Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Leontine Alkema’s mission to improve reproductive health in third world countries has been featured in Aspire: A Report on the Impact of Philanthropy in a piece called 120 Million More. Partnering with Family Planning 2020, Alkema is working to provide 120 million women and girls around the world with access to contraceptives by the year 2020.
The UMass Amherst Institute for Global Health (IGH) 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 School of Public Health and Health Sciences welcomes five new full-time tenure track faculty members into its ranks this academic year. New faculty hires for 2017-2018 include Laura Balzer in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and Laura Attanasio, David Chin, Elizabeth Evans and Jin Kim-Mozeleski in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy.
On International Safe Abortion Day, Sept. 28, an international research group reports in a new paper with senior author and Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Leontine Alkema at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that out of the 55.7 million abortions that are estimated to have occurred each year between 2010 and 2014, almost half (45.1 percent) were unsafe.
Researchers in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and College of Nursing are recruiting pregnant women for a research study on sleep in pregnancy.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences hosted the next event in its Dean's Symposia Series, “Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform,” on Wednesday, September 27, from 4:00-6:00 pm in Campus Center Room 904. The event examined the public health impacts of mass incarceration with a focus on women. Andrea James, the founder and executive director of Families for Justice as Healing, provided the keynote address.
Associate Professor of Biostatistics Ken Kleinman has received a four-year, $1.24 million grant from the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences to provide medical researchers with new software, a web application tool and other support designed to help them determine proper sample size, improve statistical power and improve other methods when using cluster-randomized trials in their studies.
The SPHHS will present awards for Significant Contributions and Distinguished Young Alumni during its 2017 SPHHS Fall Celebration being held on Saturday, September 23rd.
The grant will cover Baldwin’s transportation costs to South America, and room and board while he works.
Leontine Alkema recently was awarded a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explore and analyze family planning indicators such as contraceptive use in 69 countries. The main goal is to develop new methods and tools any country can use to monitor and advance national reproductive health.
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