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University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor of Kinesiology Richard Van Emmerik
June 11, 2021

Professor of Kinesiology Richard van Emmerik has been named Chair of the Department. He takes over for Professor Jane Kent, who has stepped down to conduct research under the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship.

June 3, 2021

The UMass Muscle Physiology Lab is seeking volunteers to participate in a study that examines the cause of muscle fatigue in older adults and determines its impact on mobility. 

CHAMP study participant
June 3, 2021

Researchers in the Muscle Biology Laboratory are seeking older adults for a study of the effects of different exercise programs on skeletal muscle function.

May 25, 2021

Eight students from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences recently won UMass Amherst Alumni Association scholarship awards for 2021. The awards were distributed based on outstanding academic achievements, leadership, and community service.

Dean Siega-Riz with Epidemiology scholarship award winner Stevaughn Smith
May 25, 2021

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences honored its 2021 scholarship recipients during an outdoor awards ceremony on April 30, 2021. The event was held under a tent outside the Totman Building with full COVID-19 protocols in effect. Student award recipients were recognized for outstanding achievements in the classroom, in research, and through service to the community.

May 24, 2021

SPHHS researchers, including Nicholas Reich and Rachel Volberg (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Stuart Chipkin and Kate Lyden (Kinesiology), and Raphael Arku (Environmental Health Sciences) comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic; problem gambling; gender diversity; physical intervention studies; and air pollution.

SPHHS graduate students Susan Park, Monika Roy, Jennifer Carroll, and Sam Zeff
May 21, 2021

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) at UMass Amherst has selected four SPHHS doctoral students for its 2021 awards and programs. Susan Park and Monika Roy have received Dissertation Awards; Jennifer Carroll has received a CRF Summer Methodology Scholarship; and Sam Zeff has been selected to join the 2021-22 cohort of the Graduate Student Grant Writing Program.

Hannah Guard (left) and Jyotika Vallurupalli (right) flank Dean Anna Maria Siega-Riz
May 14, 2021

Over the course of May 13 and 14, 2021, the University of Massachusetts Amherst conferred over 2000 advanced degrees and 6,400 undergraduate degrees to the Class of 2021, including nearly 650 SPHHS graduating seniors and over 150 graduate students.

April 25, 2021

A group of doctoral students in the Department of Kinesiology has formed the UMass Amherst Student Chapter of the American Society of Biomechanics. The student-driven organization intends to increase collaboration and engagement of undergraduate and graduate students who work on projects and ideas related to biomechanics.

April 20, 2021

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences held its 24th Annual Research Day on April 16, 2021, in a virtual format that included both oral presentations delivered live via Zoom and an interactive online poster session utilizing Flipgrid. Altogether, 40 presentations spanning all departments and academic levels – including undergraduate, masters, and doctoral student presenters – served to highlight the depth and breadth of SPHHS student research.

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