Jesse Ortiz, Professor Emeritus of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, died peacefully of natural causes on December 31, 2019 at the age of 86 in Washington, DC.
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has named Donald Robinson, adjunct professor in environmental health sciences, as a board member in 2020.
Four undergraduates working in the labs of Environmental Health Sciences faculty members Alexander Suvorov and Alicia Timme-Laragy have received the Pfizer Award from the Society of Toxicology (SOT). The awards will support their registration, lodging, ground transportation, food and travel to the society’s annual meeting in March in Anaheim, California. Each of the 21 national winners will present their honors thesis research at the conference.
Laura Vandenberg, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, commented in a lengthy story published in Environmental Health News about the scientific review of and controversy over the chemical BPA.
Marjorie Aelion, associate vice chancellor for research and engagement and former dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, was part of a delegation from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) invited to the organization’s inaugural Academic Regional Meeting in Asia: Global Conference on Public Health Education in the 21st Century. The ASPPH is the voice of accredited academic public health, representing schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Studies have shown that perinatal exposure of rats and mice to common flame retardants found in household items permanently reprograms liver metabolism, often leading later in life to insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Now, research led by Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alexander Suvorov, with co-authors in Moscow, Russia, has identified the likely mechanism responsible for the pollutant’s effect: an altered liver epigenome.
Laura Vandenberg, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, has been recognized for being among the world’s most highly cited researchers in 2019 by London-based Clarivate Analytics, owner of the Web of Science.
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alicia Timme-Laragy, a developmental toxicologist with expertise in how early life exposures to pollutants affect health, recently hosted a workshop for elected officials and candidates on the health risks associated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. “PFAS 101: Current Research and Health Risks” brought staff representing a number of state representatives and senators, Westfield City Councilors, and staffers from Senator Warren and Senator Markey's office to campus to introduce legislators to the current state of research and raise awareness of the health risks associated with PFAS chemicals.
Laura Vandenberg, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, recently gave a talk explaining her research on harmful chemicals found in plastic at the first annual Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam.
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Pilsner was recently interviewed for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ podcast series “Environmental Health Chats.”
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