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Brian Whitcomb
May 15, 2018

Results of a recent study to better understand modifiable factors such as physical activity that may affect a woman’s ability to conceive a child suggest that walking may help women to improve their chances of becoming pregnant.

University of Massachusetts Department of Kinesiology
May 4, 2018

Members of the UMass Amherst Department of Kinesiology will be in Minneapolis for the 65th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). They'll be hosting their annual alumni reception in the Hollow Room of The Local from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

University of Massachusetts Nutrition faculty Elena Carbone
April 27, 2018

Elena Carbone, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Founding Director of the Community-Engaged Research Program at the Commonwealth Honors College, recently presented results of her team's work on maternal health literacy at invited talks at the University of Sheffield England and at the 5th Health Literacy UK Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences Dean Marjorie Aelion
April 27, 2018

On April 26, we celebrated the launch of the new SPHHS Center for Community Health Equity Research with an event featuring a terrific keynote talk by Harvard professor David Williams, an internationally recognized scholar who examines the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, stress and racism affect health. We were also fortunate to hear from several of our own leading community-based researchers, Lisa Wexler and Louis Graham, and political scientist Dean Robinson.

Zhenhua Liu
April 27, 2018

The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) is pleased to announce that Zhenhua Liu, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, is the winner of the 2017-18 College Outstanding Teacher Award. The award is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Provost’s Office and the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development, and given annually to honor individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments.

April 27, 2018

Associate Professor of Community Health Education Aline Gubrium is the lead author of a paper recently published in the journal Critical Public Health. Titled “Digital storytelling as critical narrative intervention with adolescent women of Puerto Rican descent,” the journal article presents findings of a two-year pilot research study focused on addressing sexual and reproductive health inequities faced by adolescent women of Puerto Rican descent living on the mainland United States.

UMass Amherst Public Health Sciences major Jessica Furtado
April 26, 2018

Biochemistry and Public Health Sciences double major Jessica Furtado received the International Programs Office Barbara Burn Scholarship at a ceremony at the annual Commonwealth Honors College Awards Reception on April 21. The $1,000 scholarship, established in 2002 in memory of Barbara B. Burn, a longtime associate provost for international programs, is designed for international students who come to study at UMass Amherst.

April 24, 2018

Nutrition alumna Lily Nichols ’08, RDN, CDE is the author of a recently published book about healthy eating during pregnancy.

April 13, 2018

The Department of Nutrition will host its 30th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at 6:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. This year, the department welcomes registered dietitian/nutritionist and Holistic Cannabis Academy co-founder Laura Lagano to deliver the keynote lecture "Medical Cannabis: Are You Ready for the New Frontier of Healthcare?"

April 12, 2018

Stuart R. Chipkin, research professor in kinesiology, comments in Reuters on a new study showing that while almost half of transgender patients now use insurance for gender-affirming surgery and the number of people getting this surgery as part of their transition is rising, about half still pay cash for this treatment.

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