COPH Students Participate in USF Health Research Day

| Monday Letter, Students

This year, 70 students affiliated with the COPH participated in the 22nd annual USF Health Research Day.   This number includes 55 students in the Departments of Global Health; Community and Family Health; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; and Environmental and Occupational Health…. plus 15 students in the Sunshine ERC!

Two of our COPH graduate students were selected to participate in the oral session; their abstract information is below:

Chighaf Bakour, Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, “Obesity and Childhood Asthma: Does Breastfeeding Make a Difference? Analysis of Data from the 2007-2008 NHANES”

Ryan Michael, Dept. of Environmental & Occupational Health, “Source Attribution of Atmospheric Mercury Deposition to Tampa using Positive Matrix Factorization”

In addition, the COPH would like to offer special congratulations to the following COPH students who received awards for their excellent posters and presentations:

Kristin Harsch, Dept. of Community & Family Health, “Beyond The Condom: A Text and Mobile Video Pilot Project Promoting Long-Acting, Reversible Contraception Methods to College-Age Women”

Nicole Johnson, Dept. of Community & Family Health, “Diabetes Distress in Parents of Children with Type 1 Diabetes”

Courtney Judd, MD, General Academics Pediatrics Fellow and Dept. of Community & Family Health, “Postpartum Depression Screening: Are Pediatricians on Board?

Jill Sears, Dept. of Environmental & Occupational Health, “The Public Health Implications of Marina Pollution on Recreational Beaches”

Emanny Sanchez (presented on behalf of  Curtis DeVetter), Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and  Global Health, “Fruit and Vegetable Access in Low-Income Rural Communities: Florida Case-Study”

Steven P. Maher, Dept. of Global Health, “A Liver Sinusoid Device for Studying Plasmodium Exoerythrocytic Forms and Antimalarial Therapeutics

Patrick T. Vander Kelen, Dept. of Global Health, “Habitat Associations of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Transmission in Walton County Florida”

Isabella Chan, Depts. of Community & Family Health and Anthropology, “Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC): Provider Perspectives and Maternal Decision-Making”

A Picasa album of photos can be viewed at and a photo montage can be viewed at

As mentioned above the Sunshine ERC also  held its own ‘section’  which featured research conducted by USF’s Sunshine Education and Research Center’s five academic programs in Occupational Medicine, Occupational Health Nursing, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety, Occupational Health Psychology;  as well as guests from the  University of Puerto Rico; and Florida International University.

A Picasa album of photos can be viewed at and a photo montage can be viewed at

Congratulations to all of our student participants!

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