The SPHHS Insider - May 2014

SPHHS celebrates Class of 2014

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences held its Senior Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in the Recreation Center on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. The SPHHS ceremony recognized its undergraduate Class of 2014, which this year welcomed over 600 graduating seniors into its ranks. View the slideshow below or visit our Photo Galleries page to view photos from this and other SPHHS events.

The university awarded approximately 5500 bachelor's degrees and conferred over 1100 doctoral and master's degrees during the Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement ceremonies held on Friday, May 9th.

Additional reporting, photo galleries, and video of the Graduate Commencement can be viewed online at the University's Commencement webpage.


"Hear Our Stories" project gives voice to young Latina Mothers

Aline Gubrium (center, rear) with the "Hear Our Stories" project team and participants

Young parents recently presented their own first-person video narratives combining recorded voice, still and moving images, music and other sounds to share and communicate their experiences as teen mothers as part of “Hear Our Stories,” a project led by Aline Gubrium, Associate Professor of Community Health Education, and Elizabeth Krause, Professor of Anthropology, of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The young women shared these digital stories at a public event held in the Visitor’s Center at Heritage State Park in Holyoke, MA, on May 7th.

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Whitehill's study suggests that underage college men discount dangers of driving after marijuana use

A study led by Health Policy and Management Assistant Professor Jennifer Whitehill reports that underage male college students are more than twice as likely to drive under the influence of marijuana than those who drive after alcohol use. The researchers found that among marijuana-using students, 44% of males and 9% of females drove after using the drug, and 51% of males and 35% of females rode as a passenger with a marijuana-using driver, likely reflecting the widespread myth that driving after marijuana use is safe.

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Braun to head department of health and Exercise Science at Colorado State

Kinesiology Professor Barry Braun, who directs the Energy Metabolism Laboratory, has been selected to head the department of health and exercise science at Colorado State University (CSU). Braun will start his new position on Aug. 15. “Barry Braun is an award-winning teacher, mentor and scholar with outstanding academic credentials and experiences,” CSU College of Health and Human Sciences dean Jeff McCubbin said. “We are fortunate to recruit him. This is an exciting new hire for our college.”



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Undergraduate teamwork emphasized in Kinesiology junior writing class

Junior Writing teaching assistants and instructor (from left to right): Sarah Michelson, Matthew Cronin, Michelle Bradley, Kelsey Bennett (back row), Kayla Wegener, Jeffrey Skoog (back row), Eliza Frechette

Kin 355 is a required course for all Kinesiology majors. Typically taken during the junior year, the class offers instruction on the principles of scientific writing and covers a variety of professional development topics. What Kinesiology students take away from the class, however, goes beyond these straightforward goals. They leave with a newfound appreciation for teamwork, group dynamics, and participatory learning, thanks to instructor Eliza Frechette and a trusted team of undergraduate teaching assistants who help her lead the discussion groups that comprise a considerable part of the course.

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Public Health Peer-to-Peer student Profiles

From left to right: Public Health majors Angela Miller, Alexandria McGowan, Vladimir Lamerique, and Bridget Aumais

Public Health Peer Advisors Alexandria McGowan, '14, and Bridget Aumais, '15, recently conducted one-on-one interviews with their fellow Public Health majors. McGowan profiled Angela Miller, '14, who had previously interned with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, while Aumais interviewed Vladimir Lamerique, '14, about his experiences as an intern with Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

Read Alexandria McGowan's interview with Angela Miller here.

Read Bridget Aumais' interview with Vladimir Lamerique here.


SPHHS students recognized for outstanding achievements

Dean Marjorie Aelion (center) with award recipients Marina Simons (left) and Hayley Rivlin (right)

Over 30 SPHHS students attended the SPHHS Undergraduate Awards Celebration, where they were recognized for outstanding achievements in the classroom, research, and through service to the community. The SPHHS Undergraduate Awards Celebration was sponsored by the SPHHS and held in the Fine Arts Center on April 26. Numerous SPHHS faculty, staff, and student family and friends attended the event.

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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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