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Awards presented at College of Public Health convocation

Students and faculty receiving awards

Faculty and student awards were presented at the College of Public Health’s convocation held May 4. The following College of Public Health faculty members and students were honored: Excellence in Teaching Award: Lorena Baccaglini, D.D.S., Ph.D., associate professor, epidemiology, for her ability to break down and teach complex statistical concepts with humor and enthusiasm. Carruth J. Wagner, M.D., Faculty Prize in Public Health: Fernando Wilson, Ph.D., acting director and associate professor, Center for Health Policy, for his contribution to the recent closing of liquor stores… Continue Reading

Nirosha Rathnayake

Nirosha Rathnayake

Student Highlight: Nirosha Rathnayake Hometown: Kandy, Sri Lanka Degree and concentration: Ph.D. Biostatistics What brought you to the field of public health? I grew up in a farming family. My parents helped to provide me with opportunities that allowed me to work outside the farm environment, opening my eyes to many other careers. Since childhood, my brother has been my role model. Watching his path and with his encouragement, I started exploring the world of mathematics and science. I dedicated myself and worked hard to… Continue Reading

Anthony Blake 

Anthony Blake

Student Highlight:  Anthony Blake  Hometown: Originally born in Phoenix Arizona, but moved to Omaha in 1994.   Degree and concentration: Masters of Public Health, Environmental & Occupational Health concentration  What brought you to the field of public health? I have always had a passion for helping others, and I feel that the field of public health is going to allow me to do that on a grand scale. Additionally, it allows me to continue my education and passion for the sciences.   What do you like most… Continue Reading

Emily Blanchard

Student Highlight: Emily Blanchard Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska Degree Program/Concentration:  Public Health Certificate in Maternal and Child Health What brought you to the field of public health? I’ve been working in public health and healthcare since 2002. I joined the Peace Corps after college and spent three years in El Salvador as a health education volunteer. When I returned to the states, I went to nursing school. I have worked in high-risk obstetrics in an academic hospital for 13 years and knew that eventually, I wanted… Continue Reading

Nada Alnaji

Nada Alnaji

Student Highlight: Nada Alnaji Hometown: Qatif, Saudi Arabia Degree Program/Concentration: Ph.D. in Epidemiology What brought you to the field of public health? I started my career in clinical medicine then I realized that public health has a bigger impact when it comes to solving global health problems, especially the ones related to minorities and for those in conflict settings. “Saving lives, a million at a time.” What do you like most about the COPH? I like that it is a small college where people know… Continue Reading

Student Scholarship Recipients, Award Winners, and Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health Inductees

Patte L. Martin Scholarship recipient Moses New-Aaron

Student Highlight – In 2014, Patte Martin established the Patte L. Martin Scholarship Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation to help support education for public health students. Advancing public health has been a passion of Patte Martin’s throughout her life, from developing the first prenatal class offered in Colorado Springs, Colo., to her work in creating public health services in rural Kansas.  She has advocated for public health — its accessibility — and education in both rural and urban areas. Patte established this scholarship… Continue Reading

Marisa Rosen, MPH

Marisa Rosen, MPH

Student Highlight: Marisa Rosen, MPH Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina Degree Program/Concentration: Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research What brought you to the field of public health? I came to public health in a roundabout way. When I was an undergrad at the University of Delaware, I had the intention of studying both International Relations and Pre-Med so I could ultimately work for Doctors Without Borders. Those plans quickly changed after my first semester of calculus! Instead of both degrees, I decided to… Continue Reading