PHS Newsletter Issue # 39

Issue Number 39, 11/27/2013


Biostatistics and Epidemiology Information Luncheon

February 14th. 12:00PM - 1:00PM. Location: TBD

The Division of Biostatistics & Epidemiology would like to invite Public Health majors interested in graduate school for biostatistics or epidemiology to a lunch to learn more about the program. Faculty from these programs will talk about opportunities for education and research in our MS, MPH, and PhD programs. Pizza will be provided. RSVP for the lunch here.

Did you have a Public Health experience abroad!?

Calling all public health students who studied abroad and have photos to document their adventures! The peer advisors are looking to share pictures of your experience in our office. Prefered photos will include working in the public health field or among a diverse community. We will be using the pictures to create a visual aid that promotes studying abroad by showing people where they can go, what activities to expect, and the variety of options.

Please e-mail your pictures to Mary Cole at

Recognition for Public Health Work


Submit your public health work or research to be recognized by a national organization. NewPublicHealth has a series called "The Future of Public Health," which features public health students and emerging leaders. They are looking for guest submissions from students who are leading their fields and doing truly exceptional work as part of their practicums or is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's online forum for information and discussion about public health. They connects the dots in the public health field and between sectors to keep you up to date on the issues that affect the health of your communities and the work you do.

Pre-medical and Pre-dental Advising Changes

One of our pre-medical advisors has plans to retire from UMass. Seniors and Juniors will still work with Karen O-Connor, while sophomores and freshman will be newly directed to make appointments with Martha Baker from the College of Natural Science. Her contact information Also, CNS has a list serve students can find through their website that pre-med/pre-dent students are highly encouraged to sign up for. Click here to subscribe.

Academic Opportunities

UNIV 190-L: Demystifying Library Research (1 credit)

Contact: Kate Freedman at

The course, taught by Undergraduate Education Librarian Katherine Freedman, is primarily intended for first and second year students, and transfer students, but it is open to all. This course will enable students to find reliable information more efficiently and effectively and provide skills that will help them during their college career  and in the future. Three of the meetings will be held at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and the remainder of the course will be held online via Moodle.

Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program

Paid summer research in health services

To prepare top candidates to pursue careers in health services research, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and  the Health Care Management Department of the Wharton School with the VA Center of Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) are co-sponsoring a summer program for rising undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors from underrepresented minority groups, or anyone interested in exploring the field of health services research. The SUMR program provides students with an opportunity to receive a stipend to conduct health services research on a topic of their choice, under the guidance of Penn faculty.

Undergraduate Research Experience in South Africa

Applications due: December 13, 2013.

Students selected for participation in this program will be called Water, Society, and Health (WaSH) Scholars. Students who participate will conduct research over an 8-week period at the University of Venda and surrounding communities in Limpopo Province, South Africa. You will work at the interface between water, society, and health through community-based research opportunities on appropriate environmental technologies and systems for water supply and treatment to improve human health. WaSH Scholars will receive a $2000 stipend plus housing and travel expenses.

Click here for more information and eligibility requirements.

HONORS495K: Principles and Practices of Community Engaged Research

Faculty: Elena Carbone

This popular 1-credit hybrid online course teaches the fundamentals of engaging in research with communities. The course is open to Sophomore, Junior and Senior honors students and to non-honors students with permission from instructors.

Scholarships and Support

2013 Community-Engaged Research Program Scholarship

Application due: Friday, December 6th. 5:00 PM.

Up to six sophomore and junior honors students will receive $1,500 to work with a faculty mentor on a new or ongoing community research project in the spring. This research is intended to inform their senior honors thesis. Find the application and more information about the research program,here.


Bernie Dallas Memorial Scholarship

Application due: January 1, 2014.

This scholarship is available to any current sophomore, junior, or senior at UMass Amherst. The student must have been active and in a position of leadership for at least one academic year in a Registered Student Organization, the Student Government Association, Community Service Learning and/or one of the eight Student Businesses. The student must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0, which demonstrates a commitment to academics as well as to co-curricular activities. The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis to two students, preferably one male and one female. Students may re-apply and be considered, again, for this scholarship through their senior year. Contact the Center for Student Development for the application in Student Union room 416.


Frank and Helen DiGiammarino Citizen Scholarship

Application due: February 28, 2014.

Established for students enrolled in the Citizen Scholars Program who wish to participate in an internship with a community organization. Preference is given for internships with non-profit organizations which involve teaching and/or technology and/or assistance to those with difficult family situations. Eligibility includes rising seniors, who are members of the Commonwealth Honors College, and interested in community-engaged research during the summer. You must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.4. Three recipients will be chosen for an award of up to $2,000. To apply and find out more information click here.

UMass Commonwealth Honors College Scholarships

Please go to the Commonwealth Honors College website for a list of UMass scholarships



Public Health 391B Undergraduate TA

Eligibility includes completion of Pubhlth391B with a final grade of A or A- and being a Junior or Senior. Responsibilities include attending lectures (MWF 9:05 - 9:55AM) and assist in classroom management. Will be expected to meet with Dr. Mattews and other TAs, hold weekly office hours, and develop two R modules for a final project.

Click here for a link with the application.

The Cookbook Project

Social Media Intern

Through this unique opportunity, interns will manage The Cookbook Project's social media portfolio and build support and awareness for our global health education projects. Candidates should be familiar with various forms of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to name a few. The intern is expected to use these social media platforms to increase awareness of The Cookbook Project. Click here for more information. Located in Boston, MA.


Special Events & Development Intern

Seeking an intern in Cambridge, MA to work 15-20 hours per week. Development interns will gain insight into many different facets of non-profit work, all while helping CYCLE Kids raise more funds and execute more events to advance its mission.The CYCLE Kids mission is to engage children in physical activity to address the health and emotional issues facing today's underactive, often overweight, children. Our program is founded on the idea that good health is holistic: nutrition, physical activity, intellectual stimulation, and emotional well-being are all related facets of overall wellness. Click here for more information.

Massachusetts Needle Exchange Program

Program Intern

Contact: Jamie Zimmerman at

Interns will assist The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts with the program by assisting frontline staff, working directly with Health Educators, engaging clients, conducting enrollments, providing resources and referrals, answering phone calls, and overseeing the drop-in space. Located in Cambridge, MA. Click here for more information.

Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition (PVAC)

Asthma Self-Management Training Facilitator Intern

Contact: Sarita Hudson,

This position involves presenting Open Airways and/or Kickin Asthma to elementary or

middle school students with asthma. Both programs help children manage their asthma on a daily basis so they can avoid asthma attacks and stay out of the emergency room.

Become a Certified Asthma Educator by the American Lung Association through three training sessions to prepare to present the program. Interns work in teams of two and with the school nurse to determine school scheduling. This position will give students an opportunity to learn about asthma self-management and gain valuable training and experience in presenting evidence-based trainings.

Springfield and Holyoke Center for Human Development

Wellness Program Intern

Contact: Jennifer Higgins,

Make a difference with locals today and help provide wellness programs to behavioral health clinics in Springfield and Holyoke. Students with health care or psychology interests or related major are invited to apply. The work includes customer service, health services/healthcare, psychology, and teaching/education. They are trying to combine primary care into their clinics. Training will be provided during January 2014.

Applications are being accepted all year, click here for more information.

Job Opportunities

Global Health Corps 2014-2015

Applications due: January 26, 2014

GHC is looking for driven, passionate, young leaders with diverse skill sets and experiences to join the movement for health equity. One-year paid fellowship positions are available with high impact NGOs and government organizations in East Africa, Southern Africa and the US. Applicants can apply for up to 3 positions that match their interests and skills, from project management to monitoring and evaluation, engineering, communications and more. We are looking for people from a broad range of sectors and disciplines.

Access the application here.

School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Computer Support Specialist

Contact: Eva Goldwater

Duties include inventory computing equipment, recording technical information such as Make, model, Operating System, RAM, installed software, etc. Interview users regarding data to be moved to new computers. Replace hard drives and set up new computers. Find and install drivers, install software on Windows PCs.

Temporary, intermittent position, 10 hours/week for approximately 3 months, with possible gaps waiting for equipment to arrive. Availability during January break a plus. $11-12/hour.

Qualifications include technical knowledge of hardware/software and attention to detail. Initial computer inventory must be complete, accurate, and legible.

Undergraduate Research Conference

Project Assistant

Applications due Friday, November 15th

This job will be to assist the conference coordinator in planning and implementing all aspects of the 20th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference in April. Candidates must have exceptional organizational, writing, and computer skills. A student in their junior or senior year is preferred. Seeking an individual who enjoys working on a wide variety of projects. This position has a time commitment of 10-15 hours per week and pays $9.00 per hour. Find the application here.

Public Health Club

Potluck and Spring Planning

Our next meeting will be a combination of a potluck and planning for the Spring. We will be designating projects and events to club members to begin the planning process throughout winter break. Come and get involved for next semester or share some new ideas! Look out for more details on our Facebook page or through e-mail.

Location/Date: TBD

Like the UMASS Public Health Club facebook page for fun posts and meeting information! Become a member on CampusPulse to learn about our November events.

Contact us at if you have any questions!


Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series With Professor Lisa Chasan-Taber

Monday, December 9th. 4:00 PM. Mullins Center.

Professor Lisa Chasan-Taber from the university’s epidemiology department has spent her recent efforts studying the impact of lifestyle behaviors on high-risk pregnant women with her national research team. Listen to Professor Chasan-Taber lecture her findings and how unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and stress at the time of conception/during pregnancy may put the unborn child at higher risks for heart disease and diabetes as an adult; and what lifestyle changes may be taken to prevent these adverse health effects.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a public reception.

WOAA! (Women Organizing Across Ages): Hear Our Stories for Justice

Monday, December 2. 12:00PM. Thompson 620.

Associate Professor Aline Gubrium of public health presents the final talk in the fall 2013 Faculty Colloquium Series presented by the Center for Public Policy and Administration. Gubrium’s presentation will focus on the Ford Foundation-funded “Hear Our Stories” project, which aims to transform assumptions about young parenting Latinas through the novel use of digital storytelling to recalibrate the conversation on young motherhood and sexuality, health and rights across generations.


Wednesday, December 4th. Student Union Ballroom.

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed by finals and the end of the semester? Come to U-Day, brought to you by the Peer Health Educators! There will be crafts, giveaways, trivia, games, food, beverages, meditation, and music. Find time in your busy schedule to relax and have some fun!

Be sure to "Like" UMass Peer Health Education on Facebook for the event schedule!

Climb America!

December 4 - 6th. Boston, MA.

Climb Against Heart Disease Kick Off

A friendly race up the stairs of Boston’s tallest buildings to fight America’s number one killer, heart disease. It will also provide an opportunity to meet the ClimbCorps team, learn more about getting involved and hear stories of heart disease survivors.

Refreshments and food will be provided!

RSVP Contact: Micho Pilotte -

Health and Wellness on Campus

How to Exercise in Cold Weather

Winter is nearly here!

Staying active even when it’s cold is important to balance the time we spend inside and our decreased level of activity. This tip helps you get outside for fresh air and well needed exercise.

Exercising in cold weather can be a drag, especially if you are someone who can’t stand the sight of a treadmill or the smell of a gym. Exercising outdoors, however, can still be done safely in cold weather. One of the most common mistakes individuals make when exercising in the cold is dressing too warmly. When your body heats up, the generous amount of body heat trapped within your clothes will make you feel as if it’s much warmer outside that it actually is. Removing layers will cool you off, but if you remove too much, your sweat will dry making you feel even colder than before.

The solution is to wear many layers that may be removed one by one so that your temperature is regulated in small deviations. Try a polypropylene base layer or a synthetic material that will draw the sweat away from your body. Next, put on an intermediate layer of wool or fleece as the bulk of insulation. Finish it off with a waterproof, lightweight, breathable jacket as a top layer that will keep you dry and safe from chilling wind, but will not overload the insulation!

As a general precaution, never exercise outside if the temperature is lower than 0 degrees Fahrenheit as the wind chill is cold enough to give exposed skin frostbit and pull down your core temperature as you inhale the icy air!

Peer Advising Hours

Monday: 9:30am-4:30pm 
Tuesday: 8:00am-11:00am, 11:15am-12:30pm, 12:45pm-2:00pm, & 2:30pm-5:00pm 
Wednesday: 8:45am-4:00pm 
Thursday: 8:00am-11:00am, 11:15am-12:30pm, 12:45pm-2:00pm, & 2:30pm-5:00pm 
Friday: 8:30am-11:00am & 11:15am-1:45pm

Please bring a copy of your Tracking Form.

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