Amy Confair submitted a project to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Childhood Obesity Challenge in August 2012. She was notified at the beginning of October that she tied for 3rd prize based on the expert panel of judges. She is honored to receive this recognition from these renown groups and their chosen panel of experts. The archive page has the announcement about her winning 3rd place in the first Challenge, and a link to the project, Designing Healthy Corridors, where anyone can see an abstract for our work, 3 pictures she created to depict her idea, and read her 3 page technical proposal that is the full submission. Her project was one of 107 submissions.
Katie Javier-Provost, a recent MMI graduate, completed the Louisville Ironman on August 25, 2012.
Tyler Henning, 1st year PhD student, and Andrea Cline were married on August 11, 2012.
Xinchen Teng, Postdoc in the Hardwick lab, gave birth to a new baby boy named Oliver on August 1, 2012.
Li Xie is pursuing her BS in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis.
Scott Bussell took a year off between his third and fourth year of medical school to pursue his master of public health degree in Epidemiology and Clinical Investigation at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was paired with Marlis Gonzales-Fernandez, MD, PhD, from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and together they worked on a project examining acute post-stroke patients and their risk of dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) among people of different races/ethnicities. Their findings suggest that there is a much higher risk of dysphagia in Asians and other minority groups.
The abstract, Is Dysphagia Risk After Stroke Associated with Race? Further Evidence from Medical Provider Analysis and Review Data (MEDPAR), was presented at the Dysphagia Research Society's Annual meeting in San Diego, and submitted to the journal Stroke for review.
Scott’s independent research on post-stroke vaccinations, A Role for Pneumococcal Vaccine During Admission for Stroke? Observed Protective Effect Against Death in the Medicare Population, was published in the International Journal of Infectious Disease and has been accepted for publication in the October issue of Chest.
He was also awarded a travel grant by the 2010 Ditan International Conference on Infectious Diseases which allowed him to present his poster in Beijing, China in July. He will present his findings again at the American College of Chest Physicians Conference in Vancouver this November.
Vignetta Charles, PhD, has joined the staff of the National AIDS Fund (NAF) as Vice President of Programs and Evaluation, where her responsibilities include overseeing NAF’s strategic grantmaking programs, spearheading efforts to measure and document program outcomes, and developing an expanded portfolio on the translation of science to community.
Prior to joining NAF, Dr. Charles developed and rigorously evaluated innovative, theory-and evidence-based, sexual, reproductive health, and HIV prevention programs. She has dedicated most of her career to issues disproportionately impacting politically disenfranchised communities, focusing on urban sexual and reproductive health with an emphasis on HIV prevention. Dr. Charles’ professional experience includes conducting scholarly inquiry at academic institutions, evaluating national teen pregnancy prevention programs, assessing the effectiveness of black women’s health interventions, serving as the national health educator for the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies, initiating a teen pregnancy prevention portfolio for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and coordinating HIV and pregnancy prevention programs in both San Francisco and Oakland, California.
Hong Zhu has been selected to receive the Statistics in Epidemiology Young Investigator Award at the upcoming Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver, Canada. The award is based on the manuscript "Incorporating Sampling Bias in Analyzing Bivariate Survival Data with Interval Sampling and Application to HIV Research". The award will be presented at the reception of the Statistics in Epidemiology Section of the American Statistical Association on Tuesday, August 3, 2010.
Nicholas Reich has been selected to receive the Statistics in Epidemiology Young Investigator Award at the upcoming Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver, Canada. The awards are based on his manuscript "Estimating Case Fatality Ratios from Infectious Disease Surveillance Data" He will receive his award at the reception of the Statistics in Epidemiology Section of the American Statistical Association on Tuesday, August 3, 2010.
Sandrah Eckel has been selected to receive the Statistics in Epidemiology Young Investigator Awards at the upcoming Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver, Canada. The award is based on her manuscript "Modification by Frailty Status of Ambient Ozone and Particulate Matter Air Pollution Effects on Lung Function in Older Adults". She will receive her award at the reception of the Statistics in Epidemiology Section of the American Statistical Association on Tuesday, August 3, 2010.
Hao Wu was the 2010 co-recipient of the 2010 Margaret Merrell Award, which recognizes outstanding research by a Biostatistics doctoral student.
Yong Chen was the 2010 co-recipient of the 2010 Margaret Merrell Award, which recognizes outstanding research by a Biostatistics doctoral student.
Matthew McCall was the 2010 recipient of the 2010 Helen Abbey Award, which recognizes outstanding commitment to teaching by a Biostatistics student.
Vidya Venugopal was the 2010 recipient of a Biostatistics Departmental Discretionary Award in recognition of her outstanding commitment to teaching.