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Student & Alumni Achievements

Maryland Students Recognized for Outstanding Research

Twelve students from the University of Maryland School of Public Health and one from the University of Maryland School of Medicine were recognized with awards for their outstanding research poster presentations at the third annual Public Health Research@ Maryland day, held on April 9, 2015 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The robust poster competition featured 128 research posters, representing researchers from more than 12 universities, with a majority of posters reflecting multidisciplinary research collaborations that were presented by students.

Public Health Research@Maryland is co-sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Public Health (in College Park) and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (in Baltimore), with support from the University of Maryland: MPowering the State initiative. The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health, the Big Ten Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), Delta Omega, and Agilent Technologies were also co-sponsors of this year’s event, which was attended by more than 550 participants, including faculty and staff from many universities in the region, as well as representatives of county, state and federal health agencies, private research and consulting organizations, non-profit organizations and corporate entities.

PHR@Mposterawardwinners

Poster judges came from academia and public health research, service and regulatory agencies, including faculty and officers from the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, the Environmental Protection Agency and multiple agencies from the Department of Health and Human Services (including HRSA, FDA, CMS, SAMHSA).

First Prize Awards

Ms. Maria Demarco
UMD School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Doctoral student
Advisor: Associate Professor Olivia Carter-Pokras
Title: Factors associated with Human Papillomavirus vaccine completion among Hispanic and non-Hispanic White girls

Mr. Dovin Kiernan
UMD School of Public Health, Kinesiology Master of Arts student
Advisor: Associate Professor Jae Shim
Title: Vertical ground reaction force magnitudes and rate not positively correlated with prospective running injury

Ms. Sarah Kilby
UM School of Medicine, Pediatrics, Master of Public Health student
Advisor: Erin Hager
Title: Assessing Compliance for Proposed CACFP Meal Pattern Changes and Recent Maryland Legislation in Maryland Childcare Centers

Ms. Katherine Garcia-Rosales
UMD School of Public Health, Behavioral and Community Health Bachelor of Science student
Poster Title: Water Chlorination and Health Education: Collaborating to Decrease Water Contamination and Water-Related Illness in Rural Peru

PHWB poster presentation

Honorable Mentions

Ms. Sue Lin
UMD School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Doctoral candidate
Advisor: Hongjie Liu
Title: Health Status of Young Adults with Disabilities in the United States

Ms. Deirdre Quinn
UMD, School of Public Health, Family Science, Doctoral candidate
Advisor: Amy Lewin
Title: Factors Associated with Contraceptive Use among Urban, African-American Adolescent Mothers

Mr. Andrew Williams
UMD, School of Public Health, Family Science, Doctoral candidate
Advisor: Sandra Hofferth
Title: Examining birth outcomes hotspots in Maryland

 Ms. Jessica Bermudez
UMD School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Master of Public Health student
Advisor: Olivia Carter-Pokras
Title: Comparative Analysis of the Effectiveness and Safety of Drug-eluting Versus Bare-metal Coronary Stents Among Patients Registered in the Multi-Player Claims Database

Ms. Lisa Bowen
UMD School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Master of Public Health student
Advisor:
Title: Internet and Social Media Based Surveillance Systems for Detecting Influenza Activity in Maryland

Ms. Diane Ng
UMD School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Master of Public Health student
Advisor:
Title: Self-Esteem as a mediator in the relationship between sexual minority status and depressive symptoms

Mr. Jonathan Fix
UMD School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics undergraduate student
Advisor: Associate Professor Olivia Carter-Pokras
Title: Improving Health Literacy and Cultural Competency of FDA Consumer Materials of Cardiovascular Disease

Ms. Abigail Hsiung
UMD School of Public Health, Kinesiology Bachelor of Science student
Advisor: Bradley Hatfield, Rodolph Gentili
Title: Differences in cognitive load affect performance of flight simulation in beginner pilots

Ms. Emma Murray
UMD School of Public Health, Family Science Bachelor of Science student
Advisors: Sally Koblinsky, Leigh Leslie
Title: Parenting Transitions of Women Veterans: Stressors and Coping Strategies

This theme of this year’s day-long conference, The Changing Climate and Health, focused on how both climate change and health care reform are impacting population health, and reinforced the attention brought by President Obama during National Public Health Week to the topic of how climate change is affecting human health.

Visit http://publichealthresearch.umd.edu and http://sph.umd.edu for more information.

Read about research poster award winners: http://sph.umd.edu/news-item/public-health-researchmaryland-recognizes-student-poster-award-winners

View photos from this year’s event: http://go.umd.edu/phrm2015photos
Videos of all PHR@M 2015 sessions will be available at: http://sph.umd.edu/multimedia