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Laura Gieraltowski: 2017 Early Career Excellence Award

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Laura B. Gieraltowski is serving as a lieutenant commander with the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) for which she is a epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Emerging and Infectious Zoonotic Diseases, Division of the Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases’ Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch (ORPB). She regularly leads teams of public health professiona... 

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... 

BCHS's Gossard & Hamilton 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 2017 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. Rohrer serves as the director of the MHA Program in the Department of Health Policy and Management, where he is an associate professor and vice chair.   

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Two public health leaders on COVID-19 and what's next 

Two public health leaders on COVID-19 and what's next

PITTWIRE - Dean Lichtveld and Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, sat down to discuss lessons learned from the U.S. response to the pandemic and the future of the nation's health. As the United States settles into a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, mas... (05/10/2022)
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Advocating for affordable health care landed these Pitt people invitations to the White House 

Advocating for affordable health care landed these Pitt people invitations to the White House

PITTWIRE - HPM's Amy Raslevich received an invitation to attend President Joe Biden’s April 5 signing of the Executive Order on Strengthening Access to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid at the White House.  The event also marked President Obama’s first public return to the White House since leav... (04/06/2022)
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New program funds research on climate change and precision public health  

New program funds research on climate change and precision public health

PITTWIRE - Congratulations to the recipients of the CTSI Pitt Public Health Trans-Disciplinary Collaboration Pilot Awards! Five teams of Co-Investigators from Pitt Public Health and School of Medicine begin research on climate change and precision public health. The collaborative pilot investigatio... (03/30/2022)


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What women can do to protect their hearts at every age 

What women can do to protect their hearts at every age

NHLBI News - EPI's Samar El Khoudary shares what healthcare providers and the public should know about reproductive events, such as pregnancy complications or early menopause, that can influence women's cardiovascular disease risks. "We want to make sure that women are aware that heart disease is t... (05/17/2022)