This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
Happy New Year to all!

Sandy Schwartz named as Leon Hess Professor in Internal Medicine. Congratulations to J. Sanford Schwartz, MD, who has been appointed as the first Leon Hess Professor in Internal Medicine. Dr. Schwartz led LDI as executive director from 1989 to 1998, and continues as an LDI Senior Fellow.

Summer internship available for undergraduate minorities. For the eighth consecutive year, LDI and the Wharton Health Care Systems Department are conducting a paid internship program for undergraduates (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) from underrepresented minority groups and interested others. The Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program provides students with an opportunity to conduct health services research under the guidance of an LDI Senior Fellow, attend national conferences and network with researchers, and gain practical advice about graduate school opportunities. The brief online application form must be completed by February 15, 2007. For more information contact Joanne Levy.

Joanne Levy honored. LDI Deputy Director Joanne Levy received one of Wharton's 125th Anniversary Recognition Awards for her outstanding service to the Wharton community. Congratulations, Joanne!

Upcoming Seminars
Research: It's all about location, location, location. Please join us as LDI Senior Fellows Charles Branas, PhD and Dennis Culhane, PhD discuss the Cartographic Modeling Lab (CML) at Penn, a rich resource for data and research collaborations. Drs. Branas and Culhane co-direct the CML and will present, "Potential Meets Reality: Linking Health and Place through the Cartographic Modeling Lab" on Friday, January 12, from 12:00-1:30 pm.
RSVP More info

Health Policy: (This year's theme is Global Health, a.k.a. It's a small, small world)
We are delighted to welcome Marko Vujicic, PhD, an economist and consultant with The World Bank, who will discuss, "Foggy Lens?: An Economist's Take on the Global Health Workforce 'Crisis'" on Friday, January 19, from 12:00-1:30 pm.
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Issue Brief
Lower Nicotine May Not Lower Harm
by Andrew A. Strasser, PhD, Caryn Lerman, PhD, and Joseph N. Cappella, PhD

Recent Seminars
Research: On December 1, Peter Bearman, PhD, Professor of Sociology at Columbia, discussed his work on adolescent health and sexual behavior.
Abstract Paper from December 1 talk

On December 8, Gautam Gowrisankaran, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics at Washington University, St. Louis, presented work that evaluated the impact of the Medicare HMO program and prescription drug coverage on mortality in the elderly.
Abstract Paper from December 8 talk



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