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University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences Dean Marjorie Aelion
July 24, 2017

The Dean's Message appears in the July 2017 SPHHS e-newsletter.

University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences
July 19, 2017

Associate Dean of Research Catrine Tudor-Locke announced the hiring of new research support staff. Joining Laura Bergantino, who continues to serve as Post Award Administrator, are Andressa Gutierrez in the role of Research and Development Award Specialist, and Jim Shea and Antoinette Uwamwiza as the office’s Grants and Contracts Administrators.

University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences
July 19, 2017

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is pleased to announce the creation of the new SPHHS Center for Student Success (CSS). The CSS will provide enhanced coordination and programming for student academic and career advising, and co-curricular experiences. In addition to announcing the new CSS, Marjorie Aelion, Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, announced the appointment of Megan Griffin as its Director.

July 19, 2017

Jane Kent, Professor of Kinesiology, has been named Chair of the Department. She takes over for Professor Catrine Tudor-Locke, who assumed the position of Associate Dean of Research and Administration for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences in March.

University of Massachusetts Community Health Education faculty Lisa Wexler
July 11, 2017

Lisa Wexler, Associate Professor of Community Health Education and a veteran researcher in Alaska Native youth suicide prevention, is leading part of a new five-year, $4.25 million grant from NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health to identify the most effective ways of preventing suicide among Alaska Native youth. The grant creating the Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Resilience Research was one of just three awarded nationwide; Wexler will receive $400,000 over the five years to support her time and travel for herself and a research assistant.

University of Massachusetts Community Health Education faculty Lisa Wexler
July 9, 2017

Associate Professor of Community Health Education Lisa Wexler is mentioned in an Alaska Dispatch News story about a program designed to help prevent youth suicide in Native communities in Alaska. The story notes a drop in youth suicide rates in the Northwest Artcic over the past five years, which she credits to the Maniilaq Association in Northwest Alaska for helping with community-based programs that focus on self-determination.

Photograph Elroy Aguiar
July 7, 2017

He says that while your pedometer or fitness tracker won’t tell you how fast you are moving, you can determine your intensity with a simple talk-sing test.

University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences Dean Marjorie Aelion
June 28, 2017

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences, in collaboration with the International Programs Office, will offer a new pilot program in the fall of 2017 that allows students, faculty and staff to travel to Cuba to study that nation’s public health system.

University of Massachusetts Epidemiology alum Maegan Boutot
June 26, 2017

Results of a new study led by recent graduate alumna Maegan Boutot and Professor Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson suggest that long-term, high intake of vegetable protein from such foods as whole grains, soy and tofu, may protect women from early menopause and could prolong reproductive function.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Kinesiology faculty Brian Umberger
June 26, 2017

A research team including Associate Professor of Kinesiology Brian Umberger, conducting the first direct chimpanzee muscle measurements, reports that chimp muscles’ maximum dynamic force and power output is just about 1.35 times higher than human muscle of similar size, a difference they call “modest.” The findings debunk popular notions of chimpanzee "super strength" and shed new light on human muscle evolution.

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