The Department of Nutrition will host its 31st Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in the Campus Center Auditorium. This year, the department welcomes internationally renowned nutritionist and bestselling author T. Colin Campbell to deliver the keynote lecture "The Science of Nutrition, After Some Upgrading, Needs Serious Attention."
Associate professors Alicia Timme-Laragy (Environmental Health Sciences) and Brian Whitcomb (Epidemiology) are among the eight UMass Amherst faculty members who have been named Public Engagement Faculty Fellows.
Researchers in the Department of Kinesiology seek volunteers with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for a study investigating the impact of mindfulness training on balance in individuals with MS. The community-based intervention study will evaluate the impact an eight-week tai chi or mindfulness-based stress reduction course has on balance, and how long the benefit lasts.
The Department of Communication Disorders in conjunction with the UMass Amherst Stroke Support Group will host Broken Chords, Healing Harmonies, a concert to raise awareness of individuals with communication impairments and the healing power of music, on Saturday, March 30, from 1:00 – 2:15 pm in the Northampton Center for the Arts.
Karen Helfer, Chair and Professor of Communication Disorders, is one of six UMass Amherst faculty members who have been awarded a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship for 2019. She will work with Michelle Budig, Vice Provost for Faculty Development in the Office of Faculty Development.
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Youssef Oulhote is quoted in a story about research on "bug bombs" conducted from North Carolina State University. Oulhote’s previous research has concluded that synthetic pyrethroids, the main ingredient in bug bombs, are closely linked to behavioral problems in children.
Western Mass News recently interviewed Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences Timothy Ford on a feature story about the levels of bacteria spread by electric hand-dryers. He says air hand-dryers could transfer bacteria to hands by pulling contaminated air from the surrounding area.
Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Policy John Zeber recently appeared on Connecting Point, a news show produced by local PBS station WGBY.
A Reuters article reporting on research that found gender-affirming treatment is tied to better quality of life for older adults quotes Kinesiology research professor Stuart Chipkin, who says that the benefits of surgery and hormones are both physical and psychological.
In a new opinion piece written for Environmental Health News, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Laura Vandenberg says the president's state of the union message lacked a necessary focus on cancer prevention, and specifically on research to "understand and communicate the role that environmental exposures play in cancer risk."
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