Faculty Research, Publications Proceed Apace
The college takes enormous pride in the pioneering work of our faculty and students who are constantly creating, discovering and leading the discourse in their disciplines. Recent research has examined MRSA, hand hygiene, use of Twitter to discuss physical activity and numerous other topics. Following are highlights:
Associate Professor Charles Hart, Ph.D., will take a sabbatical trip in May to study the environmental health sciences undergraduate educational system in Canada to compare, contrast and seek best practices for application at Kent State. Hart will travel to the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby, Concordia University of Edmonton, Alberta, and First Nations University in Regina, Saskatchewan. The sabbatical is sponsored by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and Underwriters Laboratories. Hart will present a talk on this experience at the NEHA Annual Conference at Las Vegas in July.
Ohio’s Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) program, a family-focused kindergarten readiness initiative, was recently featured in the Akron Beacon Journal. The college handles the evaluation component of the program, under Deric R. Kenne, Ph.D., assistant professor.
Lynette Phillips, Ph.D., assistant professor, is teaching an evening course in biostatistics at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
Associate Professor Tara C. Smith, Ph.D., and colleagues reported in the February 2014 edition of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology that residential proximity to large swine in confined animal feeding operations is associated with increased risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in rural Iowa veterans at the time of hospital admission. Wired Magazine and the Des Moines Register reported on the study online on January 22 and January 29, 2014, respectively.
In the November 2013 issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Smith published results of research regarding false positives and negatives using PCR-based identification of S. aureus clonal complex 398. Smith was among nine Kent State faculty members who received seed grants to hire a post-doctoral fellow for one year, to assist with her research regarding metagenomics of S. aureus colonization.
Assistant Professor Maggie Stedman-Smith, Ph.D., along with Lecturer Scott F. Grey, Ph.D., and College of Business Associate DeanCathy DuBois, Ph.D., published their study of hand hygiene performance and beliefs among public university employees online ahead of print on November 20, 2013, in the Journal of Health Psychology.
In addition, Grey, Associate Professor Peggy Stephens, Ph.D., and colleagues published their study regarding the effect of Hurricane Katrina on adolescent feelings of social isolation in Social Science Quarterly, June 2013.
Grey and other scholars, including Professor Christopher J. Woolverton, Ph.D., and doctoral student Matthew Shilling, collaborated to examine the antimicrobial effects of virgin coconut oil and its medium-chain fatty acids on Clostridium difficile, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, December 2013.
Grey also was a co-author, along with MPH biostatistics student Matthew Reichenbach, of a study of the application of latent class modeling to the physical examination of patients with chronic pelvic pain, with the goal of defining clinical phenotypes in these patients, published in Pain Research and Treatment 2013.
Jingzhen “Ginger” Yang, Ph.D., associate professor, and colleagues published an investigation of child safety restraint use in the Chinese Journal of Disease Control and Prevention, October 2013. In further scholarly work regarding safety in China, Yang collaborated on a study of Shantou parents’ knowledge and use of and attitudes toward child restraints, published in January 2014 in theAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine. She also published a study describing the sexual violence experience of college students in Guangzhou and examining individual and family factors associated with increased sexual perpetration and victimization, in the January 2013 issue of Injury Prevention.
In the 2013 edition of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Yang and associates published an exploratory infodemiology study regarding electronic word of mouth on Twitter about physical activity in the United States.