Allegheny News and Events

Leja’s ‘Care Van’ Pitch Wins Big Idea Competition

Liana Leja, an Allegheny College senior majoring in biology, won first prize and $5,000 in Allegheny’s 11th Annual Big Idea Competition, a contest sponsored by the college’s Center for Business and Economics and modeled after ABC’s popular “Shark Tank” show.

Leja’s big idea: a mobile health care van, called the “Care Van,” that would operate in conjunction with Meadville Medical Center to provide basic health care to a mostly rural, underserved population.

Leja with Entrepreneur in Residence Chris Allison, co-director of Allegheny’s Center for Business and Economics. Photo by Sarah Holt.

Greg Bras, a senior economics major from Saegertown also earned an honorable mention in the competition for his work on additive manufacturing.

See full coverage in The Meadville Tribune here.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

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.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

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.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

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).

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

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

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

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.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Allegheny College Junior, Pittsburgh Native 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.

“I decided to apply for EXROP because I wanted to gain additional research experience to supplement the clinical opportunities I’ve had,” Winbush says. “I plan on pursuing an M.D./MPH and hope to integrate research into my future career as a pediatrician. I am looking forward to learning with new research techniques as well as exploring the infectious diseases challenges at the forefront of public health today in Dr. Waldor’s laboratory.”

“Angelina is well positioned for this research position at Harvard through HHMI; she is an incredibly talented researcher and dedicated learner,” says Caryl E. Waggett, Ph.D., chair of global health studies and associate professor of environmental science at Allegheny. “Her training in global health studies has provided her with the theoretical framework necessary to align her research with her passion for improving access to preventative health strategies for high-risk populations. This summer research will allow her to refine her analytical skills while maintaining connections through Allegheny’s local and global programming to the populations and individuals who are most affected.”

At Allegheny, Winbush conducted summer research in the Department of Global Health Studies alongside Waggett. Winbush helped to evaluate the health status and needs of students at two low-income elementary schools in order to make recommendations for new and current wellness programs. She and three other students also have had a poster presentation accepted at the fifth annual Public and Global Health Education Summit in Washington, D.C.

Winbush serves as a health coach with Allegheny College and the Community Care Network in Meadville; education chair for the college’s Honor Committee; and resident adviser with the college’s Office of Residence Life.

In addition, she is a delegate to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, which allowed her to travel to Warsaw, Poland, in 2013 and Cape Town, South Africa, in 2014. She also is a Youth Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State’s Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program.

The EXROP Program links the resources of HHMI’s Science and Science Education departments to provide outstanding summer research experiences to bright, motivated undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds and groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. HHMI continues to work with EXROP students after their summer study programs to encourage them to pursue careers in academic science.

Each year, approximately 125 scientists volunteer to mentor EXROP students in their labs during the summer. In addition to doing laboratory research, the students attend two meetings at HHMI’s headquarters in Chevy Chase, Md., to present their research in a poster session.

Since EXROP’s inception in 2003, 798 undergraduates from 160 colleges and universities have been matched with 214 HHMI investigators, professors, group leaders and early career scientists.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research