CPHHS assistant professor secures funding

The CPHHS congratulates Assistant Professor Jay Kim for securing funding from the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, Inc. He recently received word that his proposal “Evaluating the Effects of Multi-axial Whole Body Vibration Exposure on Postural Stability in Mining Heavy Equipment Vehicle Operators” was selected to receive funding totaling $300,000. Jay currently has an active grant he received last year from the Alpha Foundation for $370,000 for two years.

Go Baby Go featured in CNN story

The CPHHS congratulates Assistant Professor Sam Logan and the Go Baby Go program, which was recently featured in a CNN Tech story. Go Baby Go is a non-profit research program started in 2012 by Cole Galloway at the University of Delaware. Sam brought the program to OSU in 2014 and him and his team recently developed two new designs – the sit-to-stand car and “Throw Baby Throw.”

CPHHS professor receives significant funding

The CPHHS congratulates nutrition Professor Donald Jump, who has received a $1.3 million award from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) for his project titled “Omega-3 fatty acids and the control of fatty liver disease. The award begins on June 15, 2017 and runs through March 31, 2021. Donald, who has been funded by the NIH and other federal agencies since 1986, has pioneered the study of how dietary fatty acids regulate gene expression, how dietary lipids alter lipid content of the liver and the efficacy of dietary omega-3 fatty acids to prevent fatty liver disease in rodent models caused by the “Western” diet – comprising of high-fat, micronutrient deficiencies typical of American and Northern European countries.

CPPHS assistant professor receives mentored career development award

The CPHHS congratulates Assistant Professor Sean Newsom, who recently received the Oregon Health & Science University’s Oregon Clinical & Translational Institute (OCTRI) KL2 award. The competitive award, which is funded by NIH/NCATS, supports the research training and career development of clinical and translational researchers for a maximum of two years.

CPPHS faculty featured on national news site

Megan McClelland, CPHHS’ Katherine E. Smith endowed professor in child development, was featured as an expert in a Live Science article about how fidget spinners are creating conversations and interest in children’s attention span and tips on how to help young people focus.

CPHHS faculty featured in Oregon Public Broadcasting article  

Emily Ho, endowed director of Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health, was featured as an expert on the importance of a healthy diet and adequate exercise in an Oregon Public Broadcasting article about Oregon’s high chronic disease rates and cost.

Dietetics and Public Health student receives scholarship to study in Uganda

The CPPHS congratulates undergraduate student Marjorie Halstead. Marjorie, a dietetics and public health major, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program to fund her internship in Uganda this summer.

CPHHS instructor receives Best Research Article Award

Instructor Marit Bovbjerg is a 2017 recipient of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health Best Research Article Award for her article “Maternal and Newborn Outcomes Following Waterbirth: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004 to 2009 Cohort.” She will receive her award certificate and honorarium at the ACNM Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago in May.

CPHHS assistant professor selected as fellow

Assistant Professor Bridget Hatfield has been selected as an American Educational Research Association and Society for Research on Child Development (AERA-SRCD) Early Career Fellow in Early Childhood Education and Development for 2017-18. This highly competitive fellowship provides a collaborative opportunity for early career scholars to participate in a research network focused on early childhood education and development.

CPHHS assistant professor featured as an expert in article

Assistant Professor David Rothwell was featured as an expert on dealing with negative life stressors in Wallethub’s article on the most and least stressed U.S. states. Read the full article and David’s practical advice for reducing stress in your life.

CPHHS instructor recently published

Epidemiology instructor Marit Bovbjerg recently published an article in Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care: Perspectives on risk: Assessment of risk profiles and outcomes among women planning community birth in the United States.

CPHHS associate professor and Wasco County 4-H Leader recently published

Associate Professor and 4-H Wasco County Leader Lynette Black recently published an article in the Journal of ExtensionUsing Pop Culture to Teach Youths Conflict Resolution, Healthful Lifestyles, Disaster Preparedness and More.

CPHHS professor featured as an expert in Shape article

Kinesiology Professor Bradley Cardinal was recently featured in an article in Shape magazine about the connection between sleep and working out. Bradley says that the more time you spend in the gym, the more your body needs sleep. Read the full article, which includes practical tips to help you get more shut-eye.

Over a hundred staff and faculty complete Be Orange Challenge

Congrats to the 118 participants who recently completed the six-week Be Orange Challenge, designed to strengthen healthy habits in participants – such as choosing healthier foods, exercising and engaging in stress-reducing activities. The study was led by Assistant Professor Emily Tomayko and Moore Family Center’s Endowed Director Emily Ho. The study examines whether health challenges are associated with changes in behaviors and if participating in them with peer and program support has added benefits. The Moore Family Center and Faculty Staff Fitness also supported the study. Outcomes will be revealed following the final study visit in April.

SHAPE America honors CPHHS professor 

Kinesiology Professor Brad Cardinal will be honored with the SHAPE America Honor Award for meritorious service by SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America. The award, which recognizes recipients “for their personal integrity, devoted service to the profession and noteworthy contributions to the advancement of health and physical education,” will be presented at the Professional Excellence Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 16, during the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Boston. Congratulations, Brad!

CPHHS associate professor named volunteer firefighter of the year

Associate Professor Viktor Bovbjerg was recognized as the 2017  Volunteer of the Year at the Philomath Fire & Rescue Board’s Annual Appreciation dinner this past weekend. The CPHHS congratulates Viktor for his outstanding service and contribution to the local community.

Graduate students receive funding for occupational health and safety research projects

The CPHHS congratulates Environmental and Occupational Health doctoral student Richie Evoy, who applied for and was successfully awarded the Professional Training Opportunities Program (PTOP) in Occupational Health and Safety. The award comes from the University of Washington’s Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety. The funding will go toward his research project, “Cannabis Industry and Pesticide Usage.”

HDFS graduate student Jessica Henry was also awarded funding for her project, “Extending the Quality Improvement of Child Care to Include the Carer: Identifying the Extent of Occupational Health Risks for Child Care Providers.” Both students will travel to Spokane, Wash. to present their research at next year’s Northwest Occupational Health and Safety Conference.

CPHHS assistant professor presents on health effects of diesel pollution to Oregon State legislators

Assistant Professor Perry Hystad was invited to present to the Oregon State Legislature about the health effects of diesel pollution. Perry spoke to the Clean Diesel Workgroup which was convened by Oregon Senator Michael Dembrow in response to Senate Bill 864, which is tasked with investigating a Clean Diesel Program in Oregon.

CPHHS associate professor to be on expert panel examining health effects of Vietnam veterans exposed to herbicides

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has invited Associate Professor Molly Kile to be on an expert panel for Veterans and Agent Orange, 11th Biennial Update. The panel will examine the potential for herbicide exposure affecting the health of  Vietnam veterans. Molly was invited to join this panel because of her expertise in perinatal environmental epidemiology. 

Two CPHHS professors’ research featured in the news

Research from Assistant Professor Bridget Hatfield and Associate Professor Shannon Lipscomb were featured in the news on Feb. 27. Bridget’s research on how school-based interventions can reduce youth’s stress is featured in The Gleaner. Shannon (OSU Cascades) is featured in a story in Smart Parenting on how parents’ ability to regulate themselves and to remain firm, confident and calm is a key way they can help children who have a tendency to overreact to stress. 

CPHHS associate professor will be honored at 2017 National Health Outreach Conference

Associate Professor Deborah John will receive the 2017 Jeanne M. Priester Award in the Innovative Program category for her exemplary, impactful leadership to the state and Cooperative Extension nationwide in the area of health and wellness. She will receive the award at the National Health Outreach Conference Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 3, in Annapolis, Md.

Kinesiology major named Student-Athlete of the Month

CPHHS kinesiology senior and OSU wrestler Ali Alshujery has been named Student-Athlete of the Month for February. Staff in OSU’s Academics for Student-Athletes office selected two student-athletes each month for the recognition. Congratulations Ali for your commitment and accomplishments in both school and sport.

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.