SPHHS Announces 2018 Research Day Award Winners

From left to right: Aastha Pokharel, Joshua Freeman, Christine Langton,
Dean Marjorie Aelion, Carl Jewell, Stephanie Hung, and Haydee Jacobs

April 4, 2018

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences held its 21st Annual Research Day on April 3, 2018, in the Student Union Ballroom. The event, celebrated annually during National Public Health Week, is an opportunity for the campus community to learn more about the research, instruction and outreach conducted by its students.

The faculty-juried poster session is judged based on content and presentation, and the top three students are awarded prizes for their research. An additional award is presented by the Delta Omega Honor Society’s Rho Chapter for best poster abstract. Delta Omega award winners are given the opportunity to submit their abstracts for consideration as part of the Delta Omega Society’s poster session at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

“Thank you to all the students who participated in a highly successful SPHHS Research Day, and helped to make it such a special event,” says Dean Marjorie Aelion. “Also, thanks to all the students, faculty and staff who turned out to support them, and to Liz Bertone-Johnson, judging coordinator and faculty judges Laura Balzer, Katie Becofsky, David Gooler, Jin Kim-Mozeleski, Sasha Suvorov, and Lisa Troy.”

“I was so impressed with the high quality posters, and the enthusiasm and knowledge of the student presenters. Please join me in congratulating the 21st Annual SPHHS Research Day poster awardees.”

The 2018 Research Day award winners are:

  • 1st place: Aastha Pokharel (Public Health Sciences, BS). “Effects of early life BPS exposures on lactation in female mice.”
  • 2nd place: Stephanie Hung (Environmental Health Sciences, MS). “Evaluating the toxicity and formation of halobenzoquinones in point-of-use drinking water.”
  • 3rd place: Carl Jewell (Kinesiology, PhD). “Muscle activation strategies during an unanticipated stopping task.”
  • Honorable Mention: Joshua Freeman (Biostatistics and Epidemiology, PhD). “Alcohol intake and risk of early menopause.”
  • Honorable Mention: Christine Langton (Biostatistics and Epidemiology, PhD). “Reproductive factors and incidence of early menopause.”
  • Delta Omega Honor Society Award: Haydee Jacobs (Environmental Health Sciences, MS). “Redox modulation of endocrine pancreas growth and morphology during critical windows of development in the Zebrafish.”

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