Posts Tagged ‘Global Health and Development’

Allegheny Professors Study the Story of Zika, Effects on Behavior

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What are people reading and hearing about the Zika virus?

How are their behaviors changing as a result?

Those are the questions three Allegheny College professors are asking as part of an interdisciplinary effort here to better understand the global consequences of Zika, a virus at the center of an international public health emergency.

The answers could have profound social and economic ripple effects and change the way society talks about sexually transmitted infections, including Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that can also be spread through sex.

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Zaborowski, Dawson present poster

Matthew Zaborowski ’17 and Assistant Professor of Global Health Studies and Biology Becky Dawson ’00 , presented a poster entitled “Investigating the Root Cause: Oral Health Emergency Department Admissions” at the National Association of County and City Health Officials Annual Meeting in July. Zaborowski’s poster was one of two completed by a student to be accepted into this year’s conference.

Coates serves as facilitator, speaks on effective researchers

Professor of Biology, Neuroscience, and Global Health Studies Lee Coates recently served as a facilitator for a Council on Undergraduate Research workshop on “Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences” held in Washington, D.C. Coates also presented a talk titled “10 Habits of Highly Effective Researchers.”

Darrouzet-Nardi’s research accepted by top journal

Assistant Professor of Global Health Studies Amelia Darrouzet-Nardi’s article, “Non-violent civil insecurity is negatively associated with subsequent height-for-age in children under age 5 years born between 1998 and 2014 in rural areas of Africa” was accepted for publication in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a peer-reviewed scientific journal which was rated as one of the top 100 most influential journals in biology and medicine of the past 100 years by the Special Libraries Association.

Dawson, students publish findings of community health assessment

Assistant Professor of Global Health Studies and Biology Becky Dawson ’00, along with Erica Bryson ’15, Elizabeth Schafer ’17, Daniel Favaro ’17 and Austin Cosgrove ’15 published a paper titled “Is Perception Reality? Identifying Community Health Needs When Perceptions of Health Do Not Align with Public Health and Clinical Data” in the Journal of Community Medicine. The paper highlights the initial findings of the Meadville Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

Guimaraes, Dawson publish paper on ER admissions

Thais Rafael Guimaraes (international student at Allegheny 2015-16) and Assistant Professor of Global Health Studies and Biology Becky Dawson (’00) published a paper titled “Seasonality of ER Admissions in northwestern Pennsylvania: A cross-sectional study” in the Open Journal of Emergency Medicine in June 2016. The article can be read online at http://www.scirp.org/Journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=67668.

Faculty Member/Student Present at Meeting of the Society for Public Health Education

Becky Dawson ’00, assistant professor of global health studies and biology, and Erica Bryson ’15 presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Society for Public Health Education on March 31. Their presentation, “Partnering to Complete the Affordable Care Act’s Mandated Community Health Needs Assessment,” focused on the multi-year community-based research project that has been coordinated by Allegheny College and the Meadville Medical Center. Co-authors on the presentation included Garrett Devenney ’16 and Elizabeth Schafer ’17.

Darrouzet-Nardi Publishes Paper in Food Policy Journal

Assistant Professor of Global Health Studies Amelia Darrouzet-Nardi published a paper, “Child dietary quality in rural Nepal: Effectiveness of a community-level development intervention,” in the May 2016 issue of the journal Food Policy.

Student/Faculty Research Published in Open Journal of Emergency Medicine

A paper by Matthew Zaborowski ’17 and Assistant Professor of Global Health Studies and Biology Rebecca Dawson, “Emergency Department Admissions for Dental & Oral Health Concerns in Rural Northwestern Pennsylvania,” was published in the latest issue (Vol. 4, No. 1, 2016) of the Open Journal of Emergency Medicine​.

Allegheny College Junior Angelina Winbush Earns Prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Internship

Angelina Winbush

March 16, 2016 – Allegheny College junior Angelina Winbush of Pittsburgh has been awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) internship for summer 2016.

The award will allow Winbush, a global health studies major and biology minor, to spend 10 weeks doing full-time research in the lab of an HHMI scientist. It also provides a $5,000 award, participation in a local summer research program with other undergraduate researchers, and long-distance travel and housing arranged and paid for by HHMI.

This is the second time that an Allegheny College student has received an EXROP award. Erin Brown, a physics and mathematics double major who graduated from Allegheny in 2015, was awarded an EXROP internship to work at the Salk Institute for Biological Science during summer 2013 and did research at the Salk Institute as an EXROP summer capstone student scholar during summer 2014.

Winbush will be placed in the lab of Matt Waldor, M.D., Ph.D., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and faculty member at Harvard School of Medicine. Dr. Waldor and his team conduct research on infectious diseases. (more…)