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University of Massachusetts Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
January 9, 2018

Faculty in the Biostatistics program have issued a statement on the program's sexual harassment policy.

University of Massachusetts Biostatistics faculty Nicholas Reich
December 26, 2017

Research teams, including one led by Associate Professor of Biostatistics Nicholas Reich, are participating in a national influenza forecasting challenge to try to predict the onset, progress and peaks of regional flu outbreaks to aid prevention and control. This year, the Reich Lab is leading an effort to improve the forecasting by increasing the collaboration between groups.

University of Massachusetts Biostatistics faculty Leontine Alkema
December 5, 2017

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Leontine Alkema, with postdoctoral researcher Niamh Cahill and doctoral student Chuchu Wei in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and others, released new estimates and projections of modern contraceptive prevalence (mCPR) and other family planning outcomes for the 69 poorest countries of the world.

November 8, 2017

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Leontine Alkema’s mission to improve reproductive health in third world countries has been featured in Aspire: A Report on the Impact of Philanthropy in a piece called 120 Million More. Partnering with Family Planning 2020, Alkema is working to provide 120 million women and girls around the world with access to contraceptives by the year 2020. 

October 23, 2017

The UMass Amherst Institute for Global Health (IGH) and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) will host “Global Health Challenges: A Panel Discussion for Collaborative Solutions” in the Integrative Learning Center Room S240 on Friday, November 3 from 9:30 to 11:15 am. The event will feature panelists Rita Colwell, former director of the National Science Foundation (NSF); Jennie Ward-Robinson, president and CEO of the PAHO Foundation; and Michael Depledge, former head of science at the UK Environment Agency.

University of Massachusetts Biostatistics faculty Leontine Alkema
September 27, 2017

On International Safe Abortion Day, Sept. 28, an international research group reports in a new paper with senior author and Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Leontine Alkema at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that out of the 55.7 million abortions that are estimated to have occurred each year between 2010 and 2014, almost half (45.1 percent) were unsafe.

University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences
September 27, 2017

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences welcomes five new full-time tenure track faculty members into its ranks this academic year. New faculty hires for 2017-2018 include Laura Balzer in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and Laura Attanasio, David Chin, Elizabeth Evans and Jin Kim-Mozeleski in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy.

September 26, 2017

Researchers in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and College of Nursing are recruiting pregnant women for a research study on sleep in pregnancy.

Andrea James
September 20, 2017

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences hosted the next event in its Dean's Symposia Series, “Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform,” on Wednesday, September 27, from 4:00-6:00 pm in Campus Center Room 904. The event examined the public health impacts of mass incarceration with a focus on women. Andrea James, the founder and executive director of Families for Justice as Healing, provided the keynote address.

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