Student Highlight – Douglas Marcel Puricelli Perin (Doug) grew up in the metropolis of Porto Alegre, Brazil. While obtaining a law degree from one of Brazil’s most prestigious universities, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), he worked for a non-governmental organization helping poor and underprivileged communities regularize their housing conditions. His professional experience with social work would prove beneficial later in his life. After graduating from college, his passion for culture, history, and nature prompted him to travel extensively throughout Latin America. For… Continue Reading
Spotlight on Research at COPH – The primary questions investigated in Dr. Rogan’s laboratory are “How do estrogens start the multi-step process leading to cancer, and how could this be prevented?” Most biomedical scientists have studied estrogens in terms of their causing cancer through hormone receptor-mediated events. Instead, Dr. Rogan’s laboratory considers estrogens to be chemicals that can start the process leading to cancer by acting similarly to other chemicals we encounter in the environment—in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the… Continue Reading
Public Health Community Advisory – This year’s hot, dry, drought conditions have produced a triple threat to the safety, security, and health of the agriculture community, with an increase in fire danger, significantly reduced yield in crops, and dangerous levels of aflatoxin in the corn crop. The gritty combination of dry top soil and gusty winds greeted this year’s participants of Husker Harvest Days (HHD). Taking place in the middle of a dry corn field just west of Grand Island on September 11-13, HHD prides… Continue Reading
Public Health in the National News – The College of Public Health announces the launch of new online programs at the University of Nebraska. These programs will address a growing workforce demand for more public health professionals. A master of science in emergency preparedness and professional certificates in public health and emergency preparedness can now be obtained fully online through the University of Nebraska’s Online Worldwide website. All are graduate-level programs offered by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The programs aim to strengthen the… Continue Reading
College of Public Health Grand Rounds: “The Health Burden of Coal” presented by Alan H. Lockwood, MD, Emeritus Professor of Neurology, University at Buffalo. Dr. Lockwood will present an overview of the role of coal’s role in global warming and its health effects, familiarity with major epidemiological studies linking pollutants with disease, and the main types and sources of air pollution.
College of Public Health Grand Rounds: “Health Implications of Ambient and Engineered Nanoparticles” presented by Kent E. Pinkerton, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Health and the Environment, University of California, Davis. Dr. Pinkerton will present guidelines in nanoparticle risk and assessment, impact of nanoparticle size, morphology and chemical composition of nanoparticles on biological uptake, fate and response, and time-dependent effects of exposure to inhaled nanoparticles.
Spotlight on Research at COPH – Although much attention has been given to the issue of childhood obesity in recent years, with national campaigns such as Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move, few resources have been channeled to the Latino community, the largest and fasting growing minority group in the United States. In 2011, a team of researchers led by Dr. Terry T-K Huang launched a project to address childhood obesity in the South Omaha Latino community. The project aims to engage and assist youth to become… Continue Reading