The SPHHS Insider - April 2014

public health's mandeville selected as student speaker for UMass Amherst Undergraduate commencement

Graduating senior Hayley Mandeville, a Public Health major, will be the student speaker at the 2014 UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement ceremony being held on Friday, May 9th, in McGuirk Alumni Stadium. She’s believed to be the first public health major to receive this distinction. “I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to thank UMass Amherst and most importantly, thank the students who made my experience so amazing,” says Mandeville.

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SPHHS names Outstanding Teacher Award Winners

Jerusha Nelson Peterman (left), Assistant Professor of Nutrition, has received the College Outstanding Teacher Award for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS). The award is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Provost’s Office and the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development, and given annually to honor individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments. The SPHHS also announced that Renee Turzanski-Fortner (right), Instructor in the Online MPH in Public Health Practice program, has been named the recipient of the SPHHS Outstanding Online Teacher Award. Given annually by the School, this award recognizes excellence in online teaching.

Read more about Peterman here and Turzanski-Fortner here


Kinesiology doctoral students Greever and Hafer receive ACSM Research awards

Cory Greever (left) and Jocelyn Hafer (right), doctoral candidates in the Department of Kinesiology, recently won research grants of $5,000 apiece from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Greever will use the award for his doctoral study, which examines the effects of a culturally tailored physical activity and sleep program on objectively measured physical activity and sleep in Latina girls. Hafer will use her funds, provided by the ACSM Foundation, for her study titled, “"Physical activity: a mediator of muscle power, knee mechanics, and fatigue.”

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Integrative Experience course provides kinesiology students with hands-on learning

Integrative Experience teaching assistants with instructors Thomas St. Laurent (fourth from left) and Eliza Frechette (seventh from left)

It all comes down to this moment for the students in Kinesiology 394IE. For months, they’ve studied, discussed, researched, and prepared, and now the moment is here. It’s time for “The Big Reveal.” It begins simply enough for the 100+ upperclassmen in the class as co-instructors Eliza Frechette and Thomas St. Laurent present them with a single task: to work together in discussion groups to design and present a proposal for a health and wellness program that tackles a real world problem such as type 2 diabetes. The challenge, however, is in creating a proposal that could become a viable real-world product.

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Public Health students work in Haiti over alternative spring break

UMass Amherst Public Health graduate and undergraduate students with community health workers in Bellabe, Haiti

Professor of Community Health Education David Buchanan led a group of eleven undergraduate and one graduate Public Health students to spend ten days in Haiti this March for an applied field work experience, as part of a new course on Sustainable Development. The trip was organized in collaboration with Opportunities for Communities (OfC), a private non-profit organization founded by former SPHHS faculty member, Dr. Ken Mundt, which has been working in Haiti for five years.

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SPHHS announces Research Day Award Winners

From left: Dean Marjorie Aelion; Iris Corbasson (Delta Omega winner); Catherine Wickham (1st Place, Practice Category); Katelynn Venne (2nd Place, Practice Category); Haotian Wu (1st Place, Research Category); Cory Greever (2nd Place, Research Category); and Carrie Nobles (3rd Place, Research Category).

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is pleased to announce the results of the faculty-juried poster competition from the 17th Annual Research Day held on April 8, 2014. Posters are judged based on content and presentation and awarded in two distinct categories: Research and Practice. An additional student is also presented with the Delta Omega Honor Society Award, which is given based on the poster abstract.

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May 10, 2014 - SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences  Senior Recognition Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 5:00 PM in the Recreation Center. This event allows the School to recognize graduating seniors in a special way and individually congratulate them for their accomplishments.

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Continuing and Professional Education schedule of online courses announced for Summer 2014

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is pleased to offer numerous online courses for both undergraduate and graduate students for the upcoming fall semester. Courses, including Gen. Ed. Requirements, are being offered in Kinesiology, Public Health, and Nutrition.

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October 2, 2014 - Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit

The SPHHS is leading a coalition of public health leaders organizing the Western MA Health Equity Summit for October 2, 2014. The summit will bring local practitioners and community leaders together to take steps to achieve more health equity by working, learning and taking action together. One major goal for the summit is to showcase local work through a display of Creativity, Culture and History. Communities can bring and share any sort of media and cultural documentation of efforts to achieve more health equity. Contact Risa Silverman at risa@schoolph.umass.edu for more info.


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