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CPHHS associate professor featured in article 

Associate Professor Mary Cluskey contributed to a WalletHub article taking a state-by-state look at obesity. Mary addressed how to eat healthy on a budget, the mistakes people make when trying to lose weight, and potential policies to combat obesity and curb health care costs.

New publication from Hallie Ford Center

A new publication highlighting the Hallie Ford Center’s impact is now online and in print. You can access it online. If you’d like a print copy, please email halliefordcenter@oregonstate.edu.

CPHHS students present at national symposium 

Congratulations to PhD students Sarah Ehrlicher (Nutrition) and Harrison Stierwalt (Kinesiology), who presented at a Metabolomics Symposium at the Mayo Clinic’s Rochester, Minn. campus. Harrison was invited to give an oral presentation, eventually winning third place. Both received travel awards from conference organizers.

Extension faculty recognized at national conference

At the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences national conference in Omaha, Neb., Glenda Hyde was thanked for her service on the NEAFCS Board as vice president of public affairs, National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. In addition, Shana Withee, 4-H/FCH Harney County, was a first place Western Region award winner in Communications Photography, and Tonya Johnson, FCH Marion County, and Jessica Ramey were second place award winners in the category Communications Radio/Podcast Program.

Two research directors editors of new book on aging veteran health

Two CPHHS research center directors, Rick Settersten (Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families) and Carolyn Aldwin (Center for Healthy Aging Research), edited the newly released book “Long-term outcomes of military service: The health and well-being of aging veterans,” which also includes colleague Avron Spiro. The book examines the effects of military service across the lifespan, particularly on health and well-being in later life and including mental health.

Assistant professor publishes book

Assistant Professor Shauna Tominey has published a new book – “45 Strategies That Support Young Dual Language Learners.” The book is co-written with Elisabeth O’Bryon and with a forward by HDFS PhD graduate Guadalupe Diaz. You can read a blog post highlighting strategies from the book.

School head names to associate editor of Psychology and Aging

Karen Hooker, school head for the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, has accepted an invitation to serve as associate editor for the journal Psychology and Aging. This is the flagship journal in aging for the American Psychological Association and is widely recognized for publishing cutting-edge research in the area of adult development and aging.

College faculty and alum honored with OPHA awards

Congratulations to four members of the college family who were awarded for their achievements at the Oregon Public Health Association’s annual conference last week.  Awardees were Associate Dean Marie Harvey, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award; Associate Professor Jangho Yoon, who received the Policy Champion Award; alumna Rebecca Chávez, who received the OPHA Emerging Leader in Public Health Award; and Postdoctoral Fellow Susannah Gibbs, who received an award for Outstanding Student Poster for “Planned out of hospital birth and Medicaid policy changes in Oregon.”

CPHHS professor receives significant funding

The CPHHS congratulates Professor Urszula Iwaniec and colleagues, who just obtained a five-year, $1.6M R01 from the NIH (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIAAA) entitled “Complex systems analysis of the impact of alcohol on bone in non-human primates.” Co-investigators include Adam Branscum, Russ Turner and Carmen Wong, in collaboration with researchers at Oregon Health & Sciences University and Baylor University.

Faculty, staff receive university and college awards

Several faculty and staff were recognized with awards during the first week of the term. Those receiving college awards include Megan McClelland, Faculty Excellence Award; Bridget Hatfield, Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award; Patty Case, Excellence in Outreach Award; Alan Calvert, Professional Faculty and Staff Award; and Siew Sun Wong, Dean’s Unsung Hero Award.

Those receiving university awards include Michelle Mahana, OSU Exemplary Employee Award; Brad Cardinal, OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award; and the Office of Student Success, Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award.

CPHHS faculty to head national organization

The CPHHS congratulates Carolyn Aldwin, the Jo Anne Leonard endowed director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research, who was elected president of the Society for the Study of Human Development (SSHD). The SSHD is a professional society focusing on lifespan formed by a group of interdisciplinary scholars. It currently has more than 200 members, and past presidents include top development scientists such as Richard Lerner, Toni Antonucci and Willis Overton.

CPHHS professional faculty named to national advisory council

The CPHHS congratulates Suzanna Chase, manager of admissions, applications and recruitment, who was elected to serve on the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health’s (ASPPH) SOPHAS Advisory Council (SAC).

CPHHS assistant professor receives funding to give workshop on structural equation modeling in Lithuania

The CPHHS congratulates HDFS Assistant Professor John Geldhof for receiving funding from the Lithuanian Education Exchange Support Foundation to give a two-week workshop on structural equation modeling at Mykolas Romeris University in early 2018. The workshop will closely parallel the course John teaches (HDFS 630) at OSU and serve as an opportunity to refine to course in ways that ensure its accessibility to diverse students and will also provide international visibility for the college.

Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness honors CPHHS assistant professor

The CPHHS congratulates Assistant Professor Sam Logan for being selected as a 2017 Dr. Art Broten Young Scholar Award recipient by the Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness (WSKW). Sam will be honored during the organization’s annual conference, which will be held this Oct. 11-13 in Reno, Nevada. The WSKW was established in 1956 and it began the Dr. Art Broten Young Scholar Award in 1987. Two CPHHS faculty – Professor Brad Cardinal (1990) and Associate Dean for Student Success Vicki Ebbeck (1993) – have also received the award.

CPHHS alumna named to board of national maternal and child health organization

The CPHHS congratulates Public health alumna Olivia Quiroz, BS ’05, for being elected as a new board member to the CityMatCH board of directors. CityMatCH is a national membership organization of city and country health departments’ maternal and child health (MCH) programs and leaders representing urban communities in the United States. Olivia has more than 10 years of broad experience in public health, and as a board member, she will help to advance health equity concepts and strategies and serve as a liaison to support the development of public health strategies that impact families.

CPHHS assistant professor receives funding co-award

The CPHHS congratulates Assistant Professor John Gelhof for successfully securing a grant from Stupski Foundation. The $300,000 granted was awarded to John, along with Ed Bowers of Clemson University and Sam McQuillin of University of South Carolina, to fund a nation-wide evaluation of Boys Hope Girls Hope Academy programs. The grant will be routed through Clemson, and OSU will receive a subaward of approximately $80,000.

CPHHS assistant professor promoted to co-editor of academic journal

The CPHHS congratulates Assistant Professor John Geldhof for his promotion from associate editor to co-editor of Applied Developmental Science. John has served as the journal’s Methods and Measure section editor since late 2012. The journal has experienced tremendous growth since that time and John says he is grateful for the opportunity to continue cultivating the publication’s reputation as a source of cutting-edge theoretical, methodological and empirical research. John and Kristina Callina of Tufts University will officially begin their editorial duties with the 2018 volume.

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 yea

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 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.