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Office of the Dean

GatorLink Users: Reduce Your Risk Online & Enroll in Two-Factor Authentication

To help safeguard our online activities and protect faculty, staff, students and the university, UFIT has introduced two-factor authentication. In addition to logging in with your GatorLink username and password, you’ll be asked to provide an additional verification method prior to the system authorizing your access. 

This additional layer of protection is becoming the norm. When you use your credit card at the gas pump and you’re asked to enter your zip code, or when you’re online banking and the website sends an authorization code to your mobile device — that’s two-factor authentication.

 UF and UF Health are adopting this practice because it significantly reduces the risk of compromised accounts. We’re asking everyone who uses GatorLink to enroll this spring. UF has made it easy, just visit here to learn more and enroll.

Submitted by Jill Pease.

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Biostatistics

Dr. Dean Receives Award

Natalie Dean, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of biostatistics in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, has received UF’s Excellence Award for Assistant Professors for 2020. The award is one of the university’s top honors for a junior faculty member. Congratulations, Dr. Dean!

Submitted by Melissa Stabel

Biostatistics Department Names Award Winners for 2020

The Department would like to recognize the hard work of each of our faculty, staff and students and would like to congratulate the Award Winners for 2020 below: 

2020 MS Outstanding Student – Dongyuan Wu
2020 MS Outstanding Student – Hanyu Qian
2020 Online MS Outstanding Student – Samia Tahir
2020 Ph.D. Preliminary Exam – Fan Yi
2020 Outstanding Student Support – Dr. Babette Brumback
2020 Outstanding Teacher – Dr. Zhigang Li

Submitted by Melissa Stabel 

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Environmental & Global Health

Dr. Nelson's Study on Diarrhoeal Disease Lands a Spot in Lancet Digital Health During a Global Pandemic

Eric Nelson, MD, PhD, assistant professor with the Department of Environmental & Global Health, leads one of the largest cluster randomized control trials on clinical decision-support during a global pandemic. After years of research, partners in Bangladesh addressed one of the leading causes of global mortality – diarrhoeal disease. Digitizing the WHO guidelines for diarrhoeal disease management forced the 50+ person team to develop new skills that were not anticipated. The digital tools are available on the Android Playstore and are being adapted for inclusion in WHO decision support technology.

To read Dr. Nelson’s paper featured in Lancet Digital Health, please visit the link here.

Submitted by Brynn Dalton

Dr. Sabo-Attwood, Dr. Lednicky & Dr. Prins Lead COVID-19 Study to Improve Personal Protective Equipment Using Nanomaterials

Drs. Tara Sabo-Attwood, John Lednicky and Cindy Prins are PHHP researchers working to create protective face masks using nanomaterials wrapped in soap molecules to ensure that they’re not only capturing the virus, but also killing it in its tracks. By doing so, they hope that both the healthcare workers and the community can have access to PPE that allows for more efficient and longer use to protect one another from the spread of COVID-19. 

To read Jill Pease’s article on this study, please visit the link here.

Submitted by Brynn Dalton

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Epidemiology

Epidemiology Recognizes Spring 2020 Graduates

The Department of Epidemiology is pleased to recognize the Spring 2020 student award recipients.

They include Charlee Ford, MPH Epidemiology graduate and recipient of the Epidemiology Ambassador Award; Scott Cohen, MPH Epidemiology graduate and recipient of the Best All-Around MPH Epidemiology Student Award; Kayvon Yazdanbakhsh, MPH Epidemiology graduate and recipient of the Outstanding MPH Epidemiology Student Award; and Dr. Bin Yu, PhD in Epidemiology graduate and recipient of the Exemplary PhD in Epidemiology Student Award.

Congratulations to all Spring 2020 graduates!

 (clockwise from top left: Charlee Ford, Scott Cohen, Kayvon Yazdanbakhsh, Dr. Bin Yu) 

Submitted by Abigail Hummel

Shapiro Inducted into Honorary Society in Public Health

Jerne Shapiro, MPH, lecturer in Epidemiology, was inducted into the local Beta Upsilon chapter of Delta Omega, the Honorary Society in Public Health, this spring. Shapiro is an alumna of the Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service and was a long-time adjunct faculty member in the college before joining the faculty full-time in 2019. She was the former Alachua County Epidemiologist and was the Alachua County Wellness Coordinator. She has contributed immensely to COVID-19 response efforts by leading contact tracing efforts at UF, linking students to opportunities in the health department and teaching real world applications of epidemiology concepts.

Submitted by Abigail Hummel

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Health Services Research, Management and Policy

Dr. Mainous Elected to Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida

Arch G. Mainous III, PhD, the Chair of the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy and the Florida Blue Endowed Chair of Health Administration, is a newly elected member of the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida. Much of his research has focused on improving the delivery of health care by attempting to improve detection of disease and providing the right care for the right individual. Dr. Mainous achieved election for his “enhanced knowledge and practice of primary care by improving antibiotic use, physician-patient communication, and detection of cardiovascular and diabetes care.” His induction ceremony is scheduled for November 7 during the group’s annual meeting. Read more about Dr. Mainous' election here.

 Submitted by Lance Jackson

Dr. Walker Featured as Expert on ADA COVID-19 Webinar Series

Ashby Walker, PhD, an Assistant Professor for the Department of Health Services Research Management and Policy and the Director of Health Equity Initiatives at the UF Diabetes Institute, served as an expert panelist on the American Diabetes Association COVID-19 Webinar Series. The webinar titled “COVID-19 and the Diabetes Care Team: Challenges and Opportunities to Help Vulnerable Populations” gives insight on how the pandemic has affected patients with T1 and T2 diabetes and what can be done to assist the diabetic population during these difficult times. Through the ECHO Grant, Dr. Walker continues to make strides in improving access to care for underserved populations. The webinar can be viewed here.

 Submitted by Lance Jackson

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Occupational Therapy

UF Occupational Therapy Welcomes Two New Research Assistant Professors

Occupational Therapy is pleased to welcome two new research assistant professors to the department.

Dr. Justin Mason received a BS (Psychology), MS (Exercise Physiology), and PhD (Sport & Exercise Psychology) from FSU. His research interests are in the role that lifestyle factors have in influencing cardiovascular health, community mobility, and cognitive function. He is part of the I-MAP team investigating younger, middle-aged and older drivers’ perceptions of autonomous vehicle technology. He is teaching OT Clinical Skills 1 in the OTD program.

Dr. Nichole Stetten received a BA (Psychology) from Berea College and an MPH and PhD (Social & Behavioral Science Public Health) from UF. She completed a NIAAA T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Epidemiology. Her current research focuses on how medical marijuana use affects functioning, activities, participation and overall quality of life. She is teaching Qualitative Research Methods and Program Planning and Evaluation.

(pictured from left: Dr. Justin Mason, Dr. Nichole Stetten)

Submitted by Jessica Kramer

PCORI Engagement Award will Build Capacity of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Service Experiences

Associate Professor Jessica Kramer received the PCORI Engagement Award, “Reconciling the Past & Changing the Future: Engaging young adults with IDD-MH and researchers in comparative effectiveness research” (EA #15364). The project seeks to build the capacity of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have mental health service experiences (IDD-MH), their families and researchers to partner together in research. The research team includes young adult researchers with IDD-MH, Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence and the Center for START Services at the University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability.

Submitted by Jessica Kramer

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PHHP Wellness

Dr. Nicholas Green Starts the "Workplace Connectedness Series" Amid COVID-19 Quarantine 

When the world as we know it went virtual, the PHHP Wellness Team had to get creative. Out of this, came the Workplace Connectedness Series. Dr. Nicholas Green, Assistant Program Director of PHHP Wellness, created these virtual interviews as a way to showcase the positive work done by our peers, while creating a sense of connection between staff, faculty and students across the college. To see the most recent interview please visit the link here. To get access to previous episodes, visit the YouTube channel link here. For more updates from the Wellness Team, join our Facebook group!

Submitted by Brynn Dalton

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Physical Therapy

Beta Upsilon Inducts Dr. Dunleavy into Chapter

Beta Upsilon, the University of Florida Chapter of Delta Omega, inducted Kim Dunleavy, PhD, MOMT, PT, OCS, FNAP, clinical associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, into the honorary society of public health. Dr. Dunleavy was selected based on her dedication to and support of the values and practice of public health. 

Submitted by Jacky Scott

The Gator PT: Spring 2020 Edition of the DPT Newsletter

Catch up on all of the recent news happening within the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the spring edition of The Gator PT. The newsletter just scratches the surface of how PT faculty, students and alumni have excelled during the most unexpected times that have been sprung on them, in addition to the many great achievements seen throughout the spring semester.

Submitted by Jacky Scott

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Rehabilitation Science

Kelly Publishes Study on Circadian Rhythms

Mia Kelly, Rehabilitation Science doctoral student, published her article in the American Journal of Physiology, entitled “Circadian clock genes and respiratory neuroplasticity genes oscillate in the phrenic motor system.”

Circadian rhythms are about 24-hour biological cycles that help anticipate changes throughout the day as well as adapt to changes in the environment. In this study, Mia found that genes that encode core components of the circadian clock are expressed rhythmically in the phrenic/diaphragm motor system. She and the Mitchell Lab hypothesize that clock genes may play important roles in circadian regulation of motor function (i.e. breathing) in addition to respiratory neuroplasticity elicited by rehabilitation.

Submitted by Jacky Scott

Hawkins Receives Frederick Family Scholarship

Kelly Hawkins, DPT, NCS, received the 2019-2020 Frederick Family Scholarship Award, which is awarded to a Rehabilitation Science student who treats others with positive regard, dignity and respect; shows dedication and service to the profession; displays evidence of exceptional dependability and is self-reliant and dedicated to the pursuit of the doctoral degree. Read more about the scholarship here. 

Submitted by Jacky Scott

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Social & Behavioral Sciences

SBS Welcomes New Faculty Member: Dr. Nichole Stetten

SBS is excited to welcome Dr. Nichole Stetten as a research assistant professor. Dr. Stetten received her PhD and MPH in public health, social and behavioral sciences from UF. She has recently completed an NIAAA T32 postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Cook. Dr. Stetten is housed within the Department of Occupational Therapy. Her research aims to reduce substance use among individuals living with a disability and to determine how medical marijuana use affects functioning, activities, participation, and quality of life. Welcome to the team, Dr. Stetten!

Submitted by Dr. Lindsey King

Walker, Aulisio, and Anez-Zabala Publish and Present Type 1 Diabetes Research

Dr. Ashby Walker, assistant professor in SBS and Health Services Research, Management and Policy and Director of Health Equity Initiatives at the UF Diabetes Institute, along with Gina Aulisio and Claudia Anez-Zabala, SBS MPH students, recently published type 1 diabetes research focusing on teaching type 1 diabetes through undergraduate research, addressing health disparities in type 1 diabetes peer mentorship, and primary care providers low confidence in providing type 1 diabetes care. Anez-Zabala presented some of the research at the American Diabetes Association conference last summer. SBS is very proud of these researchers for their achievements!

(pictured from left: Claudia Anez-Zabala and Dr. Walker, Dr. Walker and Gina Aulisio)

Submitted by Dr. Lindsey King

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Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Summer Clinical Seminar Series in Medical Speech Language Pathology

Given current barriers to clinical practicum education, Dr. Emily Plowman in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences has spearheaded a new weekly online clinical seminar series aimed at providing supplementary clinical educational opportunities for graduate student clinicians. Expert clinicians spanning three Florida institutions (UF, UM and USF) have been assembled and will present a clinical case study or case series with dedicated time for student discussion and interaction. Patient populations covered will include: head and neck cancer, movement disorders, cardiothoracic surgery, pediatrics and transgender voice modification. For more information regarding this new series in response to these unprecedented times, please visit the ARC page.

Submitted by Aaron McEnery

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