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					                            HEALTHBEAT
                                                                                         UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA




                                                Improving People’s Health . . . Statewide and Worldwide                   SUMMER 2006


                                                    McCausland Center Serves as
                                                    Magnet for Talented Faculty
                                                    and World-Class Research
                                                    A state-of-the-art brain imaging center is now allowing researchers at the Arnold
                                                    School of Public Health to take a closer look at neuro-degenerative conditions
                                                    impacting the quality of life of countless numbers of individuals. The McCausland
                                                    Center for Brain Imaging, which opened at Palmetto Health Richland in January
Award Winners




                                                    2006, represents the collaborative engagement of USC faculty from public
        Norman J. Arnold Medal                      health, medicine, and psychology in the study of the diseases and conditions that
        Frances Butterfoss, HPEB
                                                    undermine normal brain functioning.
        Gerry Sue Arnold Alumni Award                  Faculty from the Arnold Schoolʼs Department of Communication Sciences and
        K. Todd Houston, COMD                       Disorders (COMD) are among those prominently engaged in this vital research
                                                    activity using high-tech equipment available at the McCausland Center. A diverse
        Jeffrey Keith Mattison Outstanding          research agenda highlights the broad array of diagnostic opportunities provided
        Student Achievement Award                   by modern brain imaging scanners. The Center enables a higher level of such
        Joel A. Nelson, HPEB
                                                    research through a new 3-T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner that
        Doctoral Student Achievement Award          provides researchers with more enhanced images of the human brain.
        Rense Heath Kelsey, ENHS                       “The McCausland Center has positioned the University of South Carolina to be
                                                    a leader in high-level neuroscience and neuroimaging research,” said Elaine Frank,
        James A. Keith Excellence in Teaching       department chair for COMD. “This Center is truly a giant step forward for the
        Award                                       University.”
        Sara J. Corwin, HPEB
                                                       Arnold School faculty are using the resources of the McCausland Center to
        Faculty Research Award                      examine the effects of dementia, stroke, and epilepsy, as well as the unique
        Robert E. McKeown, EPI/BIO                  outcomes of surgical interventions and an array of neurological diseases. Arnold
                                                    School faculty are working alongside colleagues from USCʼs Department of
        Faculty Service Award                       Psychology and School of Medicine to examine conditions and diseases that
        J. Larry Durstine, EXSC                     affect the lives of many South Carolinians. Such research is made possible by the
                                                    equipment now available at the McCausland Center.
                                                       Established in part with funding from USC alumnus and philanthropist Peter
                                                    McCausland, the facility which bears his name serves as an important link in a
                                                    statewide network that includes USC, MUSC, Palmetto Health, and the Greenville
                                                    Hospital System. A 3-T MRI scanner similar to the one at the McCausland
                                                    Center is already in place at MUSC, and a third unit is planned for placement
                                                    in the Upstate in the near future. This trio of scanners will ultimately allow an
                                                    integration of essential data on conditions that can now be more fully examined
                                                    across three distinct regions of our state.
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NEW FACULTY MEMBER                                                                              McCausland from page 1

IN ENHS RECEIVES NIH                                                                              Julius Fridriksson, Ph.D., an assistant
                                                                                                professor in COMD, is using the resources
TIP AWARD                                                                                       of the McCausland Center to examine the
Tara L. Sabo-Attwood was recently                                                               extent of brain damage among individuals
                                                                                                recovering from a stroke. According to
awarded a $435,000 National Institutes
                                                                                                Fridriksson, “the enhanced technology
of Health Transition to Independent                                                             of the 3-T MRI scanner allows us to
Position (TIP) award for “Mechanisms of                                                         ask better questions and to find answers
Asbestos-Induced Clca 1 and Mucin in                                                            to such questions that will lead to new
Lung Epithelium.” The prestigious awards                                                        knowledge. Such knowledge might
are given to talented postdoctoral scientists                                                   change the approach to treating stroke and
to help them transition into independent,                                                       other debilitating conditions.”
                                                                                                  In addition to providing existing
research-intensive, faculty positions in the
                                                                                                researchers with state-of-the-art
environmental health sciences. The intent
                                                                                                technology, the McCausland Center has
of the support is to help young faculty                                                         also drawn distinguished new faculty to
members establish a record of independent                                                       the Arnold School through the opportunity
research in their area of interest and to       Tara L. Sabo-Attwood                            to conduct world-class research in a
encourage a successful research career.         While working on her post doc she also          unique, collaborative setting. Stella de
With or without the prestigious award,          taught cell and molecular biology and           Bode, Ph.D., was drawn to the Arnold
                                                biology of nutrition and fitness.                School from UCLA with the goal of
Sabo-Attwood would become a top
                                                                                                using the McCausland Center as a venue
researcher. The young assistant professor          Sabo-Attwoodʼs research interests
                                                                                                for studying the outcomes of young
from Connecticut already has a list of          include molecular aquatic toxicology,           patients who have undergone a rare
publications and presentations under her        environmental contaminants and their            but increasingly performed procedure
belt that would make even a seasoned            impact on the chain of events that lead to      known as hemispherectomy—a surgical
researcher envious.                             disease, and the effects of chemicals and       procedure in which half of a patientʼs
   Tom Chandler, chair of the Department        other contaminants in the environment           brain is removed in an effort to reduce the
                                                that mimic estrogen. In her new position,       incidence of severe and recurring seizures.
of Environmental Health Sciences
said, “Sabo-Attwoodʼs teaching                  she plans to conduct research that will          “USC provides good equipment, good
strengths combined with her knowledge           shed light on the molecular mechanisms           ideas, and good people. We have
of environmental toxicology and                 of environmental contaminants and their          wonderful colleagues with whom to
cytogenetics will make her an excellent         impact on health.                                work, and with the availability of the
addition to the faculty in our department          She recently submitted a grant to the         McCausland Center we can do things
and to the Arnold School. Her winning of        Evironmental Protection Agency to                that others can only dream of doing.”
a nationally prestigious NIH TIP award          study the cellular and molecular impact                           Chris Rorden, PH.D.
after only three months on the job will         of single-wall carbon nanotubes on                de Bode was attracted to the Arnold
serve her well in her career development        human lung cells. Although the use of           School by the chance to utilize the
in environmental health sciences.”              nanoparticles might be important in the         McCausland Center for her NIH-funded
   Sabo-Attwood joined the faculty of           advancement of science and technology,          research. As a new faculty member
environmental health sciences in January.       little is known about their toxic potential     in COMD, she was also pleased to
“I wanted a position that would give            on humans and the environment. Sabo-            have the interdisciplinary strengths of
                                                                                                exercise science and physical therapy
me the opportunity to teach and mentor          Attwood plans to assess the effects of the
                                                                                                available within the Arnold School.
students while utilizing my strengths in        particles on lung cells.                        “Physical therapy is an important part of
molecular biology to contribute to the             After completing a B.S. degree at the        rehabilitation for individuals who have
research efforts of a first-class research       University of Connecticut, Sabo-Attwood         undergone hemispherectomy,” de Bode
team,” Sabo-Attwood said.                       did post-baccalaureate studies in clinical      said . “If we can show that such therapy
   She came to USC from an National             chemistry and laboratory medicine at            actually causes improvements in existing
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences      the University of Florida. She received         brain function, then we can prove real
                                                                                                benefits for these children and promote
funded post-doctoral fellow position at         her Ph.D. degree at the University of
                                                                                                greater acceptance for such rehabilitation
the University of Vermont where her             Florida, Gainsville, in the Interdisciplinary   efforts.”
work centered on lung diseases and the          Program in Biomedical Sciences with               Other new faculty are expanding the
molecular events that occur in lung tissue      a concentration in Pharmacology                 Arnold Schoolʼs capacity to study neuro-
when exposed to airborne particulates           and Therapeutics and a specialty in             degenerative conditions. Leo Bonilha,
                                                                                                                   McCausland continued on page 3
such as asbestos and cigarette smoke.           environmental toxicology.
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  Faculty in the News
                                             Arnold SPH Researchers Respond
   Contrary to popular opinion,
                                             to Hurricane Katrina Disaster
   physical exercise before sleeping can
   be a good thing.                          The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the August 2005 storm that devastated the Gulf
     According to Department of              coast and New Orleans, has been a nightmare for those residents trying to return to their
   Exercise Science sleep expert             homes and regain control of their lives. The images of destruction, devastation, and
   Shawn Youngstedt, exercise before         stranded residents seen on televisions across the nation made it impossible for people
   bedtime might actually promote            not to be moved to action. That was especially true for researchers and administrators at
   sleep by soothing anxiety and             the Arnold School.
   helping increase body temperature.          Within days of the disaster, the schoolʼs associate dean for academic affairs and the
   Youngstedt, who has published             Office of Student and Alumni Services were helping five displaced Tulane University
   widely on the subject, was recently       graduate students navigate the application process to continue their public health studies
   quoted in the New York Times, and         at the Arnold School. The Arnold Schoolʼs Prevention Research Center opened its doors
   the Health and Fitness section of
                                             to provide office space and computer support for displaced Tulane faculty members
   the Science Times. He has also been
                                             David Hotchkiss, Ph.D., Department of International Health and Development, and
   quoted in an MSNBC.com column
   on exercise and was the subject of a      Larry Webber, Ph.D., Department of Biostatistics Health and Informatics.
   Life & Style feature in The State.          Besides the immediate help to relocated faculty and students, the USC administration
                                             seized the opportunity to investigate and understand the effects of a natural disaster on
                                             human populations. Harris Pastides, former dean of the school and vice-president for
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                                             research and health sciences at USC, issued a call for research proposals that would
M.D., Ph.D., and Chris Rorden, Ph.D.,        address the social and environmental dimensions of the storm. The four proposals
have also recently joined the COMD           funded in the Arnold School address a variety of public health issues.
faculty to conduct research at the             Keith Elder, Ph.D., Department of Health Services Policy and Research, and other
McCausland Center. Both agree that they
                                             researchers in the department hope to identify the factors that influence minoritiesʼ
were drawn to the Arnold School by a
                                             response to government evacuation requests. As witnessed in the aftermath of Katrina,
combination of key factors. According to
Rorden, “USC provides good equipment,        many African Americans either had no means of transportation or they simply refused to
good ideas, and good people. We have         respond to the governmental evacuation orders. Elder hopes the findings of his research
wonderful colleagues with whom to            will help uncover the civic, psychosocial, economic, and community social network
work, and with the availability of the       issues that influence minority populationsʼ responses to public health pleas in disaster
McCausland Center we can do things that      situations.
others can only dream of doing.”               “The data we obtain from this work should help federal and local agencies prepare
  Bonilha, who holds a joint appointment     responses to future disasters, either man made or from nature,” Elder said.
in neuropsychiatry at the School of            Ivo Foppa, Ph.D., Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, will determine
Medicine, was drawn to USC by the            whether mosquito-transmitted diseases are a potential threat in a situation like the one
combination of the facilities and the        created by Hurricane Katrina. He is also gathering information from local, state, and
people. He believes that his work in
                                             federal agencies on the measures they are taking to address the potential threat.
studying epilepsy and Huntingtonʼs
                                               “Hurricane Katrina is likely the biggest urban disaster ever recorded in American
disease is enhanced by the technology of
the McCausland Center.                       history,” noted Foppa. “The scale of the fecal contamination in water supplies and the
   “The Center is a catalyst for ideas,      unprecedented amount of debris might create an ideal breeding ground for the mosquito
research and an enhanced capability          that carries West Nile virus.”
for investigating important questions,”        “If not the West Nile, will the rain water collected on the vast amount of debris
Bonilha said. “In short, great tools equal   become a breeding ground for the dengue and yellow fever mosquito. My proposed
great ideas.”                                research will hopefully answer these and other questions critical to overall preparedness
  The McCausland Center is clearly           for similar catastrophes.”
enabling faculty researchers in COMD           Sarah Laditka, Ph.D., Department of Health Services Policy and Administration,
and others across our campus to expand       saw the major flaws in evacuation plans and bad decisions made during the chaos that
current research efforts examining a         followed Katrina as a chance to learn from the mistakes made. The images of the elderly
variety of neurological conditions and
                                             sweltering on un-air conditioned school busses and being removed from flooded nursing
diseases. COMD faculty are now using
                                             home facilities brought home the alarming reality that this could happen in South
this world-class capacity to actively seek
additional research funding. It would        Carolina if knowledge was not gained from the mistakes made in Louisiana. Laditka
seem that a new high-powered magnet          and fellow researchers hope the information they gather from administrators, staff,
can not only draw talent and high-level      volunteers, and families impacted by the storm will be used to improve preparedness
achievement but, very likely, increased      in nursing homes and other facilities serving vulnerable populations during similar
research funding as well.                    situations.                                                           Katrina continued on page 4


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Dean Richter                                        Katrina from page 2                             “Given the tremendous growth of
                                                                                                  the Latino population here and the
Awarded $6 Million                                    “Hundreds of nursing homes in               regionʼs vulnerability to hurricanes, the
for HIV/AIDS                                        Louisiana had no evacuation plans or          information we gather from this study will
Capacity-Building                                   had plans that relied on insufficient
                                                    transportation and inadequate sheltering
                                                                                                  have important policy implications for the
                                                                                                  Carolinas,” Lacy said.
Health disparities are among the most               facilities. Should South Carolina face a        The lessons learned from Katrina and
complex and persistent public health                disaster the magnitude of Katrina, are we     other research programs in the Arnold
problems threatening our state and                  prepared?”                                    School are helping make communities
nation. Statistics continually show that              “Our research team actually did a study     more resilient and better prepared to
a disproportionate number of racial and             last year of nursing home preparedness in     address natural as well as man-made
ethnic populations suffer and die from              South Carolina. It revealed many of the
preventable diseases. HIV/AIDS is                                                                 disasters.
                                                    same problems in emergency planning
certainly no exception.
                                                    that contributed to the chaotic evacuations
   CDC recently wrote “while African
Americans and Hispanics represent                   in the Gulf states. We anticipate our new
only about one-quarter of the countryʼs             research project will confirm the major
population, more than half of the new               challenges facing evacuation of the frail
AIDS cases reported were among                      and elderly. The knowledge gained from
these populations. Among children, the              the project will become an important tool       COMD Professor
disparities are even more dramatic, with            for administrators, planners, and policy        Julius Fridriksson
African-American and Hispanic children
representing more than 80 percent of
                                                    makers to improve preparedness for future       Featured on ABC
pediatric AIDS cases … HIV infection
                                                    disasters,” Laditka said.
                                                      The Consortium for Latino Immigration
                                                                                                    Primetime
acquired by injection drug use is also              Studies at USC, now housed in the
much higher in these communities.”                                                                  Julius Fridriksson, Ph.D., in the
                                                    Arnold School, was also awarded a
   Dean Donna L. Richter, Ed.D.,                                                                    Department of Communication
                                                    grant to study the impact of Katrina on
F.A.A.H.B., and fellow researchers in the                                                           Sciences and Disorders was featured
Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership             Latino communities in Louisiana and
                                                    Mississippi. Principal investigator Elaine      on the April 6 edition of ABC
(IHPL) were awarded $6 million from
the Centers for Disease Control and                 Lacy, Ph.D., consortium director and            Primetime because of his work with
Prevention to address these disparities             professor of history at USC Aiken and           patient Berley Stabler of Greenville.
over the next three years. Through                  DeAnne Nessias, co-PI and associate             Stabler suffered a stroke in 2003 that
innovative educational programs and                 professor of nursing, are working with          resulted in a rare medical condition
collaborations with community-based                 university researchers in Louisiana             called, foreign-accent syndrome.
organizations (CBOs), they plan to prepare          and Mississippi, as well as faculty and         After the stroke Stabler began
an army of practitioners ready to tackle            graduate students in anthropology, social
the growing HIV epidemic in ethnic and                                                              speaking with a distinct European
                                                    work, and Spanish at USC. Lacy and              accent. Since 1941, only about 20
minority communities across the United
                                                    Messias are migration experts who have
States and territories.                                                                             cases of foreign-accent syndrome
                                                    invested much of their time and efforts
   “I am so pleased to be awarded this                                                              have been reported in the world.
additional round of funding for this                understanding the Latino immigrant
important program, said Richter, PI                 population.
                                                      The aim of this study is to understand          Fridriksson, who studies strokes
and director of the IHPL. “CBOs are
the front-line providers of HIV/AIDS                how immigration status, language                and stroke recovery, viewed Stablerʼs
services and prevention programs. Since             ability, communication resources, access        case as an opportunity to study a rare
the emergence of the epidemic in 1981,              to transportation, and availability of          syndrome and to better understand
they have been the ones working in the              social networks impacted the Latino             how Stablerʼs brain recovered from
trenches, providing services and HIV                populations affected by Katrina. How            the stroke. After a series of lifestyle
education to their communities. These               did the population find out that the storm       changes, Stabler regained the muscle
managers understand the social and                  was approaching? What were the greatest
cultural obstacles that must be addressed if                                                        control he had lost in his face and
                                                    problems they faced? Did they receive           regained his Southern drawl.
a prevention program is to be successful.
                                                    help from local or federal agencies?
It is our job to provide them with the
skills and education to be able to better           The answer to these and other important
                                                                                                      “His recovery is remarkable,”
plan, implement, and evaluate prevention            questions will shed light on the resiliency
                                                                                                    Fridriksson said, “and this study
programs as well as strengthen their                of the Latino population and the ability
                                                    of its members to incorporate into U.S.         will be helpful for stroke research in
organizationsʼ sustainability long after our
grant funding has ended.”                           society.                                        general.”
                     HIV/AIDS continued on page 9

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Are Diets Based on Glycemic                                                                   “A diet that is low in saturated fat
                                                                                            and includes whole grains, fiber, fruits,

Index Good for Your Health?
                                                                                            and vegetables will support weight
                                                                                            management as long as the total calories
                                                                                            are reduced,” she says. “And, moderate
                                                                                            physical activity is key to improving
Google Glycemic Index and you will
                                                                                            health.”
come up with scores of articles, books,
                                                                                              The secret to losing weight is to
and information supporting management
                                                                                            consume less calories and burn more
of your weight using a Glycemic Index
                                                                                            calories by becoming more physically
(GI) diet, but Elizabeth Mayer-Davis,
                                                                                            active.
director of the Center for Nutrition and
Health Disparities and noted researcher
in the school, says people should exercise                                                  Consortium for Latino
caution, especially when using the GI                                                       Immigration Studies
diet to control diabetes and other health
conditions.
                                                                                            Moves to Arnold School
   “There are valid reasons to question the                                                 The Arnold School of Public Health
GI scientifically,” Mayer-Davis said. “This                                                  is now home to the Consortium
is an area in the field of nutrition that is                                                 for Latino Immigration Studies, an
controversial. It turns out that despite                                                    entity that promotes and coordinates
all of the interest in GI, the scientific                                                    multidisciplinary research related to
                                               Beth Mayer-Davis
literature is very mixed. Some studies                                                      Latinos in South Carolina and throughout
show beneficial effects of a low GI diet on     blood-glucose levels of more than 1,000      the Southeast. The Consortium, which
diabetes, and others show no effect at all.”   participants in a National Institutes of
                                                                                            formed initially in 2004, has been rooted
   The GI ranks foods on a scale from          Health project conducted in four clinical
0 to 100 according to the amount they                                                       in liberal arts since its inception. The
                                               sites in South Carolina. They used
raise blood-sugar level after they are         several different measures of blood-         group moved formally to the Arnold
eaten. Foods such as french fries, cakes,      glucose levels to see if participants with   School in summer 2005 as a result of
white breads, and dried dates have a           a relatively low Glycemic Index diet         the shared priorities of the school and
high number and are rapidly digested           had lower overall blood-glucose levels       the Consortium in addressing individual
and absorbed into the system, causing          compared to participants with a relatively   health and well-being.
perceptible fluctuations in blood-sugar         high Glycemic Index diet. They saw no           Myriam Torres, Ph.D.,director of the
levels. Foods with low GI numbers,             relationship between GI and measures of      Consortium, stated, “Our move to the
such as dried beans, peanuts, apples and       blood glucose.                               Arnold School reflects the match between
oranges, slow digestion and absorption           “Several recent studies show that          the schoolʼs research interests and those
and, therefore, produce gradual rises in       dietary fiber is important to heart           of many, if not most, of the consortiumʼs
blood sugar and insulin levels.                disease, diabetes, and obesity,” she said.
                                                                                            affiliates: the heath and general well-
   Mayer-Davisʼ concern with the index is      “Typically, foods high in fiber have a
that the numbers are based on blood-sugar                                                   being of all South Carolinians, including
                                               relatively low GI.”
levels recorded two hours after eating           This means that, in some studies, the GI   the stateʼs Latino population.”
the test foods and after the individual has    might have been related to good health          The Consortium focuses intently on
fasted overnight.                              because of dietary fiber, not because of      transnational research regarding the
   “Many factors can affect the impact         a unique characteristic of food called the   experiences of Latino/as in South Carolina
of food on glucose levels in a ʻreal lifeʼ     Glycemic Index, Mayer-Davis says.            and elsewhere in the Southeast. The
setting, including the length of time that       “In general, the Glycemic Index does       Consortium also disseminates research
food is cooked, your bodyʼs hormones,          not seem to be useful in understanding       findings and other information on
and other foods that are eaten at the same     how diet impacts health, and use of the      Hispanic/Latino issues to academic and
time,” Mayer-Davis said.                       Glycemic Index might not be an effective     non-academic users through such venues
   “In scientific literature, the GI of foods   way to identify foods for optimal health,”   as conferences, symposia, workshops,
is based on tests made after fasting. This     she said.
                                                                                            and publications. Ultimately, it fosters
is unrealistic because we eat throughout         Angela Liese, assistant professor in
the day, and a certain food eaten at                                                        application and translation of such
                                               the Department of Epidemiology and
lunchtime can have a different impact on       Biostatistics agrees. She led another        findings into practice and policy.
blood-glucose levels compared to eating        Arnold School of Public Health study,           According to Elaine Lacy, Ph.D.,
that same food for breakfast after fasting     funded by the American Diabetes              director of research for the Consortium,
overnight.”                                    Association, which looked at the relation    “The interdisciplinary nature of the
   Mayer-Davis and fellow researchers          of Glycemic Index to risk factors for        Consortiumʼs research allows for
have over five years of research supporting     diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic       comprehensive analyses of all the
her concerns. They have studied the            syndrome.                                                       Consortium continued on page 7


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    Message From the Dean
    It was wonderful to see so many of you at      Cai is a statistician with interests in
    our 30th-anniversary celebration this past     Bayesian statistical methodologies and
    fall. I have received numerous positive        computational statistics.
    comments about all of the events that             Sean Norman, Ph.D., joined the
    made up the week-long celebration of the       Department of Environmental Health
    school’s 30 years of research, education,      Sciences in February after a post doc
    and service to our state and nation.           at Rutgers where he worked at the
       As we now move into our fourth decade,      Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and
    we strive to play an even bigger role in the   the Environment.
    health and wellness of our community and          Communication Sciences and Disorders         $5,400 and a bronze medal for her work
    beyond. The school continues to grow and       hired Sharon Dixon as a clinical instructor     in public health. The prestigious Arnold
    flourish in the exciting atmosphere of the      at the Speech and Hearing Center. In this       medal is given to an alumnus who has been
    USC Columbia campus. In this issue of          role she will provide clinical services         working in the field of public health for 10
    HealthBeat we have much news to share          to center clients and supervise COMD            years or more who has had a major positive
    – new facilities, new faculty, new grants,     students during their clinical practice .       impact on the profession and on the health
    and other announcements.                          Growth in the Department of Exercise         of an identified community or population
       As I write this column, the final touches    Science doctoral program in physical            and, as a result, has brought recognition
    are being made on our new building. A          therapy led to the creation of a new            to the Arnold School. Butterfoss is a
    dream is becoming a reality. Furniture has     position in that area. Cathy Arnot was hired    professor and head of the Center for
    been ordered, and our faculty are preparing    in February as a clinical assistant professor   Pediatric Research at Eastern Virginia
    to move into the new facility. We are          for the program.                                Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. She
    planning a grand opening of the new               With the addition of new researchers         co-founded the Consortium for Infant
    building in conjunction with the annual        come new grants and additional areas            and Child Health to address the need for
    Winona B. Vernberg Lecture in the fall. I      of expertise among our faculty. Faculty         improved immunization rates in southeast
    hope all of you will put Friday, October       member Tara Sabo-Attwood, profiled               Virginia. Using this model, she has been
    27, on your calendar and plan to attend        in this issue of HealthBeat, received a         successful in significantly increasing
    the lecture and reception in the Arnold        prestigious National Institutes of Health       immunization rates, as well as providing
    School’s new public health research center.    Transition to Independent Position (TIP)        communities with tools to address their
       In addition to our new building we have     award for “Mechanisms of Asbestos-              health care issues through training and
    an impressive number of new faculty            Induced Clca 1 and Mucin in Lung                technical assistance.
    joining the school’s faculty.                  Epithelium.” The award is given to help            I would like to encourage all of you
       A new position awarded through the          young faculty members establish a record        to keep up with what is happening at the
    Provost’s Faculty Excellence Initiative        of independent research in their areas of       school via our new and improved Web
    (FEI), a program designed to expand            interest and to encourage a successful          site. We are in the process of completing
    the University’s faculty and reduce the        research career.                                a comprehensive communications plan,
    student-faculty ratio, supported this             This year philanthropist Norman J.           and part of our efforts will be to keep our
    expansion of the HPEB faculty. The FEI         Arnold and his wife Gerry Sue Arnold            Web site more timely and dynamic. A good
    program promotes the hiring of “clusters”      funded two new alumni awards: the Gerry         reason the visit the Web site often is that
    of faculty who share common areas              Sue Arnold Alumni Award and the Norman          exciting things happen every day at the
    of expertise and research interests but        J Arnold Alumni Medal. These new                Arnold School and you can learn about
    represent different disciplines. The cluster   awards were presented for the first time at      them much quicker on the Web site. Here
    in this case focuses on the communication      the school’s hooding ceremony in May.           are two examples to prove my point: 1. As
    of health and science issues. The cluster         The Gerry Sue Arnold Award was               we go to press, I have just been informed
    contains three new faculty: Dr. Daniela        open to all alumni who graduated less           of an exciting new grant award. Dr. Chris
    Friedman, Ph.D., in HPEB, who will focus       than 10 years ago and whose work made           Rorden, assistant professor in COMD, has
    on health communications, plus a faculty       a difference to the profession and in           just been awarded a $1.5 million grant
    member in journalism who will focus            the health of an identified community            from the National Institutes of Health to
    on media coverage of health and science        or population. This year’s award was            study the brain basis of neglect and other
    issues, and a faculty member in philosophy     presented to Todd Houston, (COMD,               dysfunctions of attention to be able to
    who will focus on the ethical issues related   MSP 91, Ph.D. 99). He received $3,600           optimize strategies for rehabilitation.
    to health and science communications.          and a commemorative plaque. Houston                … 2. Edward Frongillo, Ph.D., has just
       Also joining the HPEB faculty in            is the executive director of the Alexander      accepted our offer to become professor
    August is James Thrasher, Ph.D., an            Graham Bell Association for the Deaf            and chair of the Department of Health
    assistant professor with a focus on tobacco    and Hard of Hearing in Washington, D.C.         Promotion, Education, and Behavior this
    use prevention. Dr. Thrasher works             Under his leadership the association has        fall. Dr. Frongillo comes to USC from
    internationally, conducting research and       changed its focus and scope to include          Cornell University where he directed the
    education programs in Mexico.                  addressing the issue of universal newborn       Office of Statistical Consulting. He is an
       The Department of Epidemiology and          hearing screening follow-up as well             experienced researcher in nutrition, with
    Biostatistics hired Natalie Colabianchi,       as research in treatment of cochlear            an impressive record of publication and
    Ph.D., an experienced assistant professor      deafness. His impact on deaf and hard of        federal funding. More information on
    with interests in epidemiology methods,        hearing people and families through the         these developments will be forthcoming.
    physical activity and nutrition, and           association has produced national as well          Be well and be in touch!
    community interventions. The department        as international interest.
    also recruited Bo Cai, Ph.D., from the            The first recipient of the Norman J.
    National Institute of Environmental            Arnold Alumni Medal was Fran Butterfoss,                      Donna L. Richter
    Health Sciences in North Carolina.             (HPEB, Ph.D. 93), Butterfoss received

6
ARNOLD SPH SELECTED FOR
ENGAGED INSTITUTION INITIATIVE TO
ELIMINATE HEALTH DISPARITIES
The Arnold School of Public Health has           Eliminating racial and ethnic health
recently been selected to be a part of the     disparities will require collaborative
W. K. Kellogg Foundationʼs Engaged             solutions that bring communities and
Institutions Initiative. The Arnold            institutions together as partners to
School is among 12 schools and graduate        capitalize upon the assets, strengths,
programs in public health selected to be       and capacities of each. Schools and
a part of this initiative, which is intended   graduate programs of public health—with
to sustain efforts to eliminate racial and     their roles in educating public health
ethnic health disparities in partnership       professionals, conducting public health
with local communities. The Arnold             research, and applying knowledge to solve
School joins a very distinguished group        public health problems—have a unique
of institutions from across the country        and important role to play.
in working to elevate attention to this          According to Heather Brandt, Ph.D.,
important public health concern.               a member of the Arnold School faculty           Wilfried Karmaus
  The Kellogg Foundation has called            who is leading the schoolʼs participation
upon the selected schools and graduate         in the Engaged Institutions Initiative,
programs of public health to be leaders        “The faculty and staff of our school
                                                                                               USC FEI Program Brings
in an effort that may ultimately transform     share a long-standing commitment with           Karmaus to EPI/BIOS
all colleges and universities into more        our community partners to eliminate
engaged institutions working toward            health disparities through strategies           Wilfried Karmaus, MD, Dr. med,
the elimination of health disparities. In      in community-based participatory                MPH, was hired in the Department of
promoting this effort, the foundation          research. Recent funding from NIH and           Epidemiology and Biostatistics under
defines engaged institutions as those           CDC has allowed our research teams to           the Universityʼs Faculty Excellence
that “invest in lasting relationships          actively engage community members in            Initiative (FEI). The FEI is a high-profile
with communities…these relationships           developing solutions to health disparities      program designed to recruit new tenure-
influence, shape, and promote the success       using such participatory research               track faculty whose strengths can be
of both the institution and the community.”    processes. Our selection by the Kellogg
                                                                                               combined with those of other scholars
  The 12 schools and graduate programs         Foundation to become an engaged
of public health selected by Kellogg for                                                       on campus to improve the overall quality
                                               institution will further enhance our efforts
the Engaged Institutions Initiative will       in this regard.”                                and competitiveness of the University.
receive funding to work collaboratively                                                        Karmausʼ expertise has strengthened
and intensively with representatives from                                                      collaborations within the department as
the Community-Campus Partnerships                                                              well as interdepartmentally.
for Health (CCPH), a nonprofit                  Consortium from page 5                            Karmausʼ research and interests are
organization that promotes health through                                                      broad: His primary areas of expertise
                                               issues affecting Latinos, both in South
partnerships between communities and                                                           include reproductive, allergic disorders,
higher educational institutions. CCPH          Carolina and elsewhere. To accomplish
                                               this, we actively collaborate with local        and environmental epidemiology. He
consultants will provide technical                                                             has studied environmental exposures to
assistance and other support in the            communities as well as organizations and
                                               government agencies involved with the           such toxins as DDT, PCBs, and other
process of identifying promising practices
                                               stateʼs growing Latino population.”             organochlorine chemicals and their
for enhancing community-campus
partnerships across each participating            In addressing the move of the                effects on human health. His studies have
institution.                                   Consortium to the Arnold School, Dean           significantly added to the scientific body
  “The Arnold Schoolʼs affiliation              Donna Richter stated, “Through its              of knowledge on how these persistent
with the Engaged Institutions Initiative       various activities the Consortium for           organic pollutants affect growth in
will serve to further distinguish us as a      Latino Immigration Studies reflects              children and increase the prevalence of
leader in addressing health disparities,”                                                      asthma and allergic reactions.
                                               USCʼs mission to promote well-being
said Donna Richter, dean of the Arnold                                                           Karmausʼ work spans two continents in
                                               and improve the quality of life for all of
School. “More importantly, we will be                                                          his search to unravel the effects of prenatal
building upon the many community-based         our stateʼs residents. That is certainly an
                                               ideal of the Arnold School, and we are          and postnatal exposures to environmental
programs that emanate from our school                                                          hazards. He has worked with the Isle
as we work to strengthen the campus-           furthered in the pursuit of that ideal by the
                                               presence of the Consortium and its role in      of Wight birth cohort in England to
community connection that we know to
                                               highlighting the needs of Latinos in our        understand the protective effect of birth
be so vital to successful public health
                                                                                                                     Karmaus continued on page 8
interventions.”                                state.”
                                                                                                                                              7
                                                                                              Karmaus from page 7


    STUDENT PARTNERS                                                                          order in families with a large number of
                                                                                              siblings. Birth order is one of the most

       IN RESEARCH                                                                            important risk factors for allergic diseases
                                                                                              such as hay fever, eczema, and asthma. He
                                                                                              posits that the risks develop in utero. He
        Every day students in the Arnold School are helping                                   currently works in an NIH-funded study to
        their professors ask questions about and find answers to                               determine the impact of gene environment
                                                                                              interactions on asthma and allergy in
        important public health problems. This column highlights
                                                                                              cohort children followed from birth to age
        those students whose energy, dedication, and insight are
                                                                                              10.
        helping make advances in their respective fields.                                        Karmaus has worked on an
                                                                                              epidemiological study in South Hesse,
    Kerry McIver had done an internship as a personal trainer and a cardiac                   Germany, to evaluate the possible
    rehabilitation specialist during her senior year of college. She had always               protective effect of breast feeding
    been interested in physical activity and during her undergraduate years at East           against childhood allergies. His studies
    Carolina had the opportunity to do research with a number of her professors.              in Michigan determined the potential
    These opportunities not only enriched her education but sparked an interest in            risk factors for offspring of mothers
    research that would remain with her throughout her career. They also opened
                                                                                              who consumed fish contaminated with
    her eyes to the possibility of attending graduate school.
                                                                                              halogenated compounds such as DDE, a
      When McIver finally made the decision to leave her job and go back
    to school, her undergraduate research experiences made her an attractive                  methobolite of the insecticide DDT, and/or
    candidate for a graduate assistantship at her alma matter, East Carolina.                 polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The
    The assistantship allowed her to obtain additional practice in the laboratory             critical exposure period was pregnancy.
    studying cell physiology and in the field directing an after-school program for            Outcomes include early age at menarche
    overweight children. During her program of study she explored changes in                  in girls and a change in sex ratio.
    body composition, as well as the psychosocial determinants of physical activity.            Most recently Karmausʼ study on
      With her masterʼs degree in exercise physiology under her belt, McIver began            Balkan Endemic Nephropathy (BEN),
    doing her own research into Ph.D. programs. Her professional experience had               a progressive kidney disease, was
    solidified her interest in physical activity so she began a nationwide search for          published in the prestigious journal Kidney
    a new mentor in the field. She did not have to search any further than her own             International.
    back yard to find Russell Pate, Ph.D, at the Arnold School.
                                                                                                Clusters of people infected with the
      Pate and the Childrenʼs Physical Activity Research Group were the perfect
                                                                                              disease have remained geographically
    match for McIver. Pate had been working in the area of physical activity in
    adolescents for a number of years and had a keen interest in physical activity            located along the Danube and Salva
    measurement. He was just beginning his second wave of data collection in his              rivers for the past 50 years. It was first
    Lifestyle Education for Activity Program (LEAP) project, and McIver had the               seen in the Vratza District, Bulgaria,
    ideal background to become a member of his research team.                                 and later in Yugoslavia and in Romania.
      McIverʼs experience allowed her to become a pertinent part of the team                  Many families in the region have
    almost immediately. She began monitoring students in the project, and                     passed down the disease for generations
    managing the physical activity data gathered on the high school girls. The                while neighboring households have no
    results of the data demonstrated the success of the LEAP program and proved               recorded cases. BEN is a fatal disease that
    that girls in the intervention schools were more likely to participate in vigorous        progresses quietly over many years with
    physical activity than those who had not been exposed to the intervention.                no initial inflammation or hypertension. In
      As the teamʼs role in the LEAP program came to an end, the researchers
                                                                                              the final stages, patients have renal failure
    started looking at the physical activity habits of preschoolers. Data showed that
                                                                                              and shrinkage of both kidneys to the size
    obesity problems were increasing in younger and younger children, yet little
    data existed on the physical activity habits of the preschoolers. What physical,          of walnuts.
    social, and environmental factors influence the physical activity behaviors                  Karmaus and his colleagues studied the
    of young children? Could a LEAP program for preschoolers be effective in                  offspring of BEN patients in the Vratza
    changing their physical activity habits? McIver and fellow team members                   district in Bulgaria. Also, this research
    began developing new methods of observation and data recording to understand              suggests that conditions in utero might
    the physical activity habits of these children.                                           play a role in the development of the
      As part of her research, McIver and other members of the research                       disease. Currently there is no concrete
    team developed an observation system for recording physical activity in                   answer as to what causes the disease, but
    preschoolers. The preschool children in the program also wore an activity                 the researchers hope further studies will
    monitor for 10 consecutive days. The Actigraph accelerometer records the                  uncover its origins. Karmaus believes
                                                                McIver continued on page 12
                                                                                                                   Karmaus continued on page 9


8
Arnold School Celebrates
                                                                                                                  Karmaus from page
                                                                                                                  that the answers to this medical mystery

30 Years of Achievements                                                                                          can help create a model for unraveling
                                                                                                                  the pathology of other chronic kidney
                                                                                                                  diseases.
                                                                                                                    “Dr Karmaus brings a keen intellect,
                                                                                                                  scientific rigor, and expertise in one of
                                                                                                                  the most important areas of public health
                                                                                                                  research–the environmental determinants
                                                                                                                  of adverse human health effects in the
                                                                                                                  reproductive and respiratory systems . He
                                                                                                                  studies the underlying mechanisms using
                                                                                                                  innovative methods in epidemiology. In
                                                                                                                  his short time here his enthusiasm and
                                                                                                                  wit have had a wonderful impact on our
                                                                                                                  students and faculty,” said, John Vena,
                                                                                                                  chair of the Department of Epidemiology
                                                                                                                  and Biostatistics.
                                                                                                                     Karmaus has an MD degree and a Dr.
                                                                                                                  med. from the University of Hamburg,
                                                                                                                  Germany, and an MPH in epidemiology
Norman Arnold, Dean Donna Richter, President Andrew Sorensen, Governor Mark Sanford, and Cocky stop for a         from the University of North Carolina at
photo during the Prevention Research Center fun walk, part of the 30th Anniversary celebration.
                                                                                                                  Chapel Hill.
If participation in events is any indication            7:30 a.m. “fun walk” sponsored by the
of their success, the 30th anniversary                  Prevention Research Center. Registration
of the Arnold School was a resounding                   for the walk began at the West Columbia
                                                                                                                  HIV/AIDS from page 4
success. The week of October 10, 2005,                  Amphitheater near the Gervais Street
was packed with free services and                       Bridge. President Sorensen, Dean Richter,
                                                                                                                  In January 2006, the IHPL inducted 46
activities sponsored by the faculty and                 Governor Mark Sanford, and Norman
                                                                                                                  new scholars from minority-based CBOs
staff of the Arnold School, all leading up              Arnold were among the participants. Other
                                                                                                                  across the country to participate in this
to an exciting finale gala dinner and dance              events throughout the day included: Hard-
                                                                                                                  intensive program. These managers
at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention                 hat tours of the new Arnold School of
                                                                                                                  participate in four rigorous one-week
Center.                                                 Public Health building; an environmental
                                                                                                                  sessions of intensive face-to-face training
   The anniversary events began on                      nature walk with USC natural history
                                                                                                                  with IHPL faculty, supplemented with
Tuesday at the Perceptual Motor                         instructor Rudy Mancke, sponsored by
                                                                                                                  projects they complete at their individual
Development Laboratory as they opened                   the Department of Environmental Health
                                                                                                                  CBOs. Participants are given laptop
their doors to community members to                     Sciences, an American College of Health
                                                                                                                  computers to use during the on-site
participate in balance classes. Participants            Care Executives seminar, sponsored by
                                                                                                                  sessions as well as between sessions. Once
were invited to attend one of the Stay in               the Department of Health Services, Policy
                                                                                                                  participants successfully complete the
Balance programs at the Capital Senior                  and Management; a methods workshop
                                                                                                                  institute training, their CBOs are allowed
Center and for individual appointments to               on critical issues facing epidemiology
                                                                                                                  to keep the laptop computers.
get information on balance and additional               and biostatistics, sponsored by that
                                                                                                                    Since 2000, the Institute has graduated
testing.                                                department; and a networking event
                                                                                                                  203 scholars from CBOs that serve racial
   On Wednesday, October 12, clinicians at              for alumni in the Department of Health
                                                                                                                  and ethnic minority populations with HIV
the Speech and Hearing Clinic offered free              Promotion, Education, and Behavior.
                                                                                                                  prevention programs.
hearing screenings for people four years                  The Winona B. Vernberg Lecture,
                                                                                                                    “The aim of the program is to enhance
old and older, and later that afternoon the             normally held in the fall, became part
                                                                                                                  the capacity of CBOs to provide effective
Office for the Study of Aging helped a                   of the October 14 activities. Broadway
                                                                                                                  and sustained HIV prevention programs
number of participants create their own                 actress Sarah Jones performed “A Right
                                                                                                                  to their targeted populations. Our aim is
health care power of attorneys and living               to Care.” Jones was commissioned by
                                                                                                                  to eliminate health disparities by helping
wills. The following day, the Department                the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to create
                                                                                                                  people who are at the greatest risk,”
of Exercise Science offered blood                       the one-woman show, which explored
                                                                                                                  Richter said.
pressure, body mass index, and skinfold                 the ways in which ethnic, racial, and
measurements at FitPlace in the Blatt P.E.              economic health disparities impact
Center.                                                 peopleʼs daily lives. Jones portrayed
   Friday October 14, was a day packed                  10 different characters testifying to a
with concurrent events. It began with a                 Congressional hearing on access to care.
                                                                          30th Anniversary continued on page 12

                                                                                                                                                              9
Breakfast and A Blast
A Booming Success




                                                                                            Right: Mayor Bob Coble, Dean Donna Richter and Janet
                                                                                            Keith at the detonation site. Above: The box of items
                                                                                            waiting to be imploded with the Carolina Plaza. Below:
                                                                                            The Carolina Plaza comes down to make way for the
                                                                                            new USC Innovista.




Faculty, staff, and friends of the Arnold
School began assembling at the Capital
City Club at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday,
February 5, 2006, for breakfast and to
bid on the opportunity to push one of the
buttons that would implode the historic
Carolina Plaza. Destruction of the building
was especially exciting for the faculty
and staff in the Arnold School since
initial plans were to retrofit the old hotel
rooms to create office space for those
administrative offices and departments that
would not be housed in the new Arnold
School of Public Health building. The
buildingʼs unconventional construction
along with the expense of bringing it up to
code were ultimately the deciding factors
in its implosion.
  The breakfast guests lined the windows                                                                           Photo coutresy of Keith McGraw
at the Capital City Club to watch the            “Heʼs probably saying, ʻSheʼs just as
blast as 100 sticks of dynamite began         impulsive as I thought she was.”              the Plaza” fundraiser. The public was
detonating in a carefully planned                Keith along with President Andrew          given the opportunity to send in photos
sequence. The implosion took only 15          Sorensen and representatives from the         of ex-spouses, Dear John letters, rejection
seconds to turn the building into a dusty     demolition crew pushed the buttons that       letters, or any other document that they
pile of rubble. Within five minutes of the     triggered the implosion.                      wanted blown up with the plaza. The price
implosion, workers from D.H. Griffin Inc.         “This is wonderful,” Sorensen said. “It    for the service was a $20 contribution
began cleaning up the dust and rubble.        shows the progress that weʼre making          to the schoolʼs educational foundation.
  Janet Keith, wife of former associate       on Innovista, the University of South         The fundraiser brought in approximately
dean at the Arnold School of Public Health    Carolinaʼs 21st-century research campus.      $400 and a number of interesting objects.
James A. Keith and longtime friend of         This is paving the way for the Universityʼs   Prom photos, book jackets, photos of ex-
Dean Richter, placed the winning bid of       future.”                                      husbands, and even the architectural plans
$1,300 to help implode the plaza. Keith          Also imploded with the plaza were a        for the Arnold School of Public Health
said that she knew her husband would be       number of documents sent in from around       offices that were to be located in the plaza
pleased.                                      the city for the schoolʼs “Blow it up with    all were blown to bits with the building.

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Alumni
   news
1980                                         2002                                          Stanley is currently the cultural
Janie K. Foster, MPH (HSPM) received         Sharon D. Rogers, Ph.D., (M.S., EXSC)         competence/special projects coordinator of
the SCNA 2005 Excellence in Community        is a research associate at Duke University.   the Office of Minority Health at the S.C.
Health Nursing Practice Award. She was       She is currently researching the effects of   Department of Health and Environmental
also presented the 2005 Southern Health      exercise on chronic conditions.               Control in Columbia. Prior to his current
Association Ficquett-Holley award in                                                       position he was project manager for the
recognition of her contributions to public   2005                                          South Carolina American Stop Smoking
health.                                      Cheryl Der Ananian, Ph.D. (HPEB),             Intervention Study (Project ASSIST) for
                                             is the winner of the Betty Jean Hall          cancer prevention and a grants liaison
1982                                         Memorial Prize for Epidemiological            officer with the Robert Wood Johnson
Richard D. Bennett, MSPH (ENHS)              Research in Osteoarthritis for her
                                                                                           SmokeLess States National Tobacco
was selected as an American Industrial       manuscript “Exercise and Osteoarthritis:
Hygiene Association NIOSH/NORA               Where are we now?” The $5000 award            Policy Initiative.
Health Care and Social Assistance            is the top prize given by the Arthritis
Industry Sector Council representative.      Research Institute of America. It was           Stanley served as chair of the ATOD
                                             presented to Der Ananian during National      Awards Committee for five years. In his
1995                                         Public Health Week this past April.           capacity as chair, he led the committee in
Elise Vaughn Partin, MPH (HPEB) and                                                        their efforts to find and recognize others
Norman Eugene Partin, Jr. (ENHS,             Alumni Wins Leadership Award                  for their contributions to the field. He was
1998) had a daughter, Zoe Katherine                                                        presented the 2005 Section Leadership
Partin, on November 3, 2005. Zoe has         Andre Stanley, MPH 1995, (HSPM), was          Award for his years of leadership and
a big brother, Joseph Alexander Partin.      awarded the 2005 Alcohol, Tobacco, and        noteworthy commitment to reducing
Gene is employed at Terracon Consultants     Other Drugs Section (ATOD) Award at the       overall alcohol, tobacco, and other drug
Inc. and Elise is employed at USC in         133rd Annual Meeting and Exposition of        use in the community.
Columbia.                                    the American Public Health Association.




    Alumni Information Update
    Alumni, please send us information about your job changes, research activities, honors received, and personal and
    professional activities. Send your news to: Lucy Hollingsworth, Arnold School of Public Health, HealthBeat, University of
    South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, or lahollin@gwm.sc.edu.

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Mciver from page 8                            HSPM Students Receive AUPHA                                   30th Anniversary from page 9
movement of the children both during the      Scholarships                                                  She became a Native American, a Latino,
day and at home in the evening before                                                                       a white woman, etc., to illuminate this
bedtime. In addition to the Actigraph         Patrick Cresson and Jessica Kopittke,                         urgent public health problem. The event
recordings, she and fellow data collectors    Graduate students in the Department of                        was made possible by generous support
observed and recorded the type and            Health Services Policy and Management                         from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
intensity level of the activity on a Dell     have been selected as recipients of the                         The anniversary activities concluded
Axim handheld device. They also               Foster G. McGaw Scholarship. This                             with a dinner and dance at the Columbia
documented the hypothesized social and        scholarship sponsored by the Association                      Metropolitan Convention Center attended
environmental influences on physical           of University Programs in Health                              by approximately 250 alumni, faculty,
activity.                                     Administration (AUPHA), Arlington, VA                         students, staff, and friends of the school.
  Pate is the principal investigator on the   is to support the education of outstanding
$1.3 million research project and McIverʼs    health management students.
major professor. He knows the important
role that graduate students like McIver
play in faculty research.
  “Kerry is a key member of our research
team,” Pate said, “and she makes
important contributions to all aspects of
the research process. She is very involved
in field data collection, but she is also
a full participant in conceptualization
and planning of our studies as well as
analysis and publication of the data. Weʼre
a stronger team because of the insight,
experience, energy, and commitment she
brings to our work.”
  The findings from this current research
will eventually be used to help teachers
and parents across the country plan
programs that will help future generations
of young children develop and maintain an
active lifestyle.

                                              Sarah Jones answers questions from the audience after her performnce of “A Right to Care” at the Winona B.
                                              Vernberg lecture. The annual fall lecture was part of the 30th Anniversary of the Arnold School of Public Health
                                              celebration.



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