The College of Public Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Gardiner, associate professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as director of the newly established Office of Community Engaged Research and Practice. Gardiner will lead growth of the college’s interdisciplinary, community-engaged research activity and work to identify new opportunities for collaboration between members of the college and Philadelphia’s communities.
The College of Public Health brings together top scholars from around the world—teaching in our classrooms, leading our research, and forging partnerships across the community. We extend a warm welcome to our 21 new full-time faculty members to the college this year*:
After a diagnosis of pre-nodular laryngitis cut her singing dreams short, Megan Gimpel discovered her passion for helping others. After completing her graduate degree at Temple, Megan now teaches students with speech and language disorders at the Talk Institute, where she works as a speech language pathologist.
The UN estimates that, by 2050, one in four people will live in a country with shortages of fresh water. As it is now, nearly 2 billion people use water sources that are contaminated with fecal matter. The situation is dire: more children die from diarrheal diseases than often-discussed illnesses such as malaria.
Earlier this summer, students from Benjamin Franklin High School in Philadelphia received a crash course in robotics — sometimes literally, for the unfortunate little machines.
Laura A. Siminoff, Dean of the College of Public Health and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Public Health, was quoted in The New York Times for a story on New York City’s surprisingly low organ donation rates. From the story:
A new study, led by researchers at the University of Washington in collaboration with Rebecca Alper, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and colleagues from the College of Liberal Arts, looked at a comprehensive set of school readiness skills in order to try to determine which is the most solid predictor of a child’s later success. Researchers from the University of Delaware and the University of North Carolina also contributed to the project.