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David Sarwer Appointed as Associate Dean of Research

David Sarwer

Dean Laura A. Siminoff has appointed David B. Sarwer in a new role as associate dean of research for The College of Public Health. Sarwer will also serve as director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE).

In this new position, Sarwer will oversee and develop all aspects of the College’s research mission, support faculty in interdisciplinary research programs, create a mentorship program and promote the college’s research work among faculty and students.

Posted:  October 16, 2015

New Faculty: Heather Murphy on her work and travels around the globe

Heather Murphy
The College of Public Health has hired 31 new talented faculty members since the beginning of the year. We sat down with Heather Murphy, a new assistant professor of environmental health in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics to learn more about her and why she came to CPH.
You’ve done a lot of work in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector in developing countries. In that work, what would you say was the biggest challenge you faced?
Posted:  October 15, 2015

In research study Roundup found to increase weed production

In a recent study in Science of the Total Environment, researchers found that the use of the weed killer Roundup had the opposite effect in plants. Instead of killing them it contributed to their growth when applied at much lower concentrations not tested before.
The study, which will be published in print in the December issue of the journal, shows that even at low levels in soil, Roundup is responsible for hormesis – a phenomenon where plants actually benefit from lethal or toxic substances.  
Posted:  October 7, 2015

Whitaker comments on reported decline in obesity

Robert Whitaker, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, was recently quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story on a reported decline in childhood obesity in Philadelphia. Of the reported (modest) decline, Whitaker was quoted as saying:
"I'm not certain that things have gotten better, but I think it says a lot that things have not gotten worse," said Whitaker, a Temple University professor of public health and pediatrics, who was not involved with the study.
Posted:  August 24, 2015

Research highlights link between bacteria and miscarriage

Building on her prior research in the area, Deborah Nelson, associate professor in epidemiology and biostatistics, details the link between bacterial vaginosis and an increased risk of miscarriage in the latest edition of the Maternal Child Health Journal.   As part of her research, Nelson recommends early screening of women and partners to prevent miscarriage.

Read an abstract of the study here.  

Posted:  August 21, 2015