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University of Massachusetts Department of Kinesiology
August 23, 2017

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.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Kinesiology faculty Brian Umberger
August 23, 2017

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.

August 15, 2017

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. 

University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor of Communication Disorders Karen Helfer
August 15, 2017

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.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Associate Professor of Biostatistics Ken Kleinman
August 11, 2017

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.

University of Massachusetts Department of Kinesiology
August 11, 2017

The Molecular and Cardiovascular Physiology Lab at is looking at how heart disease risk changes during the menopausal transition and is seeking premenopausal women who are 40 years old or older.

University of Massachusetts Environmental Health Sciences faculty Edward Calabrese
August 9, 2017

In a new paper, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Edward Calabrese continues his campaign to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the linear no threshold (LNT) single-hit model for risk assessment for exposure to ionizing radiation, and by extension, other chemicals and compounds.

University of Massachusetts Department of Kinesiology
August 8, 2017

The Physical Activity and Health Lab seeks children and adolescents 1.5-17 years old to be a part of a research study to assess physical activity measurements using accelerometer technology. Participants will be asked to conduct their normal, every day activities while wearing two activity trackers and being recorded by a video camera to track their physical activity levels.

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Katie Becofsky
August 8, 2017

The Republican recently interviewed Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Katie Becofsky about a new study she's leading in her Behavioral Medicine Lab.

Alumna Laura Sylvester
August 8, 2017

Alumna Laura Sylvester MPPA/MPH '16 is highlighted in an alumni profile piece appearing on the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences website. The profile recounts how Sylvester recently celebrated the passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act - a bill she helped create and shape as a graduate student - at a signing ceremony with Governor Baker and other at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on July 27.