The School of Public Health and Health Sciences hosted a live information session and Q&A featuring SPHHS faculty, staff and students on Friday, February 12, 2021. The presentation included an overview of the University's new high risk operational posture; a snapshot of COVID-19 cases and "how we got here"; strategies to support your well-being; and information on campus well-being resources.
Dean Anna Maria Siega-Riz, along with SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich and Andrew Lover (Biostatistics and Epidemiology) and Ned Debold, Amanda Paluch, and Joseph Hamill (Kinesiology), comment in multiple news stories about the students at the core of the UMass Amherst COVID testing center's success; the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic; the research breakthrough of how muscle converts energy into work; whether it's okay to exercise when sick; and on the biomechanics of footwear design.
A team of UMass Amherst kinesiologists led by Associate Professor Edward “Ned” Debold, working with biophysicists from the Penn State College of Medicine, collaborated on the groundbreaking study examining how myosin converts energy into work.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is offering a robust list of online undergraduate courses for the expanded 6-week long winter session. Offerings include classes in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Public Health Sciences.
Kinesiology doctoral students Robert Marcotte and Joseph Gordon III received scholarship awards during the annual New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) Fall Conference held virtually on October 15-16, 2020.
UMass kinesiology researchers are currently comparing the effects of local heat therapy to exercise training on physical function in previously hospitalized COVID-19 patients, as heat therapy might be a more practical solution and still provide large gains in function for many patients. Volunteers are needed for this study.
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.
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.
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.
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