2015 News Archives


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.

October 2015

Grant to increase SNAP at farmers markets
(October 30, 2015)
The Arnold School’s Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities and partners have received $250,000 grant to help increase SNAP purchases at South Carolina farmers markets.

Treating selective mutism
(October 29, 2015)
The USC Speech and Hearing Research Center provides treatment for patients with common (e.g., language delays) and rare communication disorders, such as selective mutism.

Grants awarded to research 1,000-year rainfall
(October 28, 2015)
Arnold School researchers have received internal funding for seven collaborative projects to investigate the impact of the 1,000-year rainfall and the resulting catastrophic floods that devastated S.C.

$3.6 M grant will increase colorectal cancer screening
(October 26, 2015)
CDC has awarded the Center for Colon Cancer Research with a $3.6 million five-year grant to establish a program that will increase colorectal cancer screening in South Carolinians.

10 ways to make time for exercise
(October 23, 2015)
The Huffington Post has published an article by grant writer and editor Gaye Christmus (Department of Exercise Science) on how to make time for exercise—even when you don’t have time.

Vernberg Lecture on November 18
(October 23, 2015)
Emory’s Sherman A. James, expert on health disparities and cardiovascular diseases, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Annual Winona B. Vernberg Distinguished Lecture Series on November 18.

McNeal serves as student rep
(October 21, 2015)
ENHS doctoral student Samantha McNeal has joined the officers of the Society of Toxicology’s Toxicologists of African Origin Special Interest Group as their Graduate Student Representative.

Lead edits new journal
(October 19, 2015)
Jamie Lead, ENHS professor and director of the SmartState Center for NanoScience & Risk, will serve as a co-editor-in-chief for the new scientific journal, NanoImpact, published by Elsevier.

How to treat stuttering
(October 16, 2015)
Charley Adams, a clinical assistant professor in COMD’s USC Speech and Hearing Research Center, reveals how they treat patients who stutter and how we can too.

PASOs aids flood recovery
(October 15, 2015)
PASOs has been providing much-needed supplies and resources to Latino families impacted by the flood. They are also raising funds to help rebuild lives and provide safe living conditions.

Tom Stevens: I am Public Health
(October 1, 2015)
Professional hockey player turned financial consultant pursues an MHA so he can help transform the current health care system.

September 2015

Wilcox joins National Academy of Kinesiology
(September 30, 2015)
Exercise Science Professor and Prevention Research Center Director Sara Wilcox has been elected to join the National Academy of Kinesiology as an Active Fellow, signifying her contributions to the field.

August graduate joins NIH as Fellow
(September 28, 2015)
Mark Park, who graduated with a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the Arnold School in August, has joined the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences as a Post-doctoral Fellow.

EXSC Ph.D. program ranks #1
(September 25, 2015)
The National Academy of Kinesiology has ranked the Department of Exercise Science's Ph.D. program #1 in the nation among 52 doctoral programs that focus on the study of physical activity.

Wade-Woolley leads international conference
(September 23, 2015)
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders’ Lesly Wade-Woolley led an international conference in Hawaii last month as the president-elect of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading.

Healthy Communities Study
(September 21, 2015)
Members of the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group guest edited and co-authored a special issue on the NIH-funded Healthy Communities Study for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Undergrad blogs about studying abroad
(September 18, 2015)
Margaret Barrett, a junior majoring in exercise science, is studying abroad this fall at the University of Hyderabad in India, and she's blogging about it for the USC Study Abroad Office.

Leading rural health
(September 16, 2015)
Doctoral student Melinda Merrell (Department of Health Services Policy and Management) has won the 2015 National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health Emerging Leader Award.

Prepping for medical school
(September 14, 2015)
Honors undergrad Kelsie Dirksing spent her summer developing an app that aids smoking cessation after joining the early acceptance and research program at University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine.

Eliminating food deserts
(September 10, 2015)
The Nutrition Center has helped launch FoodShare Columbia, a pilot program that works with community partners to make fruits and vegetables available in areas that lack grocery stores.

Engaging faith-based organizations in health
(September 8, 2015)
The USC Prevention Research Center will host an Engaging Faith-based Organizations in Health Initiatives event on September 29. Join the Arnold School for a keynote address and expert panel.

COMD students win national awards
(September 3, 2015)
Two students from COMD’s Master of Speech-Language Pathology program have won awards from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association out of a nationwide competition.

Alexandra Basilakos: I am Public Health
(September 1, 2015)
COMD doctoral candidate plans a career in research and clinical education.

August 2015

Study links conceptual/motor systems
(August 31, 2015)
Researchers clarify the relationship between conceptual and sensory-motor systems of the brain by testing conceptual understanding and corresponding physical impairments using robotic devices.

Dementia Dialogues goes national
(August 28, 2015)
The Office for the Study of Aging has taken their Dementia Dialogues program to a new level by rolling it out in Utah in early August. Two more states will adopt the program over the next year.

Balancing career and family
(August 26, 2015)
Denise Peters landed a postdoctoral research fellowship with Emory University after the August grad successfully balanced raising her two young daughters while earning a PhD in Exercise Science.

HPEB announces new minor
(August 24, 2015)
The Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior now offers a minor in Nutrition and Food Systems for undergraduates across a broad spectrum of majors.

Alumnus named Midlands Walk Chair
(August 21, 2015)
Arnold School alumnus David Pankau, who serves as CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, has been elected Chairman of the 2016 Midlands Heart Walk by the American Heart Association.

Technology boosts patient outcomes
(August 19, 2015)
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders uses iPads and SMARTboards to improve patient outcomes at their USC Speech and Hearing Research Center.

Friedman presents on healthy aging
(August 17, 2015)
HPEB Associate Professor Daniela Friedman presented at a plenary session on preserving cognitive health and preventing cognitive impairment at the 2015 Health Aging Summit in D.C. last month.

August grad inspired by students
(August 13, 2015)
Julie Byard returned to USC to obtain her Master degree in Speech-Language Pathology after seven years in the public school system. She plans to work with adults and children in a medical setting.

CPCP publishes journal supplement
(August 11, 2015)
The S.C. Cancer Disparities Community Network, within the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, has spearheaded a publication describing a major national cancer prevention effort.

PASOs shares best practices
(August 5, 2015)
Director Julie Smithwick presents PASOs best practices at the convening of the Health and Social Service Needs of Children with Deported or Detained Parents in Washington D.C.

Morgan Hughey: I am Public Health
(August 3, 2015)
HPEB doctoral candidate turns a passion for athletics into a career in public health.

Video promotes physical fitness
(August 3, 2015)
Morgan Porter creates a fun video of members from the Department of Exercise Science to encourage physical fitness in honor of 2015 National Dance Day on July 25.

July 2015

Doctoral student wins Dissertation Award
(July 29, 2015)
Tiara Rosemond, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, has been awarded the Doctoral Scholars Program’s Dissertation Award from the Southern Regional Education Board.

Arnold School ranks #4 in nation
(July 27, 2015)
The Arnold School of Public Health ranks #4 in the nation among public health graduate programs for both Overall Value and Best Career Support (GraduatePrograms.com).

Radio dramas teach health information
(July 23, 2015)
PASOs brings health information to Latinos in Upstate South Carolina through radionovelas they produce. The story-telling style spots air on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. on 103.9 FM in Greenville.

McIver joins Leadership Columbia
(July 21, 2015)
Kerry McIver, research assistant professor of exercise science and Children's Physical Activity Research Group investigator, has been selected for the 2015-2016 class of Leadership Columbia.

EXSC alumnus honored as Fellow
(July 17, 2015)
Arnold School alumnus Mark Stout (Master of Science in Exercise Science) has been selected as a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Free E-book on undergrad education
(July 15, 2015)
Cheryl Addy, senior associate dean for academic affairs, collaborated with public health programs and organizations across the U.S. to publish a free E-book on undergraduate public health education.

Undergrads save mother and child
(July 13, 2015)
Taylor Jones, a senior majoring in public health, and two friends saved a woman and her child after high winds knocked the pair overboard while sailing in a stormy Charleston Harbor.

Shivappa brings DII to France
(July 9, 2015)
Cancer Prevention and Control Program's Nitin Shivappa introduces the dietary inflammatory index to the International Agency for Research on Cancer through a Travel Fellowship to Lyon, France.

Paso a Paso
(July 7, 2015)
UofSC Today highlights PASOs' efforts to improve public health among S.C.'s growing Latino population through access to care, educational programming and the roles of community health workers.

Strengthening the S.C. National Guard
(July 2, 2015)
EXSC students gain practical experience by leading training sessions for S.C. National Guard service members during a pilot program aimed at improving health and physical readiness.

Gabe Kenne: I Am Public Health
(July 1, 2015)
ENHS doctoral candidate impacts public health by combining his interests in natural toxins and food safety.

June 2015

Alumna builds informatics expertise as CDC fellow
(June 30, 2015)
HSPM DrPH graduate Brittani Harmon assists with Ebola and HIV outbreaks as a Public Health Informatics Fellow with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

OSA bolsters long-term care system
(June 29, 2015)
As the S.C. population ages, the Office for the Study of Aging has helped develop recommendations for improving the long-term care system and will play key roles in the implementing the action items.

Crowdfunding project follow-up
(June 24, 2015)
UofSC Today recently checked in with exercise science undergrad Lily Gullion who successfully crowdfunded her research project on gaming and social skills in the Netherlands.

University of South Carolina researchers receive award to support new research on food choice
(June 22, 2015)
University of South Carolina researchers receive award to manage a competitive grants program aimed at understanding food choice in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Scott invited to present at Metcalf Lecture
(June 19, 2015)
ENHS Chair and Clinical Professor Geoff Scott presented at the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting's annual public lecture series, Scientists and Journalists: Getting the Point Across.

COMD hosts health sciences IPP event
(June 17, 2015)
COMD holds Interprofessional Practice (IPP) event to provide opportunities for health sciences students to apply the knowledge gained from their collective Interprofessional Education course.

Undergrads compete for D.C. fellowship
(June 15, 2015)
EXSC undergrad Haley Yaw named finalist and Magellan Scholar Klara Milojkovic (researching with HPEB) named winner of Mount Vernon Leadership Fellowship out of nationwide competition.

Anakaraonye wins scholarship from SCPHA
(June 12, 2015)
Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior student Amarachi Anakaraonye has been awarded the Malcolm U. Dantzler Scholarship at the SCPHA Annual Meeting.

PASOs celebrates 10 years
(June 10, 2015)
PASOs celebrates their 10 year anniversary of bridging Latino families and resources with a Celebration and Compromiso (Commitment) Event on June 6.

Mini-grants lead to successful interventions
(June 8, 2015)
Assistant Professor Justin Moore (HPEB) finds that community-based mini-grants may provide a sustainable solution to increasing physical activity among youth.

Baalousha and Lead edit book
(June 5, 2015)
CENR and ENHS Assistant Professor Mohammed Baalousha and Professor/CENR Director Jamie Lead edit new book on the characterization of nanomaterials.

Sadiq wins IMPH Award at SCPHA
(June 4, 2015)
Doctoral student Naveed Sadiq (HSPM) wins S.C. Institute of Medicine and Public Health Outstanding Student Abstract Award at the S.C. Public Health Association annual meeting.

Leading the research on a new tobacco product
(June 2, 2015)
Associate Professor Jim Thrasher (HPEB) offers some of the first research on usage and perceptions of the tobacco industry’s latest product innovation: flavor capsules.

Chelsea Deroche: I Am Public Health
(June 1, 2015)
May graduate will lend her biostatistics expertise to the University of Missouri School of Medicine as their newest assistant professor.

May 2015

Combining climate change and community service
(May 28, 2015)
ENHS Assistant Professor Sarah Rothenberg uses a K-12 community service project at the S.C. State Museum to fuel USC students’ passion for learning about climate change.

Remembering HPEB’s Chris Aluah
(May 26, 2015)
The Arnold School remembers doctoral student Chris Aluah (Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior) who passed away in March 2015.

Student wins national pharmacy award
(May 21, 2015)
MPH student Amy Yanicak wins one of 12 Student Leadership Awards from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and discusses why she loves her dual degree program.

Fitness delays onset of high cholesterol
(May 19, 2015)
A team of researchers from the Arnold School of Public Health have determined that higher cardiorespiratory fitness can delay the onset of elevated cholesterol levels for men by up to 15 years.

Clyburn Lecture Synopsis
(May 15, 2015)
The 8th Annual Clyburn Lecture enjoyed an excellent turnout for Representative Clyburn's keynote speech and numerous tributes to Saundra Glover who retires this year.

Arnold School honors graduates
(May 13, 2015)
The Arnold School celebrated masters and doctoral graduates at the May 7 Hooding Ceremony. Arnold School and department award winners along with Delta Omega inductees were also recognized.

Practicum confirms career plans
(May 11, 2015)
Molly Sullivan provides cardiac rehabilitation to the Arnold School’s Louisa Campbell through her practicum, helping Campbell recover and confirming her own commitment to the cardiac field.

CDC taps Brenner for Ebola prep efforts
(May 7, 2015)
CDC asks Epi/Bios Adjunct Associate Professor Eric Brenner to help prepare a vulnerable Ivory Coast for the possibility of an Ebola epidemic.

May graduate heads to DC
(May 6, 2015)
Public health grad Kara Jones used her Washington Semester experience to snag an analyst position at The Galen Institute, a nonprofit health policy research organization outside of D.C.

Ruth P. Saunders publishes textbook
(May 5, 2015)
Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior's Professor Emerita Ruth Saunders publishes textbook, Implementation Monitoring & Process Evaluation, a practical guide.

Pate honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
(May 4, 2015)
Professor Russell Pate, exercise science, has been named one of five recipients of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Snowball's chance
(May 4, 2015)
Adam Mayer, a senior in exercise science, graduates in May after earning one of three Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, the highest award for graduating seniors.

Nutrition Center assesses new SNAP program
(May 1, 2015)
A team from the Arnold School's Nutrition Center demonstrates the need for S.C. SNAP Healthy Bucks Program to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets.

Morgan Clennin: I Am Public Health
(May 1, 2015)
Doctoral student combines public health and exercise science with Health Aspects of Physical Activity program.

April 2015

Students represent at Grad Student Day
(April 29, 2015)
Arnold School students present at USC’s Graduate Student Day, showcasing their scholarly work. Doctoral student Chiwoneso Tinago (HPEB) takes home the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Pastides to speak at May 7 Hooding
(April 28, 2015)
President Pastides will speak at the Arnold School Hooding Ceremony at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 7 at the Koger Center for the Arts. Student, faculty and alumni awards will also be presented.

Researching research
(April 27, 2015)
John Ioannidis led a lively discussion during the annual Delta Omega Lecture Series with his presentation on the challenges of evaluating academic performance, particularly research.

Outstanding EXSC Student Awards
(April 27, 2015)
Undergraduates Courtney T. Bellissimo, Ron L. Doiron, Kristen N. Fuss and Adam Michael Mayer have been recognized with Outstanding Exercise Science Student Awards.

EXSC athlete most decorated
(April 24, 2015)
Undergraduate Sabrina D’Angelo (Department of Exercise Science) earns President’s Award, finishing her college career as the most decorated student-athlete in USC women’s soccer history.

Nutrition Symposium Recap
(April 23, 2015)
The Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities and the Environment and Sustainability Program enjoyed a great turnout for the 5th Annual Nutrition Symposium.

Crowdfunding a project in the Netherlands
(April 21, 2015)
Exercise Science undergraduate Lily Gullion is crowdfunding a summer trip to the Netherlands to test video games’ utility in measuring social skills related to Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Apel earns Honors of the Council Award
(April 17, 2015)
Kenn Apel, COMD professor and chair, has been recognized with the Honors of the Council award from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

EXSC publication named Top Ten Paper
(April 16, 2015)
Arnold School publication authored by EXSC faculty has been named a Top Ten Paper by the American Heart Association Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Council.

Advocating for vulnerable adults
(April 13, 2015)
The SC Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Volunteer program recruits and trains volunteers who advocate for the best interests of vulnerable adults in court cases across the state.

S.C. Healthy Brain Network Launches
(April 10, 2015)
Arnold School establishes the South Carolina Healthy Brain Research Network to advance the national research agenda on cognitive health and healthy aging.

CENR and ENHS receive funding
(April 9, 2015)
Environmental Health Sciences’ Mohammed Baalousha and Geoff Scott receive funding from the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium to research nonpoint source contaminants in stormwater pond systems.

Something to Talk About
(April 8, 2015)
The Arnold School's COMD department will hold its first annual fundraiser, Something to Talk About, on May 16 to benefit the USC Speech and Hearing Research Center.

Physical Activity Critical to Preventing Obesity
(April 6, 2015)
Cross-sectional study of U.S. adults by Arnold School researchers reveals that higher levels of physical activity are associated with lower levels of obesity and overweight among American adults.

Certain eating patterns reduce mortality
(April 1, 2015)
Angela Liese uses epidemiologic analysis expertise to fill a major gap in the research that informs dietary guidelines; conclusively links healthy eating patterns to reduced mortality across research cohorts.

Mark Guinter: I am Public Health
(April 1, 2015)
Doctoral student studies epidemiology to improve health on a broad scale.

March 2015

Chatterjee receives prestigious award
(March 30, 2015)
Saurabh Chatterjee, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, receives Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Society of Toxicology for exceptional contributions to the study of immunotoxicology.

Arnold School partners with Aflac®
(March 27, 2015)
Arnold School receives $250,000 to establish Aflac® Fellows Program for students in the Masters of Public Health in Physical Activity and Public Health program.

John Ioannidis presents on April 21
(March 26, 2015)
John P.A. Ioannidis, world-renowned epidemiologist and biostatistician, presents Objective Academic and Research Evaluation in the Modern University at the Delta Omega Lecture Series.

Public Health & Social Work share common ground
(March 25, 2015)
Arnold School's Brenda Hyleman and Sara Goldsby have been recognized by the National Association of Social Workers with social worker and student of the year awards, respectively.

Dixon earns Kleffner Career Award
(March 23, 2015)
Dianne Dixon (COMD) receives Kleffner Clinical Career Award from the SC Speech and Hearing Association for 35 years of high-impact service to clinical science and practice.

Representative Clyburn Presents on April 27
(March 18, 2015)
Please join us for the 8th annual James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture and poster session on Monday, April 27. Abstracts accepted through March 27.

Undergraduate selected for CDC program
(March 16, 2015)
Jocelyn Rogers, a junior majoring in public health, has been selected to participate in a CDC-Morehouse College internship program that trains undergraduates for careers in public health.

Blair receives Lifetime Achievement Award
(March 11, 2015)
Professor Steve Blair has been honored by the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to exercise and physical fitness.

Interprofessional education course a success
(March 9, 2015)
Cheryl Addy authors field action report documenting success of interprofessional education foundational course offered to students across health sciences disciplines.

Facebook aids weight loss
(March 6, 2015)
Sarah Hales, Charis Davidson and Brie Turner-McGrievy determine that support from social media engagement leads to greater success during the maintenance phase of a weight loss program.

McKeown reveals new insights for ADHD
(March 4, 2015)
McKeown’s studies examine ADHD prevalence and symptom trends in new ways; analyses include longitudinal data and accommodate resource limitations and the application of different diagnostic criteria.

Spreading the science of healthy soil
(March 3, 2015)
Buz Kloot, environmental health sciences, uses storytelling and videography to disseminate emerging agricultural practices with two YouTube series: Soil Stories and Under Cover Farmers.

Amanda Kitchings: I am Public Health
(March 2, 2015)
HSPM student impacts population health


February 2015

Frongillo receives Sackler Research Award
(February 27, 2015)
Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Chair Edward Frongillo received $50,000 from The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science to examine pregnancy and nutrition in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Building expertise on hearing loss in children
(February 25, 2015)
With three recent publications and new funding for a longitudinal study, COMD's Krystal Werfel is quickly growing her expertise on preschoolers with hearing loss who are learning spoken language.

Student loan debt linked to mental health
(February 23, 2015)
Katrina Walsemann, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, examines the relationship between student loan debt and mental health: more debt equals more depressive symptoms.

CHI LLC awarded $1.5 million grant from NIH
(February 18, 2015)
NIH has awarded Connecting Health Innovations LLC a $1.5 million grant to adapt the Dietary Inflammatory Index, developed by the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, into a set of clinical tools.

The benefit of belonging
(February 17, 2015)
Holly Pope, Maggi Miller, Carol Cornman and Robert McKeown examine the benefits of social connections and develop a tool for researchers to measure mental health benefits of civic and church groups.

Salloum joins CRN Scholars Program
(February 5, 2015)
Ramzi Salloum (Department of Health Services Policy and Management) has earned one of eight spots in the Cancer Research Network Scholars Program, funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Baalousha mentors future researcher
(February 3, 2015)
Student Science names high school student Jack Runge as a semifinalist for research project conducted in Mohammed Baalousha's lab at the Center for Environmental Nanoscience and Risk (CENR).

Call for Nominations: Student Awards
(February 2, 2015)
The Arnold School is seeking nominations for its outstanding student achievement awards through Tuesday, March 10.

Julia Porter: I am Public Health
(February 2, 2015)
Communications Sciences and Disorders student chooses Arnold School for hands-on experience.


January 2015

Call for Abstracts: Nutrition Symposium
(January 29, 2015)
Faculty, staff and students are invited to submit abstracts by February 10 for the 5th Annual Nutrition Symposium poster session held March 19 & 20.

MIR serves as indicator of cancer disparities
(January 29, 2015)
James Hébert, epidemiology and biostatistics, examines the utility of employing mortality-to-incidence ratio as a measure to identify global disparities in colorectal cancer screening and treatment.

Call for Nominations: 2015 Arnold School Faculty Awards
(January 28, 2015)
The Arnold School is seeking nominations to recognize outstanding faculty in areas of research, service, and teaching.

Alumna wins Miss S.C. with public health platform
(January 27, 2015)
Arnold School alumna Sarah Weishuhn was featured in The State after winning Miss S.C. with a public health platform that encourages South Carolinians to live healthy lives and support causes for cancer research.

Brain activity varies for active vs passive listening
(January 26, 2015)
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders’ Assistant Professor Roozbeh Behroozmand finds increased brain activity when listening to live speech sounds compared to playback sounds.

Call for Nominations: 2015 Arnold Alumni Awards
(January 23, 2015)
The Arnold School is seeking nominations for its prestigious alumni awards through Friday, February 27.

Undergraduates represent USC as ambassadors
(January 23, 2015)
Four undergraduate students, from public health and exercise science majors, represent the Arnold School by serving as ambassadors--holding open the “front door” to the university.

McKeown receives prestigious appointment
(January 22, 2015)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invites epidemiology and biostatistics' Robert McKeown to serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Health Statistics.

Sui receives Breakthrough Star award
(January 21, 2015)
Assistant Professor Xuemei Sui, Department of Exercise Science, receives one of six 2015 Breakthrough Star awards in recognition of early career research and scholarship achievements.

Students named Breakthrough Graduate Scholars
(January 21, 2015)
Samuel Antwi (Epi/Bios), Caroline Bergeron (HPEB) and Suvarthi Das (ENHS) earn three of seven 2015 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar awards from the Office of the VP for Research.

CENR invents new method for oil clean up
(January 20, 2015)
Jamie Lead (ENHS) and Center for Environmental NanoScience & Risk researchers develop new way to remedy contamination as a result of major oil spills: faster, cheaper, cleaner.

VA appoints Horner to advisory committee
(January 16, 2015)
VA invites Ronnie Horner, Department of Health Services Policy and Management, to join Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses.

Featured Scholar: Michael Beets
(January 16, 2015)
Office of the VP for Research highlights Michael Beets, Department of Exercise Science, as Featured Scholar - recognized as "USC's best and brightest talent."

Seven students earn SPARC awards
(January 15, 2015)
Arnold School graduate students from EXSC, ENHS, HPEB and Epi-Bio earn 2015 SPARC Graduate Research Grants from the USC Office of the VP for Research to fund individual scholarship initiatives.

Arthritis responds to intervention programs
(January 14, 2015)
Study determines efficacy of self-directed exercise or nutrition programs for adults with arthritis, significant improvements in multiple areas for both types of interventions.

Alumnus brings vaccines to underserved
(January 12, 2015)
Epidemiology alumnus Kelly Johnson brings shingles vaccine to countries without access through his fellowship with Temple University and Merk pharmaceuticals.

Overcoming the sound of silence
(January 7, 2015)
Assistant professor Jessica Richardson, COMD, will speak at Tedx Talk on January 19 to discuss potential solutions to aphasia as a result of stroke or brain injury.

Office for the Study of Aging develops Prime trainings
(January 6, 2015)
The Office for the Study of Aging has been commissioned to develop and facilitate the training for all Prime plans and providers in South Carolina.

Danielle Schoffman: I am Public Health
(January 5, 2015)
Doctoral candidate researches how to leverage mobile technology into healthy outcomes.

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