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Spring 2010 Message From the Dean It’s a great time to be in public health – and we as a school have had a wonder ful year. We’ve completed our self-study year and accreditation site visit and now wait for an official response from the Council on Education for Public Health. Buy early July we expect to officially be an accredited School of Public Health. As I write this message we’ve just completed a full week of events to celebrate National Public Health Week. It was wonderful to see so many students, faculty, and staff involved in activities all week long. While reaching this point has been quite a ride we want to continue to work towards excellence as a school. We recognize, however, that schools cannot be exceptional

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without exceptional faculty, staff, and students; high quality programs; and incredible facilities. I want to thank our faculty, staff and students for their hard work and outstanding performance. We have had a major transformation to our building this year. We’ve renovated almost 45,000 square feet of space to add new offices, graduate assistant space, and lab facilities; but perhaps as importantly we’ve finally been able to move all of our academic units into the same building. I n J a n u a r y, o u r Department of Family Science moved from Marie Mount Hall to the SPH building and opened up a brand new Center for Healthy Families. We also have brand new office facilities for our Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

and the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health. This year we added our second endowed center in the school thanks to a generous gift from a Family Science alumnus, Madieu Williams. The Madieu Williams Center for Global Public Health Initiatives is dedicated to making a difference in the health of citizens in both Sierra Leone, Africa and Prince Georges County, Maryland. Truly a unique mission for such a center. I invite you to look at the entries in this newsletter, and marvel as I do at the spectacular stories and achievements of our faculty, staff, students, and School. We wish you the best. Robert S. Gold, Dean

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Elaine Anderson, Ph.D., Acting Chair The first activity for the department this semester was our move.  We are now located in a beautiful space in the School of Public Health building.  New faculty offices and seminar rooms, coupled with our Center for Healthy Families clinic that includes 8 new therapy rooms and state of the art observation rooms with recording and data collection technology, makes our facility one of the best in the country.  We welcome visitors to our new location.  We also undertook a variety of actions this year to explore the role of family on individual and group health with a goal of better integrating us into the field of family health.  To help us consider many aspects about family health, all graduate students, staff and faculty read a common book, “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures” by Anne Fadiman.  We had a book club discussion of the implications for our work in researching and educating others about families.  Further, the faculty read and discussed several published articles on public health perspectives on the family.  We also welcomed two new faculty. Dr. Mia Smith Bynum brings her expertise on parent-adolescent communication, parenting and racial identity development and adolescent mental health for minority families. Dr. Amelia Arria, Director of our new Center for Young Adult Health and Development, specializes in adolescent and young adult health-risk behaviors. Both faculty are challenging us to conceptualize health in new ways and develop materials informing the public about the health needs of families.  We have added two new child and family health courses to our undergraduate program.  Both courses have been spearheaded by Dr. Jacqie Wallen.  The child and maternal health course, “Family Science: Maternal, Child and Family Health” completes its first full year in our curriculum and focuses on the major health challenges facing families with children. This fall we will offer “Global Child and Family Health: Getting There Via E-Communications,” which is part of the new Universityʼs General Education program “I”-Series courses. This signature course takes students into the realm of families, global health and technology.  Last, several individual faculty have been engaging in new family health activities. Dr. Mitch Mokhtari is the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Family and Economics on “Health, Economics, and the Family Role.” Dr. Leigh Leslie was recently elected the 2012 program chair for the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations. Her theme for the meeting focuses on the intersectionality between families and health.  Finally, many faculty have been very busy submitting over 25 grant proposals this semester for projects focusing on topics such as nutrition numeracy and food insecurity; the economic recession on familiesʼ food security; experiences of young-adult, low-income fathers; energy drink consumption on the development of alcohol-related young adult problems; multiple military deployments and promoting resiliency in families; workplace investment education; treatment outcomes among health professionals with addiction; healthy homes /healthy community; and origins of health disparities in youth.  We are excited about the Departmentsʼ foray into public health and look forward to many new exciting activities.  We would love to hear from our alumni. Feel free to send us updates to fmsc@umd.edu.

Kinesiology Jane E. Clark, Ph.D. With undergraduate enrollments in Kinesiology soaring, I thought some might wonder why we have gone from about 400 undergraduate majors in the spring 2000 to nearly 900 this spring.  Having just finished exit interviews with our graduating seniors, I would identify 10 reasons why the Department of Kinesiology is seeing such a remarkable increase in its undergraduate enrollment.  Kinesiology departments all over the US share some of these reasons, but many of these are unique to the University of Maryland.  So in a “count down” … the top10 reasons why Kinesiology is a great undergraduate major in ascending order are: 10.  A great university.  The University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship university in the Maryland “fleet” of colleges and universities.  It attracts an amazing collection of talented students and provides programs in a wide range of fields that would offer areas for supplemental study for Kinesiology students. 9.  Public Health. Kinesiology is one of five departments in the new School of Public Health.  After studying Kinesiology graduates can contribute to a ʻbetter state of healthʼ through physical activity. 8.  Future careers.  More than half of the students who enter the Kinesiology major believe they are going to physical therapy (PT) school.  Four years later, many will go to graduate school in PT but many more will have discovered other wonderful and fulfilling careers for which our graduates are well positioned. 7.  Physical activity is required.  What a great major:  We require that all our majors take physical activity courses for 6 of their 8 semesters.  We walk the walk! 6.  Excellent and rigorous curriculum.  The course work in Kinesiology is first-class, challenging, and up-to-date.  With seven core courses and a wide-range of electives every semester, students are provided with a strong foundational curriculum and electives that fit their future endeavors. 5. Honors program. For the students who want more in-depth study, the department provides an excellent honors program where students work one-on-one with a first-class faculty on their honors theses. 4. Innovative teaching.  Kinesiology faculty are pushing the technology envelope to provide innovative and engaging educational experiences for our students.  This year, we started a community-based service learning opportunity to bridge the gap between theory and practice. 3.  We make the big store small.  The University of Maryland is a big school, but majors in Kinesiology have no idea that the Department is the 6th largest major on campus.  Why?  Because our large lecture classes have labs or discussion sections of about 20 students where students interact with other students and the teaching assistant (TA) in small group activities. 2. Teaching Assistants that are among the best in the University.    Without a doubt our graduate students who work as TAʼs are the BEST!   They take workshops on teaching, work under the supervision of our faculty, and compete with each other to be the best possible teaching assistant in the department.  They are there for our students!  They are the “coaches” for their learning. 1.  Great faculty.  The Department of Kinesiology is very fortunate to have a world-class teaching faculty.  All of our faculty teach in the undergraduate program.  All are committed to helping our students learn.  The departmentʼs faculty are internationally and nationally recognized leaders in the field – and they all love teaching about what they have been studying.  So there you have 10 reasons why we are a great department and one that students have discovered as a gem here at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Public and Community Health Elbert Glover, Ph.D. In this issue of the SPH Newsletter, the Department will feature one of the Universityʼs finest teachers, Dr Robin Sawyer. Dr. Sawyer has received the coveted Board of Regents Award for Teaching Excellence, 2001 (first faculty member from College Park campus to receive this UM system award); the Doris Sands Outstanding Teacher Award (School of Public Health) 1992, and 2007; University of Maryland Outstanding Teacher of the Year – Panhellenic Association, Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, 1992; Lily Center for Teaching Excellence Fellow, 1996; and numerous other teaching awards.   What makes a good teacher? Obviously, the ability to communicate effectively is absolutely crucial, but more than that I believe an outstanding teacher is someone who can relate to students, truly understand their frame of reference and then use that knowledge to tailor classes so they have obvious relevance to the students. Also, an outstanding teacher should be passionate about his or her area of study. You canʼt expect students to be mentally involved if the teacher is not passionate and enthusiastic about a subject.  W.B. Yeats said, “Education is not so much the filling of a bucket, as the lighting of a fire.” What are the most common mistakes teachers make?  Teaching the subject rather than the student – you really canʼt consider how best to teach your content without first considering the attributes of the learner; not being totally organized; and being over-dependent on one type of technology … 15 consecutive weeks of nothing but Powerpoint slides in a darkened room would make my head explode, never mind the typical undergraduate with the concentration power of a gnat! What makes your human sexuality class so popular? Of course, the subject matter doesnʼt hurt, but I try very hard to make the course very relevant to current young adults; Iʼm not very politically correct and tend to say what I feel, which I think students respect; I use a lot of humor to make students feel comfortable with a sensitive subject, and I add 25 years worth of experience and stories to make the material come alive … to say nothing of lots of Seinfeld, Robin Williams and Monty Python clips to lighten the mood! What are the biggest misconceptions college students possess about sex? That ʻniceʼ people can get a sexually transmitted disease; that oral sex is actually a form of sexual expression and not a metaphorical handshake; and that unintentional pregnancy is really not an accident. Why is it important for everyone to have a healthy understanding of human sexuality?  Because weʼre all sexual beings from the moment weʼre born till the moment we die, and sexuality is an integral part of the human experience, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation.  Many of my students have grown up within a culture where sex was either taboo (family) or sensationalized (media), and so they are desperate to learn about the issue in an honest and safe environment, and thatʼs what I do my best to provide.


Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health Donald Milton, M.D. MIAEH students and faculty continued to receive recognition and make important contributions to environmental public health this semester. Dr. Amy Sapkota published a study showing, as the headline in ScienceNews put it, “Cigarettes might be infectious”. “Nearly every paper that you pick up discussing the health effects of cigarettes starts out with something to the effect that smokers and people exposed to secondhand smoke experience high rates of respiratory infections,” notes Amy Sapkota of the University of Maryland, College Park. The general assumption is that these infections are a result of tobacco smokeʼs damage to lung defense mechanisms. But, the new data suggest that cigarettes may also be a source of the infectious agents. MIAEH Affiliate Professor, Dr. Rita Colwell received the prestigious 2010 Stockholm Water Prize for her “numerous seminal contributions towards solving the worldʼs water-related public health problems, particularly her work to prevent the spread of cholera. MIAEH Professor and Director Dr. Donald Milton receive the Harriet Hardy Award from the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in recognition of a lifetime of service and research contributions to occupational and environmental health. MIAEH student Rachel Rosenberg, who will graduate with an MPH in Environmental Health this spring, received the Deanʼs scholar award, and was admitted to the doctoral program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Betty Dabney continued her work as a member of the Governorʼs Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities with testimony before the Maryland House of Delegates Committee on Environmental Matters in support of broader representation of government and community interests on the commission. Over the last year, MIAEH faculty research funding was 180% greater than the Instituteʼs total state allocation. Research funds enabled MIAEH to support students and fellows, and to provide exciting research opportunities. Dr. Miltonʼs new project, “Translational Research: From Mechanisms of Influenza Transmission to Prevention” will begin studying human subjects this fall. Dr. Amy Sapkotaʼs research on antibiotic resistant bacteria in food will continue to collect field samples on the eastern shore this summer. Dr. Amir Sapkotaʼs lab will begin analysis this summer of urinary biomarkers for lung cancer in a cohort of Nepalese women exposed to indoor cooking smoke. We look forward to a new group of accomplished and exciting students for next fall. One incoming MIAEH MPH student, Greg Respanti, will receive a College Park Scholarʼs Graduate Assistantship Award to work with the new Global Public Health program. Mr. Raspanti will be coming to Maryland after completing a tour as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova. Ms Rosenberg will continue her research with Dr. Amy Sapkota as she enters the doctoral program in epidemiology, and will be supported by a Graduate Assistantship provided by the Institute.

Health Services Administration Laura Wilson, Ph.D. The Department of Health Services Administration continues its quest for toward excellence. This semester we are pleased to be able to report several awards and recognitions associated with individual and programmatic performance. Christopher J. King, MHSc, FACHE is a lecturer and a doctoral student in the department.  He is also the Senior Director of Grants and Communications for the Washington Hospital Center Foundation.  He was named by the Washington Business Journal as a 2010 Minority Business Leader. The Minority Business Leader Awards was established in 2008 to recognize outstanding performance within the region in the past 12-18 months. A special supplement of the Washington Business Journal to be published on April 30, 2010 will profile the Minority Business Leaders. Mr. King, along with the other winners, will be honored at the Minority Business Leaders Awards program on April 30, 2010.  In his position at Washington Hospital Center Foundation, Mr. King manages a three million dollar philanthropic portfolio and is responsible for the development of project proposals worth more that eight million dollars annually. These activities focus on creating innovative health services to increase access to care and quality of care. A. Ginelle Jurlano , a second year Master of Health Administration student, was acknowledged as a Graduate Deanʼs Scholar at the March 26, 2010 SPH student awards dinner. Ms. Jurlano is a graduate assistant in the department and expects to graduate in May 2010. She has been active in developing health policy and programming with the department and she has taken a lead role in creating the SPH student organization, PHEAR. For over a decade, the Center on Aging and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute within the department have been developing model research/service demonstration programs intended to test methods to increase meaningful civic engagement for persons over the age of fifty. This year one of these programs, the Legacy Leadership Institute for Municipal Government, operated in Prince Georgeʼs County working with nine municipalities (Bladensburg, Brentwood, North Brentwood, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, Forest Heights, Glenarden, Mt. Ranier, and Seat Pleasant). The  programʼs older volunteers , known as Legacy Leaders, crafted a proposal to apply for energy efficiency and community block grant recovery funding. The Leaders were successful in acquiring a one million dollar energy grant for these municipalities. These funds will be used, in part, for solar panels on city halls in order to reduce greenhouse gasses. The Legacy Leadership Institute was recognized for this work when named as a 2010 Governorʼs Volunteer Service honoree. Wes Queen serves as the coordinator for this program. Another research demonstration program of the department, Legacy Corps for Health and Independent Living, is funded by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service and operates in eleven sites nationally to test new approaches to volunteerism as a part of  the delivery of health services. At the 2009 American Public Health Association annual meeting, the Legacy Corps for Health and Independent Living San Diego site received honorable mention from the Gerontological Health Section for the Archstone Foundation Award for innovative  programs applying research to practice. 

Epidemiology & Biostatistics Deborah R. Young, Ph.D. The last week of April provided us with the typical Washington, DC weather extremes – a week beginning with temperature highs in upper 50s and ending in the low 90s.  This made me wonder, “What is the Epidemiology on Spring Weather and Health?” “How does Biostatistics help us understand weather patterns and health conditions?”  I turned to every researcherʼs best friend, Google, to help me answer my questions.  Google didnʼt completely answer my questions, but I did find an interesting abstract to share: On days when there are multiple weather fronts, the number of suicides per day rises significantly, especially when the multiple fronts appear. With a disturbed high pressure, this correlation appears on the following day. With an impending depression and an occluded front, this correlation also falls on the day after these meteorological conditions, but it is weaker. The daily number of suicides rises considerably higher on a day when three meteorotropically active weather conditions prevail at the same time. The greatest number of suicides were committed in the spring. The number of suicides occurring in individual seasons or months assumes different levels, but without forming a biological annual rhythm.* Because the manuscript is published in German and my high school German brain cells are now depleted, I wasnʼt able to read the work and determine how epidemiologic and biostatistics methods were used to support the authorsʼ conclusions.  However, itʼs clear that these fundamental public health disciplines were used for this research.   One definition of epidemiology is the “study of the distribution of disease or health conditions in populations.”  Every day epidemiologists around the world study trends in health data with the goal of identifying causes of disease and population groups that are at risk.  The association between weather disturbances and suicide risk that the German authors found is now well-documented. Subsequent researchers undoubtedly used similar and possibly also newer methods in different populations to confirm the results.    It also appears that the Germans were using a primitive form of data mining in their research.  Data mining is a biostatistics method that searches for patterns in large data sets.  There are now highly sophisticated computer programs that can automatically do these searches, which if they were available in 1975, would have been a major time and labor saving for our German researchers.  So, whatʼs the point?  Thereʼs a few: (1) biostatistics creates new statistical methods and epidemiologists use these methods to analyze health data,  (2) you can find examples quickly on Google, (3) Spring is a time of increased risk of suicide, and (4) new knowledge surrounds us. (I was surprised by the results -would have thought that people cheer up in Spring when nature re-appears from its dormancy.) *Gostyński M, Maczyński B, Marcinkowski JT.  [Meteorotropic activity of the weather conditions and their role in suicide epidemiology. I. Communication (author's transl)]  Zentralbl Bakteriol Orig B. 1975 Oct;161(2):158-64.


Around the Centers The Center for Health Literacy recently partnered with the University of Maryland Extension (UME) to offer the first health literacy professional development workshop for 20 Extension faculty. Participants will apply the principles they learned to the healthrelated educational programming they do around the state of Maryland with communities, individuals, families and youth. The workshop was held in the Department of Family Science at the School of Public Health.

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Health and Development In 2009, the Center on Young Adult Health and Development (CYAHD) was established at the School of Public Health on the College Park campus of the University of Maryland. This research center is the first such center in the United States specifically dedicated to understanding the health and development of young adults. The Center Director is Amelia M. Arria. The rationale for its creation stemmed from the recognition that young adulthood is a neglected developmental period in the health sciences, relative to childhood, adolescence and older adulthood. This disparity is unfortunate because several important health issues affect young adults disproportionately. For instance, many health risk behaviors are more prevalent in young adulthood than in any other developmental period. Also, the onset of several chronic health conditions--including substance use disorders, depression, and obesity--is likely to occur in adolescence or young adulthood.

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Participants listened as Dr. Rima Rudd, visiting health literacy senior scholar, review the history of health literacy and its tie to health outcomes. Dr. Rudd instructed participants how to deconstruct health tasks as a first step in designing educational programs. Dr. Rudd challenged the school, through the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, to engage professionals and members of communities in exploring the creation of a Maryland Health Literacy Coalition. Joanne Locke with the national Center for Plain Language, guided participants through principles of plain language and ways to use clear communication. Dr. Monique Turner, Director, University of Maryland Center for Risk Communications, addressed the importance of risk-related communication, such as food safety. Dr. Jacqui Wallen, Department of Family Science, explored the tie between health literacy and cultural competence. Interested persons should contact Dr. Bonnie Braun, the Herschel S. Horowitz Endowed Chair and Director at bbraun@umd.edu or 301-405-0388.

From a historical perspective, the concept of young adulthood--that is, the period of time after adolescence during which an individual is still dependent upon his/her caregivers for financial and emotional support--has expanded beyond the teenage years and well into the twenties. Given the relatively recent emergence of young adulthood as a truly distinct developmental stage, there is a need to learn more about what supports are required to successfully complete the psychological transition to adulthood and near-complete autonomy. Therefore, the overarching goal of CYAHD is to bring much-needed attention to this underrepresented area of study, and advance a research agenda to further our knowledge regarding a broad spectrum of issues affecting young adult health and development. Under this broad goal, CYAHD recognizes the following three focus areas. 1.

To deepen our understanding of the development and consequences of health-risk behaviors among young adults.

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To understand health and help-seeking behaviors of young adults, attitudes regarding their own physical and mental health, and barriers to health care access and utilization.

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To understand how technological advances have impacted the social, physical, and emotional health of adolescents and the transition to young adulthood.

EPIB establishes Biostatistics and Risk Assessment Center (BRAC) The mission of the Biostatistics and Risk Assessment Center (BRAC) is to foster and conduct statistical analysis, data mining, and quantitative risk assessments in areas of public health and biomedical research. The Director of the center is Mei-Ling Ting Lee, Ph.D. The primary goal of BRAC is to collaborate with investigators and research institutions in undertaking statistical analysis, bioinformatic procedures and quantitative risk assessment. Our objectives are: ■

To collaborate with investigators and provide help on study design, sample size and power calculations, data collection and data management, statistical modeling, bioinformatic analysis, interpretation of statistical findings, manuscript preparation, and dissemination of results.

To take the lead on development of new and improved biostatistical and bioinformatic methods which are needed for cuttingedge multidisciplinary and translational research.

To develop software tools for new statistical methods developed for the projects.


The UMD-Prevention Research Center of the School of Public Health is one of only 35 centers of its kind, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It aims to unite community members, academic researchers, and public health agencies to identify health disparities and develop innovative ways to promote health and prevent disease. Our PRC is unique, in that it will focus on a specific geographical area: UMD-PRC is dedicated to shrinking the health disparity gap of the national capital border in Prince George’s County. The University of Maryland Prevention Research Center (UMD-PRC) focuses on reducing health disparities in Maryland along the national capital border. The national capital border area in Prince George’s County, Maryland between the “National Capital Beltway”, the District of Columbia, and Montgomery County, Maryland is specifically targeted for community health improvement. Much of this Prince George’s County national capital border area has been federally designated as medically underserved. Contrasts between this area and surrounding areas are pronounced in regard to demographics, health services, and health status. This Prince George’s County national capital border area suffers from remarkably high rates of primary Syphilis, HIV, stroke, diabetes, low birth weight, and other health problems. The UMD School of Public Health (SPH) happens to be located in Prince George’s County at the nexus of the contrasting jurisdictions. The UMD-PRC infrastructure will build on the collaborative of the City of Seat Pleasant in Prince George’s County, the Prince George’s County Health Department, and the SPH to further engage with organizations within and across the many area borders. It will link needs with resources and address issues that exacerbate disenfranchisement. The ultimate goals of the UMD-PRC are to make significant strides toward increasing community capacity, eliminating health disparities in Maryland along the national capital border, and advancing Community Based Participatory Research. The director of the PRC is Dr. Brad Boekeloo. The staff includes Denise Bellows and Brian Gilchrist, Graduate Research Assistants, and Tanisha Fuller, Research Assistant. Learn more about the UMD-PRC. The MWCGHI will focus on advancing community health equity and health promotion by seeking to fully understanding the social determinants, assets, and complex health challenges in Freetown, Sierra Leone and in Prince Georges County, Maryland.  With the help of local and national community representatives and experts, the MWCGHI has created a unique vision to advance learning, scholarship and service to improve community and global health and quality of life.  Beginning with the assessment of each community’s unique social determinants of health, it will promote community health literacy, enable multidisciplinary collaborations, and work to achieve and sustain health outcomes. The Center began this process in March with a visit to Freetown, Sierra Leone, by Mr. Williams and Dr. Woodie Kessel, a community pediatrician and Professor of the Practice of Public Health. As part of their in-country efforts, they began to gather background health and education information, and to establish key contacts for our future work in the region. They had a briefing with US Embassy officials to Sierra Leone. They also visited Mr. Williams’ Abigail D Butscher Primary School, the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, Connaught Hospital, Ola During Children’s Hospital, the Welbodi NGO, and concluded their stay by participating in a health science symposium sponsored by the Sierra Leone Health and Biomedical Research Group and the NIH.  See photos on page 6.  Mr. Williams and Dr. Kessel reported back to Dean Gold on the wide spread poverty; need for potable water, housing, nutrition, roads, sanitation, electricity; the need for well trained health professionals, doctors, nurses, clinics, hospitals supplies and equipment; and the need for an information system to assess heath status and monitor system progress and programmatic efforts concerning preventable/treatable conditions such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, and malnutrition.  Based upon the information and insight they gained from the visit, the MWCGHI has formulated an initial work plan to create an Abigail Butscher Primary School / Paint Branch Elementary School Children’s Zone based upon Geoff Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone, conduct a community health needs assessment with consultation from local health and academic experts. The Center will be reaching out to several organizations such as WHO, UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and of course, to the Department of State and USAID, and others, to establish key linkages and partnerships.


Linking Two Hemispheres- Through one of the efforts of the Madieu Williams Center for Global Health Initiatives, the Abigail D. Butscher Primary School in Calaba Town, Sierra Leone, and Paint Branch Elementary School in Prince Georges Elementary School, Maryland, U.S.A., have signed Friendship Agreements to foster the Children’s Health Education Zone. Children will be encouraged to think about the goals of “Giving Back, Global Citizenship, and learning about Friends Like You”.

New Faces In the Crowd Erika D. Mabry, MA Project  Coordinator, Herschel S.  Horowitz Center for Health  Literacy  Most Exciting Place: Disneyworld.   It’s one of those places that will  bring out the child in everyone. Fav thing about UMD SPH: I love  the mission of the Herschel S.  Horowitz Center.  Improving health  literacy is crucial to improving  healthcare.  I am honored to be a  part of this mission.  I­pod: Christina Agulara, Mary J.  Blige, Luther Vandross and Robin  Thicke.  Beyonce and Rihanna are  great for working out. Fav book: The Bible  Fav exercise: Spin Class!!!  I love  it. No one at SPH  knows: On the  weekends you  are likely to find  me in the stands  cheering, in  sweatpants and a  t‐shirt, at one of  my son’s local sporting 

Amelia M. Arria, Principle Investigator, Center on Young  Adult Health and DevelopmentDevelopment Most exciting place: Ofu, American Samoa. There, about 250  people live on the most beautiful island I have ever seen. There  are no hotels thankfully. Retire to: I don’t plan on ever retiring. Can’t live without: Family, my camera and  avocados No one at SPH knows: I’m not Type A. Role model: Since I was 9, Madame Curie. Pets: A black pug named Winston Pets she wants: More black pugs If not a professor, I would: Run an art gallery that serves really  good breakfast.

Dr. Mia Smith Bynum, Associate Prof., FMSC Public Health message for the World: Take care of your mind,  body, & spirit—It’s all connected. Can’t you live without: My son, a good hairstylist, pasta and  potstickers Fav thing about UMD SPH: Everyone is so  friendly...the new building...the interdisciplinary  Alavor...I like that the School makes a way for fac‐ ulty & staff to “walk the walk” of good health via  the workout facility. I­Pod: Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, John Legend,  Keyshia Cole, Kirk Franklin, Boyz II Men and Jill  Scott are favorites‐also Empire State of Mind , Soldier of Love ,  the new Maxwell CD, and anything by Michael Jackson or Janet  Jackson. Also love audio books and podcasts about knitting.

Little Known Facts Maurice Roque, Coordinator,  MIAEH What’s the most exciting place  you’ve ever visited? DeAinitely New  Orleans.  There is such an interesting  mix of cultures.  It’s unlike any place  I’ve ever visited.  The food is great  too. What food couldn’t you live with­ out? I couldn’t live without micro‐ waveable meals.  I  don’t cook that much  so I always need a  freezer full of these. What’s your favorite  restaurant? The  Cheesecake Factory.   They have such a wide  variety of foods and drinks.  I like the  large portions they give you too. Do you speak any other lan­ guages? I took 4 years of Spanish in  high school and college.  I’m not as  Aluent in it now since it’s been a few  years since I’ve taken a class in it.   I’ve thought about taking it up again  in my free time. What’s your favorite thing to do  for exercise? .  I like to throw on my  running shoes, grab my IPOD and go  for a run outside.


The School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park celebrated its building renovations this month with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The school has evolved over the past two years to unite six academic units and all its centers, providing the foundation for a collaborative, progressive approach to public health education and for addressing the major public health issues faced today. This year, the building caught up with the changing infrastructure of the school.  Repurposed space allowed the Department of Family Science and the Center for Healthy Families to move across campus and join the rest of the School of Public Health. Renovations also improved navigation in the building and increased connectivity between each academic unit. On Friday, April 16, faculty, staff and students from the School of Public Health and the University celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the new entryway to the building.  Dr. C.D. Mote Jr., President of the University, spoke at the ceremony. Dr. Mote, who is stepping down after this semester, has supported the evolution of the School of Public Health during his tenure.  "The School of Public Health is a beautiful example of how assets of a university can be put together, rearranged to create very significant value," he said.  Dean Robert S. Gold highlighted the opportunity of having the entire School of Public Health in one building. "It gives us a chance to expose the students in any one of our programs to the breadth of disciplines that influence and are influenced by public health," he said.  "It’s very unusual in any School of Public Health that the breadth of disciplines across the public health enterprise are all found in the same facility," he added.  The School of Public Health expressed its thanks to all who made the renovations possible. For more information, read a previous press release here. A video of the ribbon cutting ceremony is available on the School’s blog, The Healthy Turtle, at http://sph.umd.edu/news/ blog.cfm


UNIVERSITY

SCHOOL

Philip J. Merrill Scholar

Jerry P. Wrenn Scholarship

Lyndsey Wilson

Samantha Ascanio, Laura Beynon, Rachel Briks, Leah Bush,Yohanna Habtom, Tracey Holman ,Gia Ingenito

DEANʼS GRADUATE SCHOLARS

Eboni Alkia-Jeter, Deborah M. Lewis, Tinya Sensie

Epidemiology/Biostatistics -

Caitlin Thomas, Vinelle Woodley

Lisa Bethune

FAMILY SCIENCE

Family Science -

Outstanding Undergraduates Melissa Kahn Brooke Scheinberg John Stasiuk Noel Myricks Endowed Scholarship Ana Menjivar Edlavitch Family Studies Fund Diana Femat

Lisa OʼBriant

Ned Gaylin Endowed Scholarship Award Kara Savory Jeanette Spier Beavers Memorial Scholarship India James-Gaskins PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY HEALTH Outstanding Undergraduates Harvey Schwartz Julie Mulligan Jessie Tsai

Lindsey Hoskins

DEAN’S SCHOLARS DINNER 2010

David Hyde Scholarship Award Julia Bernstein Doris Sands Scholarship Award Magdelena Ignacak KINESIOLOGY Outstanding Undergraduates

Honors students for scholarship, leadership and community service

Matthew Nolder Forest Plourde-Cole Elina Goldenberg Quinn Scholarship Melody Gannon Alice Morgan Love Scholarship Melody Gannon

Emily Karrer

Christopher Luensman

Lindsay Rienks

NASPE Major of the Year PHED - Kimberly Baker KNES - Leah Bush 2009-10 David H. Clarke Fellows Jacob Bustad

Brian Clift

2009-10 Sally J. Phillips Dissertation Fellow Jaime DeLuca KNES Graduate Summer Fellow Michelle Costanzo

Li-Chuan Lo

Albert P. Carey Track Fund Greg A Kelsey KNES

Special thanks to the SPH Alumni Chapter for providing the Deanʼs Scholars Awards.

Kinesiology Nathan Jenkins Public & Community Health Sylvette LaTouche-Howard Health Services Administration A. Ginelle Jurlano MD Inst for Applied Environmental Health Rachel Rosenberg DEANʼS SENIOR SCHOLARS Samantha Ascanio - FMSC Yassameen Behzadi - KNES Laura Beynon - KNES Melissa Bokow - FMSC Meleah Boyle - DPCH Leah Bush - KNES Michelle Cilenti - KNES Katherine Cole - DPCH Anna Czinn - DPCH Diana Femat - FMSC William Ferrante - KNES Jared Frank - DPCH Melody Gannon - KNES Brandi George - KNES Wen Ji - FMSC Naomi Kruger - DPCH Niki Lau - KNES Margaret MacKeever - KNES Kelly Ringer - FMSC Russell Rosenberg - KNES Zahra Saboori - DPCH Geri Spear - DPCH Caitlin Thomas - FMSC Jessica Uagbor - KNES Shauntia White - FMSC Lyndsey Wilson - KNES FRALEY AWARD WINNER Niki Lau - KNES


Jerry P. Wrenn Scholarship Winners

Kinesiology Award Winners

Fraley Award Winner Niki Lau

Family Science Award Winners Public & Community Health Award Winners

2010 DEAN’S SCHOLARS See their bios at

http://www.sph.umd.edu/events/deans_scholars/2010.cfm


Commencement Spring 2010

Program INTRODUCTION

RECOGNITION

DEPARTMENT/INSTITUTE

Dr. Coke Farmer,Assistant Dean

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

PROCESSIONAL

MASTER OF ARTS, MASTER OF SCIENCE, MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Dr. Elizabeth Y. Brown, Kinesiology

Dr. Dushanka Kleinman

Dr. Leigh Leslie, FMSC Dr. Elbert Glover, DPCH

Dr. Robert S. Gold, Dean

Dr. Deborah Rohm Young, EPIB Dr. Donald Milton, MIAEH Dr. Laura Wilson, HLSA

RECOGNITION OF

WELCOME

Dr. Jane E. Clark, KNES

RECESSIONAL

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE RECIPIENTS

Commencement Coordinator

Dr. Coke Farmer ..... Assistant Dean

Adam Shervanian

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RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT Congrats to Denise Bellows for receiving a travel scholarship to attend the SOPHE/PRC Joint Conference in Atlanta on April 7-9. Denise is a Public and Community Health doctorate student and UMD-Prevention Research Center research assistant. Melissa Pangelinan (PhD student in NACS, Advisor: Clark) was awarded a 2-year predoctoral fellowship from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. Her work is entitled "Brain Structure and Function in Adaptive Planning - Children with and Without DCD." Michelle Costanzo (Advisor: Dr. Brad Hatfiled) was awarded the Hodos Award. This award is in honor of the contributions of Dr. William Hodos to NACS and the University of Maryland. The NACS program designated the Hodos Assistantship as a way to recognize and support the achievements of our most talented students. Lori Bjork of Kinesiology was honored at the President's Cup (hosted by M Club and Terrapin Club) as Most Valuable Player for the women's basketball team. Bjork was named ACC AllAcademic team this year and was also an All-ACC Honorable Mention. Kinesiology student Russell Rosenberg has been selected as one of the first AKA National Scholars. The award honors a select number of students with distinctive academic and leadership records. He will present his research at GAIT 2010 and the Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference. The Physical Cultural Studies graduate students hosted the third annual student conference on April 16th. The conference featured current students who presented their work, from both kinesiology and other programs. The keynote lecture was presented by Dr. Ryan King-White, Towson University (UM alum) and was titled "Feeding the Fat Fight through Free-Market Capitalism: An Ethnography of a Food Production Store." The program culminated with a panel discussion, "Public Health and the 'Healthy' Body: A Cross Disciplinary Discussion." The panelists members were Dr. David L. Andrews, (University of Maryland, Kinesiology) Dr. Stephen Roth, (University of Maryland, Kinesiology) Dr. Jaime Schultz, (University of Maryland, Kinesiology) Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, (University of Maryland, American Studies) and Dr. Debbie Young, University of Maryland, Epidemiology. This cross-curricular panel provided a lively and informative discussion. FMSC doctoral student,Colleen Vesely, was selected to receive a 2010-2011 Jewell L. Taylor National Graduate Fellowship from the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). This $5000 award recognizes her outstanding academic achievements and potential contributions to the family and consumer sciences profession. Brian Baum and Anusha Venkatakrishnan have been awarded Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships for summer 2010. The Summer Research Fellowships are designed to help doctoral students to take a significant step forward in their studies in a timely manner. Jeremy Rietschel and Brad King have been awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships for the semester of their choice during the 2010-2011 academic year. Dr. Espen Spangenburg has received the outstanding departmental alumni award given to an alumni of the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise who has been graduated for more than 10 years and has made outstanding contributions to his/her field. FMSC Senior Wen Ji recently joined President Mote for a Fireside Chat to discuss the current university budget. Wen Ji is a Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship awardee who only recently came to the United States in 2005. She was especially excited to participate in this media piece, as she is able to easily share the interview with her family and community in China. Dr. Jose Contreras-Vidal has been notified that the University of Marylandʼs Seed Grant Program has funded his research on“Non-invasive neural decoding of walking from EEG signals.” Third-year Maternal and Child Health doctoral student Ndidi Amutah-Hardrick has been seected as a 2010-12 Kellogg Health Scholar in the Community Track. The Community Track


highlights community-based participatory research and relationships between academic health disparities research, public health practices in communities, and policy development. In addition, Ndidi has been elected to the Omega Chapter of the Delta Omega, the honorary public health society. Dr Elbert D. Glover along with CO-PI Rebecca M. Brothman from the University of Maryland at Baltimore have been notified that their grant titled "Interaction of the Human Microbiome and Tobacco in Women's Reproductive Health" has been funded by the University of Maryland at Seed Grant Program 2009. Dr. Jessica Rath, Assistant Research Professor is a Co-I on the grant. Dr. Cheryl Holt, of the department of Public and Community Health, is featured in the campus magazine Between the Columns. Dr. Holt is currently in a four year study, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, to study prostate cancer in men attending 20 predominately African American churches in Prince George's County, Md. http://betweenthecolumns.umd.edu/2010/04/12/cancerawareness/ Nick Caffes was awarded a Senior Summer Scholar award from the University for his summer project, entitled: "Role of maternal exercise environment on transgenerational offspring gene expression and DNA methylation." He will be working in Dr. Stephen Roth's Functional Genomics Lab Congratulations to Eric Anson, doctoral student in Kinesiology (J.Jeka, advisor), who placed 2nd in the Health Division of the 2010 Graduate Research Interaction Day. Title: "Visual Feedback Improves Postural Control During Treadmill Locomotion Dr. Jan Todd visited on March 31st to give a lecture, "The Muscle Problem: Myths about Women, Strength, and Sports." The lecture examined the history of a powerful paradigm and explored why we are so wedded to a series of beliefs that continue to limit girls and women's full participation in sport and exercise. Thanks for Dr. Todd for an informative lecture and Dr. Joan Hult (Emerita) for her generous support to make this lecture possible. Fourth year FMSC doctoral student Lindsey Hoskins has been selected to present her research at the 2010 Graduate Research Interaction Day (GRID). Her presentation entitled "Negotiation of Health Risks for Young Adult BRCA-Positive Women: Implications for Partnering and Family Formation," is based on research she has been conducting for her dissertation. Congratulations to Dr. Rita Colwell, distinguished Professor from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States, and affiliate faculty for MIEH. Dr. Colwell has been named the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate. Dr Colwell's pioneering research on the prevention of waterborne infectious diseases has helped protect the health and lives of millions. Professor Dr. Leigh Leslie has been elected Conference Program Chair of the 2012 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) annual conference in Phoenix, AZ. NCFR is the oldest, multi-disciplinary non-partisan professional organization focused solely on family research, practice and education; the annual conference provides an educational forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share in the dissemination of up-to-date research and knowledge about families and family relationships. Dr. Betty Dabney testified at the Maryland House of Delegates Committee on Environmental Matters as the academic member of the Governor's Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities in support of Senate Bill 60. Congratulations to exercise physiology doctoral student Nathan Jenkins (advisor: Dr. Hagberg) who just received word that he has been awarded an ACSM Foundation Doctoral Student Research Grant. Nathan's project is on "Role of NADPH oxidase in exercise effects on EPC function." Dr. Rima Rudd, Harvard lecturer and visiting health literacy senior scholar with the University of Maryland Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, encouraged her audience at a March 23rd presentation to initiate a health literacy coalition in Maryland. Dr. Rudd challenged the School of Public Health, through the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, to en-


gage professionals and members of communities in exploring the creation of a Maryland Health Literacy Coalition. FMSC doctoral student Lisa Benson was recognized by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) International for her work, "Determinants of Abuse and Exploitation among Child Street Laborers," presented at the 2009 NCFR Conference. The research, headed by FMSC doctoral candidate Dr. Angela Pinzon, was published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health (IJOEH). Dr. Steve Roth gave the talk, "At the End of our Rope? Exercise and Telomere Biology" at the University of Oregon Department of Human Physiology. This was part of the Department's seminar series. Dr. Cheryl Holt, DPCH, has received funding from American Cancer Society. The total funding is: $1,824,216. The title of her project is: Prostate Cancer Education in African American Churches. The objective is to develop and evaluate a spiritually-based educational intervention for Informed decision making (IDM) for prostate cancer screening, to be delivered to African American men in church settings. Cited for her expertise in adolescent use of alcohol and drugs, Dr. Amelia Arria was featured in a WebMD article on February 25, 2010. The article, "Five Mistakes Parents Make with Teens and Tweens" covers common parenting missteps and offers suggestions on how to provide better support to help children avoid substance use and abuse. Dr. Deborah Rohm Young, EPIB, was invited to discuss the issue of childhood obesity on the HITN-TV show "Destination Casa Blanca" hosted by Ray Suarez. Childhood obesity is a crisis in the Latino community. But challenges to access quality, affordable, and healthy food, in conjunction with limited opportunity to be physically active, make it more difficult for this community to fight this epidemic trend. Juniors Dan Kubo and Maria Vega were inducted into the Tau Sigma National Honor Society which recognizes the academic achievement of students who have transferred to the University of Maryland from another academic institution and promotes their involvement on campus by linking students to university events and programs. In the current issue of American Journal of Community Psychology, Family Science professor Kevin Roy published an article entitled "Making Daddies into Fathers: Community-based Fatherhood Programs and the Construction of Masculinities for Low-Income African American Men." Dr. Paul Hahn, Director of the Children's Developmental Clinic and Dr. Yvette Snowden, Director of Community Education at Prince George's Community College, presented two awards on behalf of the Children's Developmental Clinic to the School of Public Health and the Department of Kinesiology Dr. Jose Contreras-Vidal and his colleague, Dr. Rodolphe Gentili, and graduate student, Trent Bradberry report that they reconstructed 3-D hand movement using brain activity. Their work appears in the March 3 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. Dr. Jane Clark gave an invited talk, "Perception and Action in Development & Implications for Intervention," to the Pediatric Section of the Combined Sections meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in San Diego, Ca. Dr. Clark discussed her research both in typically developing children and children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Dr. Stacey Daughters has been awarded a 5-year R01 grant from the NIDA worth 1.8 million in total costs entitled "Depression Treatment for Urban Low Income Minority Substance Users". Mental health co-morbidity, and depression in particular, among low income substance users is a significant public health issue associated with an increase in relapse to substance use and HIV risk behavior. Congratulations to members of the SHARP lab, DPCH, for receiving the OUTSTANDING STUDENT RESEARCH POSTER award at this year's Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior in Clearwater, Florida. The Community Health Students were Jordana Hemberg and Sylvette LaTouche-Howard and their mentor and Director of the SHARP lab, Assistant Professor Stacey B. Daughters.


The 2010 Undergraduate Conference in Public Health at Johns Hopkins accepted posters by Abiola Ogunbiyi, DPCH student (mentor: Dr. Stacey Daughters), Katherine Cole and Aisha Hasan (mentor: Dr. Nancy Atkinson). Doctoral student, Sylvette La-Touche Howard's abstract: ACT HEALTHY: Effectiveness of a behavioral activation and HIV medication adherence treatment for African-American HIV positive substance users has been chosen to present at the 2010 College on Drug Dependence (CPDD) Scientific Meeting in an Oral Communication (mentor: Dr. Stacey Daughters) Research professor and coordinator for the Herschel S. Horowitz Health Literacy Center, Dr. Alice Horowitz, has been awarded a $300,000 grant that will allow the SPH to establish the foundation for the state's mission to improve the dental health of Maryland children and to reduce dental health disparities. The research is funded by The DentaQuest Foundation. She was also selected as the 2010 John C. Greene Lecture in Dental Research. The title of her presentation is: "Health Literacy: The New Imperative to Improve Health." Lindsey Hoskins has been selected as the President's Commission on Women's Issues' (PCWI) 2010 Outstanding Graduate Student at the annual Celebration of Women. This award honors a female graduate student for her exemplary contributions to women and women's issues in higher education. Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras participated in an interview conducted by Radio Bilingue and discussed Latinos and health care reform at the Families USA conference. Dr. Bonnie Braun, the Endowed Chair & Director of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy and State Family Policy Specialist, Maryland Cooperative Extension, was interviewed by the UMD Newsdesk to address her research that is tied to health and the ways that health initiatives are rolled out the state of Maryland. All the research that Dr. Braun works on is community based participatory research by identifying problems within the community whether at the individual level or community or societal level. Professor Ben Hurley gave a Distinguished Lecture at the University of South Florida's School of Aging Studies. Dr. Hurley spoke to the School on his work on exercise and aging. His talk was entitled "Exercise as a Countermeasure for Age-related Diseases." FMSC professor Dr. Jacqueline Wallen received a seed grant from the Qualitative Methods Research Interest Group (QRIG), a joint project of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE) and the Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC). The $2000 award supports Dr. Wallen's research, Risk and Resiliency Factors in the Life Stories of Elderly Women: An Intersectional Perspective on Health and Well-Being. Dr. Donna Howard receives award for her project titled "Girls Healthy Dating Relationship Study" which is funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) for $150,000. This is under the PA: THE INFLUENCE OF RELIGIOSITY AND SPIRITUALITY ON HEALTH RISK BEHAVIORS IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS. Brad Boekeloo is a CoInvestigator. Toni Aluko, a Kinesiological Sciences '08 graduate, and currently a graduate student in Public & Community Health, was one of five selected for the $10,000 Ambi Scholarship in Science and Medicine. For her accomplishments, Toni was featured last week in ABC's "Working Women" segment, which was filmed in the School of Public Health building Dr. Muhiuddin Haider spoke in Dhaka, Bangladesh, at a town hall meeting. The meeting was about avian flu and was organized by the Voice of America (VOA). The objective was to create an awareness of influenza. Dr. Haider teaches global health and is working to identify and establish international internships for our students and partnerships with our School. Three Couple and Family Therapy masters students, Lauren Messina, Jessica Brenneman, and Erin Leeland Nes, received the 2009 Best Student Poster Award for the Family Therapy Section of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Their research, "The Impact of Race and Women's Income on Demand/Withdraw Behavior," investigated how race and power influence couple communication patterns. Mariano Kanamori received a Student Research Award in 2009 from the APHA Chapter on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs.


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The Dean’s Council of the School of Public Health A little over a year ago a new SPH supporter, Mr. Alvin Powers, offered to help Dean Gold identify, recruit and establish a new Dean’s Council which would be made up of Maryland business and health care leaders who could help open doors and build connections with others in leadership positions in business, health, and education. The mission of the Council would be to provide strategic advice to the Dean and expand access to corporate and philanthropic resources to assist the School of Public Health as it seeks to close the gap between science and application in an effort to eliminate health disparities in order to improve lives for the citizens of Maryland. It was agreed that the Council would meet twice and year and since March of last year they have met twice and held a special session in Baltimore in June. The Council will help develop and implement a strategic long range plan to enlist and engage corporate and private philanthropic support that is committed to helping to create a "Modern Public Health Culture". The combined professional experiences of Council members will support SPH as we become a fully accredited School of Public Health and train a new generation of leaders dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of our region and our state.

COUNCIL MEMBERS ALVIN POWERS Mr. Powers is Chairman of the Dean’s Council and in the last two years has lectured and been involved with the graduate students in the Health Administration Department of SPH and has been a tireless advocate for the School. He is President of Future Care Health and Management Corporation, the largest privately held provider of nursing care in the state. HAL COHEN Mr. Cohen is President of Hal Cohen, Inc., a healthcare consulting firm in Baltimore, Maryland and an internationally known economist with a PhD from Cornell University. DR. JOSEPH I. BERMAN Dr. Berman is currently a semi-retired physician at

LOWELL GLAZER Mr. Glazer, Maryland ’55, is President of Low Mar Corporation, a member of the UM Board Trustees and long time University supporter. He is very involved in the community and philanthropy in the state. STEVE RUSSEL Mr. Russel is President of Russel Automotive Car Dealership and is well known in the Maryland business community. DR. ADIL TOTOONCHIE Dr. Totoonchie is a surgeon at St. Agnes Healthcare in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also a medical consultant at the Maryland Disability Determination Services and is very involved in Quality Assurance and Safety in the medical field.

the Wound Clinic at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Maryland. This leaves time for his extensive involvement with global health care clinics serving AIDS projects in Kenya, FDNC in Uganda, BAFROW

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in Gambia and SAATHI in India.

Business Department and Chair of the Private Companies Practice Group.

Attorney Miller, Maryland ’58, is a Partner in Saul Ewing LLP in Baltimore and is a member of their


It’s a matter of life and

Mr. Madieu Williams, Minnesota Vikings’ free safety and alumnus of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park returned to campus last weekend to hold the second Madieu Williams Free Football Clinic as part of the 12th annual Maryland Day. Over 200 kids participated in the clinic, which allowed them to exercise and practice their football skills, sportsmanship and teamwork with the best of the best. In addition to Mr. Williams, the children were engaged by several football players from various professional teams (including the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins), the University of Maryland Terrapins and local high school teams.  To kick off the clinic, the players spoke with the boys and girls, ages eight to 13, about listening to their parents, eating healthy and working hard in the classroom. Each participant received a t-shirt, bag, Chick-fil-A coupon, and cookie and chips from Saval foods..  The clinic was a part of Maryland Day, offering more than 400 academic, athletic, arts and family-friendly events across campus and attracting 55,000 visitors. School of Public Health held their largest event to date with the cooperation of students and faculty who volunteered their time to share health tips through games and demonstrations. Several community partners were engaged including the Diamante Driver Project, Dentaquest, Dimensions Health Care, Governors Wellness Mobile, Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Mobile Van, Health Solutions, STICC( Sexually Transmitted Infections Community Coalition), TORCH (Taking Ownership and Responsibility for Childhood Health) and the University of Maryland Dental School. Free cholesterol screening, pulmonary function testing, blood pressure readings, HIV testing and oral health exams were also offered at the School of Public Health. 


The ASPH publishes a newsletter every Friday with stories about Schools of Public Health across the country, and most weeks our school is represented.  Here are a few blurbs from this semester:

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Student Scholarship Award

Dr. Mote, who is stepping down after this semester, has supported the evolution of the School of Public Health during his tenure. "The School of Public Health is a beautiful example of how assets of a university can be put together, rearranged to create very significant value," he said. http://fridayletter.asph.org/article_view.cfm?FLE_Index= 12634&FL_Index=1619

“[Toni Aluko’s] passion and enthusiasm for public health is obvious the minute you have a conversation with her,” said Dr. Sharon Desmond of the public and community health department. “She’s articulate, an excellent writer and thoughtful with ideas about how to address critical public health issues, especially relating to youth and sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.” http://fridayletter.asph.org/article_view.cfm?fl_index=16 05&fle_index=11800   T o c a t c h u p o n a ll o u r n e w s , c h e c k o u t http://fridayletter.asph.org.

$2 Million Donation from Viking’s Free Safety and SPH Alum It was announced this week that Mr. Madieu M. Williams, a 2003 graduate of family science in the School of Public Health at University of Maryland, College Park and the free safety for the Minnesota Vikings, has donated $2 million to establish a global health center at the University. http://fridayletter.asph.org/article_view.cfm?FL_Index=1 594&FLE_Index=11283

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