Delta Omega Honor Society welcomes new members

From left: Faculty inductee Susan Hankinson, Rho Chapter President Margaret McCarthy, Student inductee Steven Atwood

The Delta Omega Honor Society, Rho Chapter, inducted two new members into its ranks at a luncheon held on April 25, 2012, in the Marriott Center. Rho Chapter President Margaret McCarthy welcomed Steven W. Atwood, V.M.D., M.D., M.P.H., as its 2012 student inductee, and Susan E. Hankinson, Sc.D., Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, as its 2012 faculty inductee.

Election to membership is intended to recognize merit and to encourage further excellence in public health. Atwood, a recent graduate of the online Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice program, was cited for academic excellence and demonstration of qualities of leadership in public health. Hankinson was recognized for her contributions to public health scholarship, teaching, research, and publication.
Delta Omega poster abstract winner Andrea Morand

McCarthy also recognized Andrea Morand, a graduate student in Kinesiology, as winner of the Delta Omega Honor Society’s poster abstract competition at this year’s SPHHS Research Day. Morand, who was awarded for her entry titled “Providing further construct validity for a newly developed measure of functional-living in older adults: Movement and Activity in Physical Space (MAPS),” discussed her research findings with luncheon participants.

Delta Omega is the national public health honor society within accredited schools and programs of public health. The purpose of the society is to encourage excellence in student scholarship and research, to recognize academic and professional achievement in the field of public health, and to promote continued effort in public health. Originally founded in 1924 at The Johns Hopkins University, the national Delta Omega Society has more than 70 local chapters in the U.S. and internationally. The Rho Chapter was founded at UMass Amherst in 1985 by Professor Emeriti Robert Tuthill and Howard Peters and Dean Emeritus William Darity.

Individuals must be nominated to join the Rho Chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society. There are three categories of nomination: student, alumnus/a, and faculty. In addition to individuals in the Amherst on-campus programs, students in the Online MPH Program and in the UMass Worcester campus program are eligible for nomination for membership.

The Rho Chapter of the Delta Omega Society also co-sponsors, along with the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, the annual SPHHS Research Day held every spring.