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Language and cognitive development researcher Erin Smolak joins COMD

Erin Smolak has joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The assistant professor is also the director of the CLOuD Lab, where she researches children's language and cognitive development.

Former student body presidents: Where are they now?

USC catches up with past student body presidents, including public health alumna (2018) Taylor Wright, who now does public engagement for Secretary Pete Buttigieg improving public safety in the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Healthy Start program improves health behaviors, practices according to new research

The study found that the program resulted in significant reductions in inadequate prenatal care, large-for-gestational-age births, and inadequate weight gain during pregnancy as well as positive impacts on breast feeding and public service practices.

Toni Torres-McGehee wins national Athletic Trainer Service Award

The National Association of Athletic Trainers' Service Award recognizes recipients for their contributions to professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts.

Staff Spotlight: Shania Johnson

As as an administrative assistant with the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johnson's favorite part about her position is the workflow, networking opportunities and the organized environment.

I Am Public Health: Emily Farrell

In addition to interests in nutrition, sleep and health behavior, Farrell has developed a passion for maternal and child health (MCH), earning an MCH Certificate of Graduate Study alongside her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology.

Children living in safe, supportive neighborhoods have better oral health

A study led by Elizabeth Crouch, associate professor of health services policy and management and director of the Rural and Minority Health Research Center, has found a connection between children's living conditions and their oral health.

Three doctoral candidates win 2023 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Awards

Gabriel Benavidez (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Maggie Carson (Environmental Health Sciences), and Valerie Yelverton (Health Services Policy and Management), are recipients of three of these prestigious honors.

Researchers help expand internet access for South Carolinians

Arnold School faculty, including health services policy and management assistant professor Nabil Natafgi, are partnering with the Broadband Office in the Office of Regulatory Staff to expand internet access in SC -- starting with a survey to assess needs.

USC researchers study how walking speed affects health

Stacy Fritz partners with engineering researchers to capture details about a person’s gait from the vibrations in their feet and then determine what variations in a person’s walking speed and step length can say about health changes and challenges.

National Academies appoints Melissa Nolan to Forum on Microbial Threats

Melissa Nolan, associate professor of epidemiology, has been selected to serve on the Forum on Microbial Threats for the National Academy of Medicine. The forum convenes leaders to discuss critical scientific and policy concerns related to infectious diseases.

New study to use mobile phones, social networks to increase HIV testing

Jan Ostermann, an associate professor in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management, has been awarded $374K from the National Institutes of Health's Fogerty International Center.


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