ALUMNI NEWS
Fall 2011

School News

In This Issue

School News

Dean's Welcome
Fall Alumni Events
Kinesiology-CYBEX Partnership
Military in Online Program
Flooding Creates Health Problems
National Public Health Week
In Memoriam: Pauline Hollister

Faculty News

In the Spotlight: Barry Braun
Conferences & Appearances
Honors & Awards
Grant News

Publications

Student News

Student Profile: Eden Ketema
HCOP Summer Scholars Program
Around the School

Alumni News

Alumni Profile: Suzanne Ducharme
Alumni News Briefs


Support and Follow Us

Join us on Facebook
Tell us your news
Career Opportunities
Give to the SPHHS

 

Dean's Welcome

Dean Marjorie AelionWhat a pleasure it is to provide some news of students, faculty, staff and alumni of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences from the spring and summer of 2011. This last year has seen tremendous growth in all areas of the SPHHS, including increased research success, increased faculty, staff and student numbers, and increased success with securing support from our alumni and friends, which in turn has allowed us to provide additional opportunities to students. We anticipate growth will continue in all these areas based on the momentum we have achieved in the last few years, and the enthusiasm and increased efforts of all the committed individuals involved.

As we continue to build the SPHHS community we hope you will share your news with us so that we can share it with others. Some news may be difficult to share. We were tremendously saddened by the passing of Pauline Hollister, the Assistant to the Dean, who meant so much to the School in so many ways. Other news may be a pleasure to share. We are excited to note advancements in the careers of several alumni, and we congratulate them all. All news keeps us connected and builds community.

Finally, one of my goals for the coming year is to continue to build the SPHHS community. As part of this effort we are planning a D.C. Alumni Networking Night and an SPHHS Homecoming Celebration (highlighted below). We hope you will join us and take the opportunity to reconnect with SPHHS faculty, friends and colleagues.


Fall Alumni Events

Please mark your calendars for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences' fall alumni events.

On November 5, 2011, the School of Public Health and Health Sciences invites you back to campus for its annual SPHHS Homecoming Celebration. Reconnect with former classmates, visit with faculty and staff, and share your SPHHS and UMass pride! The Homecoming Celebration will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon in the Fine Arts Center on the UMass Amherst campus. The event will include an alumni reunion and networking breakfast followed by a presentation of the Corinne A. Johnson Memorial Scholarships and the SPHHS Distinguished Alumni Awards. Register today!

The SPHHS also hosts a special D.C. Alumni Networking Night in Washington, D.C. on November 1, 2011. Our Networking Night will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Blue Bar at the Henley Park Hotel, just minutes away from the Washington Convention Center. Meet Dean Marjorie Aelion and SPHHS faculty, and network and socialize while you reconnect with colleagues and area alumni who share your special bonds to SPHHS and UMass. Click here to register now!

If you would like more information on either event, or if you would like to be part of the Homecoming Celebration Planning Committee, please contact Patrick Freeman at pfreeman@schoolph.umass.edu or by phone at 413-545-4340.


Kinesiology Celebrates Partnership with CYBEX

Body Shop Ribbon CuttingThe Department of Kinesiology and Cybex International, Inc., formed a new research and education partnership this spring. As part of the agreement, CYBEX provided $120,000 worth of state-of-the-art equipment for use in the department’s Body Shop Fitness Center, located in the Totman Building. This equipment includes 10 new cardio and 12 new resistance training machines, and Body Shop users have had great things to say about this new equipment.

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Military Personnel Find Flexibility, Value in Online Program

Maegan RansomeMilitary personnel have come to discover that the advantages provided by a fully online distance learning program can be an essential means to continue their education even while deployed or on active duty. As a result, a growing number of military men and women have chosen the UMass online MPH program.

 

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Residents Urged to Dry Flooded Homes Quickly to Avoid Health Problems

Christine RogersAs Northeast residents begin to clean up after recent torrential rains, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Christine Rogers is urging people to throw open their windows and doors and remove wet household items as quickly as possible to avoid one of the worst effects of warm-weather flooding: Mold.

 

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SPHHS Commemorates National Public Health Week

Research DayThe School of Public Health and Health Sciences hosted a week's worth of events in honor of National Public Health Week this past April. The events highlighted the school's message of education, research, outreach and practice.

 

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In Memoriam: Pauline Hollister (1956 - 2011)

Pauline HollisterPauline Hollister, the Assistant to the Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences since 2007, passed away on March 20, 2011 after a battle with a long illness. Prior to taking her position with the SPHHS, she worked in the Department of Computer Sciences for nine years.

"There are very few people like Pauline in this world," said Dean Marjorie Aelion. "She was selfless, and always thinking of others before herself.  Her spirit and joie de vivre were unstoppable and present in all she did. She will be greatly missed by all of us."

Associate Dean Dan Gerber added, "Whenever I walked into Pauline's office I knew that not only was I going to be helped but there was a joy, a light, a smile coming from Pauline that would make my day a little bit better.  And the best part was I knew everyone that walked into her office was going to feel the same as I did.  The countless number of students that sought her help to navigate UMass administration, some in serious crisis, always found help and a friend in our Pauline."

She leaves her husband of 34 years, George L. Hollister; a daughter, Cindy Ann Hollister of Springfield; her mother, a sister, a brother, two nieces, her mother-in-law, and several cousins.

 

Faculty News

In the Spotlight: Barry Braun

Barry BraunBarry Braun seeks an exercise prescription to fight diabetes and other metabolic disorders.

Research by Barry Braun, associate professor of kinesiology at UMass Amherst, reveals that exercise is a medicine that can be prescribed just as any other in the fight against some of society’s most pernicious health challenges.

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Conferences & Appearances

Umberger presents research in Europe.
Freedson delivers D.B. Dill Historical Lecture at the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting.
McCarthy receives Fulbright Administrator Award for travel to Russia.
Freedson’s lab presents findings at international conference in Scotland.
Foulkes delivers keynote address at UMass Clinical and Translational Science Retreat.
Kinesiology students and faculty mentor receive travel awards.


Honors & Awards

Landesman selected as a candidate for President-Elect of the American Public Health Association.
Hamill receives Jim Hay Memorial Award.
Delta Omega Rho Chapter honors new inductees.
SPHHS announces Outstanding Teacher Awards for Rogers, Beffa-Negrini.
Snook named 2011-2012 Family Research Scholar.


Grant News

Freyman awarded NIH grant to research spatial hearing in complex sound fields.
Kinesiology doctoral students Lyden and Viskochil receive research grants from the American College of Sports Medicine Foundation.
Kinesiology doctoral student Ling Xin receives travel grant to attend the Mary Frances Picciano NIH Dietary Supplement Research Practicum.
Mellon Mutual Mentoring Grants awarded to SPHHS departments, faculty.


Publications

Bertone-Johnson, colleagues show Vitamin D in foods may reduce risk of depression in older women.
Landesman updates classic guide to public health emergency management.
Chocano-Bedoya's and SPHHS faculty's new study shows Vitamin B intake linked to lower risk of premenstrual syndrome.
Bertone-Johnson’s research used as the basis for a new milk ad campaign.

 

Student News

Student Profile: Eden Ketema

Eden KetemaEden Ketema is a senior majoring in Public Health Sciences. She is one of the inaugural recipients of the Corinne A. Johnson Memorial Scholarship, which was first awarded by the School of Public Health and Health Sciences in 2010.

 

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SPHHS Students Help Launch the HCOP Summer Scholars Program

HCOP studentsThis summer, students in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences helped launch the University of Massachusetts Amherst Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP) Summer Scholars Program. Natasha Rossi, an MPH candidate in Community Health Education, served as the Program Coordinator, and Jenna O'Neil, an undergraduate Public Health Sciences major, acted as the Program Assistant.

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Around the School

Safdar named president of the Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society.
Public Health student John Park awarded Gallagher Koster Health Careers Scholarship.
SPHHS announces Dean’s PhD Fellowships for Nobles, Wickham.
McLaughlin selected to present at 139th Annual APHA Meeting and Exposition.
Recent graduates Ainsworth, Zan receive American Kinesiology Association Undergraduate Scholar Awards.
Communication Disorders graduate students hold aphasia fundraising walk.
SPHHS announces William F. Field Alumni Scholars for 2011.
Public Health student Jessica He awarded Gilman Scholarship.
Kinesiology student Rebecca Thibault receives Scanlon Award for Outstanding Student Employee.
Public Health student Michael Grant receives Senior Leadership Award.

 

Alumni News

Alumni Profile: Suzanne Ducharme

Suzanne DucharmeSuzanne Ducharme is a 1992 undergraduate alumna of the Communication Disorders program at UMass Amherst. She also holds an MS degree from Emerson College, CCC-SLP certification, and is the owner of South Shore Speech Pathology Partners.

 

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Alumni News Briefs

Epidemiology alumna Susan Vaughn Grooters appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.
MPH in PHP alumnus Dale King promoted to commander in the United States Public Health Service.
Kinesiology alumnus David Miller named dean of Springfield College's School of Health Sciences.
Community Health Education alumna Jessica Vickery begins position with the University of Alabama's Student Health Center.
Community Health Education alumna Barbara McCall named Coordinator of Campus Wellness Education at Castleton State College.

 

Support and Follow Us

Join us on Facebook!

The best School of Public Health and Health Sciences is now part of the best social networking tool on the web! We have a new Facebook page that keeps you up to date with current news, health updates, SPHHS events, old and new friends, and more!

Tell us how much you “Like” us at www.facebook.com/umass.amherst.sphhs.

 


Tell us your news!

Would you like to have your profile appear in an upcoming alumni newsletter? Do you have news you want to share with your fellow alumni? Whether you’re telling us about advancements in your research or in your workplace, informing us about upcoming events, gatherings and fundraisers, or just sharing good news about new family members, we would love to hear from you! We will use stories for our website, newsletters, and other SPHHS publications.

To share your story, please email Patrick Freeman at pfreeman@schoolph.umass.edu.


Career Opportunities

Career Fair FlyerJoin the SPHHS, students, and organizations in the public health and health science fields at the 3rd Annual SPHHS Internship and Workforce Development Fair on October 21, 2011. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom on the UMass Amherst campus. It is free of charge and open to the public and graduate and undergraduate students alike. For more information or to participate, please contact Risa Silverman at risa@schoolph.umass.edu.

Did you know that the SPHHS has its own Career Opportunities page? If you’re a student looking for an internship or a professional looking for new opportunities in Public Health and the Health Sciences, visit us at www.umass.edu/sphhs/CareerandJobOpportunities.htm.

Are you an employer looking for promising candidates within Public Health and the Health Sciences? Tell us about your job openings. Please email Risa Silverman at risa@schoolph.umass.edu with details and we'll place your job post on our Career Opportunities page — free of charge.

 


Give to the School of Public Health & Health Sciences

Give to UMassWe are grateful to the many alumni, parents, and friends who play such a crucial role in supporting our School. We are committed to our mission to optimize the public’s health and quality of life through education, research, outreach and practice, and we need your support in helping our students, faculty and the SPHHS achieve these goals. Contributions to the School of Public Health and Health Sciences enable us to enhance the quality of educational experiences for our students and foster new research and outreach programs on and off campus. If you would like to give to the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, please click here, or call our Development Office at 866-450-UMASS.

 

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