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Congratulations Corner

There are many successes on our campus in which we can take pride. This section highlights the impressive accomplishments throughout our academic institution. If you have an accolade or achievement, please send it to Mary Kate Allen at to be included in the next newsletter.

These are the celebrated achievements of faculty and staff within Academic Affairs for August 2023.


JPHCOPH’s Dr. Stacy Smallwood is co-author on a recent manuscript published in Collabra: Psychology. The citation is as follows: N.S. Holtzman, S.W. Carden, S.W. Smallwood, J.N. Steirn, S. M. Garrison, A.N. Gesselman. 2023. Individual Difference Correlates of Being Sexually Unrestricted Yet Declining an HIV Test. Collabra: Psychology 9(1).

JPHCOPH’s Drs. Hani Samawi and Jing Kersey were recently published in Statistics in Medicine. The citation is as follows: H. Samawi, M. Alsharman, M. Keko, J. Kersey. 2023. Post-test diagnostic accuracy measures under tree ordering of disease classes. Statistics in Medicine. 1 – 25.

JPHCOPH’s Drs. Dziyana Nazaruk, Ana Palacios, Joanne Chopak-Foss, Tilicia Mayo-Gamble, and Nandi Marshall were recently published in Children. The citation is as follows: D. Nazaruk, A.M. Palacios; J. Chopak-Foss; T. L. Mayo-Gamble; N.A. Marshall. 2023. Parental Knowledge and Perceptions on Prevention of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Infant Care. Children. Volume 10, Issue 9, 1550

JPHCOPH’s Dr. Marina Eremeeva was recently published in Pathogens. This is an impressive piece of work that took almost three years to complete the extensive review with 173 references in English, French, Russian, Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish languages. The citation is as follows: Gafarova, M.T.; Eremeeva, M.E. History and Current Status of Mediterranean Spotted Fever (MSF) in the Crimean Peninsula and Neighboring Regions along the Black Sea Coast. Pathogens. 2023, 12, 1161.

JPHCOPH’s Dr. Marina Eremeeva also had a new book chapter published. The citation is as follows: Rajakaruna, R. and M.E. Eremeeva. 2023. Eco-epidemiology of tick-borne pathogens: Role of tick vectors and host animal community composition in their circulation and source of infections, Chapter 23, pp. 325-350. In: One Health: Human, Animal, and Environmental Triad. Eds.: Vithanage, M. and Prasad, M.N.V. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. 

Presentations & Accolades

CAH’s Professor Matthew Hashiguchi’s documentary The Only Doctor won Best Feature at the 2023 Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and Award of Merit for Documentary Feature at the 2023 University Film and Video Association Conference.

CAH’s Jenson Bland followed his Emmy win with 2 Gabby Awards:  Best Program (Non-News or Sports), Small Market TV and Best Investigative Reporting Series, Small Market TV.

CAH’s Andy Cole won a GABBY for: Best General Assignment Reporting, Small Market TV.


JPHCOPH’s Dr. Gulzar Shah was invited to be the Associate Editor of Frontiers in Public Health, Digital Health section. He has accepted the role to serve the global public health community. The Frontiers in Public Health has an impact factor of 6.46.

Campus representatives have been chosen for the Carnegie Community Engaged Elective Classification (CCE) committee. Those representatives are: Mary Kate Allen (Provost Office), Chris Camiscioli (University Communications and Marketing), Emily Dove (Financial Accounting), Angela Harn (Strategic Planning Committee), Gleen Hart (Athletics), Shaheim Johnson (Student Government Association), Kendria Lee (External Affairs), Cassie Morgan (Enrollment Management), Dr. Chris Olson (Institutional Research), Brenda Richardson (First and Second Year Experience). The co-chairs are Delana Schartner (Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Academic Affairs), Urkovia Andrews (Assistant Director for Service-Learning, Student Affairs) and Jodi Kennedy (Director of Leadership and Community Engagement, Student Affairs).

JPHCOPH’s Dr. Isaac Fung has been appointed to serve on the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s Scientific Program Committee for a term of 3 years. The Scientific Program Committee helps review and organize the presentation of the scientific contents of the annual conference.

Last updated: 10/2/2023