Four members of the Kinesiology department are personally making sure more women enter the field of science. Assistant Professor Julia Choi, joined by PhD students Dan Gregory, Gabriela Borin, and Jan Stenum, mentored local 8th graders to show young girls that science can be fun.
Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to educating people on the ways in which the environment affects human health and well-being, has named Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Laura Vandenberg as one of its “20 Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health” recognizing her “exceptional levels of accomplishment in work that is rigorous, dynamic and builds critical knowledge.”
Researchers from Environmental Health Sciences are teaming up with two other campus departments, recruiting current Volkswagen owners (or lease holders) to participate in a paid research study.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences hosted the next event in its Dean's Symposia Series, “Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform,” on Wednesday, September 27, from 4:00-6:00 pm in Campus Center Room 904. The event examined the public health impacts of mass incarceration with a focus on women. Andrea James, the founder and executive director of Families for Justice as Healing, provided the keynote address.
Researchers in the Kinesiology department are seeking men age 41-60 to participate in a study to measure walking steps during treadmill exercise and during activities performed in daily life.
A new pilot program offering students, faculty and staff the opportunity to study the public health system in Cuba has been suspended following an assessment by the International Programs Office (IPO) of the impact of Hurricane Irma on the island.
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.
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.
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.