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The Power of Local Public Service

Heller News Release
December 19, 2019

“If you want to make lasting change in the lives of people across the board — middle-income people, working-class people, immigrants — the local level is really where the action is,” says Otis Johnson, PhD’80, former mayor of Savannah, Georgia. “In D.C., policy is made, but the trenches are where the work gets done.”

A number of Heller alumni serve in local government, in both appointed and elected positions, across the country. Whether they’re championing affordable housing in Savannah, making sure potholes get filled and fielding resident complaints in Massachusetts, or tackling the realities of climate change in Honolulu, they’re all finding a way to make their mark on their communities.

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Soroush Kazemi with young girls in helmets and elbow pads at Skateistan

Heller News Release
February 20, 2020

COEX student Soroush Kazemi’s work featured in Oscar-winning documentary

The 2020 Academy Awards honored “Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone (If You’re a Girl)” with the Oscar for Best Short Documentary, which features the work of Soroush Kazemi, MA COEX’21, who led the nonprofit Skateistan-Kabul as general manager for nearly four years.

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Heller in the News
February 20, 2020

We Tried to Find the Most Equal Place in America. It Got Complicated

Time Magazine website dedicates an article to the Child Opportunity Index 2.0, a report complied by the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy. According to Time, the report "has helped local policymakers and institutions understand where to target programs to improve outcomes for their cities’ children."

Anita Hill at Campbell Hall

Heller in the News
February 20, 2020

25 Years Later, Women’s Rights Icon Anita Hill Returns to UCSB

Daily Nexus covers Anita Hill's speech at Campbell Hall. “We can relate to the individual stories, but it is just as important for us to see what is happening on a larger scale, on the social scale, if we are going to address it,” Hill said to a sold-out crowd.

Heller in the News
February 20, 2020

National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Constance Horgan discussed health services research to improve the delivery of alcohol services during a presentation at a NIAAA meeting. "Early in my career, I became intrigued as to why so little was being done with the tools of health services research to improve the delivery and quality of alcohol, drug and mental health services. This has become my professional passion."

Prudue Pharma Office

Heller in the News
February 19, 2020

Fewer CT doctors report taking money from embattled Purdue Pharma

In CT Post, Andrew Kolodny criticizes doctors who have received large amounts of money from conglomerate Purdue Pharma which has come under fire for its alleged role in the opioid crisis.

Anita Hill Receives Sankofa Freedom Award

Heller in the News
February 17, 2020

Anita Hill Receives Sankofa Freedom Award

KRJH-TV shares news and footage of Anita Hill receiving the Sankofa Freedom Award for decades of advocating for gender and racial equality. "I kept hearing about so many people who had no awareness of what their rights were, I realized I had an opportunity and calling," said Hill upon receiving the award.

Four students from SPARKTANK winning team Nourchemie

Heller News Release
February 12, 2020

Heller teams take top spots at Brandeis Innovation’s SPARKTank

In early February, Heller teams took four of the top spots and won $16,000 in prize money at Brandeis Innovation’s 6th Annual SPARKTank startup pitch competition.

Heller in the News
February 11, 2020

Anita Hill Says The Hollywood Commission Intends “To Change The System” That Allows Harassment And Bias

Deadline.Com reports on Anita Hill's interview at the 2020 Makers Conference. She said, during the event, that the Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality “is a manifestation of the collective action” that must be taken “if we are going to have solutions.”

Heller News Release
February 10, 2020

A match made at Heller

This Valentine’s Day, alumni share stories about how Heller brought them together. "The Heller community is the perfect place to fall in love because it is a place full of love," says Marwa Farag, MS'05, PhD'10, who met her husband at Heller.

Nurse helping patient brush her teeth

Heller in the News
February 07, 2020

Visionaries in geriatric nursing: A legacy for the future

ScienceDirect publishes paper co-authored by May Futrell, PhD'76, Diane Feeney Mahoney, PhD'89 and Karen Devereaux Melillo, PhD'90. The paper highlights the exemplary gerontological nurses that contributed and are contributing to the field.

Portrait of Donald J. Trump Illustration by The New York Times; photographs by Doug Mills/The New York Times and Benjamin Norman for The New York Times

Heller in the News
February 06, 2020

Four More Years of Trump?

In the New York Times, Robert Kuttner says Republicans' vote to acquit Trump might hurt them in the long run. "Their vote to excuse Trump’s dictatorial behavior by refusing to convict will force them to answer extremely damaging questions during the campaign," he says.

A Sunday service at the Trinity Episcopal Church. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Heller in the News
February 06, 2020

Chopping Down Trees For Solar Panels?

Speaking to WBUR, Eric Olson comments on the Trinity Episcopal Church's decision to cut down a small forest to install a carbon-saving solar energy farm. "The solar array would pay back the loss of the forest in about two-and-a-half years. The forest can't defend itself, I'm afraid, on the basis of carbon. But on the other hand, it's a habitat for birds and butterflies. And it's really pretty."

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