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2012 COPH Faculty Award Winners

Faculty Highlight – On April 20, the College of Public Health (COPH) celebrated students, faculty, and community partners at its annual awards dinner. This year, the COPH honored four outstanding faculty members with awards recognizing their dedication to the College’s mission of education, research, and service. Shawn Gibbs, PhD, is the 2012 recipient of the COPH Excellence in Teaching Award, an award honoring a governing faculty member whose outstanding teaching contributions facilitate the highest levels of student learning. Dr. Shawn Gibbs is an associate professor… Continue Reading

2012 COPH Student Award Winners

Student Highlight- 2012 College of Public Health Student Award Winners 2012 Carruth J. Wagner, MD, Scholarship in Public Health Bettye Appiah Apenteng Doctoral student in Health Services Research, Administration, and Policy Ms. Apenteng is a third-year PhD student. She received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, in neurobiology, with a second major in individualized studies, with an emphasis in public health. She has successfully passed her comprehensive exams and has begun work on her dissertation, focusing on organizational performance in… Continue Reading

Nicholas Stergiou, PhD, Research on Human Movement Variability

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Stergiou has made significant contributions to public health through his research that targets protecting and improving the health of pathological populations. He has developed a theoretical framework that is aimed at improving the health of communities through research of injury prevention and disease. Dr. Stergiou’s research focus is human movement variability, i.e., the normal variations that occur across multiple repetitions of a task, and he has proposed a framework that conceptualizes the effect of disease, injury, and/or aging… Continue Reading

Melanoma: Risk Factors and Prevention

Public Health Community Advisory – Melanoma is a skin cancer. It is not the most common skin cancer, but it is the most deadly. It is the eighth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Nebraska for the period 1999-2008. Melanoma is seen much more often in Whites (especially those of Northern European ancestry living in sunny climates). The incidence of melanoma has been increasing by about 5% annually for fair-skinned Whites for many years. However, the National Cancer Institute says that “while skin cancer is less… Continue Reading

Campus Champions of Change Challenge Honors EMPOWER Project

Public Health in the National News – A delegation from UNMC’s EMPOWER project was among 15 student groups honored by President Barack Obama on March 15 at the White House. EMPOWER was established in 2008 as a partnership with the Women’s Center for Advancement and the Service-Learning Academy of the UNMC College of Public Health (COPH). The program is run by an interprofessional student board. The UNMC project was among the national finalists in the White House’s 2012 Campus Champions of Change Challenge, which highlighted… Continue Reading