Biosensors, nanostructured biodetection devices, diagnostics for infectious diseases
Research focus on the development of nanoparticle-based biosensors for rapid, point-of-care identification and diagnosis ofinfectious agents of concern to homeland security, global health, food/water safety, and product integrity. My research focus is on the development of nanoparticle-based biosensors for homeland security, global health, and food/environmental safety using fundamental and applied techniques in nanotechnology, microfabrication, engineering, biochemistry, microbiology, genomics, and biotechnology. I work closely with colleagues in various fields to achieve optimum design, efficient fabrication, and specific applications. My professional service includes being a reviewer of biosensor proposals with the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), US Department of Agriculture, and Department of Defense.
Embedded systems, wireless networks
Subir Biswas is a Professor and the director of the Networked Embedded and Wireless Systems laboratory at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. from University of Cambridge and held various research and management positions in NEC Research Institute, Princeton, AT&T Laboratories, Cambridge, and Tellium Optical Systems, NJ. He published over 145 peer-reviewed articles in the area of network protocols, and co-invented 6 (awarded and pending) US patents. His current research includes Wearable Networked Embedded Systems for Medical Applications, pricing calculus in Social Wireless Networks, Capacity Scavenging in Cognitive Networks, UWB Switching in Sensor Networks, Safety and Content based Applications in Vehicular Networks, Anonymous Protocols in Body Area Networks, Wearable Sensing for Health Applications, and Group Communication in DTN Networks. He is a senior member of IEEE and a fellow of Cambridge Philosophical Society.
Social media, mobile health, social support, informed decisions
Dr. Brittain’s research focuses on the factors that lead to decisions related to colorectal cancer screening. While there has been an increase in screening awareness, there has not been an increase in colorectal cancer screening. This means the cancer is more likely to be discovered at a later stage, decreasing an individual’s chance of survival. Preliminary research by Dr. Brittain indicates relationships between cultural identity, CRC beliefs that support CRC screening, family support and an informed decision regarding CRC screening for African Americans. The pilot work also suggests differences between genders in the decision making models of African American men and women. An additional research interest of Dr. Brittain’s is the use of social media and mobile health applications in addressing cancer health disparities and cancer risk reduction. The ultimate goal of her research is to further examine the factors that affect the CRC screening decision making process which would lead to the development of intervention research and enhanced decision making among underserved populations.
Shelia R. Cotten is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. She studies technology use across the life course and the social, educational, and health impacts of that use. She conducts large-scale community based intervention studies designed to use technology to enhance various aspects of quality of life. Dr. Cotten has studied the largest dissemination of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO laptops in the United States. She is currently finishing up a randomized controlled trial designed to enhance quality of life among older adults through the use of technology training. Her work is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. She is the past Chair of the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA) and the 2013 recipient of the Public Sociology Award from the CITASA section of the American Sociological Association. Dr. Cotten enjoys teaching courses on the social impacts of technology, survey research, and research methods. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Cotten was a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Social, educational, and health impacts of technology, e-health, m-health, multitasking, digital inequalities, aging and technology, applied research
Awards, Honors and Recognitions
2013 Communication and Information Technologies section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA) Public Sociology Award
Dr. Holtz received her B.A. in Telecommunications from Michigan State University. She then went on to work at Voyager.net, which was, at the time, the largest full-service Internet communications company, focused on the Midwestern United States, with over 365,000 subscribers. She then went on to receive her MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science from the Department of Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems.
Development, adoption and utilization of information communication technologies in health care
Prevention of Childhood Obesity, Promotion of Healthy Eating Practices in Young Children who’s Families are Economically and Educationally Disadvantaged. Mildred A. Horodynski is a Professor in the College of Nursing at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Horodynski’s theory, research, educational and policy contributions are significantly promoting healthy feeding practices and preventing obesity in vulnerable children.
Her research focuses on identifying the origins of eating habits and developing effective programs to modify these behaviors through family and community-based parent education. She has led the way in designing and studying childhood obesity from the theoretically-based perspective of infant self-regulation. Her investigations have resulted in innovative, evidence-based, multi-faceted curricula that empower parents to utilize appropriate nutritional guidelines and feeding practices.
Dr. Horodynski’s program of research is a model for translational research with community participation concerning a highly significant problem. Her research is cross-cultural, including children and families at risk for obesity both in the United States and around the world. Her work has been adapted for use in several international arenas, including Mexico.
Dr. Horodynski has received funding for the scientific development of her work as well as federal agencies concerned with the implementation and testing of highly innovative and proven effective programs targeted at the number one health risk facing Americans-obesity. Her work has received support from DHHS: Administration on Children, Youth and Families, USDA-NIFA: AFRI Integrated grants, and Michigan Department of Community Health. Her recent publications appear in Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, BMC Public Health, and Health Education Journal.
Lumeng, J., Miller, A., Peterson, K., Brophy-Herb, H., Horodynski, M. (Co-Principal Investigator-MSU Subcontract), Fitzgerald, H., Davis, R., Kaciroti, N., & Contreras, D. (May 2011-April 2016). Enhancing Self Regulation as a Strategy for Obesity Prevention in Head Start Preschoolers. USDA: National Institute of Food and Agriculture-AFRI Integrated Grants, $5 million.
Horodynski, M.A (Principal Investigator), Olson, B., Baker, S., Brophy-Herb, H., VanEgeren, L., & Auld, G. (May 2009-April 2014). Healthy Babies Through Infant-Centered Feeding. USDA- National Institute of Food and Agriculture- AFRI Integrated Grants, $1,500,000.
Selected Awards, Honors and Recognitions
University-Community Senior Fellow, Michigan State University, Outreach and Engagement, East Lansing, MI
Expectant Parents Organization Service Award, Lansing, MI
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
Senior Pediatric Nurse Researcher Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society Border Models of Excellence in Childhood Obesity Award, U.S.-Mexico Border Healthy Commission for UCSD NEAT AT2 Project
Michigan State University Extension, Key Partner Award
Michigan State University, Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award
Eric Hunter earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Physics and Mathematics from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis in acoustics and vibration. His master’s thesis, which focused on designing and testing computer-generated visual aids, shifted his interest from general acoustics to speech acoustics. Dr. Hunter completed his training in the area of speech science and received his doctorate from the University of Iowa. His dissertation topic used continuum mechanics to model vocal fold posturing. Hunter’s research interests include biomechanics of speech articulators, occupational voice use, biomechanical models of the vocal system, muscle mechanics and muscle models, and signal processing. Broader academic interests include recording techniques, speech perception, musical acoustics, and machine recognition of speech. For the last 10 years, Dr. Hunter has researched occupational voice use, specifically examining elementary and secondary school teachers. The goal of this research is two-fold:  to quantify the vibration exposure of voice tissues from vocalization, and  to quantify the recovery of those tissues to the vibration. Dr. Hunter has authored several dozen peer-reviewed papers and more than fifty published abstracts or other non-peer-reviewed pieces. His expertise on the vocal health of teachers and the aging voice has been consulted in newspaper and television interviews across the United States and Asia, including the New York Times and MSNBC. He is married and has three children.
Roles & Responsibilities
Chair; Faculty Search Committee, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, College of Communication Arts & Sciences, Michigan State University Member, College Advisory Council, College of Communication Arts & Sciences, Michigan State University Member, Musician’s Wellness Team, College of Music, Michigan State University
CSD 840: Voice Disorders
Project Title & Source
“Gender Differences and Speech Accommodation in Occupational Settings” (NIH, NIDCD R01 DC012315) Project Period: 2013-2018 Role: PI Aims: Quantify gender-specific voice accommodation strategies used in occupational settings and acoustic environments. Develop models of exposure and recovery from heavy voice use. “Influence of subglottic anatomy on voice production” (NIH, NIDCD R01DC009616) Project Period: 2009 – 2014 Role: Subcontract PI Tasks: Consult in procurement of laryngeal specimen, micro-CT imaging, and histological slides. Develop research protocols and train primary site location students in locating and selecting anatomical landmarks on images. Image histological slides and design online repository for images.
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”, Herb Brooks, the coach of the 1980 U.S. Ice Hockey team that beat the Russian Hockey team for the gold medal.
Key Research Interest Areas
Voice Disorders, Occupational Voice Risks, Biomechanical Modeling, Research Recording Techniques.
Wei Peng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University. She is affiliated with the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) lab and the Health and Risk Communication Center. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California in 2006. Her primary research interest is to understand how to better use interactive technologies to influence human behaviors. Her recent projects focus on using digital games for health promotion, health education, and social change. Her broader research area is the social and psychological effects of information and communication technology. She received funding from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop and evaluate an active video game for physical activity promotion among young adults. She has won several top paper awards from the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association. She serves as a member of the editorial board of Journal of Communication, Games for Health Journal, and International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations. Her recent publications appear in Journal of Communication, Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Computers in Human Behavior, CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, New Media & Society, Media Psychology, Health Education & Behavior, and Telemedicine and e-Health,
Awards, Honors and Recognitions
2. Top 4 Papers Award, Game Studies SIG, Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Phoenix, AZ, 2012. 3. Michigan Children
Media effects, health communication
Rajiv Ranganathan is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology. His research interests are in the area of motor learning and bio-mechanics. He is particularly interested in how humans produce skilled and coordinated movement, and how this ability is altered in the context of development, aging, and movement disorders. He uses a combination of both experimental techniques – such as motion capture, robotics and virtual reality – as well as bio-mechanical modeling and computer simulations to understand the mechanisms underlying the control of human movement. The overarching goal of his research program is to develop novel training paradigms to facilitate motor skill learning and the rehabilitation of movement disorders.
Dr. Sanders-Jackson’s research focuses on three primary areas 1) information sharing online, 2) message features in health-related messages and 3) tobacco-related policies. Across these three areas, Dr. Sanders-Jackson is concerned with the significant health disparities that continue to exist within the US and abroad including LGBT tobacco-related disparities and disparities between African American’s, Hispanics and Whites. Her mixed method approach includes experimental research, content analysis, large data analysis, social network analysis and qualitative interview techniques.
Dr. Hershey’s research focuses on self-management of multi-morbidities in older adults, specifically patients with diabetes and cancer. Patients with multiple comorbidities are likely to prioritize one condition over another, increasing their risk for developing complications, having higher symptom burden and poorer overall quality of life. Cancer patients with diabetes have been shown to have higher mortality rates and are more likely to be hospitalized while receiving treatment for their cancer.
Preliminary research by Dr. Hershey has shown individuals with diabetes will decrease the amount of diabetes self-management activities they perform while undergoing chemotherapy for a solid tumor cancer or
lymphoma. The areas reported to be most impacted were diet, exercise, and blood glucose management. Many patients reported issues with hyperglycemia while undergoing chemotherapy. This decrease in self-management and higher glycemic levels which occur while undergoing chemotherapy may contribute to the higher mortality and complication rates patients with both cancer and diabetes experience.
An additional research interest of Dr. Hershey involves the care management and coordination for patients with multi-morbidities. Specifically the development of a care management/coordination role utilizing advanced practice nurses to assist patients in their ability to better self-manage all of their comorbidities.
The long-term goal of Dr. Hershey’s research is to further examine the factors that may impact health related outcomes in adults with diabetes, cancer and other comorbidities, which would lead to the development of intervention research that can enhance and improve the care and outcomes for patients with multi-morbidities.
Self-management of multi-morbidities, Care management/coordination, Quality of life
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University. My research interests and efforts span the areas of Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Sensing, Wearable Computing, Embedded Systems, Pattern Recognition, and Applied Machine Learning. I am particularly interested in developing intelligent mobile sensing and ubiquitous computing technologies with a special focus on health care and medical applications. This fits well with a fascinating research field referred to as Mobile Health (mHealth), which aims to realize the vision of patient-centric personalized health care.
I received my Ph.D. in Computer Engineering in 2013 and M.S. in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2010, all from University of Southern California. I received my B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Peking University in 2006. Prior to joining MSU, I was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University.
Jiayu Zhou is an assistant professor at Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University. Before joining MSU, Jiayu was a staff research scientist at Samsung Research America. Jiayu received his Ph.D. degree in computer science at Arizona State University in 2014, under the supervision of Jieping Ye. Jiayu has a broad research interest in large-scale machine learning and data mining, and biomedical informatics.
Jiayu is the leading author of the open-source multi-task learning software MALSAR (multi-task learning via structural regularization). The package has included solvers to many state-of-art regularization-based multi-task learning algorithms. The package is firstly introduced in his multi-task tutorial that was given at the Twelfth SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM’12).