May 2016

HPEB faculty receive best paper award
(May 5, 2016)
HPEB Associate Professors Alyssa Robillard and Lucy Annang Ingram received the best paper in Pedagogy and Health Promotion award from the Society for Public Health Education.

Given the will, what is the way?
(May 3, 2016)
APHA President Camara Jones captivated a full house at the 9th Annual Clyburn Lecture on April 1 with her illuminating, motivating and action-oriented discussion on health disparities and racism.

I Am Public Health: Melanie Gwynn
(May 2, 2016)
HSPM doctoral student builds on extensive public health experience to focus onHIV/AIDS, health disparities, chronic disease, and health outcomes.

April 2016

Undergrad named Truman Finalist
(April 28, 2016)
After a nationwide competition, exercise science undergrad Haley Yaw has been named a Truman Scholar Finalist. She is part of an elite group of juniors to make it this far in the selection.

Pate leads launch of new physical activity plan
(April 26, 2016)
EXSC Professor and National Physical Activity Plan Alliance Chairman Russell Pate launched the newNational Activity Plan Alliance on April 20 in Washington D.C.

Geraci to extend novel statistical model
(April 25, 2016)
Marco Geraci has developed statistical methods that have been used by many researchers. Now he will extend these to nonlinear modeling and explore pediatric applications with an NIH grant.

Student wins two SBM awards
(April 20, 2016)
Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior doctoral student Caroline Glagola Dunn won two abstract awards from the Society of Behavioral Medicine at their annual meeting in March.

From horseback to heavy lifting
(April 19, 2016)
UofSC Today chronicles undergrad Madeleine Giess’ journey to becoming an exercise science major. The junior shares what she loves about her Arnold School program and her field.

Qiao wins NIH grant to research HIV disclosure
(April 18, 2016)
HPEB’s Shan Qiao has been awarded a $362K R21 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to investigate the effects of HIV disclosure on clinical outcomes.

Wilcox named fellow by Society of Behavioral Medicine
(April 13, 2016)
Sara Wilcox, a professor in the Department of Exercise Science and director for the Prevention Research Center, has been elected to fellowship in the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Baalousha and Lead edit Nanoscience collection
(April 11, 2016)
ENHS & CENR Researchers Mohammed Baalousha and Jamie Lead have edited a special issue on the topic of Modelling in Environmental Nanotechnology for the journal, Environmental Science: Nano.

Van Bree will speak at May 5 Hooding
(April 8, 2016)
Margaret Van Bree, hospital president, will speak at the Arnold School Hooding Ceremony at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 5 at the Koger Center for the Arts. Student, faculty and alumni awards will also be presented.

Turner-McGrievy receives two major awards from SBM
(April 6, 2016)
Assistant Professor Brie Turner-McGrievy has received both the 2016 Early Career Investigator Award and the Early Career Research Mentorship Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Something to Talk About
(April 4, 2016)
The Arnold School’s COMD department will hold its second annual fundraiser, Something to Talk About, on May 13 at the USC Alumni Center to benefit the USC Speech and Hearing Research Center.

40th Anniversary Celebration Recap
(April 1, 2016)
The Arnold School of Public Health celebrated 40 years of excellence and remarkable growth with an array of School-wide and department-sponsored events during the third week of March.

I AM PUBLIC HEALTH: Frances Medley
(April 1, 2016)
COMD distance education student inspired by cousin’s rare genetic condition to become a speech-language pathologist.

March 2016

Nutrition Symposium held on March 18
(March 30, 2016)
The Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities and the Environment and Sustainability Program held their 6th Annual Symposium, Healthy Eating in Context, on March 18.

Diabetes and the dentist
(March 29, 2016)
UofSC Today features Professor Anwar Merchant’s (EPID/BIOS) seven-year study that discovered periodontal care can have positive effects on the glucose levels of Type 2 diabetics.

Yuen wins IMPH Award at SCPHA
(March 28, 2016)
Aspiring rural health expert and HSPM doctoral candidate Matthew Yuen has won the S.C. Institute for Medicine and PublicHealth Outstanding Student Abstract Award at the SCPHA 2016 annual meeting.

$11.1 million grant will create new center
(March 23, 2016)
Julius Fridriksson, a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has been awarded $11.1 million from NIH to create the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery.

Baalousha wins prestigious NSF CAREER Award
(March 21, 2016)
ENHS and CENR Assistant Professor Mohammed Baalousha has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program Award, which comes with a $510,000 award.

Breakthrough Leader: Angela Liese
(March 18, 2016)
UofSC Today highlights 2016 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award winner and Epidemiology and Biostatistics Professor Angela Liese. In particular, they praise her impactful mentoring efforts.

40 years of public health
(March 17, 2016)
USC President Harris Pastides and Dean Thomas Chandler reflect on four decades of progress at the Arnold School of Public Health as we celebrate our 40th anniversary.

McLeod honored for clinical achievement
(March 16, 2016)
COMD's Angela McLeod has received the DiCarlo Award for Outstanding Clinical Achievement from the South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Li expands research on children orphaned by AIDS
(March 14, 2016)
HPEB’s Xiaoming Li will expand his research on the needs of children orphaned by AIDS with a $400K NIH grant that will allow his team to explore neurodevelopmental outcomes based on care settings.

COMD offers hearing aid discount
(March 11, 2016)
The USC Speech and Hearing Research Center helps individuals with the world’s second most prevalent health issue: hearingloss. Now they offer a 10 percent discount on hearing aids for USC employees.

Leading the conversation on smoking
(March 9, 2016)
Thrasher is partnering with WHO to lead an international conversation on smoking portrayals in films. Meanwhile, a precedent-setting class action lawsuit aims to reduce these portrayals in U.S. films.

Varnedoe awarded SCSHA Honors of Association
(March 7, 2016)
USC Speech and Hearing Research Center Director Danielle Varnedoe has received the South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Honors of the Association award—their highest honor.

HSPM wins award for opioid study
(March 4, 2016)
A team of HSPM and Pharmacy researchers received an award for their study on opioids in S.C. - the first of its kind to apply geo-spatial mapping to determine patterns of opioid prescribing in S.C.

Clyburn Lecture held April 1
(March 1, 2016)
The Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities and S.C. DHEC’s Office of Minority Healthwill host the 9th Annual James E. Clyburn Lecture on April 1, 2016 at the USC Alumni Center.

I AM PUBLIC HEALTH: Jessica Escobar Alegría
(March 1, 2016)
HPEB doctoral candidate will help sustain food and nutrition security policies during political transitions.


February 2016

Arnold School 40th Anniversary Celebration
(February 29, 2016)
Please join the Arnold School of Public Health for an array of school-wide and department-sponsored events (primarily on March 18) as we celebrate 40 years of history, growth and achievements.

Alumnus named hospital president
(February 26, 2016)
Health Services Policy and Management alumnus Travis Capers has been named president of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis. The 1996 graduate earned a Master’s in Health Administration.

Battling elder abuse
(February 24, 2016)
The Arnold School’s Office for the Study of Aging staff are experts on elder abuse—identifying the major barriers and solutions for combatting this pervasive yet overlooked public health crisis.

Training the armed forces
(February 22, 2016)
Exercise Science Clinical Professor and Vietnam Veteran Paul Beattie leads Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty and students to help train Fort Jackson chaplain candidates for the armed forces.

Nutrition Symposium on March 18
(February 19, 2016)
Join the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities for their Nutrition Symposium on March 18 at the USC Alumni Center as an event of the Arnold School’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Events.

Alumnus elected to NAEMSP board
(February 17, 2016)
HSPM alumnus (MPH & PhD) and Carolinas Healthcare System Medical Center Senior Scientist DanielPatterson has been elected to the board of the National Association of EMS Physicians.

EXSC major bikes and builds
(February 12, 2016)
Exercise Science senior and USC Triathlon Club President Morgan Durand volunteers with the non-profit Bike & Build, cycling across the country to build homes in support of fair and affordable housing.

Rothenberg awarded NIH grant
(February 10, 2016)
ENHS’ Sarah Rothenberg has won $386,741 from the NIEHS to investigate methylmercury exposure through rice ingestion, gut microbes and offspring development.

Study promotes physical activity in preschoolers
(February 8, 2016)
Researchers led by EXSC Professor and CPARG Director Russell Pate have found ways to increase physical activity for preschoolers with a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Lead produces special issue on nanoresearch
(February 5, 2016)
ENHS Professor & CENR Director Jamie Lead has produced a special issue for the journal, Environmental Chemistry, based on the research presented at the 9th Annual Nano Conference he hosted in 2014.

More than meets the ear
(February 4, 2016)
UofSC Today takes an in-depth look at the USC Speech and Hearing Research Center to explore how they benefit patients, future clinicians and the field of communication sciences and disorders.

Nine students earn SPARC awards
(February 3, 2016)
Arnold School graduate students from EXSC, HPEB, COMD, EPI/BIOS and ENHS have earned 2015-2016 SPARC Graduate Research Grants from the USC Office of the Vice President for Research.

Carson wins mentor award
(February 2, 2016)
EXSC Professor and Chair James Carson has been honored with the Distinguished Research Leadership Award by the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics for his mentoring efforts.

Firas Alhasson: I am Public Health
(February 1, 2016)
ENHS student will use PhD to solve environmental challenges in Iraq

January 2016

Cancer specialists issue statement
(January 29, 2016)
Arnold School and other S.C. healthcare leaders have joined all 69 NCI Cancer Centers from across the country to prepare a joint statement on the endorsement of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention.

Epi grad becomes Data Science Analyst
(January 28, 2016)
December graduate Erin Drucker has built on her history degrees to establish a career in public health after earning a master’s in epidemiology from the Arnold School and accepting a job as a Data Science Analyst.

Li named officer for Health Sciences S.C.
(January 26, 2016)
The Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior’s Xiaoming Li has been chosen to serve as Chief Analytics Officer for the state’s biomedical research collaborative, Health Sciences South Carolina.

Arnold School students named Breakthrough Graduate Scholars
(January 21, 2016)
Keith Brazendale (EXSC), Diptadip Dattaroy (ENHS), Justin Hardee (EXSC) and Danielle Schoffman (HPEB) earn 2016 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar awards from the Office of the VP for Research.

Beets and Chatterjee named Breakthrough Stars
(January 19, 2016)
EXSC Associate Professor Michael Beets and ENHS Assistant Professor Saurabh Chatterjee receive 2016 Breakthrough Star awards in recognition of early career research and scholarship achievements.

Faculty win Breakthrough Leadership Awards
(January 15, 2016)
James Hébert and Angela Liese, both professors in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, are two of just six USC faculty members to receive 2016 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Awards.

Parkinson's and speech disorders
(January 13, 2016)
In addition to difficulties with walking and writing, Parkinson’s patients often experience speech challenges. COMD’s USC Speech and Hearing Research Center helps them with a unique therapy program.


Call for Nominations
(January 12, 2016)
The Arnold School of Public Health is seeking nominations to recognize outstanding faculty, students and alumni with 2016 awards. Recipients will be honored at the 2016 Hooding Ceremony.

Seminar on education-mortality links
(January 8, 2016)
Mark Hayward, Professor of Sociology and a Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, will present on the association between education and mortality on Jan. 27.

DPT grad lands dream job
(January 6, 2016)
A December graduate who earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the Department of Exercise Science, Sarah Fitz-Maurice has turned a clinical rotation into her dream job.

Xinling Xu: I am Public Health
(January 4, 2016)
BIOS student chooses public health so she can benefit people directly

December 2015

Learning the language
(December 21, 2015)
USC Times features COMD’s USC Speech and Hearing Research Center and Dan Fogerty’s Speech Perception Laboratory in the university-wide publication’s latest issue, which focuses on sound.

Teen pregnancy rates decline in S.C.
(December 14, 2015)
Arnold School alumnus and S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy CEO Forrest Alton releases report on 2014 S.C. teen birth data. Teens are delaying pregnancy, just not long enough.

ENHS lab wins national award
(December 9, 2015)
The “Chatterjee Lab” has again earned national recognition—this time at a premier liver research meeting— marking another milestone in the lab’s rise to the forefront of both toxicology and liver research.

Li and Qiao publish special issue
(December 7, 2015)
Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior faculty members publish two special issues on findings and best practices in HIV disclosure research in leading international AIDS journals.

James captivates at Vernberg Lecture
(December 3, 2015)
Sherman James engaged attendees from across the state as he presented “The Black Image in the White Mind: Implications for Achieving Racial Equity in America” at the Vernberg Lecture on Nov. 18.

Justin Hardee: I am Public Health
(December 1, 2015)
EXSC student makes the most of the No. 1 ranked doctoral program in the country

November 2015

Tobacco and alcohol portrayals in films
(November 24, 2015)
Thrasher publishes largest international study on tobacco and alcohol portrayals in films; World Health Organization report sanctions the authors' recommendations for reducing tobacco portrayals.

Eberth wins mentorship grant
(November 19, 2015)
Jan Eberth has won a four-year Mentored Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society to explore accessibility to colonoscopy services in the Carolinas.

Apel earns highest ASHA award
(November 17, 2015)
Kenn Apel, COMD professor and chair, has been honored with the highest award that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association bestows: Honors of the Association.

Gift will create aging institute
(November 12, 2015)
Gerry Sue and Norman J. Arnold have gifted the Arnold School of Public Health with $7 million to create a new institute focusing on how to age well, addressing issues faced by young children and older adults.

Flood inspires new career path
(November 11, 2015)
After being immersed in emergency operations center work since the recent floods hit Columbia, AmeriCorps volunteer and public health undergrad Liz Harrison has a new calling: disaster resilience.

Healthy Aging Forum scheduled for Dec. 9
(November 9, 2015)
The S.C. Healthy Brain Research Network will host a Healthy Aging Forum: A Focus on Brain Health on Dec. 9 to advance the research and translation agenda for cognitive health and healthy aging.

Bringing long-term care into the classroom
(November 6, 2015)
The College of Social Work invited Office for the Study of Aging’s Macie Smith to train their Advanced Intervention with Older Adults students with the nationally renowned Dementia Dialogues program.

Students discuss grad school with congress
(November 4, 2015)
The Arnold School's Kitty Tryon (EXSC) and Deeonna Farr (HPEB) were chosen by the university as the two USC students to share their graduate school experiences with congressional staff members.

Meet Xiaoming Li
(November 3, 2015)
Li joins Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior as Professor and SmartState Endowed Chair in Translational Clinical Research and director of the S.C. SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality.

CPCP applies DII in a new way
(November 2, 2015)
Shivappa and Hébert have expanded the literature on the applications of the dietary inflammatory index yet again, using it to tie inflammation to reduction in telomere length and its consequential health effects.

Jacques Clerville: I am Public Health
(November 2, 2015)
Inspired by the 2010 earthquake and cholera outbreak, a Haitian physician uses his Fulbright Scholarship to earn an MPH in Epidemiology so he can help improve public health when he returns.

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