I am pleased to welcome our full community back for an exciting new semester. To our new students, faculty, and staff, a very warm welcome to Brown and the vibrant community that is our School of Public Health.
Dr. Ira Wilson will be assuming a new role as the associate provost for academic space in the office of the Provost, after years of dedicated service as the Chair of the Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice (HSPP) at the School of Public Health.
This fall marks ten years since Brown’s Corporation voted to unite the University’s impactful public health programs into a unified School of Public Health. It’s an important milestone for our school, and one that builds on over 100 years of public health leadership at Brown.
A pioneer in global public health for more than 35 years, Dr. Seth Berkley has been a champion of equitable access to vaccines and of innovation, and a driving force to improve the way the world prevents and responds to infectious disease. A medical doctor and infectious disease epidemiologist, Dr. Berkley joined Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance as its CEO in August 2011.
A conversation with Dr. James Gavin, clinical professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and Principal, J.R. Gavin & Associates, LLC. He also serves as Chief Medical Officer of Healing Our Village, Inc. He served as President and CEO of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.
I am tremendously excited to work with you, to deepen and build new partnerships and coalitions, to create and iterate with you as we transform how the world teaches, studies, and practices public health.
Dr. Sapna Desai is a public health researcher and practitioner based at the Population Council in New Delhi, India, where she focuses on women’s health, community-based interventions and health systems.
As a key advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recommended booster shots for those who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown School of Public Health, spoke with Noubar Afeyan, CEO of Flagship Pioneering, the company that created and nurtured Moderna, as part of the Dean’s conversation series.
Dean Ashish K. Jha was joined for a conversation with Dr. Zeynep Tüfekçi, McColl Term Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science, and Contributing opinion writer at The Atlantic and The New York Times. They discuss what we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, how we’re still learning (and not learning) lessons, and how we do better in future health crises.