IPH Faculty Scholars

Heather Corcoran, John Hoal named IPH faculty scholars

Posted by Diane Duke Williams, The Record September 11, 2009

The Institute for Public Health (IPH) has appointed 131 campus-wide faculty scholars, including Heather Corcoran, associate professor of communication design, and
John Hoal
, associate professor of architecture and urban design.

These scholars, appointed for three-year, renewable terms, have been chosen on the basis of their research and teaching interests in public health and willingness to engage in collaborative work with other institute scholars.

Scholars are eligible for small team grants to foster interdisciplinary programs and projects. They also will be invited to attend and participate in institute programs, lectures and workgroups on public health issues.

Additionally, scholars will work with a University network of individuals already conducting public health research and be encouraged to collaborate on multidisciplinary research and program development projects. Over time, the institute will develop infrastructure to foster collaborative public health research, teaching and service across the University.

In her work Corcoran, who is also principal of Plum Studio, focuses on writing and visual design for information, publication, and brand projects related to education and learning. She is a primary investigator in a grant recently awarded a grant from the National Cancer Institute for the development of registry visualization standards for cancer registry data.

Hoal is the chair of the Sam Fox School's Master of Urban Design (MUD) program, and has lectured nationally on the design and development of sustainable, livable cities. In 2008, he led two groups of graduate architecture students working with other local partners on a studio project in the Tijuana River watershed; the result of those collaborative efforts, the Laureles Canyon Revitalization Project, received a Smart Growth Award from the Urban Land Institute of San Diego/Tijuana in 2009. Hoal is also the founding principal of H3 studio Inc., which was one of five firms selected to lead the Unified New Orleans Plan that is developing various rebuilding scenarios in the city’s 13 planning districts.

For a complete list of IPH faculty scholars, click here. For faculty interested in becoming IPH faculty scholars, e-mail publichealth@wustl.edu.

IPH Project Grants

The IPH also announced the first three recipients of the Interdisciplinary Public Health Project grants. These recipients, all IPH scholars, will be part of new groups that will produce innovative proposals to tackle significant public health problems.

• Richard Grucza, Ph.D., research assistant professor of psychiatry, has received funding for his project titled "Linking Genetically Informative Addiction Data Sets to Objectively Measured Environmental Data via Geo-coding."

• Christine Hoehner, Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery, has received funding for her project titled "Health Impact Assessment: Promoting Health Priorities in Policy, Planning and Design."

• Susan B. Racette, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical therapy and of medicine, has received funding for her project titled "Nourishing an Urban Community: Phase I."

Second Annual IPH Conference

The IPH's second annual conference, "Multidisciplinary Approach to Eliminate Disparities," will be held from 1-6:15 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Eric P. Newman Education Center.

Felton Earls, M.D., professor of human behavior and development at the Harvard School of Public Health, will deliver a keynote address at 1:15 p.m., followed by a panel discussion.

Bruce Lindsey, Ph.D., dean of the Sam Fox School's College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design and the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration, will deliver another keynote address at 3:45 p.m.

The conference will conclude with a poster session and reception. For more information or to register, click here.