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Post date: Thu, 10/15/2015 - 16:54

As part of Professor Michael Diamond's "GBL HLTH 390: Managing Global Health Challenges" course, several guest lecturers are invited throughout Fall Quarter. Professor Diamond welcomes other members of the Northwestern community that are interested in attending these guest lectures.

Guest Speaker: Evelyn M. Lee

Evelyn M. Lee is a Ph.D. scientist with experience in human resources.

Evelyn received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon completing her Ph.D., she joined Abbott, a globally diversified healthcare company, where she held positions in the Abbott Diagnostics Division (ADD), leading projects through phases of research, development, manufacturing, quality, regulatory, marketing, product launch, and on-market/technical support.

With an interest in gaining a broader business perspective, Evelyn accepted a unique 6-month opportunity in ADD Human Resources, working in the Internal Staffing Center. Evelyn continued to gain business/HR experience through her work in talent acquisition, learning and development, and as an HR generalist. As Manager, University Relations at Abbott and most recently at AbbVie, Evelyn has led university partnership strategies, internship and summer research programs, and the recruitment for internship and entry-level opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate level students across many disciplines.


Currently on sabbatical, Evelyn continues to follow her passion for advancing science by providing students with resources and insights to advance their career interests.


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Post date: Thu, 10/15/2015 - 16:52

As part of Professor Michael Diamond's "GBL HLTH 390: Managing Global Health Challenges" course, several guest lecturers are invited throughout Fall Quarter. Professor Diamond welcomes other members of the Northwestern community that are interested in attending these guest lectures.

Guest Speaker: Jeff Richardson, Vice President, The AbbVie Foundation


Jeff Richardson has been working on HIV and AIDS since 1983 either as a volunteer or professionally in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He has a BA in History, JD in Law and MPA in Public Affairs all from Indiana University. He helped create the first international philanthropic AIDS program for Abbott in early 2000. Later that year He joined the Abbott Fund as a full-time employee as the Vice President. After the recent restructuring of Abbott, Jeff is the vice president of the AbbVie Foundation. The AbbVie Foundation is the philanthropic arm of AbbVie. Jeff is constantly on the road traveling several times a year to Africa and has been an extraordinary advocate for strengthening public health systems. He is known for having coined the phrase; radical incrementalism.


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Post date: Thu, 10/15/2015 - 16:49

As part of Professor Michael Diamond's "GBL HLTH 390: Managing Global Health Challenges" course, several guest lecturers are invited throughout Fall Quarter. Professor Diamond welcomes other members of the Northwestern community that are interested in attending these guest lectures.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Sonja Boone, Chief Medical Officer, Alegis Care


Dr. Boone’s career in medicine began over 25 years ago in order to help one person at a time as a physician, yet she has been inspired through numerous healthcare leadership roles to embrace the added benefit to communities accomplished through driving organizational policy and processes that positively impact the health of populations. Over the past 21 years, she has worked as a clinical staff physician for the Rush Center for Women’s Medicine, as Medical Director for the Women’s Center at Edward Hospital in Naperville, as a Consultant to Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) Executive Team on diverse (Underrepresented Minority-URM) physician recruitment, NMH Director of Diversity & Medical Director of Physician Recruitment, as Director of Physician Health and Healthcare Disparities at the American Medical Association in Chicago, and most recently as Senior Director of Community Based Practices for University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, charged with enhancing community engagement, managing the strategic growth of 13 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), and participating in research to eliminate healthcare disparities. In addition to these duties, she also served as Interim Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Boone has achieved the level of Fellow in the American College of Physicians, is a member of several medical associations and societies, is Faculty in the Department of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Boone has authored multiple articles related to diversity, inclusion and healthcare equity, as well as and written community engagement strategies for various studies at the AMA and UI Health.


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Post date: Thu, 10/15/2015 - 16:45

Mr. Tim Butcher
Best-Selling Author and Award-Winning Journalist

Host: Professor Matthew Glucksberg

Reception to follow after each session
Willens Wing Atrium

“Ebola 2.0 – Lessons from the World’s Most Deadly Haemorrhagic Fever Outbreak”


The scale of the Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is unprecedented both in the number of fatalities and the opportunities it created for the future fight against the disease. Tim Butcher will tell the story of this ominous pathogen: from the time it was first identified by Belgian doctors in 1976 gingerly handling an ice flask of contaminated blood, to outbreaks in the Congo River basin in the 1990s that spawned gory thrillers picked up by Hollywood, to the unexpected jump that saw a child die of Ebola in Guinea 2,000 kms from previous outbreaks and how that child’s death spread across jungle borders into Sierra Leone and Liberia. Tim will touch on the errors made by health practitioners and authorities in the handling of the current outbreak, suggest ways those errors can be avoided in the future and discuss opportunities for medicine going forward from the successful design of an Ebola vaccine to public health programmes to help contain future outbreaks.


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Post date: Thu, 10/15/2015 - 14:23

As part of Professor Michael Diamond's "GBL HLTH 390: Managing Global Health Challenges" course, several guest lecturers are invited throughout Fall Quarter. Professor Diamond welcomes other members of the Northwestern community that are interested in attending these guest lectures.

Guest Speaker: Kim Majewski, Development Director – Midwest Region, Concern Worldwide

Kim Majewski's talk will focus on "Humanitarian Action".

Co-hosted by: Global Health Studies, Northwestern Career Advancement, and the Buffett Institute.

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Post date: Mon, 09/28/2015 - 11:46

GUEST SPEAKER: Rebecca Singer
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières

In many of the countries where Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works, a shocking number of women die each day from preventable deaths. MSF nurse and Chicago resident, Rebecca Singer, will talk about some of the most vital but often neglected areas of women's health, and what still needs to be done to address the medical needs of women and children around the world.

Rebecca Singer will also highlight opportunities available at MSF and will speak more generally about the organization and its mission and vision.

Rebecca Singer is a doctorally prepared nurse with over a decade of experience in humanitarian response and development work. She has spent nearly five years with MSF, providing services to survivors of sexual and family violence in Liberia, Kenya, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, and Papua New Guinea. She also worked with survivors of torture who had immigrated to the United States, ensuring that they had adequate health care. Ms. Singer has worked with several development organizations dedicated to improving coffee farmers' lives, and was the executive director of Coffee Kids until March 2015.

The event is co-hosted by Global Health Studies and the University Academic Advising Center. Dinner will be served.

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Post date: Mon, 09/28/2015 - 11:44

Join representatives from Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Yale for an intimate information session and find out more about graduate opportunities in public health at these elite schools. Refreshments will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the University Academic Advising Center and Global Health Studies.

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Post date: Mon, 09/28/2015 - 11:42

Find out how you can take on a vibrant urban center alongside fellow Northwestern undergrads while enrolled in coursework at Tel Aviv University in Israel in Spring Quarter 2016. Join IPD at an info session for our program Public Health and Society in Israel, and hear from recent program returnees Alli Divine and Jessica Hoffen about their experience on the program.

Lunch will be provided!

IPD is combining its Spring Quarter Israel program tracks The Modern State of Israel and Public Health in Israel into one: Public Health and Society in Israel. Students can now take advantage of studying both themes in one program. Courses, site visits, and excursions can all be found on the program webpage.

Various scholarships are available. The deadline for the program is Nov 1 - apply today! Find out how on the program page: http://

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Organized by: International Program Development

Post date: Mon, 09/28/2015 - 10:23

Although the relationship between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) could be described as one of isolation and, at times, competition, WHO and WTO have recently moved to a strategy of coordination regarding access to medicines and medical technology. This presentation charts this transition, assesses its origins, and evaluates its impact. It argues that competition and collaboration between the WTO and the WHO, conceptualized as specialized institutions with two distinct expert domains, is an important, yet understudied, mechanism that has shaped the development of international norms around intellectual property protection of essential medicines.

Laura Pedraza-Fariña's scholarship on intellectual property law uses the methodology of history and sociology of science and technology to analyze and inform the design of patent law. She is an Assistant Professor of Law and a faculty affiliate of the Science in Human Culture Program at Northwestern. Her research interests include intellectual property, patent law, and international organizations. Current projects include an analysis of the implications of sociological studies on tacit scientific knowledge for the disclosure theory of patent law, and a study of how the specialized court structure of patent law influences the content of patent decisions. Pedraza-Fariña received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her Ph.D. in genetics from Yale University. 

Organized by: Buffett Institue as part of the Faculty & Fellows Colloquium Series.

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Post date: Mon, 09/14/2015 - 13:22

Abstract: In this manuscript, child morbidity in Zimbabwe is examined from an Africana feminist sociological perspective. A framework is presented that considers the ways in which globalization/neocolonial relations, ethnolinguistic/political conflict, and other dimensions intersect to impact upon the accomplishment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in regards to hunger, environmental sustainability, and child health in Zimbabwe. Demographic and Health Surveys are analyzed from 1988, 1994, 1999, 2005-06, and 2010-11 for this country. On the basis of the Africana feminist framework elaborated herein, it is argued that early childhood morbidity cannot be understood unless the socioeconomic, political, and cultural contexts are taken into account. The hypothesis that militarism (especially state violence) and ethnolinguistic/political conflict in Zimbabwe have deleterious effects on equitable distribution of safe water and improved sanitation, and on child health is tested. Utilizing logistic regression analysis and by testing statistical interactions, it is found that safe water and sanitation are in short supply and further, that the mal-distribution of these development resources has a deleterious impact on early childhood nutrition. This work contributes importantly to the social scientific literature in the social demography of Africa because it adapts the vibrant intellectual work of Africana feminists to a quantitative methodology. Further, on the basis of this novel methodological approach, this work elicits results that give rise to useful maternal and child health-related policy recommendations that may inform future discussions and post-2015 revisions of Millennium Development Goals.

Bio: Assata Zerai is a professor of sociology, Director of the Center for African Studies and Associate Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include maternal and child health, activism, and race, class and gender in Africa and its Diaspora. Recent publications: Hypermasculinity and State Violence in Zimbabwe (Africa World Press, 2014), and Intersectionality in Intentional Communities: The Struggle for Inclusive Multicultural Congregations (Lexington Books, forthcoming). She is currently editing Safe Water, Sanitation and Early Childhood Malnutrition in East Africa: An Africana Feminist Analysis of the lives of Women and Children in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda (contract with Rowman and Littlefield, Lexington Books).

Lunch will be served.

Organized by: Program of African Studies

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