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SPH This Week

May 17, 2020
Dean's Note
For Our Graduates, As You Go Forth
Some thoughts on our present moment, and the role the class of 2020 can play in building a healthier world.
Faculty, Staff, and Student to Be Honored at 2020 Convocation
Mary Rose Dinnean, Candice M. Belanoff, Lauren Wise, Jessica Christian, and Madeleine Scammell will receive awards.
School News
‘We Have to Be Prepared to Expect the Unexpected’
At a recent Coronavirus Seminar, environmental health experts examined how lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic can inform the global response to climate change and its health consequences.
School News
COVID-19 Story Map Illustrates Vulnerable Populations in Massachusetts
Attorney General Maura Healey and Jonathan Levy presented a new environmental justice policy report based on the SPH mapping tool, which was created by a team of faculty, researchers, and students, led by Patricia Fabian.
School News
Professor Receives $2.3 Million to Explore Medications for PTSD
Jaimie Gradus will evaluate existing medications for their potential to reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Preventing Lower-Risk Drug Use from Becoming Riskier
Individuals who used drugs occasionally reported less use six months after a motivational interview with a health professional, while individuals who did not receive the intervention reported more use.
DDT Was Banned Decades Ago. Why Is It Still Detectable in These Women?
Over half of a cohort of 23-35-year-old black women from Detroit had detectable levels of organochlorine pesticides in their blood, possibly from tobacco, alcohol, and water.
Faculty Spotlight: Birgit Claus Henn
As an environmental epidemiologist, Birgit Claus Henn examines how toxicants contribute to changes in children's brain function.
Staff Spotlight: Shelley Barnes
Shelley Barnes, administrative coordinator for the Department of Epidemiology and a Staff Senate representative, oversees faculty searches, department meetings, and special events.
Public Health Post
Profile: Katie Swenson
Katie Swenson, senior principal at MASS Design Group, outlines the role of cities in creating the conditions for health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Summer Institute: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Public Health
Learn how to view and query spatial data, and produce high quality digital maps in ESRI ArcGIS.
In the Media
Boston Globe
Hospitals Are Separating Mothers and Newborns During the Coronavirus Pandemic—with Little Evidence It Will Help Slow the Spread of Disease — opinion co-authored by doctoral candidate Kate Mitchell and alum Katharine Hutchinson.
The Conversation
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence During COVID-19: Lessons from Ebola — opinion by Monica Onyango, clinical associate professor of global health, and alum Alexandra Regan.
Harvard Business Review
Anxiety as a Public Health Issue — opinion by Dean Sandro Galea.
Healey Report Highlights COVID-19 Impact on Environmental Justice Communities — quotes Jonathan Levy, professor of environmental health.
Antibody Tests Could Lead to Job Discrimination and Encourage Workers to Play ‘Russian Roulette’ — quotes Natasha Hochberg, associate professor of epidemiology.
Boston Globe
Scientists Warn May 18 ‘Still Feels Too Early’ to Begin Reopening Mass. — quotes Davidson Hamer, professor of global health; and Robert Horsburgh, professor of epidemiology and global health.
Chronicle of Higher Education
COVID-19 Has Worsened the Student Mental-Health Crisis. Can Resilience Training Fix It? — quotes Sarah Lipson, assistant professor of health law, policy & management.
Boston Globe
Ailing Areas Hit with One-Two Punch of Pollution and Coronavirus — letter to the editor by alum Elizabeth Sommers.
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Think. Teach. Do.
For the Health of All
Looking Ahead
COVID-19: Community Conversations
Tuesday, May 19, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, online.
Staff Senate Meeting
Wednesday, May 20, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, online.
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