Boston University School of Public Health's latest news, upcoming events, and announcements.

SPH This Week

September 16, 2018
Upcoming Signature Programs
Impostor Syndrome: Why Capable People Suffer and How to Thrive in Spite of It
Sep 18
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Bakst Auditorium, 72 East Concord Street, Boston
Alumni Weekend Think. Teach. Do. Showcase
Sep 21
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street, Boston
Think. Teach. Do.
For the Health of All
Black Women’s Lupus Risk Increases with Smoking, Decreases with Moderate Drinking
Consistent with research on white and Asian women, black women’s risk of lupus increased with increased smoking, while drinking four or more alcoholic drinks per week associated with 57 percent decrease in lupus risk.
Dean's Note
Building Cities That Bounce Back
In the age of climate change, it has never been more important to create resilient cities by merging the insights of urban design and public health.
Home Plays Bigger Role Than Neighborhood or School in Teens’ Sugary Drink Consumption
Adolescents with more frequent availability of sugar-sweetened beverages at home are far more likely to be heavy daily consumers of sugar-sweetened beverages than peers who never had access to sugary drinks at home.
School News
Bridging the Chasms in Maternal Health
At conference on July 16 and 17, patients, advocates, researchers, and care providers used storytelling and improvisation to take on gaps in maternal health before, during, and after giving birth.
Contact Sports Associated with Lewy Body Disease
Athletes who play contact sports associated with repetitive head impacts, such as football and ice hockey, may be at increased risk for Lewy body disease, which can cause Parkinson’s.
Alumni News
Alumna Named Editor-in-Chief of American Thyroid Association’s Clinical Journal
Angela Leung will lead association’s monthly journal, Clinical Thyroidology.
‘To Stop Feeling Like an Imposter, You Have to Stop Thinking Like an Imposter’
Ahead of September 18 Diversity and Inclusion Seminar, speaker Valerie Young on prevalence of imposter syndrome, academia’s effects on self-esteem, and ways to alleviate unnecessary self-doubt.
Scenes from SPH
SPH Snapshot: September 10-14, 2018
Scenes from the week on campus, from a Diversity and Inclusion Seminar to a student organization fair.
Recently at SPH
'Our Work Can't End with Trans Rights'
At Diversity and Inclusion Seminar, panelists discussed November ballot effort to repeal MA's transgender rights law, dangers of complacency, and why trans rights are human rights.
In the Media
New Study Finds Traces of Lead in Boston-Area Chickens — quotes Jessica Leibler, assistant professor of environmental health.
Popular Science
Remember When a Glass of Wine a Day Was Good for You? Here’s Why That Changed. — quotes Timothy Naimi, professor of community health sciences.
Boston Globe
Study Finds 1 in 5 College Students Reported Thoughts of Suicide — quotes Sarah Lipson, assistant professor of health law, policy & management.
New York Times
What the Experts Want Us to Know About Public Health — article by Austin Frakt, associate professor of health law, policy & management; quotes Dean Sandro Galea.
Memphis Business Journal
How AI Predicted Memphis’ Obesity Rate with Satellites Instead of Scales — quotes Elaine Okanyene Nsoesie, assistant professor of global health.
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Last Chance for Water Squad
September is speeding by, and so is your opportunity to participate in Water Squad. It only takes about 30 minutes to build community and spread kindness on Albany Street. Sign up before it’s too late.
It’s Dangerous to Confuse Sex Work and Trafficking
A new law designed to thwart online sex trafficking shut down sites like and Craigslist personal ads. Sex workers say the legislation increases the dangers they face.
Upcoming Webinar: Why Should We Care About Urban Hospital Closings?
Join us on Wednesday, October 10, at noon for a free, one-hour webinar on hospital closings and the consequences in access, cost, and quality of care with Professor Alan Sager. Register now.
Looking Ahead
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SEMINAR–Impostor Syndrome: Why Capable People Suffer and How to Thrive in Spite of It
Tuesday, September 18, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Bakst Auditorium.
Alumni Weekend Think. Teach. Do. Showcase
Friday, September 21, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
School Assembly for Faculty & Staff
Tuesday, September 25, 8:45 am – 10:50 am, Hiebert Lounge.
Unconscious Bias Workshop
Friday, September 28, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 670 Albany Auditorium.
DEAN'S SYMPOSIUM—Private-Sector Collaborations with Academic Public Health: Opportunities and Challenges
Tuesday, October 2, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
SPH READS–Evicted: Poverty, Housing Insecurity, and the Changing Urban Landscape
Tuesday, October 9, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
PUBLIC HEALTH FORUM–Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community
Wednesday, October 10, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
Faculty Breakfast with the Dean
Wednesday, October 10, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Crosstown Room 305.
DEAN'S SYMPOSIUM—Third Annual Population Health Science Research Workshop
Friday, October 12, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
DEAN'S SYMPOSIUM—Humanities Approaches to the Opioid Crisis
Friday, October 12 – Saturday, October 13, CRC.
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