Conferences and Community Events

TransformASIANS: Preventing & Controlling Diabetes

Sat, 2015-01-10 08:30 to 15:30
1199 SEIU, 150 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA 02125

Audience: community members, providers, policy makers and researchers

Goal: To dispel the myth that Asian Americans do not get diabetes and to eradicate the mysteries by sharing data, best practices and resources.


1) To raise awareness about Diabetes prevalence in Asian American population

2) To highlight best practices on Asian Diabetes prevention and management

3) To provide a venue for information-sharing, networking and cross-sector collaborations

Proposed agenda:

8:30 - 9:00am     Breakfast/Registration - Resource Fair opens

9:00 - 9:10am     Welcome Remark

9:10 - 9:30am     Keynote, Dr. George King

9:30 - 10:30am   Providers Panel (moderator: Dr. Teresa Fung, Harvard Medical School)

* Ms. Svang Tor, Lynn Community Health Center Cambodian Diabetes Initiative

* Ms. Zhang-Lin Kong, WIC Director at South Cove

10:30 - 11:30am  Community Panel

* Ms. Jewel Chin

* Ms. Ann Wong

* Ms. Mai Du, Malden Youth Initiative

11:30 – 11:50am Cooking Demo by Ka-Hei Karen Lau (Joslin Diabetes Center)

11:50 - 12:00pm  Group Photo/Break

12:00 - 1:00pm    Lunch/Dr. Robert Schriebner on self-management

1:00 - 2:30pm      Afternoon Workshops

* Pratibha Shah/Wholistic Health Alliance

* Mai Du/Malden Asian & Pacific Islanders Coalition

* Dr. Alissa Dangle/Tufts Gestational Diabetes & Nutrition

2:30 - 2:45pm      Break

2:45 - 3:15pm      Big Group Report Back

3:15 - 3:30pm      Closing Remark/Evaluation

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Registration required

Preparing for Climate Effects at the Municipal Level: A Public Health Symposium

Fri, 2014-10-03 08:30 to 15:00
MassMutual Center, Springfield

The symposium will take place on October 3, 2014 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA and is supported by a cooperative agreement awarded to DPH’s Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH) from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) to assist local health departments and municipalities to better prepare for climate effects.

Ms. Ellen Mecray, Regional Climate Services Director for the Eastern Region of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has been invited to provide the keynote address.  Ms. Mecray’s work focuses on building and strengthening regional partnerships to better assess and deliver regionally-focused climate science and information to help people make informed decisions in their lives, businesses and communities.  Ms. Mecray has previously led strategic planning for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and facilitated inter-and intra-agency dialogue and collaboration on climate science across New England.

The symposium will include presentations on our improved understanding of the wide range of climate impacts to public health and the capacity of municipalities to address these effects.   The event will also focus on exploring opportunities to foster partnerships and cross-sector collaboration between officials in public health, emergency preparedness, planning, and other areas across local and state government.

Information regarding registration for the symposium is included here:

For further information about registration and meeting logistics contact Julie Banda at 617-279-2240 ext. 214.

View the event flyer for more information!

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Springfield Bound 2014

Sat, 2014-09-20 09:30 to 16:00
Springfield Renaissance School, 1170 Carew Street

Springfield Bound is a Day-Long Orientation to the City of Springfield for students considering collaborating, volunteering, interning, and working with residents and community organizations. It’s also a great opportunity for faculty and staff who wish to learn more about potential collaborations with the city.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Springfield Renaissance School, 1170 Carew Street

Attendees can register at:

Attendees must register by Monday, September 15.

Bus pickup for UMass, at Haigis Mall, is 8:00am.

The website, with complete information, is

Panel Discussion: NSF Fellowship Experience

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:00 to 13:30
UMass Amherst, 107 Bartlett Hall

Fall is fast approaching and with it comes the National Science Foundation Fellowship application deadlines. The Institute for Social Science Research, in collaboration with the UMass Graduate School, has pulled together an expert panel on maneuvering the NSF Fellowship application process. The panel will discuss everything from the resources available to you as a University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate student, to administrative logistics and student recipient advice.  This event is highly recommended for first and second year graduate students. Please join us and bring your questions!


James A. Kitts, Professor of Sociology will give his observations in evaluating Graduate Research Fellowship applications over the past decade. James has been a panelist for the GRF competitions in Sociology, Psychology, and Engineering, as well as research grant panels for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Defense.

Ember Skye Kanalee is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology and NSF Fellowship recipient. Embers' research interests include: sports, gendered inequality, sexuality, race, class, social movements and intersectionality.

Sarah Vega-Liros is the Research Business Manager Liaison at ISSR. Sarah supports students in navigating grant applications; getting students from the conceptual stage to submitting the proposal by deadline. 

Heidi Bauer-Clapp, Heidi Bauer-Clapp is Coordinator of Grants and Fellowships in the Graduate School's Office of Professional Development. Heidi supports grad students in the process of applying for external funding. Heidi is also a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology whose research focuses on the challenges and opportunities communities face when remembering painful aspects of the past.

Free to attend. Lunch will be provided. Registration recommended.

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Registration highly recommended

Workshop: Applying to the Faculty Research Grant Program

Wed, 2014-08-27 09:30 to 11:00
UMass Amherst, Life Sciences Laboratory, Room 610

This workshop, on applying to the FRG Program, provides important information on eligibility criteria, application and review guidelines for FRG proposals.

The purpose of this workshop is to review the Faculty Research Grant application and eligibility guidelines for 2014, discuss the format and content of successful proposals, and answer questions about the submission and review process. The session will be led by Dr. Rick Taupier of the Office of Research Development and is intended also to identify and encourage good proposal writing strategies for internal and external grant applications.

New and Assistant faculty members are especially encouraged to attend. Twenty  to twenty-four FRG awards are made to UMass Amherst faculty each year.

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Institute for Social Science Research Summer Seminars: Waylon Howard

Mon, 2014-07-28 12:30 to 14:00
UMass Amherst, W32 Machmer Hall

Waylon Howard will present a seminar titled "Using Principal Components as Auxiliary Variables in Missing Data Estimation." This talk addresses the handling of missing data for the applied researcher. Howard will highlight the importance of auxiliary variables when using modern missing data techniques to recover power and accuracy from data with missingness, and then focus on an important estimation limitation when using a large set of auxiliary variables. Researchers will learn about an effective and practical approach to reap the benefits of many auxiliary variables while avoiding estimation failure.

Waylon Howard is Director of Research and Evaluation at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, leading and managing research and evaluation efforts to assess and report on the effectiveness of various programs and grant-making strategies.

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A light lunch will be served.

Institute for Social Science Research Summer Seminars: Lisa Frehill

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:30 to 14:00
UMass Amherst, W37E Machmer Hall

Lisa Frehill will present a seminar titled "Transdisciplinarity and the Social Science Methodological Toolkit." Transdisciplinarity has become a desirable approach to many of the world's most pressing problems.  The social sciences have much to offer the development of such approaches.  Frehill will review how the social science research methods toolkit can facilitate transdisciplinary research.  Examples of past projects with special attention to data analytics and visualization strategies will illustrate the role social scientists can play in bridge-building across disciplinary boundaries. 12:30, W37E Machmer Hall (ISSR Lab).

Lisa Frehill is a Senior Analyst at the Energetics Technology Center in Waldorf, Marlyand.  She provides support and expertise on STEM human capital (workforce and education) policy, analytics, and program evaluation.

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A light lunch will be served.

Institute for Social Science Research Summer Seminars: Kimberley Geissler

Mon, 2014-07-14 12:30 to 14:00
UMass Amherst, W37E Machmer Hall

Kimberley Geissler will present a seminar titled "Effects of Insurance Type in Physician Information Networks." Geissler uses a dataset of health insurance claims records representing 94 percent of the Massachusetts adult population to analyze the paths by which information is shared between physicians. Using propensity score methods and regression analysis, she examines relationships among network centrality measures, insurance status, and patient outcomes.

Kimberley Geissler is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Economics and Computer Science at the Boston University School of Management.  In her research she uses econometric techniques to explore factors affecting access to effective, high-quality health care, relying on interdisciplinary methods, including advanced empirical techniques, economic modeling, and graph and network algorithms from computer science, to answer a number of policy-relevant questions.

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A light lunch will be served.

Gubernatorial Forum on Transportation & Smart Growth

Wed, 2014-06-04 18:00 to 20:00
Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Join the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) in meeting the candidates for Governor of Massachusetts and find out where they stand on transportation and smart growth issues across the Commonwealth.

A healthy transportation system is critical to advancing public health and health equity. It can support public health by: 

- Promoting physical activity through walking and biking
- Reducing emissions and the impact of asthma and other respiratory conditions
- Reducing injuries and deaths from traffic accidents
- Connecting residents to economic opportunities and resources such as healthy food stores and health care facilities. 

The election of a new governor is a huge opportunity to improve the health of cities and communities across the state!

Event details:

Can't make it? Watch the event live here

The discussion will be moderated by Paul McMorrow, Associate Editor at Commonwealth Magazine, and Doug Foy, CEO of Serrafix.

This event is sponsored by Transportation for Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance. MPHA is a proud member of the Transportation for Massachusetts Executive Committee.

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Registration is free.

Introduction to Network Analysis using R

Mon, 2014-06-16 09:00 to Tue, 2014-06-17 16:00
UMass Amherst, W37E Machmer

This course will introduce you to a network analysis in R, provide an as-necessary introduction to R programming and cover the basics of network analysis, including terminology; data collection/storage; and basic description. We will consider advanced topics in description and exploration, such as graphical representation and community detection. Read more here.

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