2012 ASPPH Friday Letter Archive

10/12/12
Dr. Pavani Kalluri Ram, associate professor of social and preventive medicine at the University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions, has received a $411,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate hand hygiene among highly vulnerable populations affected by humanitarian emergencies. The project “Waterless hand sanitizer for diarrhea prevention in a humanitarian emergency” will evaluate the impact and acceptability of waterless hand sanitizers and other options for hand cleansing in the context of an ongoing humanitarian emergency in a refugee camp in sub-Saharan Africa.
10/5/12
The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions’ Rehabilitation Physiology Lab has been awarded a three-year $597,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to study the effects of a specific respiratory muscle exercise training program on respiratory muscle strength and endurance, as well as fatigue, exercise capacity, and functional performance, on patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).  Dr. Nadine Fisher, clinical associate professor of rehabilitation science and director of the Rehabilitation Physiology Lab and Dr. Andrew Ray, assistant professor of rehabilitation science are co-principal investigators.
10/5/12
Dr. Jeffrey Miecznikowski has been appointed associate dean for faculty affairs and diversity at the University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions. He will lead efforts to facilitate the professional growth of faculty, support the academic mission of the School of Public Health, and foster an academic environment that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Miecznikowski is an associate professor in the department of biostatistics.
8/31/12
The University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions has been awarded a two-year, $431,628 grant from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health for a study aimed at improving adherence to home exercise regimes and preventing falls in older adults. Dr. Machiko Tomita, clinical associate professor of rehabilitation science and director of aging and research, is the principal investigator.
8/17/12
An international survey of tobacco use in three billion individuals demonstrates an urgent need for policy change in low- and middle-income countries, according to lead author Dr. Gary Giovino of the University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions.
8/3/12
The University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health to study the association between vitamin D status and two leading causes of vision loss in the U.S., age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Assistant professor and nutritional epidemiologist Dr. Amy Millen is the principal investigator.
7/20/12
A World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Health and Housing at the University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions has been re-designated through 2016. This Collaborating Center, which began in 1988, is a joint effort of the university’s School of Public Health and Health Professions and the School of Architecture and Planning. Co-directors of the Collaborating Center are Dr. John Stone and Dr. Edward Steinfeld. The Collaborating Center is a member of the Inter-American Network on Healthy Housing.
7/13/12
New research from the University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions provides evidence that the daily psychological stresses that police officers experience in their work put them at significantly higher risk than the general population for a host of long-term physical and mental health effects. Dr. John Violanti, research professor in the department of social and preventive medicine, led the five-year study of the Buffalo Police Department called Buffalo Cardio-Metabolic Occupational Police Stress (BCOPS).
6/29/12
The University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions welcomed Dr. Nirav Shah, the 15th New York State commissioner of health, as the keynote speaker of the school’s 10th commencement ceremony on May 12.
5/25/12
The J. Warren Perry Award and Distinguished Lectureship is the University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions’ lecture series honoring the late Dr. J. Warren Perry, the school’s founding dean. A scholar, administrator, author, and lecturer, Dr. Perry was a national figure in his field and his work had an impact on healthcare delivery systems throughout the country. The award and lectureship recognizes individuals who have provided exemplary leadership in public health, health professions, or the health sciences.
5/18/12
The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions’s Dr. William Scheider received the 2012 Golden Gas Mask Award from the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York for his exceptional contributions to the organization. Dr. Scheider, a research assistant professor in the department of social and preventive medicine, consulted with the Clean Air Coalition on epidemiologic issues and assisted with organizational development as a founding member of the board of directors and as board president.
5/4/12
Ms. Erin Walsh, a doctoral student in community health and health behavior at the University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions, received the Society for Behavioral Medicine’s Award for Outstanding Trainee Abstract in Health Decision Making during the Society’s recent annual meeting in New Orleans. Her abstract was selected as the winner based on its innovation, approach, and significance to the field of health decision making. The abstract summarized an experiment that examined whether a causal relation existed between feelings associated with fruits and future fruit consumption behavior.