Conferences and Community Events

Northampton Community Forum on Marijuana

Wed, 2016-10-26 19:00 to 21:00
Northampton Council On Aging, 67 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060

UMass and Northampton Area Pediatrics have graciously agreed to co-sponsor an educational forum on the public health implications of marijuana particularly on the vulnerable youth population.

The evening will feature four guest speakers:

Jo McGuire, appointed to serve on Colorado Governor’s Task Force to recommend legislative frameworks for marijuana regulation in Colorado in 2013

Senator Jason Lewis, appointed by MA Governor Baker to lead the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana

David Sullivan, Northwestern District Attorney

Dr. Ruth Potee, Board-certified in Addiction Medicine & nationally-recognized expert on addiction.

​The event is free and open to the public.

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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Workshop

Mon, 2016-11-07 09:00 to 13:00
Baystate Whitney Avenue Conference Center, 361 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

HIA is a practical approach that uses data, research and stakeholder input to determine a policy or project’s impact on the health of a population. In practice, HIA is a useful way to:

- Ensure that health is considered in decision-making
- Engage stakeholders in the process

The HIA workshop is designed to introduce attendees from all sectors to:

- The goals and process of HIA
- Examples of Massachusetts HIA case studies and their impacts, and Through small group exercises, identify topics that could be the subject of an HIA

Registration is FREE. Sign up and attend one of the trainings offered at a location most convenient for you and then attend a full-day Health Impact Assessment conference held in Boston, MA on December 8th. Stay tuned for more information on the full-day conference.

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Registration is free

Western MA Health Equity Summit

Fri, 2016-11-18 09:00 to 15:00
Lincoln Campus Center, Lower Level

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences and the Western MA Health Equity Network present the 2nd Western MA Health Equity Summit on Friday, November 18, 2016, 9-3pm. The Summit will bring together practitioners and community leaders from across the four western MA counties to work, learn, and take important steps toward greater health equity in the region.

Topics include:

- Hear from the 10-member Coalition of Western MA Hospitals/Insurer regarding their 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

- Participate in networking and collaboration opportunities.

- Hear about Data, Stories & Best Practices from communities in our 4 counties working on health equity issues.

Registration will be open soon. Check for more information.

If you have questions, please contact the UMass Amherst Office for Public Health Practice and Outreach at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences: at (413)-545-2529, email:

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2016 GLSEN MA Fall Conference

Sat, 2016-10-01 08:30 to 16:00
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, 15 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley, MA 01075

2016 GLSEN MA Fall Conference
Exploring Connections in Identity, Art & Activism

GLSEN MA is partnering with the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Charter Public School to present the 2016 Gall conference, Context: Exploring Connections in Identity, Art & Activism. Reading between the lines, considering circumstances, understanding context(s) is essential to the work we do as social justice seekers, as learners, as educators, as artists. Context is what helps us better understand ourselves and the world around us. Context is what helps us make connections.

The 2016 GLSEN MA Fall Conference presents an opportunity to engage in workshops that explore methods of activism, intersections of identities, and the power of art. We offer CONTEXT, as a point of consideration for presenters and participants, instigating the quest for deeper understanding. We will come together as students, educators, artists and social justice seekers to build community and share resources for creating and maintaining safer and more affirming schools for all students.

Christina Economos Lecture

Tue, 2016-11-08 11:00
UMass Center at Springfield

Live Well Springfield brings Dr. Christina Economos to Springfield to share leading research on childhood obesity prevention!

Christina Economos is co-Founder and Director of ChildObesity180, the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition, and an Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and at the Medical School, at Tufts University.

Dr. Economos’ research efforts have addressed the interaction among nutrition, exercise, body composition, bone health, and the built environment, toward preventing osteoporosis and obesity, starting in early childhood. As the principal investigator of large-scale research studies, her goal is to inspire behavior, policy, and environmental change to reduce obesity and improve the health of America’s children. She has worked effectively with diverse communities and has crafted, implemented, and evaluated a physical activity and nutrition education curriculum. At ChildObesity180 she blends scientific evidence and rigor with innovation and experience from the private sector to develop, implement, evaluate, and scale high-impact obesity prevention initiatives. Dr. Economos led the Shape Up Somerville study demonstrating that it is possible to reduce excess weight gain in children through multiple leverage points within an entire community. 

For more information see Childhood Obesity 180 – Reverse the Trend

Free and open to the public.

SOPHAS Virtual Fair

Tue, 2016-07-19 09:00 to 21:00
Virtual Fair (see description for link)

The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) is sponsoring a free virtual fair for prospective students. Participants will be able to meet school representatives from public health schools & programs in a live virtual setting. Registration is required to participate.

Registration Information: 
Free registration

International Low-Dose Response Conference

Tue, 2016-04-19 09:00 to Wed, 2016-04-20 16:00
UMass Amherst, Campus Center

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will once again host the Dose-Response Society’s international conference, this year on April 19-20 at the Campus Center, with the theme “Preconditioning: adaptive responses in biology in medicine.”

Conference directors Edward Calabrese, a UMass Amherst environmental toxicologist, and Paul Kostecki, professor emeritus of envionmental healh sciences, expect the 15th annual gathering to attract more than 100 scientists from around the world who study the potential for using low-dose exposure to chemicals and radiation to build biological shields against disease and injury, a phenomenon known as hormesis.

The registration rates include all sessions and refreshment breaks. Registration does not include the cost of lunch, dinner or lodging.  

Registration Rates

International Dose-Response Society Members*          

- Full Two Day Registration - $299.00           
- Government and Academic Rate - $149.00           
- Student Rate - $74.00  

*Must be a member at the time of registration to receive the International Dose-Response Society Members rate 

Non-Member Registration           

- Full Two Day Registration - $499.00          
- Government and Academic Rate - $199.00            
- Student Rate - $99.00   

Conference Meals         

- Buffet Lunch - $28.00/day        
- Buffet Dinner - $38.00 

Please note: all registrations and payments received after April 5, 2016, will be assessed a $50.00 late fee.

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Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis

Thu, 2016-04-14 17:30 to 19:30
Floor 25 Du Bois Library

The UMass Amherst Libraries host a series of interactive climate change events which run between February 29 and April 20, 2016. 

The series is organized by Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis, a collaborative community comprised of UMass students, faculty and staff working together to integrate the intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions of climate change

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Free and open to the public

Graduate Commencement Ceremony 2016

Fri, 2016-05-06 09:00 to 11:15
UMass Amherst, Mullins Center

The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will take place Friday, May 6, 2016, at 9 a.m. in the Mullins Center.

All advanced degree candidates attending Graduate Commencement should complete the Commencement Participation Form, indicating your planned attendance and estimated number of guests, by Friday, April 22. Completing this form by the requested date will allow us to make appropriate arrangements for parking and the Commencement reception.

Candidates must check in between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., wearing regalia, at the tent located behind (west of) the Mullins Center. At this time, participants will receive final instructions for the procession. Strollers, baby carriers, food, and drinks are not permitted in the student seating area. In addition, candidates should not carry purses, briefcases, or extra clothing into the arena; the University cannot be responsible for lost or stolen property.

Guests should be seated by 8:45 a.m. The processional will begin promptly at 9 a.m.

A reception is planned for graduate degree recipients, their guests, and faculty immediately following the ceremony, which is expected to conclude at approximately 11:15 a.m. The reception will take place under the tent on the west side of the Mullins Center. Refreshments will be served.

Degree candidates who wish to indicate the pronunciation of their names for the Commencement announcers may do so by calling the Graduate School’s Commencement voice mail at 413-577-6208 between 3 p.m. on April 8, 2016 and 12:00 p.m. on May 4, 2016.

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UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony 2016

Fri, 2016-05-06 16:30 to 18:00
UMass Amherst, McGuirk Alumni Stadium

The Undergraduate Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2016 will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 4:30 p.m., rain or shine, in McGuirk Alumni Stadium on the UMass Amherst campus.

Students should arrive in Parking Lot 11 at 3:30 p.m. The ceremony is scheduled to conclude at 6 p.m.

Tickets are not necessary and graduating seniors may invite as many guests as they wish.

On-campus parking is free on Commencement Day. Shuttle buses will take guests to the ceremony from campus lots. Please allow plenty of travel time to reach campus, park, and arrive at the stadium. Guests should plan to arrive on campus by 2:30 p.m. as seating at McGuirk Stadium is unreserved.

Faculty attending the ceremony will gather in the Football Performance Center by 3:30 p.m. Regalia is required.

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) Senior Recognition Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in the Fine Arts Center beginning at 1:00 PM for GROUP A majors (Communication Disorders and Kinesiology) and at 3:30 PM for GROUP B majors (Nutrition and Public Health Sciences). See more about the SPHHS Senior Ceremony here.


On Commencement Day, please follow parking directions provided by campus police.


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