Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Dimensions Magazine available now

Each year the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington publishes its feature magazine, Public Health Dimensions. With a long history of highlighting the important activities underway at the school, Dimensions Magazine keeps alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the school informed about a wide-array of topics. This year's theme is "Public Health Reimagined: from Bloomington to Beijing and beyond"

Read the latest issue online. 

Following six healthy lifestyle choices can help decrease risk of heart disease in women

Andrea Chomistek
A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology followed nearly 70,000 women for two decades and concluded that three-quarters of heart attacks in young women could be prevented if women closely followed six healthy lifestyle practices.

Researchers from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington lead by Andrea Chomistek, and assistant professor Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, as well as researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that women who had healthy habits such as as not smoking, a normal body mass index, physical activity of at least 2.5 hours per week, watching seven or fewer hours of television a week, consumption of a maximum of one alcoholic drink per day on average, and a diet in the top 40 percent of a measure of diet quality had a 92 percent lower risk of heart attack and a 66 percent lower risk of developing a risk factor for heart disease.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin elected president of the Indiana Public Health Association

Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin

Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin, a clinical professor and assistant chair of the Department of Applied Health Science at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, was elected president of the Indiana Public Health Association (IPHA) this past fall.

A member of the IPHA Board of Directors since 2009, Sherwood-Laughlin plans to continue and enhance the organization’s mission of policy advocacy, professional development, and building partnerships. She also hopes to help sharpen IPHA’s longstanding focus on local public health policy, capacity, and practice to address challenges including tobacco use, obesity, and other lifestyle and environmental health issues.


NIH grant awarded to develop computational model of acetaminophen-induced liver failure

James Klaunig
James Klaunig, a professor in the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington Department of Environmental Health and fellow IU researchers have been awarded $2.1 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop a computational model of acetaminophen-induced liver failure – the leading cause of liver failure in the United States – by using advanced microscopic and computational technologies that allow scientists to see into the liver of a living animal.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

James Gibson joins school as Director of Advising

James Gibson

James Gibson, former director of the Indiana University 21st Century Scholars Program, has recently joined the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington as the school’s first Director of Advising. Gibson will lead the school’s efforts to provide superior advising services to undergraduate students both during summer orientation and throughout the academic year. Dedicated to facilitating student academic success, he will lead the school’s many undergraduate departmental advisors and also providing academic counseling to students enrolled.

"We are very excited to have Jim join our school. He brings a wealth of experience to the advising component of our student services area. This newly-created position is in response to the increasing number of majors and our continued growth as a School of Public Health-Bloomington. We intend to continually improve advising and career services available to all of our majors," said John Schrader, Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs.