Ning Zhang, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, has recently published a journal article that examines obesity status, falls, and hip fractures among nursing home residents. The article, which appears in the Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews, aimed to identify if there was an association between obesity and falls and hip fractures.
A coalition of anti-gambling groups has filed briefs supporting major sports leagues in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that seeks to bring sports betting to New Jersey. The groups cite a 2015 study done by Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology Rachel Volberg that found a higher prevalence of gambling problems among sports gamblers compared with other forms of gambling.
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Mark Miller and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have received a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine two distinct exercise training regimes designed to improve skeletal muscle function in older men and women, and in particular to determine whether the neuromuscular systems in each sex may respond differently to the training programs.
The UMass Amherst Institute for Global Health (IGH) and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) will host “Global Health Challenges: A Panel Discussion for Collaborative Solutions” in the Integrative Learning Center Room S240 on Friday, November 3 from 9:30 to 11:15 am. The event will feature panelists Rita Colwell, former director of the National Science Foundation (NSF); Jennie Ward-Robinson, president and CEO of the PAHO Foundation; and Michael Depledge, former head of science at the UK Environment Agency.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alicia Timme-Laragy recently received a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study the health effects of two environmental pollutants, perfluoro-octanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and its recent replacement chemical, perfluoro-butanesulfonic (PFBS). She and colleagues will assess effects on nutrient deposition in the embryos of three different organisms, a fish, a worm and fruit flies, with exposure before conception, as well as consequences for later-life metabolic dysfunction.
Four undergraduate students are advancing their academic careers, joining the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine’s (NEACSM) inaugural Peer Mentor Program. Seniors Connor Saleeba and Alec Shostek (Kinesiology), along with Amanda Dubois and Casey Noonan (Public Health Sciences), will be attending this year’s NEACSM Annual Fall Conference being held October 19-20, in Providence, RI, as a result.
Susan Hankinson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, was presented with the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy during the annual Faculty Convocation held October 11th in the Campus Center Auditorium. She was among eight UMass Amherst faculty members honored during the ceremony.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alicia Timme-Laragy is the lead author of a review article examining the importance of redox status in the development of vertebrate embryos.
Researchers in the Muscle Biology Laboratory in the kinesiology department are seeking participants for a study aimed at quantifying thigh muscle and fat content in healthy older adults, 65-80 years old, who are not exercising heavily.
Researchers in the Kinesiology department seek volunteers for a study investigating how footwear influences joint mechanics. Participants should be healthy men aged 18-49 year old, who have not suffered an injury in the past year and are free of any orthopedic, cardiovascular, or neuromuscular conditions.