SPHHS researchers Laura Balzer, Nicholas Reich, Rachel Volberg, and Brian Whitcomb, (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Richard Peltier, Richard Pilsner, and Alexander Suvorov (Environmental Health Sciences), and Elizabeth Evans (Health Promotion and Policy) comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic, reports on the social and economic impacts of gambling, sperm biomarkers that may predict male fertility, the health effects of man-made chemicals, the effectiveness of face masks in protecting against air pollution, and prevention efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.
An interdisciplinary research team including lead author Allyson Rosati, who recently completed a master’s in molecular and cellular biology, environmental epigeneticist Richard Pilsner, and epidemiologist Brian Whitcomb, has identified a single-measure biomarker in sperm mitochondrial DNA that may predict male reproductive health and pregnancy success.
SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich and Andrew Lover (both Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Richard Peltier (Environmental Health Sciences), and Amanda Paluch (Kinesiology), along with undergraduate student Kerri Watkins (Nutrition), comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic, tick surveillance research, pollutants, health tracking devices, and healthy diets.
Interim chair of environmental health sciences and professor of resource economics Angela de Oliveira has received a two-year, $205,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the motives, beliefs and behaviors behind in-kind charitable giving.
Five SPHHS faculty members – Katherine Boyer (Kinesiology), Lorraine Cordeiro (Nutrition), Kimberley Geissler (Health Promotion and Policy), Sarah Poissant (Communication Disorders), and Laura Vandenberg (Environmental Health Sciences) – are among the 39 UMass Amherst faculty selected to the 2020-2021 cohort of ADVANCE Faculty Fellows.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences welcomed five new tenure-track and six new non tenure-track faculty members into its ranks this academic year.
SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich (Biostatistics and Epidemiology) and Richard Peltier (Environmental Health Sciences), along with graduate students Parker Sweet and Clement Boaheng (Health Promotion and Policy), comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic.
The MPH Task Force has completed its review of the current SPHHS core curriculum for its MPH degree programs and issued its final report.
Edward Calabrese, professor of environmental health sciences, continues in a recent paper to question the legitimacy of the linear no threshold (LNT) model for risk assessment for ionizing radiation exposure as adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and many others.
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alicia Timme-Laragy has been selected to serve as a member of the Cancer Etiology Study Section for the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health.
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