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Past seminars

October 27, 2016

Epidemiology and Environmental Health Work In Progress
12-1 pm | 240 Farber Hall

A Hospital Based Hand Washing with Soap and Water Treatment Intervention to Reduce Cholera Among Household Contacts of Cholera Cases (CHoBI7): A Randomized Controlled Trial

Public Seminar
4-5 pm | 220 Hayes Hall

Risk Factors for Environmental Enteropathy and Impaired Growth Among Children in Rural Bangladesh

Christine Marie George, PhD
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. George’s research focuses on the development of community and health facility based intervention approaches for reducing enteric infections through promoting hand washing with soap and water treatment, and identifying environmental transmission routes for enteric pathogens including cholera and shigellosis.

The ultimate objective of her research is to develop effective evidence based water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions that can be brought to scale to reduce disease burden globally.

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Past Events Spring 2016

A sustainable future: The effects of climate change on global health

The impact of climate change on the environment has often adversely affected a population's health. Exposure to indoor and outdoor pollutants, under-nutrition and food-insecurity, climate-sensitive disease evolution, and contaminated water sources are some of the climate-related problems facing communities around the world. Children, the elderly, the under-resourced, and those with underlying health conditions are at increased risk for health effects. The Office of Global Health Initiatives 2015-2016 Seminar Series examines current cutting-edge climate change research that addresses community well-being and the road to a healthier, more sustainable future.

April 15, 2016
1-2 pm | 180 Farber Hall | UB South

"Global Health Implications of COP21 in Paris"

Jessica Owley, JD, PhD
Associate professor
UB Law School

Jessica Owley teaches environmental law, property and land conservation. She received her Ph.D. in environmental science, policy and management from the University of California-Berkeley in 2005, shortly after completing her J.D. at Berkeley Law in 2004. Owley is a member of the California bar and admitted to practice in the Northern, Southern and Eastern districts of California and the Ninth Circuit.

Owley's teaching interests are in the areas of property, environmental law, administrative law and Indian law. Though her general research is on land conservation and property rights, her current scholarship focuses on using property tools for conservation in the context of climate change.

Feb. 12, 2016
1-2 pm | 180 Farber Hall | UB South

"Home GRoWn: Energy-savvy residential architecture"

Martha Bohm, M Arch
Assistant Professor
University at Buffalo, School of Architecture and Planning

Martha Bohm is an assistant professor in the UB school of Architecture and Planning. Her interests include finding ways to integrate analytical tools into design processes in order to better see the unseeable: energy, comfort, climate, air movement, and so on.  She was the faculty lead on UB’s GRoW Home, the 2nd-prize winner in the 2015 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.  She is the co-editor of the book Beyond Patronage: Reconsidering Models of Practice, published in 2015 by Aktar. She earned her M Arch at the University of Oregon, where she was director of the Ecological Design Center, and also co-founder of Design-Bridge, a community-oriented student design-build program. She got her BA in earth and planetary sciences from Harvard.

November 18, 2015 | 12-1 p.m.
108 Kimball Tower

"Climate change and California's drinking water supply: Investigating source water in high elevation meadows"

Chris Lowry is an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo in the Department of Geology. His research focuses on groundwater dependent ecosystems using a mixture of field observations and numerical modeling to quantify groundwater flow and availability.

Chris Lowry, PhD
Assistant Professor
University at Buffalo, Department of Geology

Seminar: A Sustainable Future
October 6, 2015 | 125 Kapoor Hall | UB South Campus

9-10 a.m. | The Future of Global Health

Discussion with Keith Martin, MD
Breakfast will be served.

10-11 a.m. | "Untangling the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Waterborne Diseases"

Karen Levy, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor Environmental Health
Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health

Levy, PhD, MPH, carries out research on the ecology and epidemiology of waterborne and enteric diseases.  Her group uses environmental microbiology and environmental epidemiology methods to study water quality, food safety, and the impact of climate and land use change on the transmission of diarrheal diseases.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | "A Path to Save Our Planet and Ourselves: Sustainability in the Anthropocene"

Keith Martin, MD
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is a rapidly growing organization of over 120 academic institutions from around the world that address global health challenges and improve health outcomes for the global poor. Dr. Martin's main areas of specialization and interest are global health, international development, foreign policy, conservation and the environment.

September 23, 2015 | 12 -1 p.m.
108 Kimball Tower

"What you should really know about global warming"

Jason Briner, MS, PhD
Associate Professor
University at Buffalo, Department of Geology

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | noon-1 p.m. | 182 Farber Hall | UB South
Food security and climate change
Subhashni Raj, MUP, Kaufman Fellow

Subhashni Raj is a Kauffman Fellow pursuing her doctoral studies in urban and regional planning at the University at Buffalo. Her research looks at the intersection between climate change and food systems, and more specifically at the impacts of climate change on food systems. She is also interested in food sovereignty and issues of justice and ethics in the food system.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | 3-4 p.m. | 108 Kimball Tower | UB South Campus
Is it 'Hot in Cleveland'?: Engaging residential energy efficiency programs to reduce heat-related morbidity and mortality
Nicholas Rajkovich, PhD, AIA

Nicholas Rajkovich is an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo in the Department of Architecture. His research investigates the intersection of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and adaptation to climate change.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | 3-4 p.m. | 108 Kimball Tower | UB South Campus
Using psychological distance to explain climate change engagement
Janet Yang, MA, PhD

Climate change has altered our landscapes and weather patterns, impacting economic systems, human and environmental health, and cultural routines. Yet, despite real and present impacts, climate change remains largely an abstract risk – a low-salience issue surpassed by competing, everyday concerns. Using a survey with an embedded experimental manipulation, Yang’s team assesses how manipulating psychological distance in a message about future climate change impacts in four exemplar cities influences individuals’ willingness to engage in mitigation behavior and to support mitigation policy, as well as their perceptions of the degree to which distant others should do the same. Yang is an Assistant Professor in the UB Department of Communication. Her research centers on the communication of risk information related to science, health, and environmental issues.

Events Fall 2014

Vitamin B-12 Deficiency in Bhutanese Refugees

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 | noon - 1 p.m. | Kimball 108 | UB South Campus
Lacey Bromley, PT, DPT, MSCS

Lacey Bromley is a physical therapist specializing in neurological and vestibular rehabilitation. She is a Neurological Certified Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and a Vestibular Rehabilitation specialist through the APTA sponsored program at Emory University. Bromley is an adjunct faculty member in physical therapy at UB and D'Youville College. She is currently completing her PhD work in rehabilitation sciences at UB with an emphasis on how nutrients impact immune modulated diseases.

Reviving education and human values in war: medical missions to help Syrian refugees in Syria, Jordan and Turkey

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 | noon -1 p.m. | Kimball 108 | UB South Campus
Othman Shibly, DDS, MS

Othman Shibly is an associate professor in the UB School of Dental Medicine and the coordinator for the International Advanced Dental Education Scholar Program. Since the crisis in Syria in March 2011, Shibly has participated in medical missions to help Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon. Due to the extreme need, Shibly has established two dental clinics in Turkey to care for the people in conflict zones. Currently, he is creating a treatment model that incorporates psychological and cultural concepts to prevent trans-generational trauma. Shibly is also a consultant and supervisor of more than 16 schools in the war areas of Damascus.

Migrant workers and their health care

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 | noon - 1 p.m. | Kimball 108 | UB South Campus
Kathy Denzel, RN and Kimberley Meal, MA

Hear about work health care provision for migrant workers in Niagara County. Colleagues will share barriers to health care for migrant workers, some common medical issues and needs, and how health professionals can help this population.

Social, behavioral, and physical health consequences of trauma and torture in refugee populations

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 | noon - 1 p.m. | Kimball 108 | UB South Campus
Kim Griswold, MD, MPH, RN, FAAP and Ali Kadhum, MSW

View the recorded seminar to learn more about some of the challenges that refugees face in Buffalo as well information about the Human Rights Clinic and forensic exams.

Previous Seminar Series

Refugee Health Summit 2014: Exploring Barriers and Models for Culturally Engaged Health Care in Buffalo, NY
Thursday, April 24, 2014
| 12:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Buffalo, NY

Organized by the Office of Global Health Initiatives, A Refugee Health Summit will be held on April 24 2014. Participants will include faculty, staff, and students from UB IPE Schools, UB Offices of Global Health Initiatives, Interprofessional Education, and Public Health Practice; community agencies working with or providing services for refugee communities, health care providers, Buffalo public schools, policy makers, and representatives from refugee communities. The Summit will provide a platform to identify barriers to and explore solutions and models of care for culturally engaged health care provision for refugees in Buffalo, NY.

4th Annual Global Health Day: Humanitarian Emergencies
Thursday, April 11, 2014
| 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Biomedical Education Building | UB South

Global Health Day, organized by the Global Health Initiative GSA, is an annual event bringing together like minded individuals from across UB and Buffalo to hear expert colleagues share their experiences in the field of Global Health. This year, Global Health Day will focus on humanitarian emergencies and their imapacts on population health in communities around the world. 

Keynote Speakers | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Lippschutz Room 125

  • Chun Hai (Isaac) Fung, PhD, Georgia Southern University
    Cholera epidemic in Haiti: A long-term perspective in the midst of a humanitarian crisis
  • Ron Waldman, MD, MPH, The George Washington University
    The Emergency Rooms of Public Health: A 40 Year History of Humanitarian Emergencies

Lunch and 2nd Annual UB Global Health Fair | 1 - 2:30 p.m. |Biomedical Education Building Atrium

Friday, March 7, 2014 | noon - 1 p.m. | Farber Hall Room 144 | UB South

  • Anne Weaver, MS
    Air pollution dispersion from biomass fires on a small spatial scale in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Anne Weaver’s dissertation focuses on air quality and respiratory infections in Bangladesh. Anne was a recipient of the 2013 Office of Global Health Initiatives International Fieldwork scholarship. The award allowed her to conduct fieldwork in Bangladesh toward to the completion of her PhD.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 | noon - 1 p.m. | Farber Hall Room 182 | UB South

  • Jelena Vujcic, MPH
    Health and hygiene in humanitarian emergencies: Exploring opinions of agency experts

Jelena Vujcic will share insights from key informant interviews on strategies, challenges and gaps in hygiene promotion from water, sanitation and hygiene experts that represent key humanitarian response agencies around the globe. 

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2013 | noon - 1 p.m. | 180 Farber Hall | UB South 

  • Martin Zende, MS
    HIV-patient care and food security: patient-centered microeconomic projects in Harare, Zimbabwe

    Martin Zende received his MS in tropical resource ecology from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). He supports HIV patients to complete agricultural projects aimed at increasing food security and improving drug adherence and patient retention in care and treatment in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zende is currently completing a fellowship in the UB/UZ AIDS International Training and Research Program funded by a NIH grant from the Fogarty International Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2013 | 11 a.m. - noon | UB South | 180 Farber Hall

  • David Johnson, MD
    Himalayan HealthCare: 20 years sustainably improving the lives of rural populations in Nepal

    The School of Public Health and Health Professions will host an OGHI sponsored Public Health Without Borders Event during International Education Week. The event will begin with the showing of award-winning short documentary, Hearts in the Himalayas, profiling the work of nonprofit organization Himalayan HealthCare. Following the film, David Johnson, past president of Himalayan HealthCare, will share his experiences providing a full array of medical services previously unavailable to remote mountain village communities in Nepal.

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2013 | noon - 1 p.m. | UB South | 108 Kimball Tower

  • Keri Baker RN, MSc
    Cultural Complexities of Child and Maternal Health in the Quechua communities of the Andes Mountains

    Keri Baker is the executive director and co-founder of Sacred Valley Health, an NGO working with the Quechua communities within the Sacred Valley of Peru. She received her master’s degree in forensic archaeology and crime scene investigation from the University of Bradford in England, and her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Rochester. Baker is currently pursuing a master's as a family nurse practitioner at Georgetown University. She is passionate about global health and working with rural underserved populations.

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2013 | noon - 1 p.m. | UB South | 108 Kimball Tower

  • Rose-Marie Chierici, PhD
    Adapting health care delivery to meet the challenging needs of women and families in Borgne, Haiti

    Rose-Marie Chierici is a co-founder of Haiti Outreach Pwoje Espwa (H.O.P.E.) a Rochester-based organization focused on promoting social justice and a better future for Haiti. The network of doctors, business people, educators and others has been working for years to improve the lives of people in Borgne, an impoverished area of Haiti, where they have established a health care system. Chierici is a professor and the chair of anthropology at SUNY Geneseo. She earned an MA from George Washington University and a PhD from University of Rochester.

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 | noon - 1 p.m. | UB South | 182 Farber Hall

  • Kathleen Davis, LLM, JD 
    Synergistic Solutions to Sexual Violence: The Imperative of an Integrative Interdisciplinary Approach

    A discussion of the need for greater collaboration and coordination between various sectors, including public health, medicine, media, justice and law enforcement, in order to provide holistic services to survivors of sexual violence and achieve meaningful progress in the fight against impunity for these heinous crimes.

    Kathleen Davis is a Canadian lawyer working in the field of international criminal law and human rights. She has completed an LLM in international legal studies at New York University and has interned at the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and UN Women, specializing in the field of conflict-based sexual violence. She has also worked in the litigation department of Torys LLP, and has provided pro bono legal assistance to survivors of sexual violence both at the domestic and global level. Davis earned her Juris Doctor from Queen's University and is a member of the Ontario bar.