Faculty donates book proceeds to fund student travel

Faculty donates book proceeds to fund student travel

Dr. Bob Esterhay and Turky Arbaein

Using royalties from a textbook he helped author, Robert Esterhay, M.D., associate professor, Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences, is helping public health students attend professional conferences and academic meetings.

Esterhay said it made sense to donate money from the sale of Population Health: Management, Policy, and Innovation: Second Edition to benefit student travel.

“The authors of the book decided the modest amount of money we earned from book sales could be awarded to students; travel funds were identified by my department chair as one area of student need so that is how I decided to designate my share,” Esterhay said.  

Turky Arbaein is the first student to benefit – he received $300 to fund travel to the American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting in Atlanta last fall.

“Staying informed on current topics affecting my field of study and networking with public health professionals is an important part of growth as a student and supports my future career,” said Arbaein, a Ph.D. student in health management.

Arbaein hopes to work in academia, conduct research and produce publications.

“I want to become an expert biostatistician who is able to interpret information on public health, analyze data, and make predictions,” he said.

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