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Six members of the College of Public Health faculty receive UNMC Distinguished Scientist Award

On April 30, 2013, six members of the College of Public Health faculty received awards recognizing their scientific research and funding success. The UNMC Distinguished Scientist award — which is sponsored by the chancellor — recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists in the country during the past five years. This year’s award recipients are: Gleb Haynatzki, Ph.D., DSc, Professor – Department of Biostatistics Terry Huang, Ph.D., MPH, CPH, Professor and Chair – Department of Health Promotion and Social Behavioral Health Risto… Continue Reading

Philip W. Smith, MD: Research on Hospital Environmental Cleanliness

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Smith’s major current research project relates to detection of hospital environmental cleanliness. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that hospitalization is potentially hazardous, with approximately 1.7 million infections occurring in hospitalized patients in the United States annually. The environment in a hospital may look clean but harbor dangerous bacteria, such as MRSA, that may be transmitted to patients. Looking for environmental contamination in the past has usually involved taking samples from surfaces and analyzing them in… Continue Reading

Chandran Achutan, PhD: Assessing Exposure to Hazards at Work and in the Community

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Achutan’s research focuses primarily on exposure assessment and controls of chemical and physical hazards in the workplace and in the community. Dr. Achutan is currently evaluating an intervention strategy to get more farmers to wear hearing protection when working around loud noise. Farmers are exposed to hazardous levels of noise, mainly from farm equipment and from animals. Past research has identified barriers to wearing hearing protection (ear plugs and ear muffs) among farmers. The purpose of this intervention… Continue Reading

Childhood obesity expert releases design guidelines for school environments

by Jo Giles, UNMC public relations March 01, 2013 Since kids spend much of their day at school, obesity experts think school design can impact student health. A UNMC obesity expert is the main author of a report – Healthy Eating Design Guidelines for School Architecture – released today in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Merging architecture with public health, it details how cafeterias, water fountains, gardens and signage play a key role in establishing a… Continue Reading

Ozgur Araz, PhD: Developing System Simulation Models to Inform Public Health Policy Decisions

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Araz’s research focuses on developing system simulation models to analyze and understand the behaviors of complex systems and to inform policy decision making about complex public health issues. Simulation gives policy makers the ability to see the real-time impact of their decisions. As an industrial engineer trained in systems simulation and computational methods, Dr. Araz participates in various research projects in the College of Public Health (COPH) and collaborates with faculty from other colleges on campus. His recent… Continue Reading

Li-Wu Chen, MHSA, PhD, Research on Public Health Services and Systems

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Li-Wu Chen’s main research interest is in public health services and systems research (PHSSR). He has directed and conducted several PHSSR projects that were funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). As the co-principal investigator of the RWJF-funded Nebraska Public Health Practice-Based Research Network, Dr. Chen has actively engaged various stakeholders from Nebraska’s public health practice and policy communities in the development, implementation, dissemination, and translation of PHSSR. Dr. Chen has systematically studied the regional public health… Continue Reading

Spotlight on the 2011-12 Mutual Fund and Collaborative Projects

Seven public health projects recently received support from the Mutual Fund and Collaborative Projects Programs in the COPH. A total of $110,000 was awarded by Dean Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH, and the Great Plains Public Health Training Center. The COPH is firmly committed to the principles and practice of community engagement and collaboration as a means for promoting and protecting the public’s health. The Mutual Fund and Collaborative Projects programs can be leveraged to support public health activities across the spectrum: education, capacity building,… Continue Reading