Category: Public Health

Plagues of the Past, Present and Future: A Visit from Laurie Garrett

As a way to celebrate 20 years of global engagement and scholarship, the Buffett Institute invited a series of esteemed speakers to address the Northwestern community. The afternoon of May 15th, guests had the opportunity to hear from Laurie Garrett, one of America’s leading voices in the field of global health. Her talk, entitled “From

Teju Cole visits to talk about the White Savior Industrial Complex

Teju Cole opened his presentation with a video clip. A white girl with shaggy bangs and a colorful headband plays her violin while another sings Rihanna’s song, We Found Love. The scene cuts and we discover that she is in Africa, playing her violin and smiling among native Africans, from the classroom to the field..

Motorcycle use: A global health crisis?

The use of motorcycles has been growing around the world, due to the mobility and speed that they offer, as well as affordability. With increased use comes more frequent accidents, making motorcycle use a public health issue around the world. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Burden of Disease study, road accidents are

Luna Lights: A Unique and Inventive Solution for Night-time Falls

I recently caught up with Donovan Morrison, a 2014 graduate of Northwestern already boasting an impressive list of professional accomplishments – namely CEO and Co-Founder of health-based start-up Luna Lights. Luna Lights is an automated lighting system which prevents and detects falls in the elderly population using cloud based data analytics. The idea for the

APEC Climate Agreement: Too Little Too Late?

Last May I wrote a post on my experience with pollution while in China. The smog was, without a doubt, my least favorite part about spending a summer in Beijing. Not only are the extreme amounts of pollutants gross to breathe in and bad for the environment, they are also bad for our health. And