As many of us take time with friends and family during this Thanksgiving holiday, it is an opportunity to reflect on how fortunate we are compared to so many others around us and across the globe. I am thankful to be in the field of public health and know our students and faculty care about improving conditions of their communities and the lives of others.
Seven students from the Department of Kinesiology received awards and scholarships during the annual New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) Fall Conference held October 19-20 in Providence, Rhode Island.
In a new, hospital-level analysis by health policy researcher Laura Attanasio at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Katy Kozhimannnil at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, they report that women who gave birth at hospitals that had a larger percentage of midwife-attended births were less likely to have two specific medical interventions, cesarean delivery and episiotomy.
Recent Epidemiology alumna Lindsey Russo MS '17 was one of 28 students selected from across the country to present her research at the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health poster session held at the 2017 American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting and exposition Nov. 4-8 in Atlanta.
A research team led by Associate Professor of Community Health Education Lisa Wexler collaborated on a recently published feasibility study of a community-based intervention aimed at preventing youth suicide among Indigenous Alaskans.
Public Health Sciences majors Catalina Lugo '18 and Hannah Dudley-Youngs '19 have been accepted into the UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL) program.
"It's the difference between a public health recommendation and an exercise prescription—one is a general statement and the other is more focused on an individual," says Professor of Kinesiology Catrine Tudor-Locke in the latest issue of Self magazine.
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."
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