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Research Semester: "Bioinspired Sensors and Devices for Wearable Technology"

November 13, 2018

Presented by Dr. Jun Yao, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Location: Skinner Hall Room 101

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


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Research Semester: "Garment-Integrated Technologies Created Using Reactive Vapor Deposition"

September 18, 2018

Presented by Dr. Trisha Andrew, Department of Chemistry.

Location: Skinner Hall Room 101

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


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Research Semester: "Self-management of Stress and Fatigue: Use of Technology"

September 11, 2018

Presented by Dr. Karen Kalmakis, College of Nursing.

Location: Skinner Hall Room 101

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


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UManage Center Year 4 Pilot Projects

May 10, 2018

The UManage Center will launch its call for Year 4 Pilot Projects by holding an information session on May 30, 2018 at 10:00am in Skinner Hall, Room 101.

The purpose of the UManage Center Pilot Research grant program is to provide funding for pilot research projects that address the self-management of sleep or fatigue using handheld or wearable sensors and/or other advanced technologies. Pilot projects support studies on the self-management of fatigue and sleep in persons of all age groups with chronic and acute disorders or multiple chronic conditions or disruptions due to aging.

UManage Pilot Research grants enable nurse-led faculty teams to generate data to support a subsequent NIH grant application.  Teams must include members from other disciplines.  Submission of a NIH grant proposal is a requirement of a UManage Pilot Project grant award. Individuals awarded UManage Center grants will be recognized as UManage Center Research Fellows.

Grant applications that focus on any area of science related to the self-management of sleep and/or fatigue to improve human health are invited. Two pilot awards will be made for 2019-20.


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National Institute of Nursing Research Center Directors Meeting

May 4, 2018

On May 1, 2018, members of the UManage Center attended the 2018 NINR Center Directors Meeting, held at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. This meeting focused on how NINR Centers are advancing symptom and self-management science using personalized precision health and technology, and addressed the central question, “How can personalized precision health technology be designed, developed, and used to improve the study of symptoms and self-management in nursing science?”

Dr. Jenna Marquard, the director of the Human Factors Core, was the keynote speaker. She spoke on “Opportunities for Personalized Precision Health Technology Use in Health Monitoring.” Year 1 Pilot Project PI, Dr. Karen Kalmakis, also presented at the meeting, as one of two pilot project presentations. The UManage Center as a whole presented a poster titled “Building Research Capacity” that explored the theme of the pilot project process.


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Research Seminar: "Intimate Partner Violence and Perinatal Health"

April 24, 2018

Presented by Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, School of Nursing, University of Virginia.

Location: Skinner Hall Room 101

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


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Year Two External Advisory Board Meeting

April 12, 2018

The second annual review of the UManage Center took place on Thursday, April 5, 2018, when members of the External Advisory Board met at the UMass Amherst campus.

Introductions by Michael Malone, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, Stephen Cavanagh, Dean of the College of Nursing, and Peter Reinhart, Director of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) were followed by updates from the three core directors. After a tour of some of the facilities housed in IALS, the Board members heard presentations from each of the six pilot project Principal Investigators and asked questions. The Board then discussed the work of the UManage Center over the past year and generated a report to help with the continued advancement of the Center.

Many thanks to the members of the External Advisory Board for their attendance, and their constructive responses to the work being undertaken at the UManage Center.


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Talk: "From Academia, to Government, to Industry: Aging Research across Sectors"

March 27, 2018

Presented by Portia Singh, PhD, Philips Research North America.

Location: Life Sciences Laboratories, Room S330 and via Zoom

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


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Year Three Pilot Project PIs named

February 1, 2018

The UManage Center is excited to announce the recipients of its Year Three Pilot Project grants. Congratulations to College of Nursing faculty Jeungok Choi and Beth Henneman. Dr. Choi’s project will investigate a tablet-based simple walking intervention to improve self-management of rheumatoid arthritis fatigue, and Dr. Henneman’s project will examine self-monitoring of fluid status to improve sleep and reduce fatigue in patients with lung congestion secondary to circulatory overload. Further information can be found here.


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Call for Letters of Intent for One Year Three Pilot Award

January 4, 2018

The UManage Center is now accepting Letters of Intent for ONE award for its 2018-19 Pilot Project Grant Program.

The purpose of the UManage Center Pilot Research grant program is to provide funding for pilot research projects that address the self-management of sleep or fatigue related to wellness, health, acute or chronic conditions using handheld or wearable sensors and/or other advanced technologies. Pilot projects support studies on the self-management of fatigue and sleep in persons of all age groups with chronic and acute disorders or multiple chronic conditions. 

Please email your notice of intent to apply to Annette Wysocki, Pilot Project Core Director or Cynthia Jacelon, Principal Investigator by January 12, 2018.

Letters of Intent are due by January 17, 2018.

Questions should be directed to Annette Wysocki, PhD, RN, FAAN, Pilot Project Core Director, UManage Center: annettew@nursing.umass.edu or Ian Cooke:  icooke@umass.edu or Cynthia Jacelon, PhD, RN-BC, CRRN, FGSA, FAAN: Principal Investigator, UManage Center: UMass Center for Building the Science of Symptom Self-Management (NIH/NINR 1P20NR016599): jacelon@nursing.umass.edu


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Research Seminar: "Making Sense of Self-Management Behavior Data: How Can Informatics Tools Help?"

November 29, 2017

Presented by Kavita Radhakrishnan, PhD, MSEE, RN, University of Texas at Austin.

Location: Skinner Hall Room 101

Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm


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Research Seminar: "Addressing Activity, Anxiety, Sleep & Sexual Well-being following Breast Cancer: Protocol for a Nurse-led Biobehavioral Intervention Trial"

November 14, 2017

Presented by Rachel Walker, PhD, RN, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Location: Skinner Hall Room 101

Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm


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Research Seminar: "The Resilient Brain: Epigenetics, Stress and the Lifecourse"

October 24, 2017

Presented by Bruce McEwen, PhD, Alfred E. Mirsky Professor and head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University, New York.

Location: Life Sciences Laboratories Room S330/340

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


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Visit from Philips Research North America

October 20, 2017

On Thursday, October 19, four representatives from Philips Research North America (Portia Singh, Mladen Milosevic, Daniel Schulman, and Ali Samadani), based in Cambridge, MA, visited the UMass Amherst campus to learn about some of the work being done by the UManage Center and to exchange ideas. The day consisted of presentations by faculty from the UManage Center and the College of Nursing, tours of the various facilities housed in the Institute of Applied Life Sciences and the College of Nursing's Skinner Hall, and a brainstorm period to discuss ideas and opportunities for collaboration.

This visit represented a fantastic opportunity to develop relationships with industry and find new ways to encourage the development of the science of symptom self-management.


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Change in Year 2a Pilot Project PI

October 18, 2017

Dr. Raeann LeBlanc has been approved as the new Principal Investigator for the Year 2 pilot project "Self-management of sleep using wearable sensors in older adults with chronic pain" following Dr. Deborah Rosenbloom's departure from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


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Call for Year Three Pilots

June 15, 2017

The UManage Center has announced its request for applications for pilot research grants for 2018-19. The purpose of the UManage Center pilot research grant program is to provide funding for pilot research projects that address the self-management of sleep or fatigue using handheld or wearable sensors and other advanced technologies. Grant applications that focus on any area of science related to the self-management of sleep and fatigue to improve human health are invited.

Two pilot awards will be made for 2018-19, with at least one of these grants to be focused on sleep, sleep management, sleep hygiene, sleep apnea or another area of sleep science. Letters of intent are due August 1.


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P20 Pilot Project Information Session

June 13, 2017

Presented by Dr. Annette Wysocki, Pilot Project Core Director of the UManage Center and Associate Dean for Research, and Dr. Cynthia Jacelon, Principal Investigator and Director of the UManage Center

Location: Skinner Hall Room 101

Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am


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UManage Center Research Fellow at the 42nd Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress

May 6, 2017

UManage Center Research Fellow, Dr. Rachel Walker, recently convened a panel entitled “Oncology Nursing Research, Emerging Technologies, and Precision Health” at the Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress in Denver, CO. Dr. Walker utilized work from her P20 Pilot Project on the use of wearable eye-tracking technology to monitor cancer-related fatigue in this examination of technology in nursing research. The panel was well-received and inspired a great deal of discussion.


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UManage Center personnel attend the 2017 National Institute of Nursing Research Directors Meeting

May 2, 2017

Four representatives from the UManage Center, Cynthia Jacelon, Annette Wysocki, Rachel Walker, and Karen Kalmakis, attended the 2017 National Institute of Nursing Research Directors Meeting, held at the National Institutes of Health in Bethseda, Maryland. The theme of the meeting was “Advancing Symptom and Self-Management through Precision Health,” and was an opportunity to meet with the P20 Program Director and members of the other NIH-funded Centers. Our team presented three posters, one of the UManage Center, and one each on the two Year One Pilot Projects. These were all well-received and garnered positive feedback from other attendees.


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Research Seminar: “Self-Management Strategies for Cancer Survivors: Who Does What and Why?”

April 25, 2017

Presented by Catherine Henshall, PhD, MA, MN, RN, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England

Location: Skinner Hall Room 101

Time: Noon – 1:00 pm


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UManage Center External Advisory Board Annual Meeting

April 18, 2017

Members of the UManage Center External Advisory Board convened at UMass Amherst on April 18, 2017, to conduct the first annual review of the UManage Center. The day began with introductions by Michael Malone, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement at UMass Amherst, Stephen Cavanagh, Dean of the College of Nursing at UMass Amherst, and Peter Reinhart, head of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences. Following this, the three core directors, Cynthia Jacelon, Annette Wysocki, and Jenna Marquard, provided updates on the progress of each area of the Center, and the four Pilot Project PIs each gave a presentation. Many thanks to the members of the External Advisory Board for their attendance and constructive responses to the work being undertaken at the UManage Center.


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UManage Center presentation at the Eastern Nursing Research Society 2017 Conference

April 5-7, 2017

Dr. Cynthia Jacelon attended this year’s Eastern Nursing Research Society conference in Philadelphia where she was part of a symposium session entitled “Centers in Self-Management of Symptoms: Building Science and Research Teams for the Future”, and presented on the UManage Center.


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Educational Session: “Designing for People: Personal Health Monitoring Device Usability Workshop.”

March 1, 2017

Facilitated by Jenna Marquard, PhD, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering, UMass Amherst.

Location: IALS Conference Center seminar rooms (A330/S340)

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

This interactive workshop will:

  • Introduce you to human factors usability design principles and methods
  • Describe how human factors usability design methods can improve product and system design and implementation
  • Allow hands-on practice of some human factors usability design methods

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Year Two Pilot Project PIs named

December 1, 2016

The UManage Center is excited to announce the recipients of its Second Year Pilot Project grants. Congratulations to College of Nursing faculty Mary Paterno and Deborah Rosenbloom. Dr. Paterno’s work will look at sleep management in the third trimester of pregnancy, and Dr. Rosenbloom’s project will examine self-monitoring of sleep in older adults with chronic pain. You can find more information here


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Research Seminar: “Step Counting and Cadence Tracking: Numbers to Walk By”.

December 7, 2016

Presented by Catrine Tudor-Locke, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Kinesiology, UMass Amherst

Location: Skinner Hall Room 101

Time: Noon – 1:00 pm


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“Emotional Well-Being in Healthy Aging and in Adults with Neurogenerative Disease”

November 30, 2016

Presented by Rebecca Ready, PhD, Associate Professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst

Location: Skinner Hall Room 101

Time: Noon – 1:00 pm


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Research Seminar: “Muscle Fatigue and Fatigability in Aging and Chronic Disease”

November 16, 2016

Presented by Jane Kent, PhD, Professor in Kinesiology, UMass Amherst

Location: Skinner Hall Room 101

Time: Noon – 1:00 pm


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UManage Center Celebration and Orientation

November 9, 2016

Location: Skinner Hall Room 101

Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30pm

Join us to celebrate and discuss the development of the UManage Center for Building the Science of Symptom Self-Management.


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Research Seminar: “Approaches for Measuring Sleep and How to Get Started”

October 26, 2016

Presented by Rebecca Spencer, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst

Location: Skinner Hall Room 213

Time: Noon to 1:00 pm.


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UManage Center Pilot Grant Information Session

October 12, 2016

Presented by Annette Wysocki, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, College of Nursing, UMass Amherst

Location: Skinner Hall Room 101

Time: Noon to 1:00 pm.


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UManage Center Year One Pilot Projects Announced

August 1, 2016

Congratulations to College of Nursing faculty Rachel Walker and Karen Kalmakis, the first two recipients of UManage Center Pilot Project grants. Dr. Walker’s project will explore the use of a newly developed, wearable eye-tracking technology to monitor cancer-related fatigue, and Dr. Kalmakis’s will investigate the use of continuous cortisol monitoring to assist with stress self-management. You can find more information here.