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.

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.

June 12, 2017

The SPHHS will present awards for Significant Contributions and Distinguished Young Alumni during its 2017 SPHHS Fall Celebration being held on Saturday, September 23rd.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Biostatistics alum Justin Baldwin '17
May 31, 2017

The grant will cover Baldwin’s transportation costs to South America, and room and board while he works.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Health Policy and Management alumna Jing Hao
April 26, 2017

Health Policy and Management alumna Jing Hao, MPH ’09, PhD ’15, recently received the 2017 Early Career Investigator Award from the Health Care Systems Research Network and the 2016 Volunteer Award from the Chinese Health Policy Analysis and Management Society.

UMass Amherst alumna Elizabeth Chennamchetty
April 25, 2017

Community Health Education alumna Elizabeth Chennamchetty, MPH '04, is the author of a recently published memoir titled Bangles, Bindis and Babies: Becoming a Family. In the book, Chennamchetty recounts how she met her future partner – and MPH ’03 alumnus – Vijay Chennamchetty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and their journey from an "improbable romance" to a multicultural marriage.

April 10, 2017

SPHHS Dean's Advisory Board member Robert Littleton, Jr., '71 is one of six alumni being presented with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association at a ceremony being held at noon on Monday, April 24 in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

March 21, 2017

Kinesiology lecturer Judi LaBranche integrates LIFT, a fitness app developed by UMass Amherst alum Chris Blyth '96, into her Fitness Management and Exercise Testing and Programming courses.