Alipio Ferreira receives University Research Council award

Assistant Professor Alipio Ferreira received a 2023-2024 University Research Council award.  URC research grants fund faculty research across the disciplines. Awards are ranked based on the significance of the proposed research, its value to the University and the career development of the proposer. A brief description of Alipio’s research follows.

“Inadequate waste disposal generates significant environmental risks, such as air, soil, and water pollution, with consequences for climate change (through greenhouse gas emissions) and human health (through the spread of diseases). In Peru, as in many low and middle-income countries, numerous waste disposal sites fail to adhere to safety standards, causing soil degradation, pollution, and health hazards for local communities. At the same time, the Peruvian national government lacks the capacity to monitor and enforce regulations. A potential solution to alleviate capacity constraints is to leverage remote-sensed monitoring, using freely available images from Sentinel satellites to inspect waste dumps. This initiative aims to aid the Peruvian national enforcement agency in developing a monitoring tool, enabling remote inspections and assessing their impact on regulatory compliance and environmental quality. The project involves utilizing satellite data to identify non-compliant sites, allowing authorities to communicate with local counterparts and implement necessary sanctions.”

Manan Helps Support the Youth!!!

Manan, an alumni of SMU Economics PhD program and now an Associate Professor at Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management at Beaver College of Health Sciences, Appalachian State University is making big strides supporting the youth. Her contribution supports youth mental health by assisting in getting a 4-year research grant approved through National Institutes of Health (NIH), towards the study of “Impacts of Social Determinants of Health and COVID-19 Pandemic Factors on Suicide Risk among Youth.” This grant doesn’t only provide a team of experts, but also helps funds 4 undergraduates and 1 graduate student per year. This is amazing!!!!

Grant Overview:

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth in the US. The proposed research is relevant to public health because it will integrate real-time data on suicide risks among youth with national data on social determinants of health and COVID-19 burdens. This will determine how suicide risks among youth has changed throughout the pandemic, how these changes vary by different sociodemographic groups, and how social determinants of health and COVID-19 impacts suicide risks. This research is particularly needed considering the pandemic’s impact on youth mental health and recent advisories from the US Surgeon General that highlight the need for a better understanding of the impact of the pandemic on youth

Congratulations Manan! Keep making a difference and making your SMU family proud!

Yara Shousha wins Fall 2023 Thomas B. Fomby Graduate Award of Excellence!

Yara Shousha, an outstanding master’s student, has been selected as the first recipient of the Thomas B. Fomby Graduate Award!

This prestigious award acknowledges outstanding academic accomplishments within the Economics master’s programs and includes a generous scholarship to be applied towards the student’s Fall 2023 tuition and other fees. Ms. Shousha is very deserving of this award and we as a department see a great future ahead for her. Congratulations!!

Click here to learn more about the Thomas B. Fomby Graduate Award.