The International Association of Women named Nancy Berley a 2019-20 Influencer in recognition of her leadership in health and wellness. Nancy has been a family physician for 15 years and became a Certified Health Coach in 2018. Dien Ho is an associate professor of philosophy and health-care ethics at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area. His book “A Philosopher Goes to the Doctor: A Critical Look at Philosophical Assumptions in Medicine” was published by Routledge this summer. The cover art is a reproduction of a painting by Dien’s friend Bonnie Ashmore, who battled an aggressive form of breast cancer and is now cancer-free — the painting depicts the chemical structure of the chemoagent that saved her life. Bonnie’s work has been shown at Peabody Essex Museum, which sold silk scarves printed with one of her paintings to raise funds for cancer research. Dien writes, “My passion for political activism, deference to intellectual pursuits and debates, and commitment to educating young people found their roots at Brandeis. In addition to my above-average use of Yiddish phrases in class, I try to instill in my students many of the virtues Brandeis represents.”

Two men and four women dressed in bicycling clothes and helmets stand in front of a brick wall in a sandy location

RIDE STRONG: A group of Brandeisians biked in the Negev as part of an April fundraiser for Camp Ramah’s Tikvah programs for campers with disabilities. From left: Elana Rivel ’93; Jonathan and Iris Gold, P’05, P’07, P’19; Josh Mandell ’11; Evelyn Horn, P’14; and Fran Shonfeld Sherman ’84.

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