Outstanding Aztecs

Students, Faculty and Staff Recognized for a Variety of Achievements

The spring is awards season at SDSU. As in past years, CHHS students, faculty and staff were well represented among those recognized. Here are just a few awardees:

President’s Leadership Fund awards

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From left: Amanda Etter, Marc Pastor (representing James Frazee), Stephanie Brodine, Brittnie Bloom, Jessica Barlow, Kathy McCarty-Baker and President Elliot Hirshman

The President’s Leadership Fund (PLF) honors the achievements of faculty and staff members. SDSU President Elliot Hirshman said, “Today, we recognize faculty and staff members whose innovative work benefits our entire campus and our broader society.”

Jessica Barlow is the director of the Sage Project and a professor in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Barlow coordinates the Sage Project’s partnerships with local communities and works with faculty members from more than two dozen departments across campus to ensure the success of the program’s initiatives. In the past three years, more than 2,400 students have taken on real-life challenges through the transformational learning opportunities offered by the Sage Project. Under Barlow’s supervision, the Sage Project has partnered with National City, Santee, San Diego and Tijuana. A partnership with Lemon Grove is in the works for the 2016-17 academic year.

Stephanie Brodine, M.D., is a professor and head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She has worked closely with NIH to assist with the launch of the Ebola vaccine trial in Liberia. She is also on the front lines of HIV/AIDS research and clinical trials in Uganda. Dr. Brodine oversees a public health program that enables students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations in poor, rural areas of Mexico.

Kathy McCarthy-Baker is an instructor in the Adaptive Fitness Clinic. Her work to increase the clinic’s outreach in the community has resulted in at-capacity enrollment. McCarthy-Baker also initiated an SDSU STRIVE crowd funding campaign for the clinic. She has fostered relationships with coaches across the country and is currently working to establish the Aztec Adaptive Sports Program to provide equal access to sports pro- grams to athletes with physical disabilities.

Student Research Symposium Winners

accepting awardNearly 500 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students across 70 majors and disciplines recently showcased their original research, scholarship projects and creative activities at San Diego State University as part of the university’s 10th annual Student Research Symposium. CHHS was well represented among the award winners:

Kinesiology graduate student Hedaya Rizeq, with mentor Harsimran Baweja, presented, Let’s talk about secs: Gender differences in distracted driving. The research won a president’s award. In addition to a $500 award, Hedaya will now represent SDSU at the 31st Annual California State University Student Research Competition.

Nursing students Samantha Iribe, Cassidy Herbst, and Lauren Wren won the Provost’s award with their poster Empowering Nursing Confidence and Competence in CHF Patient Education. Helina Hoyt and Beverly Carlson were their mentors.

Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences students also won awards. Sim Quinzon, mentored by Henrike Blumenfeld, presented, Specific Purpose English and won a Library award. A Provost’s award went to Kiara Caber, Voice Onset Time of Voiceless Plosives by English Monolingual Speakers. Her mentor was Jessica Barlow. Alyssa Campos won an Undergraduate Research Excellence Award for Translation Equivalents and Code-Switching in Bilingual Preschoolers. She worked with advisor Margaret Friend.

Emily Greenstadt, a second year Health Promotion and Behavioral Science student, presented her thesis research and received the Dean’s Award for her work. Her oral presentation was titled ’Helping people…having them leave better than when they came in, even though I am totally ripping out their pubic hair:’ Findings from The Sexual Health and Esthetician Study.’

Student Research Recognition

Erin Smolak is a third year student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Cognitive Disorders (JDP-LCD). She successfully competed in the preliminary, semi- finals, and final rounds of the UC San Diego Grad Slam Competition with her talk, Out of the Mouths of Babes: Child Language and the Economy.

Brittany Lee and Gabriela Meade, both JDP-LCD students, presented their poster at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting in San Francisco in March. The presentation was titled, Phonological and semantic priming in American Sign Language: An ERP Study.

Steven Zamora, a first year Masters of Public Health student in Epidemiology, has received a summer research award as part of the Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations (CEESP) Program. CEESP is based at the College of Public Health University of Nebraska Medical Center, and funds MPH and PhD students conducting cancer epidemiology research in minority populations within the U.S. and abroad. For his CEESP project, Steven will work with his local mentor, Dr. Caroline Thompson, GSPH Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, and research collaborators from Stanford University School of Medicine, to study patterns of cancer burden by specific Hispanic American ethnicity.

Congratulations to ENS undergraduate student Jamie Zinn who was awarded the American Kinesiology Association Undergraduate Scholar Award for SDSU. She was mentored by Katrina Maluf. Mason Hearn was awarded the American Kinesiology Association Graduate Scholar Award. His mentor was Harsimran Baweja.

Staff and Faculty Recognition

Two ENS faculty were recently honored by the Far West Athletic Training Association. Lecturer Robbie Bowers (’86) received an Excellence in Athletic Training Award. Adjunct professor Carolyn Peters received a Hall of Fame Award. This award recognizes dedicated members who have spent countless hours as an athletic trainer, mentoring students and athletes as well as volunteering their personal time to advance the Athletic Training profession. Martin Luther King High School’s Michael West notes “Carolyn sets herself apart from other Athletic Trainers in California through her passion for the profession and commitment to being a strong leader.“

Assistant Dean Jessica Robinson was awarded the William E. Piland Outstanding Postsecondary Educational Leadership Student Award. The Bill Piland Award was created in 2002 to honor the service and accomplishments of Dr. Bill Piland. The recipient of the award, chosen by peers, must be an inspiring educator, an accomplished scholar, a respected leader, and a compassionate servant leader.