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The annual Colonel John W. Pershing (CAS’64) Military History Lecture, February 28, 4 p.m., at the SMG Auditorium
Week of 22 February 2002 · Vol. V, No. 24

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Public health dilemma: unlimited priorities, limited funds

By Hope Green
Hospital closings. Bioterrorism. West Nile virus. AIDS. Substance abuse. As the Massachusetts commissioner of public health, Howard Koh goes from crises that dominate the headlines to festering problems that get less media coverage but still have a lasting impact on the public's well-being.

In wake of terrorism, theology scholar's book shows healing power of the pulpit

By David J. Craig
Eloquence in times of crisis has long been a hallmark of the African-American church. Galvanizing speeches by 19th-century black abolitionists and the inspiring oratory of Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS'55, Hon.'59) in the midst of the 1960s race riots are among the better known examples of this legacy. School of Theology doctoral student Martha Simmons is an expert in the traditions of African-American Baptist homiletics, and when capacity crowds packed houses of worship after September 11, she knew that leading black clergy could be counted on for words of encouragement and solace.

SPH study redresses woeful lack of data on black women's health

By Tim Stoddard
In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers led by Professor Lynn Rosenberg, associate director of the Slone Epidemiology Unit at the School of Public Health, is currently tracking the health of 64,500 African-American women from around the country. "It's the largest health study of black women that's yet been conducted," Rosenberg says.

Edward Gourdin: Olympic silver medalist, but a man of firsts By Amy Dean

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Overseas travel safety alert

Each February, the State Department alerts American students traveling abroad during spring and summer breaks about conditions that may affect their safety and welfare. Some young people are victimized while traveling because they are unaware of the laws, customs, or standards of the country they are visiting or by failing to exercise prudent judgment. For the latest travel safety information, visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs Web site at http://travel.state.gov

22 February 2002
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