Associate Director, Women’s Global Health Institute

The Women’s Global Health Institute at Purdue University has appointed a School of Health faculty member to one of its leadership roles. Ulrike Dydak, professor of Purdue University School of Health Sciences, is the institute’s new associate director. Also, another faculty member from our College (HHS), Dorothy Teegarden, professor of Purdue University Department of Nutrition Science, is WGHI’s new director.  See the news story on the HHS webpage.

Posted 10/8/19

New Awards

Purdue University has renewed the NRC Scholarship Grant ($200k awarded) and the NRC Fellowship Grant ($400k awarded) to encourage careers and research in the nuclear related fields.  These grants are led by Dr. Seungjin Kim (School of Nuclear Engineering) as PI, with our own Dr. Jason Harris (School of Health Sciences) and Shripad Revankar (School of Nuclear Engineering) as Co-PIs.  See the full list of grants here

Posted 10/1/19

Associate Professor

Dr. Ellen Wells has been promoted to Associate Professor of Environmental  & Occupational Health Sciences effective, Fall 2019.   Ellen received a B.A.in Biology from Oberlin College in 1998, a M.E.M (Masters of Environmental Management) in Environmental Health Policy and M.P.H. (Masters of Public Health) in Environmental Health from Yale University in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2009.  She teaches courses in public health, epidemiology, environmental epidemiology, and environmental health science.  She conducts environmental epidemiology research related to metal and endocrine disruptor exposures and their relationship with neurologic and cardiometabolic health, particularly among children.

Posted 9/9/19

UM Pilot Project Research Training Award 

Dr. Park received a grant for $20,000 for his proposal titled “Nano Particulates in Welding Fumes and Manganese Deposition in the Human Brain: Does Size Matter?” from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). PPRT project awardees are required to present a poster on their research at the ERC Regional Research Symposium at the University of Kentucky (tentative date March 13, 2020).

Posted 07/18/2019

Grants to Study Lead and Arsenic Exposure Effects in Children

Dr. Wells (Associate Professor, Health Sciences) and colleagues have initiated a research study which will measure exposure to lead and arsenic among children in East Chicago, Indiana and determine whether exposure to this combination of metals is associated with child neurodevelopment.  East Chicago residents have been exposed to substantial levels of lead and arsenic as a result of decades of industrial activity, most notably operations related to a former lead smelter (now the USS Lead Superfund site).  

Idaho National Laboratory awards funding to Purdue Investigators for Versatile Test Reactor projects

Idaho National Laboratory has awarded $1.7 million of funding to universities to develop instrumentation and tools for a proposed research reactor that would generate high-speed – or “fast” – neutrons for experimentation and testing purposes.

Purdue is one of six university-led projects that were awarded through the Versatile Test Reactor program. Dr. Maria Okuniewski (PI), Asst. Professor in Materials Engineering and Dr. Jason Harris (Co-PI), Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences, received $350,400 for their project In-Situ Irradiation Creek Testing Vehicle Instrumented with Novel Sensors.

Posted 6/12/19

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Online Education

Jason HarrisDr. Jason Harris, Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences (HSCI), has been selected to become the new Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Online Education in the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS), effective July 1, 2019.   Jason earned a PhD in Health Physics from HHS’ School of Health Sciences in 2007 and returned to Purdue as a tenured associate professor in 2015. In addition to his appointment in HSCI, he holds a courtesy appointment in Purdue’s School of Nuclear Engineering. He is founder and director of Purdue’s Center for Radiological and Nuclear Security, director of HSCI’s health physics and industrial hygiene programs and, since 2018, has served as chair of the HSCI undergraduate curriculum committee.  

Posted 5/29/19

National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Freeman served on a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee (ASEM) to Develop a Scoping Plan to Assess the Hazards of Organohalogen Flame Retardants. Since the 1970s, flame retardants have been added to materials to meet flammability standards. However, some flame retardants have migrated out of products, causing environmental contamination and damage to human health. The new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers guidance to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on how to conduct a hazard assessment of flame retardants.


Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference

Undergraduate researchers doing research in laboratories within the School of Health Sciences had an outstanding performance at the Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC). In sum, students in HSCI labs contributed 20 scientific posters and delivered 3 oral presentations. A special recognition for our HSCI undergraduate award winners:

Oral Presentations:
Alec Graff (Park) - Interdisciplinary Research: Second Place Oral Presentation Award
Hannah Gallion (Wells) - College of HHS: Third Place Oral Presentation Award
Jennifer Davis (Dydak) - Interdisciplinary Research: Third Place Oral Presentation Award

Poster Presentations:
Rachel Yuska (Perez-Torres) - College of HHS: 1st Place Poster Award
Lucas Turner (Freeman) - College of HHS: 2nd Place Poster Award
Frank Yanko and Chloe Rivers (Bowman) - College of HHS: 2nd Place Poster Award
Claire Jackson (Wells) - Archival Research: 2nd Place Poster Award

Posted 5/2/19

2019 Outstanding Doctoral Student

David Edmondson, recent HSCI PhD graduate mentored by Dr. Ulrike Dydak, was selected as one of the two College of Health and Human Sciences 2019 Outstanding Doctoral Student awardees.  He will be honored at the April 26th, 2019 Spring HHS Faculty Meeting and is receiving an award plaque and $1,000 prize.  David’s graduate studies were funded by a highly competitive NIH/NIEHS F31 Fellowship on Multimodal Neuroimaging Approaches to Modeling Manganese Toxicity.  Congrats Dr. Edmondson!

Posted 4/15/19

 HHS 2019 Distinguished Alumnus

Charles MillerDr. Charles Miller, a 1973 graduate from Bionucleonics (Radiation Health Physics) is a 2019 HHS Distinguished Alumnus. This award honors alumni who have significantly advanced their careers and have demonstrated noteworthy professional accomplishments that reflect favorably on their profession, Purdue and society.
Posted 4/15/19



HHS 2019 OUtstanding Young Alumni

Akshay  ThomasDr. Akshay Thomas, a 2009 graduate from the School of Health Sciences is a 2019 HHS Outstanding Young Alumni. This award honors alumni under the age of 35 with outstanding career development either through traditional channels or innovative approaches including involvement in professional organizations, college alumni association or community activities.

Posted 4/8/19


John E. Christian Distinguished Alumnus Award

Lynne Fairobent

Congratulations to Lynne A. Fairobent, who received the 2018-2019 School of Health Sciences Distinguished Alumnus award presented in honor of Professor Emeritus John E. Christian. Lynn received her B.S. in Environmental Health (Health Physics) in 1978 and is the first woman to receive our School's most prestigious alumni award. She was honored at a dinner at the Buchanan Club, Ross Ade Pavillion on October 11, 2018.

Posted 4/3/19

CRANS Conference on Active Non-Proliferation

Dr. Jason Harris, Associate Professor and Director of CRANS (Center for Radiological and Nuclear Security) helped organize a conference on Active Non-Proliferation.  The conference was co-hosted by the INMM and CRANS and organized by the Purdue student INMM chapter, and had nearly 70 attendees.  Attendance included students and faculty from eight universities, staff from five national laboratories, and staff from four governmental agencies. HSCI students from our Health Physics program helped with the conference coordination. 

Posted 3/26/19

2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

Jennifer Freeman - Murphy Award WinnerJennifer Freeman, associate professor in the School of Health Sciences, has been named a recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy, who was a history professor at Purdue from 1927 to 1970.   Dr. Freeman was surprised with the news on Monday, March 18. 

The University's highest undergraduate teaching honor, the Murphy Award is accompanied by a $10,000 cash award and induction into Purdue's Teaching Academy, which provides leadership for the improvement of undergraduate, graduate and outreach teaching.

The recipients will be honored at an invitation-only luncheon on April 8.  See the May 2nd news story! https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/purduetoday/releases/2019/Q2/2019-murphy-award-recipient-jennifer-freeman.html

A list of past Murphy Award and Early Career Award recipients is at https://www.purdue.edu/provost/faculty/charlesAward.html.    Purdue Today/photo by John Underwood

 Posted 3/19/2019

Certified Industrial Hygienist

Dr. Jae Hong Park is now a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) as recognized by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). He passed the CIH exam fall semester 2018. He specializes in industrial hygiene, specifically, aerosol technology and air quality. He has taught HSCI 345 Introduction to OEHS and HSCI 552 Introduction to Aerosol Science. For more information about CIH, please visit http://www.abih.org/about-abih/cih-caih.

Posted 1/22/19

CRANS institute center application approved

Dr. Jason Harris has been named as the Director of the newly approved Center for Radiological and Nuclear Security (CRANS).  Included as one of 135 University approved centers and institutes at Purdue, each center is developed to fill a particular need.  CRANS will engender opportunities to establish deeper and more effective partnerships between academia, government, and industry to address formidable challenges in the field of nuclear security.  Dr. Robert Bean will serve as the Associate Director.

Posted 12/3/19

Two Alzheimer's Disease NIH Supplement Awards Received

Dr. Aaron Bowman, PIIN member and Professor and Head of the School of Health Sciences recieved a $318,584 1-year R01 Supplement Award (ES016931) from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to study mechanistic links between manganese neurotoxicity and Alzheimer’s Disease.   Dr. Jason Cannon, PIIN member and Associate Professor of Health Sciences  received a $336,582 1-year R01 Supplement Award (ES025750) also from NIEHS to study the possible effects of high-temperature meat cooking in the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease.

Posted 10/17/18

Dr. Jennifer Freeman has been named to the National Academy of Science committee focused on reviewing the safety of organohalogen flame retardants.

The Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine formed a new ad hoc committee to develop a scientifically based scoping plan to assess additive, nonpolymeric organohalogen flame retardants (OFRs) as a class for potential chronic health hazards under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), including cancer, birth defects, and gene mutations.  Dr. Freeman, Associate Professor of Toxicology in the School of Health Sciences, was appointed as a member of this new ad hoc committee in recognition of her expertise on the genetics of developmental toxicity.  The first meeting of the committee is August 9, 2018, with the work expected to last over the next year.  https://www8.nationalacademies.org/pa/projectview.aspx?key=49937#collapseC

Posted 8/3/18


Dr. Ulrike Dydak was promoted to Professor of Health Sciences effective, Fall 2018.  After studying physics and mathematics at the University of Vienna, Austria, Ulrike received her PhD and postdoctoral training in physics and engineering of Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland. Dr. Dydak’s research is focused on the development of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) techniques for the noninvasive in-vivo assessment of metabolite and neurotransmitter concentrations, and their application to study physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms. A long-term goal of this research is to translate these novel MRS methods into viable clinical diagnostic procedures that aid in disease detection as well as assessment of treatment response. Special emphasis of her work lies on the development of the in vivo detection and quantification of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter, to study manganese-induced parkinsonian neurotoxicity and idiopathic Parkinson Disease. A second focus lies on the development of whole-liver phosphorous (31P) magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging of the human liver to improve treatment monitoring in liver cancer. Dr. Dydak holds an adjunct appointment at the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at IU School of Medicine  where part of her research lab is located. She also holds an adjunct appointment at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at IUPUI, and a courtesy appointment with the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University.

Posted 9/9/19

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