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Public Health Research@Maryland Recognizes Student Poster Award Winners

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Research@Maryland group photo at the University of Maryland

On April 9, more than 550 attendees participated in the third annual Public Health Research@ Maryland day, held at the Stamp Student Union. This year’s theme, The Changing Climate and Health, which focused on how climate change and health care reform are changing population health, brought together leading researchers from the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore campuses, along with experts from county, state and federal health agencies, private research and consulting organizations, non-profit organizations and corporate entities.

A robust poster competition featured 128 research posters, representing researchers from more than 11 universities, as well as five of the schools/colleges on the College Park campus (Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences and Public Health) and five from the Baltimore campus (Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Social Work). Both UMD President Wallace Loh and Provost Mary Ann Rankin attended and heard poster presentations from individual students, with President Loh commenting on the “impressive” research. President Jay Perman and Provost Jarrell from UMB also attended the dynamic research event, along with School of Medicine (SOM) Dean Al Reece and Professor Jay Magaziner, chair of the SOM’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

Volunteer judges with expertise in the relevant research category selected the winning submissions from those presented by students. Students presented the majority of posters (73%), and more than half reflected research collaborations that spanned more than one college or school. Awards were given to three categories of student presenters: undergraduate, master, and doctoral level students. The research reported on by the award recipients reflect the diversity of all presented posters and provide insights of relevance to state, national and global communities. Katherine Garcia-Rosales’ first place poster in the undergraduate category on water chlorination and health education was co-authored by students from SPH’s behavioral and community health and kinesiology departments, as well as UMD engineering undergraduate Robert Kramer. This study is part of the partnership between Public Health Without Borders and Engineers Without Borders. The partnership includes students and faculty mentors collaboratively addressing health needs of global communities and was conducted in a rural Andrean community in Peru. The three undergraduate students receiving Honorable Mention revealed the diversity of studies in public health. These include studies relevant to the Food and Drug Administration’s consumer materials that were assessed for their health literacy and cultural competence characteristics (Jonathan Fix); relevant to the Department of Veterans Affairs exploring stressors and coping strategies for women veterans and their parenting transitions (Emma Murray); and relevant to the Department of Defense by studying the effects of cognitive load and its effect on flight simulation in beginner pilots (Abigail Hsiung).   

Two master students tied for first place. UM SOM student Sarah Kilby’s poster on “Assessing Compliance for Proposed CACFP Meal Pattern Changes…” included co-authors from the Maryland State Department of Education as well as faculty from the Department of Pediatrics and revealed important findings to consider for future oversight of CACFP compliance of Maryland childcare centers. UMD SPH Kinesiology student Dovin Keirnan’s study “Vertical ground reaction force…” explored measurement of risks for injury in runners, contributing to understanding the balance between health versus injury outcomes. The honorable mention recipients reported on studies that examined the use of post-market surveillance to compare the safety and effectiveness of two types of coronary stents (Jessica Bermudez); compared Google Flu Trend data to Maryland’s formal reporting system for influenza-like illness (Lisa Bowen); and explored self-esteem as a mediator in relationships between depressive symptoms and sexual minority status (Diane Ng).

Maria Demarco, UMD SPH, received first place in the doctoral student category for a study examining factors that contribute to Human Papilloma Virus vaccine completion, important to ensuring the effectiveness of this vaccine. Honorable mention was awarded to three students who reported on investigations of factors related to health status of young adults with disabilities in a national longitudinal study (Sue Lin); factors related to contraceptive use among urban adolescent mothers (Deirdre Quinn); and a study identifying birth outcome hotspots in Maryland (Andrew Williams).   

We congratulate all the poster winners on their stellar research and thank the judges for their contribution to a successful Public Health Research@ Maryland showcase. Poster titles are linked to the full abstract and list of co-authors. 

Undergraduate Student Awards

First Prize

Katherine Garcia-Rosales
UMD School of Public Health, Behavioral and Community Health
Title: Water Chlorination and Health Education: Collaborating to Decrease Water Contamination and Water-Related Illness in Rural Peru

Honorable Mentions

Jonathan Fix
UMD Individual Studies
with UMD School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Advisor: Olivia Carter-Pokras
Title: Improving Health Literacy and Cultural Competency of FDA Consumer Materials of Cardiovascular Disease

Abigail Hsiung
UMD School of Public Health, Kinesiology
Advisor: Bradley Hatfield, Rodolph Gentili
Title: Differences in cognitive load affect performance of flight simulation in beginner pilots

Emma Murray
UMD School of Public Health, Family Science
Advisors: Sally Koblinsky, Leigh Leslie
Title: Parenting Transitions of Women Veterans: Stressors and Coping Strategies

Masters Student Awards

First Prize

Dovin Kiernan
UMD School of Public Health, Kinesiology
Advisor: Jae Shim
Title: Vertical ground reaction force magnitudes and rate not positively correlated with prospective running injury

Sarah Kilby
UM School of Medicine, Pediatrics
Advisor: Erin Hager
Title: Assessing Compliance for Proposed CACFP Meal Pattern Changes and Recent Maryland Legislation in Maryland Childcare Centers

Honorable Mentions

Jessica Bermudez
UMD School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Advisor: Olivia Carter-Pokras
Title: Comparative Analysis of the Effectiveness and Safety of Drug-eluting Versus Bare-metal Coronary Stents Among Patients Registered in the Multi-Player Claims Database

Lisa Bowen
UMD School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Title: Internet and Social Media Based Surveillance Systems for Detecting Influenza Activity in Maryland

Diane Ng
UMD School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Title: Self-Esteem as a mediator in the relationship between sexual minority status and depressive symptoms

Doctoral Student Awards

First Prize

Maria Demarco
UMD School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Advisor: Olivia Carter-Pokras
Title: Factors associated with Human Papillomavirus vaccine completion among Hispanic and non-Hispanic White girls

Honorable Mentions

Sue Lin
UMD School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Advisor: Hongjie Liu
Title: Health Status of Young Adults with Disabilities in the United States

Deirdre Quinn
UMD, School of Public Health, Family Science
Advisor: Amy Lewin
Title: Factors Associated with Contraceptive Use among Urban, African-American Adolescent Mothers

Andrew Williams
UMD, School of Public Health, Family Science
Advisor: Sandra Hofferth
Title: Examining birth outcomes hotspots in Maryland

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