The SPHHS Insider - April 2014
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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