Conferences and Community Events

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

Sat, 2015-10-31 07:30 to Wed, 2015-11-04 16:00
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616

APHA's Annual Meeting and Exposition brings together more than 12,000 public health professional from across the U.S. and around the world to network, educate and share experiences.

Registration is open until September 17.

The Ethics of Digital Storytelling for Public Health

Wed, 2015-06-10 13:00 to 15:00

The Center for Digital Storytelling (StoryCenter) is presenting a new, two-hour webinar, The Ethics of Digital Storytelling for Public Health.

Community-based public health practitioners and researchers are in ever-greater numbers choosing to integrate digital storytelling methods into their work, and yet conversations about the ethics of asking individuals to share personal life narratives have not kept pace.

StoryCenter has created a model for ethical practice that is applicable to a range of project goals and storyteller experiences. They continue to collaborate closely with public health colleagues, on bringing this model to the broader field.

This webinar, led jointly by StoryCenter staff member Amy Hill and UMass Amherst Associate Professor Aline Gubrium, offers:

  • An in-depth look at StoryCenter's Guidelines for Ethical Practice;
  • A practice-based analysis of how ethical decision-making plays out, based on case study references and examples; and
  • An opportunity for practitioners and researchers to share and discuss the ethical challenges they have faced, in the context of their community-based public health work.
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Fee: $75 per person; group discounts available. Register Online

Fellowship Opportunities for Graduate Students of Color

Thu, 2015-04-02 12:00 to 13:30
UMass Amherst, 107 Bartlett Hall

Ever wondered what fellowships you might be eligible for as a person of color? Come to this information session and learn first-hand from successful fellowship recipients. The panel will outline a variety of fellowship opportunities, highlighting those with deadlines in the summer and fall. They will also provide information about writing a competitive proposal and resources to get your proposal out the door on time.

Pre-registration is requested but not required.
***Pizza will be provided.

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Pre-registration is requested but not required

"Vegucated" documentary screening

Sat, 2015-04-11 19:00 to 21:00
Smith College, Campus Center, TV Lounge

Co-hosted by the UMass Plant-Based Nutrition Club and Smith College, this is a screening of the documentary Vegucated at Smith College with writer-director-5 College ALUM Marisa Miller Wolfson for a Question & Answer session.

Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated is an award-winning, guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. But can their convictions carry them through when times get tough?

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ASA DataFest

Fri, 2015-03-27 18:30 to Sun, 2015-03-29 16:00
UMass Amherst Campus

Students from the Five College system will compete to see who can best analyze Big Data and attract the interest of employers at the 2015 ASA DataFest competition—a unique collaboration between academe, students and industry that will be held March  27-29, 2015 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. DataFest is an annual competition in which teams of up to five undergraduate students work to reveal insights from a large and rich data set. This unique program takes data-analysis learning beyond the constraints normally encountered in a typical statistics course by enabling the students to work with Big Data provided by a real client.

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Writing for Non-Academic Audiences

Tue, 2015-03-24 11:30 to 13:00
Hadley Room, 10th floor of Campus Center

Scholars are increasingly interested in reaching audiences beyond the academy. But how can we most effectively engage non-academics through our writing?

Five panelists with experience using research to write trade books, opeds, policy messages, press releases, and tweets will discuss the challenges, rewards, and "tricks of the trade."
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Scholars are increasingly interested in reaching audiences beyond the academy. But how can we most effectively engage non-academics through our writing?

Five panelists with experience using research to write trade books, opeds, policy messages, press releases, and tweets will discuss the challenges, rewards, and "tricks of the trade."

***1-hour practicums will be offered immediately following this panel (1:00-2 pm).
REGISTER HERE for “Writing Oped Pieces” or “Packaging Messages for Policy Makers.

light refreshments will be served

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The panelists are Provost Katherine S. Newman, Amy Schalet, director of the Public Engagement Project and associate professor of sociology, Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor in political science and public policy and an adjunct professor of computer science, biology professor Duncan Irschick and Lisa M. Troy, assistant professor of nutrition and faculty member at Commonwealth Honors College. M.V. Lee Badgett, director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration and professor of economics.

One-hour practicums on “Writing Op-ed Pieces” and “Packaging Messages for Policy Makers” will be offered immediately following the panel. Register at

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Conference: New Worlds of Adoption: Launching into Adulthood

Fri, 2015-04-17 08:00 to 17:00
Campus Center Auditorium

This year’s "New Worlds of Adoption" conference highlights the strengths and resilience of adopted persons as they move into adulthood.


Ann Masten, Ph.D., Regents Professor and Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, will highlight research on resilience in development with a focus on transitions to adulthood. In her keynote address, “Ordinary Magic on the Developmental Road to Resilience,” adoption will be discussed in terms of strengths that promote resilience. Joining Dr. Masten will be three adult adoptees who are now in significant professional positions serving the adoption community:  

· Astrid Castro (Dabbeni),  Adoption Mosaic, Portland, OR

· Judith Eckerle, M.D., Adoption Medicine program, University of Minnesota

· Nathan Ross, North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

Katy Andres, Susan Branco Alvarado, Amanda Baden, Kathleen Belanger, Astrid Castro (Dabbeni), Judith Eckerle, Rachel Farr, Chris Langelier, Thomas May, Ruth McRoy, Mentors from the Adoption Mentoring Partnership, Joyce Maguire Pavao, Dawn Post, Nathan Ross, Deborah Siegel, Amy Walkner and Samantha Wilson. View the full program HERE

Posters Displaying Research and Programs. Social Work CEU's & Psychology CE's will be available.

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Registration required

2015 Massachusetts Conference on Gambling Problems

Thu, 2015-04-16 08:30 to Fri, 2015-04-17 16:30
The Verve, Crown Plaza Hotel, 1360 Worcester Road, Natick, MA

Join us on Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17, 2015 for an informative 2-day conference, with a pre-conference session on Wednesday, April 15, filled with expert dialogue regarding the present and future environment of gambling disorder in the Commonwealth. We encourage participants to be ready to discuss emerging technology and innovation in the areas of:

* Problem gambling awareness
* Treatment modalities
* Public policy and health initiatives
* Recovery supports
* Research outcomes, and
* The criminal justice system

Attend break-out sessions with industry leaders such as:

* A. Kathryn Power, MEd, Regional Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration presenting on federal initiatives that impact gambling disorder
* Julie Hynes, MA, RD, CPS, Senior Community Health Analyst & Prevention Program Web Administrator, Prevention Lane, Lane County Public Health Department, presenting Apprehensive: How Lines Have Blurred Between Games and Gaming, and How to Protect Our Most Vulnerable
* Matt McCreary, LCPC, CEAP, PCGC, ICCGC, CADC, Vice President, Special Programs & Operations, Bensinger, Dupont, & Associates, presenting on ethics and electronic communication
* Patrick Bordnick, PhD, Associate Dean of Research, University of Houston-Graduate College of Social Work presenting on virtual reality therapy
* and many more!  

Panel discussions will include:

* Square One – A Workforce Reentry Program
* Recovery Panel
* Prevention Panel

For more information about the conference, please contact Intervention and Treatment Support Manager, Alicia Barron, at 617.426.4554.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Director of Development and Communication, Krystle Kelly, at 617.426.4554.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability who requires accommodation, please contact Intervention and Treatment Support Manager, Alicia Barron, at 617.426.4554, Fax: 617.426.4555, TTY: 617.426.1855 by April 1, 2015 for accommodations.

The event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services & AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.

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Registration required

Journalism Guest Speaker: Eula Biss

Fri, 2015-02-13 15:00 to 16:00
Integrative Learning Center, Room: S414

The Journalism Department will host a reading by author Eula Biss. Her book On Immunity: An Inoculation, was one of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2014.

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Stilled Longing: A Fundraising and Community Awareness Concert for Stroke and Aphasia

Sat, 2015-03-07 13:30
First Baptist Church on 434 North Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

The UMASS Stroke Support Group (SSG) is proud to present Stilled Longing, an artistic showcase to raise awareness of stroke and aphasia (a language disorder which occurs most often following a stroke) to the local Amherst community. This community awareness event brings together art and musical creations inspired by members of the Stroke Support Group which include, Marvels of the Mind, paintings by Krista Swanson, a photography/audio interview exhibit by Diane Abatemarco, movie vignettes by Dimitri Mitropoulos, and culminating in a vocal recital with professional Mezzo Soprano Clarissa Ocampo, with guest artists Nadine Shank, Piano; David Nielsen, Oboe; Ron Bell, Trumpet; and Sarah Bish, Cello. The artworks center around the lives and experiences of stroke survivors in the community. 

Clarissa Ocampo, a graduate of the Juilliard School and renowned performer throughout Asia and the Americas, is hailed for her performances in The Barber of Seville, La Traviata, and The Marriage of Figaro. Additionally, she toured the U.S. and Canada with the casts of The King and I and Gian Carlo Minotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Clarissa recently completed a stint as artist-in-residence with the Philippine Opera Company where she presented a series of vocal workshops and master classes.

The concert will feature art songs and arias by Bach, Brahms, Saint-Saens, and Bizet as well as Broadway favorites by Sondheim, Flaherty, and Rogers and Hammerstein, among others.

Admission is free, however tax-deductible donations will be welcomed. After paying for event expenses, money raised will go towards the UMASS Stroke Support Group’s mission of educating and providing support for individuals with aphasia and their families, while promoting awareness in the community of stroke and aphasia. The SSG provides easy access to information regarding aphasia and aphasia-focused events and opportunities that are occurring at a local level, particularly within Western Massachusetts.

For more information please contact Dr. Jacquie Kurland at (413) 545-4007 or via email at