ALUMNI NEWS
Spring 2011

School News

In This Issue

School News

Dean's Welcome

The SPHHS Celebrates Its History
Kinesiology Earns Top Rankings
SPHHS Welcomes Fulbrights

Faculty News

In the Spotlight: New Faculty
Conferences & Appearances
Honors & Awards
Grant News

Publications

Student News

Creating a Healthier World
Teleconference Therapy
Career Fair
Around the School

Alumni News

Alumni Profile: David Blake
Alumni News Briefs


Support and Follow Us

Save the date: November 5, 2011
Join us on Facebook
Tell us your news
Career Opportunities
Give to the SPHHS
Call for job profiles

 

Dean's Welcome

Dean Marjorie AelionThe School of Public Health and Health Sciences continues to grow and thrive, and it is with great pleasure that I share news of its faculty, staff, students and alumni with you. These dedicated people make the School of Public Health and Health Sciences a success, and through their efforts we will continue our upward trajectory.

 

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SPHHS Celebrates Its History

Nearly 150 members of the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences community turned out on Saturday, October 16, 2010 to celebrate the school’s history and to inspire direction for its future. The alumni reunion event, which included an awards ceremony honoring significant contributors to the success of the SPHHS, was held in conjunction with the university’s homecoming weekend.

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Kinesiology Earns Top Rankings

The Kinesiology Department has earned a top ranking in two different studies released in the fall of 2010. The National Research Council (NRC) findings, which provide a range rather than a specific numeric ranking, rated the department as high as first, second or third in the country. The National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK, formerly the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education) reaffirmed the Kinesiology Department’s place as a top-tier program nationally with a number 5 overall ranking.

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SPHHS Welcomes International Fulbright Scholars

The Fulbright Program has been described as the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Named after the senator who introduced the legislation in 1946 and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program has welcomed nearly 183,000 scholars from other countries in the past 60-plus years and operates in over 155 countries around the world.

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Faculty News

In the Spotlight: New Faculty

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences welcomed several new faculty members into its ranks this year. They include Eliza Frechette (Kinesiology), Richard Peltier (Public Health), J. Richard Pilsner (Public Health), Tobin Silver (Kinesiology) and Ezra Wood (Public Health).

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Conferences & Appearances

Pilsner attends NICHD vision workshop on the environment.
Debold's research highlighted at the annual meeting of the Biophysical Society.
Communication Disorders faculty featured speakers at apraxia of speech conference.
Gerber attends Undergraduate Public Health Learning Outcomes Development Project Integration Meeting.
Zaretsky addresses conference in Croatia.
Communication Disorders faculty, student present research in Athens.
Nutrition faculty speak at Western Massachusetts Hunger Summit.


Honors & Awards

NEACSM keynote lecture named in Clarkson’s honor.
Calabrese honored for international contributions.


Grant News

Foulkes uses large databases to study heart disease risk.
Peltier investigates the effects of air pollutants on cardiovascular health.
Rogers and students to assist new Springfield community health project.
SPHHS faculty research enhancement grants awarded.
K01 grant to fund Alhassan’s research into diabetes intervention program.
Sturgeon investigates links to breast cancer.
Snook receives grant from consortium of multiple sclerosis centers.


Publications

Online Nutrition courses found to be equally effective as on-campus counterparts.
Burns appointed to Topics in Language Disorders editorial board.
Wiist authors articles in the American Journal of Public Health, Medical Care.
Zilberberg pens commentary for the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Kinesiology among most popular "Active Voice" columns.
Nutrition faculty member updates classic diet text.
Beffa-Negrini collaborates on new workbook.
Calabrese awarded certificate of recognition by publisher Elsevier.

 

Student News

Creating a Healthier World: Grad Students Forge Public Health Partnership in Russia

The Institute for Global Health has formed a new partnership with Novgorod State University (NovSU) in Russia to exchange ideas about effective healthcare policies and programs to improve public health. As part of a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the partnership promotes student and faculty exchanges between NovSU and UMass Amherst.

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Speech Language Pathologists Provide Tele-conference Therapy to Rural Children

As the number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) continues to grow and the shortage of speech-language pathologists and related specialists gets more acute, particularly in rural areas, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are using live, secure video teleconferencing over the Internet to provide remedial services and help more schools and families connect with professionals.

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Students Investigate Careers in Public Health & Health Sciences

On a wet autumn day, hundreds of students came in from the rain to attend the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences’ 2nd Annual Internship and Workforce Development Fair. The fair, held on September 30, 2010 in the UMass Student Union Ballroom, welcomed public health organizations including Tapestry Health, the New England Research Institute, the Massachusetts Health Officers Association, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and many more.

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Around the School

International travel awards expand student research opportunities.
MPH student awarded scholarship by Michigan Environmental Health Association.
Undergraduate program in Public Health Sciences opens new peer advising drop-in center.
Student club updates.

 

Alumni News

Alumni Profile: David Blake

Dr. David Blake is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force and a 2007 graduate of the MPH in Public Health Practice program. He is currently the Surgical Operations Commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

 

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Alumni News Briefs

Kinesiology alumnus John Porcari receives award of excellence.
Nutrition alumna HillaryWright authors new diet book.
Kalanges named section director in Texas Department of State Health Services.

 

Support and Follow Us

Save the date: November 5, 2011!

SPHHS logoPlease mark your calendars for our SPHHS fall event on November 5, 2011 in connection with Homecoming. We hope to see you there so you can reconnect with faculty, staff and old friends, and meet new faculty and staff.

If you would like to be part of the Planning Committee, please contact Patrick Freeman at pfreeman@schoolph.umass.edu or by phone at 413-545-4340.

 


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

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.


Call for job profiles

The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) and an advisory group from schools of public health are developing a web-based tool to help current and prospective students see the diverse world of public health careers open to graduates of CEPH-accredited schools of public health. This application will allow individuals to search an interactive database of public health positions through using a number of search criteria.

Users will be able to find job profiles in a database through randomly or selectively combining search options from the following three criteria: area of public health, type of work, and employment setting. When the web-tool selects a position as a match, the user will see the detailed information provided through this survey.

Please take a few minutes to submit the following information through the survey tool at: http://www.asph.org/Survey

Please note all information will remain confidential. Individual names and contact information will not be shared. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and letting potential public health students learn more about your profession. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Ms. Allison Foster at afoster@asph.org.

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