Professor of Epidemiology Susan Hankinson has received a five-year, $4.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to build upon and advance her research group’s earlier work to identify and validate hormonal markers to better predict the risk of invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
As Massachusetts prepares to begin sales of recreational marijuana in 2018, researchers in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, in collaboration with the UMass Donahue Institute and staff at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), have begun a one-year baseline study to assess the level of marijuana use before legal, recreational sales go into effect.
Linda Landesman, a visiting lecturer in the MPH in Public Health Practice program, is warning people against the dangers of contamination after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Landesman, a former principal investigator for the first national curriculum on public health management of disasters, warns victims that bacteria can spread easier than you may think.
Recent research findings from Kinesiology doctoral student Corinna Serviente, with adjunct faculty member Sarah Witkowski, suggest that blood vessel health and the effect of exercise may be related more to menopausal status than fitness. Serviente presented these findings in a poster session at the American Physiological Society's Cardiovascular Aging: New Frontiers and Old Friends conference held August 11–14, 2017 in Westminster, CO.
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.
Kinesiology senior Colleen Sands has been selected to join the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Advisory Council. The Council plays a key role in communicating the needs of the student body with Chancellor Subbaswamy, improving the student experience. Sands, a student-athlete for UMass Amherst Cross Country and Track, tells us she hopes to use this opportunity to “become a student leader of positive change on the campus. I aim to improve my leadership skills and act on areas that could use changes to improve the experiences of the student body.”
Public Health Sciences and Computer Science major Brittany Pine had the summer experience of a lifetime, interning at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. The rising senior joined 15 of her peers in the Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH) internship program, a paid, nine-week summer environmental internship for undergraduate students, where she set out to learn what it would be like to work in a federal agency.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) is pleased to announce that Communication Disorders alumnus Dr. Howard Shane '69 MA '72 will receive the 2017 Award for Significant Contributions to the fields of public health and health sciences. Kinesiology alumnus Efosa Guobadia ’07 will be recognized as the inaugural recipient of the School's Distinguished Young Alumni Award.
Kinesiology alumnus Efosa Guobadia '07 has contributed a chapter titled "Promoting Sustainable Change so that Communities Thrive with and without Us" and an afterword to the book Why Global Health Matters: How to (Actually) Make the World a Better Place.
Community Health Education doctoral student Sarah Goff has been accepted into the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Health Research (TIDIHR). The three-month distance-learning training program began in mid-August and will culminate in a two-day in-person training being held at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.