This spring, Anne Wells (MIRT Peru 2015) received the Commencement Speaker Award at Rice University. This award honors a 2016 graduating student, undergraduate, or graduate, who exemplifies the values and causes of the 2016 Commencement Speaker Sheryl WuDunn. Ms. WuDunn is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author. Anne was recognized for her contributions to knowledge on social justice issues both on campus and internationally. Anne will be serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon for Community Health Education in September before applying to medical school.
Ijala Wilson (MIRT Ethiopia 2015) received the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at SUNY Albany. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated an ability to integrate their academic achievement with leadership, campus involvement, career achievements, and community service. Read more here.
As a MIRT Fellow, Ijala worked on a project titled “Validation of the Patient health Questionnaire-2 among Ethiopian Adults.” After graduation, Ijala will be participating in the Doctoral Diversity Program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
Inside this issue, we introduce our MIRT 2016 Fellows with new student profiles and include highlights from the Pre-Travel Orientation in Boston.
We also present new student research and profile Chinyere Ogbonna, who participated in a MIRT Fellowship in 2004 in Bangkok, Thailand. Lastly, the MIRT 2015 Fellows are highlighted for their recent research presentations at the New England Science Symposium.
A small selection of photos from the spring newsletter are highlighted below.
Our Harvard MIRT Fellows presented their MIRT summer research findings at the April 3, 2016 New England Science Symposium at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. The annual symposium is an opportunity for college students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to share their biomedical and health-related research activities.
A new research article written by our MIRT fellow Ornella Rutaragama (MIRT Site: Ethiopia 2014) was accepted for publication in the Journal of Sleep Disorders. The article examines the extent to which symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome are associated with the odds of common mental disorders (CMDs).
The findings of Rutaragama et al., 2015 emphasize the comorbidity of sleep disorders and CMDs and suggest that there are benefits to investing in educational programs to extend knowledge of sleep disorders in young adults.
Michelle A. Williams, S.M. ’88, Sc.D. ’91, a distinguished epidemiologist and award-winning educator known for her influential studies of maternal and child health around the world, will become the next dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, starting in July. Read about Dr. Williams’ distinguished career and new appointment here.
Inside this issue, we profile three alumni who have received support from the Double Eagle Scholarship to participate in the MIRT Program. We also highlight MIRT alumni Isabel Morgan. Since her 2014 MIRT Fellowship, Isabel co-founded Crafting Change Agents, a program that aims to promote cultural understanding between black Americans and South Africans, encourage civic engagement, and empower scholars to pursue leadership positions in their respective communities. Our newsletter highlights two new research studies from our MIRT Fellows and spotlights alumni Dr. Roberto Orellana, who participated in a MIRT Fellowship in Peru in 2003.
A small selection of photos from the winter newsletter are highlighted below.
Hazar Khidir, was a MIRT Fellow in 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Hazar worked on a project titled “Sleep quality and sleep patterns in relation to consumption of energy drinks, caffeinated beverages, and other stimulants among Thai college students” (Sleep Breath. 2013). This project highlighted the need to educate students on the importance of sleep and the influences of dietary and lifestyle choices on their sleep quality and overall health. Hazar is currently attending Harvard Medical School.
In the video below, Hazar speaks about her experiences in Ethiopia and the great benefits of participating in the Harvard MIRT program.