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2007

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December 17, 2007

Profitable Complications

Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD '83, talks about efforts to eliminate infections from hospitals in a Modern Healthcare cover story.

Heller News Release

December 17, 2007

Brandeis University Earns AACSB International Accreditation for Business Programs

The Heller MBA and the graduate degree programs at the International Business School have earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, one of the highest designations a business degree program can earn.

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December 4, 2007

Former President Bill Clinton Charges Brandeis Crowd to Become "Social Entrepreneurs"

The 42nd President delivers the inaugural lecture for the university's Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program.

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November 28, 2007

Tufts Economist Named Dean of Heller School

Lisa M. Lynch, Ph.D., will take the helm July 1, 2008.

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November 28, 2007

Two Out of Three Middle Class Families on Shaky Financial Ground

Heller's Tom Shapiro coauthors a landmark study based on a new "middle class security index."

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November 21, 2007

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton to Visit Brandeis

He will deliver the inaugural lecture for the program named in memory of Heller Overseer Eli Segal.

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November 16, 2007

The Skill of Teaching Life Skills

Programs that aim to teach young people life skills need further evaluation to see whether they are effective, writes Heller professor Andrew Hahn in the November issue of Youth Today.

Heller News Release

November 16, 2007

Sillerman Family Makes $10 Million Gift to Heller to Begin New Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

The Sillerman Center will serve as a powerful resource to strengthen social justice philanthropy with assistance to philanthropists and family foundations.

Heller News Release

November 15, 2007

Heller MBA Program Goes to the Head of the Class in Social and Environmental Stewardship

The Heller School's MBA Program ranks nineteenth in Beyond Grey Pinstripes' just-out Global 100 rankings of business schools.

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November 14, 2007

The Wealth Gap Persists

Heller professor Thomas Shapiro talks to NPR's Talk of the Nation about income disparities between blacks and whites.

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November 5, 2007

The affirmative action provocateur

Republicans and Democrats should be concerned about Ward Connerly's campaign against affirmative action, Heller professor Anita Hill writes in the Boston Globe.

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October 29, 2007

Pink diplomacy and first spouses

Heller professor Anita Hill writes in the Boston Globe about the role of the first lady.

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October 29, 2007

Getting on with life after a heart attack

The Los Angeles Times features a Brandeis study and interviews coauthor Donald Shepard in a story about cardiac rehabilitation.

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October 24, 2007

Seniors' healthcare choices expand

Heller Senior Scientist Cindy Parks Thomas is quoted in a Boston Globe article on private fee-for-service health insurance plans.

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October 22, 2007

Women and the subprime crunch

In her latest opinion piece for the Boston Globe, Heller professor Anita Hill writes about the consequences of subprime lending practices for women.

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October 15, 2007

Discrimination, harassment, and the NBA

Heller professor Anita Hill writes in the Boston Globe that the NBA commissioner should question whether the lack of women in management roles contributes to sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination against them.

Heller News Release

October 11, 2007

Dr. Paul Farmer Speaks at Heller School

The medical anthropologist and physician was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony for the renovated Heller-Brown Building. Click the arrow to see a video of his talk.

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October 3, 2007

Anita Hill, stung by justice's book, stands by story

She defends 1991 testimony about Thomas.

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October 2, 2007

Good Morning America interviews Anita Hill

Heller professor responds to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's new book.

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October 2, 2007

The Smear This Time

Anita Hill stands by her testimony against Clarence Thomas.

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October 2, 2007

Consumers May Gain on Drug Costs

The New York Sun asks Stanley Wallack, director of the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at the Heller School, for his thoughts on prescription benefit managers.

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September 28, 2007

Walmart's Discount Drugs

Heller dean Stuart Altman talks to NPR's Day to Day about Walmart's growing discount drug program.

Heller News Release

September 28, 2007

Nancy Lurie Marks Family Makes $5 Million Gift to Brandeis for Disability Policy Institute at Heller

The Lurie Institute will help improve the lives of people living with autism and other disabilities.

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September 26, 2007

New Leader Aiming for Stronger Coppin State University

Reginald Avery, PhD '80, will become the fifth president of the 107-year-old West Baltimore institution in January.

Heller News Release

September 25, 2007

Few Heart Attack Survivors Use Life-Prolonging Cardiac Rehab

Study by Heller researchers finds striking differences in rehab rates by gender, geography and race.

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September 20, 2007

Heller Professor Anita Hill Appears on NBC's Today Show

She talks about being in the national spotlight accusing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991.

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September 18, 2007

Hillary and Health Care

Stuart Altman is a guest on WBUR's "On Point."

Heller in the News

September 18, 2007

Wary of Past, Clinton Unveils a Health Plan

Stuart Altman comments in the New York Times.

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September 18, 2007

Romney vs. Clinton on Healthcare

Heller professor Michael Doonan offers his perspective to the Boston Globe.

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September 13, 2007

Health Coverage Rates Will Rise Again

The Boston Globe asks Heller dean Stuart Altman about healthcare costs.

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September 12, 2007

Many Modern Conflicts Are Food Wars, Say Experts

USINFO, a publication of the US Department of State, interviews Heller faculty member Ellen Messer about her research exploring the link between persistent hunger and armed conflict.

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September 6, 2007

Heller Professor To Be Featured in New PBS Documentary

"These Kids Mean Business," featuring an interview with Andrew Hahn, PhD '78, is scheduled for broadcast on September 9

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August 27, 2007

Healthcare Guru

Heller School dean Stuart Altman ranks #46 among the nation's 100 most powerful in healthcare, according to Modern Healthcare's annual list.

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August 24, 2007

Romney to Pitch a State-by-State Health Insurance Plan

Heller dean Stuart Altman speaks to the New York Times.

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August 22, 2007

"I Knew It Was Going to Be a Learning Experience"

The Boston Globe interviews Heller alumna Joan Wallace-Benjamin, PhD '80, about her time as chief of staff to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

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August 20, 2007

She Took City Job to Bridge Gaps in Care

Barbara Ferrer, PhD '94, talks with the Boston Globe about her role as director of the Boston Public Health Commission.

Heller News Release

August 15, 2007

Junior Investigator Receives His First Independent Researcher Award from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Robert Dunigan, PhD '04, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Behavioral Health, will study relapse and recidivism rates among African-American and Latino males with histories of criminal justice involvement and substance abuse.

Heller News Release

August 6, 2007

Fellowship, Lecture Series to Honor Heller Overseer Eli Segal '64

The skilled political strategist and passionate citizen leader, who died in February 2006, founded AmeriCorps and created the Welfare to Work Partnership

Heller in the News

August 2, 2007

Learning and Growing

Jiway Tung, MA '05, runs The Learning Farm, a program outside Jakarta, Indonesia that helps improve the lives of city youth by teaching them agricultural and other skills.

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August 1, 2007

Study Shows Need for Local Service

Heller professor Larry Bailis, adviser to the Waltham Action Research Project, offers his perspective on the group's work, which determined that after-school programs need to do more to reach a wider audience.

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July 24, 2007

Health Director on a Mission: Racial Disparities, Preparing for Emergency Top Priorities

Barbara Ferrer, PhD '94, director of the Boston Public Health Commission, talks with the Boston Herald.

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July 15, 2007

Universal Healthcare Checkup

Heller dean Stuart Altman gives The Boston Herald a progress report on healthcare in Massachusetts.

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July 10, 2007

Screening for Behavioral Health First Step to Getting Treatment

But health plans rarely require screening for substance abuse and mental health issues, says study led by Heller professor Constance Horgan.

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July 1, 2007

U.S. Airline Unions Showing Signs of Revival

Heller professor Jody Hoffer Gittell speaks to Reuters about the negative impacts of cost-cutting by airlines.

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June 22, 2007

Alleviating Poverty in America

Heller professor Thomas Shapiro joins presidential candidates John Edwards, Mitt Romney, and others in a webcast to discuss reducing poverty in the U.S. Click here to view the webcast.

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June 21, 2007

Alleviating Poverty in America

Heller professor Thomas Shapiro participates in June 22nd webcast to discuss reducing U.S. poverty.

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June 14, 2007

Kicking Kids off the Couch, into Programs

The Waltham Action Research Project, developed by Heller faculty at the Center for Youth and Communities, aims to increase youth involvement in after-school programs.

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June 12, 2007

The "Grannie Mae" Solution?

United Press International quotes Heller professor Christine Bishop on long-term care in the U.S.

Heller in the News

June 11, 2007

Assistant Dean for Career Services to Present at Maine Career Development Association Annual Conference

Thomas Broussard, Ph.D. '06, will speak on "Getting from Here to There, when 'There' Just Keeps Changing" at the June 18 event.

Heller News Release

June 5, 2007

Economic Impact of Hunger Affects All Americans

Heller professor Donald Shepard leads economic analysis of new study on hunger in America.

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June 2, 2007

Anita Hill Stands Up Against Put-Downs

In the St. Petersburg Times, Heller professor Anita Hill outlines a strategy for changing media portrayals of women and minorities.

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May 30, 2007

Medicare Drug Plan Gets Mixed Grades

The Boston Globe reports on Heller's Massachusetts Health Policy Forum study sizing up Medicare drug benefit

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May 30, 2007

Obama Calls for Wider and Less Costly Health Care Coverage

New York Times asks Heller dean and health care economist Stuart Altman to size up Democratic candidate's health plan.

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May 23, 2007

Our Wallets Can Shock the Jocks

Heller professor Anita Hill writes about radio "shock jocks" in an op-ed piece for The Boston Globe.

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May 22, 2007

Film Offers New Talking Points in Health Care Debate

Heller dean Stuart Altman comments on Michael Moore's new documentary about health care in The New York Times.

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May 18, 2007

Color, Gender, and Voters

Heller professor Anita Hill talks to Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman about the 2008 presidential race.

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May 18, 2007

Celebrating the First Anniversary of Massachusetts Healthcare Reform

Governor Deval Patrick, key legislators, state officials, providers and consumer advocates gathered at the event, co-sponsored by Heller's Massachusetts Health Policy Forum.

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May 16, 2007

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston President To Speak at Heller Commencement

Linda Whitlock, BGCB President and CEO, will give the commencement address at the May 20 ceremony.

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May 9, 2007

Honoring Mothers Around the World

Heller students share their experiences of motherhood during a Mother's Day discussion at Brandeis' Women's Studies Research Center.

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May 4, 2007

SAGE Publications Offers Heller MBA scholarships

SAGE Publications teams up with the Heller School to support MBA students to lead organizations with a social mission.

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May 4, 2007

Heller Lecturer Receives Award for Leadership in Climate Protection

Sajed Kamal receives Boston “Mayor’s Green Award for Community Leadership in Energy and Climate Protection.”

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April 28, 2007

The burden of dengue infection

Donald Shepard, Jose Suaya, publish commentary in the Lancet on five-year study of rural children in Thailand.

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April 25, 2007

Heller Students Volunteer in Louisiana during Spring Break

Seventeen students from the MA, MBA, and MS programs spent their spring break in Louisiana helping to rebuild communities hit by Hurricane Katrina.

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April 22, 2007

Creating an Opportunity Society

Asset-building strategies can broaden the American promise of ownership. But they can't succeed on the cheap, or by shifting even more risks to the poor, writes Heller professor Thomas Shapiro in the latest issue of The American Prospect.

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April 17, 2007

Heller Alumna Named to Governor's Cabinet

Jean Flatley McGuire, PhD '96, has joined Mass. Governor Deval Patrick's cabinet as Assistant Secretary for Disability Policies and Programs.

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April 17, 2007

Study reveals importance of life skills development to youth outcomes

A six-year collaboration between International Youth Foundation and Nokia demonstrates positive changes in young lives, according to a study co-authored by Heller professor Andrew Hahn.

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April 14, 2007

Environmental Issues Take Center Stage at Waltham Event

Heller students and faculty were among the organizers of the recent Climate Change Action march and rally on the Waltham Common. Heller professor Eric Olson spoke at the rally, which was part of a national event called "Step It Up 2007" taking place at over 1000 different locations across the U.S.

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April 12, 2007

SID Alumni Return to Heller for First-Ever MA/MS Alumni Event

Approximately 25 Boston-area alumni attended the gathering, which was the first of its kind for the Programs in Sustainable International Development.

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April 9, 2007

States' Health Plans May Aid Small Firms

Heller dean Stuart Altman is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the impact of health care reform on small businesses.

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March 22, 2007

Health Insurance Fails to Protect Americans from Financial Risk

A new report, co-authored by Heller professor Jeffrey Prottas, says illness or injury can lead to serious medical debt, even among those who are insured.

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March 21, 2007

Mass. Health Care Benefits Take Shape

The New York Times interviews Stuart Altman, dean of the Heller School, about the state's universal health care plan.

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March 16, 2007

High-Cost Mortgages for Minorities

Heller professor Thomas Shapiro talks to the Boston Globe about subprime mortgage loans to blacks and Latinos.

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March 15, 2007

World Bank Chooses Brandeis as One of Eight Training Institutions in the US

Brandeis, specifically the Heller School, one of eight universities in the United States, and one of only fifty-four in the world, approved as host institutions for World Bank Scholars pursuing graduate degrees.

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March 14, 2007

Moving Toward Universal Coverage

Heller Dean Stuart Altman testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance to make the case for health care reform.

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March 1, 2007

Cost Control Measures Limit Patient and Physician Choice in Psychotropic Medications

Private health plans increasingly rely on escalating copayments to manage drug costs, says a study led by Heller's Dominic Hodgkin.

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February 28, 2007

Internet Source of Behavioral Health Information, Not Counseling

A national survey of health plans, led by the Heller School's Dr. Constance Horgan, shows very few provide online counseling.

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February 18, 2007

"I Was Born Strong"

The Charleston (WV) Gazette profiles Betty Jane Cleckley, PhD '74.

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February 14, 2007

Health Care Boom to Aid Local Economy

Government unlikely to cut Medicare and Medicaid, Dean Stuart Altman tells South Dakota's Argus Leader newspaper.

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February 12, 2007

AARP Names Heller Alum New Foundation Board Member

Fernando Torres-Gil, MSW '72, PhD '76, associate dean of academic affairs at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, has been appointed to the board of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation.

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February 2, 2007

Heller Dean Stuart Altman Comments on Bush Health Plan

Bush's bid to revise tax deductions would increase the number of uninsured, Altman writes in Modern Healthcare.

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February 2, 2007

Interview with Stuart Altman

The Journal of Healthcare Management talks to Heller Dean Stuart Altman.

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January 25, 2007

Experts Weigh In on Obesity

The Boston Herald interviews speakers at the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum's meeting on the increase in obesity among state residents.

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January 25, 2007

The Battle Over the Bulge

Michael Doonan, PhD '02, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, joins WBUR-FM's discussion.

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January 22, 2007

Help in Achieving Economic Security

In a Boston Globe opinion piece, the Heller School's Sandra Venner and her coauthor urge Governor Patrick to adopt programs that help vulnerable people build assets and create economic security.

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January 11, 2007

Brandeis Evaluates $14 Million Project

Heller School researchers partnering with Mass. Department of Public Health to evaluate its $14 million substance abuse screening, brief intervention, referral and treatment project.

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January 10, 2007

Health Affairs Lists Most-Read Papers

Heller School Dean Stuart Altman's articles in the leading journal of health policy are among the most read in 2006 and the most read ever.

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January 2, 2007

A Cure for Spiraling Healthcare Costs

Having government pay a portion of healthcare costs for the sickest patients is key to lowering health insurance premiums, says Heller School Dean Stuart Altman.

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