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2017 faculty and staff Delta Omega initiates

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The following four individuals will be inducted into the Omicron chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society at the Graduate School of Public Health, recognizing merit and encouraging further excellence in, and devotion to, public health work: Nancy W. Glynn (EPI '94), faculty and alumna; Leah M. Lamonte (IDM '06), alumna; Natalie A. Solomon-Brimage (BCHS '06), alumna; Christopher A. Taylor (EPI '10), alumnus. 

Braund named new director of Center for Public Health Practice and associate dean for public health practice

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The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has selected WENDY ELIZABETH BRAUND as the new director of its Center for Public Health Practice and associate dean for public health practice. She will join the school’s faculty as a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Braund, who has a strong history in public health administration, most recently served as state health officer and public health division admi... 

EPI's King finds popular weight-loss surgery linked to alcohol problems

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CBS NEWS - "We knew there was an increase in the number of people experiencing problems with alcohol within the first two years of surgery, but we didn't expect the number of affected patients to continue to grow throughout seven years of follow-up," said lead author WENDY KING, associate professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public Health. Her team discovered that 20.8 percent of participants developed symptoms of alcohol use disorder within five ye... 

Professors Jeong and Tseng honored as Fellows of the American Statistical Association

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ASA NEWS - Biostatistics professors Jong-Hyeon Jeong and George C. Tseng are to  be honored with the prestigious distinction of Fellows of the American Statistical Association (ASA) for their professional contributions, leadership and commitment to the field of statistical science. "The statistics community, as well as other scientific disciplines, needs to look no further than these remarkable individuals who have proven that collaboration, inno... 

BIOST Yabes contirubtes to odds analysis of hookah non-smooker taking first puff

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SCIENCE DAILY - Biostatistics assistant prof JONATHAN YABES crunched data for the first nationally representative analysis of hookah use by young adults over an extended follow-up period. The team found that a positive attitude toward and desire to take up hookah smoking are the most likely predictors of a young adult becoming a hookah tobacco smoker. The research is published in this month's issue of the journal "Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers &... 

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee on Genetics, MTS3K Cast, and Felicia Day [audio]

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HOUSTON MATTERS - Siddhartha Mukherjee discusses what happens when a machine begins to read its own instruction manual? I’m talking about humanity’s rapidly increasing understanding of its genome – the code that makes us who were are. We’ve mapped it and identified genes that lead to certain disorders. 

Mair wins funding for innovative teaching proposal for BCHS

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - Assistant BCHS prof CHRISTINA MAIR submitted one of seven winning teaching proposals that received funding as part of Pitt's 2017 Innovatioin in Education Awards Program. Winners are selected each year by the Office of the Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence. Mair’s project, "Teaching Multilevel Statistical Modeling with Innovative Educational Technologies," will enhance Pitt’s multilevel statistical modeling... 

Alumna Collette Ncube, new senior fellow at University of Washington

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We were delighted to learn that Collette Ncube (HPM '09, BCHS '14) will be starting a postdoc as a senior fellow-trainee in perinatal epidemiology within the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle. Her focus area is social stratification, public health, and obstetrics. 

Alumnus Jason Flatt receives UCSF's KL2 award for multidisciplinary research

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Congratulations to alumnus JASON FLATT (BCHS '13), recipient of a KL2 award for career development (3-yrs of salary support to pursue multidisciplinary clinical research with training and mentoring) from University of California - San Francisco. Flatt is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing's Institute for Health and Aging, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. His current research explores risk and protective factors for Alzhe... 

Two students chosen as 2017-18 Schweitzer Fellows

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Two Pitt Public Health students have been selected as 2017-18 Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows. EMMA GOSSARD and CAROLINE HAMILTON, both from BCHS, will be continuing a project started by a previous Fellow and will implement a social support network and health education program for LGBT youth ages 13 to 18 at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh. ALEXANDRA TOPPER, also from BCHS, recently graduated from the Fellowship. 

Allegheny County names EOH's Goldstein to serve on lead task force, chaired by HPM's Hacker

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PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES - County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has named EOH's BERNARD GOLDSTEIN to a nine-member task force to study and recommend action steps to reduce the childhood lead exposure in the region. The task force, to be chaired by HPM's KAREN HACKER, Allegheny County's health director, has six months to make its recommendations. 

Childhood bullying could mean health risks in adulthood, EPI's Matthews warns

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UPI - "The long term effects of bullying involvement are important to establish," EPI's KAREN MATTHEWS, the lead researcher from the University of Pittsburgh, said in a press release. "Most research on bullying is based on addressing mental health outcomes, but we wished to examine the potential impact of involvement in bullying on physical health and psychosocial risk factors for poor physical health." 

EPI's Brink comments on asthma among us

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POST-GAZETTE - A disturbing topic is the racial disparity in the cases of asthma. EPI's LUANN BRINK has reported rates for African-Americans that are nearly double the rates for whites. Pollution sources are clustered in areas where many African-Americans live, leading to this disparity. 

Rotarian director talks with Salk and Burke about polio eradication (video)

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A round-table was held today with some amazing minds on the issue of polio eradication: Jennifer Jones, director of Rotary International; PETER SALK, IDM visiting professor and son of research pioneer Jonas Salk; and DONALD BURKE, school dean and University associate vice chancellor of global health. Rotary has been raising awareness that "We are this close to ending polio!" While all were in Pittsburgh, they shared amazing conversation about the... 

HPM's Donohue concerned about House vote to repeal and replace Obamacare

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TIME - “The AHCA would lead to catastrophic coverage losses among those right above the poverty line,” said JULIE DONOHUE, HPM faculty and director of the Medicaid Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh Health Policy Institute. “While individuals right above poverty-level could technically purchase coverage on the marketplace, such coverage will be out of reach for nearly all.” 

IDM's Peter Salk on importance of Julius Youngner, polio vaccine pioneer, dead at 96

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NEW YORK TIMES - “I think it’s absolutely fair to say that had it not been for Dr. Youngner, the polio vaccine would not have come into existence,” PETER SALK president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation and a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, said in an e-mail. He added, “The really important thing to recognize is that the development of the polio vaccine at the University of Pittsburgh was a t... 

EPI's Strotmeyer selected as chair-elect of the Gerontological Society of America's Health Sciences Section

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ELSA S. STROTMEYER, associate professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public Health, was voted chair-elect of the Gerontological Society of America's Health Sciences Section. She will assume her role in November, joining colleagues from around the country in accepting responsibility for matters of governance and strategic planning with GSA. 

IDM's DELUCIA, RAVIKUMAR, and WOELL bring home 2017 Dean's Day departmental awards

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IDM awarded departmental prizes in the 2017 Dean's Day student research competition to DANA WOELL of the MPH-PEL program in the MPH category, PRANALI RAVIKUMAR in the MS category, and DIANA DELUCIA in the PhD category. 

Students honor Rohrer with standing ovation - and the Craig Teaching Award

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In a spontaneous and touching gesture, HPM students leapt up to honor WESLEY ROHRER with a standing ovation when he was called to the podium to accept the Craig Teaching Award at the 2017 Pitt Public Health Convocation on Sunday. Presented annually to a nominee selected by students and past honorees, this award for faculty excellence in teaching and mentoring was established by alumnus James L. Craig, MD, (MPH '63). Rohrer serves as the director ... 

IDM students and faculty participate in March for Science

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IDM students and faculty were among the thousands to participate in March for Science events held on April, 22, 2017 in Oakland (adjacent to the Pitt campus) and in Washington, DC. These nonpartisan event sought to celebrate the role that science plays in our everyday lives. 

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Online Service Aiming to Match Moms-to-Be With Doulas Wins Student Pitch Competition 

Online Service Aiming to Match Moms-to-Be With Doulas Wins Student Pitch Competition

PITTWIRE - Finding a suitable doula — a professional who gives physical and educational support before, during and after childbirth — can be difficult, said Pitt Graduate School of Public Health Student ALYSIA TUCKER of BCHS. Her prize-winning idea could make the process easier. (07/07/2017)
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Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus 

Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus

PITTWIRE - A team of Pitt scientists led by IDM's PHALGUNI GUPTA developed a test to detect "hidden" HIV that is faster, less labor-intensive and less expensive than the current "gold standard" test. (05/31/2017)
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