Lecture Series

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!"

26th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture and Dinner

Tue, 2014-04-22 16:30 to 20:30
Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union

The Department of Nutrition will host the 26th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture and Dinner on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in the Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Union.

Program Title: From Neighborhood to Nation: Changing Policies to Improve Nutrition and Food Security

Program Agenda

4:30 PM Registration and Refreshments

5:15 PM Introduction and Awards

5:45 PM The Food Policy Landscape: Improving Nutrition from Farm to Fork

Presented by Donald (Diego) Rose, PhD,MPH,RD
Professor and Head, Nutrition Section Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Tulane University

6:45 PM Dinner

7:30 PM Policies to Promote Good Nutrition: Are We Doing Enough? Panel Discussion

Paula Serafino-Cross, MS,RD,LDN
Staff Dietitian at Baystate Medical Center
"Federal Food and Nutrition Legislation: Implications for Consumers and Dietitians"

John Gerber, PhD
Professor of Sustainable Food and Farming at UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture
"Local Policies for Local Foods: A 'Growing' Movement"

Ticket prices:

UMass Nutrition Student: $10
All other students: $25
Dietetic Internship Preceptor or Advisory Committee Member: $45
All others: $50

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Tickets required

Obesity and Diabetes Prevention Talk

Thu, 2014-03-13 14:30 to 15:30
Mullins Center, Massachusetts Room

Please join us for a talk by Stella Volpe, PhD, RD, FACSM
"Obesity and Diabetes Prevention through Nutrition and Physical Activity"

Thursday, March 13, 2014
2:30-3:30 pm
Mullins Center, Massachusetts Room

Join us at 2:00pm to meet Stella

Stella L. Volpe is Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University. She is a nutritionist and exercise physiologist whose work on obesity and diabetes prevention, body composition, bone mineral density, and mineral metabolism and exercise represent more than a decade of consistent funding. Prior to beginning her appointment as Professor and Chair in January 2011 at Drexel University, Dr. Volpe was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania from 2004 to 2010. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Volpe was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts from 1994 through 2003.

Dr. Volpe’s research focuses on the prevention of obesity and diabetes across the lifespan. Her three distinct areas of approaching the obesity and diabetes epidemics are: 1) mineral metabolism, 2) exercise and diet trials, 3) changing the environment to encourage healthier eating and increased physical activity. Her interventions include changing portion sizes in cafeterias and making physical activity more a part of a person’s day to implement changes in behavior. Dr. Volpe has also researched the effect of a low-impact exercise program on weight loss in elderly African American women. She is presently conducting a randomized controlled trial on the effect of magnesium on the metabolic syndrome.

Brought to you by the Departments of Nutrition and Kinesiology, Mutual Mentoring Grant, Project Director Lisa M. Troy, PhD, and Supported by the UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Faculty Development’s Mutual Mentoring Initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


NUTR 793A Seminar

Mon, 2013-12-02 16:00 to 16:50
210-A Chenoweth Lab

Seminar 14: Vitamin D status at birth and the development of atopic disease (Caroline Payne)