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PROFILES IN SUCCESS: DR. BETTY CAPPELLETTI

Posted by Daniel Sloan on May 3, 2017 6:05:58 PM

Dr. Betty Cappelletti will walk across the stage as a graduate of Trident’s Ph.D. in Health Sciences program in July. This will be the third degree she has earned from Trident – one of only nine such alumni to hold this distinction.

Currently residing in Orange County, CA, Dr. Cappelletti keeps herself busy as the founder and director of Project A-Pulse®, a high school motivational program for students who are interested in the health sciences or careers in medicine. It’s a perfect setup for someone who is passionate about teaching and the field of health sciences.

Trident: Since you were a student at Trident, have you made moves upward in your career?
Dr. Betty Cappelletti: I am currently seeking employment at the collegiate level as a professor in health sciences and research. I hope to go into research specifically in the area of ADD, ADHD, or Alzheimer’s disease.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Public Health, College of Health and Human Services, Alumni

PROFILES IN SUCCESS: JOSIE MILLER

Posted by Daniel Sloan on Oct 26, 2016 8:20:09 AM

Josie Miller is a 2016 graduate of Trident’s Master of Science in Health Sciences program, as well as the winner of a 2016 Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) scholarship. Miller currently volunteers as a public health liaison and a mentor for an at-risk youth program in Port Orchard, WA.    

Trident: How did your experience at Trident allow you to focus on and develop your career?

Josie Miller: While attending Trident I was afforded the opportunity as a student representative to volunteer 12.5-hours of public health service for the Seattle/King County (SKC) Clinic in October 2015.  According to the SKC Team, a total of 4,010 patients (majority of which were homeless or from low income households) received over $3 million in health and dental care services.  Although I am familiar and have previous experience with community outreach programs, working as a volunteer for the SKC event presented network opportunities with fellow public health peers, as well as introductions to a variety of professional disciplines for future community health resources and opportunities.  

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Topics: Military Education, Master's Degrees, Veteran Education, College of Health and Human Services, Military to Civilian Transition

HOW VULNERABLE IS THE UNITED STATES TO A MAJOR CYBER ATTACK?

Posted by Dr. Pietro Savo on Aug 5, 2016 11:31:30 AM

The United States government hired a team of hackers, instructing them to exploit flaws in the Pentagon’s Cyber Systems. Due to their actions, a system penetration occurred over 130 times. After these “attacks,” the Pentagon will assess the damage and develop countermeasures against them – and then the cycle starts over as the hackers start to look for more flaws to assess. Cyber security is a never-ending process.

While we have sophisticated systems, we also have sophisticated enemies requiring sophisticated defense and offensive methodology.

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Topics: Information Systems, Military Education, Veteran Education, Cybersecurity, College of Health and Human Services

THE BENEFITS OF TRIDENT'S PH.D. MENTOR PROGRAM

Posted by Daniel Sloan on Jun 14, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Earning a doctorate degree is more hiking to the top of Mount Everest and less strolling through Central Park on a warm summer’s day. Students with the smarts and perseverance to reach the highest summit in academia still require a helping hand, and there is no better source of advice than someone who has previously completed this journey.

As part of their commitment to student success, Trident offers a Ph.D. Mentor program, which has been designed to help guide candidates to the completion of their doctorate. Dr. Carlos Cardillo, a professor in the College of Health and Human Services, serves as a Ph.D. Mentor.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Faculty, Doctoral Program Tips, College of Health and Human Services

4 WAYS TRANSDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH IMPACTS HEALTH DISPARITIES

Posted by Dr. Shahnjayla K. Connors on Jun 7, 2016 1:50:00 PM

Transdisciplinary research methods are on the forefront of health disparities research. Government agencies have made funding transdisciplinary health disparities research across the United States a priority. Here is what you should know about transdisciplinary training to eliminate health disparities:

1. Health disparities are multifactorial and complex.
Health disparities are differences in health status that occur in certain populations of people.

The biological, social, economic, environmental, and political determinants of health disparities are multi-level and interrelated. Therefore, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research is ill-equipped to assess and mitigate health disparities.

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Topics: Faculty, Webinars, Health Disparities, Public Health, College of Health and Human Services, Public Health Talks

HOW TO BEST APPROACH QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

Posted by Daniel Sloan on May 17, 2016 6:33:18 PM

Research methods can be classified in two different categories – quantitative and qualitative. We looked at the former method in the past, so it’s time to shine some light on the qualitative method and how it fits into your dissertation or scholarly research that you’re performing.

While quantitative research requires the collection of numerical data, qualitative research attempts to understand a specific organization or event and does not involve the collection of a numerical sample from a population.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Scholarly Research, Online Learning, Doctoral Program Tips, College of Health and Human Services, Doctoral Degrees

HEALTH SCIENCES DOCTORATE STUDENT PRESENTS BRAIN DISORDER RESEARCH

Posted by Daniel Sloan on May 11, 2016 6:49:09 AM

Disorders of the brain – those “unseen diseases” – affect many millions of Americans from all walks of life. The men and women of the Armed Forces are not immune, with many returning from combat with some form of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or other forms of combat exposure. These disorders are difficult to treat, with researchers working hard to fill in the missing gaps of knowledge.

Trident Ph.D. in Health Sciences student Jeffrey Nagy is one of these researchers. Nagy, who was a combat medic for the United States Army, understands these realities all too well, which is why he is in a prime position to address some of these gaps.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Veterans, Scholarly Research, Military, PTSD, College of Health and Human Services

HOMELAND SECURITY BY SEA, BY AIR, BY LAND

Posted by Dr. Pietro Savo on Apr 20, 2016 9:11:41 AM

515X285_airandmarine.jpgToday, we are indeed all linked to each other by the Internet; we are using smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. The Internet and digital data sharing, is not designed to be secure but to be open and accessible. Accessibility however, comes with threats, risk to data, risk to infrastructure security, and risk to system’s controls. The phrase cyber threat has become our reality. 

By sea, 90% of the goods transported around the planet are by oil tankers and container vessels that travel our oceans (Wagstaff, 2014). The ships’ crews get smaller and ships get larger as we focus technology on automation, remote monitoring, and navigational systems, these can be cyber attacked. Researchers from the University of Texas verified that it was possible to change a ship's direction by simulating a GPS signal to target a ship’s onboard navigation system (Schmidt, 2015). Somali pirates are surfing the Internet for information that can help them with targeting vulnerable and valuable ships (Cyber; Information Security; Crime; Maritime, 2016). Pirates have the ability to access databases, which gives them access to a ship’s blueprints. Once they have the blueprints, they know where the ship is headed and what cargo is on board. (Klöcker, 2016).

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Topics: Military, Cybersecurity, Homeland Security, College of Health and Human Services

TRIDENT PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT DISCUSSES FLINT WATER CRISIS

Posted by Daniel Sloan on Apr 12, 2016 2:56:10 PM

While the Flint water crisis can trace its origins back to April 2014, it has only become front page news in the past few months. This public health crisis was set in motion when the city of Flint, MI changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to the Flint River.

This decision to make the switch, made by an emergency city manager appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, resulted in 6,000 to 12,000 children drinking water with a high level of lead, which will cost the city of Flint an estimated $100 million to resolve, according to WNEM. The highly polluted water from the Flint River caused lead from aging pipes to leak into the city’s water supply, and concerns were first raised by citizens in January 2015.

Dr. Frank Gomez, professor in the College of Health and Human Services, is one of Trident’s foremost experts in public health. He has a great deal of experience in this field, which includes serving as a lecturer and professor in health sciences and environmental health dating back to the ‘70s, serving on the State of California’s Environment Health Specialist Registration Committee, and professional studies and papers covering research areas like noise pollution, environmental health, wastewater, and air quality, among others.   

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Topics: Health Sciences, Master's Degrees, Public Health, College of Health and Human Services