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first_img Read Full Story If you’re examining the impact of air pollution control efforts in Denver, how do you statistically account for the fact that air pollution travels east—and that pollution reduction in the western United States could affect air quality in New England?Likewise, if you’re measuring the effectiveness of a particular HIV-prevention strategy in a village in Botswana, how do you account for the fact that people in one village may have relationships with people in other villages?These are two of the thorny issues discussed at an afternoon symposium on February 6, 2013 at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) titled “Quantitative Methods of Implementation Science & Translational Research.” A dozen researchers from HSPH and other institutions spoke at the symposium, which was sponsored by the departments of epidemiology, biostatistics, and global health and population at HSPH.Implementation science and translational research aim to use research findings to create real-world interventions—and to figure out how best to measure the success of those efforts, HSPH Dean Julio Frenk explained in introductory remarks.Speakers at the symposium focused on three case studies.last_img read more


first_imgAt Wednesday’s senate meeting, the student group passed two resolutions proposing amendments to the student government constitution.The first resolution, written and presented by Judicial Council president Michael Masi, proposes to amend the constitution so the Judicial Council president would be responsible for “verifying the validity of all votes cast in any election.”“I know that some people are nervous about giving all the power to one person,” Masi said.The goal, he said, is to make the process more efficient by having one person in charge of recording and verifying the votes.The amendment would also require that dorms comply with the constitution by running hall elections through the Judicial Council, Masi said. In 2013, 23 out of the 29 residence halls did so, and Masi said he hopes to have all 29 on board for the 2014 election.With the amendment, all elections this year would take place through Google docs, which would be set up by an independent netID that only the Judicial Council president and his Student Activities Office (SAO) advisor would have access to.Department of Internal Affairs director Daniel Colston also produced and presented an amendment which came up for vote at Wednesday’s meeting. This amendment establishes a “48-hour rule” that will apply to future resolutions and agendas for the Senate.Colston said when resolutions have been circulated too soon to their votes, “ability to make an informed vote — based on what your constituents want — was impaired,” because the senators did not have time to think them over and present them at their individual hall councils.Earlier versions of the constitution had a “three-day rule” in place, but the new amendment calls for only 48 hours in order to give student body vice president Nancy Joyce as well as other members of the cabinet time to put together the necessary documents.In the event of an emergency, the amendment stipulates that a resolution may be voted upon without prior notice if the members of student senate unanimously agree that it should be voted upon, particularly in cases where the senate wishes to express its appreciation, support of or congratulations to a group or person in a timely manner.The group also discussed several upcoming student government events. The student body debate between presidential and vice-presidential candidates will take place Monday in the basement of LaFortune Student Center. Information sessions for those interested in running for class council will be held Tuesday, Feb. 4, and elections for student body president will take place Wednesday, Feb. 5.last_img read more


first_imgClick here for more information about how a special education program is preparing for in-person services this summer. Click here for more information about a local veteran who has passed away from cancer. (WBNG) — Here are the top stories from this morning including information about a fire that broke out at a residence in Binghamton, a local veteran that passed away from pancreatic cancer, a massive project awarded to BAE Systems in Endicott and much more. center_img Click here for more information about the early-morning house fire in Binghamton.last_img read more