The SPHHS Insider - January 2017

Aelion re-elected secretary-treasurer of ASPPH

C. Marjorie Aelion, Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS), was recently re-elected to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) as secretary-treasurer for her third and final two-year term. The secretary-treasurer is one of two elected positions of ASPPH and serves on the ASPPH executive board and the board of directors. ASPPH is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and represents schools and programs of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

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Freedson retires after 35 years at UMass Amherst

Professor of Kinesiology Patty S. Freedson retired at the end of December 2016 after serving as a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the past 35 years, including 9 years in which she served as chair of the department. “Patty Freedson is highly recognized in her field and has contributed to the Kinesiology Department and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences in so many significant ways,” says Dean Marjorie Aelion. “She has excelled as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students and as a researcher. But her impact goes beyond these roles....”

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Online MPH in Nutrition student TeCora Ballom appointed Assistant Surgeon General

United States Public Health Service Officer, TeCora Ballom, DO, a prospective May 2017 graduate of the UMass Amherst MPH in Nutrition program, has been promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed Assistant Surgeon General effective January 1, 2017. Rear Admiral Ballom is currently the Regional Medical Director for the South Central Region of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. During her twenty year career in the USPHS, she has held various leadership positions which include deployments to the Commonwealth Northern Marianas Islands and Immigration Health Services for the Department of Homeland Security.

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Kleinman among research team awarded NIH grant to study prevention of childhood obesity and asthma

Ken Kleinman, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, and Emily Oken, a physician and researcher with the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, have received a two-year, $1.66 million NIH grant to identify environmental and behavioral targets for preventing asthma and obesity in children. The award, which funds the team’s Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute-based research study, is among $157 million in new NIH funding being provided in support of a seven-year initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). Kleinman has been appointed Co-Chair of the Data Analysis Working Group for ECHO, and now leads a team of 75 biostatisticians from around the country who are working on similar studies.

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Department of Defense awards Van Emmerik grant to study Multiple Sclerosis

Kinesiology Professor Richard Van Emmerik hopes to help the million people worldwide affected by Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with a two-year, $833,887, grant from the Department of Defense. Van Emmerik and his colleagues aim to create a test that will improve on the current methods used to treat and diagnose progressive MS, which is characterized by a steady decrease in nervous system function. “The goal of our test is to accurately track the progression of symptoms in patients and clearly diagnose them with either progressive or non-progressive MS,” explains Van Emmerik.

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March 23, 2017: SPHHS to host Career Development and Networking Conference

Save the date for Thursday, March 23, 2017! The SPHHS will host its annual Career Development and Networking Conference from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Campus Center Auditorium and adjacent rooms. We are building an exciting lineup of programming, panelists, and vendors for the Conference. Stay tuned for more information including the full lineup of participating organizations.


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