Fall 2011

Faculty News

Honors & Awards

Landesman selected as a candidate for President-Elect of the American Public Health Association

Linda Landesman Linda Landesman, adjunct faculty with the online MPH in Public Health Practice program, has been selected as a candidate for the position of President-Elect of the American Public Health Association (APHA).The candidate elected by the Governing Council will become president-elect at the close of the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting and assume presidency at the close of the 2012 Annual Meeting.

A former chair of the APHA Executive Board, Dr. Landesman notes that 2012 will be a critical year for discussions about prevention, health reform, and the future of Medicare and Medicaid.

“As APHA President and member of the Executive Board, I will leverage my passion for public health, my commitment to our Association, my experience delivering and administering healthcare services, and my knowledge of how our Affiliates and the national Association function, to ensure that the voice of APHA is heard,” Landesman states.

To read Dr. Landesman’s candidate statement in full, please click here.

NOTE: Dr. Landesman instructs “Public Health Emergency Management” and “Research Methods” for the online MPH in PHP program. She is the author of the seminal book Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide. Recently updated in an all-new third edition, the book is now available directly through the APHA bookstore here.

Hamill receives Jim Hay Memorial Award

Joseph HamillJoseph Hamill, professor of Kinesiology, received the Jim Hay Memorial Award for Research in Sports and Exercise Biomechanics at the American Society of Biomechanics meeting held August 10-14, 2011 in Long Beach, California. The Jim Hay Memorial Award was established in 2004 through the support of the Hay family and additional donors to recognize outstanding career accomplishment and is awarded annually to an investigator who has conducted exemplary research in the area of sports and exercise science biomechanics. The Hay Award selection is based on originality, quality and depth of the research and the relevance of this work to the field of sports and exercise biomechanics.

Dr. Hamill also delivered the Jim Hay Memorial lecture at the meeting.

Delta Omega Rho Chapter honors new inductees

Delta Omega awards ceremony
Alumna inductee Laura Hutchinson, center, with Dr. Margaret McCarthy, President of the Delta Omega Rho Chapter (left), and Dr. Robert Tuthill, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology (right)

On April 27, 2011, the Rho Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society hosted its annual Induction Ceremony. This year’s new inductees were:

• Paul F. Halfmann, graduate student inductee. Mr. Halfmann recently completed his MPH degree from the UMass Worcester program. He was honored for academic excellence and demonstration of qualities of leadership in public health.

• Laura Hutchinson, alumna inductee. Dr. Hutchinson was chosen for accomplishments in public health which serve as a model for future graduates. She currently serves as a faculty member at Holyoke Community College.

• Daniel Gerber, faculty inductee. Dr. Gerber was honored for contributions to public health scholarship, teaching, research, and publication. He is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at UMass Amherst.

Also honored at the ceremony was Vicki McLaughlin, a doctoral student in Epidemiology, who won the 2011 Delta Omega abstract award at this year’s annual Research Day showcase. McLaughlin won for her poster “Metabolic Syndrome and Breast Cancer Risk in the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures.” As the Delta Omega winner, her poster was submitted into the national student competition at the annual APHA meeting in Washington, D.C. in November. (Recently, it was announced that her poster had been accepted for presentation at the conference. For details, click here.)

The chapter held a luncheon at the Campus Center for the honorees. Dr. Margaret McCarthy, Rho Chapter President, presided over the day’s events. Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology Robert Tuthill, one of the three founders of the Rho Chapter, was also present at the ceremony along with many former inductees.

For more photos of the event, click here.

SPHHS announces Outstanding Teacher Awards for Rogers, Beffa-Negrini

Christine RogersPatricia Beffa-Negrini Christine A. Rogers (left), assistant professor in Environmental Health Sciences, has received the College Outstanding Teacher Award at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. The award is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Provost's Office and the Center for Teaching, and given annually to honor individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments. The recipients were recognized at Undergraduate Commencement.

Dr. Rogers was cited for her impact on students and contributions to the teaching mission at the university. She commented, “The award is very special to me as it is the students who nominated me for this recognition.”

This past year, Dr. Rogers taught Indoor Environment and Health and Introduction to Aerobiology. Rogers’ area of expertise is in aerobiology, where she investigates airborne microbial exposures and their role in respiratory diseases such as asthma.

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences also announced that Patricia Beffa-Negrini (right), research associate professor in Nutrition and program coordinator for the online MPH in Nutrition program, has been named the recipient of the School’s inaugural Outstanding Online Teacher Award. The award recognizes excellence in online teaching. Dr. Beffa-Negrini, who taught classes in introductory and community nutrition, was an overwhelming choice to be the initial recipient of this award.

Snook named 2011-2012 Family Research Scholar

Erin SnookErin Snook, assistant professor of Kinesiology, was one of six faculty members chosen by The Center for Research on Families to be 2011-12 Family Research Scholars on the basis of their promising work in family-related research. Snook’s research includes understanding the antecedents and outcomes of physical activity behavior in populations with neurological diseases, particularly multiple sclerosis (MS). During her CRF Scholar year, Dr. Snook will develop a grant which proposes “Tracking the progression of multiple sclerosis using two novel outcome measures” that are being developed and tested in her current research. Currently available measures of MS symptoms and function have significant limitations; accurate measurement is vital for determining the effectiveness of rehabilitation and treatments and for tracking the progression of MS and needs to be a priority for family research.

The Center for Research on Families’ mission is to increase research on family issues, to build a multidisciplinary community of researchers who are studying issues of relevance to families, to connect national and internationally prominent family researchers with faculty and students, to provide advanced data analytic methods training and consultation, and to disseminate family research findings to scholars, families, practitioners, and policy-makers. Families are a basic unit of human and animal life and research must cross academic disciplines and engage many perspectives to fully understand family functioning.

The Family Research Scholars Program provides selected faculty with the time, technical expertise, peer mentorship, and national expert consultation to prepare a large grant proposal for their research support. CRF is a research center of the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and has affiliated faculty from departments across campus.


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Flooding Creates Health Problems
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