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Alumni in the News: Dr. Wanda Walton Receives NAR Lifetime Achievement Award

This past weekend the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, North American Region held its conference in Colorado.
Dr. Wanda Walton (PhD. Health Behavior, 2003) received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo: Dr. Wanda Walton (left) and Dr. Sundari Mase (right) CDC – who introduced Dr. Walton during the ceremony.


Please consider nominating a faculty member for this the OUTSTANDING FACULTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE AWARD and a staff member for the OUTSTANDING STAFF PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE AWARD. Please submit nominations to me no later than Friday, March 21st.

New Liaison relationship with Council for Center Directors and Council for Translational Science

Beth Brown Elizabeth E. Brown, PhD MPH, Chair of the Faculty Senate Research Committee and Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, has taken on the role as the Faculty Senate Liaison to the Council of Center Directors and to the Council for Translational Science.

White examines likelihood of voluntary sterilization according to race/ethnicity and insurance status

Studies have found that women in low-income and racial/ethnic minority groups are more likely to undergo female sterilization and less likely to rely on a male partner’s vasectomy to prevent pregnancy compared with white women and women in higher income groups. However, low-income and minority women often report difficulties obtaining female sterilization after their pregnancy.

Effects of 2011 Tornado Outbreak on Disaster Preparedness Studied by UAB

Dr. Lisa C. McCormick, assistant professor in the department of health care organization and policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham –examined the effects of a tornado disaster on the personal preparedness of local residents to determine to what extent the tornado outbreak experience had altered preparedness awareness, willingness to act, and levels of personal preparedness of residents as measured by possession of a preparedness kit.

UAB Investigates Geographic and Racial Differences in REGARDS Study

Hypertension is a risk factor for end-stage renal disease (ESRD), few data are available for the association between treatment-resistant hypertension and ESRD risk. In a prospective cohort study, PhD student Ms. Rikki M. Tanner, and professor Dr. Paul Muntner, in the department of epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham – analyzed data from 9,974 REGARDS (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) Study participants treated for hypertension without ESRD at baseline.

Alumni in the News: Texas A&M Researcher Highlights Impact of Secondary Tasks in Driving Performance

Over the last 30 years distracted driving has become a major source of concern for public officials and drivers alike. Whether it is cell phone usage and in-vehicle information systems or passengers, food, or cigarette usage, all non-driving activities have the potential to distract drivers from the task at hand. However, many argue that these ‘distractions’ don’t affect them or that some tasks actually improve their driving abilities. Today we have more researchers than ever who are working to settle that question once and for all.

First stroke guidelines for women created with help of UAB SOPH expert

“Men are physiologically different from women, so preventive tips cannot be one-size-fits-all,” explained Virginia Howard, Ph.D., co-author of the new scientific statement Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Women, published from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Council on Stroke in the AHA journal Stroke.

LHC Health Policy Fellowship - application deadline

The Lister Hill Center for Health Policy is accepting applications for its Health Policy Fellowship Program.  The deadline for application is February 14, 2014.

Hendricks studies early smoking withdrawal effects in relation to nicotine metabolism

Although the early time course of smoking withdrawal effects has been characterized, the clinical significance of early withdrawal symptoms and their predictors are unknown.


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