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CDC integrates PrEP Locator


The CDC has integrated the Rollins-developed PrEP Locator tool into its National Prevention Information Network service directory (an extensive database of HIV/STD/hepatitis testing locations). PrEP Locator, the first national database of clinics prescribing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. was created by Aaron Siegler (behavioral sciences and health education), pictured above.

IBM Climate Change Research grant

Howard Chang (biostatistics and bioinformatics) and Yang Liu (environmental health) have received one of IBM's Climate Change Research grants. This project will examine the impact of future temperature and air pollution on human health with IBM technology resources, which include supercomputing power, weather data, and cloud data storage.

Michael Kutner was selected as the 2018 recipient of the 2018 American Statistical Association (ASA) Mentoring Award. Ying Guo (biostatistics and bioinformatics) and Rollins alumna Dionne Price 00PhD G were both chosen as ASA Fellows. ASA Fellows are nominated by current members and are selected on the basis of their established reputations and contributions to statistics. Ying is the ninth member of the current biostatistics faculty in 19 years to be named a Fellow of the ASA.


Kyle Steenland (environmental health), pictured above, was inducted into the Peruvian National Academy of Science. Kyle has worked on environmental health in Peru for the last 15 years. Via NIH/Fogarty grants, he has helped numerous Peruvian investigators study topics such as indoor air pollution in relation to cardiovascular disease and reproductive outcomes, mercury contamination from informal gold mines, and organophosphate pesticide exposure in relation to semen quality, among many others

Heather Zesiger 04MPH (student engagement) received the American College Health Association 2018 Ollie B. Moten Award for Outstanding Service to One’s Institution. The Moten Award “honors ACHA members who have made a significant impact on the institution of higher education in which they work.”


August 20: Faculty Retreat, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm, Lawrence P. & Ann Estes Klamon Room

August 27: Rollins-teer Day, New Student Orientation

*View all Rollins events on the online calendar.



Like mother, like daughter. Karen Andrea Armstrong 17MPH, manager of research projects at the Emory School of Medicine (left), with her daughter Shenella Alyssa Armstrong 18MPH and Dean Curran at the Rollins commencement ceremony

On May 14 we lauded the accomplishments of our Class of 2018. This year we graduated 548 MPH and MSPH students, including 24 dual-degree graduates. We also awarded 36 PhD degrees, which represents 13 percent of all the PhD degrees awarded at Emory this year.

Kimberly Jacob Arriola

Kimberly Jacob Arriola received the Thomas F. Sellers Jr. Award for exemplifying the ideals of public health and serving as a role model to colleagues. The award is given to an individual who represents the best qualities of collegiality.

Wendy Avila 18MPH 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 Breanna Katelin Wodnik 18MPH.

The Rollins Student Government Association named Michael Caudle (environmental health) as its Professor of the Year and Ralph Valenzuela Jr. (fulfillment services) as its Staff Person of the Year.

The Charles C. Shepard Award for best RSPH thesis was presented to Martha Wetzel 18MPH.

The following faculty were honored with Department Awards for Teaching Excellence: Elizabeth Walker (behavioral sciences and health education), Michael Windle (behavioral sciences and health education), Amita Manatunga (biostatistics and bioinformatics), Laura Ward (executive MPH), Matthew Freeman (environmental health), Veronika Fedirko (epidemiology), Juan Leon (global health), and Rob Merritt (health policy and management).

Ziyi Li 18PhD G is the initial recipient of the Michael and Penina Haber Award, given each year to the doctoral student who completes a dissertation in biostatistics in the fewest number of months since passing the qualifying exams. The award was established by Michael and Penina Haber. Michael is a professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.

Miner receives Charles R. Hatcher Jr. MD Award

Kathleen Miner accepts the award from Dean Curran.

Kathleen Miner has been named the 2018 recipient of the Charles R. Hatcher Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Health. Kathy is the associate dean for applied public health and professor in both the Executive MPH program and the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education.

Kathy is a renowned public health educator whose 35-plus years of teaching have touched the lives of people worldwide. Her contributions to Rollins and to the field of public health are too numerous to list here. She was instrumental in establishing the EMPH program. She has been a prolific researcher, serving as PI on training grants totaling more than $48 million. She has developed training and educational programs for Georgia’s public health workforce and has been very active on the Council of Education for Public Health, conducting scores of accreditation visits.

Above all, Kathy is a teacher and a mentor. She has won a host of teaching awards, and the Georgia Public Health Association changed the name of its Health Educator of the Year Award to the Kathy Miner Award. Former students created and funded the Dr. Kathleen R. Miner Scholarship for Public Health Excellence in her honor.

Kathleen’s leadership and lifelong commitment to public health exemplify the spirit of the Hatcher award.


Lash named chair of epidemiology


Timothy L. Lash has been appointed as Rollins Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology. A nationally recognized authority on cancer research, Tim's work primarily focuses on predictors of cancer recurrence and the use of adjuvant cancer therapies in low-resource settings.

Tim is also program leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute, Honorary Professor of Cancer Epidemiology at Aarhus University and a member of both the American Association of Cancer Research and the Society of Epidemiologic Research. He is a prolific writer who has co-authored two textbooks, published work in a number of preeminent scientific journals, and serves as the editor-in-chief of Epidemiology.

Tim succeeds Viola Vaccarino, who chaired the department for eight years. Viola will continue at Rollins as the Wilton Looney Professor of Cardiovascular Research.

New grants

Robert Breiman, Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, $25 million

Patrick Sullivan, Building Sustainable Organizational Capacity to Provide HIV Services in the US, Gilead Sciences, $8 million

Kevin Ward, Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, NIH National Cancer Institute, $2.8 million

Gary Miller, HERCULES: Health and Exposome Research Center at Emory 5 Yr - Competitive Renewal, NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, $1.5 million

Tene Lewis, Expectations of Discrimination and CVD Risk in African-American Women, NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, $800,000

Patrick Sullivan, Understanding Disparities in Effective HIV Treatment and Prevention, NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, $760,000

Viola Vaccarino, Sleep Disturbance as a Mechanism for Ischemic Heart Disease in PTSD, NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, $760,000

Karen Levy, Gut Microbiome, Enteric Infections, and Child Growth Across a Rural Urban Gradient, NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $760,000

Patrick Sullivan, Adolescent Trials Network Analysis Core and Atlanta SRV, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, $750,000

Hannah Cooper, Developing the Evidence Base for Overdose Policies: A Multilevel Analysis of NHBS, NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse, $710,000

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
  • Dabney Evans, Associate Professor, Global Health

  • Todd Everson, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health

  • Aaron Siegler, Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

New faculty

  • Yue Guan, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

Post Doctoral Fellows

  • Alison Cammack, Epidemiology

  • Elizabeth Kennedy, Environmental Health

  • Xintong Li, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

  • Fuying Tian, Environmental Health

Staff Promotions

  • Rhonda Burke, Associate Director of Business Operations, Finance and Compliance

  • Wendy Gill, Administrative Assistant, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

  • Savannah Gupton, Lead Research Specialist, Environmental Health

  • Michol Hilton, Human Resources Associate, Human Resources

  • Maria Holloway, Financial Analyst, Finance and Compliance

  • Robert Laverock, Post Award III Research Administrator, Research Administration

  • Tamaira Lyons, Pre-Award III Research Administrator, Research Administration

  • Candace Meadows, Associate Director of Programs, Epidemiology

  • Courtney Mwangura, Associate Director of Finance, Global Health Institute

  • Lisa Parker, Senior Program Coordinator, Student Services

  • Anirudh Rao, Data Analyst, Epidemiology

  • Navit Salzberg, Lead Public Health Program Associate, Global Health Institute

  • Neena Smith-Bankhead, Associate Director of Programs, Epidemiology

  • Shelly Terrazas, Senior Administrator, Global Health Institute

New Staff

  • Sherry Attaway, Senior Quality Control Editor, Epidemiology

  • Anna Benbrook, Senior Public Health Program Associate, Epidemiology

  • Danielle Broadnax, Public Health Program Associate, Epidemiology

  • Lisa Connor, Senior Quality Control Editor, Epidemiology

  • Norman Eubanks, Senior Multimedia Specialist, Information Services

  • ArTanya Ford, Finance/Accounting Specialist, Finance and Compliance

  • Betty Gentry, Senior Quality Control Editor, Epidemiology

  • Jessica Hand, Post Award II Research Administrator, Research Administration

  • Althea Hart, Program Assistant Director, Epidemiology

  • Farah Mouhanna, Data Analyst, Epidemiology

  • Jenna Norelli, Public Health Program Associate, Epidemiology

  • Saiya Sheth, Public Health Program Associate, Epidemiology

  • Jane Wei, Data Analyst, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

  • Brandi Williams, Program and Research Manager, Epidemiology

  • Volha Yakimavets, Lead Research Specialist, Environmental Health

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