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Sier recieves Mulach Scholarship

The Joseph F. Mulach, Jr. and Louisa A. Mulach Scholarship Fund was created to provide scholarships to students in the field of biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, physics, or other related fields. Preference is given to qualified female candidates. ASHLEY SIER (EPI) is among the winners from last year. Congratulations!  

Adibi confirms chemical in soft plastics causes key changes in human placentas

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POST-GAZETTE - Odds are you have phthalates inside you. And recent research by EPI’s JENNIFER ADIBI confirms previous findings that the plastic-softening chemicals are linked to changes in the placenta that seem to affect development of the fetus. Because of “ubiquitous exposure”, 99 percent of women of child-bearing age have measurable exposure levels. 

Epi students honored with Iris Marion Young Award for Social Justice

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ABIGAIL R. CARTUS (EPI '21) and C. ELIZABETH SHAABAN (EPI '18) were honored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at Pitt for cofounding Pitsburgh Lead Action Now, a citizen-led group working for the lead-free drinking water in Pittsburgh. The Young Award honors work that promotes social justice, and recognizes that social activism takes many forms.   

Van Panhuis on the myth of spacing out kids’s vaccines

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CONSUMER REPORTS - It’s unwise to delay or spread out vaccines, says EPI’s WILBERT VAN PANHUIS. The CDC bases the schedule on disease risks, vaccine effectiveness at specific ages, and the way vaccines may interact with each other. “To start mixing this up is really complicated and actually can be dangerous.” The MMR vaccine, for instance, is timed so that children receive it just as they’ve lost residual immunity from their mothers. And measles,... 

2017 Evelyn H Wei Scholarship Winners

The award is based on contribution to public health, with emphasis on scholarship, leadership, and service. The 2017 winners are: ANDREW KROEMER, CHANTELE MITCHELL-MILAND, JENNA NELSON, ASHLEY SIER, BAIYAND SUN, and EMILY WASSON.   

2017 Evelyn H Wei Memorial Travel Scholarship recipients

Open to EPI students in good academic standing seeking travel funding to attend approved scientific meetings or events. 2017 winners are: KATHLEEN CREPPAGE, CHRISTINA CALAVARO, HSIN-HUI HUANG, HEMANT MAHAJAN, MEGAN MARRON, and SHARON WELBURN. Congratulations!   

Glynn receives Innovation Award for Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale

EPI's NANCY GLYNN won an Innovation Award for the sale of the Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale, a reliable measure of perceived fatigability in older adults that can serve as an adjunct to performance-based fatigability measures for identifying older adults at risk of mobility limitation in clinical and research settings. Congrats, Dr. Glynn!   

University of Pittsburgh architects a versatile HPC system to facilitate breakthrough research

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SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING - With the assistance of Pitt’s high-performance computing (HPC) system, EPI’s ASHLEY NAIMI conducts a randomized trial of 1,200 volunteers to determine if a small, daily dose of aspirin may help women to more easily achieve pregnancy and to carry a baby to term. “Our data-intensive research relies on machine learning algorithms to interpret the data we collect.... With the new processors in place, we can obtain meaningful in... 

Salcido's Pulse Point app alerts citizens to cardiac arrent patients in need (video)

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CBS PITTSBURGH - Alumnus DAVID SALCIDO (EPI ’08), resuscitation specialist and assistant professor in Pitt’s Department of Emergency Medicine, is hoping his app can help save lives in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The free app, called Pulse Point, is connected to the Allegheny County 911 system, so that those who know CPR to get to those in need before paramedics arrive. Listen to the interview and learn more about the app. 

Why the CDC needs number crunchers on the front lines of the opioid epidemic

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90.5 WESA - Who’s needed to fight the battle? At the October 2, 2017, conference sponsored by the PUBLIC HEALTH DYNAMICS LABORATORY and CTSI, CDC’s Sarah Bacon said an essential group of people must crunch the numbers to better understand the hows and the whys of the crisis: mathematicians, epidemiologists, data scientists, and statisticians. 

Thurston research says being sexually harassed may have long-term physical consequences

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FORBES - The past several weeks have seen a regular flow of sexual harassment allegations against high profile individuals and a flood of heartfelt stories on the Internet in response to the #MeToo social media hashtag. But as epidemiologist REBECCA THURSTON has found, traumatic experiences such as sexual harassment may affect your blood vessels, your blood flow, and potentially your heart. “We found that a history of more traumatic experiences w... 

Fabio's research on gun ownership cited in New York Times

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NEW YORK TIMES - Research by Epi's TONY FABIO, was cited by op-ed columnist Bret Stephen's piece "Repeal the Second Amendment." Fabio's study, published in 2016 in the journal Social Medicine, analyzed the guns recovered by Pittsburgh Police and found that the vast majority were not carried by their legal owners.  

Thurston finds just three awful events is all it takes for a woman to end up with heart disease

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DAILY MAIL, UK - This study, led by EPI’s REBECCA THURSTON, is one of the first of its kind to assess the impact of trauma on heart disease risk. She said, “These findings underscore the importance of psychosocial factors, such as trauma exposure, in the development of heart disease risk in midlife women.” Thurston is a professor of epidemiology, psychiatry, and psychology, and director of the Women’s Biobehavioral Health Laboratory at Pitt. 

Kuller comments on why hypertension-linked dementia may impact more women than men

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It is known that high blood pressure in one’s 50s puts a person at risk for dementia in later life. It's now know that hypertension in the 30s and 40s has a similar effect, but only in women. LEWIS KULLER, epidemiology professor emeritus, talks about why this unexpected research finding might be true.  

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