News Archive from June, 2019

Nicholas Drachman, a current trainee in Physics, was awarded the Ruth and William Silen M.D. Award First Prize at the New England Science Symposium for best oral presentation. "The New England Science Symposium was a fantastic experience," Nichoals says. "I was able to learn from a diverse group of students and share my work. And I'm thankful to the IMSD program for providing me with the opportunity to attend".

Two members of the IMSD Community, Ashleigh LoVette, a past trainee and current doctoral candidate in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences, and Kira DiClemente, a senior scholar and current doctoral candidate in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences, have both received the 2019 Nora Kahn Piore Award. Ashleigh's dissertation work critically examines resilience among young women and girls by using quantitative data from an evaluation study of combination HIV prevention programming, integrated with qualitative data collected in Cape Town, South Africa. Results from Ashleigh’s research will foster international collaboration, and advance our understanding of how strength-based approaches can be used in health promotion efforts among under served populations. Kira's project addresses the research question: how do pre-migration exposures and post-migration stressors behave within the complex and dynamic system of resettlement to produce high sustained rates of trauma, depression and anxiety in African refugee women living in the U.S.? Throughout the development of this project, Kira has collaborated with Providence-based non-profit organization Women's Refugee Care, run by Director Aline Binyungu.  Together, they will work together to address the mental health burden faced by refugee women in our community. More information on the award can be found here

The IMSD Program welcomed back four alumni on May 21st to speak in a panel about their experiences both during and after graduate school. JJ Lomax, a current EEB graduate student, moderated the panel while Diana Borgas (Patent Agent at Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C),  Kirk Haltaufderhyde (Postdoc at University of Rhode Island), Chima Ndumele, (Assistant Professor of Health Policy Yale School of Public Health) and Anika Toorie (Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Rhode Island College) took questions from the moderator and an audience of current graduate students and postdocs. Following the panel, Program Manager Amanda Monaghan encouraged attendees to network with panelists and each other through a one hour reception. IMSD would like to extend a special thank you to our student moderator and all of our panelists!