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April 8, 2016

EHS Student Spotlight: Amelia Watson

My name is Amelia Watson, and I am from Norcross, Georgia. I graduate in May 2016 with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health Science (BSEH) and a graduate Masters in Public Health (MPH) concentrating in Health Policy and Management. I chose to get an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health Science because I loved the science I would get to study and the community of the EHS department. After graduation, I will attend the University of Florida College of Medicine. Following medical school, I plan to combine my public health background with clinical medicine to improve health not only of individuals, but also of communities. <Read more>

Field Day Champs 2016: Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Epidemiology Seminars

Friday April 15th 2016

12.20 – 1.10pm

235 Russell Hall, Health Sciences Campus

"Social media and public health: 4 case studies" by Isaac Fung & students, GA Southern

Dr. Isaac Chun-Hai Fung is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University. He did his postdoctoral training with Dr. Andreas Handel at UGA (2009-11) and completed his Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship at the CDC (2011-13). His most recent research interest is to improve current public health practice through social media data analysis.

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General Announcements

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Campus Kitchen Leadership Application

Use your skills to fight food waste and hunger in Athens-Clarke County!

Campus Kitchen at UGA is holding applications for 2016-2017 Leadership Positions from April 6-15th.

Positions: Shift Captains, Treasurer, Communications Committee, Client Outreach Committee, and Special Operations Team.

Client Outreach Committee- Have a passion for building relationship with others or program design? Since opening in October 2012, the Campus Kitchen at UGA has conducted over 700 “Beyond the Meal” activities, including Lunch Buddy visits, nutrition education, SNAP outreach consultations, cooking demonstrations, and community dinners in public housing. Join the Client Outreach community to oversee and expand our community dinner series, inter-generational garden club, and much more! Areas of focus could include: Nutrition/Meal Planning, Health Promotion, Client Outreach

For more information about these positions and to apply:

Body Project Classes

Register for the final Class of the Semester - April 2016

The Body Project is a 2-session, interactive, peer-led class, which aims to help students feel better about their bodies. The class encourages students to verbally challenge the “thin ideal” that is prevalent in our society and the media through interactive role plays and written exercises. Through challenging the “thin ideal,” this program has been shown to improve body image satisfaction. The program curriculum is targeted toward individuals who identify as women; however, men are welcome to participate as well. Classes will be offered Thursday, April 21 & 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please visit the following webpage for additional program information and to register for a class: or contact Brittany Bingeman at if you have questions about the program.

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Cyber Crime Lecture

On April 15, 2016 from 10:30am to 11:30am, the Office of Emergency Preparedness will host a forum on the rise of cyber-crime and how it is changing the way crime is committed. FBI Special Agent William “Davey” Ware will discuss how crime is changing from tradition physical theft to theft using computer networks, malware, and other tools. He will provide examples of cases he has worked from his extensive experience investigating cyber-crimes. Laura Heilman from the UGA Office of Information Security will provide information on how you can protect yourself and decrease your chances of being a cyber-crime victim. The lecture will be held in room 271 of the Special Collections Library. It is free and open to the public. For more information please contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 706-542-5845.

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A Healthy Dawg Knows the Rx

The University Health Center has partnered with the College of Pharmacy to promote safer prescription drug use on campus. The goals of the “Rx for Safer Medication Use Partnership” are to:

  • Promote responsible medication use with a focus on prescription stimulants, opiates, and benzodiazepines.
  • Educate students about risks and warning signs of non-medical prescription drug use and interactive effects with alcohol, marijuana and other drugs
  • Prevent misuse and abuse of prescription drugs on campus.
  • Increase student knowledge of signs of medication overdose and side affects
  • Reduce amount of unwanted/unused medication by encouraging proper disposal

Check out the new website for additional information and resources at:

Making Latino/Hispanic Health Count: Advancing a Public Health Ethics Framework on Data Collection for Social Justice

CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) is co-sponsoring an upcoming Public Health Ethics Forum with Tuskegee University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the CDC Hispanic/Latino Health Workgroup. The event, which is also our National Minority Health Month Program, will take place on April 22, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the CDC’s Tom Harkin Global Communications Center, Auditorium B. This year, our focus is on Hispanic health data. The title of the forum is “Making Latino/Hispanic Health Count: Advancing a Public Health Ethics Framework on Data Collection for Social Justice.” Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be our keynote speaker. Our CDC colleagues, Ken Dominguez and Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz, are among the confirmed speakers.

You can sign up at the link below for attendance in person or via Skype CDC Website:

Summer Study Abroad

Conservation Medicine and Biology (WILD(ECOL) 4575&L and 6575&L; 6 credit hours) is a course aimed at pre-med, pre-vet, wildlife, biology and veterinary and graduate students who are interested in the intersection of wildlife and human health and conservation. During the course we travel to various ecosystems and discuss conservation problems and focus on how these problems influence the health and disease emergence for wildlife and people. We also discuss and practice techniques needed to investigate these problems. The first week we will work at a wildlife rehabilitation center that focuses on herpetofauna—there we will discuss the reasons why wildlife conflicts occur, why animals end up at the rehabilitation centers, how they are cared while they are there and how to prepare them for release. We will work with the rehabilitators on various species. We will spend the second week at a tropical research station in lowland rainforest where we will handle wildlife, but also discuss ways to design projects to investigate common conservation/ecological questions. The last week we will be in San Luis, home of UGA Costa Rica where we will focus on the relationships between people and conservation and their sustainability efforts and once again, view it from the perspective of health. All along we study the concepts of tropical ecology, the natural history of wildlife of Costa Rica, and about the country’s culture. The course instructor has a long legacy of working in Costa Rica with tapirs and most recently her dissertation on avian pathogens. The pre-requisites for this course are Biol 1107/1108. The course will run from June 11th-July 3rd and the approximate cost is $3,300 plus airfare.

NOTE: the course is moving forward, but we are still accepting additional students. The course website indicates the deadline for applications has passed and thus a student may think that he/she cannot initiate an application. Please have them email us directly to provide them with permission to apply. email:

For more information on the course instructor, please visit her lab website: