The SPHHS Insider - April 2015

Balasubramanian receives $1.5 Million from NIH to develop statistical models for large-scale studies

Raji Balasubramanian, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, recently received a four-year, $1,546,787 grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to lead a multidisciplinary team to develop and apply new statistical models for the design and analysis of studies nested within large-scale epidemiological cohorts such as the Women’s Health Initiative. Her interdisciplinary team proposes to develop and apply new statistical methods to mine these rich and rapidly growing databases to investigate the causes of complex disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which involve a combination of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors.

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Public Health Sciences senior Charlot featured in UMass Amherst Profile Series

Public Health Sciences senior Patrice Charlot was recently featured in a video as part of the UMass Amherst Profile Series. The Profile Series was created to help people connect with prominent UMass Amherst students, faculty and alumni from a broad spectrum of disciplines and backgrounds.

Charlot is a recipient of the Charles D. Baker II Scholarship, which was established by Gov. Charlie Baker in honor of his late grandfather.

"Public Health drives me because I want to help people," says Charlot.

Watch the video here


LaBranche, Goldstein receive awards for outstanding teaching

Judi Bruno LaBranche (left) and Daniel Goldstein (right)

Judi Bruno LaBranche, Lecturer of Kinesiology, has won the 2014-2015 College Outstanding Teacher Award for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. The award is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Provost’s Office and the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development, and given annually to honor individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments. She will be recognized at Undergraduate Commencement and at the School’s Senior Recognition Ceremony. The SPHHS also announced that Daniel Goldstein, Instructor in the Online MPH in Public Health Practice (PHP) program, has been named the recipient of the SPHHS Outstanding Online Teacher Award. The award, which is given annually by the School, recognizes excellence in online teaching.

Read more about LaBranche here and Goldstein here


Public Health Sciences major Giffen wins Goldwater Scholarship

Samantha Giffen, Public Health Sciences and Microbiology '16, is among four UMass Amherst students who recently won an award from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship in Education program. The purpose of the award is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. In all, 260 scholarships went to sophomores and juniors from the U.S., selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,206 nominees in mathematics, science and engineering.

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SPHHS announces 2015 Research Day winners

From left: Andre Boskhomdzhiev (2nd Place, Practice Category); Dean Marjorie Aelion; Antonella Lavelanet (1st Place, Practice Category); Willie Frazier (1st Place, Practice Category); Alex Hillman (2nd Place, Practice Category); Carl Jewell (1st Place, Research Category); Amanda Hickey (2nd Place, Research Category) and Alexandra Purdue-Smith (3rd Place, Research Category)

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is pleased to announce the results of the faculty-juried poster competition from the 18th Annual Research Day held on April 6, 2015. Posters are judged based on content and presentation and awarded in two distinct categories: Research and Practice. An additional student is also presented with the Delta Omega Honor Society Award, which is given based on the poster abstract.

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Alumna Sabina Dhakal, MPH '14, launches fundraiser for Nepal earthquake relief

Alumna Sabina Dhakal, MPH in Community Health Education ’14, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to support relief efforts of the earthquake victims in Nepal. "As of April 29 more than 5,000 people have died and over 10,000 are injured," says Dhakal.

"No amount is too small. As little as $1.50 can buy a person a complete meal in Nepal," she adds.

If you’d like to contribute, please visit the campaign webpage.

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy also issued a statement to the university community on Apil 27 in which he provides information on campus resources available for those needing support as well as a list of organizations accepting donations to support efforts in Nepal.

Read the Chancellor's statement here.


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