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Kissau Named Foreign Language Teacher of the Year

Scott Kissau, an associate professor of foreign language education in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education, was named Foreign Language Teacher of the Year in higher education by the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina.

"Dr. Kissau distinguished himself from the other candidates by immersing himself in the education of languages and cultures and by demonstrating his in-depth involvement with growing and supporting world language teachers," said Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) Awards Chair Delynda Ramirez-Carter.

College of Education Associate Dean Melba Spooner stated, "I have observed him teach, and from that first-hand experience, I confirm what students constantly say: that he is passionate, organized and well-planned. He asks great questions and challenges his colleagues and students to do the same."

CHHS Researcher Studies Public Health Data

A paper co-published by CHHS faculty is demonstrating the capability of new technology that allows in-depth analysis of health outcomes amongst different groups. Published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, the research outlines a novel approach to studying public health data.

The technology lets researchers look at distinct populations experiencing high levels of a health problem in a more detailed manner than was possible using previous methods.

"Existing sources of publicly available data and powerful information technology enable hundreds of millions of subpopulations to be defined and analyzed for multiple outcomes, such as deaths (as in our demonstration), avoidable hospitalizations, inpatient and ambulatory surgical complications, readmissions, newly diagnosed cancers, emergency room visits and many others," the study noted.