HSCI Happenings

Cornerstone Review Publication

Hannah Fisher

Congratulations to Hannah Fisher, a student in our Health Sciences Pre-Professional Program (Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration), who was published in the Cornerstone Review’s inaugural issue this fall.  She wrote the essay “Reason and Regression: An Examination of Stoicism on Virtue,” originally as part of a writing assignment in Professor Michael J. Augustin’s SCLA 101 class in the fall semester of 2019. She said, “This course has been immensely transformative in her personal life and she wanted to take this opportunity to express her gratitude to Professor Augustin for guiding her on the path to eudaimonia.”  The Cornerstone Review is a journal dedicated to the best student writing, video and artwork accomplished in Transformative Texts, I and II (SCLA 101 and 102).   Great job Hannah! 

Posted 11/18/2020

Service Learning Grant

Congratulations to HSCI students Eileen Yan, Elizabeth Aikins, Sankalp Katta, Arteen Rasti, Brandon Tso, and Jung Hyun Lee (Dr. Sa Liu's research group) on being awarded a grant from the Purdue University Office of Engagement Student Grant Program. The students will work with community partners, Mr. Tom Wallace Ms. Deborah from the Martinsville Indiana Superfund Site Association (MISSA)  project “Developing awareness about groundwater contamination with volatile organic compounds by teaching community members about health effects and environmental sampling”. This short-term project aims to inform community members about the health effects of groundwater contamination and encourage enriched conversations about PCE (trichloroethylene) and TCE (tetrachloroethylene) exposure by having community members collect and analyze their own PCE data samples. 

Posted 10/30/2020

US Environmental Protection Agency Award

Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Shannahan on being awarded $15,000 from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for his project “Developing Practices for Responding to Chemical Incidents”.  This project will allow him  to form a workgroup consisting of health officials and Cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) experts to identify best public health practices and response efforts.  Individuals in the workgroup will participate in structured and focused discussions on topics meant to formulate best practices to prevent and respond to CIPP air incidents.

Posted 10/21/2020

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH) Supplemental Award

Congratulations Dr. Wei Zheng  and Dr. Yansheng Du (IU School of Medicine) on receiving a 1 year National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH) Supplemental Award ($132k) for their project titled “Lead Exposure and Beta-Amyloid Transport by Brain Barrier.” The newly arrived fund will support the live phase imaging of in vivo 18F-AV45 PET/MRI and autoradiography in APP transgenic mice coupled with immunohistochemical analysis to understand the causes of cerebral amyloid angiopathy in Alzheimer’s disease, and a possible role of lead exposure.  

Posted 10/8/2020
 

Purdue Undergraduate Research

The 2020 edition of the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research was recently published: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jpur/. Below are the undergraduate researchers from the School of Health Sciences who were published in this latest edition. 

Research article

Research snapshots

Congratulations to our students and their faculty mentors on the publication of their work and this accomplishment!

Posted 9/24/2020

National Geographic Interview with Jennifer Freeman

Dr. Jennifer Freeman was recently interviewed by National Geographic about atrazine toxicity and a specific study in wallabies.  This new study on atrazine adds to a growing body of work showing the pesticide can interfere with sexual development in various animals.  Atrazine is the second-most used herbicide in the U.S., where 70 million pounds are sprayed annually on crops—mainly corn, sugarcane, and sorghum. Australia, the chemical’s second-largest market, uses six million pounds each year. The European Union banned atrazine in 2004 over lack of evidence of the chemical’s safety and concerns about regulating its concentration in watersheds. In the U.S., atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in tap water, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit that advocates for reduced pesticide use and stronger drinking water standards. While not involved in the wallaby study, Dr. Freeman said that “because the endocrine system is similar across all mammals, studies like these have potential implications for humans too.” A 2010 Natural Resources Defense Council analysis of 153 drinking water systems through the U.S. found over a third had spikes in atrazine above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) limit of three parts per billion. Some systems in Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana had spikes above 10 parts per billion in their drinking water.  Click here to read this article in its entirety. 

Posted 9/24/2020

Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Scholar

Janiel Ahkin Chin Tai and Keturah Kiper (Dr. Jennifer Freeman’s lab) have been renewed this Fall 2020 as recipients of the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) scholarship. Congratulations Janiel and Keturah!  A fantastic videography of their thesis research and as well as a summary of their research can be viewed here.

Posted 9/24/2020

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

SaeedCongratulations to Saeed Alqahtani (Dr. Shannahan’s lab) on his second place award as Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Nanoscience and Advanced Materials Specialty Section.  This was awarded by SOT at the 2020 meeting at Anaheim (https://www.toxicology.org/awards/sot/awards.aspx?AwardID=173)

Posted 9/23/2020

 

Botanical Safety Consortium Member

Congratulations to Dr. Jason Cannon on being appointed as a member of the Neurotoxicity Technical Working Group, Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC). The Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC) was officially convened in November 2019, as the result of a Memorandum of Understanding between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the non-profit Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI). This multi-partite, multi-stakeholder international effort will bring together key scientific experts to enhance the botanical safety toolkit and bring clarity to botanical dietary ingredient assessments.    Congratulations Jason!

Posted 9/2/2020

2020-2021 Clinical Placement

Congratulations to the 2020-21 Medical Laboratory Sciences students who were placed at hospital for their clinical year. Another year with 100% placement for our MedLab program, led by MLAB Director Lisa Hilliard, and a testament to the diligence and accomplishments of our students. Great job everyone!

Clinical Placement

Posted 8/26/2020

New Experiences in Toxicology Program

Lisa PrinceCongratulations to Lisa Prince (Dr. Aaron Bowman’s lab) who is the recipient of a New Experiences in Toxicology Program (NEXT) award. This provides funding to cover costs associated with additional training related to toxicology that will broaden a postdoc's expertise and prepare them for the competitive job market. Dr. Prince will participate in the TERA Dose Response Assessment Boot Camp.  Great job Lisa!

Posted 8/13/2020

 

Women’s Global Health Institute continues to seek data, encourage research on sex differences in COVID-19

This Spring 2020 the Women’s Global Health Institute asked Purdue researchers to report any COVID-19 research they were already undertaking, along with any plans they had to include sex differences. WGHI compiled a list of respondents.  Dr. Luanne Bermel, WGHI’s managing director said, “Having this information on our website makes it easier for Purdue researchers to identify potential collaborators,”  Dr. Ulrike Dydak, WGHI associate director, was interviewed and said, “With respect to COVID-19, understanding how the disease affects men and women differently can be useful in determining how to take into account these differences when designing interventions.” Dr. Dydak is a professor in the School of Health Sciences and director of the Purdue Life Sciences MRI Facility.  The Institute, a partner of the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease, serves as a nexus of interdisciplinary research to create partnerships, promote research and develop training opportunities to improve the health and quality of life for women through the prevention and early detection of disease. Please follow the link here to read the entire article.

Posted 8/12/2020

Keturah KiperAlliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Scholar

Keturah Kiper (Dr. Jennifer Freeman’s lab) is the recipient of a Summer 2020 Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) scholarship. This program is designed to help ensure that the Scholars thrive during their academic career and to provide resources that help them successfully enter the professoriate. In addition to providing a scholarship, the program helps provide a community for AGEP Scholars, and offers personal and professional development workshops, mentoring, and outreach activities to help prepare scholars beyond graduate school.  Congratulations Keturah!

Posted 8/12/2020

Research Update - An Aerosol Professor Discusses Droplet Size, How Students Could Be Exposed in Classrooms

The research program of HSCI Assistant Professor, Jae Hong Park  was highlight in Purdue Today this summer.  His research concentrates on aerosol science, exploring the dynamics, synthesis and control of aerosols in order to evaluate and improve air quality.  During the interview, Dr. Park discussed  droplet size and how students could be exposed in classrooms.   The article, in its entirety, can be found in The Exponent

Posted 8/12/2020

Advisory Board Member – EEOICPA

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Bowman, Professor and Head on being selected by the Secretary of Labor for appointment to the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA), for a term of two years.  Great job!

Posted 8/12/2020

Virtual American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce)

Dr. Jae Park and six members of his lab attended the 2020 the annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce), virtually, in June.  Two undergraduate students (Kaushal Arvind Prasad and Kenny Burnell) and four graduate students (Li Liao, Mishael Theis, Tyler Bobo, and Dillon Dishon) attended. Three student presented posters as follows (students’ names are bolded.)

  • Liao, L., Byeon, J.H., Park, J.H.*, Size-selective Bioaerosol Sampler Combined with an Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) Bioluminescence Assay
  • Theis, M., Prasad, K.A., Park, J.H.*, Byeon, J.H., J Characterization of Nanoparticles Produced from a Spark Discharge System with Manganese and Iron Alloy Electrodes
  • Prasad, K.A., Theis, M., Bobo, T., Snyder, S., Liu, S., Dydak, U., Park, J.H.*, Sampling and Monitoring of Particles in Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding Fumes

Li Liao’s poster won 1st Place for the Best in Show ($350). Her poster was also selected as the winner of the Ken Dillon Award ($100) by the Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology Committee.   Kaushal Prasad’s poster was selected by the AIHA Oil and Gas Working Group for their Best Student poster ($100). Congratulations to Dr. Park and his lab on their great job of representing the School of Health Sciences and Purdue!

Posted 7/2/2020

NIOSH Pilot Project Research Training program

HSCI Ph.D. student Li Liao’s proposal titled “Development of a Sampler for the Rapid and Convenient Detection of Airborne Pathogens” has been recommended for funding of $20,000 by the Center for Occupational Safety and Health Engineering, University of Michigan.  Li Liao and her mentor, Dr. Jae Park, will present a poster on their research at the ERC Regional Research Symposium at the University of Kentucky (spring of 2021).  Congratulations to Li Liao and Dr. Park!

Posted 6/26/2020

2020 Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) scholarship

Janiel Ahkin Chin Tai, a doctoral graduate student in Dr. Jennifer Freeman’s lab, was chosen for the summer 2020 Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) scholarship. The objective of this program is to increase the number of domestic students, especially from underrepresented population groups, who receive doctoral degrees and become faculty members in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Janiel will have the opportunity to attend professional development activities, mentoring, networking and other enriching opportunities during this summer.  Congratulations Janiel!

Posted 6/12/2020

Showcase - Graduate Student from Around the Globe

Ola Wasel - Graduate StudentOla Wasel, from Alexandria, Egypt, is a doctoral student in Dr. Jennifer Freeman's lab, in Health Sciences. She was recently interviewed by the Graduate School in a Student Spotlight Series showcasing her research and interests outside of the laboratory.  Her research topic is Assessing the Toxicity of Environmental Chemicals. Watch her video here.  Great job Ola!

Posted 6/9/2020

 

Linda Nie, Associate Editor

Congrats to Linda Nie, Associate Professor, who has been appointed, effective July 1, 2020, as Associate Editor to the Journal of Applied Radiation and Isotopes.

Posted 5/28/2020

Social Distance Commencement Spring 2020

Mahsa Servati - HSCI GradCongratulations to all of our HSCI Spring 2020 graduating students!  The College of Health and Human Sciences has posted an HHS Commencement webpage for all.  A few of our HSCI graduating M.S. students put together a brief 'virtual commencement video' on Instagram for their friends and family and shared it with us.  

Mahsa Servati added, “this video was made with a group of friends, but anyone who graduated and is interested can send their videos to Mahsa (mservati@purdue.edu) by the end of May and she gladly will make a more inclusive video clip!”

Posted 5/18/2020

 

Top Ten Most Downloaded Papers

Congratulations Jae Park and Mark Wilson.  Their paper titled, Characteristics of metallic nanoparticles emitted from heated Kanthal e-cigarette coils,” was among the top ten most downloaded papers in 2019 published in the Journal of Nanoparticle Research.  Great Job Drs. Park and Wilson!

Posted 5/11/2020

PRF Summer Faculty Grant

Dr. Jae Hong Park has received a grant from the Purdue Research Foundation to support his summer research project titled “Development of a method for collection and detection of airborne pathogens.”  A PRF Summer Faculty Grant (SFG) provides salary support enabling the awardee to pursue full-time scholarly work during the summer session.  Congratulations Jae!

Posted 4/30/20

Poster session highlights graduate students' interdisciplinary health, disease research efforts

The March 5, 2020 Health and Disease: Science, Technology, Culture and Policy Research Poster Session showcased more than 100 graduate student presenters from colleges across campus.  The event was sponsored by the colleges of Health and Human Sciences, Agriculture, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Pharmacy, Science, Veterinary Medicine, Purdue Polytechnic Institute and Purdue Libraries. The annual poster session aims to foster new interdisciplinary collaborations across a diverse spectrum of disciplines, and to enhance student communication and professional skills.  Ola Wasel, from Dr. Jennifer Freeman’s lab won second place in the Neuroscience and Neurodegenerative disease category.  Congratulations Ola!


Posted 3/11/2020

AIHA - Student Night

Chicago AIHA Student Night 2020

Purdue had a great showing at the annual Chicago American Industrial Hygiene Association Chapter’s Annual Student Night on February 25, 2020.  Ten students and 3 faculty went up to Chicago to represent Purdue.  All attendees benefited from networking with the attendees from three other universities as well as the numerous professionals who attended the event.  Four students presented their research.  Kaushal Arvind Prasad won the second place award for undergraduate poster presentation and Mishael Theis won the second place award for graduate oral presentation.  Congratulations to our award winners!

Posted 2/27/2020

Travel Award

Congratulations to Shreesh Sammi, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dr. Jason Cannon’s lab, on being selected for the NTSS Narahashi Travel Award to the Society of Toxicology 2020 meeting!

2/13/2020

Nie is among record eight Fulbright Scholars in 2019-20, leading to Purdue recognition by the Chronicle

Eight Purdue Faculty were selected as Fulbright Scholars for 2019-20. That has earned Purdue a place on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual list of “Top Producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Students, 2019-20.” The eight faculty Fulbrights are the most Purdue has ever had in one academic year, with 5 in 2018-19. Linda Nie, associate professor in the School of Health Sciences, used her award to expand her research in an area that required synchrotron facilities not offered at Purdue. She spent four months at the DESY Research Center at Hamburg, Germany, and two months at the Pohang (South Korea) Accelerator Laboratory.  “It was a very exciting and rewarding experience, culturally and research wise,” Nie said.  Nie went on to say that the support she received from Purdue was key in her successful applications.  Read more

2/11/2020

In the Spotlight: Jason Cannon

Jason Cannon, an associate professor of toxicology in HSCI, studies the neurotoxicity of ‘forever chemicals’, i.e. PFOS and PFOA. The human-made chemicals make our kitchen pans stick-free, our athletic wear water-repellent and firefighting chemicals more efficient do their jobs incredibly well, but it’s at the expense of lingering in the body and environment for what is believed to be forever.    These ‘forever chemicals’ are something that Cannon refers to as a major public health issue as adverse health effects have been shown to affect hormones and other aspects of the endocrine system. Both PFOS and PFOA are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, more commonly known as PFAS, and are potentially neurotoxic. But to what extent is unknown, especially for the years and decades they may accumulate in the brain.   Read more here

2/6/2020

Chernobyl Panel

HSCI faculty Jason Harris Ph.D. participated in a panel discussion of the HBO 2019 mini-series “Chernobyl" on Feb 3rd, 2020. He joined fellow panelists Mark Sandberg Ph.D., Jean L. Nakamura M.D., Alexei Yurchak Ph.D., and Massimiliano Fratoni Ph.D.

Posted 2/3/2020

National Institute of Aging R21 Grant

Congrats!!  Wei Zheng, Professor in HSCI, along with colleagues Yansheng Du and Paul Territo at Indiana University have been awarded an R21 grant from the National Institute of Aging.  The project is entitled “The Pathogenic Role of Pb in Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy and AD”. 

1/27/2020

Purdue Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Grants

Three of our HSCI undergraduate students were awarded a competitive Purdue Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Grant for $500. 

  • Frank Yanko’s project in Dr. Aaron Bowman’s laboratory (Professor and Head, HSCI) is entitled “The Cellular Influx of Manganese in the Presence of a Manganese Selective Ionophore.”
  • Anusha Kotapalli’s project in Dr. Jennifer Freeman’s laboratory (Associate Professor, HSCI) is entitled “Toxicity of Lead and Atrazine Mixture Using the Larval Zebrafish Model System.”
  • Hanna King’s  project in Dr. Jennifer Freeman’s laboratory (Associate Professor, HSCI) is entitled “Developmental Toxicity of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate salt (K-PFOS) and Perfluorobutanesulfonic salt (K-PFBS).”

Congratulations to all three of these students!


Posted 12/3/19

Ohio Valley Society of Toxicology Meeting

Lisa Kobos (Shannahan lab) won second place in the 3-minute oral presentation competition at the Ohio Valley Society of Toxicology Meeting held October 18th, 2019. Amongst the 10 students selected to compete was also Mahsa Servati (Dydak lab). Congrats to both of them for representing HSCI, their labs and their own research so strongly.

Posted 10/24/19

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 presentations 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 (University 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 received 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) received 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 received 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.

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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