Professor of Biostatistics Nicholas Reich kicked off the 2021-2022 UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series on October 5, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. with a talk titled “How to Forecast a Pandemic: Lessons from COVID-19.”
Gloria DiFulvio, senior lecturer in Health Promotion and Policy and undergraduate program director for the Public Health Sciences (PHS) program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, has been selected by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) as the winner of the 2021 Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) has announced its Dean’s Seminar lineup for the Fall 2021 semester with talks from state and community leaders and SPHHS faculty members. Headlining the fall series will be a talk on October 26 from Massachusetts State Senator Jo Comerford on the importance of state action to eliminate health inequities.
A new publication from Environmental Health Sciences doctoral student Oladele “Amos” Oluwayiose has been selected as an extramural paper of the month for September by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).
SPHHS researchers, including Nicholas Reich and Rachel Volberg (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Alexander Suvorov (Environmental Health Sciences), Kathryn Derose, Elizabeth Evans, Kimberley Geissler and Sarah Goff (Health Promotion and Policy), and Amanda Paluch (Kinesiology), comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic; problem gambling; declining fertility; opioid intervention and treatment; fluoride varnish treatments; and the optimal number of steps to take per day to stay healthier longer.
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alicia Timme-Laragy has received a two-year, $421,400 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to study the effects of environmental toxicants on pancreatic development.
Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Policy Elizabeth Evans has developed a new online course on mixed methods research design for the newly launched Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) Training and Engagement Center (JTEC).
Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Policy Elizabeth Evans is one of the recipients of a five-year, $2.6 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that will fund trauma treatment for people struggling with addiction in the Franklin County jail.
Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Policy John Zeber is the co-editor of a special September supplemental issue of the journal Family Practice devoted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Zeber and fellow co-editor Niharika Khanna of the University of Maryland School of Medicine also provide the issue’s opening editorial in which they outline the reasons the journal is devoting an issue to primary care responses to the pandemic.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is currently undergoing a rigorous self-assessment as part of its reaccreditation process with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The initial results of the school’s self-study report, which includes a systematic examination of its instructional, research, and service programs and activities, is now available for review online here.
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