Provost Blog


A Blog Generated by Alex Johnson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

April 13, 2011

"Grateful for Our Educational Resources" Week

April 10-16 is National Library Week. I was on the "T" and saw a John Grisham (one of my favorite authors) poster promoting this recognition of libraries and librarians! Grisham caught my attention, and now I hope that I catch yours! So, first off, I think it's a good idea for me to express my thanks, at this time, to our librarian, Jessica Bell and to others who create a remarkable learning foundation for the Institute . Jessica's leadership is supported by her remarkable colleagues at the Treadwell Library at MGH , led by Elizabeth Schneider . Together, all of these colleagues make an...
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March 13, 2011

Amazing Students with Amazing Stories

Meet some friends of mine--who are some of the current roster of John Hilton Knowles Scholars. The Knowles family has established a scholarship in honor of John Hilton Knowles, who was President of Mass General Hospital when the Institute was founded. Dr. Knowles, now deceased, and his family recognized the important contribution that our students are to make, as future leaders of their various disciplines Jason, whose home is in San Antonio, Texas has worked as a furniture mover for people who were impoverished and for three years as a health promoter in inner city Boston. Fluent in Russian...
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February 23, 2011

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: The Lost Story

Just over a month ago, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head during a mass shooting in her home city of Tucson. In this incomprehensible event, numerous others were killed or injured. The nation’s hearts have been wracked with grief for this terrible tragedy. As is always true with such events, the news media pounced on the story. The public (myself included) looked forward to learning of what happened as the story progressed. We all wanted to know that Giffords had survived. For several weeks following Gifford’s tragic shooting, the media was filled with images of heroic “...
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January 16, 2011

Martin Luther King Speaks to MGH Institute Community

Wouldn't’ this have been a great headline on the Institute website? At about the same time that MLK was assassinated, the Institute was in its earliest formative years. Wouldn't’t it have been something if Dr. King had been able to have given the first commencement address or speak at the Schwartz rounds? His message, I am sure, would have been one that focused on urgency for bringing access to all, eliminating disparities and barriers to health care, and assuring that the needs of all people and all providers were addressed. Earlier today I heard a talk regarding Dr. King’s message. The...
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January 4, 2011

The King's Speech (Pathologist)

Happy 2011! I hope that each and every member of the IHP community had a wonderful break, a good rest, and joins me in looking forward to a lively semester! Part of my break time was filled with seeing a few films. One that was memorable for me was "The King's Speech". This film is receiving great reviews for the acting performance, the strong writing, and its historical significance. I liked it for all of those reasons. However, my reason for discussing "The King's Speech" in this blog is because of some important take home messages offered. First of all, let me reveal...
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December 17, 2010

December has provided for some interesting "sights" for the Institute community.

December has provided for some interesting "sights" for the Institute community. I had the chance to accompany some Partners' colleagues to Delhi, India in order to explore some collaborative opportunities for the future. This picture, taken at India's largest mosque, is my favorite one from the trip! Six faculty members representing our two Schools shared their research results with members of the Board at their recent Board of Trustees Dinner. During a pre-dinner reception, faculty work was displayed on posters around the room and Trustees had a chance to visit with the faculty members and...
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December 1, 2010

Wake Up; It's December Already

December Thought #1: From all of my years in school (when have I ever NOT been in school?), December is always a memorable time. In elementary school, December meant holiday planning and celebrations; in high school and college it meant looking forward to a much desired break; and now in my professional life it almost always means time to "take stock." One of the things that I have been thinking about as I take stock of this year is--how fast we are moving to the future. I am so optimistic about our future at the Institute, that I almost can't remember all we have been accomplishing. Rather,...
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November 1, 2010

On Giving Thanks: Some IHP Thoughts

Almost every culture has a celebration of remembrance and gratitude. In the United States and Canada, Thanksgiving is the holiday where we spend time acknowledging those people and events that we appreciate most. In a few weeks, most of us will be spending time with friends or family (or maybe sharing time with a student or colleague who is new to Boston) and sharing in this great American holiday tradition. This year, as I celebrate Thanksgiving with my own family, I will also be remembering some aspects of the Institute community for which I am most grateful. First of all, I am so...
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October 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Physical Therapy

This weekend, the Department of Physical Therapy is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of PT at the Institute. Alumni, faculty, and friends will come together for social and educational events. PT Chair (and Interim Dean of SHRS) Leslie Portney has produced a publication that reports the history of the program. Congratulations to our PT faculty, students, and alumni!This birthday celebration of PT, which coincides with National PT Month, is a reminder of the important contribution that our PT programs make to the life of the Institute. From an educational standpoint, our program is recognized...
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October 10, 2010

A Complicated Journey

I returned late last evening from a week long trip to Israel. This was the fourth "People to People" trip that I have led in the past three years. I was able to lead 30 Speech-Language Pathologists to Israel for professional exchange with each other via Continuing Education, with colleagues in universities, hospitals, and clinics in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem, and also to tour important historical and religious sites. What a trip! Exhausting and exhilarating and filled with surprises and learning! The trip was not affiliated with the Institute and was not sponsored by the Institute (just...
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