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January 26, 2015

Heller Annual Fund Awards

The Heller Annual Fund is fully supported by Heller alumni and friends, and earmarked exclusively for student support.  All recipients will be reimbursed after submitting receipts and a letter of appreciation, which will be shared with Heller alumni.  Questions about the application process can be sent to hellerfa@brandeis.edu. To apply for the awards below, review the Annual Fund Guidelines and submit your application to hellerfa@brandeis.edu. Questions? Email hellerfa@brandeis.edu.

Attention Master’s Students: Book Award Deadline is Friday, January 30 at 5:00 pm

All Master’s students in residence are eligible for a $250 Book Award to defray the cost of required reading materials for the semester. To apply, read the Application Guidelines, then email a Word document introducing yourself and outlining what you are studying, your career goals and financial need. Award recipients will be required to write a letter of appreciation that will be shared with Heller alumni.

Attention Post-Proposal Doctoral Students: Dissertation Grant Deadline is Friday, February 6 at 5:00 pm

To apply, read the Application Guidelines, then email a copy of your abstract, along with a cover letter in a Word document outlining where you are in the process, your anticipated timeline and expenses. Your dissertation chair will also need to submit a brief statement supporting your timeline and ability to complete your dissertation within that timeline. Grant award payments will be processed once the alumni office has received the recipient’s letter of acknowledgment for the award which will be shared with Heller alumni.

Tuesday Talks is a special series of talks by Heller faculty and researchers on select Tuesdays throughout the year. All Heller faculty, students, staff and alumni are invited to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. For more information contact the Heller Events team. No RSVP required.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
12:30 - 1:45 pm

Room 163, Heller-Brown Building

Elizabeth L. Merrick, PhD '98, Senior Scientist and Lecturer; Dominic Hodgkin, Professor; and Constance M. Horgan, Professor and Director, Institute for Behavioral Health: “Incentives to Shape Health Behaviors: How Can We Make Them More Person-Centered?”

Employers and health plans increasingly offer incentives to individuals to help shape their health behaviors. However, despite the current focus on patient-centered health care, incentives are often one-size-fits-all. “Person-centered incentives” take into account individual preferences that are often unobservable to those managing incentives programs and incorporate choice into the incentive structure.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
12:30 - 1:45 pm

Room 163, Heller-Brown Building

Lindsay Rosenfeld, Scientist and Lecturer: “The NOURISH Study: A Policy Evaluation of New School Nutrition Standards in Massachusetts”

In 2012, Massachusetts adopted comprehensive school competitive food and beverage standards that closely align with Institute of Medicine recommendations as well as new "Smart Snacks in Schools" national standards. The NOURISH study is a policy evaluation that explores the impact of an unfunded State mandate to schools. Do school districts [middle and high schools] comply? What do food service directors say about the process? Are finances affected? We will discuss early findings and anticipated analyses.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
12:30 - 1:45 pm

Room 163, Heller-Brown Building

Diana Bowser, Scientist, Lecturer and Director, MS Program in International Health Policy and Management: “MobileHealth: Improving Antenatal Care in Nigeria”

The use of mobile technology in the health sector (mHealth) is a new innovation that is being used in countries around the world to improve health outcomes and increase and improve both the demand and supply of health services.  Brandeis is collaborating with Pathfinder International and the Government of Nigeria to conduct a cost effectiveness analysis of a project that uses mobile technology (mHealth) to support health workers in decision making management, tracking of patients and improving overall quality of antenatal services in 20 health care facilities in the states of Abuja and Nassarawa, Nigeria.  The results of the cost effectiveness analysis show five pathways to mortality reduction for women and children through this antenatal care program.  The results also show that antenatal care programs are a relatively inexpensive way to save lives.

You are welcome to join HellerSAVE at a meeting on Friday, January 30, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in Heller-Brown Room G53. Please bring your ideas and energy for Sustainability, Awareness and Valuing the Environment (SAVE). If you wish to contribute to the compost bins, please deposit your non-animal based food waste in the plastic bin outside Heller-Brown Room 156 and reduce your carbon footprint with this green good habit!

Panel: “Examining the Legal and Implementation Gaps in the Global Framework on Violence Against Women”

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Rubenstein Building, Carr Center Conference Room, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

This event will be a presentation and discussion at the Carr Center, with in-person moderating by Carr Center fellows and online presentations from university and NGO partners from around the world. Researchers from the University of Aden, the National University of Samoa and the University of Oklahoma will deliver outcomes from collaborative projects on violence against women.

Speakers (remotely):

  • Simi Kamal, Chief of Party, Gender Equity Program, Pakistan
  • Eleanor Solo, Violence Against Women (VAW) Advocate
  • Ramona Singh, Center for Samoan Studies, National University of Samoa
  • Dr. Huda Alawi, Director, Women's Research and Training Center, University of Aden
  • Kelbie Kennedy, International Human Rights Clinic, University of Oklahoma


  • Vidya Sri, Human Rights Policy Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

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Thursday, February 5, 2015
7:00 pm

Film Screening: "Anita," presented by the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

Altman Amphitheater (G1), Irving Schneider and Family Building

In "Anita," acclaimed Argentine filmmaker Marcos Carnevale tells the remarkable story of a young woman with Down Syndrome whose routine life in Buenos Aires is tragically disrupted by the horrific 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association. As Anita wanders through the city following the attack she not only learns to care for herself, but touches the lives of those around her.

A panel discussion about Down Syndrome will follow this inspirational film. Panelists will include PhD student Tom Sannicandro, Lurie Doctoral Fellow and Massachusetts State Representative, JoAnn Simons, CEO of the Cardinal Cushing Center, and John Anton, a self-advocate and staff member in Rep. Sannicandro’s State House Office.

Part of 'DEIS Impact, Brandeis University's weeklong festival of social justice.

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Friday, January 30 - Monday, February 9, 2015

'DEIS Impact, A Festival of Social Justice

Various locations, Brandeis University Campus

'DEIS Impact, Brandeis University’s fourth annual weeklong festival of social justice, featuring workshops, discussions, speakers, art exhibits, and more will take place from January 30 - February 9, 2015. Events take place weekends and evenings as well as during the day. All are free and open to the public.

In addition to the film screening of "Anita" (listed above), and the keynote address by Alan Khazei (listed below), here are other events that are cosponsored by Heller affiliates:

Some other events that may be of interest to the Heller community include:

  • Continuing the Discussion: A Conversation on Race-Related Violence in the Media," Saturday, January 31, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm in the Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room. Continuing the conversation after the Ferguson vigil, join us to discuss race-related violence in the media. Attendees will participate in an interactive discussion that will be jumpstarted by an activity that highlights our hidden biases. We will then explore how these biases are portrayed in the media and provide opportunities to facilitate change in the greater community. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Please be aware that this program addresses a sensitive topic.Sponsored by the MLK Scholars of Academic Services.
  • Hiatt Industry Night: SoJust Leadership, Monday, February 9, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm (case challenge), and from 6:00 - 8:00 pm (networking). This multi-part event helps students committed to social justice learn about ways to continue making a social impact in their careers after graduation. The event features a case competition followed by a panel of experts who will raise awareness about key trends and their personal experiences and career paths. After a case competition, panelists and additional industry guests co-host networking that enable students to rotate through conversations with an array of experts who provide insights about their careers, academic backgrounds, and organizations. Refreshments will be served. RSVP at brandeisu-csm.symplicity.com/events/SoJust2015

The complete list of 41 events is online at go.brandeis.edu/DEISImpact.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
7:30 - 9:00 pm

'DEIS Impact Keynote Address: Social Change Through Civic Engagement and Pragmatic Idealism

Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center

Alan Khazei presents the keynote speech for 'DEIS Impact, Brandeis' annual festival of social justice. One of “America's 25 Best Leaders” (US News and World Report, 2006) and author of "Big Citizenship: How Pragmatic Idealism Can Bring Out the Best in America," Khazei will discuss his inspiration, experience and how young people can make a difference in the world. As a young graduate from Harvard Law School, Alan Khazei co-founded City Year, which now operates in 20 U.S. cities and Johannesburg and London, and served as the model for the AmeriCorps program. Khazei is currently the CEO of Be The Change, an organization he started to do collective impact work. Khazei has been a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, and teaches a course on social entrepreneurship in the spring at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Cosponsored by the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program.

Something to sell, give away, or rent? Email Alexandra Rubington to place your free ad.

Short-Term Driving Job

Do you have a car? Would you like to help a local Brandeis alum and make some $$?

Over a 6-week period (starting soon), a Brandeis alum (class of '64) needs rides to and from medical appointments.  Five days a week for six weeks, he will need a ride from his home in Newtonville to a 2-hour medical appointment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and then a ride back to Newtonville.  No special needs requested, just a reliable ride.

If you are interested and available, please contact Lanni for more information, lanni@brandeis.edu or x6-4835. 

(Consider splitting duties with a friend if you aren't available five days per week.)

Career Development Center


Students and alumni can make Career Advising Appointments in Heller Career Connect by clicking on "Request An Appointment" in the Career Tools and Advising Shortcut Button.

Linnea Löf, MSF '01, Assistant Dean, Career Development
(Room 100) 781-736-3362; llof@brandeis.edu
Adam Motenko, Associate Director, Career Development
(Room 103) 781-736-3938; amotenko@brandeis.edu
Nancy Pratt, Assistant Director, Career Development
(Room 146)
781-736-3789; npratt@brandeis.edu

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