The SPHHS Insider - January 2014

Peltier forges new methods for measuring air pollution

Assistant Professor Rick Peltier (center) in his lab with graduate student Whitney Huynh (left) and postdoctoral research associate Kabindra Shakya (right)

Launching a natural research experiment in Kathmandu, Nepal, this month using advanced monitoring methods to assess health risk from air pollution, Environmental Health Sciences' Rick Peltier hopes to demonstrate for the first time in a real-world setting that air pollution can and should be regulated based on toxicology variables rather than simply on the volume of particles in the air.

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Pilsner's students find evidence of genetically-Modified Organisms in foods labeled "non-GMO certified"

Students in PUBHLTH490PI: The DNA Experience, a class at UMass Amherst taught by Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Rick Pilsner, had some surprising findings in their end of semester research projects. The dozen students in the course isolated DNA from foods they typically eat, and found inconsistencies in items labeled as being free of genetically-modified organisms (GMO).

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Alumni Profile: Soloe Dennis, Public Health, MS '07

Soloe Dennis received his B.S. in Environmental Science from UMass Amherst in 2005 and his M.S. in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health Sciences from the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences in 2007. He currently serves as the Regional Director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Western Regional Health Office.

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Marie Meckel, MPH '12, serves as clinical mentor in south Africa

Having worked as a Physician Assistant for the last 10 years in the U.S., Marie Meckel, MPH '12, was selected to serve as a Clinical Mentor in South Africa supporting Clinical Associates, the country’s new profession equivalent to Physician Assistants. Coordinated by the American International Health Alliance's Volunteer Healthcare Corps, Marie’s nine-month placement will focus on improving the clinical training of Clinical Associates students at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.

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SPHHS to host Corporate Health & Wellness Panel Discussion

The SPHHS will host a Corporate Health & Wellness Panel discussion on Friday, February 28th, from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Hadley Room, Campus Center. Students interested in pursuing internships and careers in the corporate health and wellness industry and faculty members interested in learning more about the field are encouraged to attend.

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Online MPH-PHP Admissions Information Webinar

The Online MPH-PHP programs office will be hosting a free, live admissions information webinar on Monday, February 3rd, from 6:30-8:00 pm EST. The webinar is open to anyone interested in learning more about the program and submitting an application. Registration is not required. If you want more information please contact phonline@schoolph.umass.edu. Please note that the webinar will not open until 6:30pm on the 3rd. Join the webinar here!

17th Annual SPHHS Research Day

The SPHHS will host its 17th Annual Research Day on Tuesday, April 8th, from 2:00 - 5:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. Information on our submission guidelines will be available soon on our Research Day webpage.


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