Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences J. Richard Pilsner is among the researchers featured in an article on the burgeoning field of sperm epigenetics appearing in the February 2018 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives. The focus article explores current research trends on paternal environmental exposures and how they might affect the health of his unborn children.
In a recent study, environmental scientists led by Laura Vandenberg at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences report that they observed changes in mammary gland development of female mice exposed during early development to the chemicals used in unconventional oil and gas (UOG) extraction – including fracking – at levels environmentally relevant to humans.
Tim Ford, Chair of Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the Institute for Global Health (IGH), supported by a $285,000 grant from the PAHO Foundation, is leading a project to help improve surveillance and response to cholera in Haiti.
The UMass Amherst Institute for Global Health and the Department of Environmental Health Sciences will host a talk by Dr. John D. Spengler, Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The talk, titled “Climate Change Requires Radical Collaborations,” will be held in the Integrated Sciences Building Room 221 on Monday, February 5 at 2:30 pm.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences welcomes two new full-time tenure track faculty members for the 2018 spring semester. Raphael Arku and Jennifer Mack join the faculty as assistant professors.
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier recently commented in a story appearing in the online news site CityLab on the long term health effects of intense smoke pollution
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Pilsner recently received a five-year, $2.26 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to extend and replicate findings in an animal study of his earlier investigation into the effects of phthalate levels on sperm epigenetics and reproductive success in humans.
Environmental Health Sciences graduate student Durga Kolla is on a mission to identify possible risk factors in exposure to synthetic hormones. In an interview conducted by The Center for Research on Families, she explains her work - funded in part through a CRF Capstone Thesis Award - examining the effects of exposure to environmental chemicals with estrogenic activity in relation to the development of the mammary gland in mice.
The Center for Research on Families at UMass Amherst recently profiled Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and 2017-18 Family Research Scholar Krystal Pollitt for its website. Pollitt spoke about her extensive research on the health impacts air pollution has on humans.
Richard Peltier, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, recently wrote an article for the website The Conversation, an independent, non-profit source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the general public.
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