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Laura Vandenberg (FRS '15-'16) Quoted in Article about the EPA and Animal Testing

Andrew Wheeler, EPA administrator, signed a directive on September 10 committing the EPA to a reduction in animal testing. The directive aims to completely phase out animal testing by 2035. Laura Vandenberg (FRS '15-'16) was quoted in the article stating that, "[She doesn't] think anyone would be saddened by reducing animal research,” but worries that the directive could negatively impact chemical regulation.

Airin Martinez (FRS '19-'20) Awarded UMass Public Service Endowment Grant and Co-Authors New Book on Latinx Health

Airín Martínez, CCHER Core Faculty Member and assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, and Ana Jaramillo, CCHER Steerimg Committee Member and Program Supervisor at Holyoke Health Center & Let’s Move Holyoke 5-2-1-0 were recently awarded a Public Service Endowment Grant from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

Research indicates chemicals used as alternatives to bisphenol A in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins aren’t always safer

Laura Vanderberg, FRS '15, environmental health researcher at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst contributes to Chemistry World feature discussing alternative compounds to BPA and possible safety concerns. Read more here

Jennifer Whitehill, FRS '19 looks into cannabis-related poison control calls involving the commonwealth’s children and teenagers

Jennifer Whitehill, FRS '19 ,  Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Policy, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, looks into cannabis-related poison control calls involving the commonwealth’s children and teenagers. The UMass Amherst public health researcher says findings highlight the need to better protect youth from high-potency products.

Newly selcted FRS, Devon Greyson, investigates increase in vaccination rates over 50 years

A team of researchers, led by Devon Greyson, FRS '19, investigated the findings of 20 studies that looked at two forms of vaccination mandates to determine efficacy of the mandates. Analysis of the policy research on nearly 50 years of mandates is unable to determine if increased vaccination rates were result of school requirements, or increased access, education and awareness. Read more here.

Mary Paterno, FRS '18, to facilitate digital story and panel discussion on women, substance abuse and recovery

Mary Paterno, FRS '18, assistant professor of nursing, will facilitate a digital story screening and panel discussion on women, substance abuse and recovery. The screening and panel discussion will take place Tuesday, July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Greenfield Community College Dining Commons. “Stories of strength, encouragement and hope: Local women’s experiences with substance use disorder and recovery,” is free and open to the public and will feature nine women on their journey to recovery. Read more here.