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Virus Hunter Ian Lipkin Profiled by New York Times
On a typical day, Dr. W. Ian Lipkin prowls his "empire of viruses," where scientists are untangling 139 viral mysteries. Since 2002, he and his team of researchers have identified at least 400 viruses using the latest molecular tools, including some of their own invention.

Thus does New York Times reporter Carl Zimmer describe the work of Dr. Lipkin, director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at the Mailman School. Among Dr. Lipkin's claims to fame is identifying that the West Nile virus was the cause of illness that broke out in New York City in 1999. 
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Featured Alumni Events
CAA Atlanta Club hosts Dean Linda Fried
"Longer Lives in an Aging Society: Needs, Opportunities, and Win-Wins"
Tuesday, December 7,  6:00 p.m.
City Club of Buckhead
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 1850, Atlanta, GA
The Columbia Club of Atlanta is pleased to host Dean Linda P. Fried at its holiday reception and program. Dr. Fried will explore the critical role of a university in developing the knowledge and evidence-based institutions and practices needed to ensure that an increasing older population will be a win-win for all.
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Executive MPH 20th Anniversary Celebration
Networking Reception and Program hosted by Dean Linda Fried
Thursday, December 9, 6:00 p.m.
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY
Reconnect with fellow EMPH alumni and faculty at this two-day celebration featuring capstone seminars, lunch and a cocktail reception.
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Dr. David Rosner in Chicago
Thursday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.
Union League of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL

Join the Columbia Club of Chicago for a fascinating talk by David Rosner, Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and History at Columbia University. Professor Rosner will discuss how social attitudes and public health have responded to epidemic disease and social dislocation over the past three centuries.  
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Recent Alumni Holiday Party and Toy Drive
Friday, December 10, 9:00–11:00 p.m.
Bowlmor Lanes
110 University Place, New York, NY
Please join recent graduates for charity, bowling, dancing, music, games, snacks and two hours of premium open bar.
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Dr. Ursula Bauer, PhD, MPH'89 (pictured) received the David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health at this year's APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver. Dr. Bauer received this award for her leadership, vision and direction in chronic disease prevention. She is the Director of the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, a position she assumed in January 2010. Prior to that, she was Director of the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention in the New York State Department of Health. She received her MPH in Population and Family Health from the Mailman School and her PhD in Epidemiology from Yale University. 

Dr. Lyndon Haviland, MPH'93, DrPH'99 is the recipient of this year's APHA Executive Director Citation in recognition of her extraordinary support and service to APHA. Dr. Haviland serves on APHA's Executive Board and is a consultant in strategic philanthropy, public health communications, brand marketing and applied research. She is a Senior Health Fellow of Aspen Global Health and Development at the Aspen Institute, and recently helped launch the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health. From 2002 to 2004, she served as Chief Operating Officer of the American Legacy Foundation and helped build public-private partnerships to support a national grassroots movement against tobacco use. She received her MPH and DrPH from the Mailman School.

Stay connected with fellow alumni by submitting a class note via e-mail to msphalum@columbia.edu. Submissions should be fewer than 150 words.

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MPH Curriculum Renewal
Earlier this year, Dean Linda Fried announced a new initiative to examine and renew the School's MPH curriculum. Shortly thereafter, a task force, chaired by Dr. Sandro Galea, and comprised of faculty, staff and students was formed. The task force is focused on setting goals for an innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum that will prepare students to play a leadership role in public health in the coming decades. 

Debuting in 2012, the new MPH curriculum will balance our rich tradition of world-class teaching with new content and cutting-edge methods for assessing and improving public health. More>>

Want to learn more and join the discussion? Contact msphalum@columbia.edu.

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Meet Chioma Ihunnah
Candidate for Master of Public Health,
Department of Health Policy and Management
Fund for Public Health Leadership Scholar 2010 -2011

After graduating from Princeton University, I gained extensive experience in public service through a year-long fellowship at Access Community Health Network, the largest private primary health care provider to the underserved in Chicago. It was there that I saw physicians serving not only as clinicians, but also influencing policy in their organizations and in their communities. This experience made me realize that my own dream was to be both a great physician and an advocate for underserved patients. To that end, I am currently pursuing both my MPH at the Mailman School and my MD at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where I am in my fourth year. As a graduate student, I take great pride working as a health educator at the Columbia Student Medical Outreach (CoSMO), which provides free, high-quality primary health care to the uninsured population of Washington Heights while promoting community empowerment through outreach and educational efforts.

Through the generous assistance of the Fund for Public Health Leadership, I am privileged to learn from great scholars, exchange ideas with ambitious peers and develop the practical skills necessary to shape policy. Your support makes this possible, and I hope that others after me will be given the same opportunity.

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