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.

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.

Nutrition alumna Alina Schmidt '17
February 25, 2022

Nutrition alumna Alina Schmidt ’17 is making the impact she always dreamed of as a clinical dietitian at Baystate Medical Center. She currently serves on the medical surgery and cardiac floor, assessing and tending to patients’ nutritional needs via physical tests, prescribed diets and counseling.

UMass Amherst epidemiology alumna Nydjie Grimes
February 24, 2022

A recent study led by epidemiology alumna Nydjie P. Grimes ’PhD21 found that women who breastfed for two years or longer had higher blood levels of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) and later onset of menopause, compared to women who breastfed for one month or less. The findings also suggest that previously observed relationships between menopause timing and the number of times a woman gave birth may be largely attributable to breastfeeding.

UMass Amherst Epidemiology doctoral student Christine Langton
February 2, 2022

The long-term use of oral contraceptives and certain methods of tubal ligation (TL) were associated with lower levels of a biomarker for ovarian aging, suggesting an increased risk for early menopause, according to preliminary research led by epidemiology alumna Christine Langton '21PhD and her faculty mentor Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson. 

Public Health Sciences alumna Mackenzie Varieur '21
January 27, 2022

Public Health Sciences alumna Mackenzie Varieur '21 is working on the front lines of public health as she participates in the Public Health Associates Program (PHAP) with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

UMass Amherst SPHHS alumna Paloma Suarez
November 23, 2021

Alumna Paloma Suarez, who received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition in 2012 and her MPH degree in Community Health Education in 2015 and serves on the SPHHS Advisory Board, has been named a 2021 Excellence in AmeriCorps award winner. She was recognized with the Innovative Service Award for her work through Social Capital, Inc. at the South End Community Health Center (SECHC) in Boston, MA. The Innovative Service Award recognizes a member who has incorporated new methods or approaches that are original and creatively address community needs.

September 15, 2021

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is currently undergoing a rigorous self-assessment as part of its reaccreditation process with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The initial results of the school’s self-study report, which includes a systematic examination of its instructional, research, and service programs and activities, is now available for review online here.

Nutrition alumna Lauren Mahoney
July 28, 2021

Nutrition alumna Lauren Mahoney ’19 is the recipient of a 2021 Massachusetts Dietitians Education Foundation scholarship. The foundation is the charitable arm of the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

UMass Amherst alumna Tiana Davis
July 28, 2021

Health promotion and policy alumna Tiana Davis ‘17MPH has been appointed as the new Deputy Public Health Commissioner for the City of Springfield Department of Health and Human Services.