Public Health Research@Maryland 2015 was held on Thursday, April 9, 2015 and attended by more than 550 people. You may view the video recordings of all of the event sessions at

7:30 AM

Grand Ballroom Lounge

Registration Begins


8:45 AM–9:15 AM


Welcoming Remarks

Jane E. Clark, PhD, Professor and Dean, UMD School of Public Health

Jay S. Magaziner, PhD, MS Hyg, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health, UM School of Medicine

E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Professor and Dean, UM School of Medicine

9:15 AM–10:30 AM


Keynote Lecture and Discussion

"Climate, Infectious Disease and Human Health in an Era of Climate Change" 

Rita Colwell, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, Dept. of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland
Senior advisor and chairman emeritus at Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., and president and CEO of CosmosID, Inc.

Introduction by: Donald Milton, MD, DrPH, Director, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, UMD School of Public Health

10:30 AM–11:30 AM


What We Know and Don’t Know About Climate Change and Health 

Leads: Amir Sapkota, PhD, Associate Professor, Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health and Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UMD School of Public Health

Laura L. Hungerford, DVM, MPH, PhD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UM School of Medicine


Clifford S. Mitchell, MS, MD, MPH
Director, Environmental Health Bureau
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Jennifer Martin, MA, JD
Baltimore City Health Department

10:30 AM–2:00 PM

Grand Ballroom

Poster Session

Meet students and faculty and explore research on diverse public health topics. Awards will be given to the best student-presented posters at 3:30 PM in the Atrium immediately following the keynote lecture, Becoming the Healthiest Nation: A Public Health Approach.

*UMD students who won the 2014 APHA Public Health Codeathon will demonstrate the Healthy Actionable Behavioral-Based Informational Technology (HABIT) tool they developed from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.

11:30 AM–1:30 PM

Grand Ballroom

Buffet lunch during Poster Session

12:00 PM–12:50 PM

Prince George's Room

Opportunities for a Better State of Maternal and Child Health in Maryland

Leads: Sandra L. Hofferth, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Family Science, UMD School of Public Health 

Wendy G. Lane, MD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health, UM School of Medicine


Rebecca Dineen, MS, Assistant Commissioner, Maternal and Child Health, Baltimore City Health Department

Pamela Creekmur, RN, Health Officer and Director, Prince George’s County Health Department

1:00 PM–1:50 PM

Prince George's Room

Impact of Marijuana Use on Cognitive Processes and Academic Achievement: What does this mean for college students?

Introductory Comments by:

David K. Mineta, MSW, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Amelia Arria, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Behavioral and Community Health; Director, Center on Young Adult Health and Development, UMD School of Public Health

Asaf Keller, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology, UM School of Medicine

2:00 PM–2:15 PM



2:15 PM–3:30 PM


Keynote Lecture and Discussion

“Becoming the Healthiest Nation: A Public Health Approach”

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Dr. Benjamin, an internist and emergency physician, has served as the Executive Director of APHA since December 2002. He previously served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Introduction by: Olivia Carter-Pokras, PhD, Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UMD School of Public Health

3:30 PM–3:45 PM


Presentation of Poster Awards

3:45 PM–4:45 PM



Maryland’s Health System Initiatives and Population Health

Leads: Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Health Services Administration; Director, MD Center for Health Equity, UMD School of Public Health

Karen S. Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN, Chair and Associate Professor, Dept. of Family & Community Health, UMB School of Nursing

Panelists to include: 

Madeleine Shea, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; George H. Bone M.D., Commissioner, Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission

4:45 PM

Concluding Remarks

Jane E. Clark, PhD, Professor and Dean, UMD School of Public Health


Limited Attendance PHRM Events

11:30 AM–12:30 PM
Nanticoke Room

Agilent Technologies' Lunch Seminar*:

Measuring the Exposome 

Speakers: Denis Sarigiannis, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and Institute of Advanced Study, Pavia, Italy

H.M. (Skip) Kingston, PhD, Professor, Duquesne University, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Pittsburgh, PA

6:30 PM–8:30 PM
Grand Ballroom Lounge

Speaking Out for Public Health**

Student-led TOTUS Spoken Word Collective

* Register for the Agilent lunch seminar at

**Questions on the "Speaking Out for Public Health" event should be directed to Stephanie Cork at