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2018 OVSOT

The Ohio Valley Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology (OVSOT) Meeting was held at the University of Louisville on Friday November 30, 2018. Attendees from HSCI included: Drs. Jennifer Freeman and Jonathan Shannahan along with graduate students Saeed Alqahtani, David Edmondson, Keturah Kiper, Lisa Kobos, Brian Sumprer, Janiel Ahkin Chin Tai, and Ola Wasel; and undergraduate students Lauren Brulinski, Jennifer Davis, and Lucas Turner; and alum Sherleen Fu.

Lisa Kobos, a PhD student in the Shannahan laboratory, received the 1st place PhD graduate student presentation award which includes a $1500 travel award to the 2019 Society of Toxicology meeting in Baltimore, MD and service as the OVSOT graduate student representative from May 2019-April 2020.

Lucas Turner, an undergraduate researcher in the Freeman laboratory and HSPP major, received the 2nd place undergraduate student poster award.

The Book of Great Teachers

Dr. Jennifer Freeman is one of 45 professors to be inducted into The Book of Great Teachers!   Dedicated in 1999, the display currently holds the names of 384 distinguished faculty.  This book honors faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in the classroom.   The Induction will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 3:30-6:15 p.m. in the South Ballroom of the Purdue Memorial Union. https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/purduetoday/releases/2018/Q4/45-professors-to-be-inducted-into-purdues-book-of-great-teachers.html 

Giant Leaps Research: Jennifer Freeman

When a chemical spill in Elk River contaminated the drinking water of nearly 300,000 West Virginians in 2014, little was known about the contaminant MCHM, a type of methanol used industrially for cleaning coal. But now that it was in a local water source … is it a safety issue? Would exposure harm brain development in children? Jennifer Freeman, Associate Professor of Toxicology, wanted to answer those questions, and her group conducted a toxicological assessment on the MCHM mixture that escaped Tank 396 that day. Read more...

2018 volume of the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research

Leeah Reidenbach, a recent graduate that also participated in the School of Health Sciences Undergraduate Research Honors Program working with Dr. Jennifer Freeman, published a research snapshot titled “Gene Expression Consistent during Zebrafish Embryonic Development for rnf14 and ttc3 with Expression Altered with Atrazine Exposure at 60 hpf for ttc3.” Leeah’s work is part of a study recently published in the Journal of Proteomics, which was the collaboration of six different undergraduate researchers along with four graduate students in the Freeman laboratory. https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jpur/vol8/iss1/16/

Emma Wallens, a senior in the School of Health Sciences Undergraduate Research Honors Program working with Dr. Linda Nie, published a full research article titled “Using Bone Lead as a Biomarker for Lead Toxicity in Condors: Accuracy of Portable L-X-ray Fluorescence (LXRF) Device to Quantify Lead (Pb) in Condor Bone In Vivo.” https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jpur/vol8/iss1/9/ 

Boghos Tasklakjian, a senior majoring in Medical Laboratory Sciences working with Drs. Jennifer Freeman and Linda Nie, published a research snapshot titled “Synergistic Toxicity of the Heavy Metal Lead and Radiation.” https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jpur/vol8/iss1/17/

Dr. Aaron Bowman's INA-17 Scientific Session Proposal Selected

The scientific session proposal "Next generation in vitro neurotoxicity testing: human induced pluripotent stem cell derived neuronal models”  was selected for the International Neurotoxicology Association annual meeting (INA-17) to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany from September 29th until October 3rd,  2019.  Session will be co-chaired by Aaron Bowman (HSCI Head), co-chaired with Anke Tukker (Utrecht University, Netherlands) and Stefan Schildknecht (Konstanz University, Germany) will also speak.

Dr. Jason Cannon's INA-17 Scientific Session Proposal Selected 

“Immune dysregulation as a primary mechanism of early neurotoxicity – relevance to disease” was selected for International Neurotoxicology Association annual meeting (INA-17) to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany from September 29th until October 3rd,  2019. Session will be chaired by Jason Cannon (HSCI Associate Professor), Barbara Viviani (University of Milan); Stefania Marzocco (University of Salerno) will also speak.

Dr. Jason Harris chosen as a participant in the Purdue Insights Forum for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The comprehensive Insights Forum covers a wide range of subject areas including developing a vision, navigating differing priorities, building teams, developing an inclusive environment, and managing resources. Experts across campus provide content and each participant is asked to choose a senior mentor to help develop personal goals and objectives. Dr. Harris was nominated by Dean Chris Ladisch and is the only 2018-2019 Fellow to come from the College of Health and Human Sciences. https://www.purdue.edu/provost/about/newsletter/facultyFocus/august-2017.html

Dr. Jennifer Freeman was selected for the new Fulbright Specialist Roster (Aug 2018 - August 2021). 

The Fulbright Specialist Program, part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions.  Dr. Freeman will be working with hosts to develop her project in the coming months, so stay tuned for more news. https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org

Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Foundation gifts $6000 to the School of Health Sciences industrial Hygiene program. 

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Foundation has gifted $6,000 to the Industrial Hygiene (IH) program. The IH program is one of BCSP’s Qualified Academic Programs (QAPs), described as an exceptional program with bachelor's or master's degree program(s) in safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) practices holding superior program accreditation. Of the funds gifted, $1,000 is designated to help offset the cost of retaining the ABET program accreditation. The remaining $5,000 is provided as a scholarship to one student from the program that meets the criteria designated by the BCSP.  Dr. Jason Harris is the BCSP Coordinator for the IH program.

HHS Outstanding Graduate Mentor - 2018

Dr. Ulrike Dydak was recognized at the Spring 2018 HHS Faculty Meeting as the recipient of the HHS Outstanding Graduate Menori Award.

Teaching Academy Inductee - 2018

Lisa M. Hilliard has been chosen as a 2018 Teaching Academy Associate.  Bringing together outstanding scholar-teachers from across diverse curricula, the Teaching Academy provides all interested faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to talk, learn, and work together on important and meaningful educational initiatives. The Teaching Academy sponsors programs and activities fostering educational creativity, innovation, and effectiveness both in and outside the classroom.     

Lisa, a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the  Medical Laboratory Science Program was one of 12 inductees selected across the university, and 1 of 4 selectees chosen from the College of Health and Human Sciences, based upon evidence of excellence in teaching, innovation in teaching methodology, teaching-related service, and scholarship in teaching and learning.  We in the School of Health Sciences are proud to have Lisa as a member of our Faculty!

Thumbs Up

Jonathan Shannahan (Health Sciences) and Jasmine Moisides (Purdue Research Foundation-University Development Office): On Aug. 6, an individual had a medical emergency during lunch at the Hansen Life Sciences Research Building. Jasmine and Jonathan reacted quickly to the life-threatening emergency and quite possibly saved the person's life. We are very thankful for the quick reaction of these two individuals, and any other that assisted at HANS during the emergency. Thank you! -- Vivian Scott (Building Services).  (Source: Purdue Today, Thumps Up)

Research Update

The research program of HSCI Associate Professor Linda Nie was highlight in Purdue Today.  Her cutting edge technology developed here at Purdue enables personalized assessment for the accumulation of toxic metals due to industrial or environmental exposures. 

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