Lecture Series

Dean's Symposium on Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Diseases

Fri, 2016-10-14 13:00 to 15:00
Life Science Laboratories, S330

Alumna Leslie Chambers '79 (Nutrition), MS '85 (Community Health Education), will keynote the School of Public Health and Health Sciences Dean's Symposium on Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Diseases. Chambers, the President and CEO of the American Parkinson Disease Association, will be joined by SPHHS faculty members and other cross-disciplinary researchers in presenting the latest research breakthroughs and potential pathways for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. A panel discussion hosted by Peter Reinhart, director of the UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences and Scientific Advisory Board member for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, will follow the presentations.

This initial symposium event is envisioned as the precursor to future symposia offered in collaboration with the larger UMass Amherst and UMass Medical School communities on neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Featured speakers include:

- Jing Qian, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics: “Addressing challenges in Alzheimer's disease studies through novel statistical methods”

- Kelly Richardson, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders: “The Science and Art of Speaking Loud: Intervention Approaches for Parkinson’s Disease”

- Elena Vazey, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology: “Norepinephrine and Neurodegeneration”

- Youngbin Kwak, PhD , Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences: “Brain in rhythm! Neural oscillations in Parkinson's Disease”

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP requested but not required to Risa Silverman at risa@schoolph.umass.edu.

About Leslie Chambers:

Leslie Chambers was appointed President and CEO of the American Parkinson Disease Association in August of 2012 and brings to the role a rich background in successful management and leadership experience from the non-profit voluntary health sector. She has held leadership positions with several major non-profit health organizations and brings a dynamic history of executive leadership in the achievement of strategic organizational goals in the areas of leadership development, fundraising, business planning, program development and advocacy. Ms. Chambers earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences in the fields of nutrition and community health education, and is a graduate from the Management Institute for Non-Profit Managers at Springfield College in Springfield MA.


28th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture

Wed, 2016-04-20 16:00 to 18:30
Campus Center Auditorium

You are cordially invited to the 28th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture!

4:00 pm – Refreshments and Poster Session – Graduate students will be sharing their research in this open poster session

5:00 pm – Department Awards – Presentation of the Virginia A. Beal, Peter Pellett, and Helen Mitchell awards

5:30-6:30 pm – What is “Food Addiction”? Empirical Evidence and Treatment Implications by Valentina Ivezaj, Ph.D.

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Free and open to the public

Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture

Thu, 2016-03-24 13:00 to 14:00
Campus Center, Room 917

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series Presents presents a guest talk from Dr. Stephen Hinshaw titled  “Psychopathology and Stigma, Empirical Science and Narrative: The Need for Integration."

Dr. Hinshaw is Professor of Psychology & Vice-Chair for Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry of UC San Francisco. Hi interests lie in the fields of clinical child and adolescent psychology and developmental psychopathology.  Major themes include the diagnostic validity of childhood disorders, the role of family and peer relationships in normal and atypical development, the early prediction of behavioral and learning problems, the neuropsychology and neurobiology of impulsive and externalizing behavior, expressions of psychopathology, and the implementation of combinations of psychosocial and pharmacologic intervention for children with externalizing behavior disorders, with strong emphasis on moderators and mediators of outcome.  Increasingly, Dr. Hinshaw’s research interests are focusing on adolescent and young adult outcomes, as the youth continue to participate in his various prospective, longitudinal studies.  An additional area of focus is the stigmatization of mental illness, with interest in a variety of related topics (e.g., interpersonal manifestations of stigma, implicit attitudes, developmental processes, media influences, dehumanization, and international efforts to combat stigma).

For more information contact: http://www.umass.edu/family



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Free and open to the public

The Heroin Epidemic in America - Why Now? with Dr. Steven Kassels

Mon, 2015-12-07 19:00 to 21:00
UMass Amherst, Integrative Learning Center, Room N151

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences presents “The Heroin Epidemic in America - Why Now?”, a talk by Steven Kassels, M.D., on Monday, December 7th, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Integrative Learning Center (ILC), Room N151.

Dr. Steven Kassels has been Board Certified in both Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He has served as the Medical Consultant to the CARF-Opiate Treatment Program National Accreditation Project; testified at the New Hampshire House and Senate Hearings pertaining to expansion of treatment services for opiate dependent patients; presented on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at the Heroin Treatment Seminar; and served as a course facilitator on behalf of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. After earning board certification in Addiction Medicine, Dr. Kassels was appointed Medical Director of the inpatient and outpatient addiction service at Providence Hospital, Holyoke, Massachusetts, providing polysubstance abuse treatment to both adults and adolescents. He is currently the Medical Director and a founding member of Community Substance Abuse Centers, which specializes in the treatment of opiate addicted patients throughout New England.

This program is free and open to the public and all Five College students.

Join Dr. Kassels at the UMass Bookstore from 1-2 pm, where he will be signing copies of his book, Addiction on Trial. All author proceeds from book sales from the bookstore and after the evening presentation will be donated to Craig’s Doors, a homeless shelter in Amherst.

Addiction on Trial sends a powerful message through its fictional narrative about a trio of characters with opiate and cocaine addictions. The messages of societal discrimination toward drug addicts and misunderstanding of what drug addiction really is – a chronic illness requiring a similar treatment approach as other chronic diseases – is woven into the intrigue of this thriller.


Environmental Sustainability and Nutritional Science: Aligning Personal and Planetary Health, Featuring Research Scientist Dr Gidon Eshel

Fri, 2015-10-09 12:15
Cape Cod Lounge

Graduate students in the Department of Nutrition, in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Conservation, are hosting a talk by Dr. Gidon Eshel of Bard College titled ""Toward Unification of Nutritional & Environmental Dietary Recommendations." The special event will be held this Friday, October 9th, at 12:15 pm in the Cape Cod Lounge.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Should Liberal Art Education Embrace Global/Public Health? And If So, How?

Thu, 2015-03-05 20:00
Campus Center, Meeting Room 917

The Five College Culture Health and Science Program in collaboration with the School of Public Health and Health Sciences as well as Five Colleges Incorporated welcomes Dr. Susan Albertine for a talk titled "Should Liberal Arts Education Embrace Global/Public Health? And If So, How?"

Susan Albertine is the Vice President of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). She leads the AAC&U’s signature initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP). Dr. Albertine’s recent contributions to undergraduate public health education make a case for the value that liberal education can bring to learning for global health.


Plant-based and Powerful: Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD, Talks Sports Nutrition

Mon, 2015-02-23 17:00
Campus Center Room 162-65

The Department of Nutrition, the UMass Students in Graduate Nutrition (SIGN), the UMass Nutrition Association (UMNA), and the UMass Kinesiology Club present a talk by sports nutritionist Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RDN.

Straddling the worlds of both nutrition/dietetics and endurance athletics as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, MPH, ultra-endurance athlete, and vegan of 17 years, Matt Ruscigno brings a unique and exciting perspective to sports nutrition (and nutrition for the rest of us). He is the past Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the co-author of No Meat Athlete and the best-selling cookbook Appetite for Reduction. This past fall, he was one of the featured speakers at the 1st Annual Plant-based Prevention of Disease National Conference. Matt is also co-creator and host of Strongest Hearts, a video documentary series on plant-based athletes.

Admission is free.

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Post-Grad Preparation: The Kaplan Way

Tue, 2014-10-07 18:30 to 20:00
Integrated Science Building Room 221

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Kaplan will discuss the graduate school application process. Join us to learn about the timeline, funding options, GRE, and how to improve your admissions criteria.

Interested in Chiropractic Schools?

Wed, 2014-10-29 17:30 to 18:30
153 Totman

Interested in Chiropractic Schools? The Kinesiology Club welcomes Michelle Grasek, New York Chriopractic College Admissions Rep., for a discussion on applying to chiropractic schools.

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Becoming a Fitness Professional/Personal Development

Wed, 2014-10-15 17:30 to 18:30
Hasbrouck Room 20

The Kinesiology Club welcomes UMass alum Kevin Carr, C.S.C.S., LMT., back to campus for a discussion on "Becoming a Fitness Professional/Personal Development!"