PUBLIC HEALTH: Science, Sustainability and the South


UC Berkeley Public Health Professor Eva Harris builds community and capacity in her efforts to control the spread of dengue.

Envision a Bohr model of an atom, but replace the little electrons zipping around the nucleus with ideas buzzing around the head of a single person. Seemingly disconnected words and ideas fly around, constantly jumping energy levels, yet maintaining a constant orbit — DNA, social movements, capacity-building, polymerase chain reaction, south-south partnerships, dengue hemorrhagic fever, plasma leakage, palm pilots, abuelitas, electrophoresis, reggaeton. Somehow Dr. Eva Harris provides the central atomic core tying all these ideas together, making their connections seem so obvious that you wonder why others don’t link them as she does.

Karen Levy
Publication date: 
January 9, 2007
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article