SPHHS Event Listings

Active Aging in the Valley

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Saturday, November 18, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

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UMass Amherst Campus Center
Free and open to the public
Kinesiology
Communication Disorders

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The Department of Kinesiology, in conjunction with the Daily Hampshire Gazette, will host Active Aging in the Valley on Saturday, November 18th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the UMass Amherst Campus Center. The annual event will offer free lectures, workshops, and panel discussions on a variety of exercise-and health-related topics for older adults.

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Katherine Boyer will provide the opening keynote talk on “Staying Active with Osteoarthritis” at 12:00 pm following an introduction from Western Mass News anchor Dave Madsen and Kinesiology lecturer Judi LaBranche.

Kinesiology faculty Katie Becofsky and Tom St. Laurent will provide workshops on “Activity and Cognitive Function” and “Resistance, Balance and Back Care,” respectively, with Assistant Professor Mark Miller providing a closing keynote talk on "Aging and Exercise: Difference Between Men and Women."

Attendees will learn about the science of aging and tips about physical activity for the older adult, and will have the opportunity to receive free health screenings from Kinesiology students and free hearing screenings from Communication Disorders students. Booths featuring services and programs pertaining to health and physical activity for older adults will also be showcased.

Visit the Active Aging in the Valley website for the day's full agenda.

Global Health Challenges: A Panel Discussion for Collaborative Solutions

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Friday, November 3, 2017 -
9:30am to 12:30pm

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Integrative Learning Center Room S240
Public Health
Biostatistics
Community Health Education
Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology
Health Policy and Management

Description: 

The UMass Amherst Institute for Global Health and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) will host “Global Health Challenges: A Panel Discussion for Collaborative Solutions” in the Integrative Learning Center Room S240 on Friday, November 3 from 9:30 to 11:15 am. The event will feature panelists Rita Colwell, former director of the National Science Foundation (NSF); Jennie Ward-Robinson, president and CEO of the PAHO Foundation; and Michael Depledge, former head of science at the UK Environment Agency.

The event will feature a student poster session following the panel discussion. It is free and open to the public.

About the Panelists:

Dr. Rita Colwell is a Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, senior advisor and chairman emeritus at Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., and president and CEO of CosmosID, Inc. She served as the eleventh director of the National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2004. In her capacity as NSF director, she served as co-chair of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council. She has held many advisory positions in the U.S. government, nonprofit science policy organizations, and private foundations, as well as in the international scientific research community. Colwell is a nationally-respected scientist and educator, and has authored or co-authored 17 books and more than 750 scientific publications. Her research interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health. Colwell is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world.

Dr. Jennie Ward Robinson, President and CEO of the PAHO Foundation, has over fifteen years of public service within nonprofit and for profit communities. She has served as Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs of the Alzheimer’s Association, was the founding CEO and Executive Director of the Institute for Public Health and Water Research, and an Associate Professor at The School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A&M University. In addition, she has served on various Boards, including the EPA’s National Drinking Water Council, as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine, the Alliance for Water Efficiencies, and the Illinois Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Ward-Robinson holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has completed numerous executive and leadership training programs from leading institutions that include the Center for Creative Leadership and the Kellogg School of Nonprofit Management.

Dr. Michael Depledge is Chair of Advisory Board at the University of Exeter Medical School. From 2002-2006, he served as the Chief Scientific Advisor of the UK Government’s Environment Agency. After a 4 year term in which he produced the Agency’s first ever Science Strategy and created a Europe-wide partnership among the science departments of EU member state environment agencies, he returned to academia to take up his current Chair. Depledge also currently serves as chairman of the Science Advisory Group for Environment and Climate Change, in DG-Research, European Commission in Brussels. He is also the Royal Society’s environment representative on the European Academies Science Advisory Council. Since 1990 he has been an expert advisor on marine pollution to the United Nations, working in Brazil, Costa Rica, India, China, Vietnam and several other countries to develop the RAMP (Rapid Assessment of Marine Pollution) program for UNEP’s Global Oceans Observing System (GOOS). He also serves as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization (2001- ongoing). Depledge is interested in all aspects of biology, but especially the ways in which anthropogenic activities affect the environment and human health. The ecotoxicological research he conducted has focused on the effects of environmental pollutants on the physiology and behavior of marine invertebrates and subsequent ecological and evolutionary consequences. He has a particular interest in biomarkers that allow changes in the health and physiological status of organisms to be monitored over time, and how environmental change impacts the health and wellbeing of humans.

Grad Night Fall 2017

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Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 5:30pm

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Skinner 112
Communication Disorders
Nutrition
Public Health
Kinesiology

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THINKING ABOUT GRAD SCHOOL?

Join the SPHHS Center for Student Success to discuss:

  • Advanced degree options in the health field
  • Application process & timeline
  • Overview of GRE Test
  • Strategies to enhance your admissions profile

Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform Symposium

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

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Campus Center Room 904
Public Health
Community Health Education
Biostatistics
Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology
Health Policy and Management

Description: 

The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences presents "Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform Symposium" in the Campus Center Room 904. The event will examine the public health impacts of mass incarceration with a focus on women and a look at reforming the criminal justice system.

Andrea James, the founder and executive director of Families for Justice as Healing, will provide the keynote address. She is the author of Upper Bunkies Unite: And Other Thoughts on the Politics of Mass Incarceration, a 2015 Soros Justice Fellow, and recipient of the 2016 RFK Human Rights award.

James worked within the criminal justice system for more than 25 years, from her days as a youth worker, to her work as a criminal defense attorney. In 2009 she was sentenced to serve a 24-month federal prison sentence. After a lifetime of work seeking justice on behalf of disenfranchised people, she was stunned at what she encountered upon entering the federal prison system as an incarcerated person. Andrea uses her experience to raise awareness of the effect of incarceration of women on themselves, their children and communities, and to raise awareness of the need to shift from a criminal legal system to a system focused on human justice.

Additional featured speakers will include:

  • Kenzie Johnson of The Prison Birth Project
  • Melody Slashinski, Assistant Professor of Community Health Education in the UMass Amherst Department of Health Promotion and Policy
  • Kim Gilhuly of Human Impact Partners and the National Criminal Justice and Public Health Alliance

A panel discussion moderated by Cristina Huebner Torres, Vice President with Caring Health Center in Holyoke, MA, will follow the presentations. Marjorie Aelion, Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and Acting Provost John McCarthy, will deliver opening remarks.

Author Talk: John Elder Robison

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Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 5:00pm

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Du Bois Library, Room 2601, Floor 26
Communication Disorders

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John Elder Robison's works include his memoir Look Me in the Eye (2007), with a million copies in print worldwide; Be Different (2011), a how-to guide for grownups with autism; Raising Cubby (2013), the story of raising his autistic son; and Switched On (2016), about his participation as a research subject in brain studies. Robison is active in the autism civil rights movement and is a strong supporter of neurodiversity - the idea that autism and ADHD are a natural part of humanity, essential for our success, and should be honored and accepted even as we work to relieve any disability they may cause.

Books will be available for sale at the talk.

The Author Talk Series is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Library, and co-sponsored by Autism Connections, College of Education, Communication Disorders Department, and Pathlight Group.

Being the First: Strategies for Navigating College Life

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017 -
5:30am to 6:30pm

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911-15 Campus Center
Kinesiology
Communication Disorders
Nutrition
Public Health

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Please join us for the for a panel, Being the First- Strategies for Navigating College Life on Tuesday, December 5th from 5:30-6:30pm in 911-15 Campus Center. First-generation SPHHS students will share their experience and strategies for success. 

We hope to see you there!
Hosted by SPHHS Center for Student Success

Reducing Chemical Risks to Families: Linking the External Chemical Exposure to Biological Effect and Reduction in Adverse Health Outcomes

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

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Commonwealth Honors College 160E
Public Health
Community Health Education
Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology

Description: 

**This lecture has been POSTPONED. We will post the new scheduled date as soon as it is available.**

Damian Shea, PhD 
Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology 
North Carolina State University 

We are exposed to thousands of chemicals every day through the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat and our contact with other contaminated substances. In his talk, Dr. Shea will explore the power and limitations of high-resolution chemical analysis to measure the chemical exposome--the totality of one’s exposure from conception onwards--and link this to potential biological effects with high-throughput cell-based toxicity assays. Examples will be drawn largely from his work in China, where he is studying how differential chemical exposure and risk relates to different family members and their roles and activities within the family and the cultural and financial barriers to reducing chemical exposure and potential adverse health outcomes. 

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/2iqQRAK

Contact: Angela Russo  angelarusso@umass.edu

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