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.
The opening of MGM Springfield – the first resort-style casino in the state – stimulated the local and statewide economy and enhanced job and educational opportunities for a diverse workforce while not resulting in any increase in the rate of problem gambling or at-risk gamblers. Those are some of the key findings from the latest round of Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study reports, which feature findings from surveys of MGM Springfield employees, casino patrons and community residents.
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.
Dean Anna Maria Siega-Riz will moderate a panel of UMass faculty - including Health Promotion and Policy's Airin Martinez - for a discussion on “Race, Gender, Class, and COVID-19” via Zoom Webinar on October 9 at 1 p.m.
The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study, based at UMass Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences, will host on Wednesday, Oct. 14 the 2020 Public Research Day Webinar titled “Springfield’s Two Years as a Casino Host: Looking Back and Looking Forward.”
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.
Professor of Epidemiology and Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson will present "Why the Menstrual Cycle Matters," the first talk in the 2020-21 UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, on Wednesday, October 7, at 4:00 pm in a Zoom webinar format.
Elizabeth Evans, co-principal investigator of the $10 million Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) Clinical Research Center grant, will deliver a webinar on “A criminal justice-engaged research collaborative: Findings and lessons learned from Western Massachusetts” on October 14, 2020, beginning at 12:00 pm.
Interim chair of environmental health sciences and professor of resource economics Angela de Oliveira has received a two-year, $205,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the motives, beliefs and behaviors behind in-kind charitable giving.
One month into the semester and I am happy to report that our faculty and students are progressing nicely. In the School we are delivering over 400 courses remotely with all but a few, and appropriately so, I might add, using a learning management system that allows for our students to be engaged in their learning and have resources at their fingertips.
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