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Alumni Awards Virtual Gala

We hope you can join us for a live, remote celebration to honor the 2020 Alumni Awardees and Delta Omega alumni initiates at the Alumni Awards Virtual Gala!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020
5:30-7 p.m. EDT

EVENT PROGRAM
5:30 p.m. Awardee social rooms (open to registrants)
6 p.m. Virtual Gala begins

  • Welcome from Interim Dean Everette James
  • Group alumni induction of 2020 Delta Omega Omicron Chapter
  • Presentation of 2020 Alumni Awards
    • Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice
    • Distinguished Alumni Award for Research
    • Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination
    • Margaret F. Glonginger Service Award
    • Early Career Excellence
  • Closing remarks

7 p.m. Virtual Gala concludes

Zoom links to the awardee social rooms and ceremony will be shared with registrants on November 18.


2020 Alumni Honorees


DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD FOR PRACTICE

  • Benjamin Acosta-Cazares, PhD (EPI '15)

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD FOR RESEARCH

  • Shumei S. Sun, PhD (BIOST '83)
  • Chongyi Wei, DrPH (BCHS, '09)

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD FOR TEACHING AND DISSEMINATION

  • Kathleen S. Knauer, MS (ENVH '92)
  • Leigha Senter-Jamieson, MS (GNCSLG '03)

THE MARGARET F. GLONINGER SERVICE AWARD

  • Wendy King, PhD (EPI '04)

EARLY CAREER EXCELLENCE AWARD

  • Emma Hosman, MPH (BCHS '17)
  • Brandie DePaoli Taylor, PhD, MPH (EPI '11 '07)

DELTA OMEGA ALUMNI INITIATES

  • Kayleigh Blaney, MPH, (EPI '14)
  • Victoria Dianne Crall, MPH, (EPI '13)
  • Natalie Suder Egnot, DrPH (EPI '17); MPH (IDM '14)
  • Kelley M. Kidwell, PhD, (BIOST '12)
  • Angela M. Malek, PhD, MPH (EPI '11 '06)
  • Nicholas V. Resciniti, MPH (IDM '16)
  • Amy R. Richards, MHA/MBA (HPM '02)
  • Alexander J. Sundermann, MPH (IDM '14)

Alumni Awards Questions?

Jennifer Sciullo
alumni coordinator
jennifer.alison@pitt.edu
412-641-0481

Read about our Awardees

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Acosta-Cazares: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice 

Acosta-Cazares: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice

"The application of the epidemiological method to everyday problems is something that pleases me and creates challenges for me. I enjoy my work because most of the time I have been involved in the analysis of morbidity and mortality data, in the research of health problems from the epidemiological ... (11/17/2020)
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Sun: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research 

Sun: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research

Shumei Sun is the W. Hans Carter Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics in the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has joint appointments in the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at VCU. Her knowledge of the develop... (11/17/2020)
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Wei: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research 

Wei: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research

Chongyi Wei is Associate Professor in the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies, Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy at Rutgers University, School of Public Health. After graduating from Pitt Public Health in 2009 with the Outstanding Student Award, Wei has sub... (11/17/2020)
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Knauer: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination 

Knauer: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

"At Pitt Public Health, I gained a deep understanding of how environmental factors like water quality, air pollution and toxic chemicals impact human health. This knowledge has been invaluable in my career in journalism, as I am able to communicate environmental issues to the public in a way that i... (11/17/2020)
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Senter-Jamieson: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination 

Senter-Jamieson: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

Leigha Senter is a licensed genetic counselor and Associate Professor at The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute where she has specialized in cancer genetics risk assessment for 17 years. Senter has more than a decade of research experience with a primary foc... (11/17/2020)
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King: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Service 

King: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Service

During the COVID-19 pandemic, King has been volunteering time with the Allegheny County Health Department. She first worked with ACHD Chief Epidemiologist LuAnn Brink (IDM '98, EPI '96) and a small team of Pitt Public Heath faculty to plan a COVID-19 surveillance project. Specifically, they planned... (11/17/2020)
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Hosman: 2020 Early Career Excellence Award 

Hosman: 2020 Early Career Excellence Award

Emma Hosman is Response Coordintor for the Philadelphia Department of Health's Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Program, working on the front lines of PA's largest city's COVID-19 emergency response. "This year has really shown that public health is adaptable...[COVID-19] is challenging ... (11/17/2020)
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Taylor: 2020 Early Career Excellence Award 

Taylor: 2020 Early Career Excellence Award

Nominator Catherine Haggerty considers Brandie Taylor to be one of the most outstanding mentees of her nearly 20-year career. Currently, Taylor is an associate professor and the Graduate Program Director at Temple University College of Public Health. She has built an impressive research program sup... (11/17/2020)
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Blaney: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate  

Blaney: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Kayleigh Blaney attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 2013 with a BS in Biology and History and in 2014 with a Master of Public Health in epidemiology. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Health at the University of South Florida. After working with the University of Pitt... (11/17/2020)
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Crall: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate 

Crall: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Victoria Crall graduated from Duquesne University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Biology. From there she attended the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health where she completed a master's degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology in 2013. Knowing she wan... (11/17/2020)
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Egnot: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate 

Egnot: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Natalie Suder Egnot is a Supervising Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk in the Pittsburgh, PA office. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University, and obtained both a Master’s of Public Health in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and a Doctor of Public Health ... (11/17/2020)
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Kidwell: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate 

Kidwell: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Kelley Kidwell is an ssociate professor at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics. She earned her PhD in biostatistics at Pitt Public Health in 2012. It was in graduate school that she found her passion for clinical trial design and analysis by working on h... (11/17/2020)
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Malek: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate 

Malek: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Angela Malek is a research assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She earned her MPH and PhD degrees in epidemiology in 2006 and 2011, respectively, from Pitt Public Health. Malek is principal investigator of a K01 career ... (11/17/2020)
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Resciniti: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate 

Resciniti: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Nicholas V. Resciniti received his master of public health degree with a concentration in Infectious Disease Management, Intervention, and Community Practice from Pitt Public Health in 2016. He currently is pursing him PhD in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina, with his dissertation... (11/17/2020)
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Richards: 2020 Delta Omega Initiates 

Richards: 2020 Delta Omega Initiates

Amy Richards is currently Senior Director, Data Applications & Insights in the Center for Advanced Analytics & Informatics at Vizient. In this role she leads advanced analysis to provide insight into hospitals’ clinical, cost, and operational performance. She oversees a team of dedicated analysts e... (11/17/2020)
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Sundermann: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate 

Sundermann: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Alexander Sundermann is a clinical research coordinator and a DrPH student in epidemiology at Pitt Public Health. As a doctoral student and clinical research coordinator, Sundermann works in the Microbial Genomic Epidemiology Laboratory (MiGEL). He and the MiGEL team are working with experts at the... (11/17/2020)
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