Welcome to 2021, everyone! This new year feels so full of promise – for an end to the current pandemic through widespread vaccination, for improvement of our public health infrastructure via President Biden’s Executive Order on Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and Ensuring a Sustainable Public Health Workforce for COVID-19 and Other Biological Threats and its accompanying creation of a Public Health Workforce Program, as well as the Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) has announced its Dean’s Seminar lineup for the Spring 2021 semester. The lineup will feature talks from alumna Louise Valentine '17MPH and SPHHS faculty members Mary Andrianopoulos, Susan Hankinson, Sara Mamo, and Laura Vandenberg.
Alumnae Hillary Wright and Elizabeth Ward, who both earned their bachelor’s degrees in Nutrition from UMass Amherst in 1984, have written a new book together titled The Menopause Diet Plan: A Natural Guide to Managing Hormones, Health, and Happiness.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Raphael E. Arku has been selected as one of three recipients of the 2020 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award by the Health Effects Institute (HEI).
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.
As the University of Massachusetts Amherst readies itself for the spring semester, operations at its COVID-19 testing center and early COVID-19 vaccination continue to succeed due in large part to the nearly 90 student workers who play a significant role in daily operation. These student workers perform tasks ranging from test collection to contact tracing to administering vaccines.
Professor Emeritus David Buchanan has authored A Humanistic Approach to Health Promotion, a new book that presents a distinct, ethically robust framework for improving population health when the major causes of disease, death and disability are closely associated with human behaviors.
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.
Health Promotion and Policy alumni Chris A. Barcelos ‘16PhD recently authored Distributing Condoms and Hope: The Racialized Politics of Youth Sexual Health, a new book published by the University of California Press.
Health Promotion and Policy doctoral student Anna Mullany recently hosted a radio program examining incarcerated women who have been the victims of domestic and sexual violence. Mullany is the host of a weekly show on Brattleboro Community Radio WVEW-LP 107.7 FM.
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