- Appointments and promotions:
– Purdue University’s Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) and the university’s Office of Health Equity Initiatives have announced Holly Wood as Senior Director of Health Equity Initiatives, effective immediately. Previously a subject matter expert in several areas of public health at the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH), Wood joined Purdue in 2021 to serve as Program Director for Indiana Healthy Opportunities for Everyone (I-HOPE). , an RCHE-IDOH partnership initiative that addresses the effects of health disparities. In his dual role, Wood will continue to oversee I-HOPE as it engages with 30 at-risk Indiana counties to support local priority public health improvements at the community level. With the goal of bringing the voice of the community back to campus and amplifying it nationally through a framework developed by Purdue Presidential Fellow and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, his new duties will be to elicit faculty interest in health equity projects, coordinate the Purdue Health Equity Council, and lead health equity-related funding applications. Read more.
– Purdue University researchers Pengyi Shi, associate professor of management; Nan Kong, professor of biomedical engineering; and Omolola A. Adeoye-Olatunde, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, were recently selected to receive the 2022 Shah Family Global Innovation Lab Seed Grant Award. The honor was for their proposal to co-develop a digital solution and decision support system addressing the youth drug addiction crisis in Aru, Democratic Republic of Congo. Read more.
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– Purdue University’s junior elementary teacher preparation program has been named one of the best in the nation when it comes to ensuring future elementary school teachers have the essential content and skills they need to teach mathematics. The National Council on Teacher Quality, a national research and policy organization that regularly assesses the core requirements and practices of more than 1,100 programs that prepare future primary school teachers, has released a new report in which the program undergraduate from Purdue University earned an A for its elementary math requirements. Read more.