September 2016 Dean's Message
Greetings friends and colleagues,
As the busy work of our fall semester is well underway and our days are getting noticeably shorter, we are simultaneously carrying heavy hearts and watching through vigilant eyes as stories and videos of the inexplicable deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement fill our news feeds. And, in an election year like none ever before, we know that there is much at stake as we choose new leaders who will shape the direction of our country, set the tone for how we treat one another, and influence whether we all stand up for and do the hard work required to make good on our principles of justice, equality and freedom for all. This is not a time to sit idly by, and I trust that our students, as well as faculty and staff, are all registered to vote! If not, Register to Vote! In Maryland, you must register by October 18 to vote in the Nov. 8 election.
On a lighter note, I delight each fall in the rituals of going back to school, from the purchase of new books and school supplies to the opportunity to welcome our new students and faculty to campus. And this fall, the School of Public Health has lots of new faces. We continue to experience significant growth, thanks to our diversity of degree programs and to the increasing recognition of how public health impacts us all, everyday.
A few highlights about the UMD SPH this fall:
- We are pleased to welcome new students into our four undergraduate majors, bringing our total undergraduate population to more than 2,600, a 20% increase in incoming students over last year. Our 132 new graduate students hail from 22 different countries. This year, more than a quarter of our incoming graduate students received their undergraduate degrees from UMD, with Community Health and Biology as the most common undergraduate majors.
- We welcomed five new faculty members, with expertise ranging from health policy to reproductive health.
- Dr. Sacoby Wilson received the 2016 Junior Faculty Award from the university’s Council on the Environment.
And don’t miss these upcoming events:
- Saturday, October 1 (12:00-3:30 PM): Third Annual SPH Alumni Homecoming Tailgate: and Saturday, October 15 (4-6 PM): Family Day tailgate. Please Register to attend either or both of these events.
- Monday, October 17 (1:00-3:00 pm): Public Health Grand rounds with Pultizer-prize winning science writer Laurie Garrett
- Sunday, October 30 (6:00 -8:00 pm): UMD SPH reception at the APHA conference in Denver, Colorado: we will host our reception for alumni and friends on in conjunction with the annual American Public Health Association meeting. Please view details and RSVP to attend if you will be at the conference.
Please read more about the latest research and activities in the School of Public Health in our September newsletter. I wish you a healthy and productive fall semester!
Jane E. Clark
Professor and Dean