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by michael purdy
photos by thomas arledge

The tools may change—adding machines give way to high-speed computers, microscopes to mass spectrometry—but at its essence public health remains the story of people. Researchers acquire knowledge and use it to save the lives of other people, across town or around the world. The School’s original visionaries, Welch, Howell, McCollum, and company, made their discoveries and passed insights on to the following generation, and so on.

On the following pages, we bring you six young faculty—public health’s next generation. Among a host of young, promising researchers at the School, they are confronting some of today’s most critical public health issues. They study the air we breathe, the water we drink, the health care we receive, the genes we share, the children we love, and the disease we hope to eradicate.

Kellogg Schwab
The old engineering solutions for water purity have worked well for 150 years, but Kellogg is leading the way to new paradigms based in molecular biology.

Dani Fallin 
A quiet but potent revolution has recently swept through efforts to link genes to diseases, and Dani Fallin finds herself in the enviable position of specializing in the new analytic technique responsible for the revolution.
Michele Cooley 
Looking at violence in urban communities through a child’s eyes may help break the cycle of poverty, crime, and violence that has plagued inner cities for so long, believes Michele Cooley.
Kevin Frick
When you discuss preventive services in the American political scene, the question always is, how cost-effective are they?” The kinds of information that Kevin Frick is developing are crucial as a result.

David Sullivan 
David Sullivan hopes to discover the secret of malaria’s weak spot: hemozoin, an iron-containing crystal inside the parasite.
Francesca Dominici 
Francesca Dominici is putting her statistical prowess to the test now with a major new five-year project that will analyze two years of Medicare patient care data, air pollution records, smoking surveys, weather data, and census data.