The SPHHS Insider - July 2013
Using a unique data set spanning 40 years of dengue fever incidence in Thailand, an international team led by Nicholas Reich, Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, has for the first time estimated from data that after an initial dengue infection, a person is protected from infection with other strains for between one and three years.
A recent article by the UMass Amherst Research Next website features the work of Patty Freedson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, and her Physical Activity and Health Laboratory. The article focuses on Freedson's use of wearable monitors in her research on physical activity.
Clarrisa Afum, an undergraduate student in kinesiology, is currently conducting research in Kumasi, Ghana as a participant in the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). MHIRT is a competitively awarded opportunity allowing undergraduate and graduate students to engage in research projects in various parts of the world. The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Three members of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences’ extended family are being remembered in the wake of a fatal car crash in Haiti on July 10 that also left three others injured. The group was on the way to the airport when its minivan was hit by a truck. Diane Mundt, who received her Ph.D. in epidemiology in 1990 from the SPHHS, was killed in the accident along with Amanda Mundt, 22, of Amherst, and Meagan Bell, 28, of Belchertown, a former volunteer in the Department of Communication Disorders’ Center for Language, Speech, and Hearing.
Save the dates for our Fall Alumni events!
Mark your calendars! The SPHHS will be hosting its 4th Annual Fall Alumni Celebration on Saturday, October 5, 2013 on the UMass Amherst campus.
Return to campus for the UMass Amherst homecoming and join fellow SPHHS alumni, faculty, staff, and students on the SPHHS team for the Revolution Run Homecoming 5K on Saturday, October 19, 2013.
Join us on Monday, November 4, 2013, for our Boston Alumni Networking Night and an evening of networking and socializing with fellow SPHHS alumni, faculty, students and leaders and innovators in the field of public health and health sciences.
Tell us your stories!
2013 marks a special occasion for both UMass Amherst and the SPHHS. The university is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and the school is celebrating 75 years of public health on campus.
Help us commemorate the occasion! We're looking for alumni of all generations to share their memories of their time on campus. We'll be collecting these stories and profiles into a special "alumni yearbook" to mark the occasion.
Have a story to share? A fond recollection of a professor, a student organization, or a classroom experience? We want to hear from you! If you'd like to be featured, contact Patrick Freeman to let him know.