UMass Amherst students Arianna Kazemi, Connor Kennedy and Gabri Silverman, undergraduate winners of the American Statistical Association (ASA) Public Health Data Challenge, and their advisor, Associate Professor of Biostatistics Nicholas Reich, have published an article exploring the differences in the death, arrest and reoffending rates for opioid users in the USA.
Nicholas Reich, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, whose flu forecasting collaborative has produced some of the world’s most accurate models in recent years, will receive up to $3 million in funding over the next five years from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to operate a UMass-based CDC Influenza Forecasting Center of Excellence, one of two in the nation.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences welcomes five new full-time faculty members into its ranks this academic year. New tenure-track faculty hires for Fall 2019 include Zhengqing Ouyang and Cassandra Spracklen in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and Wouter Hoogkamer and Amanda Paluch in the Department of Kinesiology. Elizabeth Salerno Valdez joins the Department of Health Promotion and Policy as a full-time lecturer.
The SPHHS is among the Leading Public Health Programs 2019 featured regionally alongside a Newsweek feature titled “What Can a Degree in Public Health Do For You?”
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer is among the authors of a new paper appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine that shares the results of an ambitious three-year research project, the Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health (SEARCH) Study, to reduce HIV incidence and improve community health in rural Kenya and Uganda.
Nicholas Reich, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, has received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers to conduct research at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich.
Graduate students and faculty from the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology attended and presented their research at the 2019 Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) Annual Meeting held in Minneapolis, Minnesota this past June.
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer is the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Young Alumna Award from the Westover School, an independent high school for girls located in Middlebury, CT. Balzer received the award during Reunion Weekend on May 18.
In a story examining the high vaccine exemption rates in western Massachusetts’ Hampshire County schools, the Daily Hampshire Gazette quotes Community Health Education’s Gloria DiFulvio on the safety and validity of vaccinations.
Eliza Frechette (Kinesiology) and Chi Hyun Lee (Biostatistics and Epidemiology) are among eight UMass Amherst faculty selected to receive Mutual Mentoring Micro-Grants by the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development.
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