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University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Rachel Volberg
July 10, 2018

Rachel Volberg, research associate professor of epidemiology, discussed her research on the economic and social impacts of the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville and surrounding communities on WAMC’s The Roundtable.

June 21, 2018

Epidemiology faculty members Nicole VanKim and Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson, with Lynnette Leidy Sievert, anthropology, are among the inaugural recipients of seed grants provided by the campus’s new Institute of Diversity Sciences. 

June 18, 2018

Epidemiology postdoctoral researcher and recent alumna Serena Houghton PhD ‘16 has received a three-year, $ 187,639 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute to examine central obesity and its relation to breast cancer risk and survival.

UMass Amherst Associate Professor of Epidemiology Brian Whitcomb
June 11, 2018

Associate Professor of Epidemiology Brian Whitcomb has been elected to the position of President-Elect of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research.

University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson
June 8, 2018

Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson, professor of epidemiology, comments in recent Live Science and Reuters articles on a new study from researchers in Spain that suggests heavy alcohol consumption is linked to an increased risk of premenstrual syndrome.

May 25, 2018

Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson, professor of epidemiology, is the editor of a new book titled Cursed? Biologic and Cultural Aspects of the Menstrual Cycle and Menstruation. This collection of essays and original research articles offers a comprehensive perspective of the importance of the menstrual cycle in women's lives.

May 24, 2018

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences will host a special Boston Alumni Night on Monday, June 25, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at The University of Massachusetts Club.

University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Katherine Reeves
May 24, 2018

Associate Professor of Epidemiology Katherine Reeves is the lead author of a paper recently published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. Titled “Depression, Antidepressant Use, and Breast Cancer Risk in Pre- and Postmenopausal Women: A Prospective Cohort Study,” the article presents findings of the largest prospective study to date to examine whether depression or antidepressant use can be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

May 22, 2018

A group of more than two dozen undergraduate and graduate students attended this year’s SPHHS Awards Celebration, where they were recognized for outstanding achievements in the classroom, in research, and through service to the community. The SPHHS Awards Celebration was held in the Old Chapel on April 28, 2018.

Brian Whitcomb
May 8, 2018

Results of a recent study to better understand modifiable factors such as physical activity that may affect a woman’s ability to conceive a child suggest that walking may help women to improve their chances of becoming pregnant.