The second annual Public Health Research@Maryland Day was attended by more than 400 academics, students, and public health professionals, as well as three Surgeons General and several leaders from Maryland's state and county health agencies, including MD Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein.
Highlights included: Keynote lectures by Surgeons General David Satcher and Richard Carmona, a research poster session, and panels on the Affordable Care Act, physical activity, HIV/AIDS, cancer prevention and tobacco control.
We thank all who attended and made the day a great success!
Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Roth has been promoted to the rank of Professor of Kinesiology effective July 1, 2014. Dr. Roth is most deserving of the highest academic rank based on a distinguished record of scholarship in the area of exercise physiology and by his contributions to teaching and service. He is recognized by his colleagues both in the United States and abroad as a leader and pioneer in our understanding of genetic influence in the responses and adaptations to physical activity and exercise training. Congrats to Dr. Roth!
Public Health Without Borders, a student-run organization at the School of Public Health, is raising money to help improve the health of families and children in Sierra Leone. Your contribution will help pay for the airfare for UMD students to travel to the community of Calaba Town and for the educational materials they will use to teach young children about water sanitation, hygiene and health literacy skills. Click HERE to make a donation today!
The School of Public Health is hosting more than 25 events at Maryland Day. Highlights include an interactive health fair with free screenings (including STD, oral cancer, blood pressure and more), an opportunity to meet United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officers, a health equity drum circle aiming to break a Guinness World Record for the largest hand drum ensemble, a Maryland on the Move treasure hunt activity (which enters you to win a gift card), a Gymkana acrobatics show and yoga sessions on the mall.
Partake in a variety of fun activities to learn how public health makes a difference in all of our lives.
Congratulations to Rian Landers-Ramos and Kristi Tredway for being awarded the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship. The Wylie Dissertation Fellowships are one-semester awards intended to support outstanding doctoral students who are in the final stages of writing their dissertation. The Fellowships carry a stipend plus tuition remission. Congrats to Rian and Kristi for winning this prestigious award.
This past Tuesday, more than 70 graduate and undergraduate students from seven universities, including the University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland Baltimore, Morgan State University, Howard University and Coppin State University, showcased their research on critical public health issues at Public Health Research@Maryland, and competed for the best presented posters.
Congratulations to the 2014 PHR@M Day poster winners:
Luciana Assini (BCH)
Emily Cook (FMSC)
Kimberly Stinchcomb (MIAEH)
Meleah Boyle (MIAEH)
Priya Parikh (Public Health Scholars)
Andrew Williams, a second year Maternal and Child Health (MCH) doctoral student in the Department of Family Science, has been selected as one of 10 graduate students to participate in the Environmental Demography Graduate Student Workshop at the University of Colorado Population Center. Andrew was awarded a $500 travel grant to attend the workshop between May 12-13, 2014. The workshop provides a mentoring partnership for emerging population-environment scholars. Student participants are assisted in moving research papers toward completion and, eventually, publication. Andrew will have an opportunity to engage in research presentations, discussion, brainstorming, and feedback, as well as focus on future directions and develop new collaborative research.
Congratulations to Andrew on this exciting training opportunity!
Department of Kinesiology Associate Professor J. Carson Smith, a leading researcher in the effects of exercise and physical activity on human brain function and mental health, spoke to the UMD AMSA chapter (the premedical chapter of the American Medical Student Association) last night at the Stamp Student Union as part of an Alzheimer's Research Night they organized. Dr. Smith has published research showing that regular exercise may improve cognitive function among older adults at risk for Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Marie A. Bernard, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging, whose research interests include nutrition and function in aging populations, with particular emphasis on ethnic minorities, was also invited to speak. Dr. Bernard and Dr. Smith talked about the current state of Alzheimer's research and how students can get involved in research, awareness and advocacy.
Congratulations to Dr. Carson Smith who has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Kinesiology with tenure. This recognition is based on significant contributions to scholarship that have advanced our discipline of Kinesiology, investment in the teaching and mentoring of our students, and leadership in the form of service to scholarly societies and to the University of Maryland. The award of tenure marks a significant milestone in the life and career of a professor.