Duquesne University Department Chair Linkov Named 2020 AAAS Fellow

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Duquesne University Department Chair Dr. Faina Linkov has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her contributions to biobehavioral cancer research, global health work and improving publishing opportunities for scientists in the developing world.

The AAAS, the world’s largest scientific society, elects fellows each year to recognize their efforts to advance science or its applications. A lifetime honor, fellows are selected by their AAAS peers. Linkov is believed to be the first female faculty member from Duquesne to receive this recognition, furthering the University’s reputation for expanding student horizons by creating opportunities for women in STEM fields. Linkov serves as a volunteer mentor for women in STEM programs.

“I’m honored to be selected as an AAAS Fellow at a time when the world needs science more than ever,” said Linkov, chair for the Department of Health Administration and Public Health at the university’s John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences. “Whether it’s developing a vaccine for COVID-19, finding better ways to treat cancer or preventing infectious and chronic diseases, scientists are playing a critical role in improving global health.”

Linkov’s primary research interest has been gynecologic malignancies, where her work focused on investigating the connection between biological markers and cancer risk reduction. She also worked on health services administration research efforts focusing on benign gynecologic disease.

Her recent research interests included biomedical informatics, where she worked on several cancer registries-based projects with the aim of using existing reportable data to help improve medical efficiency and public health. Her most recent study found that ovarian cancer patients treated with intraperitoneal chemotherapy experienced improved 10-year survival rates.

Linkov, who joined Duquesne in July after serving as an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, also helped to shape global health education as a part of the Global Health Network Supercourse project.

She is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research. In 2012, she received the University of Pittsburgh’s Cancer Institute Scholar Award for meritorious biobehavioral research. She has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and chapters on various aspects of gynecologic disease, epidemiology, education and public health and is the  founding editor-in-chief of the Central Asian Journal of Global Health.

Linkov received her doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and completed her post-doctoral training at Pitt in the School of Rehabilitation Science.

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Duquesne University suspends Greek activities over ‘egregious’ coronavirus violations

All Greek fraternities and sororities at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh are suspended after members hosted parties that violated COVID-19 protocols and other longer-standing campus rules, while others allegedly mislead contact tracers attempting to track the spread of coronavirus.

In a letter to students Wednesday, the university’s president expressed disappointment with the way multiple Greek organizations had responded to COVID-19 guidelines prohibiting gatherings of more than 25 people. Many of the gatherings in question he said had taken place before the majority of students returned to campus, according to Pittsburgh’s WPXI television news station. 

“Due to repeated and egregious violations of the Duquesne University Student Code of Conduct’s COVID-19 standards, by several organizations and numerous members of Greek organizations, all Greek Life activity at Duquesne is suspended indefinitely, effective immediately,” University President Dr. Douglas Frizzell wrote.

“Fraternities and sororities at Duquesne state in their language that they encourage leadership, service, excellence, integrity, and productive citizenship. And yet, at a time when the University and, indeed, our region needed you most to live the values you espouse, as a system you failed to do so,” Frizzell continued. “Furthermore, you deliberately persisted in behaviors known to endanger people.”

The private Catholic college has confirmed 156 cases of COVID-19 among its student body, while more than 250 students are currently quarantined at home or at a hotel, according to the campus’s coronavirus dashboard website.

College campuses around the country have struggled with outbreaks of coronavirus among their student populations due, in part, to gatherings in the Greek communities. Indiana University warned last month that it was seeing an “uncontrollable” spread of the virus among its fraternities and sororities.

A CNN tally last month found that more than 40,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported at U.S. colleges and universities since students returned to residences on and around campuses for the beginning of fall semester.

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