Leontine Alkema recently was awarded a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explore and analyze family planning indicators such as contraceptive use in 69 countries. The main goal is to develop new methods and tools any country can use to monitor and advance national reproductive health.
The SPHHS ceremony recognized its undergraduate Class of 2017.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) epidemiologist Danelle Lobdell will keynote the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) Dean's Symposium on “Healthy Communities: Health Equity and Environmental Justice.” The event will be held Tuesday, April 25, from 1:00 - 3:30 pm in the Campus Center’s Amherst Room (10th Floor).
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Jing Qian, has received a two-year, $448,800 exploratory grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate, with collaborators at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University, new statistical methods for use in regression analysis to explore risk factors in Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
The poster winners are Alexandra Olmsted (1st place), Aurora Foster (2nd place), and Sridurgadevi Kolla (3rd place). Lindsey Russo was named the Delta Omega abstract winner.
New faculty include Timothy Ford, Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences; Associate Professor of Community Health Education Susan Shaw; and Assistant Professors Xiangrong Kong (Biostatistics) and Sara Mamo (Communication Disorders).
Thirty teams of students from the Five Colleges are expected to gather on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, March 31 to April 2, to compete in analyzing large sets of complex data at the 2017 ASA Five College DataFest competition, sponsored nationally by the American Statistical Association (ASA).
The group will hold a networking event in Bethesda, MD, on Friday, March 31st, and another in Baltimore, MD, on Saturday, April 1st.
The award, which will fund the team’s Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute-based research study, is among $157 million in new NIH funding being provided in support of a seven-year initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO).
Biostatistician Nicholas Reich, one of the leading researchers in the nation developing prediction models for infectious diseases such as influenza and dengue fever, recently received grants totaling more than $2 million to create better prediction methods for infectious disease worldwide.