The SPHHS Insider - May 2015

SPHHS celebrates Class of 2015

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences held its Senior Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in the Fine Arts Center on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. The SPHHS ceremony recognized its undergraduate Class of 2015, which this year welcomed over 600 graduating seniors into its ranks. View the slideshows below or visit our Facebook page to view photos from the ceremony.

The university awarded approximately 5500 bachelor's degrees and conferred over 1700 doctoral and master's degrees during the Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement ceremonies held on Friday, May 8th. Additional reporting, photo galleries, and video of the Graduate Commencement can be viewed online at the University's Commencement webpage.

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The School of Public Health and Health Sciences held its Senior Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in the Fine Arts Center on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. The SPHHS ceremony recognized its undergraduate Class of 2015, which this year welcomed over 600 graduating seniors into its ranks. 

View slideshows from the ceremony here!


Cordeiro, Carbone receive awards for distinguished teaching, mentoring

Lorraine Cordeiro (left) and Elena Carbone (right)

Lorraine Cordeiro, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, was chosen by the UMass Amherst Provost’s Office as a recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA). The highly competitive award has been given for more than 50 years, and recognizes “exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level.” It is the only faculty award on campus that is given based upon student and alumni nominations. Associate Professor of Nutrition Elena Carbone received the Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award from the UMass Amherst Graduate School during its Graduate Commencement ceremony on May 8, 2015. She was among six individuals recognized for mentorship, teaching, and support during the ceremony.

Read more about Cordeiro here and Carbone here.


Reeves leads large new study of phthalate exposure and breast cancer risk

Reliable data are lacking on whether phthalates, the plasticizing and solvent chemicals found in such products as cosmetics, shampoo, flooring and medical tubing, affect human breast cancer risk. Now Katherine Reeves, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, is leading the largest study to date with a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Reeves and colleagues will study phthalate metabolites, which are products found in urine samples after the chemicals have passed through the body. Only a handful of small studies have looked at whether phthalates affect human breast cancer risk and none have measured phthalate metabolites before a cancer diagnosis.

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Public Health Sciences senior Hannah Weinronk selected as Newman Civic Fellow, named among "29 Who Shine"

Public Health Sciences' Hannah Weinronk was honored May 14 at the State House during the state Department of Higher Education’s 29 Who Shine ceremony saluting public campus graduates for their civic and academic achievements. Described by nominators as a “transformational leader helping others find their voice,” Weinronk has served as a member of the national steering committee for the Real Food Challenge, was one of 10 graduates honored as a 21st Century Leader at UMass Amherst’s commencement on May 8, and also was recently named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow by the Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education.

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SPHHS recognizes students for outstanding achievements

Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders Gwyneth Rost congratulates Miriam P. Romo Award winner Kayla MacKay, '15.

Over 30 SPHHS students attended the SPHHS Awards Celebration, where they were recognized for outstanding achievements in the classroom, research, and through service to the community. The SPHHS Awards Celebration was sponsored by the SPHHS and held in the Cape Cod Lounge at the Student Union Building on April 25. Numerous SPHHS faculty, staff, and student family and friends attended the event.

Read here for a full list of award winners and to view a slideshow from the event.

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SPHHS to host Marijuana Policy Forum

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences will host the invitation-only Marijuana Policy Forum: Protecting the Public Health with Good Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on June 13, 2015. The SPHHS is organizing the event to address what public health protections should be put into place in any legislation to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts. The SPHHS has invited state legislators and others interested in this important and timely topic to join the discussion. Andrew Freedman, the Director of Marijuana Coordination, State of Colorado, will deliver the keynote address. Additional panel discussions will be held on topics including: Public Safety, Driving and Drug Use; Underage Use/Protecting Young People; and Product Regulation, Including Edibles.


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