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Congratulations to Justin Wilford - Winner of the 2018 "Chancellor's Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship" - Public Health News Spotlight

Please join us in congratulating Justin Wilford, candidate for Ph.D. in Public Health, for winning the prestigious 2018 Chancellor’s Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship.

The fellowship recognizes UC Irvine's most academically superior doctoral students who exhibit outstanding promise as scholars, researchers, and public leaders. Fellows are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic excellence, accomplishments, and leadership qualities consistent with the mission of the Chancellor's Club to represent, develop, and support future leaders.

Justin's research interest is in translating laboratory, clinical, and epidemiological findings in preventive and behavioral medicine into community-based interventions to lower health risks throughout the trajectory of childhood cancer survivorship. He works with faculty mentor Professor Lari Wenzel to combine social psychological findings in social support, social learning, and social modelling with pre-clinical and clinical research toward supportive oncology and disease prevention.

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UCI Public Health professor Miryha Gould Runnerstrom and DTEI Instructional Designer Janet DiVincenzo -- Present a poster on PH60 at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference in January 2018 - Public Health News Spotlight

The poster was entitled Immersing Online Students through Role Plays, a Case Study, and Group Work: Reconceptualizing an Environmental Quality and Health Course and depicted an innovative collaboration between the two presenters. The fully online course — Public Health 60: Environmental Health and Quality — has been offered online three times: twice in summer and once in Winter 2018. The course is unique in its design in that it features a three-pronged design to engage students: a case study; student role-playing; and weekly mandatory online synchronous team meetings.

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Publication: A Review of Military Health Research Using a Social–Ecological Framework
by Pauline Lubens, MPH and Tim A. Bruckner, PhD, MPH - Public Health News Spotlight

We aim to contextualize the growing body of research on the sequelae of military service in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We employ a social–ecological (SE) framework for the taxonomy of military health research and classify risk as arising from the individual, family, community, and the institutional levels. We intend for this review to inform enhanced health promotion efforts in military communities.

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