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Spring/Summer Quarter 2019 Newsletter
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UCI Population Health and Disease Prevention Spring/Summer Quarter 2019 Newsletter
Spring/Summer Quarter 2019

Chair's Message

Spring/Summer 2019

Dr. Bernadette Boden AlbaraSpring traditionally marks the beginning of many events in the natural growth cycle, the thawing of winter and the lengthening of days. In the academic world, Spring also marks the end of life-shaping events celebrated by commencement ceremonies. This year, we are witnessing a series of events that remind us of the broad scope of public health research, education, and community engagement at UC Irvine. Suddenly, measles infection is back to threaten the health of Americans, forcing public health officials to declare emergencies nationwide. “Vaccine hesitancy” re-emerged as a global concern that could derail the progress of the last century. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continues to survive frequent political assaults. The largest Earthquakes to strike Southern California in 20 years occurred over the July 4th weekend, reminding us of our vulnerability to natural disasters. In spite of these challenges, our students, faculty and partners continue their creative and transformative research and reflections to reform public health knowledge and systems. Our collective work reveals a compass that continues to guide us toward bolder ideas for translating fundamental knowledge into disease prevention.

I congratulate our graduates who have put UC Irvine on the map as a world-class institution rising fast in the esteem of our peers as a destination for the best minds and the most talented individuals who think differently about the constellation of risk factors that keep us from being healthy, and about innovative approaches to curb those risks. I am honored to be part of this generation of a vigilant population – inspired by our collective vision of healthy communities free of violence, where technology prioritizes public health promotion; and climate change is tamed to reduce impacts on rural and global health. The Public Health Class of 2019 have acquired the skills for making discoveries in our campaign to prevent disease in all populations and to promote inclusive wellness. They are also endowed with rare insights into the strategies for societal investments in population health. The challenges facing the health of people worldwide have never been more urgent. Now, we signal to the world that we are prepared to engage in the rigorous intellectual pursuits and the collaborative actions needed to research, reveal, reflect, and, reform society’s investments in population health. Together, we have glimpsed a vision of a world with a lighter burden of disease, and together we will cultivate the skills necessary to accomplish our goals.

Dr. Bernadette Boden AlbaraAs we transition into the summer season, I am particularly pleased to welcome Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala as our new Director and Founding Dean. Her arrival to UC Irvine is a remarkable milestone in the growth of Public Health on our campus, and we look forward to her leadership for the next phase of our journey!

– Dele Ogunseitan
Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention

Congratulations 2019 Graduates!

Congratulations 2019 Graduates!

On June 13, 2019, we hosted our annual Honors and Awards Ceremony for our graduating Masters of Public Health and Ph.D. in Public Health students. We had 23 MPH graduates and 7 Ph.D. graduates……our largest yet! We had a beautiful evening celebrating the graduates and their families and friends at the University Club here on campus.

Alumni Gallery Image On June 14, 2019, we hosted our annual Undergraduate Honors and Awards Ceremony honoring graduating Public Health students, and those that have won various awards/recognition. This is our largest event of the year, as we had nearly 400 attendees! It was a wonderful afternoon filled with live music, a lot of laughs and good memories.
Alumni Gallery Image 2019 Ph.D. in Public Health graduates Bridgette Blebu, and Nikki Deville. Congratulations Ph.D. Anteaters!!!

Research

Updates, Honors, and Awards

Dr. Veronica Vieira

Dr. Veronica Vieira

Dr. Veronica Vieira to serve as member of the NIH Infectious Diseases, Reproductive Health, Asthma and Pulmonary Conditions Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, for the term beginning July 01, 2019 and ending June 30, 2023.

Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Dr. Daniel Parker

Dr. Daniel Parker

Identification and Characterization of Vector-Borne Pathogens and Vector Exposures to Define Regional Biomonitoring Strategies and Vector Control Efforts in Cambodia

Jessica Manning and Fabiano Oliveira of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases along with Daniel Parker of the University of California Irvine, will develop a combinatorial approach to better define the incidence of vector-borne diseases in Cambodia in order to limit their transmission.

Dr. Guiyun Yan and Dr. Daniel Parker

Dr. Guiyun Yan and Dr. Daniel Parker

Provost approves new academic initiative for “Infectious Disease Science” which focuses on the dynamics of infectious diseases and drug resistance.

The initiative is led by Dr. Sanghyuk Shin of the School of Nursing Science, and includes Dr. Guiyun Yan and Dr. Daniel Parker of the Program in Public Health.

Dr. Tim Bruckner

Dr. Tim Bruckner

Dr. Tim Bruckner to serve as founding Co-Director of the UC Irvine Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy

Vice Chancellor for Research Pramod Khargonekar acted to formally establish the Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy (CPIP) as a provisional Organized Research Unit on the UC Irvine Campus, effective July 1st, 2019.

This is a major accomplishment that holds much promise for several of our faculty members who are engaged in research on Population Health and Disease Prevention, and are inaugural members of CPIP.

Dr. Jun Wu

Dr. Jun Wu

Dr. Jun Wu received approval of NIH grant title Air Pollution and Pregnancy Complications in Complex Urban Environments: Risks, Heterogeneity, and Mechanisms

Amanda R. Brown Tortorici, Ph.D. Student

Amanda R. Brown Tortorici, Ph.D. Student

Amanda R. Brown Tortorici, candidate for doctorate degree in Public Health received an American Society of Nephrology Travel Award of $1,500 to attend the NIH NIDDK Network of Minority Research Investigators Annual Workshop in Bethesda, MD

Victoria E. Rodriguez, Ph.D. Student

Victoria E. Rodriguez, Ph.D. Student

Victoria E. Rodriguez received the “Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Fellowship” through UCI Graduate Division for the 2019-2020 academic year. The fellowship is designed to increase the number of students who complete their Ph.D. degree and successfully acquire a faculty appointment

Emily Janio, MPH Student

Emily Janio, MPH Student

MPH student Emily Janio awarded UCI Associated Graduate Students Symposium Runner Up award.

Reveal

Publications, Posters, and Presentations

Ngozi Genevieve Nwosisi, Ph.D. Student

Ngozi Genevieve Nwosisi, Ph.D. Student

2019 American Public Health Conference Abstract Acceptance/Poster Presentations

Title: Mapping Psychological Wellbeing among Cigarette Smokers and Non-smokers in the U.S., November 3rd, 2019

Title: Trust and Communication among Immigrants related to Colon Cancer Screening, November 4th, 2019

Margaret Whitley, Ph.D. Student

Margaret Whitley, Ph.D. Student

Publication in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, June 5, 2019

Title: “Workplace breastfeeding support and job satisfaction among working mothers in the United States

Authors: Margaret Whitley, Annie Ro, BongKyoo Choi

Biblia Cha, Ph.D. Student

Biblia Cha, Ph.D. Student

Social Science & Medicine Journal

Title: Beyond access: Psychosocial barriers to undocumented students’ use of mental health services, June 2019

Authors: Biblia Cha, PhD student in Public Health; Laura Enriquez, Assistant Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies; Annie Ro, Assistant Professor of Public Health

Shahir Masri, S.M., Sc.D.

Shahir Masri, S.M., Sc.D.

Last fall Shahir Masri began a national outreach tour to educate and inform communities about climate change that took him and his fiance across 36 states over an 11 week period. In total, he gave over 60 formal presentations at churches, colleges and schools, surveying over 700 people about their perspectives on climate change. In tandem with the project he produced a book title “Beyond Debate: Answers to 50 Misconceptions on Climate Change.”

Reflect

Faculty Updates

Dr. Tim Bruckner

Dr. Tim Bruckner

Director of Ph.D. in Public Health

Dr. Tim Bruckner to serve as the Director of the Ph.D. in Public Health with concentrations in Disease Prevention and Global Health, effective July 1st 2019.

Dr. Scott Bartell

Dr. Scott Bartell

Full Professor

Please join us to congratulate Dr. Scott Bartell on his promotion to Full Professor.

Barbara Marr, Contracts and Grants Analyst

Barbara Marr, Contracts and Grants Analyst

Retirement Celebration

In June, UC Irvine Public Health celebrated Happy Retirement to Barbara Marr, Contracts and Grants Analyst. We thank her for her over 31 years of service to the UC Irvine community and UC Irvine Public Health!

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Reform

UCI Public Health Alumni

Your journey as an Anteater does not end here. You have now joined the Anteater Alumni Family and a robust Public Health Alumni Program of networking events, volunteer opportunities, mentorship and communications awaits you. Stay tuned for news and events at publichealth.uci.edu and on our social media.

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Meredith KwokHAVE ALUMNI NEWS, IDEAS OR QUESTIONS?
CONTACT:
Meredith Kwok
Assistant Director of Constituent Relations
Public Health/Advancement
M.kwok@uci.edu

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