Celebrating a Campaign for Public Health
Hundreds of supporters, alumni, students, faculty, and staff gathered under a big tent on the Kresge Quad on September 21 to celebrate the School’s successful capital campaign and to highlight research priorities for the future. The event featured a panel discussion with former Harvard Chan School deans; campaign reflections from Jonathan Lavine, MBA ’92, co-chair of the School’s capital campaign; remarks from Harvard University’s new president, Lawrence Bacow, JD ’76, MPP ’76, PhD ’78; and presentations from School researchers. A community celebration featuring globally inspired food, drink, and music topped off the program. Read more
Harvard Chan School alumni returned to campus on September 20 and 21, where they heard presentations by alumni and faculty members on climate change, gun violence, and other topics, and reconnected with former classmates. Read more
Culture of Health
Members of the Harvard community gathered May 8 to celebrate the launch of the massive open online course (MOOC) Improving Your Business Through a Culture of Health. Funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the MOOC features faculty from schools across Harvard and is directed by professors Howard Koh and John McDonough of the Harvard Chan School and Amy Edmonson of Harvard Business School. The Harvard Chan School will also be running two free executive education programs in Boston next year for leaders looking to incorporate Culture of Health into their business.
1913 Society Annual Luncheon
More than 125 members and guests gathered May 21 at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the 1913 Society Luncheon, which recognizes individuals who have made a planned gift to the School. Society co-chairs Professor Barry R. Bloom and Dr. Timothy Johnson, MPH ’76, led a presentation titled “Resilience: Trauma, Guns, and DNA.” Panelists included Morissa Sobelson, DrPH ’19, Professor David Hemenway, AB ’66, PhD ’74, and Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology.
The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) launched May 30. Keynote speakers were John Kerry, former U.S. secretary of state, and John Holdren, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, former science adviser to President Barack Obama, and former director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. They spoke about the role of science in solving our country’s most pressing health problems. Read more
Fellowship Celebration Dinner
Held April 13, the annual Fellowship Celebration dinner recognized the most generous supporters of financial aid at the Harvard Chan School. This festive occasion gives individuals and organizations who have established endowed or current-use fellowship funds, or who have made gifts of $10,000 or more to student aid in the past year, an opportunity to meet the students who benefit from their contributions and to connect with School leaders and fellow supporters of financial aid.
Sabri Ülker Center Symposium
The Sabri Ülker Center for Metabolic Research’s second “Metabolism and Life” symposium, held May 29–30 at Harvard’s Memorial Hall, opened by the Nobel laureates Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and a panel of rising scientific stars—as well as a classical guitar performance and sculpture exhibit by acclaimed Turkish artists. In remarks, Sabri Ülker Center Director Gökhan Hotamışlıgil, J.S. Simmons Chair of Genetics and Metabolism, connected art and science—two complex and demanding pursuits that require creativity and devotion. The second day of the symposium featured a scientific feast that included the world’s leading scholars exploring the molecular mechanisms that control metabolism and concluded at the Isabella Gardner Museum.
– Amy Roeder is associate editor of Harvard Public Health
Photos: Kent Dayton/Harvard Chan School, Tony Rinaldo, Sarah Sholes/Harvard Chan School