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I realize that in the month of August I’ve had a bit of a food focus. There was the best crab cake of my life blog, the Global Obesity Prevention Center blog and now a blog on food labels. In reality I’m not typically a foodie and I don’t find nutrition to be my particular public health passion. However, I recently saw on the JHSPH Facebook feed a WIRED article on redesigning food labels. As someone who does dissect the food labels quite a bit, my attention was caught. The result is fascinating.

Basically, WIRED designed a food label based on an idea from a nutrition professor at New York University and the label that the Bloomberg School’s very own Alan Goldberg is creating. In general, I would prefer a food label that follows more updated nutritional guidelines and is easier for the common man to decipher. However, what’s gotten me thinking is Goldberg’s addition. As a toxicologist, Goldberg is suggesting a way to communicate the ecological and ethical quality of a food item in a standard format. Not just food allergens, but the risk level for food-borne illness and a glycaemia index to whether it is “Water Wise” and how the product impacts animal and worker well-being. I am fascinated. It’s a whole new approach to food labeling. Take a look at the suggested labeling in the WIRED article.

I’d also like to take a moment and say if nutrition is your particular public health passion, take a look at our Center for Human Nutrition. The center takes a lot of different approaches to nutrition, from education to the obesity epidemic, agriculture to preventing cancer and biomarkers, there might be a place for your research interests.

Water bottlesThe next few days here at the Bloomberg School are pretty busy. All students are now on campus as today we welcomed the rest of the incoming students to campus. Classes start on Thursday so returning students are milling about as well.

Orientation is a rite of passage for students, but it’s also a mark for all of us in higher education. It is the beginning of a new year and we are excited to finally meet the students we’ve been e-mailing and helping though the application process.

To all our incoming students, welcome! And to those of you looking at a applying, we wish you the best in your application!

Good news! The SOPHAS application is live for the 2017-2018 cycle! So for those of you who have been asking when you can apply, the answer is now.

As the year progresses, I will tag any blog involving information for the 2017-2018 application cycle with “application 2017”. This will help you find the blogs that are relevant to you and your application.

As always, Admissions Services is here to help. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via e-mail or phone at 410-955-3543.

Dear readers,

I’m writing to share the news that our former dean and Public Health hero, Donald Ainslie (D.A.) Henderson, passed away Friday evening. He was not just beloved by the Bloomberg School, but by the world for his demeanor and work. Truly, D.A. Henderson has saved millions of lives. He led the effort with the World Health Organization to eradicate smallpox and continued to play a role in our nation’s preparedness and response efforts for bioterrorism.

I only had the pleasure of hearing Dean Emeritus Henderson speak once at a Bioethics Symposium, but his knowledge and authority were apparent from that one lecture. In that lecture he chose to share his experience not with the obvious work against smallpox, but in developing the polio vaccine.

Henderson served as Dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health from 1977 to 1990. In that time, the school’s first female chair and first female academic dean were appointed. In addition, Bloomberg gained their first African-American associate dean. Under his leadership, enrollment increased by 40 percent and 13 new centers and institutes were established.

The Bloomberg School, and the world, will greatly miss D.A. Henderson’s influence, but his work will live on through the lives he saved and the students he inspired and influenced. I only hope he knows how very much we all appreciate him and his efforts.

For more information on D.A. Henderson’s life and contributions, I recommend articles from The New York Times, The Washington Post and STAT.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget the day I was on the second floor at the Daily Grind, going about the daily grind, for a pick me up when I actually read the biohazard label on a lab down the hall. “ZIKA” was on the list of active biohazards. (It’s moments like this that remind me I don’t work at a typical school.)

To be honest, I shouldn’t have had such a reaction, especially with all the malaria and dengue research, not to mention the mosquito lab, but I was taken aback. This is even after the Zika Symposium we hosted in ­­­February. When news spread last week of the USAID awarding a total of $30 million in grants for Zika and future threat research, I wasn’t surprised that the Bloomberg School was on the list. However, we weren’t just on the list, we were on the list three times, and Johns Hopkins University received a forth grant.

The three Bloomberg School projects are covering all aspects of combating the virus. The grants will help fund research to create human scented traps, creating a pesticide using a newly identified bacterium that can kill larvae and adult mosquitos that transmit malaria, dengue, Zika, yellow fever and West Nile virus, and for better communicating changes in behaviors to prevent the spread of mosquito breeding.

According to the Bloomberg press release, USAID received over 900 grant proposals from all over the world and the Bloomberg School was the only institution to receive 3 grants. Read more specifics about the research happening on campus in the press release or from the Baltimore Sun’s article. For a list of all the Grand Challenge award nominees, see USAID’s website.