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April 21, 2015

Need to Know

Thursday, April 23rd – Final Q&A with OSA Staff

Find out everything you need to know about Commencement 2015

  • Where is the Chan Commencement Ceremony held?
  • Who is eligible to attend Commencement?
  • How do I order tickets for Commencement? How many tickets am I allowed? When are ticket packets available?
  • What should I do about lunch in the short time between the two ceremonies?

Get all your questions answered at the Commencement Q&A on Thursday April 23 from 12:30-1:20pm in Kresge G-2, a light lunch will be provided. Check here for previous recordings.

 

Commencement and Information Response Form (CIRF)

Deadline THIS FRIDAY April 24th, 5pm

The Commencement and Information Response Form (CIRF) closes this week: http://hsph.me/commchan2015. You can use the CIRF to let us know your plans for ceremony attendance and also to order class photo prints and graduate and guest lunches. Please fill out the form even if you are not planning to attend graduation or do not need guest tickets. The deadline to complete the form is this Friday, April 24th at 5pm. Congratulations on your graduation. We look forward to seeing you in May.

Sincerely,

Office for Student Affairs (Leah, Amy, Joel, and Katherine).

Any questions contact studentaffairs@hsph.harvard.edu.

Academic

The Entrepreneurial Woman

TODAY, April 21st from 6 PM – 7:30 PM at Harvard i-lab

Join the Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women (ANHW) for an evening celebrating local female entrepreneurs and exploring the array of challenges entrepreneurship brings. A light reception will follow the program. Featuring panelists Jules Pieri (The Grommet), Deborah Theobald (Vecna), Therese Rohrbeck (Viking Icelandic Yogurt), Nancy Brown (Oak HC/FT), and Stephanie Kaplan Lewis (Her Campus). Moderated by Harvard Business School Professor Lynda M. Applegate. RSVP: Please register via Eventbrite. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs.

 

New Findings in the Field of Negotiation: Research from the PON Graduate Research Fellows – Session 1

TODAY, April 21, 12:00 – 1:30 PM, Lewis 214A, Harvard Law School. A non-pizza lunch will be provided.

This lunch provides an opportunity for three of this year’s six Graduate Research Fellows to share their research findings with the negotiation community. Vera Mironova will present her work on individual preferences for types of war termination and negotiations in conflicts. Abbie Wazlawek will discuss her research, which examines the line that defines the boundaries of appropriate behavior in negotiations. Finally, Boshko Stankovski will present his research, which deals with issues of sovereignty and conditionality in peace agreements on self-determination and secession disputes. Join us for a fascinating, informal lecture, followed by a rich discussion. Learn more here.

 

Transforming Public Health in England: Lessons in Leadership & Innovation

Thursday, April 23rd, 12:30-1:30 PM, TMEC Walter Amphitheater (Harvard Medical School)

The Department of Health Policy and Management is holding a seminar series hosted by Professors Rifat Atun and Ashish Jhu. Tessa Jowell, Former Public Health Minister & Secretary of State for Culture and the Olympics of the United Kingdom, will present lessons in leadership and innovation for transformation of Public Health in England. Contact Ellen Girouard with questions.

 

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture – “Innovating Professional Education for Universal Health Coverage: Lessons from Thailand”

Tuesday, April 28th, 4pm, Joseph B. Martin Center Rotunda

Keynote: His Excellency Professor Rajata Rajatanavin, MD, FRCP, FACP, FACE Minister of Public Health, Thailand. Welcome and Discussion with: Dean Julio Frenk, MD, MPH, PhD Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, T&G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School. Lecture: 4:00PM. Joseph B. Martin Center Rotunda, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur Boston, MA. RSVP requested but not required: deansevents@hsph.harvard.edu

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History, Trauma, and Public Health

Tuesday, April 28th at 5:30pm in Kresge G-1–dinner provided!

Please join the Harvard Chan School Native American Student Organization and the Jewish Student Association as they welcome Dr. Michael Grodin from Boston University and Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart from the University of New Mexico, as they discuss historical trauma in two different communities, its effects on health over the lifecourse, its intergenerational transmission within communities, and what can be done about its effects. RSVP here and check out the Facebook event here.

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Events and Activities

BIG/BISG Information Session on Opportunities/ Reception with Behavioral Insights Group Faculty

TODAY, April 21st, Darman Room (First Floor of Taubman)
4:10 PM: Information Session on Upcoming Opportunities for Students, 5:10 PM: Reception with Behavioral Insights Group Faculty

Join BIG and BISG for a discussion of upcoming opportunities for students, including the 2015-2016 Immersion Experience Program (IXP) course, working with behavioral insights teams in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, and potential behavioral science PAE clients for students, including the World Bank, USAID, the Department of Health and Human Services, and MDRC. Hear from students who participated in the IXP last year, about details of potential PAE clients, and discuss BISG programming for the coming year. Immediately following the Information Session, join us for a reception with BIG, including faculty from HKS, HBS, the GSAS Government Department, and more. Drinks and hors-d’oeuvres will be served.

 

Harvard Longwood Campus Inaugural Diversity Dialogue: Make No Assumptions!  Increasing Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Wednesday, April 29th, 12:00-1:00 pm in Kresge G-1 (Snyder Auditorium)

longwoodFeaturing Lisa Iezzoni, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. All members of the Harvard Longwood Campus community are encouraged to attend this session, including: students, staff, faculty, and trainees/appointees. More information here.

Please view the following links in advance: http://www.upenn.edu/ldi/issuebrief8_4.pdf and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQUglQsKwGg

 

US Healthcare: A Hands On Experience

Wednesday, April 22nd, 9am-12:30pm

Hosted by Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, the ‘US Healthcare: A Hands On Experience’ is an excellent opportunity for Harvard Chan’s international students to have an opportunity to see the US healthcare delivery model at one of the nation’s leading institutions. Target Audience: Harvard Chan International Students and Domestic Non-Physician Students. The format of the program will include a tour of Brigham and Woman’s Hospital and up close opportunity to see ICU, Ward, and Nursing rounds. Additionally, there will be a introduction to the hospital quality initiatives along with a session in the STRATUS Medical Simulation Center. Spaces are limited. Please email Neil Gheewala to RSVP for this Symposium.

 

LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Share Their Stories

Wednesday, April 22nd, 12:30pm, Kresge G1

A unique opportunity to hear directly from survivors of human rights violations! Hear from asylum seekers themselves as they share their powerful stories of courage and detail the dangers and discrimination that individuals experience in their home countries due to their gender identity and sexual orientation. They will also talk about the US asylum process and the challenges they face trying to settle into their new lives in Massachusetts. Open to the public (lgbtqasylumseekers.eventbrite.com). Lunch provided.

 

Last Harvard Chan School, HKS and HGSE Joint-school Diversity Mixer of the Year: Celebrating Women’s History

Thursday, April 23rd, 5:30–7:30 PM Harvard Kennedy School of Government 79 John F. Kennedy St. Cambridge, MA, 02138 The Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building (L-P-9)* 

*The Chan School Hosts can guide students to the Mixer. Meet at Kresge Cafeteria at 4:45! We look forward to seeing you there!

Hear remarks from administrators, faculty, and students on key experiences, challenges, and successes that shaped their respective professional work and education. Reception/Networking to follow! Light refreshments to be served. Space is limited. RSVP here. For questions, contact visrani@hsph.harvard.edu OR natara_gray@hks.harvard.edu.

 

 Spring 2015 Re-Entry Workshop with Alumni

Tuesday, April 28th, 5:30-7:30pm in Kresge 110

Are you graduating soon and wondering: Will I pick the right job/the right city? What if I don’t have a job before commencement? How do I balance my financial needs with my commitment to social justice? How do I manage the expectations (employer, family) that come with a Harvard degree? How do I deal with the frustrations of slow change? Join Harvard Chan School alumni on April 28 for a workshop to discuss re-entry to the workplace and life after Harvard. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP here. Email phl@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

 

#SWEATITOFF

Saturday, May 2nd, 5:15pm at Flywheel Sports, 800 Boylston Ave in the Prudential Centre

The Eh Team’s Charity Spin Class is BACK ON. Now that the snow is gone we have renamed the event to signify what you all need to do with the looming work ahead. SWEAT. IT. OFF. Is Taylor Swift now singing in your head? Us too. This ride will be in support of Project Hope, a multi-service agency that is dedicated to helping women out of the cycle of homelessness and poverty. In Massachusetts there are >21,000 people homeless and 1/3 of these are in Boston. Let’s not let them all live like this through another brutal winter. Join us May 2 for a competitive, fast-paced, sweat-inducing spin-class at Flywheel Sports. Flywheel has generously donated a private spin class just for us in support of our cause. ALL proceeds go towards Project Hope. RSVP by April 29, 2015 at http://tinyurl.com/pdezhp6. Co-Prime Ministers: Julie Thorne and Yulin Hswen. More event info on the website.

April 20, 2015

Events and Activities

BIG/BISG Information Session on Opportunities/ Reception with Behavioral Insights Group Faculty

Tuesday, April 21st, Darman Room (First Floor of Taubman)
4:10 PM: Information Session on Upcoming Opportunities for Students, 5:10 PM: Reception with Behavioral Insights Group Faculty

Join BIG and BISG for a discussion of upcoming opportunities for students, including the 2015-2016 Immersion Experience Program (IXP) course, working with behavioral insights teams in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, and potential behavioral science PAE clients for students, including the World Bank, USAID, the Department of Health and Human Services, and MDRC. Hear from students who participated in the IXP last year, about details of potential PAE clients, and discuss BISG programming for the coming year. Immediately following the Information Session, join us for a reception with BIG, including faculty from HKS, HBS, the GSAS Government Department, and more. Drinks and hors-d’oeuvres will be served.

 

US Healthcare: A Hands On Experience

Wednesday, April 22nd, 9am-12:30pm

Hosted by Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, the ‘US Healthcare: A Hands On Experience’ is an excellent opportunity for Harvard Chan’s international students to have an opportunity to see the US healthcare delivery model at one of the nation’s leading institutions. Target Audience: Harvard Chan International Students and Domestic Non-Physician Students. The format of the program will include a tour of Brigham and Woman’s Hospital and up close opportunity to see ICU, Ward, and Nursing rounds. Additionally, there will be a introduction to the hospital quality initiatives along with a session in the STRATUS Medical Simulation Center. Spaces are limited. Please email Neil Gheewala to RSVP for this Symposium.

 

LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Share Their Stories

Wednesday, April 22nd, 12:30pm, Kresge G1

A unique opportunity to hear directly from survivors of human rights violations! Hear from asylum seekers themselves as they share their powerful stories of courage and detail the dangers and discrimination that individuals experience in their home countries due to their gender identity and sexual orientation. They will also talk about the US asylum process and the challenges they face trying to settle into their new lives in Massachusetts. Open to the public (lgbtqasylumseekers.eventbrite.com). Lunch provided.

 

Last Harvard Chan School, HKS and HGSE Joint-school Diversity Mixer of the Year: Celebrating Women’s History

Thursday, April 23rd, 5:30–7:30 PM Harvard Kennedy School of Government 79 John F. Kennedy St. Cambridge, MA, 02138 The Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building (L-P-9)* 

*The Chan School Hosts can guide students to the Mixer. Meet at Kresge Cafeteria at 4:45! We look forward to seeing you there!

Hear remarks from administrators, faculty, and students on key experiences, challenges, and successes that shaped their respective professional work and education. Reception/Networking to follow! Light refreshments to be served. Space is limited. RSVP here. For questions, contact visrani@hsph.harvard.edu OR natara_gray@hks.harvard.edu.

 

Interested in Mental Health? NAMI In Our Own Voice

Tuesday, April 28th, 5:30-7:00pm in FXB G-11

What is NAMI in Our Own Voice? A unique public education program in that gives you the chance to hear from two trained speakers who will share their compelling personal stories of living with mental health challenges and achieving recovery. While audiences benefit from the inspirational stories of the speakers, presenters increase their confidence and develop leadership skills through helping to inspire and motivate others. About NAMI: NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Education, Office for Student Services.

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Harvard Longwood Campus Inaugural Diversity Dialogue: Make No Assumptions!  Increasing Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Wednesday, April 29th, 12:00-1:00 pm in Kresge G-1 (Snyder Auditorium)

longwoodFeaturing Lisa Iezzoni, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. All members of the Harvard Longwood Campus community are encouraged to attend this session, including: students, staff, faculty, and trainees/appointees.

 

Kick-ball Registration is now open!

We are happy to announce the return of the Harvard Graduate Student Kick-ball Tournament on Saturday, April 25th!   Last year, we hosted 11 teams from across Harvard Graduate and Professional Schools at the Harvard Soccer Stadium fields.  This year, we head to Jordan Stadium and look forward to hosting over 150 graduate students for some friendly competition. To register, simply input the team information here.

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Volunteer

Internship to support affordable dental health!

Business Development Manager – Summer Program

Virtudent is changing dental health care by leveraging telehealth technology to bring treatment and preventative care to patients in low access settings. Hygienists provide care in collaboration with remote supervising dentists, who can then diagnose and give needed referrals at lower cost to patients in need. Our service not only increases health and productivity, but allows patients to own their data so that dentists can further leverage digital records for more accurate health assessments in the future.

We are recruiting two Business Development Managers, one for each of the private pay and Medicaid segments, to take on a wide range of leadership work building the roles and company. Please click here for details and contact info.

April 17, 2015

Need to Know

Town Hall on Diversity and Inclusion

TODAY, 12:30-1:30pm, Kresge Cafeteria

Overflow seating will be available in Kresge G-1. The kitchen will remain open for cash-only transactions for those who are not attending the Town Hall. For those who are attending the Town Hall, free bag lunches will be available as of 12:00 pm in the session area, on a “first come, first served” basis. Attendees are welcome to arrive as early as noon and enjoy lunch before the session begins promptly at 12:30 pm. Contact deansevents@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

Academic

Anika Wilson, “Mgoneko: Rape, Magic, and Women’s Rights Urban Legends in Malawi”

Monday, April 20th – 6:00 pm – Kates Room, 201 Warren House

In rural Malawi, it is rumored that sorcerers use special magic charms (mgoneko) to seduce women as they sleep at night. In 2005, fear rose to a high level when secondary school girls began reporting mass attacks. Anxious students asked, “Can girls contract AIDS from these attacks?” Even some older married women sleeping next to their husbands claimed to have been overcome by witches. These Malawian narratives speak to a gendered experience of helplessness and vulnerability, dramatize the media-fed notion of a battle between genders, reference international human rights discourses, and represent a call for action. Anika Wilson is an Associate Professor at the Univ of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For more information, click here.

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Book Presentation: Sir Michael Barber

Thursday, April 23rd, 4pm

“How to Run a Government” Keynote: Sir Michael Barber, MA Co-founder and Managing Partner, Delivery Associates Chief Education Advisor, Pearson Faculty Responder: John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA Professor of the Practice of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management Director of the Center for Executive and Continuing Education Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Welcome and Discussion Moderation by: David J. Hunter, MBBS, ScD Dean for Academic Affairs Vincent L. Gregory Professor in Cancer Prevention Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Lecture: 4:00-5:00PM Kresge 502 Reception: 5:00-6:00PM Rosenau (Kresge) Atrium. Contact deansevents@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

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Apply

The 2015 Gareth Green Award for Excellence in Public Health Practice

Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22nd 

The award is given annually in memory of Gareth M. Green, M.D., who served as Associate Dean for Professional Education from 1990 – 1998, and was the first chair of the Advisory Council of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The award includes a plaque presented during the Harvard Chan School Award Ceremony and a $500.00 prize. All graduating students or student teams, regardless of degree program or department are eligible to apply. Projects can be local, national, or international. Eligible projects for nomination must have been conducted for a course or directed study/tutorial during matriculation at Harvard Chan School and supervised by a faculty member. Contact Michael McCormack, Director of Practice with questions.

Events and Activities

Bias Reporting Mechanism Working Group Discussion – Share Your Thoughts!

TODAY, April 17th from 11:30am–12:30pm in Kresge 204

Interested in providing feedback on a tool for improving the school environment? Join the Student Voices sub-committee in drafting recommendations for developing an anonymous reporting tool where members of the HSPH community can report experiences with or observations of discrimination and bias. We’ll be heading to the Town Hall session afterwards. Please also review these resources in advance: http://biasreporting.georgetown.eduhttps://ucsystems.ethicspointvp.com/custom/ucs_ccc/, http://www.colorado.edu/studentaffairs/bias

Questions? Contact Yvette.

US Healthcare: A Hands On Experience

Wednesday April 22nd, 9am -12:30pm

Hosted by Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, the ‘US Healthcare: A Hands On Experience’ is an excellent opportunity for Harvard Chan’s international students to have an opportunity to see the US healthcare delivery model at one of the nation’s leading institutions. Target Audience: Harvard Chan International Students and Domestic Non-Physician Students. The format of the program will include a tour of Brigham and Woman’s Hospital and up close opportunity to see ICU, Ward, and Nursing rounds. Additionally, there will be a introduction to the hospital quality initiatives along with a session in the STRATUS Medical Simulation Center. Spaces are limited. Please email Neil Gheewala to RSVP for this Symposium.

The Annual YWCA Stand Against Racism Event: How Do Social Determinants of Health Impact Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 12:30–1:30 pm*, Thier Conference Room, Massachusetts General Hospital 

*A light lunch will be served during the event. Sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Disparities Solutions Center, and the Center for Community Health Improvement at MGH. Keynote Speaker: Monica Bharel, MD, MPH Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. About the Speaker: Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, is widely recognized for her dedication to health care for underserved and vulnerable populations, and most recently served as the Chief Medical Officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). The Stand Against Racism™ is a movement that was initiated by the YWCA in 2008 to raise awareness and educate audiences of the racism that still exists in our communities. All Stand Against Racism events are free and open to the public and members of local health care and research communities are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to reserve your spot and visit the DSC website for more information.

Harvard Chan School Earth Fair

April 22nd, 11:30am-1;30pm, Rosenau (Kresge) Atrium

Learn how School of Public Health vendors leave their mark on sustainability on April 22 in the Kresge Atrium from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Be sure to also visit FXB Atrium during lunchtime to get your LED lightbulbs and other items that can help you stay green. Take the Stairs prizes will also be available for pick-up in the FXB Atrium. And Sebastian’s Cafeteria will be going veg for the day! Contact ecoop@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

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Join the Harvard Chan School, HKS, and HGSE for the last joint-school diversity mixer of the year!

Celebrating Women’s History, Thursday, April 23, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30; Harvard Kennedy School of Government 79 John F. Kennedy St. Cambridge, MA, 02138 The Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building (L-P-9)

Hear remarks from administrators, faculty, and students on key experiences, challenges, and successes that shaped their respective professional work and education Reception/Networking to follow! Light refreshments to be served. Space is limited. RSVP here. *The Chan School Hosts can guide students to the Mixer. Meet at Kresge Cafeteria at 4:45! For questions, contact visrani@hsph.harvard.edu OR natara_gray@hks.harvard.edu.

Kick-ball Registration is now open!

We are happy to announce the return of the Harvard Graduate Student Kick-ball Tournament on Saturday, April 25th!   Last year, we hosted 11 teams from across Harvard Graduate and Professional Schools at the Harvard Soccer Stadium fields.  This year, we head to Jordan Stadium and look forward to hosting over 150 graduate students for some friendly competition. To register, simply input the team information here.

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General

This spring, Global Support Services (GSS) is hosting a Travel and Remote Medicine Workshop to benefit travelers like you.

LAST DAY TO REGISTER: Do you travel internationally to remote areas or regions where reliable and timely emergency medical care is not always available?

Accidents happen while traveling. People get hurt, sick, or lost. Remote locations, adverse weather conditions, social upheaval, or the shutdown of government services makes responding to these incidents difficult to impossible. Many emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can be the difference between a good outcome and a bad one—and maybe even save a life. This workshop will be taught on campus in Cambridge by the Solo School of Wilderness Medicine and is sponsored by GSS. Over two days, you’ll receive expert instruction and practical, hands-on training.  Session I, Mornings: Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st from 8 am-12 pm. Session II, Afternoons: Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st from 1-5 pm. There is no cost to participate in this workshop. Email international_safety@harvard.edu by TODAY, April 17, and specify which session you’d like to attend. Seats are filled on a first come, first served basis. You’ll be notified of your reservation and provided with the workshop’s location.

Volunteer

Volunteer at the Mission Hill Health Fair!

Saturday 4/18 from 11am-3pm at Sheehy Park (1499 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120)

The Student-Community Action Partnership (S-CAP) is co-sponsoring a booth at the Annual Mission Hill Health Fair THIS Saturday from 11-3pm. The event invites local residents to participate in a day of health-oriented activities. There will be 75+ other organizations (including other schools) offering health information, health screenings, and more. The S-CAP booth will have an interactive gardening/planting activity where attendees can plant herbs/vegetable seeds in mini pots to take home – and we need your help! We’ll also have other information about food, nutrition, and healthy eating. If you want to volunteer, sign up here. Contact hsphscap@gmail.com with questions.

Research Volunteers Wanted!

Monday-Wed 11am – 2pm April and May

Seeking Volunteers! Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health are conducting consumer research on attitudes & preferences for locally grown produce. English-speaking adults ages 18-65 with no fruit and vegetable allergies are eligible to participate. Participation is voluntary. Participants will receive $10 Amazon Gift Card & a snack of fresh fruits and vegetables for their time. If interested please email mvadive@hsph.harvard.edu. Thank you!

April 16, 2015

Academic

Centennial Women Leaders in Public Health Lecture: Dr. Joy Lawn

TODAY, April 16th, 4pm, Kresge 502

6 Million Deaths at Birth: Progress, Priorities, and Potential for Change Post-2015 Speaker: Joy Lawn, B MedSci, MB BS, MPH, PhD, FRCPCH Professor of Maternal Reproductive and Child Health Epidemiology and Director of MARCH Centre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Advisor Global Evidence and Policy, Saving Newborn Lives, Save the Children Senior Research Fellow, UK AID (DFID) Reception to follow. Contact deansevents@hsph.harvard.edu with any questions.

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Countway Library Workshop: Searching With PubMed

TODAY, April 16th, 1:30pm-4:30pm, Countway Library, Lower 2 Room 025

This hands-on session introduces participants to PubMed’s advanced searching features. Learn how to formulate and execute effective searches, how to get the most out of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), and how use commands for precise control. You’ll also discover the many tools that help you save searches and results, set up alerts, and customize the PubMed interface. Space is limited, so registration is required, click here. Contact Countway Library Reference & Education Services with questions at countref@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-2134.

RPP Epi Journal Club

TODAY, April 16th, 12:30p-1:20p Room K907

Please join us for a discussion of the following paper. This will be the last RPP Journal club of the semester. Temple, J.R., & Choi, H. (2014). Longitudinal association between teen sexting and sexual behavior. Pediatrics, 134(5), e1287-e1292. Please feel free to contact Olivia Orta for the paper if you have trouble accessing it.

Social Policies & Health Care: Lessons from the Nordic Welfare Model

Friday, April 17th 12:30-2:00 PM at Minot Room, Countway Library of Medicine 5th floor

What role do social policies have on health outcomes? Can a population’s health be improved by more generous social policies? Should this be a major ethical concern? This special event with Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland (2000-2012), will explore the extent that welfare state policies can affect health. Harvard Chan bioethicist Norman Daniels together with Professor of Sociology Jason Beckfield, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy Mary Ruggie and Finnish-American professional journalist Anu Partanen will join the discussion to explore whether social policies, including universal health care, should be considered an essential right in modern society. LUNCH PROVIDED. Please RSPV here and click here for more information. For questions, contact roosa.tikkanen@mail.harvard.edu.

Anika Wilson, “Mgoneko: Rape, Magic, and Women’s Rights Urban Legends in Malawi”

Monday, April 20th – 6:00 pm – Kates Room, 201 Warren House

In rural Malawi, it is rumored that sorcerers use special magic charms (mgoneko) to seduce women as they sleep at night. In 2005, fear rose to a high level when secondary school girls began reporting mass attacks. Anxious students asked, “Can girls contract AIDS from these attacks?” Even some older married women sleeping next to their husbands claimed to have been overcome by witches. These Malawian narratives speak to a gendered experience of helplessness and vulnerability, dramatize the media-fed notion of a battle between genders, reference international human rights discourses, and represent a call for action. Anika Wilson is an Associate Professor at the Univ of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For more information, click here.

dLOV: Different Lenses, One Vision: DiveIn Series

Held over the week of April 20th, the “Different Lenses, One Vision (dLOV): DIVEIN series” will explore the experiences of being marginalized in the United States, ways public health professionals perpetuate this marginalization, and next directions to improve inclusiveness and appreciation for difference. Themes include: Neurodiversity, Disabilities, & Differences (Monday), Weight Stigma (Tuesday), Gender & Sexuality (Wednesday), and Race & Ethnicity (Thursday). We will conclude the series on Thursday evening with the “Discrimination Monologues.” All events are open to the public and are free. Lunch or dinner will be served. You MUST RSVP. All RSVP and program information can be found here. Any questions please contact Morgan.Shields@mail.harvard.edu.

Patient Oriented Benefit Risk Evaluation in Oncology Symposium

Monday, May 12th from 8:45am to 2:30pm

The Epidemiology Dept at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will be hosting a workshop on Patient Oriented Benefit Risk Evaluation in Oncology. The event is supported by Takeda. The workshop is dedicated to methodological, regulatory, and clinical considerations in the benefit –risk evaluation process in oncology in the context of a double source of heterogeneity: genes and preferences. Topics such as pharmacogenetics, risk management and minimization, benefit-risk assessment, and role of patient panels will be discussed from the patient, clinician, researcher, pharmaceutical company, and regulatory agency perspectives. Please click here for more information and agenda. Space is limited. Please RSVP by 5/1/2015. To RSVP contact Randall Chaput.

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Albert Schweitzer Award

NOMINATIONS NEEDED: Please submit your nominations by TOMORROW, April 17th at 5 pm

The Albert Schweitzer Award is given annually to a graduating Harvard Chan student whose past work and current activities have been marked by a “reverence for life” and who has sought, as expressed by Schweitzer, to “make my life my argument.” The selection committee gives special emphasis to service activities undertaken by nominees during the course of their studies at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Nominations should be no more than 300 words, describing in detail the relevant work and qualities of the nominee. Please submit your nominations by April 17th. Harvard Chan faculty, staff, and students may submit a nomination, students may not nominate themselves. All Harvard Chan graduating students are eligible this award. Please submit your nominations here.

Shattuck House Application for AY 2015-2016 is available online

Open until Shattuck house is filled

Please visit the website for eligibility and application process by clicking here. Contact housing@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

Events and Activities

Bias Reporting Mechanism Working Group Discussion – Share Your Thoughts!

Friday, April 17th from 11:30am–12:30pm in Kresge 204

Interested in providing feedback on a tool for improving the school environment? Join the Student Voices sub-committee in drafting recommendations for developing an anonymous reporting tool where members of the HSPH community can report experiences with or observations of discrimination and bias. Please RSVP by Thursday here. Please also review these resources in advance: http://biasreporting.georgetown.edu/ https://ucsystems.ethicspointvp.com/custom/ucs_ccc/ http://www.colorado.edu/studentaffairs/bias

Questions? Contact Yvette.

Voices in Leadership Featuring Dr. Atul Gawande on Tuesday, April 21, 12:30-1:30pm

For your chance to win an in-person seat at his leadership talk, please RSVP here by 5:00 p.m. TODAY 4/16. For all questions, please contact hsphvoices@gmail.com.

Harvard Chan School’s very own Professor Atul Gawande will be the featured speaker in Voices in Leadership on Tuesday, April 21st from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Dr. Gawande has been a Rhodes scholar, acclaimed surgeon at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, professor at HMS and Harvard Chan School, New York Times bestselling author, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998, and executive director of a health systems innovation lab. He has won two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science. His latest book is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Join us for this discussion on leadership! RSVP to attend.

Last Harvard Chan School, HKS and HGSE Joint-school Diversity Mixer of the Year: Celebrating Women’s History

Thursday, April 23rd, 5:30–7:30 PM Harvard Kennedy School of Government 79 John F. Kennedy St. Cambridge, MA, 02138 The Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building (L-P-9)* 

*The Chan School Hosts can guide students to the Mixer. Meet at Kresge Cafeteria at 4:45! We look forward to seeing you there!

Hear remarks from administrators, faculty, and students on key experiences, challenges, and successes that shaped their respective professional work and education. Reception/Networking to follow! Light refreshments to be served. Space is limited. RSVP here. For questions, contact visrani@hsph.harvard.edu OR natara_gray@hks.harvard.edu.

Spring 2015 Re-Entry Workshop with Alumni

Tuesday, April 28th, 5:30-7:30pm in Kresge 110

Are you graduating soon and wondering: Will I pick the right job/the right city? What if I don’t have a job before commencement? How do I balance my financial needs with my commitment to social justice? How do I manage the expectations (employer, family) that come with a Harvard degree? How do I deal with the frustrations of slow change? Join Harvard Chan School alumni on April 28 for a workshop to discuss re-entry to the workplace and life after Harvard. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP here. Contact phl@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

Interested in Mental Health? NAMI In Our Own Voice

Tuesday, April 28th, 5:30-7:00pm in FXB G-11

What is NAMI in Our Own Voice? A unique public education program in that gives you the chance to hear from two trained speakers who will share their compelling personal stories of living with mental health challenges and achieving recovery. While audiences benefit from the inspirational stories of the speakers, presenters increase their confidence and develop leadership skills through helping to inspire and motivate others. About NAMI: NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Education, Office for Student Services.

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April 15, 2015

Academic

Countway Library Workshop: Searching With PubMed

Thursday April 16, 1:30pm-4:30pm, Countway Library, Lower 2 Room 025

This hands-on session introduces participants to PubMed’s advanced searching features. Learn how to formulate and execute effective searches, how to get the most out of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), and how use commands for precise control. You’ll also discover the many tools that help you save searches and results, set up alerts, and customize the PubMed interface. Space is limited, so registration is required, click here. Contact Countway Library Reference & Education Services with questions at countref@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-2134.

Social Policies & Health Care: Lessons from the Nordic Welfare Model

Friday, April 17th 12:30-2:00 PM at Minot Room, Countway Library of Medicine 5th floor

What role do social policies have on health outcomes? Can a population’s health be improved by more generous social policies? Should this be a major ethical concern? This special event with Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland (2000-2012), will explore the extent that welfare state policies can affect health. Harvard Chan bioethicist Norman Daniels together with Professor of Sociology Jason Beckfield, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy Mary Ruggie and Finnish-American professional journalist Anu Partanen will join the discussion to explore whether social policies, including universal health care, should be considered an essential right in modern society. LUNCH PROVIDED. Please RSPV here and click here for more information. For questions, contact roosa.tikkanen@mail.harvard.edu.

Decision analysis and cost-effectiveness nanocourse: Register now!

First Session: Thursday, April 23rd, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Location: TMEC (HMS), Room 309

The Harvard Chan School Postdoctoral Association presents our second Nanocourse of 2015: Introduction to decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis for public health and clinical decision making. The course is free and everyone is welcome to attend! This course is designed to provide an overview to the methods and applications of health decision science and cost-effectiveness analysis. During the first session attendees will be given an introduction to structuring and evaluating a decision problem. In the second session, attendees will learn the basic principles of conducting a cost-effectiveness analysis, including a hands-on lab in decision-analytic software (TreeAge™). Both sessions incorporate interesting and relevant examples. More information found here and register here.

dLOV: Different Lenses, One Vision: DiveIn Series

Held over the week of April 20th, the “Different Lenses, One Vision (dLOV): DIVEIN series” will explore the experiences of being marginalized in the United States, ways public health professionals perpetuate this marginalization, and next directions to improve inclusiveness and appreciation for difference. Themes include: Neurodiversity, Disabilities, & Differences (Monday), Weight Stigma (Tuesday), Gender & Sexuality (Wednesday), and Race & Ethnicity (Thursday). We will conclude the series on Thursday evening with the “Discrimination Monologues.” All events are open to the public and are free. Lunch or dinner will be served. You MUST RSVP. All RSVP and program information can be found here. Any questions please contact Morgan.Shields@mail.harvard.edu.

Apply

The John Briscoe Water Security Internship

Application due TODAY, April 15th at 5pm

The Water Security Internship will be awarded to students interested in a career in water management through the lens of development. Interns, who will be paid, will be given a specific task that they will be expected to complete over the course of their internship, under the supervision of a senior staff member. The internship will be located at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. To be eligible for the Internship, candidates must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate study program and have completed at least his or her sophomore year in college. Click here to read the full description and for more information on the application process.

The Michael von Clemm Traveling Fellowship Fund

Due Date: April 27, 2015

The Harvard Chan School has modest funds available to partially support students traveling abroad. Travel must be directly associated with the School’s academic courses, supervised thesis work, or academic program-related internships. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are completing their first year (in a continuing program) at the School and who are studying health problems in developing countries. Students who will graduate from the School in May 2015 are not eligible. All requests for support must be signed by a faculty member who endorses the academic relevance of the project. Please apply here. Contact osfs@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

Events and Activities

Global Chat presents Terrorism and Public Health: The Implications of Boko Haram

TODAY in Kresge G-2 from 12:30 – 1:20 pm. Lunch is provided!

Join the Nigerian Student Association at the Harvard Chan School as we dive into the public health implications of the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria, and globally. A group of public health students with first-hand experience of the violence perpetuated by Boko Haram in Nigeria will be discussing the origins of Boko Haram, populations affected by the terrorist group, local and international responses to Boko Haram, and the overall implications for public health. There will be 20 minutes reserved for questions, and comments from the Chan School community on how to approach terrorism from a public health perspective. Featuring your classmates, Ezinne Eze Ajoku, Maryam Abubakar, Joshua Adeoye, and Kalé Zainab Kponee! Questions? Email studentgov@hsph.harvard.edu.

MCH Seminar: Making Every Newborn Count

TODAY, April 15th, 12:30-1:20pm in FXB G12

Please join us for this week’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Seminar! Dr. Anne CC Lee will be presenting her work on “Making Every Newborn Count.” All are welcome to attend!

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Screening of Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” PBS Frontline Documentary

TODAY, April 15th, 6-7 pm, Joseph B Martin Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall

Join the Harvard Chan Forum on Aging for a screening of Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal documentary, based on his acclaimed book of the same title. This documentary will explore end-of-life topics such as the right to a dignified aging process as well as the inadequacy of our current medical system to provide palliative care, over and above traditional medicine that aims to heal/fix the patient. Snacks will be provided! RSVP to angela.ni@mail.harvard.edu.

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Bias Reporting Mechanism Working Group Discussion – Share Your Thoughts!

Friday, April 17th from 11:30am–12:30pm in Kresge 204

Interested in providing feedback on a tool for improving the school environment? Join the Student Voices sub-committee in drafting recommendations for developing an anonymous reporting tool where members of the HSPH community can report experiences with or observations of discrimination and bias. Please RSVP by Thursday here. Please also review these resources in advance: http://biasreporting.georgetown.edu/ https://ucsystems.ethicspointvp.com/custom/ucs_ccc/ http://www.colorado.edu/studentaffairs/bias

Questions? Contact Yvette.

Voices in Leadership Featuring Dr. Atul Gawande on Tuesday, April 21, 12:30-1:30pm

For your chance to win an in-person seat at his leadership talk, please RSVP here by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday 4/16. For all questions, please contact hsphvoices@gmail.com.

Harvard Chan School’s very own Professor Atul Gawande will be the featured speaker in Voices in Leadership on Tuesday, April 21st from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Dr. Gawande has been a Rhodes scholar, acclaimed surgeon at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, professor at HMS and Harvard Chan School, New York Times bestselling author, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998, and executive director of a health systems innovation lab. He has won two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science. His latest book is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Join us for this discussion on leadership! RSVP to attend.

Harvard Chan School’s Annual International Night: U-NITE!

Friday, April 17th, 7:00pm at the Oberon Theater in Cambridge

U-NITE is the Student Government’s Annual International Night where students from our school perform various acts – dancing, singing, reciting poetry, and other cultural performances! Come see your classmates perform at Cambridge’s OBERON Theater! Space is limited and tickets are only $5! Light appetizers served at the show!

The After Party will be held at HONG KONG directly following the show, and everyone who goes to the show gets a free drink ticket! Buy your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1Hwe1Jz

Last Harvard Chan School, HKS and HGSE Joint-school Diversity Mixer of the Year: Celebrating Women’s History

Thursday, April 23rd, 5:30–7:30 PM Harvard Kennedy School of Government 79 John F. Kennedy St. Cambridge, MA, 02138 The Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building (L-P-9)* 

*The Chan School Hosts can guide students to the Mixer. Meet at Kresge Cafeteria at 4:45! We look forward to seeing you there!

Hear remarks from administrators, faculty, and students on key experiences, challenges, and successes that shaped their respective professional work and education. Reception/Networking to follow! Light refreshments to be served. Space is limited. RSVP here. For questions, contact visrani@hsph.harvard.edu OR natara_gray@hks.harvard.edu.

Framingham Heart Study Site Visit – Tickets on Sale — hosted by the Harvard Chan Student Forum on Aging

Friday, April 24, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Join the Harvard Chan Aging Forum for a unique opportunity to visit the longstanding and influential site of the Framingham Heart Study. Students will meet with Prof. Dan Levy, Director of the Framingham Heart Study since 1991. We will also tour the facilities, meet study personnel, and learn about the study’s history, successes, and future outlook. Agenda: 11:00: Bus leaves campus. 12:00- 3:00PM: Framingham site visit, talks, and tours. 4:00PM: Arrival back to campus. **$10 tickets include lunch and bus transportation. Click here for more information and buy your ticket and RSVP here.

Kick-ball Registration is now open!

We are happy to announce the return of the Harvard Graduate Student Kick-ball Tournament on Saturday, April 25th!   Last year, we hosted 11 teams from across Harvard Graduate and Professional Schools at the Harvard Soccer Stadium fields.  This year, we head to Jordan Stadium and look forward to hosting over 150 graduate students for some friendly competition. To register, simply input the team information here.

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April 14, 2015

Dear Students,

ReminderClass of 2015 photograph
The Class of 2015 photograph will be taken on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12:30pm outside the Kresge building and we would be delighted to have you participate. Photographs will be available for purchase for $10.

The CIRF is open until Friday April 24 at 5pm, please remember to pay for photos or lunches ordered online or by check by mailing or bringing your check payable to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to:

The Office for Student Affairs,
677 Huntington Ave, Kresge G-4
Boston MA 02115.

Many Awards deadlines are still open.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about Commencement.

Congratulations on your graduation. We look forward to seeing you in May.

Sincerely,
Office for Student Affairs
(Leah, Amy, Joel, and Katherine)

Academic

Countway Library Brown Bag – PubMed: Tools to Save Time

TODAY, April 14th, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Countway Library Ballard Room (5th floor)

Learn how to save time in PubMed by creating an NCBI account to save search strategies and selected references, and set up personalized filters. Find out the most efficient way to get to full text, how to save search results in EndNote or RefWorks, and how to quickly retrieve a PubMed record for specific articles. Registration is not required. Feel free to bring your lunch. Contact Countway Library Reference & Education Services at countref@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-2134 with questions.

Decision analysis and cost-effectiveness nanocourse: Register now!

First Session: Thursday, April 23rd, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Location: TMEC (HMS), Room 309

The Harvard Chan School Postdoctoral Association presents our second Nanocourse of 2015: Introduction to decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis for public health and clinical decision making. The course is free and everyone is welcome to attend! This course is designed to provide an overview to the methods and applications of health decision science and cost-effectiveness analysis. During the first session attendees will be given an introduction to structuring and evaluating a decision problem. In the second session, attendees will learn the basic principles of conducting a cost-effectiveness analysis, including a hands-on lab in decision-analytic software (TreeAge™). Both sessions incorporate interesting and relevant examples. More information found here and register here.

The Future of Global Health (#TFGH15) “unconference” hosted by the Global Health Council

Thursday, April 16th at The Hamilton in Washington, DC

The Future of Global Health 2015 (TFGH15) is an event for global health unlike any other. It is a unique opportunity to step outside the usual panel discussion format and engage in meaningful conversation with peers and potential mentors. The goal of TFGH15 is to foster connections and increase knowledge through conversations among new and established members of the global health community. This year’s event will focus on the global health workplace – the challenges, solutions and skills needed to advance progress on the global health issues of our time. The breadth of sectors – private, non-profit, government, academic and donor – will be represented among the event’s discussion group leaders, mentors and attendees. Register here.

For more information, click here.

RPP Epi Journal Club

Thursday April 16th, 12:30p-1:20p Room K907

Please join us for a discussion of the following paper. This will be the last RPP Journal club of the semester. Temple, J.R., & Choi, H. (2014). Longitudinal association between teen sexting and sexual behavior. Pediatrics, 134(5), e1287-e1292. Please feel free to contact Olivia Orta for the paper if you have trouble accessing it.

dLOV: Different Lenses, One Vision: DiveIn Series

Held over the week of April 20th, the “Different Lenses, One Vision (dLOV): DIVEIN series” will explore the experiences of being marginalized in the United States, ways public health professionals perpetuate this marginalization, and next directions to improve inclusiveness and appreciation for difference. Themes include: Neurodiversity, Disabilities, & Differences (Monday), Weight Stigma (Tuesday), Gender & Sexuality (Wednesday), and Race & Ethnicity (Thursday). We will conclude the series on Thursday evening with the “Discrimination Monologues.” All events are open to the public and are free. Lunch or dinner will be served. You MUST RSVP. All RSVP and program information can be found here. Any questions please contact Morgan.Shields@mail.harvard.edu.

Apply

Dr. Fang-Ching Sun Memorial Award

Deadline for Nominations: 5:00PM, April 17, 2015

This award is in memory of Dr. Fang Ching Sun, MPH ’84, who had a brief but exemplary career improving the health and well-being of under served populations. Eligibility: Any student graduating in November 2014, March 2015 or May 2015 is eligible. Process: Students may be nominated for the award by faculty members, staff, or other students. Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations should include the following information: • A brief statement of why you are nominating the student and how the student has demonstrated a commitment to promoting the health of vulnerable people • A copy of the student’s resume • Any other information that you think would be helpful to the committee. Click here for more information and submit your nominations by emailing Annmarie Corey.

Research Assistant for Resilient Health System Study

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV to Professor Kruk at mkruk@hsph.harvard.edu

There is growing global policy consensus on the need to consider what constitutes a resilient health system in light of the Ebola crisis in West Africa during which affected countries experienced a collapse of routine and emergency health services. Led by Professor Margaret E. Kruk, this innovative research study will refine and test a potential framework for health system resilience using secondary and primary data form interviews with health system officials in Liberia, among others. The study is seeking an experienced Research Assistant to provide research support, working in collaboration with project partners in Liberia. Please see specific tasks in the job description link. Contact Professor Margaret E. Kruk with questions.

Events and Activities

Bring Back Our Girls!

TODAY: One Year Commemoration of the Abducted School girls in Northern Nigeria (April 14th, 11:30am-1:30pm) Kresge Cafeteria

A year ago, more than 200 High School girls were abducted from their dormitories by a terror group in Chibok Town, Northern Nigeria. Now, a year later these girls have still not been found or returned to their families. Please join the Nigerian Students Association this week, and other Nigerians around the World to continue the demand for the return of our girls safely home. We will be setting up a Table in the Cafeteria between 11am and 1:30pm. During this time, we ask you to please do any of the following: Sign your names at the table in solidarity for this cause, Retweet/Use #Bringbackourgirls on social media. Information on other activities this week will be provided at the table! Contact eae523@mail.harvard.edu with questions.

The Curriculum Fellows Program Announces: Series on Education: Understanding the Range of Career Options in Higher Education

TODAY, April 14th 1:00–2:00 PM at the Harvard Medical School, TMEC 109

Presented by: Jason Heustis, PhD; Lecturer and Curriculum Fellow; Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. This series is open to everyone. Please bring your lunch and join us! RSVP to Lauren_Mackay@hms.harvard.edu appreciated. For more of our events, visit http://curriculumfellows.hms.harvard.edu.

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Building Breast Cancer Capacity in Rwanda: A Surgical Perspective

TODAY, April 14th, 5:30-7:00PM at the Harvard Medical School, 260 Longwood Avenue, TMEC Room 227

Are you interested in global health, oncology, surgery, and/or women in medicine? The Harvard Medical School chapters of Global Oncology Young Professional Alliance (GO-YPA) and Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) invite you to attend a dinner and case-seminar that involves all of the above! Feature Speaker: Dr. Shilpa S. Murthy, MD MPH Center for Surgery and Public Health Research Trainee; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health; The AsIan Project. We will be discussing implementation of a clinical breast exam training program which utilized low cost breast simulators created by a local women’s cooperative, increasing resources and advocacy for breast cancer through Rwanda’s first National Breast Cancer Symposium, and increasing research capacity by implementing an educational research course for medical students at the University of Rwanda. Hope to see you there! For questions, please email Faith Robertson.

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4th Annual Women in Leadership Conference – Keynote: Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center

Saturday, April 18th, 8:00am-12:00pm. Leadership Lessons from Women: Promoting Equity in Public Health

LAST DAY TO REGISTER. This conference allows alumnae and students to engage in thoughtful discussions relating to the role of women in leadership positions in public health, as well as providing hands-on workshops and networking opportunities. A case study entitled: “The Rhode Island Commission of Health Advocacy and Equity: Developing a Report on Health Disparities” will be presented. All attendees will receive the case study and a related article prior to the conference. Register here.

MCH Seminar: Making Every Newborn Count

Wednesday, April 15th, 12:30-1:20pm FXB G12

Please join us for this week’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Seminar! Dr. Anne CC Lee will be presenting her work on “Making Every Newborn Count.” All are welcome to attend! Contact lfarland@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

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Screening of Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” PBS Frontline Documentary

Wednesday, April 15th, 6-7 pm, Joseph B Martin Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall

Join the Harvard Chan Forum on Aging for a screening of Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal documentary, based on his acclaimed book of the same title. This documentary will explore end-of-life topics such as the right to a dignified aging process as well as the inadequacy of our current medical system to provide palliative care, over and above traditional medicine that aims to heal/fix the patient. Snacks will be provided! RSVP to angela.ni@mail.harvard.edu.

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Harvard Chan School’s Annual International Night: U-NITE!

Friday, April 17th, 7:00pm at the Oberon Theater in Cambridge

U-NITE is the Student Government’s Annual International Night where students from our school perform various acts – dancing, singing, reciting poetry, and other cultural performances! Come see your classmates perform at Cambridge’s OBERON Theater! Space is limited and tickets are only $5! Light appetizers served at the show!

The After Party will be held at HONG KONG directly following the show, and everyone who goes to the show gets a free drink ticket! Buy your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1Hwe1Jz

Framingham Heart Study Site Visit – Tickets on Sale — hosted by the Harvard Chan Student Forum on Aging

Friday, April 24, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Join the Harvard Chan Aging Forum for a unique opportunity to visit the longstanding and influential site of the Framingham Heart Study. Students will meet with Prof. Dan Levy, Director of the Framingham Heart Study since 1991. We will also tour the facilities, meet study personnel, and learn about the study’s history, successes, and future outlook. Agenda: 11:00: Bus leaves campus. 12:00- 3:00PM: Framingham site visit, talks, and tours. 4:00PM: Arrival back to campus. **$10 tickets include lunch and bus transportation. Click here for more information and buy your ticket and RSVP here.

Harvard Longwood Campus Inaugural Diversity Dialogue: Make No Assumptions!  Increasing Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Wednesday, April 29th, 12:00-1:00 pm in Kresge G-1 (Snyder Auditorium)

longwoodFeaturing Lisa Iezzoni, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. All members of the Harvard Longwood Campus community are encouraged to attend this session, including: students, staff, faculty, and trainees/appointees. Click here for the full invitation, including links to view in advance.

General

Nominate a Faculty Member for the Roger L. Nichols Excellence in Teaching Award

Submit all nominations by Friday, May 1st

Please consider nominating a Harvard Chan faculty member for the Roger L. Nichols Excellence in Teaching Award. The Roger L. Nichols Award for Excellence in Teaching is intended to enhance the quality of education in public health by honoring outstanding achievement in teaching at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The Award shall recognize excellence in classroom instruction, capacity to inspire students and dedication to teaching. Members of the Faculty whose principal employment and primary academic affiliation is the School of Public Health are eligible for the award. All current Harvard Chan students are welcome to submit a nomination. You can nominate any faculty member who has three or more years of experience teaching and advising at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public health and whose principal employment and primary academic affiliation is the School of Public Health. Please submit all nominations by Friday May 1st at 5 pm here.

Volunteer

Internship to support affordable dental health!

Business Development Manager – Summer Program

Virtudent is changing dental health care by leveraging telehealth technology to bring treatment and preventative care to patients in low access settings. Hygienists provide care in collaboration with remote supervising dentists, who can then diagnose and give needed referrals at lower cost to patients in need. Our service not only increases health and productivity, but allows patients to own their data so that dentists can further leverage digital records for more accurate health assessments in the future.

We are recruiting two Business Development Managers, one for each of the private pay and Medicaid segments, to take on a wide range of leadership work building the roles and company. Please click here for details and contact info.

April 13, 2015

Academic

Addressing Ebola Lecture: On the Ground Reality of Practice and Patient Treatment

TODAY, April 13, 12:30pm, FXB G13

Join Dean David Hunter for the fifth lecture in the Addressing Ebola Lecture Series. Speaker: Rupa Kanapathipillai, MPH, DTM&H, Editorial Fellow at New England Journal of Medicine; Infectious Disease Physician **Lunch will be served at this event. Contact deansevents@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

Countway Library Brown Bag – PubMed: Tools to Save Time

Tuesday April 14, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Countway Library Ballard Room (5th floor)

Learn how to save time in PubMed by creating an NCBI account to save search strategies and selected references, and set up personalized filters. Find out the most efficient way to get to full text, how to save search results in EndNote or RefWorks, and how to quickly retrieve a PubMed record for specific articles. Registration is not required. Feel free to bring your lunch. Contact Countway Library Reference & Education Services at countref@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-2134 with questions.

dLOV: Different Lenses, One Vision: DiveIn Series

Held over the week of April 20th, the “Different Lenses, One Vision (dLOV): DIVEIN series” will explore the experiences of being marginalized in the United States, ways public health professionals perpetuate this marginalization, and next directions to improve inclusiveness and appreciation for difference. Themes include: Neurodiversity, Disabilities, & Differences (Monday), Weight Stigma (Tuesday), Gender & Sexuality (Wednesday), and Race & Ethnicity (Thursday). We will conclude the series on Thursday evening with the “Discrimination Monologues.” All events are open to the public and are free. Lunch or dinner will be served. You MUST RSVP. All RSVP and program information can be found here. Any questions please contact Morgan.Shields@mail.harvard.edu.

Apply

Research Assistant for Resilient Health System Study

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV to Professor Kruk at mkruk@hsph.harvard.edu

There is growing global policy consensus on the need to consider what constitutes a resilient health system in light of the Ebola crisis in West Africa during which affected countries experienced a collapse of routine and emergency health services. Led by Professor Margaret E. Kruk, this innovative research study will refine and test a potential framework for health system resilience using secondary and primary data form interviews with health system officials in Liberia, among others. The study is seeking an experienced Research Assistant to provide research support, working in collaboration with project partners in Liberia. Please see specific tasks in the job description link. Contact Professor Margaret E. Kruk with questions.

The John Briscoe Water Security Internship

Application due Wednesday, April 15th at 5pm

The Water Security Internship will be awarded to students interested in a career in water management through the lens of development. Interns, who will be paid, will be given a specific task that they will be expected to complete over the course of their internship, under the supervision of a senior staff member. The internship will be located at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. To be eligible for the Internship, candidates must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate study program and have completed at least his or her sophomore year in college. Click here to read the full description and for more information on the application process.

Events and Activities

The Curriculum Fellows Program Announces: Series on Education: Understanding the Range of Career Options in Higher Education Presented by: Jason Heustis, PhD

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 1:00–2:00 PM Harvard Medical School, TMEC 109

This series is open to everyone. Please bring your lunch and join us! RSVP to Lauren_Mackay@hms.harvard.edu appreciated For more of our events, visit http://curriculumfellows.hms.harvard.edu.

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Building Breast Cancer Capacity in Rwanda: A Surgical Perspective

Tuesday, April 14th, 5:30-7:00PM at the Harvard Medical School, 260 Longwood Avenue, TMEC Room 227

Are you interested in global health, oncology, surgery, and/or women in medicine? The Harvard Medical School chapters of Global Oncology Young Professional Alliance (GO-YPA) and Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) invite you to attend a dinner and case-seminar that involves all of the above! Feature Speaker: Dr. Shilpa S. Murthy, MD MPH Center for Surgery and Public Health Research Trainee; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health; The AsIan Project. We will be discussing implementation of a clinical breast exam training program which utilized low cost breast simulators created by a local women’s cooperative, increasing resources and advocacy for breast cancer through Rwanda’s first National Breast Cancer Symposium, and increasing research capacity by implementing an educational research course for medical students at the University of Rwanda. Hope to see you there! For questions, please email Faith Robertson.

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Harvard Chan School’s Annual International Night: U-NITE!

Friday, April 17th, 7:00pm at the Oberon Theater in Cambridge

U-NITE is the Student Government’s Annual International Night where students from our school perform various acts – dancing, singing, reciting poetry, and other cultural performances! Come see your classmates perform at Cambridge’s OBERON Theater! Space is limited and tickets are only $5! Light appetizers served at the show!

The After Party will be held at HONG KONG directly following the show, and everyone who goes to the show gets a free drink ticket! Buy your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1Hwe1Jz

Beginner Chan Meditation

Saturday, April 18th, 8:50am-12:00pm, Kresge 202

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A mind undistracted by circumstance is the result of meditation; A mind at one with circumstance is the result of wisdom. To experience life wholeheartedly is Chan practice~~Master Sheng Yen How about take a half-day workshop to relax before the final? Chen meditation provides a great opportunity for all of us to read our minds carefully and explore our hearts delicately. Vegetarian lunch included; Cushions provided. Please RSVP here by Tuesday, April 14th. For more information contact Cheng-Kuan Lin.

Interested in Mental Health? NAMI In Our Own Voice

Tuesday, April 28th, 5:30-7:00pm in FXB G-11

What is NAMI in Our Own Voice? A unique public education program in that gives you the chance to hear from two trained speakers who will share their compelling personal stories of living with mental health challenges and achieving recovery. While audiences benefit from the inspirational stories of the speakers, presenters increase their confidence and develop leadership skills through helping to inspire and motivate others. About NAMI: NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Education, Office for Student Services.

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Harvard Longwood Campus Inaugural Diversity Dialogue: Make No Assumptions!  Increasing Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Wednesday, April 29th, 12:00-1:00 pm in Kresge G-1 (Snyder Auditorium)

longwoodFeaturing Lisa Iezzoni, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. All members of the Harvard Longwood Campus community are encouraged to attend this session, including: students, staff, faculty, and trainees/appointees.

Funding Opportunities

Final Reminder: Uwe Brinkmann Memorial Travel Fellowship

Applications should be submitted via email to Allison Gallant by Friday April 17, 2015!

The annual Uwe Brinkmann Memorial Travel Fellowship is awarded each year to an outstanding doctoral student conducting field research in international health epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. The Fellowship will provide an award of $2,500 to support travel to a field research site, and will be awarded to a doctoral student whose work exemplifies the interests and values of Professor Brinkmann in seeking to bring together international health epidemiology, and infectious diseases. Applicants must provide proof of having successfully passed or scheduled their Oral Qualifying Examination. Click here for more information.

General

This spring, Global Support Services (GSS) is hosting a Travel and Remote Medicine Workshop to benefit travelers like you.

Do you travel internationally to remote areas or regions where reliable and timely emergency medical care is not always available?

Accidents happen while traveling. People get hurt, sick, or lost. Remote locations, adverse weather conditions, social upheaval, or the shutdown of government services makes responding to these incidents difficult to impossible. Many emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can be the difference between a good outcome and a bad one—and maybe even save a life. This workshop will be taught on campus in Cambridge by the Solo School of Wilderness Medicine and is sponsored by GSS. Over two days, you’ll receive expert instruction and practical, hands-on training.  Session I, Mornings: Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st from 8 am-12 pm. Session II, Afternoons: Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st from 1-5 pm. There is no cost to participate in this workshop. Email international_safety@harvard.edu by Friday, April 17, and specify which session you’d like to attend. Seats are filled on a first come, first served basis. You’ll be notified of your reservation and provided with the workshop’s location.

April 10, 2015

Need to Know

Dear Students of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,

The Department of Information Technology is pleased to announce the coming implementation of our new Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, referred to as VDI.

Benefits include:

  • Streamlined desktop experience, less clutter on the desktop!
  • More secure computing environment as IT can apply security updates with no disruption to connected users
  • Future support for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) which will allow access to ICF software from your own computer, anywhere you can connect to the internet
  • Supports the flexible classroom paradigm coming this Summer to the Harvard Chan School
  • Allows for much quicker and efficient changes and updates to software available in the labs

The first phase of implementation will consist of a room by room rollout of VDI to the existing computers in all Instructional Computing Facility (ICF) locations (Kresge LL-19, LL-6, classroom 209, FXB G11, Landmark, I-House).  Once a room, such as Kresge LL-19, is converted, your login experience will change slightly:

  • You will now see a “VMWare Horizon” login box, in place of the Novell login box.
  • Enter the exact same username and password you currently use at any ICF computer

You will be logged into the computer and the network just as before. All Programs such as SAS and Stata can be accessed from the “Start” menu. All work should continue to be saved to your P: drive. If your machine freezes or locks up, you can simply power off the computer by pressing the power button, then turn it back on.  If you reconnect within 15 minutes, your programs and files will still be open. For more information please visit our VDI Frequently Asked Questions page found here. If you encounter any issues please contact our Helpdesk.

Thank you!

Department of Information Technology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Student Government Constitutional Revision Meeting

Saturday, April 11th, 11 am-3 pm in Vanderbilt Hall’s JB Martin Lounge

Due to upcoming academic changes at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Student Government constitution will be undergoing dramatic revisions this Saturday, April 11 from 11 am – 3 pm. During this Constitutional Amendment meeting, SG members will work to balance representation among new and existing programs and departments, and streamline SG’s governance structure. The Office of Student Affairs is working with SG to revise the constitution, per our bylaws. Questions? Email studentgov@hsph.harvard.edu.

Academic

Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change

TODAY, April 10th, 3:00pm, Harvard Medical School

Please join faculty and research experts from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative on Friday, April 10th as they discuss perspectives from the field work as well as their ongoing research on the humanitarian implications of climate change. A series of short presentations on current work will be followed by a moderated discussion on the relationship between climate change and the humanitarian field. The event will take place from 3:00-4:30 pm in the Armenise Ampitheater in Harvard Medical School, 210 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. Contact lns815@mail.harvard.edu for more information.

Sexual and Reproductive Health in Mexico: Access, Quality and Equity

April 29th, 3-5pm with reception from 5-6pm, CGIS South, Room S50, 1730 Cambridge St., Harvard University

While Mexico has achieved universal health coverage and made great strides towards improving access to sexual and reproductive health services, coverage has not translated into public health impacts needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. This event will draw attention to persistent inequities in sexual and reproductive health in Mexico and innovative programs and policies to improve outcomes for vulnerable populations. Contact kholt@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

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Resident Community Advisor Applications

Due TODAY April 10th, 2015

Shattuck International House is staffed by three Resident Community Advisors (RCAs).  The RCAs are students of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and are knowledgeable  about the resources available at SPH and Harvard University.  Throughout the year, they provide support to the residents of Shattuck and plan social and cultural events to foster a fun and supportive community.  The RCAs are supervised and supported by SPH Operations and the Senior Program Coordinator in the Office for Student Affairs.

How can I become an RCA?

ONLY returning Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health students are eligible to applyClick here to view the full RCA Job Description.

*You must have completed at least one academic year at SPH.

RCA Applications for Academic Year 15-16 can be downloaded here.

*Current RCAs can apply for a second term, but they must complete a new application and are not guaranteed a position.

The John Briscoe Water Security Internship

Application due Wednesday, April 15th at 5pm

The Water Security Internship will be awarded to students interested in a career in water management through the lens of development. Interns, who will be paid, will be given a specific task that they will be expected to complete over the course of their internship, under the supervision of a senior staff member. The internship will be located at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. To be eligible for the Internship, candidates must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate study program and have completed at least his or her sophomore year in college. Click here to read the full description and for more information on the application process.

Events and Activities

Tufts Future of Food and Nutrition Conference

Saturday, April 11th

50 years after Selma: Where are we now? A conversation with Reverend Clark Olsen on Racial Disparities Now and Then

Monday, April 13th, 12:30-1:30pm, Kresge G1

After eating dinner at an integrated restaurant on March 9th in Selma, Rev. Clark and two other Unitarian ministers, Rev. Reeb and Rev. Orloff Miller, were beaten with clubs by white men for their support of African American rights. Rev. Reeb died of injuries sustained during the attack, causing a national outcry. Dr. Martin Luther King called the attack cowardly. President Lyndon Johnson seized the moment to urge passage of the Voting Rights Act, which passed on August 6th 1965. Join us for a conversation with Rev. Olsen to hear about his experience in Selma and moving forward with the fight against racial disparities. For questions please contact: jiv166@mail.harvard.edu

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Harvard Chan School’s Annual International Night: U-NITE!

Friday, April 17th, 7:00pm at the Oberon Theater in Cambridge

U-NITE is the Student Government’s Annual International Night where students from our school perform various acts – dancing, singing, reciting poetry, and other cultural performances! Come see your classmates perform at Cambridge’s OBERON Theater! Space is limited and tickets are only $5! Light appetizers served at the show!

The After Party will be held at HONG KONG directly following the show, and everyone who goes to the show gets a free drink ticket! Buy your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1Hwe1Jz

Kick-ball Registration is now open!

We are happy to announce the return of the Harvard Graduate Student Kick-ball Tournament on Saturday, April 25th!   Last year, we hosted 11 teams from across Harvard Graduate and Professional Schools at the Harvard Soccer Stadium fields.  This year, we head to Jordan Stadium and look forward to hosting over 150 graduate students for some friendly competition. To register, simply input the team information here.

kickball

Interested in Mental Health? NAMI In Our Own Voice

Tuesday, April 28th, 5:30-7:00pm in FXB G-11

What is NAMI in Our Own Voice? A unique public education program in that gives you the chance to hear from two trained speakers who will share their compelling personal stories of living with mental health challenges and achieving recovery. While audiences benefit from the inspirational stories of the speakers, presenters increase their confidence and develop leadership skills through helping to inspire and motivate others. About NAMI: NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Education, Office for Student Services.

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General

This spring, Global Support Services (GSS) is hosting a Travel and Remote Medicine Workshop to benefit travelers like you.

Do you travel internationally to remote areas or regions where reliable and timely emergency medical care is not always available?

Accidents happen while traveling. People get hurt, sick, or lost. Remote locations, adverse weather conditions, social upheaval, or the shutdown of government services makes responding to these incidents difficult to impossible. Many emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can be the difference between a good outcome and a bad one—and maybe even save a life. This workshop will be taught on campus in Cambridge by the Solo School of Wilderness Medicine and is sponsored by GSS. Over two days, you’ll receive expert instruction and practical, hands-on training.  Session I, Mornings: Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st from 8 am-12 pm. Session II, Afternoons: Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st from 1-5 pm. There is no cost to participate in this workshop. Email international_safety@harvard.edu by Friday, April 17, and specify which session you’d like to attend. Seats are filled on a first come, first served basis. You’ll be notified of your reservation and provided with the workshop’s location.

Social determinants of health in Epidemiology Dept curriculum

Have your voice heard at an upcoming Epidemiology faculty meeting!

Please click the link below to complete a survey about social determinants of health in Epidemiology Department curriculum. The data collected from this survey will be presented at an upcoming Epidemiology faculty meeting. We may also select quotes to present, so this is a great opportunity to share your thoughts and suggestions. Please complete this survey even if you are not in the Epidemiology Department and/or if you are graduating this May. Thank you! Contact Sandhya Kajeepeta with any questions.

April 9, 2015

Need to Know

Student Government Constitutional Revision Meeting

Saturday, April 11th, 11 am-3 pm in Vanderbilt Hall’s JB Martin Lounge

Due to upcoming academic changes at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Student Government constitution will be undergoing dramatic revisions this Saturday, April 11 from 11 am – 3 pm. During this Constitutional Amendment meeting, SG members will work to balance representation among new and existing programs and departments, and streamline SG’s governance structure. The Office of Student Affairs is working with SG to revise the constitution, per our bylaws. Questions? Email studentgov@hsph.harvard.edu.

Academic

Countway Library Brown Bag at HSPH: EndNote Essentials

TODAY, April 9th, 12:30 pm–1:20 pm, Kresge Building (Public Health) Room 202

Learn how to save time by using EndNote bibliographic software. Topics include working with EndNote libraries, importing references from databases (e.g. PubMed), and writing with EndNote. Registration is not required. Feel free to bring your lunch. Contact Countway Library Reference & Education Services with questions at countref@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-2134.

Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change

Friday, April 10th, 3:00pm, Harvard Medical School

Please join faculty and research experts from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative on Friday, April 10th as they discuss perspectives from the field work as well as their ongoing research on the humanitarian implications of climate change. A series of short presentations on current work will be followed by a moderated discussion on the relationship between climate change and the humanitarian field. The event will take place from 3:00-4:30 pm in the Armenise Ampitheater in Harvard Medical School, 210 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. Contact lns815@mail.harvard.edu for more information.

dLOV: Different Lenses, One Vision: DiveIn Series

Held over the week of April 20th, the “Different Lenses, One Vision (dLOV): DIVEIN series” will explore the experiences of being marginalized in the United States, ways public health professionals perpetuate this marginalization, and next directions to improve inclusiveness and appreciation for difference. Themes include: Neurodiversity, Disabilities, & Differences (Monday), Weight Stigma (Tuesday), Gender & Sexuality (Wednesday), and Race & Ethnicity (Thursday). We will conclude the series on Thursday evening with the “Discrimination Monologues.” All events are open to the public and are free. Lunch or dinner will be served. You MUST RSVP. All RSVP and program information can be found here. Any questions please contact Morgan.Shields@mail.harvard.edu.

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Shattuck House Application for AY 2015-2016 is available online

Open until Shattuck house is filled

Please visit the website for eligibility and application process by clicking here. Contact housing@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

Resident Community Advisor Applications

Due Friday April 10th, 2015

Shattuck International House is staffed by three Resident Community Advisors (RCAs).  The RCAs are students of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and are knowledgeable  about the resources available at SPH and Harvard University.  Throughout the year, they provide support to the residents of Shattuck and plan social and cultural events to foster a fun and supportive community.  The RCAs are supervised and supported by SPH Operations and the Senior Program Coordinator in the Office for Student Affairs.

How can I become an RCA?

ONLY returning Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health students are eligible to applyClick here to view the full RCA Job Description.

*You must have completed at least one academic year at SPH.

RCA Applications for Academic Year 15-16 can be downloaded here.

*Current RCAs can apply for a second term, but they must complete a new application and are not guaranteed a position.

Albert Schweitzer Award

Please submit your nominations by April 17th at 5 pm

The Albert Schweitzer Award is given annually to a graduating Harvard Chan student whose past work and current activities have been marked by a “reverence for life” and who has sought, as expressed by Schweitzer, to “make my life my argument.” The selection committee gives special emphasis to service activities undertaken by nominees during the course of their studies at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Nominations should be no more than 300 words, describing in detail the relevant work and qualities of the nominee. Please submit your nominations by April 17. Harvard Chan faculty, staff, and students may submit a nomination, students may not nominate themselves. All Harvard Chan graduating students are eligible this award. Please submit your nominations here.

The Michael von Clemm Traveling Fellowship Fund

Due Date: April 27, 2015

The Harvard Chan School has modest funds available to partially support students traveling abroad. Travel must be directly associated with the School’s academic courses, supervised thesis work, or academic program-related internships. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are completing their first year (in a continuing program) at the School and who are studying health problems in developing countries. Students who will graduate from the School in May 2015 are not eligible. All requests for support must be signed by a faculty member who endorses the academic relevance of the project. Please apply here. Contact osfs@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

Events and Activities

Harvard Chan School’s Annual International Night: U-NITE!

Friday, April 17th, 7:00pm at the Oberon Theater in Cambridge

U-NITE is the Student Government’s Annual International Night where students from our school perform various acts – dancing, singing, reciting poetry, and other cultural performances! Come see your classmates perform at Cambridge’s OBERON Theater! Space is limited and tickets are only $5! Light appetizers served at the show!

The After Party will be held at HONG KONG directly following the show, and everyone who goes to the show gets a free drink ticket! Buy your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1Hwe1Jz

2015 Women in Leadership Conference: Leadership Lessons from Women: Promoting Equity in Public Health

Saturday, April 18th, 8am-12:30pm in the Kresge Cafeteria

The Women in Leadership (WIL) student organization and the Office for Alumni Affairs and Career Advancement at Harvard Chan invites you to attend the 4th Annual Student-Alumnae Leadership Conference. This conference allows alumnae and students to engage in thoughtful discussions relating to the role of women in leadership positions in public health. Keynote Speaker: Kate Walsh, MPH, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center. Register here.

The Annual YWCA Stand Against Racism Event: How Do Social Determinants of Health Impact Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 12:30–1:30 pm*, Thier Conference Room, Massachusetts General Hospital 

*A light lunch will be served during the event. Sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Disparities Solutions Center, and the Center for Community Health Improvement at MGH. Keynote Speaker: Monica Bharel, MD, MPH Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. About the Speaker: Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, is widely recognized for her dedication to health care for underserved and vulnerable populations, and most recently served as the Chief Medical Officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). The Stand Against Racism™ is a movement that was initiated by the YWCA in 2008 to raise awareness and educate audiences of the racism that still exists in our communities. All Stand Against Racism events are free and open to the public and members of local health care and research communities are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to reserve your spot and visit the DSC website for more information.

Kick-ball Registration is now open!

kickballWe are happy to announce the return of the Harvard Graduate Student Kick-ball Tournament on Saturday, April 25th!   Last year, we hosted 11 teams from across Harvard Graduate and Professional Schools at the Harvard Soccer Stadium fields.  This year, we head to Jordan Stadium and look forward to hosting over 150 graduate students for some friendly competition. To register, simply input the team information here.

Spring 2015 Re-Entry Alumni Panel and Mixer

 Tuesday, April 28th, 5:30-7:30pm in Kresge 110

Are you graduating soon and wondering: Will I pick the right job/the right city? What if I don’t have a job before commencement? How do I balance my financial needs with my commitment to social justice? How do I manage the expectations (employer, family) that come with a Harvard degree? How do I deal with the frustrations of slow change? Join the Office of Education and Office of Student Affairs to meet Harvard Chan School alumni and hear how they navigated re-entry to the workplace and life after Harvard. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP here. Contact phl@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

April 8, 2015

Academic

Countway Library Brown Bag at HSPH: Research Tools for Public Health

TODAY, April 8th, 12:30pm-1:20pm, Kresge 204

Do you wonder if you’re missing something by only searching PubMed? Are you conducting research on an interdisciplinary topic that goes beyond the scope of biomedicine? Learn to take advantage of the extensive databases and indexes available to you through the Harvard Libraries. We’ll also show you how to save references from a variety of databases into EndNote or Refworks. Registration is not required. Feel free to bring your lunch. Contact Countway Library Reference & Education Services at countref@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-2134 with questions.

Countway Library Brown Bag at HSPH: EndNote Essentials

Thursday, April 9th, 12:30 pm–1:20 pm, Kresge Building (Public Health) Room 202

Learn how to save time by using EndNote bibliographic software. Topics include working with EndNote libraries, importing references from databases (e.g. PubMed), and writing with EndNote. Registration is not required. Feel free to bring your lunch. Contact Countway Library Reference & Education Services at countref@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-2134 with questions.

Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change

Friday, April 10th, 3:00pm, Harvard Medical School

Please join faculty and research experts from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative on Friday, April 10th as they discuss perspectives from the field work as well as their ongoing research on the humanitarian implications of climate change. A series of short presentations on current work will be followed by a moderated discussion on the relationship between climate change and the humanitarian field. The event will take place from 3:00-4:30 pm in the Armenise Ampitheater in Harvard Medical School, 210 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. Contact lns815@mail.harvard.edu for more information.

Centennial Women Leaders in Public Health Lecture: Dr. Joy Lawn

Thursday, April 16th, 4pm, Kresge 502

6 Million Deaths at Birth: Progress, Priorities, and Potential for Change Post-2015 Speaker: Joy Lawn, B MedSci, MB BS, MPH, PhD, FRCPCH Professor of Maternal Reproductive and Child Health Epidemiology and Director of MARCH Centre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Advisor Global Evidence and Policy, Saving Newborn Lives, Save the Children Senior Research Fellow, UK AID (DFID) Reception to follow. Contact deansevents@hsph.harvard.edu with any questions.

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dLOV: Different Lenses, One Vision: DiveIn Series

Held over the week of April 20th, the “Different Lenses, One Vision (dLOV): DIVEIN series” will explore the experiences of being marginalized in the United States, ways public health professionals perpetuate this marginalization, and next directions to improve inclusiveness and appreciation for difference. Themes include: Neurodiversity, Disabilities, & Differences (Monday), Weight Stigma (Tuesday), Gender & Sexuality (Wednesday), and Race & Ethnicity (Thursday). We will conclude the series on Thursday evening with the “Discrimination Monologues.” All events are open to the public and are free. Lunch or dinner will be served. You MUST RSVP. All RSVP and program information can be found here. Any questions please contact Morgan.Shields@mail.harvard.edu.

Apply

Resident Community Advisor Applications

Due Friday April 10th, 2015

Shattuck International House is staffed by three Resident Community Advisors (RCAs).  The RCAs are students of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and are knowledgeable  about the resources available at SPH and Harvard University.  Throughout the year, they provide support to the residents of Shattuck and plan social and cultural events to foster a fun and supportive community.  The RCAs are supervised and supported by SPH Operations and the Senior Program Coordinator in the Office for Student Affairs.

How can I become an RCA?

ONLY returning Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health students are eligible to applyClick here to view the full RCA Job Description.

*You must have completed at least one academic year at SPH.

RCA Applications for Academic Year 15-16 can be downloaded here.

*Current RCAs can apply for a second term, but they must complete a new application and are not guaranteed a position.

Mentoring Award

Submit nominations by Friday April 10th at 5pm

Please nominate an individual faculty member who has enriched your academic, professional or personal development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health through his or her guidance, support, collegiality, and overall mentorship. This nominee may be your departmental advisor or any full-time, part-time or adjunct faculty member at the Harvard Chan School. Please submit nominations by 5 pm on Friday April 10, 2015. Nominations should be no more than 300 words and describe why you feel this person should be nominated with specific examples. All current students can nominate a Harvard Chan faculty member for the award. Submit your nomination here.

The 2015 Gareth Green Award for Excellence in Public Health Practice

Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22nd 

The award is given annually in memory of Gareth M. Green, M.D., who served as Associate Dean for Professional Education from 1990 – 1998, and was the first chair of the Advisory Council of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The award includes a plaque presented during the Harvard Chan School Award Ceremony and a $500.00 prize. All graduating students or student teams, regardless of degree program or department are eligible to apply. Projects can be local, national, or international. Eligible projects for nomination must have been conducted for a course or directed study/tutorial during matriculation at Harvard Chan School and supervised by a faculty member. Contact Michael McCormack, Director of Practice with questions.

Events & Activities

CANCELLED: From Ferguson to Boston on Wednesday April 8th at 5:30 pm.

Any questions please contact Olivia Orta.

Children’s Advocacy Issue: Retire Ronald McDonald

TODAY, April 8th, 12:30pm on the Harvard Medical School Quad

Join students and health professionals TODAY at 12:30pm as we unite and rally on the Harvard med school quad to stop McDonald’s predatory marketing to children. On average, children ages 2- to 11-years-old see 301 McDonald’s TV advertisements per year with a higher exposure in Black and Hispanic youth. With McDonald’s sharp decline in sales and a new CEO, this is a critical time to take action to protect our youth. We will assemble on the Harvard med school quad and send a powerful message that it’s time for McDonald’s to end this harmful practice. Clinicians – wear your white coats/scrubs/stethoscopes Harvard affiliates – wear Harvard attire. Stand up for children’s health!

Promoting life skills and preventing tobacco use among low-income Mumbai youth

TODAY, April 8th, 12:30-1:20pm, MCH Seminar in FXB G12

Please join us for this week’s Maternal and Child Health Seminar. Dr. Eve Nagler will be presenting her work in a talk entitled :”Promoting life skills and preventing tobacco use among low-income Mumbai youth.” All are welcome to attend. Contact lfarland@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

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Financial Wellness Day

TODAY, April 8th (multi-sessions)

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Two sessions:

1. Personal Finance Management: Secrets to success: this covers everything from budgets to savings. 12:20-1:20pm in HSPH Kresge G3. 2. Personal Taxes: Get tips from the pros on how to file your personal tax return. 3:30-4:30pm in HSPH Kresge G3. Attendees will be entered to win gift cards to Boloco, Grafton Street, Zoe’s, The COOP, The Taco Truck, and more! Contact osfs@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

50 years after Selma: Where are we now? A conversation with Reverend Clark Olsen on Racial Disparities Now and Then

Monday, April 13th, 12:30-1:30pm, Kresge G1, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

After eating dinner at an integrated restaurant on March 9th in Selma, Rev. Clark and two other Unitarian ministers, Rev. Reeb and Rev. Orloff Miller, were beaten with clubs by white men for their support of African American rights. Rev. Reeb died of injuries sustained during the attack, causing a national outcry. Dr. Martin Luther King called the attack cowardly. President Lyndon Johnson seized the moment to urge passage of the Voting Rights Act, which passed on August 6th, 1965. Join us for a conversation with Rev. Olsen to hear about his experience in Selma and moving forward with the fight against racial disparities. For questions please contact jiv166@mail.harvard.edu.

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Research Diversity and Employment Open House

Tuesday, April 14th, Kresge Cafeteria, 4:00-6:00 pm (pre-registration required, click here.)

Cosponsored by Human Resources and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, this is an opportunity to learn about non-academic and academic career paths. Entering the job market after completing your degree can feel daunting, especially when you are unaware of all the opportunities available to you or what they even entail. Hear first hand from researchers who have pursued academic and non-academic routes, their benefits and challenges. If you’re entering or reentering the job market with a new degree, this Open House is a good place to start. In addition to the panelists, HR will be there to answer questions about positions at the School, applying for jobs, resume building and more. Light bites and refreshments will be served. Contact crawford@hsph.harvard.edu with any questions.

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Beginner Chan Meditation

Saturday, April 18th, 8:50am-12:00pm, Kresge 202

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A mind undistracted by circumstance is the result of meditation; A mind at one with circumstance is the result of wisdom. To experience life wholeheartedly is Chan practice~~Master Sheng Yen How about take a half-day workshop to relax before the final? Chen meditation provides a great opportunity for all of us to read our minds carefully and explore our hearts delicately. Vegetarian lunch included; Cushions provided. Please RSVP here by Tuesday, April 14th. For more information contact Cheng-Kuan Lin.

Harvard Chan School’s Annual International Night: U-NITE!

Friday, April 17th, 7:00pm at the Oberon Theater in Cambridge

U-NITE is the Student Government’s Annual International Night where students from our school perform various acts – dancing, singing, reciting poetry, and other cultural performances! Come see your classmates perform at Cambridge’s OBERON Theater! Space is limited and tickets are only $5! Light appetizers served at the show!

The After Party will be held at HONG KONG directly following the show, and everyone who goes to the show gets a free drink ticket! Buy your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1Hwe1Jz

 

2015 Women in Leadership Conference

Leadership Lessons from Women: Promoting Equity in Public Health

The Women in Leadership (WIL) student organization and the Office for Alumni Affairs and Career Advancement at Harvard Chan invites you to attend the 4th Annual Student-Alumnae Leadership Conference. This conference allows alumnae and students to engage in thoughtful discussions relating to the role of women in leadership positions in public health. Keynote Speaker: Kate Walsh, MPH, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center. Contact hsph.wil@gmail.com or drogers@hsph.harvard.edu with questions.

Kick-ball Registration is now open!

kickballWe are happy to announce the return of the Harvard Graduate Student Kick-ball Tournament on Saturday, April 25th!   Last year, we hosted 11 teams from across Harvard Graduate and Professional Schools at the Harvard Soccer Stadium fields.  This year, we head to Jordan Stadium and look forward to hosting over 150 graduate students for some friendly competition. To register, simply input the team information here.

 

Funding Opportunities

Final Reminder: Uwe Brinkmann Memorial Travel Fellowship

Applications should be submitted via email to Allison Gallant by Friday April 17, 2015!

The annual Uwe Brinkmann Memorial Travel Fellowship is awarded each year to an outstanding doctoral student conducting field research in international health epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. The Fellowship will provide an award of $2,500 to support travel to a field research site, and will be awarded to a doctoral student whose work exemplifies the interests and values of Professor Brinkmann in seeking to bring together international health epidemiology, and infectious diseases. Applicants must provide proof of having successfully passed or scheduled their Oral Qualifying Examination. Click here for more information.

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Social determinants of health in Epidemiology Dept curriculum

Have your voice heard at an upcoming Epidemiology faculty meeting!

Please click the link below to complete a survey about social determinants of health in Epidemiology Department curriculum. The data collected from this survey will be presented at an upcoming Epidemiology faculty meeting. We may also select quotes to present, so this is a great opportunity to share your thoughts and suggestions. Please complete this survey even if you are not in the Epidemiology Department and/or if you are graduating this May. Thank you! Contact Sandhya Kajeepeta with any questions.