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Maureen Lichtveld
August 28, 2022

Maureen Lichtveld: Preparing the next generation of public health

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Now, more than ever, it is vital that public health takes the lead to counter health threats at every level of our common society — from continent to country, from state to county and from city to neighborhood. We know how to do this. Unfortunately, our recent efforts — often reactive — continue to fall short.

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August 24, 2022

Misinformation is a common thread between the COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS pandemics

THE CONVERSATION - IDM's Cristian Apetrei discusses the striking parallels between the HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics that show the dire consequences disinformation can have on both patients and society as a whole. COVID-19 isn’t the first pandemic where false and harmful information has set back public health.

Fracking site
August 17, 2022

Children living near Pennsylvania fracking sites are at increased risk of leukemia

WHYY - EOH's Dr. Bernard Goldstein weighs in on this study by researchers at Yale School of Public Health. He states, "It looks at a potential problem in ways that include new exposure metrics, which are really needed." Goldstein also says that though the factors that contribute to childhood leukemia are complex and still unclear, benzene is one known link.

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August 4, 2022

MPH grad focuses on infectious disease prevention

Dream job and publication as first author follow December graduation

Mya Brady (EPI ‘21) knows the value of interprofessional education.

COVID-19
August 4, 2022

How common are Paxlovid rebound cases?

Dean Maureen Lichtveld said a true “rebound” case means being infected with the same variant. “We know, for example, that with the coronavirus there are a number of variants,” Lichtveld said.

Jeremy Martinson
August 3, 2022

Jeremy Martinson is recipient of 2022 Craig Teaching Award

"The real reward for me has been to get to know such a talented and hardworking group of students. They are going to do great things, and it has been a privilege to play a role in their professional development, no matter how small."

Ying Ding
August 3, 2022

Ying Ding selected as Health Sciences Ascending Star awardee

Congratulations to BIOSTAT’s Ying Ding who was selected as Health Sciences Ascending Star awardee! This honor was established to recognize highly productive, creative mid-career faculty members in the six Schools of the Health Sciences and is accompanied by $25,000 in research support.

Richard Garland
August 2, 2022

Richard Garland Featured on Public Health America

On this episode of Public Health America, Richard Garland discusses the national surge in gun violence and how it is a public health problem that requires public health intervention.

teaching in a classroom
July 28, 2022

A summer academy for high schoolers aims to bring more students to public health

PITTWIRE- To create Pitt’s Public Health Science Academy, take 10 teenagers from three Pittsburgh high schools, add 10 faculty mentors, mix with inspiration for four weeks and finish with possibly life-changing results.That’s the recipe that Dean Maureen Lichtveld crafted to attract more underrepresented students to the field, as well as to college itself.

Mary Hawk and Yan Ma
July 27, 2022

New Public Health Leaders Named

Two School of Public Health departments will welcome new leaders in time for the fall 2022 semester. Mary Hawk, DrPH, has been appointed chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS) and Yan Ma, PhD, will lead the Department of Biostatistics. Both positions are effective September 1.

Peter Salk
July 24, 2022

Peter Salk says newest U.S. case of polio sounds a warning

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - After a man in Rockland County, New York, became the first patient to contract polio in the U.S. in nearly a decade, experts such as IDM’s Peter Salk — whose late father, Jonas, developed a vaccine for the disease — said the public shouldn’t be alarmed but warned that children unvaccinated for polio could be at risk. “Polio is only a plane flight away,” Salk said. “Here is a circumstance that demonstrated that.”

Jian Zou receiving award
July 19, 2022

Jian Zou awarded the Mihaela Serban Memorial Award for best poster

Congratulations to Jian Zou (BIOST '23) who was awarded the Mihaela Serban Award for best poster in the American Statistical Association (ASA) Pittsburgh Chapter's 2022 poster contest for his presentation "CGMM: an algorithm for constrained model-based clustering". Jian’s work is advised by Dr. George C. Tseng

Xiaoqing (Ellen) Tan
July 19, 2022

Ellen Tan receives Student Research Award

Xiaoqing (Ellen) Tan (BIOST '22) received the Student Research Award at the 35th New England Statistics Symposium for her work "A Tree-based Model Averaging Approach for Personalized Treatment Effect Estimation from Heterogeneous Data Sources". This is the work that has recently been accepted to the Thirty-ninth International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML ’22), the leading international academic conference in machine learning.

syringe
July 12, 2022

New Covid Subvariants Highly Contagious, immune evasive, experts say

Dean Maureen Lichtveld said a true “rebound” case means being infected with the same variant. “We know, for example, that with the coronavirus there are a number of variants,” Lichtveld said

Karen Krymski receiving an award
July 5, 2022

Karen Krymski (BCHS '82) wins Network State Star Award

Karen Krymski recently received  the Florida SBDC Network’s State Star Award at the Network’s Small Business Success Summit, held in Tampa on June 28. The award recognizes Krymski for her accomplishments in 2021. Only one State Star is awarded by the Network each year. Krymski, who earned her MPH from Pitt Public Health in 1982, has been a member of the Florida SBDC at the University of South Florida team since 2015. She is a procurement sp...