2009 Back of the Envelope Awardees

Congratulations to the following faculty were have been awarded 2009 Back of the Envelope awards. There were 15 applications that were reviewed and scored by deans of other schools of public health. All of the applications had interesting and novel ideas.

The Back of the Envelope Awards are envisioned as a mechanism to stimulate and support intellectual creativity at the School of Public Health that can lead to the next generation of intellectual excellence and productivity. These awards will allow a faculty member the time to more fully explore and develop a hunch, a notion, or an "Ah-ha". Time well spent could lead to a new line of inquiry, new collaborations, a dead end, or a Black Swan, outcomes that are at once unpredictable and therefore worthy of support.

2009 Back of the Envelope Awardees

Dr. Andrew RucksDr. Andy Rucks. 21st Century Structure and Strategy for the Alabama Department of Public Health. This research will produce an extensive case study demonstrating how external forces have shaped the ADPH and will specify what structure and strategy changes are needed to be effective in the 21st century.



Dr. Olivia ThomasDr. Olivia Thomas. Computer Image Analysis of Body Type. This research will produce a computer image analysis software program that could replace the BMI measure in obesity research, thereby enabling investigators to more accurately estimate adiposity in persons of all shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicity.



Dr. Rui Ming LuiDr. Rui-Ming Lui. Ozone and Alzheimer’s Disease. This research will explore the relationship between ozone exposure and the cell maker for Alzheimer’s Disease.




Dr. Kent OestenstadDr. Kent Oestenstad. Repeated Efficacy of N95 Respirators for Protection Against H1N1 Influenza. This research will assess the level of protection afforded an N95 respirator when it is re-used repeatedly in clinical settings.