College of Public Health assistant professors, Dr. April Young and Dr. Chi Wang have been awarded pilot grants from the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) for their work in innovative, collaborative, health-related research. Dr. Young's project looks at the role social media and mobile applications play in sexual and drug-related networks, and Dr. Wang's project focuses on the development of a model-based bioinformatics method to be used in comparing somatic mutation patterns. These projects join 10 others in this most recent round of CCTS pilot funding.
Christina Studts, PhD, assistant professors in the College of Public Health's Department of Health Behavior, has recently been selected for funding through the Center for Translational Science (CCTS) Pilot Program for a project examining behavioral problems in children who have hearing loss. Dr. Studts will be co-PI with Dr. Matthew Bush, assistant professor in the UK College of Medicine's Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, on the project titled, "Assessing and Addressing Behavioral Problems in Children with Hearing Loss."
The College of Public Health will hold the first lecture of the Spring 2015 semester in its Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, February 19th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in Nursing Building, Room 115. The lecture, titled "Socially Integrated Multidisciplinary Epidemiology, Prevention, and Care in Public Health," will feature Dr. Samuel Friedman of the National Development Research Institutes, Inc. Lunch will be provided. Those interested in attending should RSVP by Monday, February 16th to Nicole Howard.
Six students from the College of Public Health recently participated in the University of Kentucky's inaugural Global Health Case Competition. In the competition, students were placed on interprofessional teams of 4-5 individuals, with whom they worked over a period of two days to develop a solution to a global health problem. Participants from Public Health included Moaz Abdelwadoud, Shreya Berlia, Brandon Cofield, Stephanie Courtney, Marie Higginson-Rollins, and Marylou Wallace.
Mark Swanson, PhD, Associate Professor of health behavior in the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health, is leading a project aimed at increasing individual’s access to healthy foods in eastern Kentucky communities. The Appal-TREE Project (Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating Environment) is a collaborative community research and demonstration project funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The College of Public Health is offering a series of workshops this semester geared toward preparing graduate students to conduct health-related research. The Research 101 series begins Monday, January 26th, and will address topics such as the importance of health research, how to get started with research, and how to acquire funding for this type of project. The workshops are free and open to graduate students in any college who have a research interest related to public health.
College of Public Health Professor, Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield, has joined with printmaker and King Library Press director, Paul Holbrook, to edit a collection of letters written in the 1950s and 1960s between Trappist monk, writer, and philosopher, Thomas Merton, and Lexington residents, Victor and Carolyn Hammer. The newly-published book, The Letters of Thomas Merton and Victor and Carolyn Hammer: Ad Majorem Dei Glorium, documents the close relationship and intellectual correspondence between three accomplished individuals, who all resided in Kentucky during that time.
A multi-disciplinary team of researchers based at the College of Public Health has recently completed a national study of successful partnerships between hospitals, public health departments, and other stakeholders. The findings of the study provided the basis for eleven recommendations, intended help hospital, public health department, and other community leaders and policy makers in developing strong partnerships dedicated to improving community health.
College of Public Health Epidemiology student William Witt recently won first place for his research in the areas of anthropology and sociology at the Kentucky Academy of Science 100th Annual Meeting. The Kentucky Academy of Science encourage scientific research and promotes the diffusion of scientific knowledge as it works to unify the scientific interests of the Commonwealth.
Margaret McGladrey, Assistant Dean for Research, was named the College of Public Health Employee of the Year for her outstanding service to the College. Her award was presented at the College's Holiday Celebration and All Hands Meeting on Friday, December 12th. Awards were also given to those who have committed multiple years of service to the College.