Recent Public Health Sciences alumna Niamh Mulrooney ’17 has received an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Fellowship to work at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Criminal justice, in some cases, is a public health and a health equity issue. In an effort to delve more into this important topic, the School of Public Health and Health Sciences will be hosting its next event in the SPHHS dean’s symposia series, “Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform.” This symposium continues the School’s mission to improve health and quality of life among all people, and in all communities.
Richard Peltier, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, has received a Fulbright Award to conduct research at the University of York. Peltier plans to investigate how to better visualize and analyze air quality data for the citizen scientist and to improve the small sensor approaches his lab has been working on.
The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Institute for Applied Life Sciences are jointly searching to fill two positions in the Kinesiology Department at the Assistant level in the areas of 1) physical activity, sedentary behavior, and health outcome measurement using wearable biobehavioral sensors, and 2) energy metabolism.
Associate Professor of Community Health Education Aline Gubrium has been elected to serve as Chair-Elect of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Section of the American Public Health Association. She begins serving immediately as the Chair Elect, for a one-year term and will take over the position of Chair beginning in December 2018.
The Musculoskeletal Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab in the Department of Kinesiology seeks female volunteers with size 6 feet for a study on high heeled shoe design. Researchers will investigate how different shoes change how individuals move.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology Brian Umberger has been elected to the position of President-Elect of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB). He will serve a three-year term on the ASB Executive Board as President-Elect (2017-2018), President (2018-2019) and Past-President (2019-2020). He previously served as the ASB Program Chair in 2013-2014.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette profiles a new pilot program being offered by the School of Public Health and Health Sciences this fall that will allow students, faculty and staff to travel to Cuba to study that nation’s public health system. The new program is a collaboration involving the SPHHS and the International Programs Office with Cuban education and healthcare organizations.
Middle-aged adults often show up in hearing clinics complaining that they have trouble hearing, but standard tests show their hearing ability, known to scientists as pure-tone threshold, is only slightly impaired, says Professor of Communication Disorders Karen Helfer. Typically, they leave with no confirmation of their sense that they are hearing less well. Her new five-year, $2 million NIH grant will help to explore this disconnect and to investigate the idea that what middle-aged adults may be noticing is not hearing loss but an early age-related change in listening effort.
Associate Professor of Biostatistics Ken Kleinman has received a four-year, $1.24 million grant from the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences to provide medical researchers with new software, a web application tool and other support designed to help them determine proper sample size, improve statistical power and improve other methods when using cluster-randomized trials in their studies.