ESP Biography

CONSTANTINE PSIMOPOULOS, MIT Co-Instructor: Writing About Sports & Olympics

Major: Center for Bioethics

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

onstantine or 'Kosti' is a Kinesiologist by training and has served as a Faculty Coordinator at the Center on Causes and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and at the Department of Cell Bio at Harvard Medical School since 2019. He also serves by appointment from the Dean of HSPH, Angelopoulos Professor Michelle Williams, on the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (DACDI), where he has been assigned to the Strategic Planning and Implementation working group.

He is currently training in Bioethics, pursuing an MBE degree at the Center for Bioethics of Harvard Medical School, having been awarded the Inaugural HMS Dean's Scholarship based on "academic excellence, persistence, resilience, and a commitment to advancing the position of the underserved and the underrepresented in the biomedical sciences". At Harvard Medical School, he has also served by appointment as Director of Policy and Advocacy (2021-2022) and was recently elected President of Harvard Medical School's MS Council, and asked to serve on the Harvard Graduate Council Advocacy Committee.

Kosti returned to Harvard after having served as an Administrative and Lab Coordinator at the Harvard-MIT program in Health Sciences and Technology based at MIT, and the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), running all administrative aspects of the labs of Alex Shalek and Jim Collins. Through that role, he has been affiliated with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as an associated staff member, as well as the Ragon Institute of Mass General Hospital (MGH), and the Wyss Institute of Harvard Medical School. In August of 2019, he was appointed as Broad Institute Campus Ambassador and more recently an I.D.E.A (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Allyship) Ambassador.

Although he is an American since he was born a United States citizen (at the time of his birth in Thessaloniki, both his father and mother were US citizens of Greek origin who emigrated to this country for graduate studies), Constantine has always identified as a proud Greek. Heeding the call to duty and always eager to serve his motherland, Constantine took an administrative position working as a Consular Officer for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic at the Consulate General of Greece in Boston, mostly around cultural, science and sport diplomacy, before returning to his academic life at MIT.

Constantine Psimopoulos has previously been an associate of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, having served as a Research Assistant to the George Seferis Chair of Modern Greek Studies in the Classics Department. Since 2015, he has been asked to teach a fall session on Ethics in Sport / Sport Philosophy by fellow Harvard cyclist, Professor Bernhard Nickel in the Philosophy Department.

Constantine has been the Fitness Manager and Instructor at the historic Hemenway Gymnasium of Harvard University Athletics / Recreation. Founder of the Modern Olympic Movement Baron Pierre de Coubertin visited this site in 1889, and saw the Discobolus, famous statue (roman replica) of an Ancient Greek Olympic athlete that President Everett of Harvard ordered to be erected on its grounds in 1865. In that role as Hemenway Fitness Manager, Constantine was charged with supervising the personal training program and the instructional physical activity classes that were taught in the facility, along with the hiring, leadership and guidance of the instructors and fitness staff. He also served as a community adviser for wellness in the Harvard Graduate Commons program and is married to a Harvard Classics Faculty member and PhD in the Classics department, Calliope Dourou-Psimopoulos.

Constantine has previously served on the Community advisory committee to Harvard's School of Public Health Prevention Research Center, overseeing nutrition and physical activity policy research projects funded by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Federal Government).

He formerly worked as the Assistant Director of the Zesiger Sports & Fitness Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and continues to be an affiliated faculty member at MIT as a Co-Instructor for the Writing about Sports course as well as a research affiliate of the MIT ArchiMedia Lab.

Past Classes

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H15291: Bioethics and the Olympics in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
Would you sacrifice your health and well being in order to win Olmypic Gold? You probably shouldn’t but some actually are willing to cheat, use performance enhanci mg drugs, and any means necessary to do so! Come an learn why this goes against the spirit of Olympism, find out what real Olmypic Champions do, how they think, get advice from an Olympic level cyclist, and leave a better and more ethical person knowing a lot more about the meaning of life, exciting cases from part Olympic Games, hold an actual Olympic medal in your hand and have a chance to examine your own life!