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CPHHS School Head named Robert and Sara Rothschild Endowed Chair in Global Health

The CPHHS congratulates Sunil Khanna, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences school head, who has been named the inaugural Robert and Sara Rothschild Endowed Chair in Global Health. As the Endowed Chair, Sunil will lead a multidisciplinary study learning program and support global health experiences for students from diverse academic backgrounds and interests. These experiences will include hands-on global learning, cross-cultural learning and community-based learning opportunities for all OSU students. This position will build upon Sara and Bob’s decade-long work in Botswana, Africa by providing an innovative international health experience program and by strengthening existing and developing new partnerships in this important region of the world. 

CPHHS associate professor receives noteworthy designation

Associate Professor Robert Stawski received word from the American Psychosomatic Society (APS) that his abstract – “Individual Differences in Daily Stress Processes and Cognitive Health in Old Age: A Measurement Burst Approach” – has been identified by the program committee as being especially newsworthy. Only a handful of the papers and posters accepted for presentation receive this recognition. Robert will be delivering his presentation at the APS’ annual scientific meeting March 15-18 in Seville, Spain.

Public health alum’s research featured in Costa Rican news outlet

Public Health alum Andres Cardenas, PhD ’15, found that drinking water in Bagaces, Costa Rica, is improving but still a concern. He was featured in Q Costa Rica for his work in finding causality between consumption of arsenic and disease.

CPHHS assistant professors to present at world conference

Clinical Assistant Professor Sam Johnson and Assistant Professor Marc Norcross will present at the International Olympic Committee World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport this March in Monaco. Sam will present an individual workshop, and both will team-teach a second workshop. Their proposals were peer-reviewed and selected for presentation from more than 100 received from across the globe. The audience at this tri-annual meeting is arguably the finest collection of sports medicine researchers and clinicians in the world.

Sam and Marc, as well as Associate Professor Viktor Bovbjerg, are co-authors on the paper “Sports-Related Emergency Preparedness in Oregon High Schools.” They found that, despite best practice recommendations, most schools were inadequately prepared for sports-related emergencies. Schools with a certified athletic trainer were more likely to implement some, but not all, of the recommendations. The authors suggest that policy changes may be needed to improve implementation.

Health Policy graduate student publishes paper

Doctoral student Azaher Molla’s research paper, “Predictors of high out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure: an analysis using Bangladesh household income and expenditure survey, 2010” was published in BMC Health Services Research. CPHHS Professor Chunhuei Chi is Azaher’s advisor. The study’s third author, Alicia Nunez Mondaca (Ph.D., ’11), was also one of Chunhuei’s advisees.

CPHHS School of Biological and Population Health Sciences School Head co-authors two new papers

Norman Hord, one of the School Heads serving the CPPHS’ School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, recently co-authored two papers examining the potential for dietary nitrate – rich in leafy green and root vegetables – to improve health. The first paper, “Dietary Nitrate and the Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease: Report from a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Workshop,” was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, and summarized an NIH workshop on the cardiovascular health benefits and potential risks of dietary nitrate to cardiovascular health. The second paper, “Increasing dietary nitrate has no effect on cancellous bone loss or fecal microbiome in ovariectomized rats,” was co-authored by OSU colleagues Tom Sharpton (Microbiology) and Urszula Iwaniec (Nutrition) and was published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. The two papers complement each other, Norm says, because one describes newly identified health benefits of dietary nitrate while the other shows that the observed benefits of vegetable consumption on bone health are not due to the high nitrate content of these foods. 

CPHHS assistant professor named a Research Fellow

Assistant Professor Sam Logan has been selected as a 2017 Research Fellow of SHAPE America for his significant and sustained contributions to scholarship and related service. He’ll be inducted March 16 in Boston, Mass. Other current Research Fellows affiliated with our Kinesiology Program include Brad Cardinal, Vicki Ebbeck, Tony Wilcox and Joonkoo Yun. 

Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory receives funding

The Collins Medical Trust has awarded the Transitional Metabolism Research Laboratory (TMRL) a $30,000 medical research grant. The funding will be used for the investigative study, “Novel and Reversible Mechanisms of Skeletal Muscle Insulin Resistance in Human Obesity.”

PhD student receives distinguished graduate fellowship

The CPHHS congratulates nutrition doctoral student Sarah Ehricher for receiving the prestigious Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year. The purpose of this highly competitive award is to recruit high-quality students into graduate school at OSU.

CPHHS assistant professor receives NIH Career Development Award

Assistant Professor and Transitional Metabolism Research Laboratory director Matt Robinson was awarded the K01 Career Development Award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). This prestigious award is federally funded by the NIH.

Public health doctoral student successfully defends dissertation

The CPHHS congratulates Katie Anthony for successfully defending her doctoral dissertation research in November 2016. Her dissertation, “Perceived Usefulness of Remote Health Monitoring among Healthcare Providers, Mexican-Origin and non-Hispanic White Heart Failure Patients and Informal Caregivers,” was presented to a committee that included Jennifer Almquist, John Geldhof, Carolyn Mendez-Luck, Michelle Odden, Kari-Lyn Sakuma and Sheryl Thorburn.

CPHHS faculty member named to Oregon Youth Development Council

Gov. Kate Brown has reappointed Mary Arnold, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences professor and youth development specialist, to the Oregon Youth Development Council. She will serve another three-year term on the council, where she has led the development of a positive youth development approach to programs funded by the CDC. She also co-authored a policy position paper on the topic.

Biostatistics associate professor receives recognition for top-cited article

CPHHS faculty member Adam Branscum was presented with a certificate of achievement from the Lifetime Data Analysis journal at the 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings in Chicago. The award was in recognition of his co-authored paper – “Predictive Comparison of Joint Longitudinal-Survival Modeling: A Case Study Illustrating Competing Approaches” – being one of the top four cited articles the journal has published in the past five years.

Public health doctoral student successfully defends dissertation

The CPHHS congratulates Jennifer Przybyla for successfully defending her doctoral dissertation research in December 2016. Her dissertation, “Environmental Mixtures and Selected Health Outcomes in the US Population,” was presented to a committee that included Andy Houseman, Ellen Smit, Robert Tanguay, Molly Kile and Anita Azarenko.

CPHHS professor named editor of top statics and medical informatics journal

Biostatistics Associate Professor Adam Branscum is a new editor of Statistical Methods in Medical Research. The journal has an impact factor ranking it number one among statistics and medical informatics journals.

CPHHS assistant professor’s research on NIH director’s blog

A paper co-authored by CPHHS Associate Professor Andy Houseman made it to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) director’s blog. The paper, “5-Hydroxymethylcytosine localizes to enhancer elements and is associated with survival in glioblastoma patients” was published in Nature Communications and is receiving numerous press mentions. It explores the connection between a DNA defect and the survival rate of patients with the brain cancer glioblastoma. NIH Director Francis Collins wrote, “While far more research is needed, the findings highlight the potential of epigenetic information to help doctors devise more ways of diagnosing, treating, and perhaps even preventing glioblastoma and many other forms of cancer.”

 Environmental and Occupational Health assistant professor receives funding

CPHHS Assistant Professor Jay Kim has received a $361,407 grant from the Alpha Foundation. The grant will fund his two-year project, “Systematic Evaluation of Multi-axial Suspension to Reduce Whole Body Vibration Exposures in Heavy Equipment Mining Vehicle Operators.” The project’s primary objective is to determine the efficacy of different engineering controls (mining seat suspensions) in reducing the multi-axial whole body vibration exposures in mining vehicles and the associated biomechanical loading on the musculoskeletal system.

PhD student receives recognition from National Safety Council

Environmental and Occupational Health doctoral student Travis Kruse is part of National Safety Council’s seventh class of “Rising Stars of Safety.” The annual award recognizes up-and-coming individuals in the field who have a proven track record of safety leadership within their organization and are under the age of 40. Travis is the Sr. Director for Safety Strategy & Solutions at W.W. Grainger, Inc. in Chicago and defends his dissertation in December.

CPHHS professor and extension 4-H youth development specialist to give keynote address in Taiwan

Professor and Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist Mary Arnold will give the keynote address at the second annual Asia 4-H Network Conference, Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, in Taipei, Taiwan. She will be sharing about the Oregon 4-H program model with conference attendees. The model strives to create positive interaction between youth and social experiences which develop positive behaviors that help them successfully transition to adulthood.

President’s Commission on the Status of Women awards project funding to Health Promotion and Health Behavior doctoral student

CPHHS Health Promotion and Health Behavior doctoral student Alma Torres was awarded a scholarship from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) to cover the costs of her project, “Assessing the Influence of Health Literacy Levels on Diabetes Management Skills of Low-Income Latino Women.” The PCOSW is a campus-based organization that advocates for and promotes a positive climate for all university women.

Human Promotion and Health Behavior post-doc student receives research award

CPHHS post-doc researcher Sandi Phibbs received the 2016 James G. Zimmer New Investigator Research Award from the American Public Health Association’s Aging & Public Health Section. Sandi and Professor Sheryl Thorburn presented “Is Weight Discrimination Associated with Physical Activity Among Older Adults?” at the 2016 APHA annual meeting. The award is given to a new investigator (within five years of degree completion) in recognition of past research excellence and the promise of future excellence.

Sports and Exercise Psychology graduate program ninth in the nation

The College of Public Health and Human Science’s graduate program in Sports and Exercise Psychology was recently ranked ninth in the nation by Online Psychology Degrees. The ranking is a comprehensive review of the top 25 graduate programs in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the United States. Factors taken into consideration include cost of attendance, college ranking, accreditation status and specialization options.

Kinesiology professor receives national recognition

CPHHS Professor J.K. Yun is the 2016 recipient of the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities’ “Hollis Fait Scholarly Contribution Award.” The award is given annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field, including publications, scholarly presentations, service on editorial boards or journal review and scholarly work in a specialized area of physical education/recreation for individuals with disabilities.