Season's Greetings from the SPHHS
On behalf of the entire School of Public Health and Health Sciences, thank you all for a year of continued growth and outstanding success. Our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends have contributed in ways that are often unseen, but have a tremendous impact. I thank each and everyone of you for your hard work and support throughout the year, and for helping to foster and grow our SPHHS community. Have a safe and happy holiday season, and best wishes for 2017!
C. Marjorie Aelion,
Susan Hankinson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology, is one of seven University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers listed as among “the world’s leading scientific minds,” by Thomson Reuters. The ranking came about through a survey done by the firm of researchers whose publications are among the most influential in their fields. Hankinson is an epidemiologist whose research addresses the role of internal hormones in the body in causing breast cancer in women, including determining the lifestyle and genetic factors that influence hormone levels.
The Cornell Douglas Foundation, an environmental health and justice advocacy group based in Bethesda, Md., has named Laura Vandenberg, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, one of its 2016 Pearl Award winners in recognition of her “outstanding leadership in conducting critical research to identify and address the many issues concerning endocrine disruptors.” Vandenberg is an internationally known expert on the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on development and how environmental exposures in early life can contribute to adult diseases including breast cancer, infertility and obesity.
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Nicholas Reich at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, one of the leading researchers in the nation developing prediction models for infectious diseases such as influenza and dengue fever, recently received grants totaling more than $2 million from the NIH and DARPA to create better prediction methods for infectious disease worldwide. Part of the goal, he says, is “to build a new framework with an eye toward delivering useful results to public health practitioners.” Results should be useful for hospital epidemiologists and others responsible for making public health decisions.
Nutrition and Community Health Education alumna Leslie Chambers, '79, MS '85, recently spoke about her experiences as a student at UMass Amherst in a video produced by the UMass Profile Series. The American Parkinson Disease Association President and CEO discusses her experiences as both an undergraduate and graduate student in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and how today she’s bringing together experts from multiple disciplines to fight one of the world’s most complex neurological diseases.