The SPHHS Insider - July 2014

Registration now open for the Western MA Health Equity Summit!

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the first-ever Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit on Thursday, October 2, 2014. The Summit will bring together practitioners and community leaders from across the region. Participants will work, learn, and take important steps toward greater health equity in Western MA.

Early bird registration is available through August 15th. More information is available on the summit website. If you have questions, please contact Risa Silverman in the Office for Public Health Practice and Outreach.


Cohen named Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Professor Nancy Cohen, Head of the Department of Nutrition, has been named as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This designation recognizes Academy members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to the dietetics profession and by optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition. With 75,000 members, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

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Peltier receives EPA grant to study impacts of indoor air pollution on Tribal communities

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier has received a three-year, $700,000 Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine possible health effects of wood smoke exposure on Native subsistence hunters and to provide culturally-relevant recommendations for mitigation. The research grant is one of six awarded for projects to identify and reduce tribal health risks associated with climate change, indoor wood smoke exposure, environmental asthma and other unique tribal concerns.

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Poudel and colleagues find high prevalence of hepatitis C coinfection among the HIV-positive in Nepal

A research team led by Krishna Poudel, Associate Professor of Community Health Education, is reporting high coinfection rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among HIV-positive individuals residing in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The researchers found a high prevalence of HCV exists among both individuals who are receiving antiretroviral therapy and those who are not, suggesting that screening for HCV among HIV-positive people would be useful, in particular, for those with lifetime injection drug use and soon after their initial HIV diagnosis.

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Animal testing methods for endocrine disruptors should change, says Vandenberg

Challenging risk assessment methods used for decades by toxicologists, a new review of the literature led by Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Laura Vandenberg suggests that oral gavage, the most widely accepted method of dosing lab animals to test chemical toxicity, does not accurately mimic how humans are exposed to chemicals in everyday life. Oral gavage is at present the dosing scheme preferred for assessing potential toxicity of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) by regulatory agencies.

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Kinesiology faculty, postdocs and students share research findings at the World Congress of Biomechanics

A large contingent of UMass Amherst Kinesiology faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and alumni presented their research findings at the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) held July 6-11, 2014, in Boston, MA. Held once every four years, this event is expected to attract nearly 5,000 researchers from various disciplines including bioengineering, biology, biophysics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry and various clinical specialties.

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Save the date! 5th Annual SPHHS Fall Celebration - September 27, 2014

Mark your calendar! The SPHHS will host its 5th Annual Fall Celebration on Saturday, September 27, 2014 on the UMass Amherst campus. Join fellow alumni, faculty, staff, and students for this day of celebration and share your SPHHS and UMass pride.


SPHHS Reaccreditation - your input is needed!

As part of our reaccreditation process, the SPHHS seeks feedback from its constituents on our 2014 Self-Study Report and all aspects of the School. We need to hear from you about all aspects of our mission, including our instructional, research and service efforts. Visit our website to learn more information about the SPHHS reaccreditation process and how you may provide feedback.


SPHHS announces new Graduate Certificate in Global Health

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is proud to introduce its new Graduate Certificate in Global Health. The program is open to all current graduate students, and to non-matriculated working professionals who have an interest in global health. The certificate is 15 credits and is offered 100% online.

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