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MOREHEAD, Ky.---Dr. Daikwon Han, assistant professor of geography with Morehead State University’s Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy (IRAPP), is the recipient of the 2007 Special Research Award by the Kentucky Academy of Science.

daikwon hanMOREHEAD, Ky.---Dr. Daikwon Han, assistant professor of geography with Morehead State University’s Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy (IRAPP), is the recipient of the 2007 Special Research Award by the Kentucky Academy of Science.

The $9,700 grant is for Dr. Han’s research proposal titled “Spatial Analysis of Breast Cancer in Kentucky.”

“Breast cancer disproportionately affects certain areas of the United States, including areas within Kentucky,” Dr. Han said. “However these geographic variations are not well understood and the factors responsible for these differences have not been completely identified.

“This research will allow me to evaluate the patterns and causes of regional variability of breast cancer rates in Kentucky using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based spatial analysis methods. Since Kentucky’s incidence of breast cancer remains disproportionately greater among those who live in the rural Appalachian region, special attention will be given to the analysis of disparities in access to health care services.”
Dr. Han holds a dual appointment with IRAPP and the Department of Geography, Government and History, and has done extensive research and scholarly work in the area of cancer epidemiology.

He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals including: the International Journal of Cancer, the International Journal of Health Geographics, the Social Sciences and Medicine Journal, and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, focusing on spatial analysis in geographic and environmental epidemiology of breast cancer.

Recently, Dr. Han presented a conference paper at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) National Environmental Public Health Conference on “GIS-based spatial analysis of lifetime environmental exposures and breast cancer risk.”

He earned his doctoral degree in geography from State University of New York (SUNY) - Buffalo, specializing in GIS, spatial analysis, medical geography, and spatial epidemiology. Previously, Dr. Han held the position of research assistant professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health at SUNY – Buffalo.

The Kentucky Academy of Science, a non-profit organization, encourages scientific research, promotes diffusion of scientific knowledge, and unifies the scientific interests of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Additional information is available on the Web at www.kyscience.org or by calling Dr. Han at
(606) 783-2300, or by visiting IRAPP’s Web site at http://www.irapp.moreheadstate.edu.

 
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