Conferences and Community Events

Active Aging in the Valley

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Date: 

Saturday, November 18, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: 

UMass Amherst Campus Center
Free and open to the public
Kinesiology
Communication Disorders

Description: 

The Department of Kinesiology, in conjunction with the Daily Hampshire Gazette, will host Active Aging in the Valley on Saturday, November 18th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the UMass Amherst Campus Center. The annual event will offer free lectures, workshops, and panel discussions on a variety of exercise-and health-related topics for older adults.

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Katherine Boyer will provide the opening keynote talk on “Staying Active with Osteoarthritis” at 12:00 pm following an introduction from Western Mass News anchor Dave Madsen and Kinesiology lecturer Judi LaBranche.

Kinesiology faculty Katie Becofsky and Tom St. Laurent will provide workshops on “Activity and Cognitive Function” and “Resistance, Balance and Back Care,” respectively, with Assistant Professor Mark Miller providing a closing keynote talk on "Aging and Exercise: Difference Between Men and Women."

Attendees will learn about the science of aging and tips about physical activity for the older adult, and will have the opportunity to receive free health screenings from Kinesiology students and free hearing screenings from Communication Disorders students. Booths featuring services and programs pertaining to health and physical activity for older adults will also be showcased.

Visit the Active Aging in the Valley website for the day's full agenda.

32nd Annual New England Statistical Symposium

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Friday, April 13, 2018 - 8:00am to Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 8:00pm

Location: 

UMass Campus Center
Biostatistics
Epidemiology

Description: 

The departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are co-hosting the 32nd annual New England Statistics Symposium on the UMass Amherst campus on April 13-14.

The symposium brings together statisticians from across New England to share research, discuss emerging issues in the field, and network with colleagues. This year’s theme is “Data - Science - Society”, reflecting the growing role that data and statistical sciences are playing in shaping and improving society.

Montse Fuentes, dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Humanities and Sciences, and Dawn Woodard, senior data science manager at Uber, will provide the keynote talks. In addition, the symposium will feature short courses, invited plenary talks, invited paper sessions, and a contributed poster session.

Poster submissions are due March 26th. Event registration closes on April 6th.

For more details, or to register, visit the event website at https://symposium.nestat.org/.

UMass Stroke Support Group Presents Mindful Movement

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Sunday, April 15, 2018 -
11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: 

Student Union Ballroom
Communication Disorders

Description: 

The UMass Amherst Stroke Support Group invites the campus community to join them at Mindful Movement, an inclusive event for stroke survivors, caregivers and members of the local community. Learn about activities that promote mindfulness and decrease stress, and participate in a restorative chair yoga demonstration. Meet local businesses and individuals who provide support for mindfulness, healthy lifestyles and services for the entire family. Whether one is recovering from a stroke, injury, illness, or just want to reduce stress, the group warmly invites everyone to get to know their surrounding community through relaxation and mindful movement.

New England Conference on Global and Community Health for Trainees

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Saturday, January 27, 2018 -
8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Waltham Woods Conference Center

Description: 

The full day conference will provide lectures and workshops on global and domestic health topics as well as provide opportunities to network with physicians, residents and students currently involved in global and community health work.

Registration: 8:00 am - 8:30 am
Program: 8:30 am - 4:30pm

Keynote Speaker:
Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH 
Dean, Boston University School of Public Health
"Towards a Global Public Health"

$20 in Advance - $25 at the door
Sign up early to reserve your preferred workshops.

Undoing Racism/Community Organizing Workshop

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Friday, January 19, 2018 - 5:00pm to Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: 

One Federal Street (Opposite STCC) Springfield, MA 01105

Description: 

 A WORKSHOP BY THE PEOPLE’S INSTITUTE FOR SURVIVAL AND BEYOND

Participants will explore what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. The workshop emphasizes learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized racial oppression and understanding the role of organizational gatekeeping as a mechanism for perpetuating racism.

WHAT IS THE PEOPLE’S INSTITUTE?

A national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation.  Today, The People’s Institute is recognized as one of the foremost anti-racism training and organizing institutions in the nation. They have provided training, consultation, and leadership development to more than 200,000 people nationally and internationally. www.pisab.org  

Tuition:  (includes Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks) 

$300/person for Individuals and Small Organizations 

$500/person Higher Education/Large Institutions

 WHEN

Friday, January 19th, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Saturday, January 20th, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, January 21st, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

WHERE

Scibelli Enterprise Center, STCC Technology Center
One Federal Street (Opposite STCC)
Springfield, MA 01105

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Anne Richmond - anne.richmond@gmail.com 413-348-8880

Rosa Matta - urocofspringfield@gmail.com   413-222-8793

Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts Brand Unveilng

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 -
9:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State Street, Springfield

Description: 

Join the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts on January 18, 2018 at the Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State Street, Springfield as Partners for a Healthier Community becomes Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, and provide updates on its community initiatives.

Non-Profit and Public Service Fair

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Saturday, November 4, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union
Kinesiology
Communication Disorders
Nutrition
Public Health

Description: 

A job, internship and networking fair. Meet professionals and learn about career paths, jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities. Learn about advocacy, activism, public service and education. 

Participating companies include:

  • AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts 
  • Center for Education Policy & Advocacy, University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  • City Year - Recruitment & Admissions 
  • Craig's Doors--A Home Association, Inc. 
  • DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services 
  • Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination 
  • Nashoba Learning Group 
  • Peace Corps (Post-Graduation Service Opportunity) - Volunteer Recruitment and Selection 
  • PIRG Campus Action 
  • Represent.Us 
  • SAGA Innovations - SAGA Innovations 
  • Teach for America 
  • The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts 
  • Urban Teachers 
  • Verité 

Neat and casual attire. All majors welcome. 

2017 ASA Five College DataFest

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7:30pm to Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 4:00pm

Location: 

Integrated Science Building
Public Health
Biostatistics

Description: 

DataFest is a nationally-coordinated undergraduate competition in which teams of up to 5 students work over a weekend to extract insight from a rich and complex data set. Previous years’ data sets have included crime data from the LAPD, dating data from eHarmony, and energy use data from GridPoint. This year’s data set will be revealed at the opening of the event on Friday evening. At the conclusion of the competition, each team will have 5 minutes to make a presentation to a panel of judges. Each panel of judges will select a team for the “Best in Group” prize, and the entire group of judges will determine a “Best in Show” prize. Other additional prizes may be awarded.

The mission of DataFest is to expose undergraduate students to challenging questions with immediate real-world significance that can be addressed through data analysis. By working in teams, students with varying skill sets will combine their efforts and expand their collective data analysis horizons. Interaction among students, as well as with outside consultants will promote the sense that data analysis is a dynamic, engaging, and vibrant part of our society, as well as a realistic, practical, and fun career path.

For for more information, contact the UMass Amherst campus coordinator, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Nicholas Reich

Careers in Social Change: A Job, Internship & Networking Fair

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 -
12:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

UMass Amherst, Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge
No Registration Necessary
Kinesiology
Communication Disorders
Nutrition
Public Health
Biostatistics
Community Health Education
Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology
Health Policy and Management

Description: 

Meet professionals from a variety of social justice and advocacy fields. Learn about career paths, volunteer and internship opportunities and gain advice.

The Environmental Public Health Tracking Network Training

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Thursday, March 23, 2017 -
9:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

UMass Amherst, Campus Center
RSVP Required
Public Health
Environmental Health Sciences

Description: 

The Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) network offers users a dynamic website to explore health and environmental information.  EPHT is the ongoing collection, integration, analysis, and interpretation of data based on a number of factors including identification of environmental hazards (i.e., lead), exposure to environmental hazards (i.e., lead in paint & dust) and the health effects potentially related to exposure to environmental hazards (i.e., lead poisoning).  Participants will learn how to navigate the website and view maps, tables and charts about health and environmental conditions at the city/town level, county level and the state level. For some data sets, census tract level data is available.  State by state comparison is also possible for the 25 states that currently participate in the EPHT program.  

Using case scenarios, participants will examine health data to identify trends over time, inform policymakers and local health as well as generate hypothesis for future study.  This training is designed to be a 2 hour “hands on” workshop. A laptop is required. Location in Campus Center, more info when you rsvp!

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