Category Archives: The Dean’s Perspective

Using Improv to Improve Public Health

by Jay Maddock, PhD The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of co-leading a workshop on using improvisational (improv) comedy to improve collaboration and generate creative solutions at the Active Living Research annual meeting. I will admit that when my colleague Jana

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Sugar Free January and the Modeling of Health Behaviors

by Jay Maddock, PhD The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. In the middle of this past December, I had finally had it. After receiving a three-pound box of chocolates, four pecan pies, countless cookies and candy, and attending six holiday parties in a week, enough was enough. I

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Zen and the Art of Tenure and Promotion

by Jay Maddock, PhD The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. As we reach the end of the fall semester, there is the typical rush to complete all of the reviews of the tenure and promotion dossiers before sending them forward to the university level. For those of you

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How Can Schools of Public Health Provide Surge Capacity?

by Jay Maddock, PhD The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. Over the last month, we have witnessed catastrophic hurricane landfalls in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Here in College Station, Texas, we waited out three feet of rain from Hurricane Harvey while we watched as our nearest city,

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Change

by Jay E. Maddock, PhD, FAAHB The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow.  Let reality be reality.  Let things flow naturally in whatever way they like.” –Lao Tzu The end of summer and

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Gemütlichkeit

by Jay E. Maddock, PhD, FAAHB The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. I had the good fortune to travel to Austria earlier this month. Our school has a technical assistance contract with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and has developed an exchange agreement with the Medical University

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Skills for Public Health Graduates

by Jay E. Maddock, PhD, FAAHB The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. As May comes around every year, our thoughts in academia turn to graduation.  Another class of our students has finished its degrees and is heading out into the world. Many of them are looking for jobs. Like most

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New Measures of Academic Impact

by Jay E. Maddock, PhD, FAAHB The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. Recently, I published an article in an online publication called The Conversation. This outlet consists of scientific articles for lay audiences written by scientists. I wrote an article examining whether parks in the United States should be

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