Category: Community Health

Andes to Amazon: Bringing water to Peru

I returned this week from Peru, one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen and home to the much-touted Machu Picchu, an Inca holiday retreat of massive proportion.  Wandering through the ruins, imagining the decadent excess that once filled the walls of each house, I couldn’t help but contrast the visions with those of

A Q&A with McCormick’s Dirk Brockmann

Dirk Brockmann, an associate professor in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, is changing the way we track the spread of human infectious diseases. He uses modern technology, such as social networking websites, to examine human mobility. His work, with colleague Lars Hufnagel, analyzing data collected from the website Wheresgeorge, which

Sexual network models to fight HIV

Let’s call him Naskar. Naskar grew up in a small village outside Calcutta, and moved to the city when he was 22. He is homosexual, and quickly developed a likeminded group of friends. He doesn’t do drugs, though he sometimes drinks. He sees his family infrequently, and spends most of his time inside the city

21st Century Life in El Péten, Guatemala

by Laura Ruch, WCAS 2012, biology and science in human culture major, global health minor Dr. Paul Farmer once said, at a keynote address for the 2010 Northwestern GlobeMed Summit, “There are no first, second, third worlds.  There is one world.”  That line has stuck with me since I first heard it, and I think