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In addition to blogging, the majority of my job Academic Prospectus Arrivaldescription is to produce the Academic Prospectus each year. For the last four and a half months I have been working daily on the 2017-2018 Academic Prospectus to provide you, my readers, with the most up-to-date information on all our programs for the 2017-2018 academic year. I am happy, and frankly quite proud as this is my first year, to announce it is finally here!

If you filled out an Academic Prospectus request in the last month, you can expect to receive your new addition soon as Lauren will be packaging them up and sending them out soon. And for those of you who now want one, you can fill out the request on our website or view an electronic version.

I hope you enjoy your copy and it helps you envision your future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health!

One of the questions we often get in Admissions, is what careers do students pursue after they graduate. This is always hard to answer because of how wide and varied the research, degrees, departments, concentrations and tracks are here at the Bloomberg School. However, I never thought I’d be writing an Alumni Spotlight on a Vice President.

Chien-Jen Chen graduated with his Doctor of Science in 1983 and became a well-known epidemiologist. During the 2003 SARS epidemic in Taiwan, Chen was the minister of health and it was he who implemented containment efforts and is considered a bit of a hero for suppressing the epidemic. In 2012, he received the Johns Hopkins Knowledge for the World Award for his work on arsenic and hepatitis. More recently Chen was the Vice President of Academic Sinica, much like our National Academy of Sciences.

As the new Vice President of Taiwan, public health will be a priority. For a full story about Chen, you can read the article in the Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Summer 2016 magazine.

Planet Sculpture

Earlier this month was Baltimore’s annual Artscape, the largest free arts festival in the nation. This year’s festival theme was “Explore What’s Out There.” There were several sculptures around the blocked off streets. The one pictured above is of the planets in our solar system. Each planet was accompanied by a sign with facts about its physicality and differences with Earth. The coolest location in the sculpture was Earth because it came with street dancers and a DJ. It was a great area to enjoy some food truck Crossroads Bistro Truckdeliciousness.

With the food truck options, I was not about to stop at one of the restaurants bordering Artscape. After much deliberation, I indulged in Crossroads Bistro Truck, which features combining two cultures into one dish. I stayed pretty tame and had the American-Mexican mix of the Rueben Quesadilla. Let me tell you, it was spot on. The Greek Salad Spring Rolls were also tempting, but I needed to save room for that all American funnel cake from a more traditional food stand. (I still don’t understand why fried dough tastes so good.)

Rueben QuesadillaFunnel Cake

One thing I really enjoyed about Artscape was the way strangers were able to come together around art. Although a permanent sculpture on the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)’s campus, I enjoyed watching strangers determined to move the rocks to change the balance of the baskets in the sculpture “Ripple.” I never saw ripples made from the baskets dropping into the water, but I saw many ripples as we tossed the rocks and missed the basket and in a philosophical sense many people joined in after watching a few people struggle to make a change in the cantilevers. In addition to conversing over permanent sculptures, the festival gave the Baltimore community a chance to see the artwork of many local artists as well as student artists at MICA.Ripple

While I perused the Artists’ Market, and picked out my mother’s Christmas present, I enjoyed learning about food in outer space. As with all festivals, there were many activities for the kids. While I didn’t explore Kidscape, which always features hands-on activities for the kids, I did enjoy a tent that presented the combination of science and culinary art to sustain astronauts.

Despite the heat, Artscape was a wonderful evening out. It is officially on my list of annual activities.

As part of Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards and Grants were established. Last year, when the 2016 awardees were announced, one of our very own, Howard Nelson-Williams, was among those honored. As a columniation of the training, mentoring and networking, the awardees spent a week in June in the UK of a residential program.

Nelson-Williams of Sierra Leone graduated with his MPH from the Bloomberg School in the spring of 2014. During his time in the MPH program, he focused on Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Since graduating, and the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Nelson-Williams has been advocating and researching the control of spreading diseases and rebuilding the healthcare system in his home country. It was this public health work that made him stand out among the Queen’s nominees from the 53 countries in the Commonwealth. This year, 60 awards were given to Commonwealth Citizens ranging in age from 18-29.

Reminder! Tomorrow we will be participating in the SOPHAS Virtual Fair from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The MPH office will also be answering questions from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

We hope you’ll join us! But if you can’t, don’t worry. We will take part again on September 14 and November 16.