Jaime Earnest, MPH, a Drexel University School of Public Health alumnus, recently received the prestigious Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Scholarship from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.
Earnest will use the scholarship to support her current project to develop a theoretical framework that explains how and why individuals change their behavior in response to infectious disease, thus providing information to improve the accuracy of models used to predict disease spread. The study is using a new and innovative computational model to understand pandemic influenza epidemiology.
The study is collaborative and multi-national, incorporating work from Indiana University, University of Glasgow and other European academic institutions. In addition to her scholarship at the University of Glasgow, Earnest will spend a period of time training to learn more about computational social modeling for public health at the University of Brescia in Italy later this year.
"I hope to bring all of the skill sets and commitment to human rights I gained at the Drexel University School of Public Health to the international academic theater, and to apply those skills to better understand the influence of health and risk communication on emerging model pandemics," said Earnest.
The Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Scholarship was established in 2007 to support the development of innovative, boundary-crossing research at the University of Glasgow. The scholarship supports new partnerships between members of staff and offers research opportunities for students to undertake doctoral training in the context of cutting edge interdisciplinary research projects. Each four-year scholarship provides the successful student with a stipend at the Research Council recommended rates (£13,490 for 2010-11). The project’s recipient will also benefit from £5,300 per year as a contribution towards research and travel costs.
Earnest received her MPH degree with a concentration in health management and policy from the Drexel University School of Public Health in 2009. Her advisors at the School of Public Health were Dr. Michael Yudell and Professor Dennis Gallagher.