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  • Karen Swanger and Ed Ray

    Karen Swanger, director of KidSpirit and two-time OSU alumna of the college in kinesiology (BS in exercise and sport science and MS in human performance) received the OSU Loyal Philanthropic Partner Award for her dedication to growing KidSpirit's impact.

    The KidSpirit program is a rich learning environment for both participants and staff. It is a masterful example of putting research into practice, and the practice has a genuine impact in the lives of those it touches.

    Congratulations, Karen!

  • How a dangerous stew of air pollution is choking the United States

    How a dangerous stew of air pollution is choking the United States

    Fires and droughts in the western states are getting worse — and they’re combining with industrial sources to threaten air quality and people’s health. Read full article.

  • Imagination has no limits: Design toys for children of all abilities

    Imagination has no limits: Design toys for children of all abilities

    Toy companies have made strides with disability representation, but it’s time to develop more accessible toy options for children with physical disabilities.

    Read Sam's Op-Ed.

  • Distinguished Mentor in Gerontology Award

    Karen Hooker received the Distinguished Mentor in Gerontology Award from the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America this past weekend at the Society's 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting.

    This is a prestigious award, and recipients are always preeminent leaders in scholarship, teaching and mentoring. Karen's commitment not only to the field of gerontology, but also to the success of Oregon State students and early career professionals was on display at the awards ceremony and throughout the entire duration of the conference.

    Pictured are Karen with HDFS alumni Shelbie Turner, back row, Eric Cerino and Shannon Mejia.

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    Associate Professor Jonathan Garcia was quoted in "Protecting LGBTQ people from the health risks of social isolation".

  • Becoming a Personal Trainer For Dummies

    Shannon Austin, a Ph.D. candidate in the Kinesiology Program, has recently published a book, Becoming a Personal Trainer for Dummies, which is part of the popular Wiley-VCH series. Congrats, Shannon!

  • Doctoral student receives outstanding poster award

    Esmeralda Julyan, doctoral student in HPHB, received the 2022 Conference Outstanding Poster Award, at this year's Oregon Public Health Association Conference. Her poster was titled, "Who Drops Out of DSME Programs? An Intersectional Analysis." Well done, Esmeralda!

  • Doctoral student receives outstanding student poster award

    Mandana Masoumirad, a PhD student in health policy, received the Outstanding Student Poster Award at the Oregon Public Health Association’s conference. Her poster was titled “Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion: Impact on use of sexual and reproductive health services for women living in rural and urban Oregon.”

    Learn more about Mandana at Far from home, but never far from her thoughts.

  • Professor selected as Provost Fellow

    Kathy Gunter, professor in Extension Family and Community Health and kinesiology, has been selected as Provost Fellow for the 2022-23 academic year. Kathy will collaborate with Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Rick Settersten and shared governance partners on initiatives aimed at strengthening promotion and tenure processes throughout the university. Congratulations, Kathy!

  • Milam Hall

    With Milam Hall getting a new roof, our college was able to work with OSU's capital planning to include a 106 kilowatt solar system to provide approximately 25% of Milam’s electrical use. Yay teamwork!

  • OSU team receives $5.5 million Build Back Better grant

    An OSU team received a $5.5 million federal grant to transform Oregon's forest industry. As a part of this four-year project, CPHHS Associate Professor Jay Kim, as a Co-PI, will evaluate the efficacy of wearable exoskeletons on improving occupational safety and health for next-generation forestry operation, as well as the sustainability and longevity of forestry workers in Oregon and beyond.

  • Maret Traber

    Maret co-published an article that provides guidance and background to physicians on how to treat patients with rare genetic disorders causing extremely low cholesterol and triglycerides in their blood. The disorder causes an inability to absorb vitamin E and properly transport it to tissues in the body.

    This article has personal significance to Maret, as she once helped a patient whose brother had died of vitamin E deficiency. This patient was treated with grams of vitamin E per day, and by helping her figure out what to eat to avoid various nutritional deficiencies she was healthy enough to have two children and now is a grandmother. Around 40 years later, this patient still keeps in touch with Maret.

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