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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 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.

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.

June 23, 2017

She explains that there are two problems with BPA. The first is our constant exposures in the environment and the second is if exposure occurs during a vulnerable period of development, like fetal development, the effects can be permanent — even if exposures cease.

Photograph Melanna Cox
June 23, 2017

Kinesiology doctoral student Melanna “Lanna” Cox was recently awarded the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP) fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. 

University of Massachusetts Environmental Health Sciences postdoctoral researcher Kari Sant
June 22, 2017

Environmental Health Sciences postdoctoral researcher Karilyn Sant recently received a three-year, $183,234 Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to examine the mechanisms by which environmental exposures during embryonic development may lead to an increased risk for diabetes and metabolic dysfunction.

June 21, 2017

Public Health Sciences alumna Eliza Shirazi ’13 leads a team planning to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro to benefit Flying Kites, a Boston-based nonprofit that runs a boarding school for underprivileged children in Kenya.

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