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.
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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.
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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.
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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.