2014 News Archives


December 2014

Suzanne Adlof receives award for early career contributions
(December 16, 2014)
Communication Sciences and Disorders’ Suzanne Adlof earns recognition from ASHA for significant scientific accomplishments in research, funding and mentorship.

Does BMI matter anymore?
(December 12, 2014)
Researchers determine that BMI may be less useful than previously thought. Cardiorespiratory fitness and body composition serve as more reliable indicators for predicting cardiovascular disease.

Outlook bright for Arnold School graduates
(December 9, 2014)
USC Career Center survey of May 2014 graduates from the Arnold School's EXSC and PUBH undergraduate majors reports increased salary and employment rates.

Steve Blair launches new network
(December 5, 2014)
Steve Blair partners with James Hill of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado Denver to launch Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN).

Ramzi Salloum combats hookah misconceptions
(December 4, 2014)
Department of Health Services Policy and Management's Ramzi Salloum finds that hookah smoking is increasing at alarming rates, especially among youth.

James Evans: I am Public Health
(December 3, 2014)
ENHS practicum student facilitates major change in methods for determining seafood safety.

UofSC highlights postdoctoral fellow Jessica Leet
(December 2, 2014)
Jessica Leet exemplifies how to build a scientific career in this UofSC Today feature. Trace the steps she took that led her to conduct toxicology research with zebrafish in Dave Volz ’s lab.


November 2014

Researchers link inflammatory diet to cancer risks
(November 20, 2014)
Drs. Shivappa, Steck and Hebert identify relationships between inflammatory diets and cancer risks. Findings indicate reduced risk for colorectal cancer associated with anti-inflammatory diets.

Annual Vernberg Lecture held, experts present
(November 11, 2014)
Miss the Vernberg Lecture? These recaps will fill you in on the main events: student poster session, Healthy Cities talk (Dr. Kenneth Mundt), Environmental Carcinogens lecture (Dr. Paolo Boffetta).

Arnold School weight loss study published widely
(November 10, 2014)
Dr. Turner-McGrievy ’s study finds that vegan diets are best for weight loss. Many news outlets have picked it up.

AcademyHealth features Arnold School research
(November 7, 2014)
Arnold School's Nathan Hale and James Hardin team up with DHEC's Michael Smith to present research at a Close-Up Briefing in Washington, D.C.

Liz Locke: I am Public Health
(November 7, 2014)
Arnold School alumna finds peace through yoga and shares her discovery in documentary.

Vernberg Lecture honors student research
(November 5, 2014)
The 2014 Fall Program of the Winona B. Vernberg Distinguished Lecture Series featured the first scientific poster session and competition for students. Read more about the winner.

Studying the Ebola crisis
(November 3, 2014)
What happens when a graduate student with little background in infectious diseases finds himself in a class taught by a veteran infectious disease medical epidemiologist? Ask Jameson Sofge.


October 2014

The "A-List"
(October 31, 2014)
The Department of Environmental Health Sciences is in the limelight for its research. Check out the news on ENHS and other achievements from Arnold School faculty and students.

SEC announces fellows
(October 8, 2014)
Dr. Sara Wilcox has been named a 2014 - 15 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellow. The program seeks to advance academic leaders for leadership throughout the SEC.

Courtney Bellissimo: I am Public Health
(October 7, 2014)
Arnold School undergraduate came to USC and discovered a passion for global public health.

Study examines heart fitness, hypertension
(October 6, 2014)
Good news, guys! Researchers from the Arnold School have found that men can ward off age-related high blood pressure by developing strong heart fitness through aerobic exercise.


September 2014

Student earns Smith Scholarship
(September 23, 2014)
Benjamin M. Walker, an undergraduate public health student, is the recipient of a scholarship given in memory of Michael Daniel Smith and Alexander Tyler Smith who died in 1994.

Vernberg Lecture on Oct. 16
(September 23, 2014)
Renowned cancer expert Dr. Paolo Boffetta will be the featured guest speaker for the fall program of the Winona B. Vernberg Distinguished Lecture Series scheduled for Oct. 16.

COMD to hold Open House
(September 11, 2014)
The Sept. 19 event will showcase the department ’s new “home,” which now brings faculty and USC’s Speech and Hearing Center under the same roof for the first time in history.

9th ICEENN under way
(September 8, 2014)
International nanoscience and nanoecotoxicology conference is being held at the Columbia Metropolitan Conference Center in Columbia. Dr. Jamie Lead of the Arnold School is chair.

Dr. Jamie Lead: I am Public Health
(September 4, 2014)
Dr. Lead is bringing "the world" of nanoscience to USC and the Arnold School.

News to know
(September 3, 2014)
The fall semester is under way. Check out these news items to learn more about the events that are planned in coming weeks and the people who are newsmakers in the Arnold School.


August 2014

Study focuses on pregnant women
(August 29, 2014)
A $2.9 million grant to Arnold School researchers Dr. Sara Wilcox and Dr. Jihong Liu will focus on helping overweight, obese women make healthy choices during and after pregnancy.

9th ICEENN opens Sept. 7
(August 29, 2014)
International nanoscience and nanoecotoxicology conference will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Conference Center in Columbia. Dr. Jamie Lead of the Arnold School is chair.

'Ice Bucket Challenge' at USC
(August 26, 2014)
The "Ice Bucket Challenge" has become a national sensation to raise funds to combat ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's Disease. Dr. Tom Chandler is among those to accept the challenge.

Most "Highly Cited"
(August 20, 2014)
Two researchers from the Arnold School have been selected as the most Highly Cited Researchers 2014 in a new listing. Read more to find out "who's who" among top scientists!

Mark your calendars!
(August 20, 2014)
A new academic year is ahead, and the fall calendar already has noteworthy events planned. Check out these featured events to ensure that you will be "in the know and ready to go."

Dr. Chandler speaks at ceremony
(August 20, 2014)
USC's Doctoral Hooding Ceremony featured Dr. Tom Chandler, dean of the Arnold School, as the guest speaker. Do you know how many Ph.D. students don't complete their program?

Scott Rhodes: I am Public Health
(August 19, 2014)
Alumnus has new book on community engagement, HIV prevention.

Mark your calendars!
(August 6, 2014)
Dr. Tom Chandler, dean of the Arnold School, is the guest speaker for the Saturday, Aug. 9, Hooding Ceremony for USC doctoral candidates. This article highlights other events.


July 2014

2 studies support importance of activity
(July 28, 2014)
Arnold School researchers contribute to new study on link between running and reduced risks for cardiovascular disease. Another study in JAMA highlights activity and mobility.

SEC Symposium draws USC leadership
(July 28, 2014)
USC President Harris Pastides and Dr. Michael Amiridis, the University’s Provost, will be featured speakers at the SEC Conference Symposium, which highlights obesity prevention.

PASOs grant will expand services
(July 28, 2014)
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded a grant to PASOs through its new Immigrant Families Initiative, designed to enhance individual and family well-being.

BBIP program enhances doctoral research
(July 28, 2014)
An initiative between the Arnold School and College of Arts and Sciences brings an interdisciplinary approach to the education of the next generation of behavioral scientists.

C'iana Cooper: I am Public Health
(July 28, 2014)
Arnold School student awarded prestigious UNCF Merck award.

SEC Symposium focus is on prevention of obesity
(July 9, 2014)
USC will be host for the SEC Symposium in Atlanta. Abstracts are being received through July 21. The symposium seeks to display the research and innovation of SEC institutions.


June 2014

WVU taps Dr. Hand for dean's post
(June 30, 2014)
West Virginia University has named Dr. Greg Hand, an Arnold School associate dean, to be founding dean of its School of Public Health, the state's first public health school.

Dr. Fred Tabung: I am Public Health
(June 25, 2014)
Arnold School alumnus from Cameroon is committed to cancer prevention.

PRC awarded $4.35 million
(June 9, 2014)
First funded by the CDC in 1993, the Prevention Research Center at the Arnold School has received a $4.35 million grant to implement a faith-based program to improve health.

Dr. Mohammed Baalousha: I am Public Health
(June 9, 2014)
New faculty member named "Emerging Investigator" by journal.

Unaware of smoking dangers
(June 5, 2014)
Study by Arnold School researchers finds that accurate, detailed information about smoking is novel or unknown to many smokers, including health risks, dangers of secondhand smoke.

Attend ICEENN Sept. 7 - 11
(June 5, 2014)
Abstract submissions, registration are under way for 9th International Conference on the Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials. Dr. Jamie Lead is event chair.

Class of 2014 graduates
(June 5, 2014)
Admiral Paul Gaffney, the guest speaker for the 2014 Hooding Ceremony of the Arnold School of Public Health, called graduates "the hope for an informed body of health policies."


May 2014

Kudos to HPEB students!
(May 19, 2014)
Graduate students from the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior have garnered recognition for research. Read here to know more about their accomplishments.

Maranda Rosier: I am Public Health
(May 19, 2014)
A family member's death to suicide has given student a calling.

Gift made to HSPM
(May 16, 2014)
Columbia business leader Ed Sellers has established the Dr. Suzan D. Boyd Fellowship Fund at the Arnold School. The first fellowship will be awarded for the 2014 - 15 academic year

USDA administrator to speak May 23
(May 15, 2014)
Audrey Rowe administers the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, which impacts millions of children, families. Her talk will shed light on hunger, obesity and other nutrition issues.

Picture this! Photos online from Arnold School Hooding Ceremony
(May 14, 2014)
Photographs capture a special day in lives of graduate students!

Discovery 1 Open House is May 13!
(May 6, 2014)
Make plans to attend the Open House celebrating the Arnold School's move into the Discovery 1 building. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. May 13, with special remarks at 5:15 p.m.

Faculty excellence recognized
(May 6, 2014)
Awards to Arnold School faculty recognize excellence in science, campus life and dedication to students through academic support. Among these are the Governor's science awards.

Dr. Russ Pate: "I Am Public Health"
(May 6, 2014)
Researcher delivers nation's first report card on physical activity of youth.


April 2014

Dr. Alan Decho: "I Am Public Health"
(April 28, 2014)
Researcher seeks new mechanisms to help novel antibiotics fight infection.

Hooding, Commencement speakers named
(April 28, 2014)
Admiral Paul Gaffney is Hooding Ceremony's guest speaker on May 8. Arnold School's undergraduate and master's degree students will hear from Vice President at May 9 ceremony.

Check out "The A-List"
(April 28, 2014)
Arnold School faculty, students and programs are in the spotlight for achievement. Check out these newsmakers and what they are doing to improve the field of public health.

Graduate Students are winners!
(April 28, 2014)
Kudos go to graduate students from the Arnold School who were among the top award recipients at USC's Graduate Student Day in categories for leadership, teaching and research.

Programs highlight public health challenges
(April 28, 2014)
Arnold School's Vernberg Lecture brought compelling discussion on smoking dangers. The Nutrition Research Symposium examined efforts to improve healthy eating across lifespan.

Ann Blair Kennedy: "I Am Public Health"
(April 21, 2014)
Doctoral student receives Dean's Award for Excellence in Leadership at Graduate Student Day.

History of Tobacco Policy on display
(April 21, 2014)
In conjunction with Vernberg Lecture, the Arnold School will have a historical exhibit showcasing the Surgeon General's first report on smoking and the history of cigarettes.

Vernberg Lecture is April 24
(April 16, 2014)
Dr. Michael Cummings of MUSC, a leading scholar on tobacco policy, will be the featured speaker for the 2014 program of the Winona B. Vernberg Distinguished Lecture Series.

"Raise Our Voices"
(April 16, 2014)
Dr. Donna M. Christensen, speaker for the James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture, cites opportunities with Affordable Care Act and challenges that exist for the future.

Public Health Week in review
(April 16, 2014)
The Arnold School observed National Public Health Week with a wide range of activities, including a successful bone marrow donor drive and gift of tables, benches for Discovery 1.

Alyssa Robillard: "I Am Public Health"
(April 14, 2014)
Study on African-American women with HIV earns accolades.

April 14 donor drive seeks African Americans
(April 9, 2014)
The Arnold School's Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities and AMPHS seeks participation from African Americans at a Be The Match® Bone Marrow Donor Drive.

Clyburn Leadership Awards announced
(April 9, 2014)
Dr. Donna Richter is among seven leaders in health disparities research, health care and outreach efforts who will be honored at the James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture.

Leila Heidari: "I Am Public Health"
(April 7, 2014)
Honors College senior embodies passion, determination of public health service.

Be The Match® on April 9
(April 7, 2014)
National Public Health Week: Take a few minutes to possibly save a life. On Wednesday, April 9, the Be The Match® Donor Drive will be at Arnold School's PHRC. Learn more now.

Vernberg Lecture and more spring events!
(April 1, 2014)
The Winona B. Vernberg Lecture will be held April 24. Other spring events will include the Hooding Ceremony on May 8, the annual picnic and the Discovery 1 building open house.

Celebrate Public Health Week!
(April 1, 2014)
Public Health Week begins Monday, April 7. Check out the scheduled events, including the James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture and Be The Match® Bone Marrow Donor Drive.


March 2014

News to know
(March 27, 2014)
Arnold School newsmakers are all around us, including Drs. Probst, Sharpe and Hébert! Check out what your colleagues have been doing and learn about a health study under way!

Outstanding achievement from a "Learner" recognized
(March 27, 2014)
Emily Learner named the 2014 USC Outstanding Woman of the Year.

Simply outstanding!
(March 21, 2014)
Leila Heidari and Emily Learner, undergraduates from the Arnold School, are finalists for the 2014 USC Outstanding Woman of the Year. The winner will be announced March 26.

Obesity research garners attention
(March 17, 2014)
Kudos to Drs. Steve Blair and Russ Pate! Blair will receive a major award from World Obesity Federation; opinion article by Pate is featured in ACSM's Sports Medicine Bulletin.

Nutrition Research Symposium to be held March 21
(March 17, 2014)
The 4th annual symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Speaker named for Clyburn Lecture
(March 12, 2014)
U.S. Rep. Donna M. Christensen, first female physician in U.S. House, will be the featured guest speaker for the seventh annual James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture.

Vernberg Lecture is April 24
(March 12, 2014)
Dr. Michael Cummings of MUSC, a leading scholar on tobacco policy, will be the featured speaker for the 2014 program of the Winona B. Vernberg Distinguished Lecture Series.


February 2014

Mark your calendars
(February 21, 2014)
Looking ahead, you'll find that spring will be busy. Mark your calendars for the Nutrition Symposium, James E. Clyburn Lecture, Public Health Week and Vernberg Lecture and more!

New research earning recognition
(February 21, 2014)
Research team led by Dr. Saurabh Chatterjee is providing insight into link between obesity and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

A sleuth looking for killers
(February 19, 2014)
From hospital-acquired infections to mold remediation, an Arnold School alumnus combined his science and entrepreneurial skills to develop a well-respected environmental health business.

Grant opportunities available
(February 7, 2014)
The Disability Research and Dissemination Center at USC has opportunities for funding in the area of disabilities research. Applications for grant awards are due by Feb. 28.


January 2014

TWIN Award is a tribute to leadership
(January 22, 2014)
Dr. Heather Brandt recognized by the Palmetto Center for Women.

The "A-List": News to know
(January 22, 2014)
Achievement worth noting! From individual achievements to research, Arnold School faculty, staff and students continue to earn accolades. Here are 2014's first "A-List" honorees.

'Healthy Eating in Context' Symposium set
(January 22, 2014)
What are children eating and why? The use of technology to improve nutrition and physical activity will be the subject of the March 21 symposium featuring Baylor pediatrician.

Chronic inflammation may prove deadly
(January 22, 2014)
A study by Arnold School researchers finds that a diet high in sugar, saturated fats and other foods promoting inflammation may increase the risk of premature death from cancer.

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