NIAAA's Hingson Keynotes SPHHS Seminar & Panel Discussion on Alcohol Use
Dr. Ralph Hingson, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), will deliver the keynote address on “Preventing Alcohol-Related Injuries” at the SPHHS-ENVIRON Seminar & Panel Discussion on “The Complexity of Alcohol Use: The Role of Science, Government, and the Community” on Wednesday, October 29th, from 3:00-5:00 pm in Room 240 of the Integrated Learning Center. Hingson will be joined by Dr. Kenneth Mundt of ENVIRON, who will deliver a presentation on “Alcohol and Chronic Disease Risk: An Epidemiological Paradox,” and a panel group featuring Gloria DiFulvio, Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Director in Public Health; Sally Linowski, UMass Amherst Assistant Dean of Students; Nicole Rau, an MPH student in the Community Health Education program; and Jennifer Raichel of the UMass Amherst Student Government Association.
Bertone-Johnson receives $3.1 million grant to study predictors of early menopause
Associate Professor of Epidemiology Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson is conducting the first large study to investigate whether vitamin D deficiency, inflammatory factors, hormones and other factors are associated with risk of early menopause. Bertone-Johnson recently received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to determine how biochemical, reproductive, dietary and lifestyle factors are related to risk of early menopause among members of the Nurses’ Health Study II (NHS2), an ongoing prospective study of 116,000 women aged 25-42 when they entered the study in 1989.
Reich participates in White House Office of Science and Technology Policy workshop on dengue epidemic prediction
Nicholas Reich, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, recently was invited to participate in a workshop run by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) entitled “Integrating Prediction and Forecasting Models for Decision-Making: Dengue Epidemic Prediction.” Held in September at the White House Conference Center in Washington, D.C., the event was the second in a series convened by the OSTP in support of the Predict the Next Pandemic Initiative launched by Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Science and Technology Advisor. The workshop, attended by close to 50 international scientists and public health officials, brought together federal and non-federal stakeholders from around the world.
Communication Disorders alumnae bring a little bit of UMass to the University of Pittsburgh
|Front (left-right): Catherine Palmer '84; Adrianna Doyle '13; Elaine Mormer '79, '81; Katie Stone '14. Back row (left-right): (arm on panther) Arielle Swartz '12; Deborah Morgan '12|
Given the highly competitive rates of admission to graduate school, it’s highly unusual to find so many alumnae in one school as there are UMass Amherst graduates at the University of Pittsburgh, a top 10 program in both audiology and speech-language pathology according to the most recent U.S. News &World Report rankings. Communication Disorders alumnae currently working or enrolled at the university include faculty members Dr. Elaine Mormer, ’79, MA’81, and Dr. Catherine Palmer, ’84, and students Arielle Swartz, ’12, Deborah Morgan, ’12, Adrianna Doyle, ’13, and Katie Stone, ’14.