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Brian Whitcomb Named Co-Editor of New "Methods Corner" Section of American Journal of Epidemiology

Brian Whitcomb, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at UMass Amherst and member of the CRR Stress Research Group, along with Ashley Naimi of the University of Pittsburgh, will lead a new section of the American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE) titled the “Methods Corner.” Each month it will include a brief refresher on either current methods or novel methodological applications. “I’m very excited about the Methods Corner, and to be working with a great group at AJE. The Methods Corner is a natural extension of my work here at UMass, and I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to research and education in the field,” says Whitcomb.

Linda Tropp talks of effects of contact between minority and majority groups

Linda Tropp, former Family Research Scholar, explains that studies from the last 10 to 15 years suggest that the positive effects of intergroup contact tend to be weaker among members of historically advantaged groups. There has also been growing concern that contact may effectively reduce prejudice between groups but do little to change existing social inequalities.

Pilsner Interviewed for “Environmental Health Chats” Podcast

Richard Pilsner, associate professor of environmental health sciences, was recently interviewed for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ podcast series “Environmental Health Chats.” The series explores how environmental exposures affect our health, with each episode highlighting ways researchers work in partnership with community groups to understand and address environmental health issues.

Vandenberg Gives Talk at Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam

Laura Vandenberg, associate professor of environmental health sciences, who was recently recognized as among the world’s most highly cited scientists, gave a talk explaining her research on harmful chemicals found in plastic at the first annual Plastic Health Summit held in Amsterdam earlier this fall. Her presentation focused on how early life exposure to chemicals and chemical mixtures can predispose individuals to diseases that manifest later in life.

Robert Marcotte Recieves NEACSM Award

Three kinesiology students, including a member of the CRF Student Grant Writing Program Robert Marcotte, received awards and scholarships during the annual New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) Fall Conference held November 7-8 in Providence, Rhode Island.​

“We are so proud of our undergraduate and graduate students,” says Jane Kent, Professor and Chair of the Department. “These awards reflect the excellence and intent with which they pursue their studies here at UMass, and the long tradition of our faculty providing top-tier research experiences for our students.”

Doctoral student Robert Marcotte won the NEACSM Lawrence E. Armstrong Minority Scholarship, which is awarded to support and encourage professional development and academic excellence in minority students in the New England region.

Former CRF Student Scholar Monika Roy Receives NIH Predoctoral Fellowship Award to Examine PCB-11 Toxicity

Monika Roy is a third year doctoral student in UMass Amherst's environmental health sciences program. A former CRF student awardee, Monika will investigate the liver toxicity potential of the environmental chemical 3,3’-dichlorobiphenyl, or PCB-11. PCB-11 is primarily a byproduct of yellow pigment manufacturing, but is also found in sealants, resins, and other consumer products where it can eventually evaporate and be inhaled by humans. The National Institute of Health (NIH) grant is funded through the Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) program, enables promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into productive, independent research scientists, to receive financial support to conduct their own dissertation research.