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Department Accomplishments

Health Science faculty members are active in research, in professional associations, and in public health initiatives. Students participate in research and present at conferences. Recent highlights include:

Dr. Meg Henning received the Award in International Health from the American Public Health Association (APHA), November 2015.

Dr. John Finneran received an honorary membership to the Psi Chi Psychology Honors Organization, KSC Psi Chi Chapter (February 2016)

Dr. Margaret Smith is the coordinator for the Center for Creative Inquiry representing the School of Professional and Graduate Studies.

Dr. Becky Dunn served as an undergraduate honors thesis committee member for a nutritional science student from the University of New Hampshire.

Dr. Meg Henning and Professors Lisa Prospert and Beth Mundahl expanded options for practicum sites for the Addictions, Health Promotion, and Nutrition Options within Health Science. This includes Professor Prospert’s trip to the Washington Center in Washington, DC, with a small group of Keene State faculty led by the Global Education Office.

Drs. Karrie Kalich and Becky Dunn were awarded funding from the NH Department of Health and Human Services for the Healthy Eating and Reducing Sodium project, specifically for working with NH child care centers and school districts to improve practices and policies around nutrition ($99,300).

Drs. Karrie Kalich and Becky Dunn were awarded funding from the NH Department of Health and Human Services for the Physical Activity Consultation project, specifically working with NH child care centers and school districts to improve practices and policies around physical activity ($29,000).

Dr. Jeanelle Boyer received funding from the FPIES Foundation for her project “Examination of Gut Microbiota in Infants with Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome” ($2,002.50).

Dr. Jeanelle Boyer received funding from a Keene State Faculty Development Grant for her project “Examination of Gut Microbiota in Infants with Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome” ($2,600).

Dr. Jeanelle Boyer received a Pepsi Grant to support Health Science’s spring signature event, “Making Friends with the Trillions of Microbes that Live Within You.” The event attracted 200 students, faculty, and staff for taste testing pre- and probiotic rich food choices, a film screening, and a post-film discussion ($800).

Under the mentorship of co-advisors Drs. Becky Dunn and Margaret Smith, Eta Sigma Gamma, Health Science’s Honor Society, received funding from the College’s Honor Society Funding for its annual induction ceremony and for a holiday card-making event at Genesis Health Care ($335).

Dr. Meg Henning received a Global Education Grant from the College’s Global Education Office to host a four-member panel, “They are Us: New Immigrants and Re-settled Refugees in NH,” with a focus on discussing supporting new immigrants in NH ($2,000).

Dr. Meg Henning received a Faculty Development Grant from Keene State to support travel to the American Public Health Conference in Chicago where she presented her research and received a Mid-Career award in International Health ($2,000).

Dr. Meg Henning mentored 4 Health Science students in their application to received funding through the KSC’s Student Conference Fund to attend Yale University’s Unite for Site Global Health conference ($850).
Students attended conferences including

  • Unite for Sight, Global Health Conference, Yale University (4 Health Science students attended)
  • New Hampshire Public Health Association Spring Meeting (6 Health Science students attended)
  • Dartmouth’s Undergraduate Oncology Conference, A Future in Oncology Research and Treatment (1 Health Science student attended)
  • Translational Microbiome Conference (1 Health Science student attended)

Faculty and/or students presented at conferences including

  • American Public Health Association Annual Conference (2015).

  • AAC&U: Global Learning in College (2015) Study of 25 Universities and Models of Global Learning.

  • Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative Presents Psychosocial Support, Victory Falls Zambia (2015).
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Global Learning Colloquium on General Education (2015).

  • New Hampshire Public Health Association (2016).

  • CASA Alcoholism Information Day, Boston (2016).

  • Academic Excellence Conference, Keene State College.

  • New Hampshire Public Health Association Spring Meeting (2016).

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