Alumni Kudos & Awards

Acosta-Cazares: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice

image
"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 perspective, and in teaching physicians who are in the training  of a medical residency in epidemiology."  

Sun: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research

image
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 developmental trajectories of children led to her decade-long work with the CDC to generate the latest version of the CDC-NCHS growth charts that are used by... 

Wei: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research

image
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 subsequently held faculty positions at Pitt Public Health, University of California – San Francisco, before being recruited by Rutgers. Wei attributes hi... 

Knauer: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

image
"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 is easily understandable and can help drive solutions to these pressing problems," says Knauer.   

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

image
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 focus in BRCA gene-related projects with more than 80 peer reviewed publications. She is a member of the advisory board for FORCE, an advocacy group fo... 

King: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Service

image
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 a population-based SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence survey of county residents to allow the county and state policy makers and service providers better esti... 

Hosman: 2020 Early Career Excellence Award

image
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 norms. It's challenging what we have. It's challenging all these systems. And that's great. It's allowing us to be adaptable and change what we're doi... 

Taylor: 2020 Early Career Excellence Award

image
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 supported by more than $4.3 million in funding as principal investigator, including two NIH/NIAID R01s, an NIH/NIAID R21 and a HRSA R40.  

Blaney: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

image
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 Pittsburgh Long Life Family study, Blaney became an epidemiologist for the Oakland County Health Division (Michigan) in 2016. Her expertise includes surve... 

Crall: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

image
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 wanted to pursue a career in public health, she sought a position in infection prevention at UPMC. In January of 2016, she began a career as an Infection... 

Egnot: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

image
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 in Epidemiology from Pitt Public Health.   

Kidwell: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

image
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 her dissertation with Abdus Wahed and through her graduate student assistantship at the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP, now... 

Malek: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

image
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 development award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute investigating long-term maternal and infant complications in pre-eclampsia, with a... 

Resciniti: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

image
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 focusing on microbiome disruption and the longitudinal association with cognitive impairment and dementia. His research focus is related to understan... 

Richards: 2020 Delta Omega Initiates

image
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 embedded at member hospitals to increase engagement and utilization of Vizient analytical solutions. She is also responsible for leading enhanced analy... 

Sundermann: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

image
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 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)and Carnegie Mellon University to build an Enhanced Detection System for Healthcare Associated Transmis... 

BCHS alum joins staff at Decker College new rehab therapies program

image
Nicolle Nestler (BCHS ’11) joined Binghamton University in November 2019 as a senior staff assistant for both Decker’s School of Rehabilitation Science, established the same year, and its Master of Public Health program.    

Edmond named CMO for WVU Health System

image
Michael Edmond (IDM ’91) has been appointed as the new chief medical officer for the WVU Health System. He is currently serving as chief quality officer, associate chief medical officer, and clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa. Edmond will begin his new position in November.  

Angus named as associate vice chancellor for healthcare innovation

image
Derek Angus (BCHS ’92) named as associate vice chancellor for healthcare innovation. ​This new role will complement his recent appointment as UPMC’s chief health care innovation officer, and foster strategic linkages between the two organizations. Dr. Angus will work to stimulate the fusion of multiple disciplines and skills, blending expertise in clinical care delivery with organization science, decision psychology, machine learning, Bayesian... 

Baumann and Burke create community with shared art space to combat negative effects of physical distancing

image
During the COVID-19 pandemic, how have you stayed connected and maintained community connections? BCHS' Jessie Burke and Sara Baumann asked the Pitt community to respond with art projects, which are now available for viewing in a new virtual gallery featured on Pitt Public Health's website. "[A]rt space interventions like this project can be powerful approaches for reducing adverse physiological and psychological health outcomes," said Baumann. ... 

More student stories

Share Alumni News

Share stories about Pitt Public Health alumni using the form at publichealth.pitt.edu/sharenews.