Monday, December 30, 2013
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Friday, December 20, 2013
The School of Public Health depends on the generosity of alumni and friends to help us fully realize our mission of preventing disease, promoting wellness, and improving quality of life. Often, recipients of School of Public Health degrees reach back to us with gifts of their own. Those gifts help us to maintain our world-class reputation, ensuring that our programs stay as impressive as it was when you graduated.
There are many ways to give to the School of Public Health. Gifts can be made online to our Annual Fund to support critical needs for scholarships, modern technology and equipment, and research opportunities for students and faculty.
Endowed gifts are an investment in our future. These gifts, whether through cash, securities, life insurance, or charitable annuities and trusts, provide support in perpetuity. Professorships, a lecture series, undergraduate scholarships, and graduate fellowships are all made possible through gifts endowed by alumni and friends.
Naming the School of Public Health in a charitable bequest or will provision reduces estate taxes for your heirs and brings you the satisfaction of knowing your legacy to Indiana University will benefit future generations. You can choose how and where your gift will be used.
For more information about any of our giving options, including Charitable Remainder Unitrusts and Charitable Gift Annuities, contact the Office of Development and Communications for more information.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
National Center on Accessibility Study: Correct installation, maintenance of playground surfaces key to accessibility
The National Center on Accessibility, part of the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, evaluated the accessibility of various playground surfaces including poured-in-place rubber, engineered wood fiber, rubber tiles and hybrid surface systems. The U.S. Access Board, which is the federal designated agency that writes accessibility guidelines under the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act, awarded the National Center on Accessibility $60,000 to complete the study to provide better guidance to public playground owners such as municipal parks departments and schools.
"The findings from this project, one of the most comprehensive studies of playground surfacing to date, clearly demonstrate that proper installation and maintenance are critical for accessibility," said Jennifer Skulski, principal investigator for the study. "Park and recreation agencies have long struggled with selection of surfacing that meets performance criteria for falls and is also accessible to children with disabilities. We are thrilled to be able to provide public playground owners with much more objective information on the different surface options. This will enable them to make purchasing and long-term maintenance decisions appropriate to their facilities, budgets, personnel resources and the expectations of their citizens."
Skulski said many of the findings were to be expected, especially the most notable, that even within 12 months of installation, each type of surface was found to have accessibility, safety or maintenance issues.
"Unfortunately, there is no perfect playground surface. They all have issues that the playground owner should be aware of in the selection process," she said.
For example, poured-in-place rubber installed at one site was not resilient enough to meet safety standards for impact attenuation. Surface tiles installed at another site had puncture holes, buckling and separating seams that created openings and changes in level on accessible routes.
"The important takeaway here is for public playground owners to understand what issues can exist between the different types of surfaces, from the point of design and installation all the way through to seasonal and weekly maintenance," Skulski said. "If the playground owner can better understand in advance what types of issues might come up, they can be better prepared during the installation process and for maintenance throughout the lifecycle of the playground."
The full report is available on the center's website.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Barnett Frank is an educator, researcher, and clinician who’s career has been driven by an interest in athletics, medicine, and the opportunity to help others. In his pursuit of prioritizing evidenced-based healthcare he came to realize the need for not only quality educators, but also researchers and clinicians to ensure the best possible care.
Friday, December 13, 2013
IU SPH Faculty Member Receives 2013 Association for Experiential Education Distinguished Researcher Award
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Indiana University recognizes outstanding alumnus and former U.S. Secretary of Education with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award
This year, yet another IU School of Public Health-Bloomington alumnus has been selected by Indiana University to receive the prestigious award.
On November 15, 2013, IU President Michael A. McRobbie presented the award to Roderick R. Paige (MS’62, physical education; PED.’70, physical education) in a ceremony in Alumni Hall at the Indiana Memorial Union.
The son of educators, Roderick R. Paige’s career was grounded on a belief that education equalizes opportunity. Starting as a classroom teacher, he ascended to a college dean and school superintendent to become the seventh U.S. secretary of education, serving from 2001 to 2005.
As a trustee and officer of the Houston Independent School District’s board of education, Paige co-authored a statement of purpose and goals for the troubled district that called for fundamental reform. The result was described as the “Houston Miracle.” He strengthened the school system both organizationally and academically by addressing school overcrowding, staffing, pay, performance-based instruction, and support services and programs.
In 1994, he became superintendent of the Houston schools, and his reforms laid the groundwork for his appointment by President George W. Bush as U.S. secretary of education. He was the first African American to serve in that position.
During his career, Paige also wasan instructor at Texas Southern University, served as dean of its College of Education, and established the Texas Southern University Center for Excellence in Urban Education. He has been touted as a tireless worker for underprivileged segments of our society.
For his decorated career as an educator and for his public service to the nation, Indiana University and the IU School of Public-Health-Bloomington proudly celebrate the life and work of Dr. Roderick R. Paige as a Distinguished Alumnus.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
A portion of the dues that you pay to join IUAA is used to fund the School of Public Health Alumni Association Board. The board uses these funds to organize special events, provide alumni activities, and promote the school.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
IU Alumnus Jesse Menachem Becomes the 7th Executive Director in the Massachusetts Golf Association's 110-Year History
Menachem, who previously served as the association's director of rules & competitions, becomes just the seventh executive director to hold that post in the MGA's 110-year history.
"There is no question that Jesse possesses the skills and passion to continue on what has been a history of strong leadership at the MGA," said Clarence Bennett, the MGA's president who served on the search committee. "We reviewed many applications, but we are confident that we found the best and right fit for this organization."
Menachem takes over for Joe Sprague, who stepped down earlier this summer in order to join the USGA's Regional Affairs Department. In addition to Sprague – who held that post for nearly six years – Menachem joins an impressive list of former MGA executive directors in Fred Corcoran (1927-36), John Corcoran (1937-45), Bill Corcoran (1946-69), Dick Haskell (1969-1998) and Tom Landry (1998-2007).
"I am honored and humbled by the opportunity," said Menachem. "I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead, but the MGA is fortunate to have the best staff and board leadership of any other state and regional golf association."
Menachem's journey to the executive director office is a true golf success story.
Originally from Framingham, he was a Francis Ouimet Scholar who was accepted to Indiana University. He received that distinguished honor – named after the renowned 1913 U.S. Open Champion – due to his exceptional service to golf, academic excellence, school, community, activities and character.
During the summers of 2005, 2006 and 2007, Menachem was hired as the MGA's USGA PJ Boatwright, Jr. Intern. His unique talent was immediately realized by the MGA staff as Menachem became the first intern to be hired for consecutive summer terms.
Upon his graduation from Indiana University, Menachem became a member of the full-time MGA staff where he has grown through the MGA ranks. He has an advanced knowledge of the Rules of Golf and this past season was head of a department that secured, organized and oversaw the operations for 10 Championships, 40+ qualifying events, 16 Men's and Women's USGA Local/Sectional Qualifying events and three New England Golf Association Championships. He was also responsible for managing a corps of more than 100 volunteers from across the state.
"We have seen Jesse conduct himself in the utmost professional manner on the course, in the office and in the boardroom," said Bennett, who began his two-year service as MGA president earlier this month. "He will ensure the growth and prosperity of the MGA for years to come."
From Ouimet Scholar, to PJ Boatwright, Jr. Intern and now to MGA executive director… Menachem has indeed followed in the footsteps of the game's greatest and most respected figures.
"I am eternally indebted to the game for what it has given to me," said Menachem. "My goal as executive director is to continue the great traditions of the MGA and expand its reach through our many services including handicapping, course rating, championships, Member Days and The First Tee of Massachusetts."
Monday, December 2, 2013
Researchers from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington plan to use recreational sports, in the form of basketball, soccer and volleyball after-school programs, to help boys and girls in Ghana avoid problems associated with substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV.
"Sports is the tool to reach youth and help them enjoy healthier lives," said Sarah Young, associate professor in the School of Public Health's Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies. "These are youth with average or below average sports skills. They are not elite athletes, but they just want to play sports and have fun."
'Time Out for Healthy Living'
Much will be expected from the youth sport coaches and staff, who like their American counterparts often are volunteers. Coaches will teach the youth, ages 10 to 16, skills for their sport, rules and leadership elements that so often come with youth sports. They also will convey health messages in brief, informal "Time Out for Healthy Living" sessions, a key component of Young's Youth Enrichment through Sports-Ghana initiative.
Young is teaming up with her colleague Craig Ross, professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies, as well as with Cecilia Obeng, associate professor in the Department of Applied Health Science, and Debby Herbenick, co-director of the school's Center for Sexual Health Promotion, for the health and wellness component of YES-Ghana. Samuel Obeng, director of the African Studies Program at IU Bloomington, also is a key part of the IU team.
When the 16 coaches and staff selected for the program visit Bloomington next summer, they will attend a two-week workshop on a range of topics, including sports program delivery, rules and strategies, sports officiating, injury prevention, and planning. The health education sessions will focus on substance abuse, reduction of HIV-related stigma, and prevention and management of sexually transmissible infections, such as HIV. In Ghana, as in many African countries, alcohol is easily accessible to youth, with many varieties of cheap and potent beverages. Concerning HIV and AIDS, safe sex behaviors have been slow to catch on despite the growing awareness of the disease.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Other studies have found that women who have type 2 diabetes in addition to breast cancer have a worse prognosis for their cancer compared to women who do not have diabetes as a pre-existing condition. The study by Luo, assistant professor in the school's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, will be unique in that it will use novel and improved approaches to examine which factors could contribute to the poor prognosis, such as biological effects, cardiovascular disease and variations in treatment.
The study will be the first to analyze data from a large and well-established group of women to answer these questions. Luo will use the NIH's Women's Health Initiative, a 15-year study that examined the most common causes of death, disability and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women.
Luo's research will also examine the influence of the drug metformin on breast cancer prognosis. Metformin is used to treat diabetes but is attracting interest in its potential anticancer effects.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies will deliver its online Master of Science degrees in a refocused program starting January 2014.The graduate degrees in Parks and Public Lands Management, and Recreation Therapy will give students in-depth knowledge about principles, management trends, and about issues related to managing parks, public lands, recreational sports and recreation therapy organizations. Online delivery will allow working professionals to access a graduate education without having to leave the field or relocate.
“Indiana University and the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies have provided graduate education via distributed learning technology for over 25 years,” said Department Chair Dr. Bryan McCormick. “Indiana University is a leader in the use of technology in education. We pride ourselves on the fact that our distributed education courses have the same faculty, quality, and rigor of any course we offer.”
MS, Parks and Public Lands Management
The online MS in Parks and Public Lands is embedded in Indiana University’s award-winning Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands to enhance student ‘deep learning’ from involved professionals. With a portfolio that includes more than 80 online courses and related learning events, and 10 years of leading the National Park Service’s online training program, the Eppley Institute is the nation’s leader in continuing professional development for park and public lands professionals. The integration of the MS and the Eppley Institute provides an excellent opportunity for students to participate in an innovative learning environment.
The M.S. emphasizing parks and public lands management is an executive-style graduate degree focused on returning students seeking new qualifications and new skills. Students will learn from faculty with professional experience managing organizations and agencies in the fields of parks, recreation, and protected areas. The Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, was founded in 1993 by Indiana University’s Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Department, is a unique outreach program for the park, recreation, and public land management professions. It has received more than $12 million in contracts and grants providing research, education, training, park planning, and related services.
MS, Recreational Therapy
One of the longest standing online degrees at IU, the MS in Recreational Therapy is also nationally regarded as one the leading degrees in this concentration. The major in recreational therapy prepares students to assume positions as recreational therapists. Using a variety of techniques, therapists treat and maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their clients. Professionals assess individuals' needs, plan and implement specific interventions to meet those needs, and document and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions. All students graduating from the major are eligible to sit for the Recreation Certification (NCTRC) examination.
For more information regarding the academic schedule, tuition, and degree requirements, visit the degree website at www.publichealth.iu.edu/rptsonline.
Friday, November 22, 2013
- Career advising
- Career workshops
- Job fairs
- Employer information sessions
- On campus interviewing opportunities
- Networking opportunities
- Job search guidance
- Internship assistance
- Resume and cover letter preparation
- Interview skill development
- Graduate school preparation
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington recently honored distinguished alumni, with honorees including past university department chairs, leaders in sports management and individuals who have been instrumental in policy development both domestically and abroad.
Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award
- Jerry Wilkerson, professor emerita and retired executive associate dean for the School of Public Health-Bloomington.
Early Career Alumni Award
- Brittany Hollingsworth, director of Women's Basketball Operations at the University of Albany-State University of New York
- Vicki Scott, resource specialist for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
- Trevor Garrett, former chief executive of Charities Commission of New Zealand and current member of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism expert working group.
- Dale Evans, professor emeritus at California State University-Long Beach.
- George Taliaferro, former university administrator and retired player for the National Football League.