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COPH Notable Events

Habitat Assembly line

On Saturday, August 23, COPH students, staff, faculty, and alumni participated in the first COPH Volunteer Day. Volunteers worked at Habitat for Humanity and Together—two local organizations making a difference with the social determinants of health. Habitat is dedicated to providing safe, affordable housing, and Together is a homelessness prevention organization. Habitat volunteers didn’t let the mud stop them from working on the foundation of a new home, and Together volunteers cleaned up Together’s community garden—a source of much appreciated fresh produce for their food… Continue Reading

A Note to Our Readers:

Top Row: Lea Pounds, Denise Britigan, Aleta Gaertner, Brenda Nickol 
Bottom row: Analisa McMillan, Sergio Costa, Sue Nardie  
Not Pictured: Atul Rayamajhi

The May 2014 issue marks the completion of The GroundBreaker’s third year. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about how COPH faculty, students, and alumni are addressing a broad range of public health issues through their research, education, and service activities, and we’re looking forward to continuing to share relevant public health and COPH news with you.

Faculty Honored for Notable Achievements

Chandran Achutan, PhD

Education Highlight – On April 29, members of the College of Public Health (COPH) faculty were recognized for notable achievements at the Annual Awards Dinner. Dr. Chandran Achutan is the 2013 recipient of the College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award, honoring a governing faculty member whose outstanding teaching contributions facilitate the highest levels of student learning. Dr. Chandran Achutan is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health. He serves as the chair of the COPH Student Recruitment and… Continue Reading

Scholarship and Research Award Recipients Recognized

The Carruth J. Wagner, MD, Scholarships in Public Health Award Winners

Student Highlight – College of Public Health (COPH) students were recognized at the Annual Awards Dinner for receiving competitive scholarships funded by generous donors to the college. The Carruth J. Wagner, MD, Scholarships in Public Health recognize regularly enrolled, degree-seeking COPH students in good academic standing who clearly identify their career goals, their potential for contributions to the field of public health, and their views of public health challenges, and how their leadership in public health may meet those challenges. This year’s recipients are shown… Continue Reading

Recognition of Service to the COPH Alumni Association

Kathleen Brandert, MPH, CHES

Alumni Highlight – Kathleen Brandert, MPH, CHES, is the 2013 recipient of the College of Public Health Alumni Association Spirit of Service Award. Ms. Brandert is the director of the Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute and manager of workforce development and leadership programs in the Office of Public Health Practice. She is proud to be an alumni of the UNMC College of Public Health Master of Public Health Program!