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G R A D U A T E P R O G R A M I N P U B L I C H E A LT H SPRING 2014 Issue The Director’s Column Dr. Nils Hennig, Program Director an environment of exploration and innovative thought, with the aim of inspiring meaningful and positive change in our local and global communities. The Mount Sinai Achievement Ceremony is held on May 8. Several of our outstanding students and graduates will be honored: Angela Dobes will receive the Excellence in Public Health Practice award; Himali Weerahandi will receive the Master of Public Health Outstanding Thesis Award; Nathan Raines will receive the George James Epidemiology Award; and Angela Dobes, Sarah Evans, Caitlin O’Brien and Himali Weerahandi will be inducted to the Beta Omicron Chapter of Delta Omega Society. Congratulations to all of you! Welcome to the second issue of the Graduate Program in Public Health newsletter! After a long, cold and snowy winter there are some exciting developments for the program this spring: The program hosted its first Alumni Night ever on April 11. It was the last of a couple of events of the program during National Public Health Week. It was fantastic to see graduates of the program, listen to what they are doing now, and give our current students a chance to mingle and network with graduates of the program. The Annual Alumni Night should become a standing event each year during National Public Health Week and I encourage all alumni to attend. Mount Sinai should be a second home to all of you! On April 26, the Graduate Program in Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is sponsoring together with the Arnhold Global Health Institute, the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Associated Medical Schools of New York the 12th Annual Global Health Conference at Mount Sinai. This year’s title is Realizing Rights for Women and Girls: Creating a Healthier World. This important event spotlights the complex interactions between health and human rights for women and girls, and explores topics ranging from gender-based violence, trafficking, and human rights violations in the context of war and asylum, to women’s access to education, legal systems and economic participation. It is a burning public health issue, and addressing these challenges will lead to a healthier world for women, girls, but also everyone. A diverse and accomplished array of speakers and participants will provide And finally on Friday May 9 is Commencement. This year’s commencement speaker will be Samantha Power, the current United States Ambassador to the United Nations and author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. Her work has greatly increased public awareness of genocide and human rights abuses, and her appearance and talk should inspire an interesting debate on these topics. Forty-three of our students will graduate. They should be proud of what they have achieved at Mount Sinai and I am confident about the role they will play in advancing public health and serving the community. I will quote Steve Jobs for parting advice to this year’s graduates: “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

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