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SPH This Month

October 1, 2017
Message From the Dean
Showcasing the School’s Work
Upcoming Signature Event
Think. Teach. Do. Showcase
OCT 12
4–6 p.m.
610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Think. Teach. Do.
For the Health of All
Dean's Notes
09.17   The BU MPH: On Creating a “Diagonal” Curriculum
09.10   On DACA and Challenges to Our Values
09.03   On Maintaining a Respectful, Inclusive Academic Conversation
08.27   Injuries and the Health of the Public
In Conversation With
‘I Was Overwhelmed But Committed in That Moment’
Alumna Tracy M. Layne on prostate cancer disparities and receiving inaugural NIH William G. Coleman Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award.
PH in 30
‘They Have Become a Part of History’
At viewing of AIDS Memorial Quilt, activists Nancy Norman and Andrew Fullem reflect on memorial's resonance and its shifting meaning today.
Life Expectancy Trends Tied to 2016 Voting Choices
Counties where life expectancy stagnated or declined saw nearly 10 percentage point increase in Republican vote share between 2008 and 2016 presidential elections.
Student Life
Losing, and Winning, with the Inglorious Batters
In its debut, SPH’s hapless but lovable rookie softball team learns what “that long thing” is, laughs off confusion about rules—and stats aside, racks up winning season.
Evidence of CTE Found in Brains of Deceased Football Players
Only way to definitively diagnose CTE is through brain autopsy, which makes it “extraordinarily challenging.”
Health of More Than Half of US Adults Affected by Obesity
National surveillance of obesity epidemic underestimates impact on population health, suggesting effects may be even more pervasive than previously understood.
School News
Professor Receives Award for Overdose App
Abby Rudolph is developing prototype for overdose prevention mobile app, with support from a BU Digital Health Initiative research award.
Recently at SPH
‘It Wasn't Disease. It Was Fear.’
At Dean's Seminar, AIDS activists spoke about early days of crisis, conditions that gave rise to ignorance and bigotry, and problems that persist today in eradicating disease.
In the Media
Pending Trump Immigration Action Could Pressure Hill to Act — quotes alumnus Ali Noorani.
Washington Post
This Is the Only Safe Way to Treat Opioid Users — opinion by Michael Stein, chair of health law, policy & management.
New York Times
The Long-Term Health Consequences of Hurricane Harvey — opinion co-authored by Austin Frakt, associate professor of health law, policy & management.
Boston Globe
Hate Is Ruining Our Nation’s Health — opinion by Dean Sandro Galea.
The Lancet
President of Zambia Declares HIV Testing Mandatory — quotes Sydney Rosen, research professor of global health.
US News & World Report
Doctors Still Overprescribing Opioids in US — quotes Karen Lasser, associate professor of community health sciences.
Popular Science
Chemicals Lurking in Household Dust May Prime Cells to Store Fat — quotes Jennifer Schlezinger, associate professor of environmental health.
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Introducing the New Activist Lab Website
Updated design focuses on three areas of advocacy—guns, urban solutions, and workforce—and offers new ways for students to get involved.
PHX Launches New Podcast
PHX recently launched the "Free Associations" podcast hosted by Professors Matt Fox, Christopher Gill, and Don Thea. The podcast hopes to help listeners sort through competing claims and look beyond those dramatic headlines to the actual medical research behind them.
Un-Selling Sugary Drinks
by Thomas Farley, Commissioner of Health, Department of Public Health, City of Philadelphia
Public health programs combatting obesity have mostly avoided paid counter-advertising. Why can’t the techniques of marketing un-sell soda?
Looking Ahead
PUBLIC HEALTH FORUM—Using Epidemiology to Study Policy as Well as to Inform It
Wednesday, October 11, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
Think. Teach. Do. Showcase
Thursday, October 12, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Room 305, Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life, 610 Commonwealth Avenue.
Tuesday, October 17, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
PUBLIC HEALTH FORUM–Opioids and the Masses: Early Lessons from the Epidemic
Wednesday, November 1, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
Alumni Reception at the Annual APHA Meeting
Monday, November 6, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, One CNN Center, Atlanta.
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