A rite of spring: Arnold School faculty, students earn top honors

April 29, 2010

Students and faculty from the Arnold School of Public Health have been recognized for their scholarship during spring semester awards ceremonies. Among those receiving honors and awards:

USC Graduate Student Day

Health Promotion, Education and Behavior:

Michelle Williams – 2nd Place, Oral Session 7: The Impact of Psychological Barriers on the Cervical Cancer Screening Behaviors of Women in Kumasi, Ghana.

India Rose – Honorable Mention, Oral Session 7: Understanding the Healthcare Climate at Two-year Institutions: An Examination of Health Insurance Coverage and Healthcare Seeking Behaviors among College Students.

Winston Abara – Honorable Mention, Poster Group 9: Sexual Risk Behavior and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing Among Students Attending a Two Year Institution: Implications for STI Prevention Program Development.

Sarah Kershner – Honorable Mention, Poster Group 7: Population Left Behind: Preventing Pregnancy Among Older Youth.

Charis Davidson – Honorable Mention, Poster Group 4: Anti-Fertility Effects of Traditional Medicinal Plants: A Systematic Review.

Alexis Koskan, Lisa T. Wigfall – “Preparing Future Faculty,” Award from the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Christopher Aluah , Holly Pope -- “Cecil Scott Fellowship,” Awards from the Graduate School.

Health Services Policy and Management:

Jessica Bellinger – “Preparing Future Faculty,” Award from the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Exercise Science:

Jennifer Steiner – 1st Place, Oral Session 7: Effects of Exercise Training on Mitochondral Biogenesis in the Muscle and Brain.

Jim White - 1st Place, Health & Life Science Poster Presentation: Skeletal Muscle Protein Synthesis and Cancer Cachexia in the ApcMin/+ Mouse.

Diana Delgado Diaz - Honorable Mention, Health & Life Science Poster Presentation: IGF-1 and VEGF Expression In Response To Therapeutic Ultrasound In Human Skeletal Muscle.

Jorge Banda, a student with Dr. Steven Hooker in the Prevention Research Center, was presented the Charles Coker Fellowship by the USC Educational Foundation. This is the second consecutive year an Exercise Science student has been awarded this fellowship.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics:

Rui Zhang –1st Place, Poster Group 2: Study of Hydrogen Production from HBr Proton Exchange Membrane Reactor.

Archana Pande Lamichhane – Honorable Mention, Poster Group 8: Association of built food environment with BMI and waist circumference among youth with diabetes.

Rui Liu – “Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Study,” Award from the Graduate School.

Magellan Scholars and Mentors

Sarah Ali, Honors, Junior, Public Health; Mentors: Dr. Christine Blake, Health Promotion Education and Behavior, and Dr. Tom Leatherman, Anthropology; Health Benefits of Vegan Diets.

Nicole Smith, Honors, Junior, Biological Sciences; Mentor: Dr. Christine Blake, Health Promotion Education and Behavior; Promoting Positive Dietary Behaviors of Youth through Hands-On Cooking.

Jelissa Suarez, Honors, Senior; Mentors: Dr. Myriam Torres, Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Julie Smithwick-Leone, S.C. Public Health Institute; Adopt a Culturally Appropriate Sustainable and Feasible Prenatal Care Service Model for Uninsured Pregnant Latinas in S.C.

Jennifer Greene, Capstone Scholar, Junior, Exercise Science; Mentor: Dr. Erica Gibson, Anthropology; A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Healthcare Volunteering in the United States and Peru.

Katherine Harris, Honors, Sophomore, Exercise Science; Mentor: Dr. Lydia Matesic, Biological Sciences; Characterization of Craniofacial Defects in the Itchy Mouse.

American College of Sports Medicine Grant Award

C’iana Barker received the American College of Sports Medicine Grant Award for her proposal Effects of transcranial brain stimulation on central nervous system fatigue. This one-year award is supported by $5,000 in funding.

Graduate School Dissertation Fellow

Steve Chen, Department of Exercise Science.

Editor’s Note: We will continue to publish awards to Arnold School faculty and students. Please send your awards information to Karen Petit, 777-5037, or kpetit@mailbox.sc.edu.


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