The beginning of the end

I turned in my dissertation to my committee on Friday. I had about 3 seconds of elation before the anxiety started to set in again. Ever since my data meeting, I’ve been ablaze finishing up analyses and interpretation and then writing the dissertation itself. I’m extremely grateful to my Fall 2013 self for starting the process. The…

Air pollution, admitted students, and aquaculture

Quick, what do these three things have in common? Actually, nothing besides the fact that they’ve made an appearance in my SPH life in the past couple weeks. This semester, I’ve been in a community air pollution class studying the sources of air pollution and its effect on communities. However, there are countless talks that…

What I Learned From the Man Behind Ben and Jerry’s

No, it wasn’t Ben, and it wasn’t Jerry either. Last week I had the opportunity to hear Jeff Furman, a Ben and Jerry’s insider, speak about his role at Ben and Jerry’s , from helping to create its original business plan, to its innovation and social mission development, to selling it to Unilever, and finally…

Smell the Roses

The snow is melting outside and even the frozen Huron River is back to it’s sparklingly glorious self. With final projects and exams approaching, you can feel the collective anxiety and stress building at UM School of Public Health. It’s a transitional time as first year students like myself head out to our internships in…

Is Alcohol to Blame For Sexual Assault?

No. That’s the short answer. The real, more complicated answer, is the result of a set of interconnected factors that have been tested and researched for many years. I learned more about this complex behavioral relationship at a presentation by Antonia Abbey, Professor of Psychology at Wayne State University. Dr. Abbey walked us through her…

The Mysterious Capstone Project: What is it and Why is it Important?

One of the key ingredients to obtaining your Master’s Degree in Public Health at Michigan is completing a capstone project.  You may hear phrases like “independent research project”, “data analysis”, “summer internship”, or “stressed and confused” when talking about the capstone project. But basically, writing your capstone is a chance to show off all you’ve…