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Best of 2019

SPH This Week | Special Edition

December 22, 2019
Message from the Dean
Happy Holidays
SPH This Year
SPH This Year
SPH at work in the world.
Opioids and Abuse
In rural Vermont, Professor Emily Rothman is pursuing innovative solutions to the dual, and overlapping, crises of opioid use disorder and intimate partner violence.
School News
A Case for Equity: SPH Drops GRE Admission Requirement
The GRE is costly, biased, and a poor predictor of academic success.
School News
‘I Wanted to Understand Their Livelihood’
As a 2019 Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Fellow, MPH student Pallavi Puri fused public health and journalism reporting on the unregulated industry of beedi rolling in India.
Alumni News
‘I Bring a Public Health Lens to Everything That I Do’
Alum Grace Lubwama, CEO of YWCA Kalamazoo, on reducing infant mortality and creating health equity.
Police Shootings Reflect Cities’ Levels of Segregation
A city’s level of racial residential segregation is the biggest predictor of how much more likely police are to fatally shoot black individuals than white ones—regardless of the racial makeup of a city’s police force or other variables.
CDC Bias against E-Cigarettes Is Putting Kids’ Lives at Risk
Instead of warning against vaping THC oils, any oil-based e-liquid, and any e-liquid bought off the street, sweeping anti-vaping statements could encourage a switch back to far-more-lethal cigarette smoking.
Activist Lab
Students Gain Real-World Experience with Grant Proposal Competition
First-year MPH students learn the art of grant writing in the Leadership & Management core course.
LGB Cancer Survivors Have Less Access to Health Care
Access to care affects quality of life for sexual minority cancer survivors more than for their heterosexual counterparts.
School News
‘We’ve Got Work to Do’
The 400 Years of Inequality Dean’s Symposium on October 18 convened keynote speakers Cornell William Brooks and Neera Tanden, as well as scholars, lawyers, and activists, for a day of heartfelt discussions on the history and impact of racial inequality in America.
Public Health Post
2019 Year in Review
In 2019, hundreds of thousands of readers consumed PHP’s Research, News, Viewpoint, and Databyte articles on diverse topics ranging from mental health, aging, and food policy to technology, religion, and violence.
New PHX Program Introduces Public Health to Youth
Rising 7th through 10th graders studied topics such as health equity and environmental justice, and acquired tools for data collection during the summer enrichment program.
SPH Snapshot
SPH Snapshot: 2019
Scenes from the past year, from the annual homeless census to the Barkley Holiday Party.
In the Media
Scientists Find Surprising Age-Related Protein Waves in Blood — quotes Paola Sebastiani, professor of biostatistics.
USA Today
Not Just Rapper T.I. : Doctors Get Requests for Sexist, Unscientific ‘Virginity Tests’ — opinion co-authored by Sondra Crosby, associate professor of health law, ethics & human rights.
CBS News
CBSN Originals: How Porn Is Affecting Kids — features Emily Rothman, professor of community health sciences.
New York Times
Why Doctors Still Offer Treatments That May Not Help — opinion by Austin Frakt, associate professor of health law, policy & management.
Scientific American
Artificial Intelligence Sniffs Out Unsafe Foods — interview with Elaine Nsoesie, assistant professor of global health.
BU Doctors: Make Opioid Treatment Drug Available Over the Counter — interview with Michael Stein, professor and chair of health law, policy & management.
Washington Post
States Aren’t Waiting for the Trump Administration on Environmental Protections — quotes Wendy Heiger-Bernays, clinical professor of environmental health.
BBC Sounds
Health Check Podcast: Does Eating Processed Foods Make Us Put on Weight? — interview with Matthew Fox, professor of epidemiology and global health.
News Coverage of Violent Events May Contribute to ‘Cycle of Distress’ — quotes Ziming Xuan, associate professor of community health sciences.
Why Black Women Need More Sleep, ASAP — quotes Lynn Rosenberg, professor of epidemiology.
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Looking Ahead
Think. Teach. Do. San Francisco—Art and Health
Tuesday, January 14, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Merchants Exchange Club, 75 Leidesdorff Street, San Francisco, CA.
Spring Orientation
Thursday, January 16, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
BUSPH Alumni Breakfast with Dean Galea
Wednesday, January 22, 8:00 am – 9:00 am, Lucile’s Creole Cafe, 275 South Logan Street, Denver, CO.
PUBLIC HEALTH FORUM—From Theory to Practice: What It Takes to Permanently Exit an Individual from Homelessness
Wednesday, January 29, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
Think. Teach. Do. New York—Politics and Health
Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Glasshouse Chelsea, 545 W 25th Street, New York, NY.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SEMINAR—‘Is There a Doctor on Board?’ Racial Profiling and Health
Wednesday, February 5, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Keefer Auditorium.
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