SPHHS July eNews

The SPHHS E-Newsletter • July 2017


Dean's Message

This week I have the pleasure of attending the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Leadership Retreat in Utah. A special part of this trip was spending a wonderful day with an alumnus and his wife, John and Jean, who live in Utah. Learn more


SPHHS launches program to study public health in Cuba

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences, in collaboration with the International Programs Office, will offer a new pilot program in the fall of 2017 that allows students, faculty and staff to travel to Cuba to study that nation’s public health system. Learn more

Dietary protection against early menopause

Results of a new epidemiology study led by recent alumna Maegan Boutot and Professor Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson suggest that long-term, high intake of vegetable protein from such foods as whole grains, soy and tofu, may protect women from early menopause and could prolong reproductive function. Learn more

Biomechanists examine chimpanzee "super strength"

A research team including Kinesiology's Brian Umberger, conducting the first direct chimpanzee muscle measurements, debunk popular notions of chimpanzee "super strength" and shed new light on human muscle evolution. Learn more

Wexler leads part of Alaska youth suicide prevention study

Community Health Education's Lisa Wexler, a veteran researcher in Alaska Native youth suicide prevention, is leading part of a new five-year, $4.25 million grant from NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health to identify the most effective ways of preventing suicide among Alaska Native youth. Learn more

In the Spotlight

Kent named Kinesiology Department Chair

Professor Jane Kent has been named Chair of the Department of Kinesiology. She takes over for Professor Catrine Tudor-Locke, who assumed the position of Associate Dean of Research and Administration for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences in March. Learn more

Melanna Cox awarded the NEAGEP Fellowship

Kinesiology doctoral student Melanna “Lanna” Cox was recently awarded the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP) fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. Learn more

Staff Announcements

SPHHS announces new Center for Student Success

The SPHHS has announced the creation of the new Center for Student Success to provide enhanced coordination and programming for student academic and career advising, and co-curricular experiences, and has announced the appointment of Megan Griffin as its Director. Learn more

SPHHS announces Research Administration Office hires

The SPHHS has announced the appointments of new staff to its Research Administration Office, including Andressa Gutierrez, Research and Development Award Specialist, and Jim Shea and Antoinette Uwamwiza as its new Grants and Contracts Administrators. Learn more

Save the Date! 8th Annual SPHHS Fall Celebration

September 23, 2017: SPHHS Fall Celebration

The SPHHS will host its 8th Annual SPHHS Fall Celebration on Saturday, September 23, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon in the Fine Arts Center lobby. The event brings alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends from all departments together to celebrate the SPHHS community. Learn more

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