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Distinguished Poster Presentation Award

Ola Wasel, a Toxicology PhD graduate student in Dr. Jennifer Freeman’s group, won the Distinguished Poster Presentation Award at the 2019 Pilot Research Project Symposium hosted by the University of Cincinnati’s National Institute for Occupational Health Education and Research Center Pilot Research Project Training Program.

Posted 10/14/19

2019 Indiana CTSI Annual Meeting

Keturah Kiper, PhD graduate student in Dr. Freeman’s lab, won the 2nd place poster award last Friday at the 2019 Indiana CTSI Annual Meeting in Indianapolis for her poster titled "Using the Zebrafish Model System to Define Arsenic Developmental Toxicity".

Posted 9/18/19

Scientific Reviewer

Dr. Wei Zheng, Professor HSCI, received a letter of gratitude from Colonel Stephen J. Dalal, Director of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, for his service as a scientist reviewer for the fiscal year 2019 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP).

Posted 9/18/19

Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

Congrats to Janiel Ahkin Chin Tai, a HSCI Toxicology graduate student in Dr. Jennifer Freeman’s lab, for being selected as an AGEP Scholar for Fall 2019.

Posted 9/9/19

ISMRM Annual Meeting

Dr. Uzay Imir has been selected to give a lecture on MRSI techniques as part of the educational program of the 28th ISMRM Annual Meeting, to be held from 18-23 April 2020 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. 

Posted 8/9/19

Mychaela Coyne won in MedPhys competition

Mychaela Coyne won second place in the MedPhys Slam competition at the July 2019 AAPM annual meeting in San Antonio, TX.  This is the second year of the competition, and the participant has just 3 minutes (and 3 slides) to present their research aimed at a non-expert panel.   Mychaela’s research was also highlighted in the Physics World story about the competition!  Mychaela is a Medical Physics PhD student in Linda Nie’s laboratory.

Posted 7/29/19

Purdue Grandparents University - 2019

Purdue alumni were welcomed to campus June 27-28 for Grandparents University. This two day program allows grandparents or other older adult relatives and children ages 7 to 14 an opportunity to live the college life at Purdue. Participants attend classes in a major of their choice, eat meals and stay overnight in the residence halls and explore campus. Lisa Hilliard, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program presented on the inner workings of the body, including how it works to keep you healthy. They learned about the kidneys, one of the body’s main filtration organs, then, tackle immune response and how cellular components work together to fight off infection.  From the smiles in the photos, you can tell a great time was had by all. 

Posted 7/22/19

American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce)

Student Presentations

Drs. Jason Harris, Sa Liu, and Jae Hong Park and three students attended American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce) in Minneapolis, MN. Li Liao (Ph.D. Student), Mishael Theis (Master Student), and Alec Graff (Undergraduate Student) presented posters and networked with industrial hygienists around the world.

During the AIHce, students, faculty, and alumni also gathered at the Purdue alumni reception to network and discuss all the things happening with the OEHS program.

Posted 6/4/19

 

2019 ISMRM

2019 ISMRMHealth Sciences students Pingyu Xia and Xin Shen received Magna Cum Laude awards (top 10%) for their abstracts at ISMSM 2019 meeting

Posted 4/20/19

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract Accepted

Dr. Uzay Emir's abstract titled "1999-7T Combined fMRI-fMRS, Multiscale Investigation of the Motor Cortex during Active and Resting States" has been selected for a traditional Poster Presentation AND an Oral Session presentation at the OHBM Annual Meeting being held June 09-13, 2019 in Rome.

Posted 5/23/19

Teaching Recognition

Dr. Wei Zheng received the Health Sciences 2019 Robert R. Landolt Excellence in Teaching Award at our ceremony held April 12th. Related to this, he was also nominated for a Favorite Faculty Award by an undergraduate student and invited to that Reception on March 24, 2019.

Posted 5/23/19

Autism Awareness Month

Dr. Uzay Emir gave two presenations to children at Cumberland Elementary School on April 19, 2019. His presentation was about Autism and brain imaging for Autism Awareness Month.

Posted 5/23/19

Patent Application Filed

A patent application has been filed by Drs. Uzay Emir  (HSCI) and Mark Chiew (Univesity of Oxford, UK) aims to acquire simultaneous multi-slice magnetic resonance spectroscopic images (MRSI) for 3D coverage. This technique is likely to be of broad interest across the neurosciences and in clinical settings as it permits in vivo neurochemical measurements in a timeframe that is experimentally and clinically feasible.

Posted 5/2/19

Fulbright Global Scholar program

Dr. Linda Nie was selected for a Fulbright award to the Fulbright Global Scholar program. This program U.S. academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to propose research or combined teaching/research activity in two to three countries with flexible schedule options; trips can be conducted within one academic year or spread over two consecutive years. https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2019/Q2/getting-the-lead-and-other-metals-out-better-detection-can-save-lives.html

Posted 5/7/19

 

Dr. Jason Cannon was selected for the new Fulbright Specialist Roster (April 2019 – April 2022). 

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. Cannon will be working with hosts to develop her project in the coming months, so stay tuned for more news. https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org

Society of Toxicology

Dr. Jonathan Shannahan was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Young Immunotoxicologist Award by the Society of Toxicology Immunotoxicology Specialty Section.  

Posted 4/12/19

Global Roundtable

Dr. Wei Zheng, Professor HSCI, is a panelist/table leader at the March 27th, 2019 Timmy Global Health at Purdue – Global Roundtable. This event features an open discussion of international health and global healthcare topics between students and experts, such as Dr. Wei, in international health related research.

Posted 3/26/19

Chicago AIHA Student Night 2019

The Chicago Local Chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association's annual Student Night was held on February 27, 2019.  Twelve HSCI faculty and students attended the event.  Six undergraduate students presented research posters and two graduate students gave oral presentations during the evening.  Environmental Health Science major Ryan O'Connell (working with Dr. Ellen Wells) won the first place in the undergraduate poster competition for his poster "An Analysis of Soil Contamination in East Chicago near the USS Lead Superfund Site".  Occupational and Environmental Health Science PhD student Li Liao (working with Dr. Jae Hong Park) won the second place in the graduate student oral presentation competition for her talk "A New Approach for Evaluation of Occupational Exposure to Bioaerosols".  The Chicago AIHA Chapter will also provide funds to support our student's travel to present their research at the national AIHA meeting in Minneapolis this May.

Posted 3/15/19

Indiana ASSP Scholarship

Mishael Theis, an OEHS MS student working with Dr. Jae Hong Park, was awarded a scholarship from the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).  The scholarship was awarded at the Indiana Chapter ASSP meeting in Indianapolis on February 27, 2019.

Posted 3/15/19

Poster Presentation Award

Keturah Kiper, a PhD student in Jennifer Freeman’s lab, received 2nd place in the Neuroscience and Neurodegenerative Disease category for her poster presentation at the Health and Disease: Science, Technology, Culture and Policy on February 28, 2019.

Posted 3/15/19

Core Pilot Prosal Selected

Dr. Carlos Pérez-Torress has recieved funding for his projected entitled "Initial Characterization of a Swine Model of Radiation-Induced Brain Injury."   This will provide resources provide resources for his research program to use the Pre-Clinical Research Laboratory with Gert Breuer, and Life Science MRI Facility with Ulrike Dydak.

Posted 2/27/19

SOT Elections

Society of Toxicology election results were announced last night, February 14, 2019.  Two members of our HSCI faculty were among those elected, with terms of service beginning in May 2019.   

Dr. Aaron Bowman was elected as a member of the SOT Awards Committee.
Dr. Jennifer Freeman was elected as the regional chapters representative for the SOT Nominating Committee

Posted 2/15/19

University Core Facility Research Equipment Grant

Dr. Ulrike Dydak received a University Core Facility Research Equipment Grant from the EVPRP over $40,000 to buy the “Simultaneous Multi Slice (SMS) Software License" for the Purdue Life Science MRI facility. SMS enables accelerated MRI imaging, reducing scan time to allow higher resolution or higher anatomical coverage at equal scan time.  This grant enables that this novel scanner capability will now be an integral part of the MRI facility for the lifetime of the scanner. https://www.purdue.edu/research/funding-and-grant-writing/funding/lab-program.php

Posted 2/5/19

Student Travel Award

David Edmondson (Graduate Student in Dr. Ulrike Dydak's lab) recieved the AstraZeneca Student Travel Award.   He will be honored and present a seminar the CTSS (Computational Toxicology) speciality section at the Society of Toxicology meeting in March.

Posted 2/6/19

INA Symposium

The INA symposium proposal "Use of Imaging Data for Risk Assessment:  Updates, Challenges, and Future Perspectives" was selected for the 2019 meeting. (Roberto Lucchini is chair, other speakers include HSCI Professor Ulrike Dydak, Christoph VanThriel, David Bellinger).

Posted 2/6/19

ISMRM Annual Meeting 

The symposium session “Advances in Psychoradiology” was selected for the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), held in May 2019 in Montreal, Canada. Professor of HSCI,  Dr. Ulrike Dydak , will co-chair this symposium together with Qiyong Gong (Vice-chair). Speakers include Liesbeth Reneman (Amsterdam University Medical Centers, The Netherlands), Chunshui Yu (University General Hospital Tianjin, China), Matthew Kempton (King’s College London, UK), Bharat Biswal (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA), Ching-Po Lin (National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan) and Steven Stufflebeam (Harvard Medical School, USA).  In addition, Dr. Ulrike Dydak is invited speaker for a second Symposium selected for the ISMRM 2019, entitled “MRI/S Biomarkers of toxicity”, chaired by John Wateron (University of Manchester, UK) and Claudia Green (Bayer, Germany), where she will speak on "Neuroimaging Markers of Metal Toxicity in Career Welders”.

Dr. Uzay Emir is invited speaker for the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Educational Session “Physics for Physicists” to present on “The Physics of MR Spectroscopy”

Posted 2/10/19

(FLAIR) Fellows Program

Dr. Jason Cannon has been admitted to the Faculty Leadership Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (FLAIR) Fellows Program.  Sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships at Purdue University, FLAIR focuses on training and equipping faculty with the skills and resources they will need to effectively lead large, multi-disciplinary research teams, centers and research-centric administrative offices (including Associate Dean for Research and EVPRP positions). The FLAIR program complements and interfaces with the Office of the Provost’s INSIGHTS program that provides faculty training across the broad spectrum of academic leadership. The more focused FLAIR program concentrates on training in building, coordinating and directing large research efforts including interdisciplinary and, in some cases, international programs and centers.

The FLAIR Fellows Program will provide training and mentoring in research leadership. It will familiarize faculty with university and external resources available for aiding in writing successful, large-scale, multi-faceted research proposals and directing major multi-disciplinary, and multi-institutional research efforts and centers.

Posted 1/22/19

Travel Grants

Dr. Shreesh Sammi, a Post Doctoral Research Associate in Dr. Jason Cannon's lab has received a Postdoctoral Supplemental Travel Grant.  This award is to defray the cost of attending a conference between January 1 and June 30, 2019.   Rachel Foguth, a Graduate Students, also in Dr. Cannon's lab recieved the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience awarded travel grant.  These funds are restricted for use of Neuroscience-focused travel and she will attend the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in March, 2019.

Posted 12/3/18

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.

Posted 12/3/18

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

Posted 12/3/18

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/

Posted 9/19/18

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.

Posted 9/19/18

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

Posted 9/10/18

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

Posted 9/10/18

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.

Posted 9/10/18

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.

Posted 12/3/18

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!

Posted 8/27/18

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)

Posted 8/27/18

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. 

Posted 8/20/18

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