Dean Marjorie Aelion invities you to join your fellow SPHHS alumni, faculty, students, staff and friends for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences' 7TH ANNUAL FALL CELEBRATION!
Join us on Saturday, October 15th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Fine Arts Center as we honor alumna Leslie A. Chambers, '79, MS '85, President and CEO of the American Parkinson Disease Association, with the SPHHS Award for Significant Contributions to the fields of public health and health sciences. Enjoy brunch while reconnecting with former classmates; visit faculty, staff and students to share your latest news; learn more about what is happening within the SPHHS and your department; and hear talks from special student speakers.
Alumna Leslie Chambers '79 (Nutrition), MS '85 (Community Health Education), will keynote the School of Public Health and Health Sciences Dean's Symposium on Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Diseases being held Friday, October 14, from 1:00-3:00 pm in LSL Room S330. Chambers, the President and CEO of the American Parkinson Disease Association, will be joined by SPHHS faculty members and other cross-disciplinary researchers in presenting the latest research breakthroughs and potential pathways for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. A panel discussion hosted by Peter Reinhart, director of the UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences and Scientific Advisory Board member for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, will follow the presentations.
Estimates are that millions of people have asymmetric hearing loss, where there is more hearing loss in one ear than the other. This can pose serious challenges to understanding speech and identifying where sounds are coming from, even though people may partially adapt to asymmetric inputs to the brain, says Richard Freyman, Professor of Communication Disorders. The specific underlying causes of these hearing difficulties are poorly understood because of a lack of basic and applied research. “We need more information to inform clinical decisions faced by real people.” Now Freyman and Karen Helfer, Professor and Chair of Communication Disorders, have received a five-year, $1.6 million NIH grant to advance understanding of asymmetric hearing loss and help this large population.
UMass Amherst counted a record sixteen Fulbright scholarships awarded on campus in 2016, and three SPHHS students and recent graduates are among those group. They include: Alexander Bogdan (pictured above, left), currently pursuing a master's in the Biostatistics program, who will travel to Romania to investigate the role of environmental exposures on cervical cancer in Romanian women; Maegan Boutot (pictured above, middle), who earned a master's in epidemiology in 2016, will combine her previous research with her love of the Russian language to conduct a public health project in Russia on dating culture and sexual health in university-aged Russian and foreign students; and Bryn Rothschild-Shea (pictured above, right), who graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders, will travel to Logroño, Spain to teach English at an elementary school.
Kinesiology alumnus Efosa Guobadia ’07 is once again leading efforts on behalf of the annual PT Day Of Service (PTDOS), which will be held this year on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Now in its second year, the PTDOS initiative is mobilizing clinicians, students and associated staff of the physical therapy profession to volunteer in communities around the world. The inaugural PTDOS proved to be a tremendous success. The event recruited over 3,700 participants from all 50 states and 28 countries, raised over $750,000 for charity, and rallied the profession to volunteer nearly 11,500 hours of their time.