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Post date: Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:30

By Noelle Sullivan, PhD

Before his anticipated July 1 start date as Director General of the World Health Organization, former health minister for Ethiopia Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus embarks on a tour of the United States. Commonly referred to as “Dr. Tedros,” his ascension to Director General marks the first time in history a WHO Director-General will be an African. His election broke the “African-leadership glass ceiling,” despite Africa being a primary target of global health funding.

The lack of Africans in key global leadership positions reflects popular stereotypes dating back to colonialism and continuing to play out. The problem is systematic, and we’re participants in it.

For outsiders, Africa is a trope, the imagery of corruption, violence, starvation, overpopulation, and abject need so familiar we rarely question it. Vice-President Joe Biden and President George W. Bush each separately referred to Africa as a country.

From Medium

Post date: Mon, 06/12/2017 - 11:43

Daniel Wozniczka | TEDxNorthwesternU

Millennials are contributing a lot to the world, and we're not just talking about Instagram photos of coffee. Dr. Daniel Wozniczka talks on how millennials are the key to the future of a better world for medicine.

Post date: Tue, 06/06/2017 - 13:51

Metabolic research becomes the foundation for enduring mentorship

Jennah Thompson-Vasquez ‘19, came to Northwestern thinking she would declare herself pre-med. Her lifelong interest in biological anthropology, cultivated in childhood by the TV show "Bones," led her to apply to Posner, and she’s glad she followed that instinct.

Thompson-Vasquez was matched with anthropology professor William Leonard, and she quickly took an interest in his nutritional health research. During summer 2016, Thompson worked with Leonard, his graduate assistant, Stephanie Levy, and two other undergraduates to measure variation in brown fat — a type of fat that actually uses energy — and the potential impact of brown fat on energy expenditure. Thompson-Vasquez helped recruit local participants and gather data, and the team showed that people with more brown fat show a greater rise in their metabolic rate when they are exposed to cold.

Post date: Tue, 06/06/2017 - 13:50

For Timothy Sita, ’17 MD, PhD, Feinberg’s 158th medical school commencement ceremony was an ideal moment to both reflect on his seven-year journey at Feinberg and look forward to his future as a physician-scientist.

“I feel a mixture of gratitude and humility. Looking around the auditorium, I’m surrounded by friends, family and faculty — without their support, I wouldn’t be here celebrating the completion of these degrees,” Sita said. During the ceremony, he was hooded by his wife, Elizabeth Sita, ’14 MD, whom he met during their first week of medical school in 2010

Post date: Tue, 06/06/2017 - 13:48

“I wouldn’t be here without Northwestern’s Summer Internship Grant Program,” says Jennifer Trammell.

That’s a common refrain among people fortunate enough to have received support from the program, commonly called SIGP. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, SIGP, which is coordinated by Northwestern Career Advancement, provides grants to help students take unpaid summer internships. And it’s clear from SIGP alumni that when it comes to the program’s impact, funding is just the tip of the iceberg.

Post date: Tue, 06/06/2017 - 13:47

School of Education and Social Policy seniors Juliana Bond, Stephanie Fox, Caroline Gold, and Kaitlin Shedd are among sixteen members of Northwestern University’s class of 2017 who will join Teach For America (TFA) after graduation, bringing high-quality education to students most in need around the country.

Northwestern’s corps members will commit the next two years to teaching low-income urban and rural public school students in states from New York to Idaho.

Post date: Tue, 06/06/2017 - 13:46

Family is everything.

They know you best; they love you in spite of differences and disagreements. And, when life beats you down, families provide needed support.

These are also tenets of the Posse Scholars program, a college access and leadership development program founded on the idea that a close-knit group of students -- a “posse” -- can help each other through even the toughest college transitions and challenges.

When the graduating class of 2017 participates in the University’s 159th Commencement next month, seven of the 10 original Northwestern Posse Scholars will receive their college degrees, with the three remaining scholars graduating shortly thereafter.

Post date: Tue, 06/06/2017 - 13:44

School of Education and Social Policy seniors Arielle Ticho and Tamar Eisen have received prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistant fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year.

Ticho, a social policy major with a concentration in education policy and a Spanish minor, will teach in Colombia. Eisen, whose interests lie in both education and public health, will teach in India.

Post date: Tue, 06/06/2017 - 13:15

De’Sean Weber learned from his mother, a social worker, that helping others is what’s most important. As an anthropology major and aspiring health care professional, Weber is using the power of personal stories to help improve health outcomes in marginalized, low-income communities like his own in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He studies the deeper, less obvious reasons people are predisposed to illness.

Post date: Tue, 06/06/2017 - 13:12

by Sean Hargadon

The plight of mixed-status families is more than an academic interest for Almita Miranda. It’s her history.

Her grandfather came to the United States from Guerrero, Mexico, as part of the Bracero Program, which allowed millions of Mexicans to cross the border for temporary work. Her parents were undocumented migrant workers in the late 1970s and legalized their status after the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Miranda ’08 was born in Chicago, but her father “continued to travel back and forth to Mexico with the hope of one day bringing the entire family back to Guerrero. But after Mexico’s economic crisis in 1994, he decided to keep the family in Chicago permanently.”

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