Each year the College of Public Health awards the Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine to a person who has shown outstanding innovation and impact on preventing disease and promoting health through public health education, research, and practice, with particular attention to the needs of Nebraska and its citizens. The selection is based on the degree to which an individual demonstrates excellence, creativity, and/or distinguished collaboration in advancing effective approaches to preventing disease and promotion of health through public health education, research, and/or practice. This year’s recipient was Dr. Eleanor Rogan, Professor, and Chair of the Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health. Dr. Rogan was selected in recognition of her dedication to our state and her commitment to the health of all Nebraskans which is illustrated by her nearly 5 decade long career including education, research, leadership, and service at local, state and national levels.
The College of Public Health Faculty Research Award is given to an assistant professor who has an active research program that contributes to the advancement of public health science and practice. This researcher must have refereed publications, research funding, and research presentations at a regional, national, or international conference. The awardee for 2017 is Dr. Lynette Smith.
Dr. Smith is an assistant professor in the department of biostatistics whose area of statistical expertise is spatial statistics and disease mapping. She also collaborates on many important research projects across campus. In 2016, she had 13 manuscripts published, was over 60% funded, and collaborated on 49 grant submissions, and this is just one year!
The Chancellor Robert D. Sparks Public Health Student Research Award goes to a full-time College of Public Health student’s defined research project that demonstrates disease prevention and health promotion through public health education, research, and/or practice, with particular attention to the needs of Nebraska and its citizens. There were two recipients this year, Nicholas Hein and Sarah Hortman.
Nicholas Hein is a PhD student in the department of biostatistics. His project will be the development of robust measurements of glucose variability in patients with poor glycemic control.
Sarah Hortman is a PhD student in the department of health promotion, social, and behavioral health. The purpose of Sarah’s study will be to explore whether a nutrition education intervention tailored to fathers will positively influence childhood obesity.