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Ifill College Honors Beloved Professor’s Mentorship with Gwen Ifill

“Whenever asked who inspired her to be a journalist, there was one person Gwen Ifill always mentioned: Alden Poole, her professor of journalism at Simmons.

‘He was a crusty old newspaperman but he managed to make everything seem brand-new and fresh to us,’ Ifill said in the 2002 book ‘I Remember My Teacher: 365 Reminiscences of the Teachers Who Changed Our Lives.’ ‘He took a bunch of kids who had no idea what they wanted to do with their lives and made them believe they wanted to be newspaper reporters.’”

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Ramped Up for Fall: Exterior campus accessibility improvements to be completed soon

“When Harvard Medical School’s Longwood Campus was constructed in 1906, much thought was given to creating a beautiful new campus inspired by the architecture of Greek temples, a Quadrangle surrounded by marble buildings that would be ‘an expression of the intelligence and public spirit of many generations …’ according to then Harvard President Charles Eliot.

Fast forward more than a century later, and while still beautiful, there has been recognition of the need for upgrades to bring buildings into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), while at the same time retaining their historic character and value.”

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School Marks Pioneer's Passing

“Members of the Harvard Medical School community are mourning the death of one of its leading pioneers, Dr. Irving Myer London, the founding director of the Harvard-MIT Program in Health, Sciences and Technology (HST), which integrates interdisciplinary biomedical research, education and medical practice. London also taught the HST program's molecular medicine course for 50 years.

London was Professor of Medicine at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Emeritus, the first professor to hold dual roles at both HMS and MIT. He died on May 23, 2018, at the age of 99.”

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Being 'Other' at HMS: Students and faculty discuss diversity on campus

“What does it mean to be ‘other’ at Harvard Medical School? Joan Reede, HMS dean for diversity and community partnership and professor of medicine, posed the question during one of a series of School-sponsored dialogues meant to foster a productive exchange of ideas about diversity in the community.

On a sunny Monday afternoon, students and faculty from HMS and its affiliated institutions gathered in Gordon Hall’s Waterhouse Room to share their experiences and stories of what it has meant to be in the minority at the School. Reede began by sharing her own experience of being a black woman in a predominantly white medical school and she encouraged the group to think about the questions that come with this complicated topic, such as what it means to feel out of place and how the community as a whole can confront and address these issues.”

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Human Touch: Artist's work questions relationship between nature, modern world

“The mutated animals are almost hidden among the flowers and plants in the still-life drawings. At first glance, a viewer might not notice the mutations, both genetic and caused by injuries.

‘From afar, it looks like china - like traditional English china plates,’ said Tania Rodriguez, community engagement curator at Harvard Medical School.

Rodriguez is commenting on the art of Joo Lee Kang, a Boston-based artist and a 2011 graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, whose ‘Blue on Blue’ exhibit is on display in the Transit Gallery in Gordon Hall through May 8.”

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New Family Van director eager to serve community

“Mollie Williams, the new executive director of The Family Van, a mobile health clinic that serves under-resourced communities in the Boston area, says she is thrilled to bring 20 years of public health experience to the table in her new role.

Williams, who took over the job in January, is formerly a senior director at Planned Parenthood offices in New Orleans. She hopes her experience on the administrative side of larger health care organizations will help her bring a new perspective to The Family Van’s mission so that it can continue to build on its record of success.”

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Fighting Stigma: Global Mental Health Open Day event to address complex challenges

“In an effort to inform the community about the importance of mental health, Harvard University and HMS will host Global Mental Health Open Day, a three-day event dedicated to celebrating the diversity of global mental health activities beginning Thursday, Apr. 5.

One of the event’s organizers, Vikram Patel, the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at HMS, said he hopes it will help promote interdisciplinary learning and foster collaboration between the diverse academic fields of the Harvard community through education, research, innovation and engagement.”

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In Tune with Students: Yo-Yo Ma tapped as HMS artist-in-residence

“World-renowned cellist and Harvard College alumnus Yo-Yo Ma will be visiting Harvard Medical School as an artist-in-residence April 9 and 10. Ma is the second of three artists-in-residence visiting HMS, with Ma's visit sponsored by Stanford University professor of ophthalmology Michael Marmor and radiation oncologist Jane Marmor, both HMS alumni.

Ma’s visit is part of a three-year pilot program by Arts and Humanities Initiative at HMS, an organization dedicated to incorporating the arts into the lives of HMS medical students.”

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