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November 2011 Contents

Town Hall
New LinkedIn Group
EPI Journal Club

Do You Elihu?
Foyer Renovations
Holiday Party
Chili Cook-off Winners
Commencement Speaker
Staff Spotlight
Awards and Honors
Grant Applications
New Faculty
New Postdocs
New Staff
Online YSPH Directory
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YSPH Town Hall - Dean Outlines Goals, Priorities

bradyLinda Brady, the school’s new associate dean of finance and administration, was formally introduced to the School of Public Health during a town hall meeting on Oct. 25 in Winslow Auditorium and will soon be working full time as she helps to formulate strategic priorities for the 2011-12 academic year. Brady is coming from Harvard University and is currently working part time as she transitions into her new position.

Among the other highlights of the dean’s talk were:

  • Efforts are ongoing to enhance the school’s research capabilities through the recruitment of new faculty and the growth of the various divisions.
  • The five existing divisions may soon be changed into formal departments and the various programs could be reclassified as divisions. A formal proposal for the change is currently being considered by university officials. Cleary said the move will make the school’s organizational structure more consistent with other schools of public health.
  • Improving financial aid remains a top priority and discussions are underway on various strategies to achieve this. “Our students deserve more support,” Cleary said.
  • The shortage of office and research space will be at least partially alleviated when a new building is constructed directly north of LEPH (where Route 34 is currently located). Cleary said the school has been allocated 35,000 square feet of space in the future building. “We’ll be able to consolidate and grow,” he said.
  • While Yale’s financial situation has stabilized within the past year, Cleary said that the health of the national economy remains uncertain and is a source of concern. If the National Institutes of Health, for instance, cut its funding levels by even 10 percent as some politicians advocate, the consequence for YSPH could be “catastrophic,” he said.

A copy of Dean Cleary's slides and the 2011-2012 Goals and Priorities are posted on the intranet.

Career Services and Alumni Affairs launch LinkedIn Networking Group

linkedin iconA moderated, members only group on LinkedIn,(Yale School of Public Health) has been launched to facilitate networking among alumni, students and faculty. This group is being jointly administered by the offices of Career Services, Alumni Affairs and Communications. For information, contact Josh Halmi or Dawn Carroll.


EPI Journal Club Forms

An Epidemiology Journal Club has started at YSPH. Each session is led by a faculty expert who moderates discussion on an article of his choice. Articles are selected on the basis of their current or historical impact on public health, or because of their comprehensive methodology. Journal Club sessions are an opportunity for faculty and students to discuss public health issues and epidemiologic methods in an interactive and casual atmosphere. The meetings will be held throughout the year on Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m., and light refreshments will be provided. Please check the YSPH calendar for future dates. All students and faculty are invited to attend. For more information, contact: Milena Gianfranceso.

Do You Elihu?

elihuYSPH students participated in Yale's first annual Elihu Day, dedicated to celebrating the generosity of alumni and friends. Over 80 students answered the call on November 2 to “Elihu” to give back by writing thank you notes to donors. Elihu Yale made history 293 years ago when he donated nine bales of goods, books, and a portrait of King George I to the Connecticut colony's fledgling collegiate school. By way of thanks, the trustees named the school in his honor. For more information on Elihu Day, visit

60 College Foyer Renovations

A new carpet greeting occupants and visitors to 60 College Street is the first step toward enhancing the school’s main entry. Other improvements will include new seating, a digital sign with the day’s events and news, a new ceiling and more.

Holiday Party

snowDecember 8: YSPH Holiday Party, 2:30-4:30 p.m., The Graduate Club, 155 Elm Street.

The Dean's Community Connections Committee (C3) will be collecting $5 gift cards for residents of Columbus House, a New Haven organization that runs shelters, housing and outreach services for the homeless.

Chili Cook-off Winners...

chiliCongratulations to the winners of the fourth annual chili cook-off held last month. Geetanjoli Banerjee won first place and best name for her sweet and spicy "Spontaneous Combustion." Ray Luhn won second place for his "Definitely-Not-Chili" chili. All were grateful for the warm treat provided by the winners and other contestants: Jamille Taylor, Jacob Altland and Susan Chase Jones. Special thanks to the C3 Chili Cook-off sub-committee: Kelly Edwards, Susan Chase Jones, Jadwiga Kawka and Jodi O’Sullivan.

Commencement Speaker

Nancy Brinker photoThe 2012 School of Public Health commencement speaker will be Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, Founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Regarded as the leader of the global fight against breast cancer, Nancy Brinker’s journey began with a promise to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything possible to end the shame, pain, fear and hopelessness caused by this disease. In one generation, the organization that bears Susan’s name has changed the world. In 2009, President Barack Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for her work. The same year, she was named Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control for the United Nations’ World Health Organization.

The Commencement ceremony will be held Monday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Battell Chapel. It will follow the University’s ceremony at 10:30 a.m. and the School of Public Health Luncheon at the Graduate Club at 12:00.

Staff Spotlight - Melanie Elliot

melanieMelanie Elliot, has been the Coordinator of Graduate Student Affairs in public health for the last nine years. She oversees all aspects of the MS and PhD programs, from admissions and financial aid, to registration and career counseling. When not assisting students, whom she calls, "brilliant, nice, modest and appreciative," Melanie is a busy mother of two. She starts her day at 5:30 a.m. with a run and often ends it with volunteer work at the Morgan High School in Clinton. Currently she is helping with a prom dress fashion show and resale drive to fund an Art from the Heart project. The initiative pairs two high school groups with a child who has cancer to do a total dream bedroom makeover.

Awards and Honors

Howard Cohen, PhD, MPH, CIH, Lecturer in EHS, was awarded the Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award by the Professional Conference on Industrial Hygiene.

Jonathan Smith, MPH '11, Lecturer in EMD, won the International Tuberculosis Survival Prize at the UNION TB conference in Lille, France, for his documentary film, They Go to Die.

Grant Applications

October is a peak month for grant application deadlines. Congratulations to the faculty and staff who together submitted 30 applications for $22.8 million in total proposed research funds.

New Faculty

Rong Wang, Associate Research Scientist, CDE

New Postdoctoral and Postgraduate Appointments

Veronica Michalkova, Postdoctoral Associate (Aksoy)
Can Yang, Postdoctoral Associate (Zhao)
Yuxin Zhang, Postdoctoral Associate (Fletcher)

New Staff

Meredith Gaffney, Coordinator 3, Ko Lab
Cerella Craig, Research Assistant I, National Children's Study

New on

A full faculty and staff alphabetical directory is now on our website. This list will be updated monthly. If your entry is incorrect, please contact one of the following to update your HR record:

Faculty and Postdocs: Alyson Zeitlin
Staff: Employee Service Center or 203-432-5552.

Fall 2011 Issue of YPH

magazine coverThe fall 2011 issue of Yale Public Health is at the printer and copies will be available later this week. The issue focuses on vector-borne diseases and the various research initiatives underway at YSPH on Lyme disease, leishmaniasis, African sleeping sickness and other diseases.



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