to be held in Chicago, October 17-19. Rima Rudd provides the opening key note address for this joint conference.

The 17th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) Conference
December 14-16, 2011 – New Orleans, LA. (more…)

 

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
Arrivals:  
Whitney Waddell is the new departmental staff assistant in academic affairs. Whitney comes to us from the HSPH Registrar’s Office. Please join us in welcoming her to our deparment!Dr. Jim Dunn is the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies at Harvard University for 2011-12. Here at HSPH, he is affiliated with SHDH and will be teaching SHDH 502 in Fall 2 (see course highlights section of this newsletter). (more…)

MILESTONES
S. V. (Subu) Subramanian: promotion to Professor of Population Health and Geography

K. Vish Viswanath was elected as Fellow of the International Communication Association. Dr. Viswanath was elected as the Fellow of The International Communication Association, a major professional body of researchers in communication, in May 2011. A Fellow status in the INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION is primarily a recognition of distinguished scholarly contributions to the broad field of communication.

 

Also in this issue

EVENTS IN REVIEW

Congratulations to all our graduates!

Tobacco Control Conference: A Tribute to Senator Edward M. Kennedy
On June 22, 2011, the CGTC convened a major conference at HSPH entitled the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Act: Regulatory Science and the Tobacco Industry. The conference’s goal was to review the progress made in implementing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA) passed two years ago (more…)

 

COMMITTEES & INITIATIVES
Nancy Street directed a program this summer entitled “The International Nurse Faculty Partnership.” This program is a collaboration between Regis College and Partners in Health to enhance the preparation of nurse faculty in developing nations. The first cohort of twelve nursing faculty arrived from Haiti in July for six weeks of intensive coursework. The story was picked up by the Boston Globe.

 

GRANTS, AWARDS & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Edward Tronick received the NIH grant: The Electrophysiological Indices of Infants’ Memory for a Social Stressor, NICHD.
Rima Rudd, who holds a position as Visiting Senior Scholar in health literacy at the University of Maryland’s Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, was honored with the announcement this summer of the first Rima E. Rudd Emerging Health Literacy Scholar Award (more…)  

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
David E. Bell Fellowship.The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies – “Pop Center” – is now accepting applications for the next cohort of the David E. Bell Fellowship (to begin Sept 2012). This is an interdisciplinary, postdoctoral research program that is housed at the Pop Center and attracts qualified researchers from all over the world. Fellows may choose a one or two year fellowship. Info can also be found on our web site. Deadline to apply is Friday, December 2, 2011. Contact Laura Price at lprice@hsph.harvard.edu with questions. (more…)

 

ARTICLES IN PRESS

Appleton AA, Buka SL, McCormick MC, Koenen K, Loucks EB, Gilman SE, Kubzansky LD. Emotional functioning at age 7 years is associated with C-reactive protein in middle adulthood. Psychological Medicine Journal. 2011;73:295-303

Barrett JL, Hannon C, Keefe L, Gortmaker SL, Cradock AL. Playground renovations and quality at public parks in Boston, Massachusetts, 1996-2007. Prev Chronic Dis. 2011 Jul;8(4):A72. Epub 2011 Jun 15  (more…)