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EPI Alumnus Christopher Taylor selected as a finalist in Cathedral Innovation Challenge

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Warhol-inspired "Cathedral Cookies" created by CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR (EPI '??) were selected for the finals of the Cathedral Innovation Challenge, which dares community members to create artistic replicas of Pitt's iconic tower.  Inspired by Pittsburgh artist Andy Warhol, Taylor's set of four depictions are created on  3 x 5-1/2-inch vanilla shortbread cookies using royal icing and food-color paint, making the piece entirely edible. 

Biostats student Lauren Balmert to present findings in Harrisburg

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Doctoral student LAUREN BALMERT (BIOST '17) has been selected to present her research on accidental poisoning mortality to our elected leaders and alumni at Pitt Day in Harrisburg on March 21, 2017.  

EPI researchers find ‘Equol’ may determine if soy protects your heart

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Researchers including faculty Akira Sekikawa & Rhobert Evans, students Vasudha Ahuja (EPI '15) & Abhishek Vishnu (EPI '14), and co-authors in Japan clarify in the BRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRITION why eating soy foods provides a protective benefit only to some people. Japanese men who are able to produce equol—a substance made when certain “good” gut bacteria metabolize isoflavones in dietary soy—have lower levels of a risk factor for heart disease... 

Jarlenski study raises questions about why young mothers are being prescribed opioids

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FORBES - Young mothers are being prescribed opioid painkillers, placing their children—even those less than a year old—at risk for an overdose. A study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology  co-authored by HPM's MARIAN JARLENSKI found that 12% of women filled a prescription for an opioid within five days of their baby’s birth....[Of them] 14% filled a second opioid prescription 6 to 60 days after delivery.    

BCHS leader appointed Philip B. Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice.

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Professor Steven Albert, Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, is the newly appointed Philip B. Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice, recognizing the exceptional quality and importance of his career-long commitment to conducting research intended to improve the health and functioning of vulnerable populations, his teaching, service and leadership, and his dedication to health equity. 

CDC appoints BCHS's Bear to national oversight group on behavioral risk factor surveillance

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Assistant professor Todd Bear has been appointed to the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) national workgroup which provides oversight for the BRFSS through annual reviews and recommendations concerning the content of the survey, sample design modifications, and protocol adjustments. Congratulations, Todd! 

HuGen's Nimgaonkar sheds light on shared roots of schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis

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NEWS-MEDICAL - According to an in-depth computational analysis published in the JOURNAL OF SCHIZOPHRENIA and co-authored by VISHWAJIT NIMGAONKAR, professor of psychiatry and human genetics, variants in eight genes implicated in both schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis may explain why susceptibility to one of the disorders could place individuals at lower risk for the other. "We wondered if individual genetic variants may exist that could have ... 

Access to room A115

During first-floor construction in March, access to room A115 will be via the Crabtree elevator or the stairwell from the parking garage (see "First floor Parran Hall construction"). Note there will be no handicapped emergency egress from A115 (i.e. during an emergency in which the elevator is shut down), so avoid scheduling events here during this time. For questions or scheduling, contact Joanne Pegher in Student Affairs.  

First floor Parran Hall construction

The first floor hallway between Parran and Crabtree will be under construction during the month of March. During that time, access between Parran and Crabtree will be via the second floor. As a part of that work, the Crabtree first floor restrooms will be demolished. Vending machine will move to the second floor of Crabtree.  

Coffee shop

Due to change in the construction scheduling, the coffee shop will not open until sometime this summer.  

General construction update

The North Parran renovation project is on schedule, and should be completed in November 2017. Framing of office walls is well underway on the upper floors, and demolition is almost complete on the lower floors. Student work and collaboration spaces in North Parran is in the design phase.  

EPI's King reports that standing is a good start for very obese people

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KNOWRIDGE - “Adults with severe obesity often have difficultly following national guidelines to participate in at least 30 minutes per day of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity for health benefits,” says lead author WENDY C. KING, associate professor of epidemiology.  

EPI's Fabio finds TV habits may be sending you to the ER

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PASTE - According to EPI Data Center's ANTHONY FABIO, lead researcher on the study, TV programs that show risk taking, violence or using alcohol or drugs seem to increase risk of injury in people predisposed to hostility. 

HPM's Roberts encourages medical career choices that suit your personality

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U.S.NEWS - Speaking from experience, HPM Chair MARK ROBERTS says there are lots of things doctors can do beside taking care of patients. A nonclinical route as medical researcher allows those with a passion for innovation to have enormous influence on the future by discovering a drug or increasing understanding of a disease. 

AJPH focuses on academic public health and the firearm crisis

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AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH -  In its March 2017 edition, AJPH takes a closer look at academic public health and the firearm crisis. Click to view featured articles and plan to attend the Food for Thought screening and discussion of Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA   on Thursday, 2/23. 

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EPI Alumnus Christopher Taylor selected as a finalist in Cathedral Innovation Challenge  

EPI Alumnus Christopher Taylor selected as a finalist in Cathedral Innovation Challenge

Warhol-inspired "Cathedral Cookies" created by CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR (EPI '??) were selected for the finals of the Cathedral Innovation Challenge, which dares community members to create artistic replicas of Pitt's iconic tower.  Inspired by Pittsburgh artist Andy Warhol, Taylor's set of four depicti... (02/28/2017)

Biostats student Lauren Balmert to present findings in Harrisburg 

Biostats student Lauren Balmert to present findings in Harrisburg

Doctoral student LAUREN BALMERT (BIOST '17) has been selected to present her research on accidental poisoning mortality to our elected leaders and alumni at Pitt Day in Harrisburg on March 21, 2017. (02/27/2017)

EPI researchers find ‘Equol’ may determine if soy protects your heart 

EPI researchers find ‘Equol’ may determine if soy protects your heart

Researchers including faculty Akira Sekikawa & Rhobert Evans, students Vasudha Ahuja (EPI '15) & Abhishek Vishnu (EPI '14), and co-authors in Japan clarify in the BRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRITION why eating soy foods provides a protective benefit only to some people. Japanese men who are able to prod... (02/27/2017)

Jarlenski study raises questions about why young mothers are being prescribed opioids 

Jarlenski study raises questions about why young mothers are being prescribed opioids

FORBES - Young mothers are being prescribed opioid painkillers, placing their children—even those less than a year old—at risk for an overdose. A study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology  co-authored by HPM's MARIAN JARLENSKI found that 12% of women filled a prescription for an opioid wit... (02/27/2017)

BCHS leader appointed Philip B. Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice.  

BCHS leader appointed Philip B. Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice.

Professor Steven Albert, Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, is the newly appointed Philip B. Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice, recognizing the exceptional quality and importance of his career-long commitment to conducting research intended... (02/27/2017)

CDC appoints BCHS's Bear to national oversight group on behavioral risk factor surveillance  

CDC appoints BCHS's Bear to national oversight group on behavioral risk factor surveillance

Assistant professor Todd Bear has been appointed to the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) national workgroup which provides oversight for the BRFSS through annual reviews and recommendations concerning the content of the survey, sample design modifications, and protocol adjustme... (02/27/2017)

HuGen's Nimgaonkar sheds light on shared roots of schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis 

HuGen's Nimgaonkar sheds light on shared roots of schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis

NEWS-MEDICAL - According to an in-depth computational analysis published in the JOURNAL OF SCHIZOPHRENIA and co-authored by VISHWAJIT NIMGAONKAR, professor of psychiatry and human genetics, variants in eight genes implicated in both schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis may explain why susceptibili... (02/24/2017)

Access to room A115 

Access to room A115

During first-floor construction in March, access to room A115 will be via the Crabtree elevator or the stairwell from the parking garage (see "First floor Parran Hall construction"). Note there will be no handicapped emergency egress from A115 (i.e. during an emergency in which the elevator is shut ... (02/24/2017)

First floor Parran Hall construction 

First floor Parran Hall construction

The first floor hallway between Parran and Crabtree will be under construction during the month of March. During that time, access between Parran and Crabtree will be via the second floor. As a part of that work, the Crabtree first floor restrooms will be demolished. Vending machine will move to the... (02/24/2017)

Coffee shop 

Coffee shop

Due to change in the construction scheduling, the coffee shop will not open until sometime this summer.  (02/24/2017)
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