CHSS Connection: Honors & Awards

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

January/February 2020 issue

Fernández-Peña to lead premier organization for public health professionals

Jose Ramon Fernandez-PenaDr. José Ramón Fernández-Peña, former associate chair and associate professor of Health Education at SF State (1999-2017) and current director of health professions advising at Northwestern University, was elected the next president of the American Public Health Association (APHA) by the organization's Governing Council. He will assume the role of president at the close of APHA’s next annual meeting in San Francisco in November 2020. APHA is the world’s oldest and largest public health professional association.

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Physical Therapy student Wong receives award from SF State Strength & Conditioning Club for coaching powerlifting

Bryan Wong receives Wooden AwardBryan Wong, DPT Class of 2020, received the SF State Strength and Conditioning Club (Gator Strong) Wooden Award (named after John Wooden) for his work ethic, commitment and abilities as a coach. Wong looks forward to on-boarding more members of the UCSF/SF State Graduate Program in Physical Therapy to the coaching staff next semester. His goal is to continue to bridge communities and bring the SF State Department of Kinesiology and the UCSF/SF State Physical Therapy programs closer together.

As a powerlifting coach for Gator Strong, Wong instructed a group of 15-20 undergraduate and graduate students three to four times a week throughout the semester on the benefits of lifting weights, proper technique and strategies on implementing powerlifts (squat, bench and deadlift) into a properly structured program. The work culminated in an end-of-the-year in-house competition where athletes got to test their strength and technique progress. Wong described that one his greatest joys of coaching the group was implementing his education as a physical therapy student with his background in powerlifting to help students overcome fear of lifting weights and fear of injury.

Pictured: Bryan Wong (left) receives Wooden Award


Lee named named visiting professor at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas

Jet Lee with faculty from the University of Santo Tomas, ManilaAssociate Professor of Physical Therapy Jeannette Lee was named visiting professor at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines for the Fall 2019 semester. Lee was in Manila to complete a sabbatical project with their physical therapy program as it moved from a five-year bachelor's program to a four-year program because of a transition in the Philippine secondary school system from a 10-year to a 12-year basic education cycle. Lee met with program faculty, administrators and students, participated in program activities and provided mentoring to faculty members. She also completed a curriculum audit and analysis of the revised bachelor's program in physical therapy curriculum as part of the College's efforts to benchmark its curriculum against physical therapy education in other countries, as well as the University's wider efforts for internationalization and quality assurance. 

Pictured: Jeanette Lee (center) with University of Santo Tomas faculty members Donald Manlapaz (left), assistant professor and chair of the physical therapy program, and Anne Marie Aseron, associate professor and dean of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences


Park takes leadership role in early childhood higher education group

Soyeon Park and PEACH Statewide Steering CommitteeProfessor and Chair of Child and Adolescent Development Soyeon Park has been working over the past four years with Partnership for Education, Articulation and Collaboration through Higher Education (PEACH), a cross-sector Early Childhood Higher Education group committed to strengthening the experiences for children from birth through age 8 by preparing a qualified Early Childhood Education workforce. She has taken a leadership role in the professional development workgroup in Northern California and is a Statewide Steering Committee member. Park has co-led several regional meetings with higher education faculty in Northern California (Region 4) last fall and reported the results at the Statewide Cross-Sector Early Childhood Higher Education Collaborative Convening held on December 13. After the convening, Park and other steering committee members participated in a two-day training of Early Childhood Higher Education Collaborative Communities of Practice Institute. The institute provided the participants with an in-depth professional development experience focused on the facilitation of explicit tools specifically designed to help early childhood professionals increase effective collaboration.

Pictured: Park with Statewide Steering Committee members and the Communities of Practice Institute facilitators from School Reform Initiative


Yao honored as distinguished alumnus by National Taiwan Sport University

Andy Yao with dogAndy Yao, Adapted Physical Education assistant professor of Kinesiology, recently received a Distinguished Alumni Award in international service excellence at National Taiwan Sport University. The award acknowledged his dedication in the area of adapted physical education/activity. He has been promoting the notion of lifetime physically active to individuals with disabilities, training athletes with disabilities to participate in competitive sports at the international level, and connecting and improving academic relationships between Taiwan and the United States.


HEI research assistant Sun named top scholar in prestigious science/math competition

Selena Sun, a Health Equity Institute research assistant and senior at Carlmont High School, was named a top scholar in the Regeneron Science Talent Search for her study, “The outREACH sensor: Validation and Evaluation of a Low-Cost Wearable Device for Upper Limb Telerehabilitation Among Brain Injury Patients in sub-Saharan Africa.” The Regeneron STS is the oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for U.S. high school seniors.


Child & Adolescent Development students recognized at SF State Celebrating Educators event

Numerous Child & Adolescent Development students received awards at the third annual SF State Celebrating Educators event hosted by the Graduate College of Education, Associated Students and EduCorps on November 18. Students were nominated by faculty and staff as having “qualities of outstanding future educators.”