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Tina Bhargava, DrPh, (Assistant Professor) has been appointed Provost Faculty Associate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Student Multicultural Center for the 2016-2018 academic years.

Thomas Brewer, PhD, (Associate Professor) is pursuing a master’s in jurisprudence degree with a concentration in healthcare compliance at Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law. 

Kristina Knight, PhD, (Assistant Professor) former assistant director for the Master’s of Public Health at Case Western Reserve University, joins the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Office of Public Health Practice. Her area of research interest is the relationship between health and learning outcomes in youth at a local level. Kristina works with youth programs looking specifically at how faith-based and school-based collaborations support health and learning. When she’s not working with community youth, you might see her at Cleveland sports events with any one of her 10 nieces or nephews or at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport boarding a plane for her next travel adventure.

Thomas Brewer, PhD and Laura Kukral, Director of Strategy, Planning & Market Research, Cleveland Clinic/Akron General, will author a series of featured articles in the Care Management Journal beginning this summer and ending in November 2016. The articles focus on health policy and compliance and each offers CEU credit for Certified Case Managers from the national accrediting board. The effort is a related success of the KSU/AGMC Research Collaborative. James Hegyi, MPH (CPH Alumnus '16), co-authored the first article “Evaluating the Selection Process of Post-Acute Preferred Provider Relationships.”

Bethany Lanese, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, has had her article, “Implementation of the Affordable Care Act: A Case Study of a Service Line Co-Management Company,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Health Organization and Management.

Lynette Phillips, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, spent two weeks in June at the National University of Colombia-Bogota (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) as a Fulbright Specialist co-teaching a master’s-level short course on epidemiology and biostatistics entitled “Basis of Epidemiology and Statistics with an Emphasis on Public Health Practice and Genomics,” with Dr. Maria Echevarry of the Universidad Nacional. Dr. Phillips’s visit was co-sponsored by the School of Medicine at the National University in Bogota and the Fulbright Foundation and represents the first activity of a new international partnership between CPH and the National University of Colombia-Bogota.

Sex: A Wicked Public Health Problem, an online course developed by Ken Slenkovich, MA, Assistant Dean, College of Public Health, and Carissa Smock, MPH, PhD Candidate, Research Assistant, and Lecturer, received an Exemplary Course award by Blackboard. The course was peer- and expert-reviewed and is the first CPH course to receive the distinction.

John Staley, PhD, MSEH, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management, was selected as a Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year.  In addition to working in the Center, John will collaborate with the Provost’s Office, University Libraries, and the Office for Student Conduct to develop a new, university-wide program for a faculty educational series on plagiarism.  This includes the use of software to recognize cases of plagiarism and interpret the results (i.e., SafeAssign), and better equip faculty to recognize and handle plagiarism cases in the technology/internet age.

The American Society for Microbiology has accepted Dr. Chris Woolverton’s book chapter, co-authored with daughter Abbey Woolverton, MS, KSU ’14, for publication in Principles of Biological Safety, 5th  edition, American Society for Microbiology Press: Washington, DC. The chapter is “Biological Safety and Security in Teaching Laboratories.” 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 12:01pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 10:55am