Baby love – Inspired by a UD faculty member, nursing alumna Bari Melker recently spent a year volunteering in South Africa, first at a safe house for abused and abandoned children in Pretoria and then at a small maternity hospital in Cape Town.
Courtyard heroes – Three University of Delaware nursing faculty came to the aid of a hotel employee during a recent retirement celebration.
Holistic nursing textbook – Karen Avino, assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Delaware, is co-author of Core Curriculum for Holistic Nursing (Second Edition).
Jefferson Awards – Lori’s Hands and UDance, two registered student organizations at the University of Delaware, earned first place awards from the Jefferson Awards for Public Service in the 2013 Youth Service Challenge.
Back to Broad Street – A participant in UD's FastFES research project participated in the Broad Street Run just 15 months after a stroke left him with significant impairments.
Working toward wellness – Kate McCleary and Emily Moore, the first two recipients of the health coaching certificate at the University of Delaware, were honored May 15 at a College of Health Sciences ceremony.
UD expanding with private help – What an opportunity: When the University of Delaware took over a shuttered Chrysler plant in 2008, it gained enough space to double its academic campus in Newark, Del.
Beyond trail mix – A group of UD nutrition and dietetics students recently compiled a recipe book for those with limited mobility through the Yes U Can Nutrition Extension.
DHSA symposium – More than 150 academic and clinical researchers turned out for the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance’s fifth annual research symposium on Friday, May 10. Held at the University of Delaware, the symposium focused on “Transitions Toward Clinical Translational Research.”
Faculty promotions – The University of Delaware Board of Trustees approved promotions for 39 faculty members at its spring meeting May 7. All are effective Sept. 1.
First Step: Ideas for a healthier world – The College of Health Sciences celebrated its inaugural First Step Program with an award ceremony on April 26 to honor undergraduate students who submitted solutions to important health-related challenges.
Education proposals invited – The Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA) has issued a request for proposals for education pilot grants. The deadline is June 14.
National Nurses Week – In conjunction with National Nurses Week, UDaily talked to School of Nursing director Kathy Schell about how UD prepares students to deliver quality and innovation in patient care.
Sports medicine honors – Two University of Delaware students are among just 20 whose abstracts have been selected for special sessions at the American College of Sports Medicine's 60th annual meeting in May.
In Memoriam – Barry Milcarek, biostatistician in UD's College of Health Sciences and the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute, died suddenly at his home in New Jersey on April 20, 2013, at the age of 64.
Projects Abroad – UD dietetics majors Cara Barbato and Livia Berg recently spent a month in Peru teaching mothers and children about nutrition and dental health.
Salzburg Fellows – Three UD professors will join colleagues from around the world at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria later this year to discuss solutions to world challenges, from human rights to health care.
Public health: Saving lives, saving money – The University of Delaware celebrated National Public Health Week (April 1–7) with a full slate of activities aimed at showing how public health initiatives save lives and money.
April 30: DHSA conference – The Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA) will host a conference, “Mentorship for Successful Clinical and Translational Research,” on Tuesday, April 30, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Christiana Care’s Ammon Center Auditorium in Newark, Del.
'Spice Kitchen' – "The Spice Kitchen: Taste the Flavor," a new one-credit course, is aimed at encouraging people to throw away the salt shaker and grab the spice shaker.
Serving soldiers – Rory Tedrick, a student in the nurse practitioner master's program at the University of Delaware, recently received the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary's Award for Nursing Excellence.
April 22: Biomedical pilot grants due – The Delaware Rehabilitation Institute has issued a request for proposals for pilot grants through its NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) award, which focuses on osteoarthritis prevention and treatment.
Marking the Spot – Researchers at the University of Delaware are teaming with clinicians at Shriners Hospital for Children to shed light on an injury called brachial plexus birth palsy.
April 16: Flynn inaugural lecture – Daniel Flynn, who has been named Unidel Chair of Health Sciences, will present his inaugural lecture, "Oncogenes, Cellular Transformation and Breast Cancer," at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16.
Caring for kids – Janice Selekman, professor in UD's School of Nursing, has been selected to receive the 2013 Barbara A. Larson Humanitarian Award from the Society of Pediatric Nurses.
Healthy aging – In a class called "Evidence-Based Healthy Aging," students at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are getting the answers to some important health-related questions.
Global health education – The Delaware Health Sciences Alliance hosted "Global Health Education Symposium: Careers and Opportunities" at Thomas Jefferson University on Feb. 9.
Nursing instructor named first Study Abroad Faculty Director of Year – School of Nursing instructor, Lisa McBeth, has touched many lives herself, including those of the students she has taken to South Africa and Peru over the past three years. Late in 2012, their nominations resulted in her selection as the University of Delaware’s first Study Abroad Faculty Director of the Year.
Physical therapy student develops program for Girl Scouts – As a Girl Scout, Jazmine Tooles participated in activities like self-defense classes and mock space shuttle missions, so it’s not surprising that she chose the organization as a way to teach young girls about the field of physical therapy.
New assignment – James Richards, Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, has been named vice provost for graduate and professional studies.
Nursing fellowships – UD's School of Nursing has received a two-year, $675,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support primary care nurse practitioner students.
Helping out for health – The University of Delaware has been awarded a contract with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services to administer the state's Medical Reserve Corps.
Nursing scholarships – The University of Delaware School of Nursing has been selected, for the second time, as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program.
Epic first steps – The First Step program in UD's College of Health Sciences has been featured as one of "10 epic projects led by college students" by WorldWideLearn, an online educational resource.
Nurse of the year – University alumna Norine Watson has been selected as the 2012 Nurse of the Year by the Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. In this role, she oversees the nursing professional development team, which includes nurse clinicians, clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse educators, a healing touch practitioner, and a lactation consultant.
Get Up and Do Something is source for optimal health – Mike Peterson believes that the best way to bring about changes in health behavior is to take an approach that’s fun, positive, and motivational. Chair of UD’s Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, Peterson launched the Get Up and Do Something (GUADS) website in 2003 with funding from the state of Delaware. GUADS is a program of the Delaware Coalition to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Nutrition.
Nurse Managed Health Center reaches out across campus – The Nurse Managed Health Center at the University of Delaware is not only providing routine healthcare for employees but also branching out to collaborate with a variety of offices and organizations across campus.
Medicine and the media – Bruce Geryk, a fifth-year resident in neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina, shared medical perspectives on the media with the UD community on Nov. 5 in a lecture sponsored by the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition.
Chronic Illness in America: From Policy to Person – Beginning in the spring 2013 semester, UD will offer a new transdisciplinary course, Chronic Illness in America: From Policy to Person, that will provide students with an opportunity to understand abstract health care system and policy concerns while assisting chronically ill individuals in the local community.
Nov. 12: Health sciences careers – The University of Delaware Health Sciences Career Fair will be held from 12:30-3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12, in the Multipurpose Rooms of the Trabant University Center.
Research and event focus on health in Hispanic community – Getting exercise can be as simple as dancing to some fast-paced music, and preparing healthy meals can be easy and inexpensive. Those were the messages shared by a team of UD health sciences faculty and students who volunteered at Vive tu Vida, an annual Hispanic family physical activity and healthy lifestyle event.
New health sciences research leader – Daniel Flynn, formerly with Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pa., has joined the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences (CHS) as associate dean for research and Unidel Professor.
Sept. 19-Oct. 31: Nursing Lecture Series – The University of Delaware School of Nursing will hold its 2012 Fall Lecture Series beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 19. All lectures will take place in 114 McDowell Hall at 12:15 p.m.
Nanomedicine– The First International Symposium on Nanomedicine in Drug Delivery and Cancer Diagnosis, held at the University of Delaware from Aug. 16–17, not only enabled researchers to share their latest findings but also provided a venue to launch new partnerships.
One World, One Health – The University of Delaware held its inaugural One World, One Health animal, human and environmental health symposium, titled “Global Thinking for the Greater Good: Interdisciplinary Health Discourse and Research,” in the Townsend Hall Commons on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
COBRE III – The Delaware Rehabilitation Institute (DRI) has been awarded a five-year COBRE continuation grant totaling more than $5.4 million for osteoarthritis research. Supported by the National Institutes of Health, COBRE grants are aimed at expanding and developing institutional biomedical research capacity by enhancing research infrastructure.
STAR development – UD is entering into a strategic partnership with Delle Donne and Associates and Bancroft Construction to develop a plan for phase one of the STAR Campus. Construction will begin this summer and will be completed by fall 2013. Through this development, health and life sciences would be one of the first sectors to establish a presence on this campus.
Aug. 22: One World, One Health — UD will host the inaugural animal, human, and environmental health symposium, "Global Thinking for the Greater Good: Interdisciplinary Health Discourse and Research," on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
New UD student organization focuses on holistic health – When Jellirica Tan enrolled in the nursing program at the University of Delaware two years ago, her plan was to become a nurse anesthetist—one of the highest-paying specialties in the field of nursing. She now plans to go into psychiatric and mental health nursing, with a focus on holistic health.
Racing toward freedom – Emily Holian, a junior nursing major, recently led a group that completed the Blue Cross Broad Street Run in Philadelphia to raise awareness of global human enslavement.
College sets friend and fund raising event for new health sciences complex – The College of Health Sciences (CHS) at the University of Delaware will hold its second annual gala on Friday, May 11, from 6-10 p.m., at UD’s new Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus on the former Chrysler site. Organized around the theme “The Future of Healthcare,” the event will showcase some of the innovations in research and education underway in the college.
Outstanding kinesiology professional – Avron Abraham, associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition at the University of Delaware, has received the Outstanding Kinesiology Professional Award from the University of Connecticut. The award was conferred by the Neag School of Education at its annual awards dinner on March 31.
Research focuses on manufacturing composite orthotics for injured soldiers – Led by Jack Gillespie and Shridhar Yarlagadda, CCM recently received a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a rapid prototyping process for the manufacture of advanced passive dynamic ankle-foot orthoses (PD-AFOs) for injured soldiers. The three-year, $3-million project will be carried out in collaboration with UD’s BADER Consortium, which will enable the new devices to be tested in clinical trials.
Research team to study effects of infant diet composition – Jillian Trabulsi, assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, is part of a team that recently received a $2 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the impact of diet composition during infancy on energy balance, satiety and growth.
Physical Therapy ranked second in 'U.S. News' grad school guide – UD's Department of Physical Therapy is ranked second in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's 2013 edition of Best Graduate Schools, released March 13. The ratings appear online at USNews.com and will be published in a print guidebook available April 3.
UD's Swanik named fellow of National Athletic Trainers Association – Charles (Buz) Swanik, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware, has been named a fellow of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). He will be inducted at the association’s 2012 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia in St. Louis in June.
Health experts to address issues in education, research, practice – DHSA will hold its inaugural Global Health Symposium on Saturday, Feb. 4 at CCHS. The program will focus on education, research and practice, with presentations on topics ranging from refugee health clinics and relief medicine to anthropological approaches to the study of global health.
Icing on the cake – Brittany Sullivan, a junior health behavior science major and member of the collegiate figure skating team at the University of Delaware, has been selected as a Philadelphia Flyers Ice Girl.
Empowering young women to avoid abusive relationships – Ten pregnant teens walk into the former church basement and take seats in a semi-circle. They’re all participating in the “Safe Dates for Young Mothers” program, which is being piloted by Judy Herrman with a $10,000 community action grant from the American Association of University Women.
Athletic training alum shares research and advice with UD community – Tamerah Hunt, a UD graduate, returned to campus to share her research results with the biomechanics and movement science community. Hunt, who is now assistant professor of clinical allied medical professions at Ohio State University, delivered a lecture in UD’s BIOMS seminar series.
Babies, start your engines – Best known for his “babies driving robots” research, Galloway has recently turned to off-the-shelf toy racecars to provide mobility to children who can’t crawl or walk, empowering them to be part of the action at home, in the daycare center, or on the playground.
Expert to discuss emerging field of 'omics' research – Christopher W. Beecher, research professor of pathology at the University of Michigan, will deliver a lecture on metabolomics at the University of Delaware on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Room 102 of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.
Is it time to throw away the salt shaker? – Two researchers at the University of Delaware think the answer to that question is an emphatic no, and they have received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to test their theory that a high salt diet in humans may have negative consequences apart from an effect on blood pressure.
Expert to address the ethics of federal regulation – Tom Beauchamp, professor of philosophy and senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, will deliver a special lecture, “The Ethics of Federal Regulation of Biomedical Research and Clinical Practice,” at the University of Delaware on Thursday, Nov. 3.
Oct. 5: Project Have Hope – The University of Delaware Department of Medical Technology is co-sponsoring a talk by Ayaa Grace, “Uganda—War, Poverty, and the Hope of Tomorrow,” on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m., in 101 Brown Laboratory.
Physical therapy professor receives Catherine Worthingham Award – John Scholz, professor of physical therapy at the University of Delaware, has been elected a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He is the fourth UD professor to achieve this status in the past seven years.
Jefferson Award – Sarah LaFave, a 2011 graduate of the University of Delaware, has won a prestigious Jefferson Award for public service in recognition of her work with the Lori's Hands student organization.
Signs of life – A sign language pamphlet of medical terms created by a nursing student will be distributed statewide to parents of deaf infants, as well as to others who have regular contact with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Committed to excellence – The University of Delaware College of Health Sciences recognized three faculty members with awards on May 25. Steve Goodwin received the CHS excellence in teaching award, Don Lehman the excellence in service award, and Bill Farquhar the excellence in research award.
Alumni Association honors top man, woman – Matthew Watters and Sarah LaFave have been selected as the recipients of the Alexander J. Taylor Sr. and Emalea Pusey Warner awards, respectively, as the outstanding man and woman of the University of Delaware's 2011 graduating class.
UD students offer fitness support to adults with limited mobility – Vickie George was an outstanding athlete. She batted .500 in intercollegiate varsity softball at Temple University and went on to play women’s major league fast pitch. She also played basketball, field hockey, and racquetball, hiked and biked, and scuba dived.
DHSA issues call for proposals – The Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA) has issued a call for pilot grant applications for new biomedical research projects in basic or translational research. Five-page applications are due by Wednesday, June 15, with an expected start date of Sept. 1.
New guide helps cancer patients manage symptoms – A Patient's Guide to Cancer Symptom Management presents clearly written descriptions of 22 symptoms and their causes, as well as ways to prevent and treat them. Each chapter deals with a specific symptom and ends with a list of resources for more information about it. Brown and the publisher priced the book at $17 to make it affordable to patients with cancer.
Health behavior science major at UD in line with new national focus – The HBS degree prepares students to work in a variety of organizations and settings -- from educational institutions, non-profits, and government agencies to corporations, clinics and hospitals. Careers include wellness program coordination, health education, health coaching, policy analysis, fundraising and event coordination, and nutrition.
UD skaters balance sports, rigorous athletic training curriculum – Three University of Delaware undergraduates are successfully juggling competitive ice skating and the athletic training major: Senior Samantha Riddle and sophomore Brittany Sullivan are members of UD's collegiate ice skating team, while sophomore Maggie Berkowitz is a synchronized skater.
UD nursing students dare to make a difference in South Africa – Led by Lisa McBeth-Snyder, instructor and coordinator of UD's Maternal-Child Simulation Lab, 30 junior and senior nursing majors spent UD's 2011 Winter Session in South Africa. They came away with a profound understanding of Third World healthcare conditions.
UD Physical Therapy Clinic recognized by Army officer – Col. Edward DeLissio was so impressed with the care he received in the Physical Therapy Clinic at the University of Delaware that he presented therapist Anthony Carroll and his colleagues with an official “Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Clinical Team Effort.”
Jan. 28: Shindle to deliver talk on foot and ankle injuries – The Student Athletic Trainers Club at the University of Delaware will host a guest lecture, “Management of Common Sport-related Injuries about the Foot and Ankle,” by Dr. Mike Shindle from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28. The lecture will take place in the Delaware Special Olympics Building, located at 619 S. College Ave., in Newark.