Chair Chatter

September 23, 2022

Aargghh!  Ahoy mates – in case you weren’t aware, Monday was officially “Talk like a Pirate Day”.   If you missed it, I give you special dispensation to talk like a pirate today.  Try it – it feels good!  Also, where were you last night at 9:04 p.m.?  That’s when summer officially became autumn, a wonderful time of the year in New England.  Enjoy the crisp cool nights and the changing colors of the leaves.

This week we had a breakfast celebration for our post-doc fellows who are valued members of our department.  Of course, it takes many people with different skillsets to keep our department and school going strong.  Sunday September 25 is National Research Administrators Day.  Take a minute to thank your sponsored program administrators, department pre- and post-award grant managers, and EH-Finance AP team; they all put in countless hours to support you and your research endeavors.  Our department certainly couldn’t function without them!

Many of our faculty and researchers are attending the ISEE meeting in Greece this week.  Three of our researchers won “Outstanding Abstract Early Career Researcher” Awards.  Congratulations to them all!  The winners and their abstracts were:

Kritika Anand: Solar and Geomagnetic Activity Reduces Pulmonary Function and
Enhances Particulate Pollution Effects

Barrak Alahmad: Climate change and migrant workers: Projections of temperatures and mortality in Kuwait

Charlie Roscoe: Exposure to Noise and Cardiovascular Disease in a Nationwide US Prospective Cohort Study of Women

And last but certainly not least, congratulations to Antonella Zanobetti who is PI of a newly awarded R01 entitled “Characterizing the link between multiple environmental exposures and Parkinsons disease exacerbation”.  Antonella and co-PI Danielle Braun from the Biostats Department will work on this important grant together.  Well done!

I will be on a fishing vacation next week (maybe pretending to be a pirate), so your next chatter will just consist of upcoming events.  Still please keep sending your news to EH-Chatter and follow us on twitter @HarvardEnvHlth.


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