News

December 18, 2018

Airín D. Martínez and Aline Gubrium in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy recently assumed leadership roles in the American Public Health Association. Martínez, who joined the faculty in September, has been selected to a three-year term as Scientific Co-Chair for the Latino Caucus on Public Health, while Gubrium has begun her two-year term as Chair of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Section following the completion of her one-year term as Chair-Elect.

University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Rachel Volberg
December 18, 2018

The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) research team has published a study finding little evidence of harm to society as measured by crime, divorce or home foreclosures due to the opening of a new area casino.

December 17, 2018

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier is among more than 200 scientists who have written a letter expressing concern about the US Environmental Protection Agency’s recent dismissal of its particulate matter review panel, a group of experts who have provided vital input into EPA’s particulate standard updates since they began more than a decade ago.

December 17, 2018

Researchers in the Department of Kinesiology are seeking individuals between the ages of 61 to 85 to participate in a study to measure walking steps during treadmill exercise and during activities performed in daily life.

December 12, 2018

Nutrition alumna Hillary Wright ’84 was a recent guest on The Media Narrative, a podcast created and hosted by UMass Amherst journalism alumnus Rob Hochschild ‘86.

December 12, 2018

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Laura Vandenberg recently appeared on Connecting Point, a news show produced by local PBS station WGBY. Vandenberg discussed her research on the health risks of the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA).

University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Susan Hankinson
December 12, 2018

New research by Xuehong Zhang of Harvard Medical School, with UMass Amherst Professor of Epidemiology Susan Hankinson and others, incorporates biomarker risk factors into established breast cancer risk prediction models to see if their joint contribution could increase the models’ accuracy. Their initial findings are promising, significantly improving predictive outcomes for invasive breast cancer, particularly among postmenopausal women not using hormone therapy (HT).

University of Massachusetts Biostatistics faculty Nicholas Reich
December 11, 2018

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was looking for a preferred flu prediction model for use in its flu-forecasting challenge this season, an influenza-tracking model developed by a team led by Associate Professor of Biostatistics Nicholas Reich at the University of Massachusetts Amherst rose to the top and will be one of its principal prediction tools, Reich says.

December 11, 2018

MPH Nutrition student Sarah Ferguson was recently awarded the 2018 Colonel Frances G. Ballentine Scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

UMass Amherst Associate Professor of Kinesiology Katherine Boyer
December 7, 2018

Katherine Boyer, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, recently received a National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Trailblazer Award to support a collaboration with Sunghoon “Ivan” Lee of the College of Information and Computing Sciences. The pair will develop and validate an integrated mobile health (mHealth) system for assessing the biomechanics of movement associated with knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

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