Fall 2013 Alumni Week
September 23 - 27 marked this year's Fall Alumni Week. To celebrate, the School hosted a series of events and special programs to celebrate our alumni.
Monday, September 23
To kick off the week, we opened our doors to the community for an open house and tours of the newly renovated North Wing lab space. Just over 50 years old, the lab spaces in the North Wing have been renovated to reflect the latest research on healthy and productive workspaces. Large windows and reflective surfaces spread light throughout most rooms. Open and flexible layouts promote collaboration. And state-of-the-art support systems minimize energy use. Alumni, faculty, students, and friends toured the lab space and enjoyed light refreshments and networking.
Tuesday, September 24
To continue the celebration on Tuesday, Eleanor Simonsick, PhD ’88, Bruce Furness, MD, MPH '01, FACPM, and Megan Latshaw, PhD '06, MHS '01 spoke to current students, faculty, and staff about their work and life experiences at the week's first career panel.
The School presented the JHU Alumni Association Knowledge for the World Alumni Awards on Tuesday evening. The Knowledge for the World Awards honor alumni who exemplify the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and have brought credit to the university and their profession in the international arena through their professional achievements or humanitarian service. This year's awardees were James Tielsch, PhD ’82, MHS ’79, Owens M. Wiwa, MD, MPH '98, Raymond Martin, MPH ’85, Mark Jacobson, MD, MPH '82, Abdul Ghaffar, MD, PhD '01, MHA, MPH, and Cyrus Engineer, DrPH ’07, MHS ’03, MHA.
Wednesday, September 25
We enjoyed the chance to welcome additional alumni back to the School on Wednesday for a conversation between alumni Rick Silver, MD, MS '83 and Ruben del Prado, MD, MPH '88. The two gentlemen discussed the public health paths they have travelled since graduating from Johns Hopkins.
Wednesday evening's activities honored recipients of the Heritage Award, the Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award. The award recipients are listed below and pictured at bottom right.
Thursday, September 26
The third and last career panel of the week was held on Thursday and highlighted MPH alumni. Kyung Endres, MPH ’00, Kathleen Westcoat, MPH ’98, and Anna L. Davis, JD, MPH ’07 discussed life after finishing the MPH degree and how their time at JHSPH affected their eventual career paths.
Later in the evening, MPH alumni and current students gathered to network and enjoy conversation at The Olive Room in Fells Point, where Program Chair Marie Diener-West, PhD '84, gave remarks, including a special thanks to all of the alumni who attended.
Friday, September 27
This year, Vaccine Day was held on Friday, September 27th. One of our own alumni, Bruce Aylward, MD, MPH '92, discussed the global efforts to end polio. Dr. Aylward is the Assistant Director-General for Polio, Emergencies, and Country Collaboration at the World Health Organization.