Alumni News

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.

UMass Amherst Epidemiology alumna Kathleen Segda
October 26, 2017

A new study from Epidemiology alumna Kathleen Szegda PhD '14 and Professor of Epidemiology Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson reports, based on a study of nearly 80,000 women, that underweight women and those who were underweight as teenagers or in their mid-30s are at greater risk of early menopause compared to lean or normal weight women. Early menopause is defined as naturally occurring menopause before age 45.

September 28, 2017

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) honored alumnus Howard Shane with the SPHHS Award for Significant Contributions to the field of public health and the health sciences, and alumnus Efosa Guobadia with its inaugural SPHHS Distinguished Young Alumni Award, at its 8th annual Fall Celebration held September 23rd at the Fine Arts Center.

September 26, 2017

“Be free and own the decisions that you make, even if so-called ‘failure’ is the outcome.”

September 26, 2017

“Life happens. Sometimes you just have to write about it,” states Community Health Education alumna Elizabeth Chennamchetty MPH ’04.

2017 UMass Amherst SPHHS Alumni Award Recipients Howard Shane and Efosa Guobadia
August 28, 2017

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) is pleased to announce that Communication Disorders alumnus Dr. Howard Shane '69 MA '72 will receive the 2017 Award for Significant Contributions to the fields of public health and health sciences. Kinesiology alumnus Efosa Guobadia ’07 will be recognized as the inaugural recipient of the School's Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

UMass Amherst Public Health Sciences alumna Niamh Mulrooney
August 25, 2017

Recent Public Health Sciences alumna Niamh Mulrooney ’17 has received an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Fellowship to work at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

University of Massachusetts Kinesiology alum Efosa Guobadia
August 25, 2017

Kinesiology alumnus Efosa Guobadia '07 has contributed a chapter titled "Promoting Sustainable Change so that Communities Thrive with and without Us" and an afterword to the book Why Global Health Matters: How to (Actually) Make the World a Better Place.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor of Communication Disorders Karen Helfer
August 15, 2017

Middle-aged adults often show up in hearing clinics complaining that they have trouble hearing, but standard tests show their hearing ability, known to scientists as pure-tone threshold, is only slightly impaired, says Professor of Communication Disorders Karen Helfer. Typically, they leave with no confirmation of their sense that they are hearing less well. Her new five-year, $2 million NIH grant will help to explore this disconnect and to investigate the idea that what middle-aged adults may be noticing is not hearing loss but an early age-related change in listening effort.

Alumna Laura Sylvester
August 8, 2017

Alumna Laura Sylvester MPPA/MPH '16 is highlighted in an alumni profile piece appearing on the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences website. The profile recounts how Sylvester recently celebrated the passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act - a bill she helped create and shape as a graduate student - at a signing ceremony with Governor Baker and other at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on July 27. 

June 21, 2017

Public Health Sciences alumna Eliza Shirazi ’13 leads a team planning to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro to benefit Flying Kites, a Boston-based nonprofit that runs a boarding school for underprivileged children in Kenya.