Rachel Volberg, Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology and principal investigator of the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study, was interviewed by the BBC World Service in London.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences held its 22nd Annual Research Day on April 2, 2019, in the Campus Center Auditorium. Epidemiology doctoral student Christine Langton took home first prize for her research.
The Physical Activity in Pregnancy Lab is seeking healthy pregnant women who are between the ages of 18-40 and in early pregnancy to participate in a study to measure the accuracy of a pregnancy physical activity questionnaire.
An article criticizing the state of Illinois for doing little to address gambling addiction after video gambling was made legal there in 2012, quotes Rachel Volberg, Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology and principal investigator of the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study.
Three faculty from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences are among the six 2019-20 Family Research Scholars selected by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Research on Families (CRF). The CRF chooses six faculty members each year for the program based on their promising work in family-related research. The SPHHS recipients were Airín Martínez and Jennifer Whitehill, Assistant Professors in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, and Nicole VanKim, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology.
Associate professors Alicia Timme-Laragy (Environmental Health Sciences) and Brian Whitcomb (Epidemiology) are among the eight UMass Amherst faculty members who have been named Public Engagement Faculty Fellows.
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Youssef Oulhote is quoted in a story about research on "bug bombs" conducted from North Carolina State University. Oulhote’s previous research has concluded that synthetic pyrethroids, the main ingredient in bug bombs, are closely linked to behavioral problems in children.
In the largest study to date on phthalates and postmenopausal breast cancer, associate professor of epidemiology Katherine Reeves found no association between breast cancer risk and exposure to the plasticizing and solvent chemicals used in such common products as shampoo, makeup, vinyl flooring, toys, medical devices and car interiors.
The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) research team has published a study finding little evidence of harm to society as measured by crime, divorce or home foreclosures due to the opening of a new area casino.
New research by Xuehong Zhang of Harvard Medical School, with UMass Amherst Professor of Epidemiology Susan Hankinson and others, incorporates biomarker risk factors into established breast cancer risk prediction models to see if their joint contribution could increase the models’ accuracy. Their initial findings are promising, significantly improving predictive outcomes for invasive breast cancer, particularly among postmenopausal women not using hormone therapy (HT).