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9/11 + 10: Science, Policy, and Public Health: Looking Ahead to the Next Ten Years
Thursday, September 8, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Columbia University Morningside Campus
Low Library Rotunda

Please join us for a conference marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks featuring prominent academics, policy makers, journalists, and health professionals. What have we learned, and what do we stand to learn about how catastrophic events affect the health of adults and children? The meeting aims to look forward, and set public health and policy goals for the field over the next decade.

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Recap: Third Annual Alumni Summit for Public Health Leadership
Over 175 Mailman School alumni gathered for the School’s 3rd Annual Alumni Summit on June 16. The program focused on HIV/AIDS, marking the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the onset of this epidemic in the U.S. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, MD, MPH ’92, moderated a discussion with distinguished alumni Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, MS ’89, Salim S. Abdool Karim, MD, PhD, MS ’89, Monica Sweeney, MD, MPH '92 and Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH ’91.

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Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health, Seminar Series on Pandemic Threats
Every Thursday through August 11, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative Lecture Series
Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive

The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative is a research program that employs historical analysis to confront present and future problems in world politics. Each summer, invited experts and select undergraduate and graduate students gather at Columbia University for 12 weeks of intensive study, independent research, and collaborative writing on a critical issue in international affairs. This year's topic is the history and future of pandemic threats and global public health.

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  Get Involved 

ASPH Needs Your Help!
ASPH is working with the Career Services Council to develop a web-based tool that will attract prospective students to the diverse array of public health careers. We invite you to complete this brief job survey. All results will be published on an anonymous basis.

Please click here to complete the survey.

IvyLife-Columbia Networking Events
Stay connected with networking breakfasts and evening events each month through the IvyLife-Columbia Group. IvyLife-Columbia is a LinkedIn group alumni can join to attend ivy league networking events around NYC and worldwide.

Visit the LinkedIn group here.


  Alumni Resources 

Webinar: Create a Compelling Marketing Campaign: Your Resume, Cover Letter, Pitch and Online Profile
Tuesday, September 27, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hosted by the Center for Career Education at Columbia University
Featuring: Connie Thanasoulis, Co-founder of SixFigureStart

Your marketing campaign must be compelling, because it introduces you to future employers and positions you for success. Join us for this webinar to discuss the four distinct tools that will help you get to where you want to go, including your resume, cover letter, online profile and networking pitch.

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Sixth Annual Columbia Alumni Association Picnic
Sunday, July 31, 1:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.
Columbia University Morningside Campus, South Lawn

Join the Columbia Alumni Association, fellow alumni, families, and guests on campus for the Sixth Annual CAA Picnic. Enjoy barbeque and beverages (beer and wine, too!) at a fun-filled day with activities for adults and children of all ages.

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Café Science: The Genesis Project: From Forming Stars to Forming Life (with astrophysicist Daniel Wolf Savin, CC’86)
Monday, August 8, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
PicNic Café, 2665 Broadway (between 101st and 102nd)

Cafe Science is a series of informal discussions about some of the most pressing scientific questions of our day, led by Columbia University's foremost scientists. $10 cover includes 1 drink, no RSVP necessary.

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Fourth Annual Columbia Alumni Association at the U.S. Open
Wednesday, August 31, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Hospitality Pavilion - Indoor Training Facility
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Attend two second-round matches at the US Open after you enjoy food and drinks with fellow alumni at CAA's on-site hospitality area. The hospitality area is open from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tennis action begins at 7:00 p.m. Ticket availability is limited.

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  Alumni Highlights 


Mary O'Dowd, MPH '04
Mary O'Dowd was nominated by Governor Chris Christie and sworn in this past June to serve as the New Jersey State's health commissioner. Prior to her nomination, she served as New Jersey's Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services.

As Deputy Commissioner, she oversaw the areas of healthcare financing, health facilities evaluation and licensing, senior benefits and utilization management and aging and community services. Despite the fiscal crisis facing the State of New Jersey, she led the effort to secure an $85 million increase in Charity Care funding for fiscal year 2011 as well as ensuring that funding for prescription drug assistance programs for New Jersey seniors was not reduced. Ms. O'Dowd is a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University and received her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health.

Ariel Pablos-Méndez, MD, MPH '92
Ariel Pablos-Méndez was confirmed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this past June for the post of Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID. Dr. Pablos-Méndez was nominated for this position by President Barack Obama in March.

Currently, he serves as the Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation and Professor of Clinical Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University. Since 2007, he has led the Rockefeller Foundation's global health strategy on transformation of health systems in Africa and Asia. From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Pablos-Méndez served as Director of Knowledge Management at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where he established WHO's first eHealth unit. He first joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 1998, spearheading public-private partnerships in R&D for diseases of poverty, the Foundation's strategy on AIDS care in Africa, and the Joint Learning Initiative on Human Resources for Health. Dr. Pablos-Méndez is a Board-certified internist. He received his MD from the University of Guadalajara's School of Medicine and his MPH from the Mailman School.



  Support the School 

Thomas Campbell Jackson, MPH '98, Matches all Spring Semester Gifts to the Fund for Public Health Leadership

The Fund for Public Health Leadership is the Mailman School's primary vehicle for providing students with direct, need-based financial aid. Annual giving from alumni and friends to the Fund helps maintain the School's commitment to recruiting the most promising students from around the world. 

Thomas Campbell Jackson, MPH '98, a member of the Mailman School Board of Overseers and Alumni Board, generously matched all gifts that were made to FPHL during the spring 2011 semester. Under Thomas' leadership, the Fund for Public Health Leadership has surpassed last year's total amount raised and continues to grow.

Thank you to all of our loyal alumni like Thomas who value the importance of a public health education and helped to make the Mailman School experience possible for many students.

You can support FPHL by making a gift today here

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