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Jan. 16-21, 2024

Natalia Babenko

Aging Studies PhD student awarded CDC Public Health Law Fellowship

Natalia Babenko, MPH, a PhD student in the School of Aging Studies, has been awarded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Law Fellowship for the spring of 2024. This highly competitive fellowship is only awarded to 20 individuals within the nation. Under the auspice of the CDC, Babenko will work on projects aiming to strengthen the public health law workforce and respond to critical issues in public health. Babenko will undertake demanding and critical challenges posed to public health to better the lives of aging populations through the development of strategies, policies, and programs.

Call for applications: 2024 Dean's Awards

The CBCS Faculty Council is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Dean’s Awards. Awards will be presented for the following:

Faculty awards:

  • Outstanding Research Award
  • Outstanding Teaching Awards (an award will be given to a tenure track faculty in addition to a non-tenure track/instructor)
  • Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award (must be tenure track for a full academic year)
  • Outstanding Service Award

Student awards:

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

Click here for application instructions. Nominations are due to Nicoleta Zenn ( by Feb. 28.

CBCS in the News

Wearing hearing aids may add several years onto life, study finds

Romulan News Channel

"An audiologist at the University of South Florida, Harvey Abrams, explained how hearing impairment can lead to depression. 'People begin to withdraw from activities...'"

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

MHWW Course Cover Photo

Mental Health & Wellness in the Workplace Course

Learn to attract and retain talent by creating a workplace culture that fosters wellness and allows for the free expression of issues related to employee's mental health, behavioral health, and addiction. Start the course today.

SOW Colloquiums

Advancing Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health Equity: Strategies for Population-Centered Behavioral Health Interventions Colloquium by Candidate for Assistant Professor, Social Work

Jan. 16 | 2-3 p.m.

MHC Atrium & Microsoft Teams

Tyriesa Howard Howell’s research focuses on examining and understanding social and cultural determinants of sexual and reproductive health among adolescents and women. This includes socio-behavioral interventions using mixed methods to examine the use of interactive video game and life simulation technology to encourage HIV treatment adherence and routinized HIV testing among adolescents living with and affected by HIV.

Dae Dee Han Colloquium

The Department of Mental Health Law and Policy Colloquium by Candidate for a Faculty Position

Jan. 17 | 11 a.m. - noon

MHC 2625A & Microsoft Teams

Dae Hee Han, PhD, will present "Understanding Nicotine Use Behaviors in Young Populations: Informing Tobacco Regulatory Science."

Temple Terrace

Monthly Networking Luncheon - Cyber Security - sponsored by the City of Temple Terrace

Jan. 17 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Yuengling Center Fed Club

Start the new year educated and aware of the efforts by the University of South Florida to actively involve and promote a culture of cybersecurity within the local community. The University of South Florida professors representing the Sarasota Cybersecurity Research Lab are eager to collaborate with other relevant stakeholders to advance this agenda.

This Is My Brave at USF 2024 audition flyer

Auditions: This Is My Brave - College Edition at USF

Jan. 18 & 20

USF Theatre Center, Room TAR 249

USF students are invited to audition for the 2024 production of This Is My Brave - College Edition at USF. The team is seeking storytellers with a 5-minute story to share about their lived experience with mental health and/or substance use conditions via poetry, original music, comedy, essay, dance or other artistic expression. The show will be live on stage this spring on April 5, 2024.

Please direct your students to sign up for auditions at this link:

Fox and Verona book

CJRP Celebrates Verona and Fox's New Book

Feb. 15 | 5:30-8:30 p.m.

CWY, second floor

The Center for Justice Research and Policy is having a book event to celebrate the release of Edelyn Verona and Bryanna Fox's new book, "Routledge Handbook of Evidence-Based Criminal Justice Practices.” RSVP here by Feb. 8.

EOL Center

Call for Applications: EOL Center Pilot Grant

Deadline: Feb. 16 | 5 p.m. EST

The Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies pilot grant application is live and can be completed online here. The pilot funds are $25,000 for one year of funding to commence shortly after funding decisions are made in spring 2024 for faculty or community partners; for students the funding will begin in the fall 2024 semester. Apply now.

Marianne Chanti-Ketterl

School of Aging Studies Distinguished Alumni Lecture “Cognitive Trajectories; A Life Course Approach”

Feb. 23 | 1:30 p.m.

MHC Atrium

Marianne Chanti-Ketterl is a 2015 graduate of the PhD in aging studies program at USF. Her research deals with the epidemiology of cognitive aging, largely focusing on the intersection between life course environmental, biological, and sociocultural factors associated with risk of cognitive decline.

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