Hundreds Gather for BUSPH 40th Anniversary Celebration

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February 16th, 2016

Dean Sandro Galea (left) with alumnus Russell Lopez '03. Credit Christopher Huang

Dean Sandro Galea (left) with alumnus Russell Lopez ’03. Credit Christopher Huang

More than 400 faculty, alumni, students, and staff of the School of Public Health gathered February 4 at the Algonquin Club in Boston to celebrate the School’s 40th anniversary.

BU Provost Jean Morrison applauded the SPH community for its rich history of research and education, saying the School’s “success and lasting contributions have changed our approach to so many societal challenges.”

Dean Sandro Galea recognized his predecessor, Robert Meenan, and founders of the School and thanked faculty, staff, and alumni for helping to move SPH forward.

“We are here because we believe that public health should be a central player in creating a better world,” Galea said. “When the day gets long, and when things are not going so well, knowing that you’re part of something bigger than yourself is the best way to say, ‘I am moving forward because what I’m doing is worth it.’”

Joel Lamstein, chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board and co-founder and president of John Snow, Inc., said SPH is well positioned to be a leader in elevating public health.

“If you think about it, public health has never really gotten its due, although it’s made major strides,” he said. With an increasing global focus on health, “this is the time for Boston University to be one of the leaders,” he said.

In a moment of levity, Lamstein referenced the Boston Globe’s ongoing home-delivery problems, saying, “You may not have always gotten the Boston Globe on Sunday—but you always got the Dean’s Note.”

A full schedule of events for the 40th anniversary celebration is available.

Submitted by BUSPH Communications.