Alumni Weekend and Boston Regional Event
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health alumni returned to campus on September 23 and 24 to reconnect with former classmates, learn more about current research in public health, and meet new Dean Michelle A. Williams, ScD ’91. The weekend included a faculty panel on politics and public health and a series of brief, “TED-style” talks on that theme by alumni. See pages 10 and 11 for this year’s alumni award recipients.
SEPTEMBER 23 ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT PRESENTATIONS
SEPTEMBER 24 POLITICS AND PUBLIC HEALTH TALKS, MID-CAREER AWARD PRESENTATIONS
Karen Emmons Rejoins School
Karen Emmons rejoined the School on November 1 as a professor of social and behavioral sciences and Dean for Academic Affairs. She previously served as vice president for research and director of the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute. Emmons was a faculty member in the School’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences from 1994 to 2013, and from 2009 to 2013 served as associate dean for research.
Two faculty members in the Department of Environmental Health celebrated major mile- stones this year. Joseph Brain (right), the Cecil K. and Philip Drinker Professor of Environmental Physiology, celebrated 50 years at Harvard on July 27. Outgoing department chair Douglas Dockery (left), the John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, marked 40 years at the School on September 19 (International Talk Like a Pirate Day) with a pirate-themed party.
Julio Frenk Portrait Unveiling
Former Dean Julio Frenk returned to the School on September 26 for the unveiling of his official portrait, painted by Susan Nelson. Members of the School’s community gathered for the event in the Kresge Building’s Rosenau Atrium, where Frenk’s portrait will be displayed alongside those of the School’s other former deans.
In conjunction with the event, the School announced a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor, which included a $5 million endowment to establish the Julio Frenk Professorship of Public Health Leadership. The professorship will provide enduring leadership for the DrPH program.
New Dean Welcome Dinner Hosted by Richard and Ronay Menschel
Longtime supporters of the School Richard Menschel, MBA ’59, and Ronay Menschel hosted a welcome dinner for Dean Michelle A. Williams, ScD ’91, on November 15 in New York. The event included a conversation between Dean Williams and ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Richard Besser.
Health Care and the Elections
The School’s Health Policy and Management Executive Council and former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle co-hosted a program of panel discussions in Washington, D.C., on October 14, focused on health care and the elections. Speakers included Daschle, an Executive Council member and founder and CEO of The Daschle Group, and faculty members from the School’s Department of Health Policy and Management. Panelists addressed the future of Obamacare after President Barack Obama leaves office, among other topics. The event was preceded by an alumni reception held October 13 at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, hosted by the Office of Alumni Affairs and Career Advancement and Kate Sedgwick, MPH ’10, and former U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Tod Sedgwick, AB ’71. The Sedgwicks also hosted a dinner and Q&A with Dean Michelle A. Williams, ScD ’91.
Photos: Sarah Sholes and Kent Dayton / Harvard Chan, Phil Humnicky Photography