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October 27, 2014

Massachusetts Health Policy Forum 2015 Student Forum, January 13-14, 2015

The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum would like to invite students to apply for the 2015 Student Forum. This is a two-day student policy forum for advanced graduate students in health policy, health care management, medical school/residencies, and advanced practice nursing from 7 prestigious schools in the region. Please send completed applications to Ashley Brooks at ambrooks@brandeis.edu no later than Friday, November 14, 2014.

Click to view the application.

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, November 4, 2014
12:30 - 1:45 pm

Room G2, Irving Schneider and Family Building

Peter Conrad, Harry Coplan Professor of Social Sciences: “The Impending Globalization of ADHD”

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
12:30 - 1:45 pm

Room G2, Irving Schneider and Family Building

David Gil, Professor Emeritus of Social Policy: “Social Policy Theory”

  • The hearing for Drew Zachary's dissertation proposal, entitled "SNAP Decisions: Uncovering decision processes to design Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) policy interventions that promote health," will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 10:00 am in Heller-Brown room 147.

    Click here to view abstract.

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100 watt light bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, and a TV for 2 hours. (Source: benefitsofrecycling.com)

Clean Market Opportunities: Can Entrepreneurs Help Detox Our Lives?

Babson College, Wellesley, MA
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Scientific evidence shows that in our everyday lives, starting in the womb, we're exposed to toxic chemicals that have been linked to disease. Surprisingly, there are no requirements in the U.S. for health and safety testing of chemicals before they're put into consumer products. Now many consumers are up in arms, big retailers are beginning to respond, and some states are taking policy action -- but meaningful change has been slow going. Given the burgeoning market demand for "cleaner" products and the public health risk of continuing the toxic status quo, what are the opportunities for entrepreneurs to do well while doing good in this space? How can companies identify which chemicals are safe and which are toxic? How can consumers safeguard the health of their families?

In this panel discussion, we'll learn the latest in the science of environmental health, learn about successful ventures, and hear promising directions for the development of consumer products and new technologies for detoxing our lives. Anyone interested in health, consumer products, clean technology, or the environment are encouraged to attend. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Following the panel, there will be a light reception and time to connect with the panelists.


Ava Anderson, Co-founder of Ava Anderson Non Toxic and Babson Student Entrepreneur

Polly Hoppin, ScD, Research Professor and Program Director, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production​; Co-Founder, Cancer-Free Economy Initiative

Julia Brody, PhD, Senior Scientist and Executive Director, Silent Spring Institute; advisor to national environmental health agencies; nationally recognized expert on breast cancer and the environment

Christopher Mirabile, Chairman-elect of the Angel Capital Association, co-founder of portfolio management tool Seraf Investor, co-Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group​

Moderated by Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute and Babson Social Innovation Lab

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Movie Screening: "Call Me Kuchu"

Altman Amphitheater (G1), Irving Schneider and Family Building

The LGBTQA working group hosts a movie screening of the documentary film "Call Me Kuchu" (2012). The movie explores the challenges facing LGBT communities in Uganda, the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill and the involvement of international religious figures/movements in promoting it.

Friday, October 31, 2014
10:15 - 10:45 am

Community Coffee with the Dean

Zinner Forum, Irving Schneider and Family Building

Join Dean Lynch for Coffee with the Dean! Have a coffee and spend a few minutes catching up with faculty, staff, and students from across the school. As always...don't forget your coffee mug!! This is a bring-your-own cup coffee break.  

Friday, October 31, 2014
12:00 - 2:00 pm

The Ebola Crisis: From On-the-Ground Management to Global Policy and Strategy Formation

Altman Amphitheater (G1), Irving Schneider and Family Building

Talk by Dr. Theo Lippeveld, Adjunct Lecturer, and Vice President, John Snow, Inc., and Professor A.K. Nandakumar, director, Heller PhD Program; director, Institute for Global Health and Development, and Chief Economist, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr. Lippeveld and Dr. Nandakumar will talk about their experience in Liberia as well as the USAID response.

Monday, November 3, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 pm

30th Anniversary Joshua A. Guberman Lecture: Capital Punishment in a Time of Drones and Beheadings: A Global Perspective

Glynn Amphitheater (G4), Irving Schneider and Family Building

William J. Leahy, NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services, presents. American criminal justice is strong on constitutional rights, but often falls short putting those rights into practice. Seen from a global perspective, the American system mixes high ideals with glaring inequalities and inconsistencies. Perhaps the greatest controversy—at home and abroad—surrounds the role of the death penalty in American justice. At a time when American foreign policy has confronted the problem of terrorism, the very definition of “just punishment” has grown more challenging. Co-sponsored by the Legal Studies Program and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. 5:00 pm reception and 5:30 pm lecture. For more information contact Heller Events.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
6:00 pm

Lurie Institute for Disability Policy's Annual Distinguished Lecture

Zinner Forum, Irving Schneider and Family Building

Michael Stein, JD, PhD, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, presents "The Future of Disability Rights." Stein, an internationally acclaimed expert on disability law and policy, participated in the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, works with disabled persons' organizations around the world, actively consults with international governments on their disability laws and policies, and advises a number of United Nations bodies. A reception will follow the lecture.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
7:15 pm

Screening of the film "Resistance" and Q&A with filmmaker Michael Graziano and "Superbug" author Maryn McKenna

Schwartz Auditorium, Brown Social Science Center

In 2013 for the first time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or "superbugs." At least 2 million Americans become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 die each year as a direct result of these infections, according to their 2013 report.  

The film “Resistance,” a 72-minute documentary, is filmmaker Michael Graziano’s exploration of this newly recognized threat to public health.

"Superbug" expert and Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Maryn McKenna, author of the book “Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA,” shares her expertise in the documentary. McKenna and Graziano will follow up the screening event with a period of questions and answers. 

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.  

Presented by the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and cosponsored by the Brandeis Biology Department, Environmental Studies Program, Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development, Health: Science, Society and Policy Program, and Research Group on Global Development and Sustainability.

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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