The SPHHS Insider - February 2014

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. The event will be moderated by Judi LaBranche, Department of Kinesiology. Participating organizations include:

  • Berkshire Health Systems
  • Health Fitness Corporation
  • MediFit
  • Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts

Students interested in pursuing internships and careers in the corporate health and wellness industry, along with faculty, staff, alumni and friends who are interested in learning more about the field, are encouraged to attend.

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Nutrition's Liu Leads Team Receiving $499,000 USDA grant

Zhenhua Liu, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, working with faculty collaborators Richard Wood and Young-Cheul Kim (Nutrition), Hang Xiao (Department of Food Science) and Tufts University’s Joel Mason, received a four-year, $499,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant is for a project titled “Dietary and genetic inhibition of TNF-α suppresses obesity-associated intestinal tumorigenesis via diminishing Wnt-signaling.”

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Community Health Education's Wexler participates in Alaskan Suicide Prevention Summit

Lisa Wexler, Associate Professor of Community Health Education, recently attended a two-day suicide prevention summit in Anchorage, Alaska. Hosted by the Alaska Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, the summit convened a broad group of Alaskans to collaborate on the 2012-2017 state suicide prevention plan titled “Casting the Net Upstream: Promoting Wellness to Prevent Suicide in Alaska.”

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Public Health student Shirin Hakim aids the Homeless

Public Health Sciences major Shirin Hakim recently appeared on the WWLP-22 News and in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Hakim was interviewed as part of a story on local college students partnering with a local shelter to help the homeless. Hakim is the director of Craig's Doors Resource Advocates, which partners with the Amherst-based shelter Craig's Doors, to provide resources beyond a meal and a bed to the homeless.

View the news segment and read the Gazette article.


Alumna Kalanges, MPH ’04, appointed Deputy Director of Virginia’s Office of Family Health Services

Lauri Kalanges, MD, MPH ’04, an alumna of the Online MPH in Public Health Practice program, was recently appointed as the Deputy Director of the Office of Family Health Services (OFHS), a position within the Virginia Department of Health located in Richmond, Virginia. She also serves as the Virginia Title V director, and was recently elected as a board member on the Association of Maternal Child Health Programs.

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SPHHS to Host 17th Annual Research Day on April 8th 

The SPHHS will host its 17th Annual Research Day on Tuesday, April 8th, from 2:00 - 5:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. Students from all departments will present posters of their work which will be judged based on content and presentation. Awards are made in Research and Practice categories, and another will be presented by Delta Omega Honor Society. For more information and submission guidelines, visit our Research Day webpage.


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March 1st - Her Campus Cardio Kickboxing Marathon

Public Health alumna and fitness expert Eliza Shirazi, '13, will return to campus March 1st for a cardio kickboxing marathon to benefit Room to Read. Sponsored by Her Campus, the event begins at 11:00 am in the Student Union Ballroom. View the event's Facebook page for ticket and registration information.


Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announces 2014-2015 Internship Challenge

The Mass Life Sciences Center (MLSC) has launched its 2014-15 Internship Challenge! The program will offer paid internships for over 400 college students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences. Since its inception, the MLSC has placed over 1,400 interns at more than 370 different companies across Massachusetts. Applications from eligible students are accepted year-round. The MLSC is offering to reimburse companies (with 100 or fewer employees in MA) for intern stipends of up to $7,200 for students selected through the program.


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