Karen Emmons welcomed back to faculty

first_imgKaren Emmons was welcomed back to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at a festive reception held Nov. 2, 2016 in Kresge Cafeteria. Emmons, who began on Nov. 1 as professor and Dean for Academic Affairs, previously served as vice president for research and director of the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute. She was a faculty member in Harvard Chan School’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences from 1994 to 2014, and from 2009 to 2013 was associate dean for research.Emmons has extensive research experience in health disparities and using community-based interventions to improve health equity, and recently was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Her work has focused on cancer prevention, tobacco control and smoking cessation, and translating health knowledge into improved health outcomes in under-resourced settings.Emmons said that while the position at Kaiser gave her the opportunity to grow professionally, she realized that “in my heart I am an academic nerd.” She decided to return to the School because “these are my people and this is where I thrive.” She added that she brings back with her new insights into working in complex environments in a spirit of inclusiveness and collaboration. Emmons also said that she was inspired by Kaiser’s efforts to leverage its resources in areas such as purchasing and human resources to improve the health of its employees and its community, and that she looks forward to engaging in conversations about potential initiatives in this area at Harvard Chan School. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Trump trip to Rushmore draws ‘fire’

first_imgSeveral groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump’s July 3 visit, part of Trump’s “comeback” campaign for a nation reeling from sickness, unemployment and, recently, social unrest. The event is slated to include fighter jets thundering over the 79-year-old stone monument in South Dakota’s Black Hills and the first fireworks display at the site since 2009. (AP) SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore are drawing sharp criticism from Native Americans who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them and used to pay homage to leaders hostile to native people. In this Sept. 11, 2002, file photo, the sun rises on Mt. Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D. as the flag is flown at half staff in honor of the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. APlast_img read more

Messi inspires Barca rout of Milan

first_imgBarcelona made Champions League history by overturning a two-goal deficit without an away strike to knock out AC Milan and reach the quarter-finals.The Catalans wasted no time and scored in the fifth minute when Lionel Messi expertly curled in from 20 yards.After M’Baye Niang hit the post for the visitors against the run of play, Messi levelled the tie with a low drive.David Villa put Barca ahead with a placed shot from Xavi’s pass and Jordi Alba sealed the win in injury time.The left-back, excellent throughout, showed great endeavour to race up from the back and finish at the far post after he was picked out by substitute Alexis Sanchez’s bouncing cross.For all of Milan’s excellence in the San Siro, that kind of incision had been absent as stand-in Barcelona coach Jordi Roura’s team laboured towards a 2-0 first-leg defeat in which they uncharacteristically registered only one shot on target. Questions had also been raised after that match due to Barca’s successive Spanish Cup and league losses to rivals Real Madrid, as well as a run in which they went 13 games without keeping a clean sheet.But their usual zip returned on the vast Nou Camp pitch from kick-off as they started at a high tempo.This intensity was rewarded immediately as Messi played a neat one-two with Xavi and finished into the top corner with goalkeeper Christian Abbiati rooted to the spot. The goal was the world player of the year’s 52nd of the season, but his first in open play in 10 meetings with Italian sides.In the round of 16 opener, Milan’s tight, disciplined display saw their centre midfielders cover a deep-lying and compact defence which left no gaps for their opponents to run through. Critically, this support was not present on Tuesday as Barca were granted space on the edge of the penalty area.The Italians survived two penalty appeals and a poor Messi header, but the tie’s key moments arrived with just over five minutes of the first half remaining. First, Milan striker Niang struck the woodwork after racing through on goal following a swift counter-attack from a Barca corner.If the France Under-21 international had managed to get an away goal, their opponents would have had to find the back of the net at least three more times to proceed.Instead, Milan’s advantage from the first leg was wiped out moments later as Messi fizzed in an unstoppable shot from 20-yards after Massimo Ambrosini lost possession.Barca continued on the front foot after the interval and went ahead on aggregate for the first time when Villa finished clinically after he was picked out in the box by Xavi. The goal owed much to left-back Kevin Constant’s rash attempt to intercept the pass before it reached the striker.The visitors now knew they had to score to stand any chance of progression and head coach Massimiliano Allegri brought on former Manchester City striker Robinho.This change nearly produced the breakthrough the Serie A side were looking for. Barca youth product and fellow substitute Bojan Krkic put in a low centre that Robinho seemed certain to convert before defender Alba dived across to block the shot.Barca refused to sit back on their lead and a wonderful counter from a Milan free-kick at the death saw the defender further excel at the other end of the pitch when he burst forward to slot past Abbiati and raise the Nou Camp crowd to their feet.last_img read more

Mature Russell unfazed by Beijing’s big stage

first_img ‘very pleased’ BEIJING, China: Competing at her first World Championships, Commonwealth Games bronze-medal winner Janieve Russell has looked the part, showing composure and confidence as she booked her spot in tomorrow’s women’s 400 metres hurdles final. Russell came close to her personal-best 54.75, and seemed to have a lot in reserve, as she crossed the line in 54.78 to finish second to World Champion and gold-medal favourite Zuzana Hejnova, 54.24, with Meghan Beesley, 55.41, taking third. The University of Technology student came off the corner in good shape and held her form, staying close to Hejnova the whole time and showing impressive maturity in her execution of the race. “It feels pretty good, and I’m very excited,” she said. “The aim was to make all three rounds, and I’m glad I accomplished that goal. Hopefully, I can get a personal best in the final, if not a medal. If that doesn’t happen, I will still be happy since it’s my first World Championships. “The Commonwealth Games certainly broadened my experience because the field is as good as the championships, because you are going against all seniors who have been to the Olympics and World Championships. So this has helped me to learn the pace and be more confident,” added Russell. “I am very pleased. It’s very close to my personal best, which is why I say that in the final, I’m sure that I can do very well and come out with a personal best. So I’m really excited right now,” she added. The former Holmwood Technical standout also pointed out that having Hejnova in her semi-final did not affect her either way. “Having her (Hejnova) did not affect me at all. I went out there telling myself that we all trained hard throughout the season; it’s about who wanted it the most, and I just went out there with guts and heart,” Russell said. The women’s 400m hurdles final is set for tomorrow at 8:10 p.m. (7:10 p.m. local time), and will also see Kaliese Spencer’s involvement. – A.L.last_img read more