SPHHS Event Listings

Graduation Cap Decorating Party

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

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Craft Center (Student Union)
Kinesiology
Communication Disorders
Nutrition
Public Health

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Graduating seniors are invited to the Craft Center for a Graduation Cap Decorating Party on Wednesday, May 9th. Celebrate your upcoming graduation, spend time with your peers, share stories and memories, and have fun!

Space is limited, so sign up early to reserve a spot. Please RSVP here.

Graduation cap decorating materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring additional items you may want to use, including pictures. Click here to get some great decorating ideas! 

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Morcos.

SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony

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Saturday, May 12, 2018 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm

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Fine Arts Center, UMass Amherst
Kinesiology
Communication Disorders
Nutrition
Public Health

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Ceremony 1 – 1:00 pm – Communication Disorders and Public Health Sciences majors

Ceremony 2 – 3:30 pm – Kinesiology and Nutrition majors

The SPHHS recognizes its graduating seniors during the Senior Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony will be split into two sessions - Communication Disorders and Public Health Sciences at 1:00pm and Kinesiology and Nutrition at 3:30pm. Each ceremony will be approximately 90 minutes long.

For more information visit our commencement webpage.

Center for Community Health Equity Research Kickoff Event

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 -
9:30am to 12:30pm

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Campus Center Amherst Room (10th floor)
Kinesiology
Communication Disorders
Nutrition
Public Health
Biostatistics
Community Health Education
Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology
Health Policy and Management

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The School of Public Health and Health Sciences will host a campus kickoff event celebrating the launch of its new Center for Community Health Equity Research on Thursday, April 26, 9:30am-12:30pm in the Campus Center's Amherst Room. The Center welcomes renowned speaker Dr. David Williams, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for a keynote talk titled "Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health: Present Realities & Future Directions.”

Williams’ keynote talk will be followed by a faculty panel discussion featuring Drs. Louis Graham and Lisa Wexler from the Department of Health Promotion and Policy in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Dr. Dean Robinson from the Department of Political Science.

The SPHHS Center for Community Health Equity Research promotes multidisciplinary research investigating the social production of health disparities and the relationship between individual, social, and environmental structures that impact quality of life and population health. Its researchers seek to address the gap between academic research and practice by leveraging rigorous studies to drive public health policies. The Center will build collective resilience by forging partnerships both locally and globally through participatory research with clinical and community-based organizations.

Marijuana Legalized: Research, Practice & Policy Considerations

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Monday, April 2, 2018 -
9:00am to 11:30am

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Amherst Room, Campus Center
Kinesiology
Communication Disorders
Nutrition
Public Health
Biostatistics
Community Health Education
Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology
Health Policy and Management

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The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences presents the next event in the Dean's Symposia Series: "Marijuana Legalized: Research, Practice & Policy Considerations." The symposium will examine the potential public health impact of marijuana legalization in Massachusetts.

Darrin Grondel, EdD, will provide the keynote address. He has over 25 years of law enforcement and traffic safety experience serving with the Washington State Patrol and serving as Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. 

In 2012, Washington State became one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. Since legalization, Darrin has become a featured speaker around the globe discussing the issues and impacts of impaired driving as a result legalization, considerations for states addressing marijuana legalization, and the impacts of drugged driving.

Additional featured speakers will include:

  • Jennifer Whitehill, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management in the UMass Amherst Department of Health Promotion and Policy
  • Elizabeth Evans, Assistant Professor of Community Health Education in the UMass Amherst Department of Health Promotion and Policy
  • Cheryl Sbarra, Senior Staff Attorney and Director of Policy and Law with the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards

A panel discussion will follow the presentations.

Send us your RSVP here.

Climate Change Requires Radical Collaborations

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Monday, February 5, 2018 - 2:30pm

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Integrated Sciences Building Room 221
Environmental Health Sciences

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The UMass Amherst Institute for Global Health and the Department of Environmental Health Sciences will host a talk by Dr. John D. Spengler, Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The talk, titled “Climate Change Requires Radical Collaborations,” will be held in the Integrated Sciences Building Room 221 on Monday, February 5 at 2:30 pm.

Dr. Spengler has conducted research in the areas of personal monitoring, air pollution health effects, aerosol characterization, indoor air pollution and air pollution meteorology. He serves as an advisor to several global organizations, including the World Health Organization, where he contributes information on indoor air pollution, personal exposure and air pollution epidemiology.

Dr. Spengler has received numerous awards including a Heinz Award for the Environment in 2003, the Max von Pettenkofer award for distinguished contributions in indoor air science from the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate’s Academy of Fellows in 2008, and a 2012 Haagen-Smit Prize for two outstanding papers published in the journal Atmospheric Environment.

The talk is the first in a series to be held in the spring 2018 semester.

SPHHS Research Day

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

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Student Union Ballroom
Kinesiology
Communication Disorders
Nutrition
Public Health
Biostatistics
Community Health Education
Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology
Health Policy and Management

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The School of Public Health and Health Sciences will hold its 21st Annual Research Day on Tuesday, April 3, from 2-5 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. The School holds this event annually as an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students within the School and across the university, along with interested members from our community, to learn more about the research, instruction and outreach conducted by its students. On this day, students from all departments within the School present posters of their work in a faculty-juried poster session. Posters are judged based on content and presentation, and select individuals receive awards in two distinct categories: Research and Practice.

Visit our Research Day webpage for more information and to submit your poster.

Welcome new & returning students

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 -
9:00am to 11:00am

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Arnold House Lobby
Kinesiology
Communication Disorders
Nutrition
Public Health

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Please join us on Wednesday, January 24 from 9-11 am in the new & improved Arnold House lobby for complimentary coffee and pastries to welcome new and returning students to the spring 2018 semester. Meet fellow students, SPHHS staff advisors, and peer advisors and enter raffles to win SPHHS swag. Happy new year and we look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

SPHHS Career Networking & Development Conference

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:00pm

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UMass Campus Center
2018 UMass Amherst SPHHS Career Networking and Development Conference
Kinesiology
Communication Disorders
Nutrition
Public Health
Biostatistics
Community Health Education
Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology
Health Policy and Management

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The SPHHS is offering a Career Networking and Development Conference on March 21-22, 2018. Take a step toward your future and join us for this two day event! Meet alumni, make lasting professional connections and define your own path into a successful career. 

Day 1- March 21, 6:00-8:00pm: Alumni Networking Night, Amherst Room, 10th floor UMass Amherst Campus Center

Join SPHHS alumni from all majors working in a variety of professions for an evening of networking. The event format will consist of 20 minute rounds of speed networking done in a group. No need to worry or stress.

RSVP to let us know you’ll be joining us!

Click here for a list of participating alumni.

Day 2- March 22, 9:00am-1:00pm: Career Fair, UMass Amherst Campus Center Auditorium

The SPHHS will provide a "traditional" career fair. Meet employers and vendors to learn about current and future opportunities with their organization. No need to RSVP, just show up and sign in.

Click here for a complete list of participating organizations.

Day 2- 1:30-5:00pm : Career Panel Discussions, UMass Amherst Campus Center

The SPHHS will host six Career Panel discussions throughout the afternoon. The panels are divided by different themes which are pre-clinical, holistic, entrepreneurship/health administration, state government, non-profit/community health, and research/academics. Learn about the benefits of working in a particular industry and meet successful individuals working within the field. Choose your topics of interest. The six panel discussion times are:

  • 1:30-2:30pm: Pre-clinical careers panel **CANCELLED**
  • 1:30-2:30pm: Holistic health and wellness careers panel - Campus Center Room 163
  • 2:45-3:45pm: Entrepreneurship and health administration careers panel - Campus Center Room 163
  • 2:45-3:45pm: State and federal government careers panel - Campus Center Room 162
  • 4:00-5:00pm: Nonprofit and community health careers panel - Campus Center Room 163
  • 4:00-5:00pm: Research and academic careers panel - Campus Center Room 162

Click here for a list and bios of our career panelists.

Assistance with resumes and cover letters is available weekly by visiting the highly trained Career Ambassadors located in Arnold 116.

Additionally there will be several programs set up ahead of the event to help you prepare for networking and attending the career fair. Look for dates and times on the website.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

 

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

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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.

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