News Archive

December 1, 2017

Environmental Health Sciences graduate student Durga Kolla is on a mission to identify possible risk factors in exposure to synthetic hormones. In an interview conducted by The Center for Research on Families, she explains her work - funded in part through a CRF Capstone Thesis Award - examining the effects of exposure to environmental chemicals with estrogenic activity in relation to the development of the mammary gland in mice.

December 1, 2017

The Center for Research on Families at UMass Amherst recently profiled Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and 2017-18 Family Research Scholar Krystal Pollitt for its website. Pollitt spoke about her extensive research on the health impacts air pollution has on humans.

October 26, 2017

Richard Peltier, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, recently wrote an article for the website The Conversation, an independent, non-profit source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the general public.

October 23, 2017

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.

University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Health Sciences faculty Alicia Timme-Laragy
October 20, 2017

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alicia Timme-Laragy recently received a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study the health effects of two environmental pollutants, perfluoro-octanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and its recent replacement chemical, perfluoro-butanesulfonic (PFBS). She and colleagues will assess effects on nutrient deposition in the embryos of three different organisms, a fish, a worm and fruit flies, with exposure before conception, as well as consequences for later-life metabolic dysfunction.

University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Health Sciences faculty Alicia Timme-Laragy
October 11, 2017

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alicia Timme-Laragy is the lead author of a review article examining the importance of redox status in the development of vertebrate embryos.

September 22, 2017

Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to educating people on the ways in which the environment affects human health and well-being, has named Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Laura Vandenberg as one of its “20 Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health” recognizing her “exceptional levels of accomplishment in work that is rigorous, dynamic and builds critical knowledge.”

September 20, 2017

Researchers from Environmental Health Sciences are teaming up with two other campus departments, recruiting current Volkswagen owners (or lease holders) to participate in a paid research study.

Andrea James
September 20, 2017

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.

University of Massachusetts Environmental Health Sciences faculty Richard Pilsner
September 12, 2017

Early results from a larger, ongoing study led by Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Pilsner suggest that phthalate levels in expectant fathers have an effect on couples’ reproductive success via epigenetic modifications of sperm DNA. Details appear in the current issue of Human Reproduction, a monthly journal of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology published by Oxford Journals.

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