Committee on the Advancement of Women Faculty: Past Events

Thursday, October 8, 2020 – Tenth Annual Alice Hamilton Award Lecture and Ceremony

Aisha Yousafzai, Associate Professor of Global Health
Sonia Hernández Díaz, Professor of Epidemiology
Karen Emmons, Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Story: “Aisha Yousafzai, Sonia Hernandez Diaz, Karen Emmons honored at Alice Hamilton Award lecture


Monday, April 29, 2019 – Networking & Mentoring and Coaching Workshops with Rena Seltzer

Building Networks of Support for a Successful Academic Career and Mentor & Coach: Utilizing Coaching Tools to Support a Dynamic Mentoring Relationship

Rena Seltzer, President, Leader Academic
Ann Arbor, MI

Although leadership can be conferred through titles and roles, it is incumbent upon leaders to claim their authority. Even without official titles, those who speak and act powerfully can have great influence. Awareness of patterns of speech and the use of voice are tools that can be employed to build and maintain a powerful and respected presence in interactions with colleagues, administrators, staff, and students. This interactive workshop includes findings by researchers who study issues of gender and language and provides participants the opportunity to practice speaking with greater authority.

Building Networks of Support for a Successful Academic Career
The most successful researchers benefit from a robust network of real‐world connections in a variety of arenas. Advantages include opportunities for fruitful collaboration, access to information, both social and instrumental support, and the ability to build a national and international reputation. For academics
to whom networking comes easily, this workshop will provide additional tips and strategies, and for those who are “schmooze–adverse,” the workshop will identify methods to build connections in ways that suit one’s personality and style. We will also consider the benefits of diverse networks and identify steps individuals and organizations can take to support connections across differences.

Mentor & Coach: Utilizing Coaching Tools to Support a Dynamic Mentoring Relationship
Some mentoring relationships are enriching for both members of the duo, and others seem to fall flat, despite the best of intentions. This interactive workshop will explore how coaching tools can be employed in the mentoring relationship to create a more dynamic experience.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – Ninth Annual Alice Hamilton Award Lecture and Ceremony

“The role of new technologies in controlling infectious disease threats” (Video)

Caroline Buckee, Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Story: “Epidemiologist Caroline Buckee receives Alice Hamilton Award

The Alice Hamilton Award recognizes the impact in public health and the future promise of a woman faculty member and honors the memory of Alice Hamilton, a pioneer in the fields of toxicology and occupational health who was the first woman appointed to the faculty at Harvard.

Monday, September 24, 2018 – Negotiation Workshop with Rena Seltzer

Authority, Voice, and Influence; and Negotiation Skills for Women in Academia

Women tend to ask for less than their male counterparts and the consequences of this difference can add up to be a serious disadvantage over the course of a woman’s career. In this interactive workshop attendees practice thinking expansively about what can be requested and learn strategies used by the most successful negotiators.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – Eighth Annual Alice Hamilton Award Lecture and Ceremony

“Access is not enough: learning from users to build better health systems” (Video)

Margaret E. Kruk, Associate Professor of Global Health
Story: “Margaret Kruk, Donna Spiegelman, Paige Williams honored at annual Alice Hamilton Award lecture


Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – Seventh Annual Alice Hamilton Award Lecture

“Serving Underserved Children: Scalable solutions to prevent obesity and promote emotional well-being in families” (Video)

Kirsten Davison, Donald and Sue Pritzker Associate Professor of Nutrition
Story: “Kirsten Davison, Lisa Berkman honored at annual Alice Hamilton Award lecture


Tuesday, April 5, 2016 – Sixth Annual Alice Hamilton Award Lecture

“Child Mental Health And Development In Multiple Contexts Of Adversity: From Longitudinal Research To Implementation Science” (Video)

Theresa Betancourt, Associate Professor of Child Health and Human Rights
Story: “Theresa Betancourt, Dyann Wirth honored at annual Alice Hamilton lecture


Monday, May 11, 2015 – Fifth Annual Alice Hamilton Award Lecture

“A Female Researcher Exploring the Male Prostate” (Video)

Lorelei A. Mucci, Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Story: “Lorelei Mucci, Meredith Rosenthal honored by Committee on the Advancement of Women Faculty


Thursday, April 16 – Centennial Women Leaders in Public Health Lecture

“6 Million Deaths at Birth: Progress, Priorities, and Potential for Change Post-2015”
Joy Lawn, 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)

The Centennial Women Leaders in Public Health Lecture Series aims to highlight the important leadership contributions of women in public health, and serves as an inspiring vehicle for academic enrichment at HSPH, particularly for the many women in our community of students, post-doctoral fellows, researchers, and faculty. The series is sponsored by the Committee for the Advancement of Women Faculty (CAWF), the Harvard University Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Dean.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 – Centennial Women Leaders in Public Health Lecture

“Air Pollution and Human Health: Reflections on Research and Paths Forward” (Video)

Michelle Bell, Professor of Environmental Health, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies


Monday, October 20, 2014 – Centennial Women Leaders in Public Health Lecture

“Reflections on Strategy for Combating Obesity on a Global Scale” (Video)

Shiriki Kumanyika, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine


Wednesday, May 7, 2014 – Fourth Annual Alice Hamilton Award Lecture

“Designing and Implementing Malaria Control Intervention: Lessons from the Field” (Video: Part I; Part II)

Marcia C. de Castro, Associate Professor of Demography


Monday, May 5, 2014 – Centennial Women Leaders in Public Health Event

A Conversation with Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Video)


Monday, December 16, 2013 – Centennial Women Leaders in Public Health Lecture

“The Science of Resilience and Frailty in Aging” (Video)

Linda P. Fried, Dean and DeLamar Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University


Monday, May 13, 2013 – Third Annual Alice Hamilton Award Lecture

“Designing Effective Interventions for TB: Lessons from a Bacterial Perspective” (Video)

Sarah Fortune, Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases


April 11, 2012 – Second Annual Alice Hamilton Award Lecture

“Evolution of the Cancer Genome”

Franziska Michor, Associate Professor of Computational Biology


Feb 3, 2011 – Inaugural Alice Hamilton Award Lecture

“Location, Location, Location: How Where You Live in the U.S. Affects Your Health”

Francine Laden, Mark and Catherine Winkler Associate Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS