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February 2016

Study promotes physical activity in preschoolers
(February 8, 2016)
Researchers led by EXSC Professor and CPARG Director Russell Pate have found ways to increase physical activity for preschoolers with a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Lead produces special issue on nanoresearch
(February 5, 2016)
ENHS Professor & CENR Director Jamie Lead has produced a special issue for the journal, Environmental Chemistry, based on the research presented at the 9th Annual Nano Conference he hosted in 2014.

More than meets the ear
(February 4, 2016)
UofSC Today takes an in-depth look at the USC Speech and Hearing Research Center to explore how they benefit patients, future clinicians and the field of communication sciences and disorders.

Nine students earn SPARC awards
(February 3, 2016)
Arnold School graduate students from EXSC, HPEB, COMD, EPI/BIOS and ENHS have earned 2015-2016 SPARC Graduate Research Grants from the USC Office of the Vice President for Research.

Carson wins mentor award
(February 2, 2016)
EXSC Professor and Chair James Carson has been honored with the Distinguished Research Leadership Award by the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics for his mentoring efforts.

Firas Alhasson: I am Public Health
(February 1, 2016)
ENHS student will use PhD to solve environmental challenges in Iraq



January 2016

Cancer specialists issue statement
(January 29, 2016)
Arnold School and other S.C. healthcare leaders have joined all 69 NCI Cancer Centers from across the country to prepare a joint statement on the endorsement of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention.

Epi grad becomes Data Science Analyst
(January 28, 2016)
December graduate Erin Drucker has built on her history degrees to establish a career in public health after earning a master’s in epidemiology from the Arnold School and accepting a job as a Data Science Analyst.

Li named officer for Health Sciences S.C.
(January 26, 2016)
The Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior’s Xiaoming Li has been chosen to serve as Chief Analytics Officer for the state’s biomedical research collaborative, Health Sciences South Carolina.

Arnold School students named Breakthrough Graduate Scholars
(January 21, 2016)
Keith Brazendale (EXSC), Diptadip Dattaroy (ENHS), Justin Hardee (EXSC) and Danielle Schoffman (HPEB) earn 2016 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar awards from the Office of the VP for Research.

Beets and Chatterjee named Breakthrough Stars
(January 19, 2016)
EXSC Associate Professor Michael Beets and ENHS Assistant Professor Saurabh Chatterjee receive 2016 Breakthrough Star awards in recognition of early career research and scholarship achievements.

Faculty win Breakthrough Leadership Awards
(January 15, 2016)
James Hébert and Angela Liese, both professors in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, are two of just six USC faculty members to receive 2016 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Awards.

Parkinson's and speech disorders
(January 13, 2016)
In addition to difficulties with walking and writing, Parkinson’s patients often experience speech challenges. COMD’s USC Speech and Hearing Research Center helps them with a unique therapy program.

Call for Nominations
(January 12, 2016)
The Arnold School of Public Health is seeking nominations to recognize outstanding faculty, students and alumni with 2016 awards. Recipients will be honored at the 2016 Hooding Ceremony.

Seminar on education-mortality links
(January 8, 2016)
Mark Hayward, Professor of Sociology and a Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, will present on the association between education and mortality on Jan. 27.

DPT grad lands dream job
(January 6, 2016)
A December graduate who earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the Department of Exercise Science, Sarah Fitz-Maurice has turned a clinical rotation into her dream job.

Xinling Xu: I am Public Health
(January 4, 2016)
BIOS student chooses public health so she can benefit people directly



December 2015

Learning the language
(December 21, 2015)
USC Times features COMD’s USC Speech and Hearing Research Center and Dan Fogerty’s Speech Perception Laboratory in the university-wide publication’s latest issue, which focuses on sound.

Teen pregnancy rates decline in S.C.
(December 14, 2015)
Arnold School alumnus and S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy CEO Forrest Alton releases report on 2014 S.C. teen birth data. Teens are delaying pregnancy, just not long enough.

ENHS lab wins national award
(December 9, 2015)
The “Chatterjee Lab” has again earned national recognition—this time at a premier liver research meeting— marking another milestone in the lab’s rise to the forefront of both toxicology and liver research.

Li and Qiao publish special issue
(December 7, 2015)
Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior faculty members publish two special issues on findings and best practices in HIV disclosure research in leading international AIDS journals.

James captivates at Vernberg Lecture
(December 3, 2015)
Sherman James engaged attendees from across the state as he presented “The Black Image in the White Mind: Implications for Achieving Racial Equity in America” at the Vernberg Lecture on Nov. 18.

Justin Hardee: I am Public Health
(December 1, 2015)
EXSC student makes the most of the No. 1 ranked doctoral program in the country



November 2015

Tobacco and alcohol portrayals in films
(November 24, 2015)
Thrasher publishes largest international study on tobacco and alcohol portrayals in films; World Health Organization report sanctions the authors' recommendations for reducing tobacco portrayals.

Eberth wins mentorship grant
(November 19, 2015)
Jan Eberth has won a four-year Mentored Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society to explore accessibility to colonoscopy services in the Carolinas.

Apel earns highest ASHA award
(November 17, 2015)
Kenn Apel, COMD professor and chair, has been honored with the highest award that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association bestows: Honors of the Association.

Gift will create aging institute
(November 12, 2015)
Gerry Sue and Norman J. Arnold have gifted the Arnold School of Public Health with $7 million to create a new institute focusing on how to age well, addressing issues faced by young children and older adults.

Flood inspires new career path
(November 11, 2015)
After being immersed in emergency operations center work since the recent floods hit Columbia, AmeriCorps volunteer and public health undergrad Liz Harrison has a new calling: disaster resilience.

Healthy Aging Forum scheduled for Dec. 9
(November 9, 2015)
The S.C. Healthy Brain Research Network will host a Healthy Aging Forum: A Focus on Brain Health on Dec. 9 to advance the research and translation agenda for cognitive health and healthy aging.

Bringing long-term care into the classroom
(November 6, 2015)
The College of Social Work invited Office for the Study of Aging’s Macie Smith to train their Advanced Intervention with Older Adults students with the nationally renowned Dementia Dialogues program.

Students discuss grad school with congress
(November 4, 2015)
The Arnold School's Kitty Tryon (EXSC) and Deeonna Farr (HPEB) were chosen by the university as the two USC students to share their graduate school experiences with congressional staff members.

Meet Xiaoming Li
(November 3, 2015)
Li joins Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior as Professor and SmartState Endowed Chair in Translational Clinical Research and director of the S.C. SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality.

CPCP applies DII in a new way
(November 2, 2015)
Shivappa and Hébert have expanded the literature on the applications of the dietary inflammatory index yet again, using it to tie inflammation to reduction in telomere length and its consequential health effects.

Jacques Clerville: I am Public Health
(November 2, 2015)
Inspired by the 2010 earthquake and cholera outbreak, a Haitian physician uses his Fulbright Scholarship to earn an MPH in Epidemiology so he can help improve public health when he returns.

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