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Evaluation/implementation sciences interest group

Matthew Freeman (left) & Thomas Clasen (right)

Matthew Freeman (environmental health) and Thomas Clasen (environmental health) have established an interest group in evaluation and implementation sciences in public health for faculty and post-docs, in collaboration with Kim Arriola in the Dean's office. The group has just been accepted as an Academic Learning Community by the Emory Center for Faculty Development and Excellence. The group aims to support faculty learning and collaborations across the university with the goal of positioning Emory as a leader in this emerging area. The group’s next meeting will be held on June 6 from 12:00 to 1:00 in the Greenberg Room. Contact Matthew if you would like to be added to the group’s listserv.

Hepatitis C resources

Eli Rosenberg (epidemiology) and other members of the PRISM team published a report in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases—the first estimates of the prevalence of Hepatitis C among non-institutionalized adults in the U.S., based on a new model developed by their group. Travis Sanchez (epidemiology) and Patrick Sullivan (epidemiology) launched the HepVu platform, which makes available the new Hep C estimates and other resources in an interactive format for policy-makers, community stakeholders, and researchers.

Karen Levy

Karen Levy (environ-
mental health) was recently selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as a 2017-2018 Public Engagement Fellow. Karen is one of 15 infectious disease researchers in the second cohort of the AAAS Alan I. Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science.

Audrey Lenhart
Audrey Lenhart 02MPH received the CDC Thomas A. Bartenfeld III Award for Public Health Practice for her role in the Zika response.

John McGowan (epidemiology/global health) and Hao Wu (biostatistics and bioinformatics) received the Woodruff Health Sciences Millipub Club Award. The MilliPub Club recognizes current Emory faculty who have published one or more individual papers throughout their careers that have each garnered more than 1000 citations.

Renee Moore (biostatistics) will be named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association at the 2017 Joint Statistical Meetings in July.

Lance Waller (biostatistics) has been named to serve a three-year term on the National Academies' Board of Mathematical Sciences and Analytics.

Michael Kutner (biostatistics) presented 2017 University of Kentucky R.L. Anderson Lecture: “Historical Reflections:  Statistical Tests for Interactions and Main Effects in Two-Factor Unbalanced Cross-Classified Fixed Effects Experiments with No Data in Some Cells.”

Vijaya Kancherla (epidemiology) and co-authors received the James Wilson Publication Award for their paper on the progress of preventing folic acid preventable spina bifida and anencephaly. The award is given each year by the Teratology Society for the best paper published in the journal Birth Defects Research.

Sam Jenness (epidemiology) and co-authors published a major paper in the Journal of Infectious Diseases in December titled “Impact of the Centers for Disease Control's HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis Guidelines for Men Who Have Sex with Men in the United States.” It was selected as Editor’s Choice paper and featured on the journal’s cover.


August 14: RSPH Faculty Retreat, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, Lawrence P. and Anne Estes Klamon Room

August 16: New Student Orientation

August 11: Rollins-Teer Day, 8:00 am

November 6: Rollins APHA Reception, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Capital City Club Downtown

*View all Rollins events on the online calendar.


Good luck, Class of 2017

Dean Curran

On May 8, enjoying the best weather we’ve had for a commencement in my memory, we applauded the accomplishments of our Class of 2017. This year we graduated 509 MPH and MSPH, 32 PhD, and 29 dual degree students. The addresses by John McGowan (epidemiology and infectious diseases), Marcel Foster 17MPH, and Sheba Ehteshami 11MPH (president of the RSPH Alumni Association Board) all echoed a similar theme. They said the work this graduating class will undertake in the years ahead is more important than ever before in the face of threats to healthcare access, environmental protections, and scientific research funding. I’m confident this class is up to the challenge.

Carol Hogue accepts the Thomas Jefferson Award.

Emory’s highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award, was bestowed upon Carol Hogue (epidemiology). The award, which is presented each year at commencement, honors a member of the faculty or staff for significant service to Emory University through personal activities, influence, and leadership, usually over the course of many years.

Carol has devoted her career to improving the health and lives of women and children. RSPH  recruited Carol in 1992 from the CDC, where—as the division director of Reproductive Health—she pioneered the first epidemiologic surveillance of maternal morbidities and innovative research on racial disparities in preterm delivery. Carol was named the Jules and Uldeen Terry Chair in Maternal and Child Health, the first endowed professorship awarded at RSPH. She established and has led the Women’s and Children’s Center for the past 25 years.

Holding joint appointments in the School of Medicine, Emory College and RSPH, Carol has served on Emory’s Faculty Council, the provost’s Faculty Advisory Committee, and the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Laney Graduate School. When the Board of Trustees invited faculty to serve as counselors, Carol was among the first chosen. Among many honors, she served as president of both the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the American College of Epidemiology, and in 2016 she received the MCH Epidemiology Coalition’s Greg Alexander Award for Advancing Knowledge —Advancing Public Health through Epidemiology and Applied Research.

Carol joins five other Rollins faculty members who have won the Thomas Jefferson Award: Eugene Gangarosa (1991), Donna Brogan (1993), John Boring (1996), Richard Levinson (2005), and Carlos del Rio (2014).

Patrick Sullivan (epidemiology) accepted Emory's highest teaching honor, the Emory Williams Teaching Award. The award honors faculty for fostering participation, inquiry, and creative expression in the classroom; providing a model for teaching and scholarship; and mentoring students.

Viola Vaccarino (epidemiology) received the Thomas F. Sellers Jr. Award for exemplifying the ideals of public health and serving as a role model to her colleagues. The award is given to an individual who, like the man for whom it is named, represents the best qualities of collegiality.

Amelia Elizabeth Van Pelt 17MPH accepted the James W. Alley Award for service to disadvantaged populations.

The Eugene J. Gangarosa Award for creative solutions in global health was presented to Shannon Smith 17MPH.

The Rollins Student Government Association named Azhar Nizam (biostatistics and bioinformatics) as its Professor of the Year and Brittney Romanson (student services) as its Staff Person of the Year.

The Charles C. Shepard Award for best RSPH thesis was presented to Katherine Singh 17MPH. Her thesis was titled, "ACA Medicaid Expansion Improves Access to Primary Care, Regardless of Race/Ethnicity.”

The following faculty were honored with Department Awards for Teaching Excellence: Rebecca Zhang (biostatistics and bioinformatics); Elizabeth Walker (behavioral sciences and health education); Regine Haardoerfer (behavioral sciences and health education); Michael Caudle (environmental health); Vijaya Kancherla (Executive MPH); David Kleinbaum (epidemiology); Kate Winskell (global health), and Peter Joski (health policy and management).

Each year, Emory's Division of Campus Life and the Office of Student Leadership recognizes students for outstanding humanitarian work. Three of the awards for this year went to Rollins students. The recipients are Garrett Paul Fox 17MPH, Iju Shakya 17MPH, and Amelia Elizabeth Van Pelt 17MPH.

The Emory School of Medicine gave Carlos del Rio (global health) the Distinguished Medical Achievement Award. It’s conferred upon an individual who has achieved distinction in research, teaching, medical practice, or administration in an academic or public institution.

Members of the RSPH Class of 2017

CFAR gets $10 million NIH renewal

The Center for AIDS Research at Emory (CFAR) received a five-year $10 million renewal from the NIH. Having a CFAR at Emory has been critical to growing HIV/AIDS research funding at the university. When Emory received its first funding in 1997, the university had $11.3 million in HIV/AIDS research funding and ranked No. 23 in the nation. Now, Emory ranks sixth in the country for HIV/AIDS NIH funding, with $63.8 million in HIV/AIDS research support. Additionally, 20 percent of Emory's total NIH extramural funding is HIV/AIDS-related funding, contributing to a 63 percent growth in research funding since 2010.

Eley receives Charles R. Hatcher, Jr., M.D., Award

William Eley (center) accepts the Hatcher Award from Dean Curran and Jonathan Lewin.

J. William Eley, executive associate dean of Medical Education and Student Affairs, professor of Hematology/Oncology in the Emory School of Medicine, and jointly appointed in epidemiology in RSPH, was awarded the 2017 Charles R. Hatcher, Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Health. Bill has been at Emory since he was 17, and he has three Emory degrees under his belt—BS in chemistry, MD, and MPH. His research has focused on disparities in breast cancer incidence, biology, and outcomes. Bill is an administrator, a researcher, and a professor, but I always think of him as a really good doctor. Bill is a mentor and model for all of us.

The annual award is named for Dr. Charlie Hatcher, who advocated for the creation of the school during his tenure as Emory's vice president of health affairs.

Farewell to a valued colleague

William “Bill” McClellan Jr.

William “Bill” McClellan Jr. passed away on March 9 at Emory University Hospital. Bill joined Rollins and the school of medicine as a full professor in 2005 after he retired from a successful medical practice in LaGrange. His long research career focused on racial and other disparities in health outcomes related to chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, hypertension, and the quality of care for patients. He combined strong expertise in clinical medicine, epidemiology, and health services research, and this was reflected in over 240 publications and service to national and international advisory groups. In addition, he directly supervised 12 Ph.D. students and mentored countless others. He is missed tremendously.

New grants

Aryeh Stein, Child Development and Adult Social and Human Capital: COHORTS, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, $3.7 million

Kevin Ward, Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER), National Cancer Institute, $2.3 million

Carlos del Rio, Center for AIDS Research at Emory University, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $1.8 million

Julie Gazmararian, A Rigorous Evaluation of the Relationship between Physical Activity and Education, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $836,000

Viola Vaccarino, Sleep Disturbance as a Mechanism for Ischemic Heart Disease in PTSD, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, $776,000

Carmen Marsit, Environment, Imprinting and Neruodevelopment, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, $767,000

Tene Lewis, Expectations of Discrimination and CVD Risk in African-American Women, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, $764,000

Patrick Sullivan, Understanding Disparities in Effective HIV Treatment and Prevention, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $758,000

Viola Vaccarino, PTSD and Ischemic Heart Disease Progression: A Longitudinal Twin Study, National Institute of Health, $743,000

Shakira Suglia, Childhood Adversity and Cardiovascular Health among Puerto Rican Youth, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, $728,000

Rollins faculty have received many other grants for research and training between Feb. 1 – May 15. View the complete list.

Appointments and Promotions

Faculty promotions
  • Matthew Freeman, Associate Professor, Environmental Health

  • Michael Goodman, Professor, Epidemiology

  • David Howard, Professor, Health Policy and Management

  • Shivani Patel, Assistant Professor, Global Health

  • Kristin Wall, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

New faculty

  • Jeb Jones, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

  • Ashutosh Wadhwa, Assistant Professor, Global Health

Post Doctoral Fellows

  • Samantha Bromfield, Epidemiology

  • Ram Jagannathan, Global Health

  • Miles Kirby, Environmental Health

  • Chandresh Ladva, Epidemiology

Staff Promotions

  • Milagros Aldeco, Research Technical Specialist, Global Health

  • Laura Gravens, Program Assistant Director, Epidemiology

  • April Hermstad, Senior Public Health Program Associate, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

  • Marxavian Jones, Research Administration Coordinator, Global Health

  • Rachel Valencia, Research Projects Associate Director, Epidemiology

  • Yuke Wang, Biostatistician, Global Health

New Staff

  • Ashley Gorham, Pre-Award I Research Administrator, Research Administration

  • Tamaria Hawkins, Project Coordinator, Environmental Health

  • Karen Hermetz, Senior Research Specialist, Environmental Health

  • Elizabeth Kefeli, Pre-Award III Research Administrator, Research Administration

  • Wolfgang Mairinger, Information Analyst II, Global Health

  • Helena McAllister, Senior Administrative Assistant, Epidemiology

  • Stevene McGee, Administrative Assistant, Epidemiology

  • Jenether Stampley-Williams, Administrative Assistant, Epidemiology

  • Renzo Valeriani, Research Specialist, Global Health

  • Megan Warnock, Biostatistician, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

  • Laura Way, Administrative Assistant, Global Health Institute

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