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July 1, 2009

Mehret Mandefro (Cohort 5) Selected as 2009 White House Fellow

The White House announced today the appointment of 15 outstanding men and women to serve as White House Fellows.
June 16, 2009

Patrick Sharkey (Cohort 5) Supreme Change; As Sonia Sotomayor Strives for the High Court, Her Childhood Neighborhood No Longer Houses Opportunity

Walk through the red-brick buildings of Bronxdale Houses, the public housing project where Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor grew up, and find broken elevators; smashed windows, lights and front-door locks; and hallways that stink of urine.
June 10, 2009

Sabrina McCormick (Cohort 5) War on breast cancer must shift to prevention

If we truly want to save lives, we must shift our attention from curing breast cancer to preventing it. This means reducing exposures to pesticides and hormones in food, ingredients in personal care products, and air-borne pollutants, which all raise the risk of breast cancer.
April 13, 2009

Amani Nuru-Jeter (Cohort1) Sarlo Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for Junior Faculty

In only four years at Berkeley, Amani Nuru-Jeter’s passion for research, electrifying presence in the classroom, and wise mentoring have transformed the experience of studying social epidemiology in the School of Public Health.
March 26, 2009


In 1993, the health-insurance industry used fear to turn the American people against health-care reform, but this time insurance companies fear having to compete with a public health plan that might be cheaper, more effective, less wasteful, and less of a hassle.
January 31, 2009

Jason Block (Cohort 4) Surcharge on sweets may not trim many waists

When Governor Deval Patrick proposed a 5 percent premium on sugary treats this week, his administration presented it as a sin tax with a bonus: Imposing such a levy, a briefing paper pledged, "is a critical first step in discouraging the consumption of these empty calories."
January 6, 2009

Sacoby Wilson (Cohort 3) Questions farmers and how they raise the meat we eat

Duplin County, N.C. stinks. And no wonder. Its human population is just under 50,000 people, but it is also home to 2.2 million of North Carolina's 10 million hogs.
December 19, 2008

Sheryl Magzamen (Cohort 5) Kickin’ Asthma Found to Help Urban Students Reduce Symptoms, Activity Limitations, Emergency Room Visits, and Increase School Attendance

A new study has found that a school-based asthma education program conducted in the Oakland, California school district was shown to reduce symptoms and increase the number of days that children who suffered from asthma were able to go to school.

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