Alumni News

Do you have news you want to share with your fellow alumni? Whether you're telling us about advancements in your research or in your workplace, informing us about upcoming events, gatherings and fundraisers, or just sharing good news about new family members, we would love to hear from you! We will use stories for our website, newsletters, and other SPHHS publications.

To share your story, please email Patrick Freeman.

Alumni Tiana Davis, Preeti Nakrani, Melanie Wilk, and Sasha Jimenez
June 22, 2022

SPHHS alumni Tiana Davis ’17MPH, Preeti Nakrani ‘17MPH, and Melanie Wilk ’17 are among those named to BusinessWest's 40 Under 40 Class of 2022. They are joined by Sasha Jiménez ‘17, an HFA graduate who served as co-chair of the planning committee for the documentary film, MOSAIC, produced in partnership by the SPHHS and the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network (WMHEN).

Epidemiology alumna Maryanne Bombaugh
June 21, 2022

Epidemiology alumna Dr. Maryanne C. Bombaugh ’79MS has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2022 recipient of its Award for Distinguished Service. The honor, one of the most prestigious given by the Society to one of its members, is awarded each year to a physician who has made significant contributions to the goals of the organization through demonstrated leadership, member recruitment, and committee work.

Illustrated image of people walking
June 21, 2022

A story appearing in the Spring 2022 issue of UMass Magazine highlights the work being conducted by UMass faculty and alumni to help all of us age gracefully, including the work of Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Amanda Paluch and nutrition alumna Uche Akobundu ’03MS.

Public health sciences and nutrition alumna Wendy Ng
June 17, 2022

Alumna Wendy Ng ’17 (Public Health Sciences with a secondary major in Nutrition), who went on to receive her registered dietitian credentials from Simmons University, is featured in a recent spotlight appearing on the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) website.

May 20, 2022

SPHHS researchers and staff members, including Andrew Lover, Nicholas Reich, and Cassandra Spracklen (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Richard Peltier (Environmental Health Sciences), Airín D. Martínez, PhD student Saharra Dixon, and MPH students Sam Tarplin, Parker Sweet, and Erin Maggiulli and alumna Liz Whynott '09MPH (Health Promotion and Policy), and Brenda Evans (Center for Community Health Equity Research) and Risa Silverman (Office of Public Health Practice and Outreach) comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic; genetic markers for type 2 diabetes; air pollution; safe injection sites; compulsive hair pulling; and issues of health equity.

Virginia Beal Lecture speaker Renée Boynton-Jarrett
April 26, 2022

Pediatrician and social epidemiologist Dr. Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD will provide the keynote lecture "Ensuring Equitable Nutrition Is Social Justice: The First 1,000 Days and Beyond" at the 34th annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture on April 28 live via Zoom.

Kinesiology postdoctoral researcher associate Kate Hayes
April 25, 2022

Kate Hayes, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Kinesiology, was one of ten researchers whose posters were selected for presentation during the opening reception of the annual meeting of the American Physiological Society, Experimental Biology 2022. 

Virtual interview between Neil Meltzer, Isabela Yepes, and Mary Ellen Liseno
March 29, 2022

Public Health Sciences major Isabela Yepes '21 conducts an informational interview with alumnus Neil Meltzer '78, president and CEO of LifeBridge Health. Neil shares moments from his professional life and advice on what he has learned along the way in establishing his company and making an impact on public health.

Priscilla Clarkson
March 8, 2022

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) honors the late Priscilla Clarkson, Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology, in its International Women's Day 2022 tribute. Kinesiology alumna Monica Hubal '06PhD shares Clarkson's impact as a leader and advocate for women in the field of skeletal muscle health research.

February 25, 2022

SPHHS researchers, including Anna Maria Siega-Riz (Dean, School of Public Health and Health Sciences), Andrew Lover, Youssef Oulhote, Nicholas Reich, Susan Sturgeon, Rachel Volberg, and alumna Christine Langton '21PhD (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Laura Vandenberg (Environmental Health Sciences), Elizabeth Evans, Laura Attanasio, Sarah Goff, and MPH students Juliana Sopko and Parker Sweet (Health Promotion and Policy), and Amanda Paluch and Katie Potter (Kinesiology), comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic; environmental contaminants and autism risk; breast cancer risk; gambling behaviors; oral contraception and ovarian function; the adverse health effects of BPA; opioid addiction treatment; the optimal number of steps to take per day to stay healthier longer; the potential health benefits of pet ownership; and the potential health benefits of pet ownership.

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