News

December 18, 2020

SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich, Andrew Lover, and Raji Balasubramanian (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Richard Peltier and Laura Vandenberg (Environmental Health Sciences), and Elizabeth Evans and Anna Mullaney (Health Promotion and Policy) comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic; the potential dangers of repeated decontamination and re-use of N95 masks by healthcare workers; the results of a study of oral hormone therapy; the health impacts of plastics; guidelines for big data governance and opioid use disorder; and intimate partner violence.

Allyson Rosati
December 3, 2020

Recent UMass Amherst graduate Allyson Rosati ’19, ’20G is profiled in a feature story appearing now on the UMass homepage. The article highlights Rosati's remarkable success as an undergraduate researcher in the environmental epigenetics lab of Associate Professor Richard Pilsner.

November 27, 2020

SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Richard Peltier (Environmental Health Sciences), and Mira Weil, Kimberley Geissler and Laura Attanasio (Health Promotion and Policy) comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic; the health impacts of ethylene oxide emissions; teaching sex education; and inadequacies in postpartum care.

November 13, 2020

SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich, Andrew Lover, and Rachel Volberg (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Alexander Suvorov (Environmental Health Sciences), and Kimberley Geissler and Laura Attanasio (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; connections between toxins, genes, and disease; and inadequacies in postpartum care.

October 30, 2020

SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich and Rachel Volberg (both Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Edward Calabrese (Environmental Health Sciences), and Sofiya Alhassan (Kinesiology) 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, and how to keep children active during the pandemic.

October 29, 2020

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alexander Suvorov has used an unprecedented objective approach to identify which molecular mechanisms in mammals are the most sensitive to chemical exposures. The study, published in the journal Chemosphere, advances the understanding of the interaction of chemicals, both pollutants and pharmaceuticals, on gene expression and the impact on human health.

Environmental Health Sciences doctoral student Abosede Sarah Alli
October 27, 2020

Environmental Health Sciences doctoral student Abosede Sarah Alli was named one of the winners of the 2020 New Researcher Abstract Award by the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). She received the distinction as part of the ISEE’s 32nd annual conference, held virtually this year with 1800+ participants from 70+ countries convening online to share valuable research and discussion for improving environmental health policy worldwide.

Angela de Oliveira and Karen Helfer
October 23, 2020

Angela de Oliveira, professor of resource economics and interim chair of environmental health sciences; and Karen Helfer, professor of communication disorders, were among the UMass Amherst faculty members recognized by the newly launched Office of Faculty Development (OFD) for their contributions to faculty development programs while serving as Chancellor’s Leadership Fellows.

October 16, 2020

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.

SPHHS faculty members Richard Pilsner and Brian Whitcomb
October 6, 2020

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.

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