Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Leontine Alkema’s mission to improve reproductive health in third world countries has been featured in Aspire: A Report on the Impact of Philanthropy in a piece called 120 Million More. Partnering with Family Planning 2020, Alkema is working to provide 120 million women and girls around the world with access to contraceptives by the year 2020.
Kinesiology doctoral student Carl Jewell has been named a De Luca Foundation 2017 Research Scholarship winner. The De Luca Foundation is a charitable organization that focuses its work on raising awareness of innovative methodologies for understanding human motor control, fostering innovative work, educating students and young researchers, and funding research ideas to study and cure neuromuscular diseases.
The Department of Kinesiology welcomes Barbara Ainsworth, Regents’ Professor in the Exercise Science and Health Promotion Program in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University, to campus for a guest lecture on Monday, November 13, at 1:25 pm in the Life Sciences Laboratory building room S330-340. Ainsworth will deliver a talk titled "The Evolution of Physical Activity Assessment."
The Department of Kinesiology, in conjunction with the Daily Hampshire Gazette, will host Active Aging in the Valley on Saturday, November 18th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the UMass Amherst Campus Center. The annual event will offer free lectures, workshops, and panel discussions on a variety of exercise-and health-related topics for older adults.
Undergraduate public health student Natalie Scott and art student Christie Mendez have designed and are selling a t-shirt to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean. Additionally, SPHHS graduate students are hosting a trivia night on November 9th to support relocating Puerto Ricans.
Health Policy and Management alumnus Lawrence Pellegrini PhD ’17 has co-authored with Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management Kimberly Geissler an article in the journal Health Services Research. The article, titled “Social Security Disability Insurance Enrollment and Health Care Employment”, examines the relationship between the size of the health care workforce and enrollment in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in all fifty states.
The SPHHS has several exciting events scheduled in November. One is associated with the appointment of Timothy Ford as the Director of the Institute for Global Health (IGH). Dr. Ford joined the School of Public health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) in January 2017 as Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. In this additional position, Dr. Ford follows David Buchanan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, who was the founding director of the IGH and has served as its director since 2006.
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.
A new study from Epidemiology alumna Kathleen Szegda PhD '14 and Professor of Epidemiology Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson reports, based on a study of nearly 80,000 women, that underweight women and those who were underweight as teenagers or in their mid-30s are at greater risk of early menopause compared to lean or normal weight women. Early menopause is defined as naturally occurring menopause before age 45.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who are conducting a multi-year, comprehensive study known as the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) reported results of their first patron survey to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) at its meeting in Boston.