Category: Public Health

Female circumcision: A practice hard to change

Bettina Shell-Duncan, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Washington and a Northwestern University alum, shared her research on female genital cutting in an event on campus Wednesday afternoon. The lecture, sponsored by International Program Development and the Program of African Studies, was entitled “Between Law, Religion and Tradition: Contesting Female Genital Cutting

Lima through a lens: A chat with Hayley MacMillen

Electricity is something most of us take for granted.  Charging a computer, turning on the kitchen lights, toasting a piece of bread…with the flick of a switch or the plug of a cord we have access to safe, reliable, constant, unending power. This is not the case with many people living around the world today,

Halting pandemics in their tracks: EpidemicIQ

Students of Global Health 301: Introduction to International Public Health had the chance Thursday morning to talk to alumnus and researcher Lalith Polepeddi about his work tracking and preventing epidemics. The talk, which took place in Northwestern’s Frances Searle building and was attended by about 40 students, focused on Polepeddi’s work at Global Viral Forecasting,

‘Contagion’ echoes the reality of public health outbreaks

Anyone who sees the Hollywood thriller “Contagion” may be a little on edge. In the film an unknown pathogen moves from Hong Kong to Chicago before globetrotting in a ruthless killing spree. The medical community struggles to contain it and find a cure as the world panics, falling into chaos. Could an epidemic like “Contagion”