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Message from the dean
School of Public HealthBloomington’s Dean’s Alliance
School Events 2016-17
Study tour in India opens students’ eyes to environmental health issues around the world
16 Faculty members create philanthropy campaign to help students 17 Public health leaders honored with Founding Dean’s Medallion
18 School of Public Health responds to opioid epidemic in Indiana 22 IU researcher works in Vietnam to help address accidental drowning
34 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients honored by IU School of Public Health-Bloomington
10 Giving back to support future public health professionals
26 As public health changes, so does our school
35 Class notes
11 Improving public health outcomes through free education
28 New leaders help school continue to grow
IU School of Public HealthBloomington researcher finds areas in U.S. at highest risk for Zika virus
14 Inaugural Sustainability Innovation Fund awarded to heritage trail, campus farm proposals
School of Public Health– Bloomington student McKayla Bull selected as IU Bloomington undergraduate student Commencement speaker
32 Honoring our top students
36 Alumnus finds the dream career he didn’t know he wanted 38 School of Public Health– Bloomington alumnus one of seven individuals awarded honorary doctorate 39 School of Public Health– Bloomington Alumni Board 40 In memoriam
2017-2018 issue IU School of Public Health-Bloomington Dimensions Magazine is published annually by the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington Office of Marketing & Communications. Editor-in-Chief Charles ‘Chip’ Rondot Director of Marketing & Communications Managing Editor Amanda Roach, APR Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTHBLOOMINGTON LEADERSHIP David Allison, Ph.D. Dean Ka He, Sc.D. Chair, Epidemiology and Biostatistics David Koceja, Ph.D. Chair, Kinesiology David Lohrmann, Ph.D. Chair, Applied Health Science Rasul Mowatt, Ph.D. Chair, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies M. Margaret ‘Meg’ Weigel, Ph.D. Interim Chair, Environmental and Occupational Health Online at: issuu.com/iusph/docs/2017_iusph_ dimensions IU School of Public Health-Bloomington 1025 E. Seventh Street Bloomington, IN 47405 812-855-1561 publichealth.indiana.edu firstname.lastname@example.org © The Trustees of Indiana University This publication is available in alternative media upon request.
Message from the dean
The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington has a rich history of excellence. From its days as the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation to now celebrating five years as the School of Public Health, the culture here at the school is focused on academics, research, and the beauty of learning. I’m so pleased to have joined this great community of scholars as dean of the School of Public Health. As I made my transition from the University of Alabama at Birmingham to IU in August, one of the first things I noticed is that everyone I talked to at the school—faculty and staff—were likeminded on the fact that this is a good school. A lot of the credit for this well-deserved reputation goes to former Dean Mohammad Torabi and his work in establishing the School of Public Health– Bloomington on this campus. I have to salute
Dr. Torabi as he was so gracious during our leadership transition. I wish him well and am excited he will continue to be a part of our school and the terrific faculty we have here. I’m a scholar, always. I appreciate the beauty of learning and love those “aha moments.” It might be the discovery of something completely new, or simply something new to you. It’s all about knowledge generation and the application of learning. As dean of the school, I hope to inspire students, faculty, and staff to also find the joy of discovery and learning. We’re doing good work and are on the right path. That’s something to be proud of, and I’m looking forward to leading the school and taking the slope of our trajectory up a notch. While our nation is facing a variety of challenges, including civil disagreements of many kinds, public health practitioners, scholars, students, and researchers have an opportunity to lead the way and bring people together. We are all about helping ourselves and our fellow human beings. Whether within our school, our community or across the globe, it’s time to come together for the betterment of all. Over the coming months, as I learn more about the school and listen to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors, I’ll be working with colleagues throughout the school to determine how we can take our school to the next level. We have a solid foundation and I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence already established at the School of Public Health–Bloomington.
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DAVID B. ALLISON, PH.D. Allison joined the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington in August 2017 as dean. For the past 16 years, he held a variety of roles at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Most recently, he served as distinguished professor, Quetelet endowed professor, associate dean for Research & Science, director of the Office of Energetics, and director of the National Institutes of Health-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center at UAB. Allison has authored more than 500 scientific publications and edited five books. He has won several awards, including the 2002 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society, the 2002 Andre Mayer Award from the International Association for the Study of Obesity, and the National Science Foundation Administered 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. He received his Ph.D. from Hofstra University in 1990, then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a second post-doctoral fellowship at the NIH-funded New York Obesity Research Center at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Allison’s research interests include obesity and nutrition, quantitative genetics, clinical trials, statistical and research methodology, and research rigor and integrity.
Shawna Girgis, B.S., M.S. Mayor, City of Bedford James Laughlin, M.D. Pediatrician, Riley Physicians at IU Health Ellen Lucey, B.S.’93 Director, Sports and Consumer Marketing, Bauerfeind USA Stephen Moore, M.D. President & CEO, CarDon & Associates, Inc. Tony Pantaleoni, M.P.H., Ph.D. Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety, Crane Company
School of Public HealthBloomington’s Dean’s Alliance The Dean’s Alliance is charged with providing assistance to enhance the quality, reputation, and financial strength of the School of Public Health-Bloomington, as well as providing support to students, faculty, and programs. Alliance members come from across the nation and exemplify a wide range of occupations, and professional and personal backgrounds. The diverse expertise and capabilities of our alliance members ensure that many perspectives are represented as we address the challenges and opportunities before our school.
Scott Chakan, B.S.’98 President, RMC-Reliable Metalcraft Corp. Amy Chappell, M.D. Independent Consultant in Neuroscience Drug Development, Neurology & Lifestyle Medicine
Charles Dietzen, M.D. Medical Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
Mick Renneisen, B.S.’79, M.S.’88 Deputy Mayor, City of Bloomington John Seffrin, Ph.D. CEO, American Cancer Society (Retired) Curt Simic, B.S. IU Foundation President (Retired) William Knox, B.S.’99 (Ex-Officio) Director, Grand Park Buffy Filipell, B.S.’76 (Honorary Advisor) President, Teamwork Online
Annahita Ghassemi, Ph.D. Senior Research Manager, Church & Dwight, Inc.
(clockwise from top left): Jared Allsop, Brandon D. Howell, Margaret Lion, and Hsien-Chang Lin.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR EARNS AWARD FROM AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SPORTS MEDICINE Assistant Professor Allison Gruber received the Young Scientist Award from the American College of Sports Medicine’s Biomechanics Interest Group. This award is presented to one person each year who shows great promise with early significant theoretical or empirical contributions to research in the biomechanics field. Gruber is the inaugural winner of this award. Gruber, who teaches courses in biomechanics, human performance and human motion, researches the mechanisms of running injuries and how these injuries can be prevented. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a master’s degree from East Carolina University.
FOUR FACULTY MEMBERS EARN TRUSTEES TEACHING AWARDS The IU School of Public Health-Bloomington is proud to announce its 2016-17 Trustees Teaching Award Recipients. These annual awards were established to honor individuals who have a positive impact on learning through the direct teaching of students, especially undergraduates. This year’s award recipients include: •
Jared Allsop, M.S. Lecturer, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Brandon D. Howell, Ph.D. Lecturer, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Hsien-Chang Lin, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Applied Health Science Margaret Lion, M.S. Senior Lecturer, Kinesiology
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UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAM IN EPIDEMIOLOGY MARKS START OF SECOND YEAR After a successful inaugural year, the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington is continuing to grow its innovative Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree program in Epidemiology. Scholars of epidemiology – the study of human populations and the frequency or pattern of health-related issues within populations – research the cause of disease outbreaks, examine risk factors for chronic diseases, and work to control or stop outbreaks or emerging health threats. The school has offered a Master of Public Health degree and a doctorate degree in Epidemiology for several years. With the addition of the undergraduate program in Epidemiology, the IU School of Public HealthBloomington distinguished itself as one of the only schools in the nation to offer degrees in this discipline at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Tyler Sorocco, a Master of Public Health student in Environmental and Occupational Health Yangkun Wang, a master’s student in Nutrition Sarah Yonts, a Master of Public Health student in Environmental and Occupational Health
Sorocco, Obeng-Gyasi, Ablogun, and Wang are members of the Global Environmental Health Research Lab within the school, which is directed by Associate Professor Rodrigo Armijos and co-directed by Professor Margaret Weigel. Yonts presented research on trafficrelated air pollution and behavior problems, which was conducted in collaboration with her mentor, Assistant Professor Khalid Khan, with additional contributions from Armijos. IU Provost Lauren Robel presents former School of Public Health-Bloomington Dean Mohammad Torabi with the Indiana University Provost’s Medal.
FORMER DEAN HONORED WITH PROVOST’S MEDAL Founding Dean Mohammad Torabi was honored in spring 2017 with the Indiana University Provost’s Medal. This award recognizes outstanding service that builds and enhances the impact of Indiana University, and is the highest honor bestowed by the Office of the Provost. The Provost’s Medal is reserved for individuals who exemplify the virtues of rendering distinguished service to the university and community, giving freely of their talents in the promotion of human welfare and community wellbeing, and serving as exemplary role models for students and alumni through their integrity, leadership, and commitment.
DOCTORAL STUDENT EARNS TOP PRIZE IN SPORT MANAGEMENT RESEARCH COMPETITION First-year doctoral student Kyungyeol (Anthony) Kim earned the top award in the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Student Research Competition and presented his paper during the NASSM Annual Conference earlier this year.
Kim, who is studying sport management under the guidance of Associate Professor Kevin K. Byon, submitted his original research paper entitled “A Mechanism of Mutually Beneficial Relationships between Employees and Consumers: Dyadic Analysis of Employee-Consumer Interaction.” In this study, Kim examined the interactions between 190 pairs of employees and consumers in fitness centers to determine how frontline employees’ behaviors influenced consumers’ subsequent behaviors through perceived service quality and satisfaction.
GRADUATE STUDENTS SELECTED FOR PRESENTATION AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Five IU School of Public Health-Bloomington graduate students presented first-author abstracts at the 2017 Consortium of Universities for Global Health conference in Washington, D.C. The students presenting at the conference were: •
Abdul Balogun, a Ph.D. student in Environmental and Occupational Health Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi, a Ph.D. student in Environmental and Occupational Health
SCHOOL EARNS ACCREDITATION FOR DIETETICS PROGRAM The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics recently announced that the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington earned continuing full accreditation. To receive accreditation, programs must complete an in-depth selfstudy and undergo a site visit by accreditation standards representatives. The Didactic Program in Dietetics in the Department of Applied Health Science at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington is focused on educating the next generation of ethical nutrition professionals who will promote health in their communities and put theory into practice. The program enrolls approximately 100 students per year, and emphasizes critical thinking and community involvement.
(clockwise from top left): Jared Allsop, Cassandra Cole, Deborah Getz, Rachel Ryder, and Erik Nelson.
The 2017 IU School of Public HealthBloomington Mosaic Faculty Fellows are: •
BRIAN RICHARDSON JR. NAMED OUTSTANDING BLACK MALE LEADER BY CITY OF BLOOMINGTON In celebration of Black History Month, the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Black Males announced Brian Richardson Jr. as the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Black Male Leader Award. Richardson, who is assistant director of Diversity & Inclusion in the school’s Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion, developed the Krimson Leadership Academy to help underrepresented male students in fourth through sixth grade. The academy is a 10-week program that covers a variety of life skills ranging from public speaking to tying a neck tie.
FACULTY MEMBERS SELECTED AS MOSAIC FACULTY FELLOWS The Mosaic Active Learning Initiative at IU helps faculty explore classroom design and maximize potential for enhancing student learning. The Mosaic Faculty Fellows program brings together faculty who, over the course of an academic year, teach in Mosaic classrooms, share approaches to active and collaborative learning, engage in research related to active learning classrooms, and contribute to the development of learning spaces across IU.
Jared Allsop Lecturer, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Cassandra Coble Clinical Assistant Professor, Kinesiology Deborah Getz Assistant Clinical Professor, Applied Health Science Erik Nelson Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Rachel Ryder Lecturer, Kinesiology
SAFETY PROGRAM RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS CREDENTIAL The Board of Certified Safety Professionals announced that the undergraduate safety degree programs at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington meet the criteria to be a Qualified Academic Program. With this qualification, students graduating from the school’s safety program are awarded the Graduate Safety Professional designation upon graduation. The school’s undergraduate safety degree program prepares graduates for employment in the industrial, business, public, and non-profit sectors through training in safety education, safety management, and risk assessment. Students gain skills in areas such as safety, environmental and health protection regulations, safety behavior, and emergency management.
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FACULTY MEMBER RECEIVES GRANT TO STUDY ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE To help explore environmental factors in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, Ka He, M.D., Sc.D., professor and chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, along with Jiu-Chiuan Chen at the University of Southern California, received a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate environmental determinants and mechanistic pathways leading to the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in older women. To investigate whether diet can help protect against dementia, He’s group will design a dietary pattern combining aspects of two diets known to improve cardiovascular function, which as been linked to brain health: the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. The resulting Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurogenerative Delay will form the MIND dietary pattern for the study. In addition, He’s team will examine how the dietary pattern relates to geographic disparities in Alzheimer’s disease risk.
School Events 2016-2017 Each academic year, the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington hosts a number of events for alumni, faculty, staff, students, and the community. We were pleased to offer these events last year and hope you can join us for some of the exciting events we have planned for 2017-18. ALUMNI EVENTS •
Cardinal Spirits Social gathering for School of Public Health-Bloomington alums (February 2017)
Distinguished Alumni Awards Annual awards ceremony honoring outstanding alumni (April 2017)
Senior Salute Alumni congratulating future alumni on a successful careers at the School of Public Health-Bloomington (April 2017) IU baseball Cheering on the Hoosiers with fellow alumni at Bart Kaufman Field (May 2017)
SIYAZAMA SEMESTER A semester of discussion, action and creation to reflect the themes of “Art and Public Health: Expression, Vocation, Education.” •
PUBLIC HEALTH LECTURE SERIES
Health, Healing, and the Arts IU faculty discussed their research on various dimensions of art within a public health context (October 2016)
The Art of the Matter: Exploring HIV/AIDS Education through the Arts Panel discussion about art and AIDS with a group of international students (November 2016) World AIDS Day Red Carpet Event Culmination of the semester-long public service announcement contest where the top videos were announced (December 2016)
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Harriett Washington Author of Medical Apartheid gave the keynote address on the medical mistreatment of African Americans at the Black Women’s Empowerment Summit (October 2016)
Gil Penalosa Founder of 8 80 Cities discussed creating vibrant communities during the annual Marian Godeke Miller Lecture (March 2017)
OTHER LECTURES Paul Halverson Dean of the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI spoke to faculty and staff about the status of public health in Indiana (February 2017)
Harriett Washington Health, Healing, and the Arts NOVEMBER 2016
The Art of the Matter: Exploring HIV/AIDS Education through the Arts DECEMBER 2016
World AIDS Day Red Carpet Event FEBRUARY 2017
Cardinal Spirits Paul Halverson MARCH 2017
Gil Penalosa APRIL 2017
Mark Hertling Kinesiology alum and general in the U.S. Army discussed what it means to be a public health leader during the annual Ruth Engs Lecture (September 2016)
Jerome Adams Former Indiana state health commissioner gave us his perspective on public health priorities and funding in Indiana (April 2017)
Distinguished Alumni Awards Senior Salute Jerome Adams MAY 2017
Keep up to date with all School of Public Health events online at
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Study tour in India opens students’ eyes to environmental health issues around the world Talking about worldwide environmental health concerns in a classroom, and witnessing them firsthand are vastly different experiences. For students in Assistant Professor Khalid Khan’s Global Environmental Health course, however, both learning opportunities came together in one eye-opening semester. During the spring 2017 semester, students in the course learned about various aspects of global environmental health issues in a traditional classroom setting. The class then departed for New Delhi, India during spring break, where, led by Khan, they saw environmental health challenges that are reported in many developing countries. “The Spring Break India tour provided students with great exposure to important
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environmental health challenges that developing countries are encountering in today’s world,” says Khan. “Students were very enthusiastic while obtaining hands-on learning experience from various environmental health mitigation projects implemented by non-governmental organizations and academic institutions in New Delhi.” During the study tour, Khan and the
IN A STUDENT’S WORDS…
Biosand filter: An efficient way to remove biological contaminants and suspended solid particles from water By Natalia Walker
(top) Faculty and students visit a High-Pressure Recharge Well in a public school. (bottom) The group visits a school-based rainwater harvesting project in a rural community that has high salinity in drinking water.
students visited multiple environmental health intervention projects in New Delhi to study sanitation problems, waste management, water security, public health nutrition, agriculture, and climate change. In addition, the students were able to gain further understanding of Indian culture with an excursion to the Taj Mahal and participation in various cultural activities. Khan says the trip fulfilled its goal of bringing a critical experiential element to the global health course. “This study tour was so successful that we’re already planning the next one for the 2018 spring break,” he says. “Thanks to our partners, including the IU India Gateway Office, the Sehgal Foundation, Aga Khan Trust, and Ambedkar University, I’m confident we gave this group of students a comprehensive experience.”
During our visit to India, we had the opportunity to go to village schools to learn about the biosand filter designed and installed by Sehgal Foundation. With the awesome help from Sehgal Foundation, school staff and children are able to drink clean water. The biosand filter is a very efficient way to remove biological contaminants and suspended solid particles from the water. The filter is inexpensive and maintenance free. While visiting one of the schools, volunteers used a water tester to measure the concentration of contaminants and suspended particles in the water in parts per million (PPM). The ideal drinking water should be 500 ppm or under. Before this visit, I did not know much about the biosand filter or how water is measured, but with the help of the Sehgal Foundation team, I was able to learn as well as have hands-on experience. Another interesting thing I noticed at one of the schools was the wall paintings and drawings on educational and public health topics. For example, there was a picture of the biosand filter on the wall that explained what it does and how it works. I thought this was a very interesting and creative way for the young children to learn about the filter. On a visit to Bajidpur and Dungran Shahzadpur villages, we learned about a wastewater project there. The wastewater project included underground storage of all the wastewater that flooded the rural areas. The water drained into the system and was filtered for final storage underground. The filtering systems must be cleaned every 24 hours to keep them long lasting and working correctly. On one of the walls, a list showed all the projects done by the foundation team and how many of each type were implemented. The point of the wastewater project was to prevent flooding, keep homes clean, and keep streets clear for walking and transportation. Also, if the area is flooded, the incidences of skin disease and diarrhea are high. To me, this project was not only beneficial to the environment, but also mobilizes the community to an extent that villagers work together to keep the systems working properly. The Sehgal Foundation team truly cares about the environment and people. They try their best to make the right decisions as efficiently as possible.
Giving back to support future public health professionals Jeff and Lesa Huber both know the value of a helping hand. As IU faculty members—Jeff in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Lesa in the School of Public Health-Bloomington—the couple has mentored and supported countless students in their pursuit of an education. For both the Hubers, however, the importance of support was clear much earlier, when they were starting their own careers. “I was mentored and supported in my own graduate work and know that a bit of help can make all the difference in student success,” Lesa says. Jeff adds, “I was able to earn a college degree because of an athletic scholarship. I am grateful for that opportunity and want to help other individuals have that same opportunity.” Demonstrating this continual commitment to helping students achieve success, the couple recently created the Jeffrey J. and Lesa Lorenzen Huber Scholarship in the School of Public HealthBloomington. This philanthropic gift will support an annual scholarship for students enrolled in an online gerontology or public health program. In recognition of Jeff’s long and prestigious career as IU’s head diving coach, college athletes will be given preference for the scholarship. The Hubers chose a unique giving option with the help of the IU Foundation and the school’s Office of Development: a deferred charitable gift annuity. With this type of gift, in addition to the ability to claim a charitable deduction on income taxes (as with most types of charitable donations), the donor is also able to receive a gift annuity (a fixed percentage of the total value of the gift) on an annual basis starting at some point in the future. Many donors who choose a charitable gift annuity use these payments to supplement their planned retirement income. “This type of gift made sense to Jeff and me at this time in our lives,” says Lesa. “The IU Foundation makes giving easy by providing so many ways to give. We want to continue to support IU and appreciate the different options for giving.” Designating the School of Public Health-Bloomington for this gift was an easy choice for the Hubers. Lesa, as a faculty member, has experienced firsthand the school’s commitment to its students. “From every support staff person all the way to the dean, this school has always endeavored to support scholarly work in advancing health and wellbeing. Thanks to the leadership and vision of my colleagues in the school, I have had the opportunity to build academic public health programs in gerontology and online learning,” Lesa says. “I have enjoyed engaging in research that has made a difference. I want to support the school in extending those kinds of opportunities to others.”
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Jeff echoes Lesa’s sentiments, remarking on the supportive environment the school creates for its faculty. “I am eternally grateful to [the school’s founding dean, Mohammad Torabi,] for his confidence in [Lesa’s] abilities and talents, a confidence that helped her thrive,” he says. “So, for me, personally, I chose the School of Public Health because of Dean Torabi.” The School of Public Health depends on the generosity of alumni and friends to help us fully realize our mission of preventing disease, promoting wellness, and improving quality of life. These gifts help us to maintain our world-class reputation, ensuring that our programs stay successful. Help us support the next generation of public health leaders and scholars.
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Improving public health outcomes through
FREE EDUCATION for professionals For more than five years, the School of Public Health–Bloomington’s Public Health & YOU program has offered free, online continuing education and professional development courses to public health professionals across Indiana. As the program has expanded, new offerings have been developed to further the program’s mission of providing high quality education and training to Indiana’s health workers. “We’re continually working to increase awareness about public health and improve public health outcomes,” says program leader Alex Purcell. “We do this by reaching out to professionals and practitioners in the field whose work impacts the health of the public every day.”
One popular continuing education option is the program’s no-cost, online Professional Development Certificate program. Public Health & YOU participants who complete a series of online courses developed by school faculty and other public health experts can earn a certificate from the school. The courses cover a variety of public health topics from behavioral, social, and community health to epidemiology and biostatistics. New in the past year is a webinar and online video course series providing additional options for professionals who wish to further their public health knowledge. “Our goal is to foster community engagement in public health, and provide important, relevant and useful information to
those in our community,” Purcell explains. Currently available at no cost online are video courses on infectious diseases, infant mortality in Indiana, human trafficking prevention, and a series on the eight dimensions of public health. New courses will be added throughout the year and can be accessed at expand.iu.edu/browse/ publichealth/publichealthandyou. Purcell says the Public Health & YOU program will continue expanding its offerings in order to maximize its reach throughout Indiana. Within the next year, the program will offer a second certificate option as well as new video courses focused on critical public health issues.
IU School of Public Health-Bloomington researcher locates U.S. areas at highest risk for
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n a recently completed study, IU School of Public Health-Bloomington Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Erik Nelson, along with colleagues from Saint Louis University, identified areas in the U.S. with the highest likelihood of Zika transmission. The researchers found that 507 counties in the southern U.S., along the Atlantic coast, and in southern California were most at risk for exposure and transmission of the Zika virus. These high-risk areas are home to approximately one third of the population of the contiguous U.S. “Many parts of the U.S. have the right ingredients for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can transmit the virus, to thrive. The likely expansion of the species, the people it affects, and being at the forefront of the issue make this a very compelling epidemiological phenomenon to study,” Nelson says. Knowing that Zika can be transmitted in two ways—from a mosquito or via sexual transmission—the researchers used an ecological study to quantify the population most at risk with a special focus on women of childbearing years or who are currently pregnant. Although Zika symptoms are generally mild in most adults, they can cause severe brain defects and other major health risks for a child developing in utero. For Nelson, the fact that the Zika virus most affects unborn children led him to study and learn more in order to help increase awareness and education about prevention. “Any measures that can be taken to ensure that the maximum quality and potential of life for a newborn is worth the effort,” he says. Nelson, who was responsible for the study’s method and statistics, and his colleagues reviewed information including population data, sexually transmitted infection rates, socioeconomic data, and information on mosquito distribution to determine the
populations and areas at highest risk. Given the large number of people who may potentially be exposed to Zika, the study highlights the importance of prevention, and thorough communication and education in the high-risk areas. To ensure these educational efforts are effective, Nelson and his colleagues, including Molly Rosenberg from the School of Public Health-Bloomington, Erik Willis from IU’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, IU School of Public Health-Bloomington alumna and St. Louis University Associate Professor Enbal Shacham, are working to find culturally appropriate and sensitive ways to increase knowledge and awareness of the Zika virus. The team traveled to the Dominican Republic earlier this year to research community knowledge of the virus. “We quickly learned that people were unaware of Zika. People cannot avoid or prevent diseases they do not understand,” Nelson says. “We are in the early stages of analyzing and interpreting the data, but it appears that their knowledge is far below what we would have hoped. We plan to build a community-based intervention to raise awareness and help Dominicans and Haitians prevent Zika infection.” As Nelson continues to work on this study, he has also teamed up with Assistant Professor Oghenekaro Omodior from the school’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Studies. Together, they are investigating Zika knowledge among internationally traveling U.S. citizens in order to better understand which methods of knowledge dissemination work best to help people take action to prevent infection while traveling.
MANY PARTS OF THE U.S. HAVE THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS FOR THE AEDES AEGYPTI MOSQUITO, WHICH CAN TRANSMIT THE VIRUS, TO THRIVE. —Erik Nelson Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Inaugural Sustainability Innovation Fund awarded to heritage trail, campus farm proposals Proposals to build a heritage trail and campus farm have received awards from the newly formed Indiana University Sustainability Innovation Fund. “The Sustainability Innovation Fund is designed to give diverse teams of faculty, staff, and students an opportunity to discover solutions to today’s most pressing problems, working across multiple disciplines to bring research, teaching, and operations together,” says Bill Brown, university director of sustainability. “The fund offers an exciting opportunity to build and leverage existing IU Office of Sustainability Working Group capacities to generate productive operations and academic solutions for sustainability, all while welcoming new campus collaborators to participate.” The two winning project proposals are: IU HERITAGE TRAIL The IU Heritage Trail Project is the proposed development of a 3- to 4-mile path through the micro-environments and heritage areas on the Bloomington campus. The trail will link to existing pathways, including the Healthy IU trails. “The IU Heritage Trail Project presents a magnificent opportunity for the beauty and history of the campus to be framed by landscape-level conservation and provide student experiences in conservation, all in the context of sustainability,” says Steve Wolter, a team leader for the project and executive
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THE IU HERITAGE TRAIL PROJECT PRESENTS A MAGNIFICENT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE BEAUTY AND HISTORY OF THE CAMPUS TO BE FRAMED BY LANDSCAPE-LEVEL CONSERVATION AND PROVIDE STUDENT EXPERIENCES IN CONSERVATION, ALL IN THE CONTEXT OF SUSTAINABILITY. —Steve Wolter
director of IU’s Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, part of the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. “The model created on the campus will serve as an example for Hoosier communities and universities around the nation.” Students will be engaged in learning throughout the process, including research related to trail design, locations on campus, use of GIS, and evaluative research after the trail is developed. Mike Girvin, manager of campus landscapes, is co-leading the project. Additional team members are James Farmer, an assistant professor in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington’s Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies; Brian Croft, the outdoor programs coordinator at IU Outdoor Adventures; Robert Kendall, a junior in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program; and Aaron Noll, a first-year environmental science graduate student in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The project is funded at $15,000 and is scheduled to be completed by fall 2018.
(left) The Hinkle-Garton Farmstead is the site of the new IU Campus Farm. (top) Steve Wolter (bottom) James Farmer
IU CAMPUS FARM AT THE HINKLE-GARTON FARMSTEAD This project proposes the development of a campus farm at the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead, in partnership with Bloomington Restorations Inc. The mission of the farm will be to promote sustainable food systems education through research, creative activity, service and outreach. “The farm team was elated to be picked for the inaugural Sustainability Innovation Fund award and is eager to break ground on the campus farm,” says James Farmer, one of the project team leaders and an assistant professor in the School of Public Health. “The
IU Campus Farm will present an excellent opportunity for research and creative activity, teaching, learning, and community outreach -- not to mention food production.” Lea Woodard, coordinator of Hilltop Gardens, is a team leader along with Farmer. Additional team members include Corben Andrews, a sophomore environmental science major, and Jacob Mills, a sophomore in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program. The farm has support from faculty in the departments of anthropology, fine arts, geography, and biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Public Health-Bloomington, all of whom are in need of a space for intensive learning experiences. It is also supported by Chef Dave Tallent in Residential Programs and Services (RPS), and Chef Chris Gray in Indiana Memorial Union Restaurants and Catering by Sodexo. Although the current campus garden will remain in place, the newly proposed farm will be able to provide produce to RPS and Sodexo at a scale that is not currently feasible. The IU Campus Farm will be a laboratory for teaching, research, and service, providing space and infrastructure to workshop and learn. Financial support from the Sustainability Innovation Fund will provide the seed funds of $50,000 necessary to initiate and grow the endeavor over the first few seasons. Additional external funding will be sought to increase capacity at the farm. Information provided by the IU Office of Sustainability
Professor Dave Koceja (center) works in his lab studying human movement. Koceja and colleague Professor Jack Raglin started the Kinesiology Fellows Fund to help graduate students in the program.
Faculty members create philanthropy campaign to help students Supporting students in their academic careers has always been one of the top priorities of the School of Public Health-Bloomington and its faculty. Throughout the school’s history, faculty members have provided support in the classroom, the research lab, and off-campus outreach activities. Two professors have taken this concept a step further, however, establishing a new channel for financial support in Kinesiology. Professor and Chair of Kinesiology David Koceja and Professor Jack Raglin are always working to bring the best and brightest graduate students into the school’s Kinesiology program. As competition increases among universities across the nation and for these students, many programs offer these young scholars a fellowship.
“Our program has been a national leader for 70 years and we regularly appear in lists of the top Kinesiology programs in the nation,” Koceja says. “Students go where financial support is located, however, and until now this is not something we could offer, which meant qualified and promising students were choosing other universities.” Koceja and Raglin worked with the school’s Office of Development to establish the Kinesiology Student Fund to support fellowships for graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Performance. Koceja and Raglin made the initial gifts to the fund, bringing the fellowships from idea to reality. “Our school has lagged in providing financial support for graduate students and we have had faculty lose out on outstanding applicants because we couldn’t match the
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support offered by other institutions. This fund will help make our department’s financial package competitive and the initial grants will go to incoming doctoral students of our newest faculty,” Raglin says. “As the fund grows, we hope to extend support to more senior faculty as well as master’s students. We also have established a perpetual fund that we intend to use to support both graduate and undergraduate students.” The first Kinesiology Fund fellows will receive support in the 2018 spring semester. Contributions to support the fund can be made at any time.
For more information about supporting this fund, please contact: Peter Iversen, associate development director at the IU School of Public HealthBloomington, at 812-856-4016 or email@example.com.
Public health leaders honored with Founding Dean’s Medallion To recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to public health, IU School of Public Health-Bloomington Founding Dean Mohammad Torabi commissioned the Founding Dean’s Medallion. Awarded to public health leaders at the dean’s discretion, the medallion honors those who have made a significant impact in the field of public health. Medallion recipients are individuals whose careers and personal efforts have been dedicated to rigorous public health research, education, and practice by preventing disease, promoting health, and enhancing quality of life.
Former School of Public Health-Bloomington Dean Mohammad Torabi presents Jerome Adams, M.D., U.S. Surgeon General and former Indiana State Health Commissioner, with the Founding Dean’s Medallion in 2017.
During the 2016-17 academic year, the school welcomed the following leaders to our list of medallion recipients: Jerome Adams U.S. Surgeon General Former Indiana State Health Commissioner
Stephen Moore President & Chief Executive Officer CarDon & Associates
Shawna Girgis Mayor City of Bedford, Indiana
Richard Mull Former Director of Campus Recreational Sports Indiana University
Paul Halverson Dean Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI
Anthony Pantaleoni Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety Crane Company
James Laughlin Pediatrician Riley Physicians at IU Health
Curt Simic President Emeritus IU Foundation
SC H O O L R ES P O N DS TO
OPIOID EPIDEMIC & HIV/AIDS
OUTBREAK IN INDIANA
ndiana, like many other states, is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. The National Institutes of Health reports that more than 2 million Americans suffer from substance abuse disorders involving this class of drugs, which includes illegal substances like heroin as well as frequently prescribed painkillers such as oxycodone and codeine. Hospital emergency departments in Indiana are handling nearly 400 overdoses a week, according to the
Indiana State Department of Health, and more than 600 Hoosiers died in 2016 due to opiates. In addition to these direct effects, opioid users are also at increased risk of contracting blood-borne infections as a result of sharing needles used to inject these drugs. School of Public Health-Bloomington Visiting Assistant Scientist and Alumna Carrie Lawrence (B.S.’05, M.S.’08, Ph.D.’14) is among the front-line public health professionals addressing this crisis.
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Following a teaching post at Indiana State University and several years working with nonprofits and social services, Lawrence decided to return to her hometown and alma mater in early 2015 to complete a postdoctoral fellowship with Associate Professor Beth Meyerson. Lawrence’s intention was to study HIV systems of care, but those plans changed, when, in February of that year, an HIV outbreak was reported in rural Austin, Ind. Between December 2014 and February
Visiting Assistant Scientist Carrie Lawrence (center) traveled to Washington D.C. in March 2017 to participate in AIDS Watch. During this annual event, people from across the country advocate for public policy changes to help stem the AIDS epidemic in the U.S.
IT’S ABOUT SAVING LIVES. WE WANT TO PREVENT DISEASE, KEEP PEOPLE HEALTHY BUT ALSO PREVENT DEATH.
2015, 30 new cases of HIV were confirmed in Scott County, an area that typically sees less than five HIV cases each year. As a self-described “practitioner-academic,” Lawrence became very involved in the state’s response to the outbreak and helped lead the school’s involvement in managing the crisis. “I was able to take my professional experience and academic degrees and apply
them to a complex public health issue,” she says. Lawrence, Meyerson, and a team of School of Public Health-Bloomington faculty and students have since been working with communities in Indiana and around the U.S. to assess local needs and build community capacity to reduce harms associated with injection drug use. Lawrence emphasizes the importance of working collaboratively with community members to create sustainable solutions that both address the immediate crisis and improve population health over time. “There’s no infrastructure for drug user health,” Lawrence says. “I’m a big believer in community-based participatory research. I want to empower communities to leverage existing resources for solutions that will be able to be maintained over the long term.” Since the 2015 outbreak in Scott County, Lawrence has worked with 20 other Indiana counties and seven states on similar public health issues with the main goal of helping communities proactively address opioid drug abuse. In addition to these community collaborations, Lawrence continues to research different approaches to this public
health crisis to identify the most effective solutions. Her research primarily focuses on community capacity in reducing health disparities, drug user stigma, and barriers to health. With her unique background in social services and academia, Lawrence wants to evolve the traditional concept of public health. “As a public health advocate, I do research to ensure that we keep health and social issues that require our attention on the front burner. Our school has broad disciplines under one roof which gives us the ability to innovate health strategies. Even though evidence-based programs and best practices exist, one size doesn’t fit all, so it’s essential we use and build new evidence to innovate to meet present needs,” she says. Currently, Lawrence is focusing on the power of stigma in the context of health equity and accessibility. Understanding and reducing stigma, she says, is “critical to ensure people have the opportunity to live and live a healthy life.” Additionally, her research with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition identifies factors that contribute to health disparities and ways to reduce disparities through empowering marginalized populations and building community capacities. “Substance misuse has been around for decades. This is not a new problem; however, it has become a new normal now and should be emphasized in the public health narrative. We’ve been doing this work, but the magnitude of our opioid crisis is such, that now we need all hands-on deck,” Lawrence says. “It’s about saving lives. We want to prevent disease, keep people healthy but also prevent death.”
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IU RESEARCHER ADDRESSING ACCIDENTAL DROWNING IN
Every day, 35 people, approximately 11 of them children, die in Vietnam as the result of accidental drowning. In fact, drowning is tied with traffic accidents as the leading cause of accident-related deaths in the country, and Vietnam has the third-highest number of drowning deaths in the world.
by April Toler, IU Communications One organization is working to change those statistics and is teaming up with Indiana University faculty member Bill Ramos, director of IU’s Aquatics Institute, to ensure its work is at the highest level. “We are thrilled to have such a caring, talented global expert and scholar on drowning prevention,” says IU Alumna Beth Kreitl, codirector for the Swim for Life Vietnam, a program under the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, an international nongovernmental organization. “These partnerships are essential to our success and effect, and will have long-lasting impact on saving the lives of children around the world.” Swim for Life teaches water safety and swimming skills to children in primary schools in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Binh. In the past two years, the organization has created two programs. The Water Safety Education program involves a classroom presentation and demonstration that teaches water safety to children age six through 10. Learn to Swim teaches children survival swimming skills.
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In the past two years, over 2,000 kids have been taught to swim and 72,000 have been reached through the classroom-based program. In 2016, the program expanded to include an additional academic research component. When looking for researchers to partner with, Kreitl reached out to her alma mater. Kreitl received her Master of Science in school counseling from Indiana UniversityPurdue University Indianapolis and an education specialist degree in counseling psychology from IU Bloomington. Kreitl eventually connected with Ramos, an assistant professor in Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies at the School of Public Health-Bloomington. Ramos, who serves as a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Councils’ Aquatics Subcouncil, has spent his career educating the public on water safety and was excited to partner with Kreitl and her team. “I was so thankful when Beth contacted me to help with the research end of drowning prevention programs,” Ramos says. “She’s
I HOPE TO NOT ONLY HELP PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD EDUCATE PEOPLE ON WATER SAFETY, AND THEREFORE REDUCE THEIR DROWNING RATES, BUT TO ALSO BRING BACK THE KNOWLEDGE I GAIN TO APPLY TO PEOPLE HERE.
Bill Ramos inspects a river in the Le Thuy Province as a possible location for swimming lessons.
Bill Ramos, director of Indiana University’s Aquatics Institute, and IU alumna Beth Kreitl raise the IU flag at a pool built to train swimming instructors and pool managers in Vietnam.
presented an amazing opportunity for the School of Public Health-Bloomington and IU to be involved in helping out the people of Vietnam. Her diligence on the ground to get some needed data to us and help support the site visit has been extraordinary. I can tell she’s invested and passionate about her work and re-connecting with her alma mater.” Ramos traveled to Vietnam April 12 through May 2, 2017, where he helped evaluate the effectiveness of Swim for Life’s classroom-based water safety program. The evaluation looked not only at the impact of the children’s learning and knowledge retention but at potential changes in their behavior that, organizers hope, will result in reducing the risk of drowning. “The evaluation of knowledge attained from taking the water safety education program will be an important first step in determining the effectiveness of the current program, and will also help shape it in the future by gaining a better sense of what’s
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working and what isn’t,” Ramos says. “Next steps will include a long-range assessment to see how youth actually play out behaviors learned to keep them safe in, on, and around the water. The follow-up to the knowledge piece with how actual behaviors play out is new territory in regard to assessing drowning prevention efforts.” The partnership not only aims at making the program more efficient, but Kreitl says Ramos’ involvement will also help fortify support and collaboration among other groups, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Hanoi School of Public Health, Vietnam National University, the Ministry of Health, and other international nongovernmental organizations. “If, and hopefully when, we prove the effectiveness of this program, it has the capacity for a far-reaching impact by being able to integrate the program in school curricula all over the world,” she says.
As for Ramos, he said he is excited to be a part of the program and to continue spreading the message about water safety throughout the world. “I see this work as a global responsibility,” he said. “I hope to not only help programs throughout the world educate people on water safety, and therefore reduce their drowning rates, but to also bring back the knowledge I gain to apply to people here.”
SCHOOL FOCUSES ON HELPING STUDENTS GAIN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE Studying abroad offers an unparalleled opportunity to expand public health education. Whether it’s a semester abroad, internship, or a faculty tour, students have the chance to visit another country, experience a culture firsthand, and learn about unique health challenges, all while expanding their professional opportunities and networks. The School of Public HealthBloomington works closely with the IU Office of Overseas Study to offer rich and diverse opportunities for students to travel, learn, and earn academic credits. For more information about study abroad, please contact our director of international programs, Nicole Anderson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(top to bottom): Vietnamese school children perform water safety exercises as part of a presentation given by Swim for Life Vietnam. The Vietnamese use boats, like this one sitting on the shore of the Da Nang River, as a regular source of travel and livelihood, even though many cannot swim. Local children participate in swimming lessons provided by Swim for Life Vietnam.
As public health changes, so does our school Public health has always focused on addressing the critical health threats affecting populations. As these threats emerge and change over time and distance, educators must keep pace with the developing needs of the field. The history of the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington offers an outstanding example of how this agile, responsive approach ensures public health professionals are well prepared to meet the evolving health priorities of the state, nation, and world. When Indiana University was founded in 1820, the primary public health concerns centered on disease outbreaks such as cholera, tuberculosis, and measles. The notion of developing standards for sanitation and safety was just beginning to gain traction. As the century progressed and medical schools multiplied, universities also introduced new degrees and programs focused on public health and wellness. At IU, the first health-focused courses and programs were offered in the late 19th century, focused on preparing students to help create healthier communities. At the turn of the 20th century, worldwide average life expectancy was just over 30 years (closer to 50 in wealthier countries). In an effort to prolong good health, Indiana and other states intensified their public health efforts, including the promotion of physical activity. In 1917, IU opened a grand physical activity facility for students, faculty, and staff. Now part of what is known as the Wildermuth Intramural Center, this space provided the campus with a gymnasium, indoor swimming pools, and classrooms dedicated to the physical education curriculum. In 1946, IU formally established the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation on the Bloomington campus. Its departments of Applied Health Science, Kinesiology, and Recreation, Park,
and Tourism Studies provided students with academic degree programs and research opportunities in a variety of disciplines related to public health and wellness. In 1969, the school pioneered the state’s first Master of Public Health program.
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Polio, Asian flu, measles, rubella, and a new highly infectious respiratory disease (later termed Legionnaire’s disease) were among the public health threats the first generation of School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation graduates encountered. With physical fitness also gaining recognition as
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a health priority, the school’s alumni in the disciplines of physical education and parks and recreation were also in high demand. Public health saw a number of successes in the 1970s and 80s, as vaccination programs all but eradicated a number of diseases and life expectancy continued to climb. With the exception of the HIV/AIDS crisis, by the 1980s public health concerns were largely moving toward the management of chronic diseases rather than the containment of communicable disease. This trend continued into the 21st century, with School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation graduates bringing their expertise to the study and management of obesity, diabetes, dementia, and mental health. At the same time, global mobility brought new attention to infectious disease control, and antimicrobial resistance demanded new strategies for overcoming bacterial and viral threats. As the school developed an increasingly global approach, it also turned attention to issues of sanitation, clean water,
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and vaccine-preventable diseases that remain prevalent in many rural, developing contexts. With the changing face of public health, the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation was also updating its public-facing identity. In 2012, the school evolved into the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington in order to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to promoting health among individuals and communities in Indiana, the nation, and the world. The mission of the school continued to center on integrated multidisciplinary approaches to research and creative activity, teaching, and community engagement. Over the ensuing two years, the school achieved full accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health and added two new departments: Environmental and Occupational Health, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics. This year, the School of Public HealthBloomington moved into a new phase of development, as its founding dean Mohammad Torabi returned to teaching and
research, and David Allison came on board as dean. Under Dean Allison’s leadership, the school continues to move forward, embracing new public health challenges on a local, national, and global scale. Students in the school now have access to 18 undergraduate majors, 25 undergraduate minors, 15 graduate degrees, and six online graduate degree and certificate programs. When today’s students enter the public health field, they’ll face a unique set of challenges specific to this moment in history. Around the world, many areas are still striving to combat communicable diseases like cholera and malaria, whereas in the U.S. and other industrialized nations chronic disease, drug and alcohol abuse, and obesity are primary concerns. Environmental and occupational health issues introduce another layer of priorities related to both the natural and the built environment. This next generation of public health leaders will be charged with developing effective strategies as diseases travel farther and faster, microbes resist available medications, and the rise in obesity and obesity-related health conditions threaten to reverse the trend in life expectancy for the first time in centuries. As public health changes, so does our school. With new degree programs under development – including the school’s recent addition of a Dr.P.H. – and with a growing record of research excellence in new and emerging public health areas, the School of Public Health-Bloomington continues its proud history as a constant innovator in undergraduate and graduate public health education.
NEW LEADERS help school continue to grow
Ranging from newcomers to veterans taking on new roles, the School of Public Health-Bloomington has welcomed several accomplished individuals to its leadership team over the past academic year.
Chair, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Associate Professor Rasul Mowatt began his appointment as the chair of the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington on July 1, 2017. Mowatt has been teaching at IU since July 2006 and holds a joint appointment with the Department of American Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. Within the School of Public Health-Bloomington, he currently teaches courses focused on leisure behavior, diversity, and event planning. Prior to joining the faculty at IU, Mowatt served as the community program manager for the Champaign Park District in Illinois, was the president of the Champaign-Urbana Sunrise Club of Rotary International, and held the role of Illinois’ state coordinator of the Voter Empowerment Program of the NAACP. Mowatt has published a number of book chapters as well as articles, and focuses his research on leisure behavior, social justice, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy. He earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mowatt has been recognized with several awards and honors, including the Indiana University Division of Student Affairs Gordon Faculty Award, the Academy of Leisure Science Excellence in Teaching Award, the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington Trustees Teaching Award, the IU Student Foundation Student Choice Award, and the IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching Award.
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M. MARGARET “MEG” WEIGEL
Interim Chair, Environmental and Occupational Health M. Margaret “Meg” Weigel joined the IU School of Public HealthBloomington in 2015 and is a tenured professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and co-director of the Global Environmental Health Research Lab. She began her appointment as interim chair of the department on July 1, 2017. Prior to coming to IU, she worked for 13 years at the University of Texas at El Paso where she was professor and founding director of the CEPH-accredited Master of Public Health Program and associate dean in the College of Health Sciences. Previously, Weigel was a faculty Fulbright scholar (Mexico) and a senior fellow in the Ecuadorian National Secretary of Higher Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation’s Prometeo Program. Weigel’s global environmental and occupational epidemiology research program focuses on household food insecurity, dietary and other factors affecting pregnancy outcome, cardiorespiratory health effects of air pollution, and infectious disease prevention and control. Most of her current research focuses on women and children in Ecuador, Indiana, and the U.S-Mexico border. She earned a master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University-Boca Raton, a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and completed a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute postdoctoral fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University.
Interim Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs During the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year, Jim Gibson, current director of Advising for the IU School of Public HealthBloomington, is also serving as the school’s interim assistant dean for Student Academic Affairs following John Schrader’s retirement. Gibson joined the school in 2014 as its first director of advising, a role in which he has built a team of advisors and moved the group from a departmental-based advising model to a school-wide advising model. In addition, he collaborates with the school’s Office of Career Services and Office of Diversity and Inclusion on programs for students and faculty, and chairs campus-wide directors of advising meetings. Previously, Gibson held roles as an academic advisor, director of development, assistant dean of students, and director of student activities in various schools and divisions within IU. Gibson holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Morehead State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Wilmington College of Ohio.
New leaders PETER IVERSEN
Associate Director of Development As the associate director of development for the School of Public HealthBloomington, Peter Iversen works with alumni and friends of the school to build relationships and increase philanthropic giving to the school. Prior to joining the university, Iversen worked at the Salvation Army in Bloomington where he worked in a similar role to increase giving to the organization. He designed and led philanthropy campaigns, and improved the Salvation Army’s major and planned gift fundraising program. In addition to his experience in development, Iversen holds a passion for public health. He has overseen nutrition, medical and environmental wellbeing at StoneBelt in Bloomington, developed HIV/AIDS and disease prevention programs for organizations in Barnaul, Russia, and advised County Commissioners on environmental health issues. Iversen holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both International Relations and Russian Studies from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.
Workforce Development Specialist Alex Purcell joined the School of Public Health-Bloomington’s Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships in the fall of 2016 as its workforce development specialist. In his role, Purcell is responsible for advancing knowledge and best practices in the public health workforce to address key public health concerns through capacity building and continuing education opportunities, such as the school’s Public Health & YOU program and no-cost, online video courses. Prior to joining Indiana University, Purcell worked with the community health team at IU Health Bloomington for four years. He held various roles at IU Health, including clinical manager, program manager and health educator with most of his time spent overseeing and implementing a statewide program to address childhood obesity. Purcell holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the School of Public Health-Bloomington, and is currently working toward completing a Master of Public Health degree in Public Health Administration as well as a certificate in Nonprofit Management through IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
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School of Public Health student McKayla Bull selected as IU Bloomington undergraduate student Commencement speaker
School of Public Health-Bloomington Alumna McKayla Bull presents the student address at the IU Bloomington undergraduate commencement ceremony in May 2017.
Indiana University School of Public HealthBloomington senior McKayla Bull was the student Commencement speaker at the IU Bloomington undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, May 6, 2017. A Hudson and Holland Scholar and Hutton Honors College student, Bull majored in human development and family studies in the school. During her time at IU, she tutored students at Fairview Elementary School and Head Start in Bloomington, directed programs at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington and mentored teens through the Sister2Sister program at the city’s Banneker Community Center. Bull graduated with high distinction, earning a grade-point average of 3.96 during her undergraduate career. “I am humbled, honored and elated to be speaking at Commencement,” says Bull when she learned of the honor. “We all deserve to celebrate our accomplishments and achievements, and I cannot wait to revel in the
glory that is the Class of 2017 upon graduation day!” Bull, who also completed a Spanish minor, studied abroad in the Spanish Immersion Program, which took her to Buenos Aires, Argentina where she worked at Club Athletica De Madre as a tutor. She lived in Argentina for six months during her junior year. “Immersing myself in another language and culture was one of the most intellectually stimulating, difficult and rewarding six months of my life,” Bull says of her experience in Argentina. “McKayla is a wonderful representative of the Class of 2017,” says Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. “She has truly made the most of her time at IUB, with stellar academic accomplishments and outstanding service to the Bloomington community. We’re all eagerly looking forward to hearing her deliver this year’s student commencement speech.”
Bull was the co-founder of the women’s Little 500 team Phoenix Cycling, earning second place at the 2015 race and higher than any other first-year women’s cycling team. She holds cycling and yoga teacher certifications and has taught group exercise classes for Recreational Sports at IU since 2014. Bull completed her yoga certification while in high school, and she was the youngest certified yoga teacher in the state of Indiana. A graduate of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Bull was the student speaker at her high school graduation ceremony in 2013. She has remained engaged in public performance and speaking opportunities, serving as an opening poet for the Strivers Row performance sponsored by the Black Student Union and performing spoken word at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center and other local venues. Bull is currently working as a program director for the Bloomington Boys and Girls Club before heading to Minnesota this winter to lead dogsledding and winter camping trips. In 2018, Bull will depart for Miami, Florida to work for Teach for America. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy. The undergraduate student Commencement speaker is selected by a committee of students, administrators and staff, and demonstrates strong academic performance as well as campus and community engagement. For more information about the opportunity, visit the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education website at ovpue.indiana.edu. Article provided by the IU Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
TOP STUDENTS Ensuring that the most promising students can afford to attend college is a critical priority for the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. While the school actively partners with students to manage costs and minimize debt, donor-funded scholarship support is the key element that bridges the gap that can remain in higher education affordability. Thanks to the generous support of alumni, friends, and industry partners, the school awarded more than $90,000 in privately funded scholarships to more than 70 students for the 2017-2018 academic year. During a special dinner and awards ceremony in September 2017, scholarship recipients were recognized and had the opportunity to connect with the donors who made their scholarships possible.
Academic and Extracurricular Fellowship Angela Wirsching Academic and Extracurricular Scholarship Ashley Roy Adrienne Luegers Memorial Scholarship Katherine Lahmann Archie M. and Eleanor Williamson Koon Scholarship Laura Steinken Cooper Scholarship Iman Nabiyouni Crane Fund for Widows and Children Rachel Boveja Dale W. Evans Scholarship JaQuay Butler Thomas Elton Davies, Jones, and Mosely Scholarship Daehyoung Lee Iman Nabiyouni Donald Ludwig Scholarship Deana Williams Dr. Anita Aldrich Research Fellowship Marissa Baranauskas
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Dr. Brandon Howell Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management Scholarship Haley Neligh Edna F. Munro Education Scholarship Joseph Lutes Frank Family Scholarship Mitchell Meyer Gallahue-Morris Research Scholarship Daehyoung Lee Garrett G. Eppley Scholarship Bailey Bromm Samuel Grass Noah Hoback Haley Neligh Jennifer Taylor Hal Morris Research Scholarship Keren Constantini Joel Greenshields Harry Dippold Scholarship Joshua Streveler Hinton, Stager, and Tanner Women’s Health Research Scholarship Marissa Baranauskas Hronek Family Scholarship Emily Rzeszutko Michelle Termine
Pantaleoni Scholarship Ashton Anekwe Richard D. Spear Award Becca Merritt Ron Hall Scholarship Tremayne Brooks Ruth Clifford Engs Doctoral Research Fellowship Tiffany Quash Ruth Mary Griswold Scholarship Velarie Ansu Trishnee Bhurosy Anna Eschbach Lina Mowat Rebecca Pelletz
J.K. Rash Scholarship Heather Francis
Kathryn Mack McDonald Scholarship Molly Liss
James W. Crowe Award Sophia Moore
Leroy “Bud” Getchell Scholarship Michelle Gersuk
Jeffrey J. and Lesa Lorenzen Huber Scholarship Madeline Scales Allison Wininger
Lohrmann Family Fellowship Thomas Elton
Joan Weinberg Wolf Scholarship for Dietetics Khyati Patel John Andrew Jarbow Memorial Scholarship Rebecca Everly John R. Endwright Scholarship Anthony Easton Angela Wirsching Joyce Arthur Scholarship in Applied Health Science Ashley Townes Kate C. Remley Memorial Scholarship Rebecca Tugan
Lucile M. Swift Mona Russell Fellowship Keren Constantini Clay Coppinger Margaret Gary Sutter Scholarship Sarah Ellingson Marjorie P. Phillips Scholarship Mary Kerby Namaste Health Behavior Doctoral Fellowship Trishnee Bhurosy Nancy Friedman Memorial Scholarship Ashley Shanel Opal G. Conrad Nutrition Scholarship Kayla Farrell Eva Li
Ruth V. Russell Humanitarian Scholarship Greer Brown Ryan White Legacy Scholarship Christopher Owens Schrader Family Fellowship Angela Wirsching SPH Alumni Board Scholarship Kevin Naaman Deana Williams Spike Dixon Athletic Training Award Michael McGuire Summer Camp Leadership Award Wayne Means Vaught Family Undergraduate Scholarship Jordan Huntoon W.W. Patty Award Joshua Streveler Walter Jamieson Fellowship Hannah Kelling William D. Ramos LLC Scholarship Hayley Ruff
Distinguished Alumni Award recipients honored by IU School of Public HealthBloomington The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington honored seven distinguished alumni at its Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet in April 2017, with honorees including current university professors, teachers, military personnel, and tourism professionals. “All of our alumni are lifelong ambassadors for our school and work tirelessly in a variety of areas of public health,” says Mohammad Torabi, former dean and chancellor’s professor at the School of Public HealthBloomington. “The alumni we honored this year with our Distinguished Alumni Awards are going above and beyond in moving the field of public health into the future, or have had exceptional careers in teaching the next generation of public health workers.” This year’s event marked the 41st annual awards ceremony recognizing esteemed graduates from the School of Public HealthBloomington. This year’s recipients are: Mary Jane Robling, B.S.’63, retired physical education teacher, receiving the Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in professional excellence, service to the community, and loyalty to Indiana University relative to the advancement of girls and women.
The 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award winners include Mary Jane Robling, E. Lisako Jones McKyer, Hongwei Guan, John Spengler, Fred Perry, Brittany Rizek, and Rob DeCleene.
Hongwei Guan, Ph.D.’05, associate professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education at Ithaca College, receiving the Tony Mobley International Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement outside the U.S. Brittany Rizek, M.P.H.’09, lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, receiving the Early Career Outstanding Alumni Award, which recognizes alumni who through exceptional achievement have distinguished themselves by their professional accomplishment, community service, or service to the university. Rob DeCleene, B.S.’94, executive director of Visit South Bend Mishawaka, and Fred Perry, B.S.’99, director of International Alumni Relations at the Indiana University Alumni Association, receiving the John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award, which recognizes alumni for outstanding service and contributions.
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John Spengler, Ph.D.’99, department head and professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences at Texas A&M University, receiving the W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award, which is the oldest and most prestigious alumni recognition award bestowed by the school to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding personal and professional achievement in his or her career. E. Lisako Jones McKyer, M.P.H.’00, Ph.D.’05, associate professor in the Division of Health Education at Texas A&M University and associate dean for Climate and Diversity, receiving the David Gallahue Champion Alumni Award, which recognizes contributions of alumni who advance the cause of justice and equality.
Before 1960 In March 2016, Colleen V. Lancaster, Pe.Dir.’51, M.S.’55, P.E.D.’56, was inducted into the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice Estelle Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. Lancaster returned to NSU (then Northwestern State College), where she had completed her undergraduate degree, as an instructor and head of the women’s physical education program in the late Fifties. For the next 30 years, she served as a teacher of physical education and administrator at the university, becoming one of the most beloved personalities on campus. Lancaster directed multiple dance areas in the department of physical education and worked tirelessly to popularize dance in schools and colleges throughout Louisiana.
“My dad, Thomas S. ‘Stew’ Butler, ’25, was the 1924 IU football team captain and was friends with Ernie Pyle, L.H.D.’44, and Hoagie Carmichael, L.L.B.’26, D.M. Hon’72,” writes Thomas S. “Fog” Butler II, B.S.’55. He adds, “I served as a parish minister in Montana and South Dakota before moving to London, Ontario, where I spent 38 years in private practice as a marriage and family therapist. I have three children, two stepchildren, and 11 grandchildren. I feel very fortunate to be among the living and am still in relatively good health.” Butler lives in London, Ontario, in Canada.
1960s Former U.S. Secretary of Education Roderick R. Paige, M.S.’62, P.E.D.’70, has been appointed interim president of Jackson State University in Mississippi. He is an alumnus of the university, having earned a bachelor’s degree there.
In April, the IU School of Public Health– Bloomington honored Mary Jane Silver Robling, B.S.’63, at its Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet. A retired physical education teacher, Robling received the Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in professional excellence, service to the community, and loyalty to IU in regard to the advancement of girls and women. Robling lives in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
1970s Henry W. Daviero, B.S.’72, and his wife Judith (McClain), B.S.’70, recently took a trip to Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, where Daviero played football as a student. During his playing days, Mesa was ranked second nationally in junior college football. Daviero is an administrative dean with Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla. The couple lives in Maitland, Fla.
ALUMNUS FINDS THE DREAM CAREER HE DIDN’T KNOW HE WANTED
Todd Spaletto, B.S.’93 always dreamed of working in the professional sports world. As he finished high school in the suburbs of Chicago and began looking for the right university to fulfill his dreams, he found that IU was a perfect fit. “I chose IU for two main reasons. One, the major. There aren’t a lot of schools with a sports business degree,” he says. “Two, my parents and I toured a lot of Big Ten campuses, and when I set foot on the Bloomington campus, it was perfect. I fell in love with Bloomington and IU.” At IU, Spaletto chose a major in sports marketing and management within the School of Public Health-Bloomington. Knowing the competitive nature of the sports world, he knew he needed experience during his education. Following his junior year at IU, Spaletto worked with the Rockford Lightning, a Continental Basketball Association team based in Illinois. Thanks to that experience and connections within the school, upon graduation, Spaletto landed what he thought would be a dream job with the Indiana Pacers.
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“I always dreamed of working for a professional sports team, but I didn’t like it,” he says. “I struggled with the lack of direct impact I could have on the product. Success in my job was going to be dependent on Reggie Miller’s jump shot. It’s a good jump shot, but…” Spaletto, who learned the value of hard work and the importance of physical fitness from his parents, turned his skills and passion to the world of sporting goods. This simple decision changed the course of his career, and allowed him to put his IU education to work. “Preparation in school is as much about learning what you don’t want to do as what you do want to do. The opportunity with the Pacers led me to recognize that sporting goods is a better fit. I could apply a lifetime love of sports, with an interest in consumer products and product creation. I wouldn’t have discovered that without my experience with the Pacers, and I wouldn’t have had the Pacers opportunity without the school,” he says. After stints at High Sierra, Inc., and JanSport, Spaletto joined the team at The North Face. He served first as director of sales for North America then as vice president of sales before spending the past six years as global president of the company. During his tenure, he took the company from a $200 million business to over $2.5 billion in revenue. “I had great success, but equally enjoyed living the brand. From trail running in Marin, to climbing in Yosemite, to skiing in Lake Tahoe, it was a very enjoyable experience,” Spaletto remembers. Spaletto left The North Face earlier this year and joined Wolverine Worldwide as President of its Outdoor and Lifestyle Group. In this role, he leads the growth of international brands such as Merrell, Chaco, Hush Puppies, and Sebago. As he continues his distinguished career in sports marketing, Spaletto fondly remembers his time at IU. “I loved my time in Bloomington and at IU. I think it’s my favorite town in the world,” he says. “I always think of my walks on campus. The foliage, trees, people… I consider those four years as some of the most formative years in my life.”
Class Notes 1980s U.S. Army Lieut. Gen. (Ret.) Mark P. Hertling, M.S.’83, is the author of Growing Physician Leaders, published by Rosetta Books in May 2016. Hertling, who served as Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, believes America’s physicians need to improve their leadership skills in order to enhance interaction with patients and expand participation in the ongoing healthcare policy debate. Hertling’s Physician Leadership Development Program, detailed in the book, takes lessons learned about leadership in over 37 years of military service and applies them to healthcare. He lives in Orlando, Fla. Amy R. Hurd, B.S.’89, M.S.’00, Ph.D.’01, was recently elected president of the Illinois Association of Graduate Schools. Hurd, a professor at Illinois State University in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation, has also served as director of graduate studies for the school since December 2013. She lives in Normal, Ill.
1990s In April, the IU School of Public Health– Bloomington honored Robert B. DeCleene, B.S.’94, at its Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet. DeCleene, executive director of Visit South Bend Mishawaka (Ind.), received the John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award, which recognizes alumni for outstanding service and contributions. He lives in South Bend, Ind. In April, the IU School of Public Health– Bloomington honored Fredrick W. Perry, B.S.’99, M.A.’13, at its Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet. Perry, executive director of international advancement at the IU Alumni Association, received the John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award, which recognizes alumni for outstanding service and contributions. He lives in Bloomington.
John O. Spengler, Ph.D.’99, was honored in April by the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington at its Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet. A department head and professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences at Texas A&M University, Spengler received the W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award, which is the oldest and most prestigious alumni recognition award bestowed by the school. It is given to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding personal and professional achievement in his or her career. Spengler lives in Gainesville, Fla.
2000s In April, the IU School of Public Health– Bloomington honored E. Lisako JonesMcKyer, M.P.H.’00, Ph.D.’05, at its Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet. An associate professor in the Division of Health Education at Texas A&M University and associate dean for climate and diversity, Jones-McKyer received the David Gallahue Champion Alumni Award, which recognizes contributions of alumni who advance the cause of justice and equality. She lives in Bryan, Texas. In 2016, Daniel L. Zien, B.S.’00, was promoted to director of baseball operations for the Chicago White Sox. He has been with the Major League Baseball team for 17 years. He holds an IU degree in sports marketing. In the 2017 Indianapolis Business Journal Forty Under 40 list, 24 of the honorees—60 percent of the entire group—received an IU degree. More than 300 nominations were submitted to IBJ, the most in the 25-year history of the list. The roster of IU alums named as top young Indianapolis professionals by IBJ included Nickolas A. Williams, B.S.’04, M.S.’06, of Indianapolis, senior associate director of regional development for the IU Foundation.
In April, the IU School of Public Health– Bloomington honored Hongwei Guan, Ph.D.’05, at its Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet. An associate professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education at Ithaca (N.Y.) College, Guan received the Tony Mobley International Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement outside the U.S. He lives in Ithaca. In January, nationwide law firm Stoel Rives announced that Chad T. Marriott, M.S.’05, has been named partner in the firm’s Portland, Ore., office. He serves as counsel to sponsors, owners, and investors, as well as commercial and industrial customers, in the development, sale, acquisition, and financing of renewable and thermal energy projects. Before joining Stoel Rives, Marriott was a high school teacher, Outward Bound wilderness instructor, and consultant in the wave and tidal-energy industry. He holds a law degree from University of Oregon School of Law. J Sebastian Quinn, B.S.’05, is director of digital media at Hard Rock International, Inc. He lives with his wife, Emily, and daughter, Chloe, in a neighborhood near Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Since Emily is a graduate of Florida State University, the couple has a tradition of flying their FSU flag on their front porch during the football season and their IU flag during the basketball season. “I’ve been married to my wife, Elisia, for eight years and we have a four-year-old daughter named Emerson,” writes Christopher B. Taylor, B.S.’05. He adds, “I began a sportsrecruiting website to help high school athletes gain exposure to college sports, SoSportz. com.” Taylor lives in Rosenberg, Texas.
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH ALUMNUS ONE OF SEVEN INDIVIDUALS AWARDED HONORARY DOCTORATE
The honorary doctorate is the highest academic recognition Indiana University can bestow. It is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated high standards of excellence in scholarship or creative activity; in professional achievement; in public service to the world, the nation, the state, or the community; or in wholehearted commitment to Indiana University. “This year’s IU honorary degree recipients represent some of the smartest, most accomplished and most admired individuals in their respective fields,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie says. “Each, in his or her own way, has served as a leading advocate for the vital role that excellent scholarship and research plays in fostering opportunities for personal and professional growth,
strengthening our society, and improving the quality of life in our communities.” School of Public Health– Bloomington alumnus Roderick Paige, who served as President George W. Bush’s secretary of education from 2001 to 2005, received an honorary doctorate during the May 2017 commencement ceremony. Paige, who grew up in Mississippi, moved from classroom teacher to college dean and school superintendent to become the first African-American to serve as the nation’s education chief. The son of a school principal and a librarian, Paige grounded his professional career on the belief that education equalizes opportunity. Paige spearheaded the historic No Child Left Behind Act, which set new accountability standards nationwide. As dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University, he created the Center for Excellence in Urban Education. He was also the first African-American superintendent of the Houston Independent School District. Paige received his master’s and doctoral degrees in physical education from IU’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, now named the School of Public Health– Bloomington. In 2013, he was awarded IU’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award.
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In August 2016, NAI Robert Lynn, a company specializing in selling and leasing commercial real estate in the Dallas area, promoted Chad R. Albert, Cert.’06, B.S.’08, to principal, making him the youngest principal at the firm. Albert develops and leads an internal mentoring program for younger brokers, helping them through goal setting and accountability. Over his eight-year tenure, Albert and his partner have been NAI Robert Lynn’s top-producing team, serving more than 450 clients. He resides in North Dallas. Rectify Solar, an Indiana-based energy efficiency and sustainability company co-founded by Philip M. Teague, B.S.’06, is currently installing a 24-kilowatt ground mount solar panel system for Cope Environmental Center’s new sustainable Education Center, located in Centerville, Ind. Cope Environmental Center’s mission is to promote the sustainable use of the earth’s resources through education, demonstration, and research by educating children in the center’s 130-acre outdoor classroom through interactive, hands-on sustainability, and nature-based programming for schools and other groups. Teague lives in Indianapolis. Jason R. Karp, Ph.D.’07, writes, “My latest book, The Inner Runner, explores the experience that running gives us and how it molds us into better, more deeply conscious people.” Karp is an internationally-recognized running and fitness expert and owner of Run-Fit, providing coaching and educational services to runners and fitness professionals around the world. He is also the creator of the REVO₂LUTION RUNNING™ certification and the recipient of the 2011 IDEA National Personal Trainer of the Year award and the 2014 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership award. A prolific writer, Karp has published more than 400 articles in running, coaching, and fitness magazines and scientific journals and is the
Class Notes author of eight books, including Run Your Fat Off, and Running a Marathon for Dummies. He lives in San Diego. In April, the IU School of Public Health– Bloomington honored Brittany Bovenizer Rizek, M.P.H.’09, at its Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet. A lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Rizek received the Early Career Outstanding Alumni Award. The award recognizes alumni who through exceptional achievement have distinguished themselves by their professional accomplishments, community service, or service to the university. She lives in Cincinnati.
2010s Jessica N. Wimsatt, B.A.J.’13, M.A.’16, is a sports reporter, anchor, and multimedia journalist at WEHT/ WTVW Eyewitness News in Evansville. She previously worked as a multimedia reporter for the Indiana Pacers and the Indiana Fever. Wimsatt completed her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in kinesiology at IU Bloomington, before earning a master’s degree in sports journalism from IUPUI. She lives in Evansville.
The editors gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Indiana University Alumni Association in compiling class notes. To submit information, write to the Alumni Association at 1000 E. 17th St., Bloomington, IN 47408, or visit the IUAA on the web at alumni.indiana.edu.
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Alumni Board The School of Public Health–Bloomington Alumni Association is governed by the Alumni Association Board. The Board is responsible for advancing the mission of the School of Public Health–Bloomington by providing alumni and student engagement activities, and oversees volunteer committees that plan events, recruit members, and mentor students. Courtney Anderson, B.S.’12 Kathleen Cordes, B.S.’72 Anne Cornett, B.S.’09, M.S.’11 Patricia Crouch, M.S.’04 Ashley Fluger, B.S.’08 Barnett Frank, B.S.’08 Marta Gerbig, M.P.H.’15 Vanessa Kleinschmidt, M.P.H.’15 William Knox, B.S.’00 Teal Strabbing, B.S.’10 Cameron Troxell, B.S.’07, M.S.’09 Kristin VanSoest, B.S.’02 Julie Warren, B.S.’05 Monica Wight, B.S.’99 Kelli Zimmerman, B.S.’09, M.P.H.’12
Life Members Mildred Ball, B.S.’60 David Gallahue, B.S.’64 Hugh Jessop, H.S.D.’85 Tony Mobley, M.S.’62, Re.D.’65 Ex-Officio Megan Metzger, M.S.’11 David Allison Dean, School of Public HealthBloomington
In memoriam We honor the amazing lives of our alumni, and celebrate their accomplishments and service. We will always cherish those whom we’ve lost this past year.
Richard E Baumgartner
Loyle Keith Haynes
Jane Carolyn Sandusky
Jack Eugene Beaty, U.S.A.F., (Ret.)
William Jeffrey Scalf
Max J Beaty
Charles Edward House
Donna Joan Scheeter, P.E.D.
Ralph Warren Berlin
Norbert Daniel Hummel, Jr.
Daniel Ray Sharpless
Robert Charles Brabender, Sr.
John Garland Hurley
Darcy Damaris Shriver
Elizabeth Venus Bridge
Charles Robert Hussung
Jean Amelia Smith, P.E.D.
Richard Chester Chambers
John Kevin Isbell
Arnold Walter Spaan
Sam Sidney Chattin
Fred Todd Johnson
Casey Nicole Speckman
Helen S Cooperider
Otto Hugh Spilker, P.E.D.
Christopher Charles Curtin
Robert Easton Judah, II, D.D.S.
Daniel Richard Spore
Kathleen Ann Curtis
George T Stroia, Ph.D.
Carol Mae Davis
Thomas Earl Kruyer
William Stephen Svyantek
John Joseph Devencenzo
Ivory Louise Latham
George Russel Swank
Derald Gene Ellinghausen
Dwaine John Marten, H.S.D.
Donnie Murrice Thomas
Elizabeth Anne Fackelman
William Donald Martin, Ph.D.
Tenus F Thompson, Sr.
Edward John Fedosky
Betty Jean McIlvain
Terry Lee Thompson
Alvin Reginald Fister, Jr.
John Jay McNichols
Nancy Louise Timbrook
James Leonard Gratz, Jr.
Mona Gayle Miller
Eugene McBride Turner
Allen William Grubb, Ed.D.
Florence Ann Molinder
David Dean VanZon
Thomas Edgar Hall
Guy Timothy Mosier
Paul Joseph Weaner
Doris Ray Hamer, P.E.D.
Maryrose L Pratter
James H Whitaker
Charlotte Haydon Hapak
Donald E Ritter
Karin Ann Wright
Chester Clay Robbins David Lowell Rose Elva Jane Ruhe
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