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Mailman School Welcomes New Leaders! 
DuBois Bowman, PhD, joins the Mailman School of Public Health as the chair of the Department of Biostatistics and professor of Biostatistics. Dr. Bowman succeeds Dr. Roger Vaughan, vice dean for Academic Advancement, who has served as interim chair of Biostatistics. Dr. Bowman hopes to build upon Dr. Vaughan’s inspiring leadership for the past two and a half years, which opened a new and exciting era for the Department of Biostatistics, characterized by substantial innovation and developing the foundations for world leadership by the Department in the analysis and interpretation of complex data in genetics, brain science, clinical trials and simulation science.

Dr. Bowman most recently served as director of the Center for Biomedical Imaging Statistics at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, a center which he founded, and tenured professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. He also served as a faculty member in the Neuroscience Program in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory. In addition
, Dr. Bowman is president of the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society, and an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association.  Dr. Bowman obtained his MS in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his PhD in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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

As of January 21, 2014 the Mailman School of Public Health welcomes Peter Taback, PhD, as chief communications officer. With a record of achievement at the intersection of public health and higher education, Dr. Taback has extensive experience in global health, HIV/AIDS communication, promotion and distillation of research, and community health advocacy.

Prior to joining the Mailman School, Dr. Taback served as vice president of Communications and External Affairs at The New School. In addition to professional and personal interest in public health, Dr. Taback has prior experience in academic settings, both as a teacher and administrator. He holds a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center and has taught English at City College and NYU. In addition to serving as a media relations specialist at NYU earlier in his career, he served as speech writer for two CUNY chancellors while completing his dissertation.

“Dr. Taback comes to the Mailman School at a transformative moment,” says Dean Linda P. Fried. “I am certain his extensive experience will be pivotal in helping the School to raise its profile and the profile of public health worldwide."

To learn more about Dr. Taback, please click here.

APHA Alumni and Friends Reception
As part of the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Meeting and Exposition, the Mailman School of Public Health Office of Alumni Affairs hosted its annual Alumni and Friends Reception on November 4th at the Westin Bostin Waterfront in Boston. A record- breaking 230 alumni, students, faculty and friends gathered to network and celebrate this year's major accomplishments in the field of public health.

2013 Mailman School of Public Health Gala

The Mailman School of Public Health held it's biennial Gala evening on October 29th at The Pierre Hotel in New York. This year's Gala paid tribute to the City of New York for its visionary public health leadership throughout Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration. Former Health Commissioner Thomas Farley accepted the award on behalf of the City. Among the major accomplishments to result throughout the past 12 years: New York City was the first major city to require smoke free restaurants and bars, an astonishing 40% reduction in new HIV diagnoses due to testing and treatment expansions, as well as New York City reaching a record high life expectancy, outpacing the national trend.

With over 300 attendees and over $1.6 million raised towards new public health initiatives at the School, the night was a great success. 

Dean Linda Fried Gives Harvard School of Public Health Inaugural Lecture
Dean Linda P. Fried presented the inaugural lecture at the Harvard School of Public Health’s new Centennial Women Leaders in Public Health series on December 16th. Established to celebrate the School’s Centennial year, the series aims to highlight the important leadership contributions of women in public health.

Dean Fried spoke on the science of resilience and frailty in aging. A leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatrics, Dr. Fried has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging. The lecture serves as a vehicle for academic enrichment at the Harvard School of Public Health, especially for the community of women students, post-doctoral fellows, researchers, and faculty. 

For more information, please click here.



Get Involved 

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition: Call for Abstracts!
November 15-19, 2013
New Orleans, LA 

The American Public Health Association is now accepting abstracts for the 142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition.The theme of this year's conference is Healthography: How Where you Live Affects Your Health and Well-being. Deadlines range from Feb. 10-14 depending on the topic area. You do not need to be a member of APHA to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenting author MUST become an individual member of APHA and register for the meeting.

For information about submitting an abstract, please visit their site.

New York State Public Health Association
2014 Annual Meeting & Conference
April 24-25
Saratoga Springs, NY 

The New York State Public Health Association is holding its 64th Annual Meeting and Conference on April 24-25, 2014 at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York. The Conference is a one of a kind event in NYS where public health professionals from all settings can participate in learning opportunities and skill-building programs; develop a rich networking community; engage in public health activities designed to enhance personal growth and renewal as well as benefit the communities we all serve.

For more information on the conference and how to register, click here.

Still time to Submit a Nomination for the 2014 Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award for Excellence! 
The Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Alumni Association has established the
Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award for Excellence to recognize the achievements of the School’s outstanding alumni. The award is presented annually to an alumnus/a who has made exceptional contributions to the Mailman School community and exhibited distinguished leadership in the field of public health. The deadline for submission is February 14, 2014. The medal will be presented at the Annual Alumni Summit on June 5, 2014.

This award is a testament to Dr. Allan Rosenfield’s legacy of leadership in public health, and for his integrity, courage, and unwavering optimism. To learn more about Dr. Rosenfield’s legacy, please visit our Remembering Allan Rosenfield page online.

Please send an e-mail to to request a nomination form.

Office of Career Services

Seeking Alumni to join DC Spring Break Career Trip
The Office of Career Services is seeking interested alumni based in the Washington DC area to participate in a brand-new initiative: a Spring Break Career Trip to Washington DC for Mailman School students, during the week of March 17-21.

This is the first year the Mailman School is organizing this trip, and is looking for dedicated alumni might be willing to help our students with any or all of the following:

1. Meeting one-on-one with students who have expressed interest in your career or organization.

2. Meeting with a small group of students interested in your organization/employer, and/or to organize a small group tour of your organization’s offices.

3. Offering home hospitality to a graduate student on a budget by allowing a student to stay with you for a few nights.

4. Attending a happy hour event on March 19 from 6-8pm at Shaw's Tavern on 520 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Come mix and mingle with students and fellow alumni.

If any or all of the above seem interesting to you—even if you are not available during March 17-21 but would like to be involved in future events or mentoring students—please take a few minutes to fill out a brief survey.

Hire the Nation's best talent in Public Health! 
If your agency is seeking full-time, part-time or internship candidates with an MPH, MS, PhD or DrPH, contact the Mailman School’s Office of Career Services at or post on our website at

Also, register for our FREE career fair on March 28, 2014, at
And don’t forget to join our growing alumni/student community on LinkedIn at








HPM Healthcare Conference

Columbia Club of New York
10:00am-4:00 pm

April 11th

Alumni registration opens March 14. Visit the HPM website here to register.

2014 HPM Lecture Series
722 West 168th Street, Hess Commons
5:30 pm

February 20th

Linking Health Policy Evidence to Health Policy Practice


Christopher F. Koller; President, Milbank Memorial Fund

Rosenberg Lecture on Healthcare Quality

722 West 168th Street, Hess Commons
5:00 pm

March 20th


Bruce C. Vladeck, PhD; Senior Advisor, Nexera, Inc.


Mailman School of Public Health Commencement
 May 20, 2014

6th Annual Alumni Summit
June 5, 2014
The Italian Academy














Alumni Highlights 

Mailman School Alumna Jessica Alexander's Memoir, "Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid" draws Advance Praise
In her recently published memoir, Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid, Jessica Alexander, MPH '05, chronicles her experiences in some of the world's most disaster ravaged countries, including Rwanda after the 1994 genocide, Sierra Leone, as well as both South Asia and Haiti's devastating tsunami and earthquakes, respectively. Chasing Chaos describes Alexander's challenging encounters with corruption and inefficiency as well as the resiliency and perseverance that came along with her decade long experience in the field of humanitarian work.

Alexander is currently an adjunct professor at the Mailman School of Public Health, The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University, and the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with a research focus on accountability in humanitarian action.

To learn more about Jessica Alexander, please click here. 

Mariana Cotlear Named Marketing Strategist for Chipotle in New York
Mariana Cotlear, MPH '11, a panelist at our 2012 Alumni Summit on Obesity, was named marketing strategist for Chipotle in New York. In this role, she will be responsible for managing Chipotle's partnerships, events, and in-store marketing for over 100 restaurants in the New York metro area. Chipotle is unique among fast food chains, with its commitment to using whole ingredients, fresh vegetables, and sustainably raised meats.

Cotlear has devoted her career to healthy food advocacy and sustainability. Currently, she
advises chefs and sustainable food companies on brand, messaging, and how to connect with and grow the community of people who care about food.

To learn more about Mariana's work, please visit her website.


Dennis Fowler, Announced as Director of Clinical Affairs at Titan Medical, Inc.
Dr. Dennis Fowler, MPH '08, accepted the position of Director of Clinical Affairs at Titan Medical, Inc. In this role, Dr. Fowler will be responsible for clinical affairs and implement a new regulatory approval process plan, including its pre-clinical and testing strategy. Titan Medical Inc, is a Canadian company which focuses on the the design and development of a robotic surgical system for application in minimally invasive surgery. Prior to accepting this position, Dr. Fowler was a consultant to Titan Medical, and a co-inventors of SPORT surgical system, which is a single-incision insertable robot platform technology to be used in Titan's surgical system. 

Dr. Fowler is considered an innovator and leader in the field of of minimally invasive surgery techniques in the operating room. Currently, he is the Gerald and Janet Carrus Professor of Surgical Science and Director of the Center for Innovation and Outcomes Research in The Department of Surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

To read about Dr. Fowler's appointment, please click here.

Soyoung Hwang Co-creates Social Networking Platform for Patients

Soyoung Hwang, MPH '13, along with Dr. Lyle Dennis, Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at The Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Medical Center, co-founded
HealthKeep, a modern social networking platform similar to Facebook and Twitter for patient engagement. HealthKeep allows user to anonymously share their health experiences and read others' health experiences. Members receive a stream of new experiences and real-time personalized updates.

To learn more about HealthKeep, please click here.

Mailman School Alumni Board Welcomes Nine New Members! 
After putting out a call for applications, the Office of Alumni Relations received over 50 inquiries and 26 applications. After review by the Alumni Board Nominating Committee, the following nine members were voted in at the November 12 meeting: Alison Boyle, MPH '07, Carlos Cuevas, MPH '12, Megan Leese, MPH '07, Nancy McGee, MPH '08, Jessie Schutt-Aine, MPH '94, Elena Tobin, MPH '07, Sunny Uppal, MPH '10, Anette Wu, MPH '08, and Lydia Zablotska, MD, PhD '03. These candidates represent a wide-range of areas within the field of public health as well as geographic location, including Texas, California, Geneva and Canada.





Support the School 

An Update on the Fund for Public Health Leadership
Last year, alumni contributions to the Fund for Public Health Leadership provided scholarship support to 24 top students to come to the Mailman School. They have finished the first semester of the rigorous new core curriculum, and we are pleased to report that they are strong leaders in the class of 2015.  We would like to thank everyone who made a gift to the Fund for Public Health Leadership. You have invested in the future of public health, and changed the lives of these 24 students. 

The applications for next fall are in, and there are XX accomplished applicants who will require scholarship support in order to attend.  If you haven’t yet supported the Fund, we hope you will help us welcome the next generation of Public Health students by making a gift today.  Every dollar (100%) donated goes directly to meet the financial aid of a student on campus in September. To make a gift online, please visit





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