Events Calendar

    • 13th Annual International Conference on Dose Response
    • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:00 am
    • UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA
    • The 2014 Dose-Response, Preconditioning: Adaptive Responses in Biology and Medicine will explore the rapidly emerging area of Preconditioning, its biomedical implications, its dose response features and its underlying mechanisms.  Speakers at the conference will address recent discoveries concerning how preconditioning may be used to protect against environmental stressor agents, slow down and prevent a wide range of neurological and cardiovascular diseases, and how such knowledge can be translated into medical practice, taking into consideration the challenges of human inter-individual variation.  The convergence of scientists from multiple disciplines on this topic is designed to provide a greater interactive focus on the topic of low dose responses and hopefully prevent further professional/academic isolation with respect to language, concept and interpretation of low dose effects.  The conference will also provide the most current advances in the nature of the dose response with respect to chemical and radiation induced stresses as well as a host of effects of pharmaceutical agents that have profound biomedical and risk assessment implications. 

      The conference is approved for CPH Recertification by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.  For more information, visit, email the conference coordinator, Denise Leonard, at or call the International Dose-Response Society at 413-545-3164.

      Each conference registration rate includes all sessions and refreshment breaks. Buffet lunches and dinner are available for an additional fee.

      Dose-Response Society Members*

      - Full Two Days - $299
      - Government and Academic Rate - $149
      - Student Rate - $74

      *Must be a member at the time of registration to receive the International Dose-Response Society Members rate



      - Full Two Days - $399
      - Government and Academic Rate - $199
      - Student Rate - $99

      Please register by April 8th to avoid the $50 late fee.

    • UMass Amherst Earth Day Keynote Address: Dr. Robert Bullard, Father of Environmental Justice
    • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:00 pm
    • UMass Amherst, Mahar Auditorium
    • Join the UMass Amherst Community as we celebrate the 44th Earth Day.  This year's Earth Day theme at UMass Amherst is "Climate Change: Building a Diverse Movement for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.”  The campus community will be engaging in meaningful campus reflection and action toward building more diversity and inclusivity into the sustainability community here and more broadly.

      The event is free and open to the public, with a book signing by Dr. Bullard to follow his address.

      Robert D. Bullard is the Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. He is often described as the father of environmental justice. Professor Bullard received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of seventeen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity. Professor Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA).

      For complete Earth Day 2014 Schedule click here

      For more information contact Ezra Small:, 413-545-0799


    • Bio-Epi Seminar
    • Friday, April 25, 2014 12:15 pm
    • UMass Amherst, Arnold House, Room 120
    • Marquis Hawkins, Ph.D., will make a presentation as part of the Bio-Epi Seminar Series. Hawkins is a postdoctoral researcher at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS).

    • Public Health Informatics Conference
    • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:00 am
    • Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, 210 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30303
    • Since 2003, the Public Health Informatics Conference (formerly known as the PHIN Conference) has been an important venue to convene all levels of governmental public health providers (local, state, federal, and international), researchers, vendors, and domestic/international public health and healthcare organizations to address public health informatics and information technology infrastructure and workforce capacity needs.

      The conference provides leadership and guidance for public health organizations navigating through an era of interoperable and integrated health information exchange. With the rapid implementation of global healthcare IT initiatives and accelerated developments, there is no better time than now to invest in public health informatics. The conference provides a venue for groundbreaking discussions and opportunities to provide input to CDC and other key stakeholders to accomplish the goal of cross-industry collaborations in healthcare IT.

      Nearly 1,200 attendees will come together for the PHIC this year.

      Student Proof of full time student status required$150$150
      Single Day Attendee$300$300

      *Early bird registration rates end March 18, 2014.

    • UMass Amherst Founder's Day
    • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:00 am
    • UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA
    • April 29 is Founders Day, the 150th anniversary of the founding of Massachusetts Agricultural College - UMass Amherst. Celebrate the founding of UMass Amherst - the flagship campus of the Commonwealth and a top ranked research university!

    • UMass Amherst Commencement
    • Friday, May 09, 2014 9:00 am
    • UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA
    • Graduate School Ceremony 

      - Friday, May 9, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
      - Mullins Center  

      Undergraduate Ceremony

      - Friday, May 9, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
      - McGuirk Alumni Stadium

      Check the UMass Amherst official Commencement 2014 webpage for more information.

    • SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony
    • Saturday, May 10, 2014 5:00 pm
    • UMass Amherst, Recreation Center, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Amherst, MA
    • The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) will honor its graduating seniors in a ceremony at the UMass Recreation Center, from 5-6:30 p.m. Visit the School's Commencement webpage for additional details.


    • UMass Amherst Alumni Weekend
    • Friday, June 06, 2014 8:00 am
    • UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA
    • We look forward to welcoming you back to campus for Alumni Weekend! Join fellow UMass alumni in Amherst for a weekend of memorable reunions, milestone celebrations, exciting events and programs, and ample opportunities to reconnect with your friends and classmates. Explore campus, see what’s new in your academic department and enjoy the company of great friends at the Alumni Weekend Cookout.

      Visit the Alumni Weekend website for more details.

      Questions? Contact the Alumni Association at 800.456.8627 or

    • Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit
    • Thursday, October 02, 2014 9:00 am
    • UMass Amherst, Campus Center, Amherst, MA
    • A coalition of public health leaders is organizing the first-ever Western MA Health Equity Summit  for October 2, 2014 to bring western MA practitioners and community leaders together to take steps to achieve more health equity in western MA by working, learning and taking action together. It will be geared toward a wide range of practitioners, professionals, young adults and community leaders.

      Organizers are inspired by a vision of health equity in which residents of the four western counties are able to achieve full health because unjust and avoidable obstacles have been replaced with equitable health policies and practices.  Our vision is to chart a path towards more equity in all aspects of health for our residents.  The summit will allow attendees to take back information and work in their own communities, as well as join in a network to address regional issues to make positive and lasting change.

      For more information contact the Office for Public Health Practice and Outreach at (413)-545-2529, email:

    • 2014 Diversity Challenge: Racial or Ethnic Discrimination across the Lifespan
    • Friday, October 24, 2014 9:00 am
    • Boston College, Boston, MA
    • The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) invites proposals that reflect some aspect of participant experiences in treating, teaching, studying, or intervening to understand how racial and ethnic discrimination influence the lives of individuals and communities. Presentations should focus on developments in research, professional practice, education, community activities and activism and/or social justice initiatives as they pertain to racial and ethnic discrimination at some point in the lifespan. Topics may include, but are not limited to applications of theory, community and school initiatives, activism, anti-racism training as well as current research and practice related to:

      1.  Understanding the relationships between racial and ethnic discrimination or violence and various mental and physical health and psychosocial outcomes

      2.  Improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, families, and elders in schools and communities

      3.  Addressing the effects of racial and ethnic discrimination through community and grassroots initiatives

      4.  Implementing and evaluating innovative and culturally competent interventions in traditional and nontraditional environments.

      Strongest consideration will be given to proposals that focus directly on the 2014 Diversity Challenge theme, Racial or Ethnic Discrimination across the Lifespan.

      The call for proposals is due by April 19.

      Please submit your proposal using the online proposal submission form.

      For more information, visit the ISPRC website or e-mail or call 617-552-2482.