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Mailman School Welcomes New Leaders! 
Ursula M. Staudinger, PhD, a distinguished scholar and academic leader in the field of lifespan and aging research, recently joined the Mailman School of Public Health as the founding director of a new Aging Center at Columbia and professor of Sociomedical Sciences. Dr. Staudinger has demonstrated a compelling vision for the enhancement of aging research at the Mailman School as well as Columbia University at large, and to further strengthening the impact of that research in civil society and politics. Most important, she is dedicated to preserving and enriching the academic excellence of interdisciplinary aging research and its impact in higher education. With this appointment, the legacy of Robert N. Butler and the International Longevity Center (ILC) will find a new home and a prosperous future. The ILC and its international partner, International Longevity Center Global Alliance, will form an important part of the Center.

Dr. Staudinger comes to the Mailman School from Germany, where she was the founding Dean of the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development at Jacobs University Bremen. Since 2003, she has directed this interdisciplinary research center focusing on the investigation of productive aging with a focus on education and the labor market. Under her leadership, six faculty members ranging from the neurosciences, human performance, psychology, and sociology to business administration and political science have been working together to decipher the potential of human aging.

To read more about Dr. Staudinger's appointment, please click here:

Heather Krasna, MS, was recently appointed as director of the Office of Career Services. Heather is a renowned career coach, author and speaker who has helped over 7,000 clients find jobs. As a career coach, her clients have included senior executives, college students and PhDs, among others. Her book, Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service, is among the best selling career books on Similarly, she has contributed articles for leading industry websites such as AOL Careers, Monster/HotJobs, QuintCareers, and The Ladders. Her vast experience with NGOs, nonprofits, corporate social responsibility and role as Director of Candidate Services for a nationally known nonprofit executive search firm, will be of great benefit to Mailman School students and alumni.

To read more about Heather's work, please visit her website.

Fifth Annual Alumni Summit for Public Health Leadership
Mailman School alumni and friends gathered at Columbia University's Italian Academy for the 5th Annual Alumni Summit on June 13. The program began with a compelling panel discussion on Incarceration Prevention, and the public health implications of incarceration on individuals and communities. The panel was comprised of faculty members from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Amanda Gellar, PhD, Diana Hernandez, PhD, and Samuel Roberts, PhD as well as David Cloud, MPH '13, a Program Associate with the Vera Institute of Justice and Chelsea Davis, MPH '12, who serves as a program coordinator for the Initiative on Mass Incarceration and Public Health at the Mailman School. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Lisa Metsch, Chair of the Sociomedical Sciences department.

The evening culminated in the presentation of the Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award for Excellence to Ilise Zimmerman, MPH ’79, MS ’79. Ms. Zimmerman is the Co-Executive Director of the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey. Ms. Zimmerman is recognized for her commitment to improving the health of medically underserved women and children for over 20 years, conducting ground-breaking research on black infant mortality rates and leading efforts to eliminate racial disparities in healthcare services. The alumni community is pleased to honor Ms. Zimmerman for advancing the vision of the late Dean Allan Rosenfield.

World Economic Forum Global Fellows Receive One-Day Course on Public Health
For the second year in a row, Dean Linda P. Fried hosted the prestigious Global Leadership Fellows to a one day seminar on the insterection of climate change and public health. As part of the three-year Master's program offered through the World Economic Forum, the Global Leadership Fellows receive a one day course introduction to public health with this year's focus being climate change, urbanisn, and health.

Dean Fried's welcoming remarks focused on New York City as an excellent case study for positively combatting the effects of climate change with the wide implementation of bike lanes and hybrid taxis under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. According to Dean Fried, these changes will provide positive health benefits across all population demographics. The day proceeded with a series of lectures designed to provide an overview of the Mailman School of Public Health's main scholarly initiatives. Professors Lynn Freedman and Y. Claire Wang presented on urban slums and obesity policy, respectively. Furthermore, the scholars participated in a group exercise to envision multi-sectoral solutions that took into account the needs of children and the elderly.

For more information on this seminar and to view photos from this event, please click here.




Get Involved 

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition
November 2-6, 2013
Boston, MA

Join your fellow public health professionals at the American Public Health Association's 141st Annual Meeting & Exposition. The APHA meeting will take place at the  Boston Convention and Exhibition Center with additional sessions at the Westin Boston Waterfront. This year's title is, Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World and aims to adress current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health. In conjunction with the APHA's convention, the Mailman School of Public Health will host the annual Alumni and Friends Reception on Monday, November 4th from 7-9 pm at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

Please visit the APHA's website for registration information, preliminary program, and highlights from prior annual meetings.

Leadership Opportunities for Alumni 
Are you looking to get involved as a volunteer and leader at the Mailman School? We have many opportunities for graduates to share their expertise, connect with their classmates and current students, and become more connected with the school. Opportunities include:

Join the Alumni Association Board – We are currently seeking new members of the Alumni Association Board and its four committees: Mentoring, Nominating, Special Events and Development.

Become a Cyber Ambassador – Are you a technology super user? Do you keep in touch with people from your time at Columbia?  As a Cyber Ambassador, you can help us share news, publicize events, and spread important messages online. 

Serve as a Mentor – Our students are eager to hear from seasoned graduates.  If you would be interested in speaking at events, building connections with current students, and sharing your insights and expertise, we would love to hear from you.

If you are interested in any of these volunteering opportunities, please contact Brintha Jeyalingam at for more information.

Office of Career Services 

•Is your organization hiring staff or interns? Don’t forget to post to Mailman School eRecruiting at

•If you would like to attend our fall career fair as an employer, please contact Elizabeth Sung at or visit for details.

•Consider joining the Mailman School’s LinkedIn group, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, to connect with other alums and students.











Speed Networking
September 25, 6:00-8:00pm
Bard Hall, 50 Haven Avenue, New York, NY

Join us for an evening of “speed networking” where you can meet students in small rotating groups to discuss your career, work experiences, and public health issues. You may meet a long-term protégée, or start conversations with future colleagues! This event is part of our Mentoring Program, which will hold similar events throughout the academic year.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Brintha Jeyalingam at

Columbia University Club of D.C.
Worldwide Networking Event with Michael S. Sparer, JD, PhD
September 26, 6:00-8:00pm
The Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, Washington D.C.
Cost: $25.00 per person for Members and $35.00 for Non Members
Hors D’oeuvres and Cash Bar

Join Columbia DC in Welcoming Michael S. Sparer, JD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy & Management, Mailman School of Public Health as he presents on the topic of the Affordable Care Act.

The nation is in the midst of a fierce and partisan debate over the future of the health care system. Professor Sparer will discuss the recently enacted federal legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What does the ACA mean for all Americans? What can we expect to see as the law unfolds? What are the real pros and cons of the ACA as it stands and how might it be better? How does the ACA fit with underlying market-based changes in the healthcare system?  Dr. Sparer will speak to us about his perspective followed with time for questions and answers.

For more information on the Columbia University Club of D.C., please visit their website.

Alumni of Color Reunion and Networking Reception
October 9, 2013, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
722 West 168th Street, New York, NY, Mailman Auditorium

Organized by the Black and Latino Student Caucus (BLSC), the event will feature a panel discussion and networking reception with refreshments.  The BLSC hopes to establish a sustainable network that will allow alumni of color to remain connected with each other and with the initiatives taking place at the Mailman School. All alumni and students are welcome to attend.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Brintha Jeyalingam at

Columbia University Giving Day
October 23, All Day

Last October, Columbia alumni, parents, students, and friends around the world came together to raise more than $6.8 million. On October 23, 2013, you can do your part. Join Columbians around the globe for 24 hours of linking in, giving back, live events, and winning matching funds for your favorite school or program.

To learn more about Giving Day, please click here.

APHA Alumni and Friends Reception
November 4, 7:00-9:00 pm
Westin Boston Waterfront

Please join us for a cocktail reception in conjunction with the American Public Health Association's 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition held in Boston. A formal invitation will be sent in a few weeks.

Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health: 2013-2014 Series

US Healthcare Gaps
Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH, Director, Virginia Commonwealth University
September 18, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Alumni Auditorium, 650 W. 168th Street, New York City

Dean's Seminar on Chronic Disease

Strengthening Synergies in Chronic Disease Scholarship: Medicine & Public Health
Lee Goldman, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, Columbia University
Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health, Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Mailman School of Public Health

September 16, 11:30am-1:00pm
Allan Rosenfield Building, 8th Floor Auditorium

Costs, Benefits and the Chronic Disease Burden: Real-World Considerations Beyond the Short Run
Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, Director, Engleberg Center for Health Care Reform; The Brookings Institution

October 3, 11:30am-1:00pm
Hess Commons

Global Perspectives in Chronic Disease: Toward Innovative Research and Interventions
Ilona Kickbush, PhD, Director, Global Health Programme, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, and Director of ICAP; Mailman School of Public Health

November 7, 11:30-1:00pm
Allan Rosenfield Building, 8th Floor Auditorium












Alumni Highlights 

Andrew Chen Coordinates Disaster Relief efforts for New Jersey during Hurricane Sandy
Andrew Chen, MPH '98 had the honor to serve as the Federal Public Health and Medical Official for New Jersey during Superstorm Sandy.  In that role, he was responsible for working with NJ Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd EMPH, '04 to coordinate all disaster healthcare provided to New Jersey residents as part of the Federal response to this historic weather event.

Ronald Teichman, MD, MPH '98 Honored for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Literature

Dr. Ronald Teichman, MD, MPH '98, was honored by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine with the 2013 Kammer Merit in Authorship Award. This award annually recognizes the most outstanding contribution published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM). Dr. Teichman contributed as Guest Editor to the magazine's June 2012 issue on "Health Effects of Deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq." The issue focused on a wide range of health issues affecting returning veterans of these conflicts.

Dr. Teichman is the President/Owner of Teichman Occupational Health Associates, Inc. in West Orange, NJ. He has served as Associate Director for Clinical Services, Education, and Risk Communication for the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center at the VA Medical Center in East Orange, NJ. He received his MD from New York Medical College and his MPH From the Mailman School of Public Health. He is certified by the American Board of Preventative Medicine in occupational medicine and is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Click here to read the press release.

DC Mailman Alumni Board Established
With the efforts of a group of dedicated volunteers, a DC Mailman Alumni Board has been founded to provide a platform where Mailman School alumni can easily connect and share best practices. This will be a useful forum for sharing news and events of interest, socializing, and most of all, developing a fun supportive community of Mailman School alumni in DC. The DC Mailman Alumni Board is comprised of alumni from the classes of 2010-2012. 

If you are an alumnus/a near the Washington DC metro-area and would like to get involved, please email Krystin Burnette, MPH '11 who serves as the DC Mailman Alumni Chair and Liaison at


Support the School 
A Fund for Public Health Leadership Scholar wants to thank YOU:
“The continuous generosity of the alumni towards the Fund for Public Health Leadership has provided me with numerous opportunities for developing my academic, professional, and personal skills.” - Randy Subramany, Healthcare Management, Class of 2014

Please consider making a gift today – your gift will not only help a Mailman School student now, it will also help usher in generations of public health leaders in our communities and around the world. To make a gift online, please visit

A Message from Alumni of the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences
In 2000, alumni from the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences joined the Mailman School of Public Health Alumni Association. Their alumni wish to leave a permanent remembrance of the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Columbia University. Toward this end, a plaque will be placed in a well traveled area of the 10th floor at the Allan Rosenfield Building. In return, they have agreed to make a $50,000 contribution to the Pharmacy Scholarship Fund. The Fund awards need-based scholarship aid to public health students wishing to pursue a career in pharmaceutical sciences. Please support this lasting tribute to the college.

To make a contribution, please make checks payable to "Columbia University" and write Pharmacy Scholarship Fund on your remittance and mail to: Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 722 West 168th Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10032.


Contact Us 

Tell Us What You're Up to
We would love to hear from you—If you let us know about your accomplishments and life milestones, we would love to celebrate them and share your news in our newsletter. Whether it is a new job, a new book, an award or a new family member, let us know! 

Meet Arianne Andrusco, our new Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

This spring, Arianne Andrusco became the new Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at the Mailman School of Public Health.  Before joining the school, Arianne served as the Manager of Annual Giving at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where she worked with donors and patients to raise unrestricted funds for the Hospital.  She has also held development positions at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY and at Union College in Schenectady, NY.  She has over fifteen years of advancement experience focused on fundraising and building relationships with alumni and friends.   

Arianne is highly excited to be here at Mailman.  “I believe this is a pivotal time in the history of Public Health, and I am grateful to be a part of it.  Our Mailman School graduates are engaged in important work, changing countless lives in this country and across the globe, and I am thrilled to celebrate their accomplishments.”  She will be tasked with overseeing alumni outreach efforts, working with the Alumni Board and raising money for student scholarships through the Fund for Public Health Leadership.

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