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September 19, 2012 – “Health Implications of Ambient and Engineered Nanoparticles.”

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.  

Terry T-K Huang, PhD, MPH, CPH, Research on Childhood Obesity

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

Indoor Air Quality in Schools

Public Health Community Advisory – Welcome to another school year! As students, teachers, and school staff return to school, it is good to review some of the health hazards that are potentially present in schools. One such hazard is the quality of air inside schools. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the levels of air contaminants indoors are about two to five times higher than they are outdoors. This difference can adversely affect nearly 55 million people who spend most of their day inside… Continue Reading

Reported Cases of West Nile Virus Up from Previous Years

Public Health in the National News – Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. They are a real public health hazard, carrying a number of infectious diseases, most notably in the United States West Nile disease. Already this year, 1,118 human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been reported in the United States, more than has been reported for a number of years. The outbreak has affected 37 states thus far in 2012, with Texas reporting the most number of cases. In Nebraska, recent… Continue Reading

September 5, 2012 – “Health Information Exchange in Nebraska”

  College of Public Health Grand Rounds: “Health Information Exchange in Nebraska” presented by speaker panel: Marsha Morien, Instructor, Health Services Research & Administration; Anne Byers, eHealth Manager, Nebraska Information Technology Commission, Lincoln NE; Deb Bass, Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NEHII) , Omaha NE; Lina Lander, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health; and Donald Klepser, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy. Panel will provide background and overview of Nebraska strategic plan and federal cooperative agreement, provide current and future state of… Continue Reading