Spotlight on Research at COPH – Two members of College of Public Health (COPH) Governing Faculty were recognized for outstanding achievement in research at the Annual Awards Dinner. Competitive prizes were funded by our generous donors and supporters.
Gleb Haynatzki, PhD, DSc
Haynatzki is the 2013 recipient of the College of Public Health Faculty Research Award, which recognizes a member of the Governing Faculty whose research contributes to the advancement of public health science and practice, has been published in refereed journals, has received intramural or extramural funding, and has been presented at regional, national, and/or international conferences.
Dr. Haynatzki grew up in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe. He received a doctorate in mathematical sciences from St. K. Ohridski University in Sofia, Bulgaria, and another in statistics and applied probability from the University of California, which was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at McMaster University, Canada. He has worked in the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at St. K. Ohridski University in Sofia, Bulgaria, and was one of the founding faculty members of the American University in Bulgaria in the early 1990s. He served on the faculty at the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, collaborating on several research initiatives in osteoporosis, bone biology, violence prevention, hereditary cancer, genetic anticipation in pancreatic cancer, and glaucoma screening.
Dr. Haynatzki joined the UNMC College of Public Health in July 2008. He is a professor in the Department of Biostatistics, and teaches both beginning level and more advanced, graduate level, biostatistics courses. He works with researchers on campus on the design and analysis of research studies, both designed and observational. These studies range from explaining the causes of health disparities, peripheral artery disease, and pancreatic cancer to Alzheimer’s disease treatment. His statistical methodology work is developing methods for modeling hereditary and sporadic carcinogenesis, and genetic anticipation.
Chandran Achutan, PhD
Dr. Achutan is the 2013 recipient of the Carruth J. Wagner, MD, Faculty Prize in Public Health, which recognizes a member of the Governing Faculty at the rank of assistant or associate professor who has shown promise in research and service, increases public health awareness, and raises the level of interest in public health careers among students.
Dr. Achutan is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health. He obtained his doctorate in industrial hygiene from the University of Iowa and has extensive expertise in conducting occupational and environmental exposure assessments. His research interests include reducing occupational health disparities. He is a member of the National Council for the Accreditation of Occupational Hearing Conservationists, and has conducted research in occupational noise exposures and hearing loss. Dr. Achutan was awarded an R01 grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to evaluate an intervention designed to protect agricultural workers’ hearing. Dr. Achutan teaches the Environmental Exposure Assessment course, and co-teaches the Public Health Environment and Society course, online. He is interested in combining didactic instruction with hands-on experience for students.