Yale School of Public Health 2016 summer internships

2016 Summer Internships

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Divya Chandra – Tugela Ferry, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Divya Chandra studied Isoniazid Preventive Therapy (IPT), an intervention recommended by the WHO, to reduce the risk of developing TB among people living with HIV in two clinics in South…

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Shoshanna Goldin – Geneva Switzerland

Shoshanna was a public health, innovation, and intellectual property intern for the World Health Organization.

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Adrienne Groccia – Oxford, England

Adrienne interned at the Value Based Healthcare Programme of the University of Oxford, where she spent the summer analyzing end-of-life care systems in England and the United States.

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Sonam Lama – Albuquerque, New Mexico

As a graduate research intern, Sonam worked with The Refugee Well-being Project (RWP) at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

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Elisabeth Skiles – Chicago, Illinois

As a case manager intern at RefugeeOne, a refugee resettlement agency in Chicago, Elisabeth spent her summer helping refugees, asylees, parolees and secondary migrants resettle in the city.

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Roxanne Winston – San Francisco, California

Roxanne Winston worked with the TransLife Program at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and hosted a transmasculine health panel.

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Zhongfei Yang – Geneva, Switzerland

Zhongfei interned with with the Unit for the Management of Non-communicable Diseases (MND) at the World Health Organization.

China Turns on Charm Offensive for Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

Bhutan is nestled among the Himalayas and between Asia’s two giant powers – India to the south and China to the north. The small kingdom, a country of 750,000, has long had ties with India. So India watches closely as China steps up attempts to settle longstanding border differences and strengthen ties with Bhutanese leaders including Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji who visited Beijing in August. Author Bertil Lintner points out that “Bhutan would find it difficult to act independently when it comes to its foreign relations. Imports from India account for 75 percent of the total, and 85 percent of all exports goes to India.” India and Bhutan have a long history, and a 2007 treaty states that “Neither government shall allow the use of its territory for activities harmful to the national security and interests of the other.” Lintner concludes that tiny Bhutan could find itself caught in the middle and not prepared to handle the consequences of angering either giant. – YaleGlobal


YSM students perform in London


This past week, students from the Yale School of Music, along with YSM Dean Robert Blocker and Director of Communications and Alumni Affairs Donna Yoo, traveled to London where they gave concerts, for Yale alumni and friends, at the Royal Automobile Club and the Royal College of Music. As part of the visit, which was made possible by Helen Chung-Halpern and Abel Halpern ’88BA (each is a member of YSM’s Board of Advisors), Blocker presented a master class to graduate and undergraduate student piano trios at the Royal College of Music.

The YSM students who traveled to London are violinists Sophia Mockler ’17MM and Laura Park ’18MM, violist Joshua Newburger ’17MM, cellist Eric Adamshick ’17MM, pianist Sun-A Park ’16AD ’17MMA, and soprano Jessica Pray ’17MM. Mockler, Laura Park, Newburger, and Adamshick performed as the Béla Quartet.

YSM students perform in London

Rwandan president addresses critics in Yale lecture

During a lecture on Sept. 20 at Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, Paul Kagame, the president of the Republic of Rwanda, urged his audience of about 300 people to be skeptical of perceptions of his country put forth by the media and international human rights groups.

He urged his audience to seek to understand his country’s complexity and its history.

“Don’t just read an op-ed or sign an online petition and assume that that is the end of the story,” he said. “To lead the world and to make it better, you first must better understand it. Be as humble as you are curious.”


In India, a Model for Reducing ‘Retaliation Killings’ of Wild Cats

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A key factor driving the loss of tigers and leopards in India is so-called “retaliation killings” by livestock owners frustrated by the threats — perceived or real — that these big cats pose to their livestock. Any efforts to reduce these conflicts depend largely on whether these perceptions align with reality.

A new Yale-led study published in the journal PLOS ONE finds that communities in central India have an uncanny understanding of the carnivores in their backyard and where they are most likely to hunt livestock — a fact that can significantly improve advanced conservation strategies.


10th Annual CHINA Town Hall

A Special Webcast with Henry A. Kissinger and Panel Discussion with Yale Faculty

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Auditorium, Henry R. Luce Hall See map

34 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511


Deborah Davis

Professor of Sociology, Yale University

Robert D. Williams

Executive Director, Paul Tsai China Center – Yale Law School


In addition to his years as national security advisor (1969-1975) and secretary of state (1973-1977), Dr. Kissinger has also taught at Harvard University and is currently chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. While national security advisor, Dr. Kissinger played a crucial role in arranging President Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, which opened the door to the re-establishment of U.S.-China relations.  His many decades of efforts to strengthen the Sino-American relationship are why we can think of no better person to serve as our CHINA Town Hall speaker as we mark the National Committee’s 50th Anniversary in 2016.

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