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Dean Anna Maria Siega-Riz
November 23, 2020

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. It is a time for family and rejuvenation; a time for expressing gratitude and giving thanks; and a time to enjoy the nourishment of delicious food in the company of those we love.

UMass Amherst Alumnus Dr. Akshay Kapoor '14
November 23, 2020

Public Health Sciences alumnus Dr. Akshay Kapoor '14 is among the members of the UMass Amherst community celebrated in a new video produced by the Alumni Association. The COVID-19 heroes were honored for contributing to the fight against COVID-19 during the campus’s virtual Homecoming 2020 celebration. 

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer
November 19, 2020

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer is among an international team that recently received a five-year, $23 million NIH grant to extend the SEARCH (Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health) study. Since its inception in 2012, the SEARCH study has been designing and evaluating evidence-based interventions in rural Kenya and Uganda as part of the global effort to eliminate HIV and improve community health.

November 13, 2020

SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich, Andrew Lover, and Rachel Volberg (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Alexander Suvorov (Environmental Health Sciences), and Kimberley Geissler and Laura Attanasio (Health Promotion and Policy) comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic; reports on the social and economic impacts of gambling; connections between toxins, genes, and disease; and inadequacies in postpartum care.

UMass Amherst Health Policy and Management faculty Kimberley Geissler and Laura Attanasio
November 10, 2020

Most women are receiving fewer than half the services recommended during their comprehensive postpartum medical checkup, according to a study by Health Policy and Management assistant professors Kimberley Geissler and Laura Attanasio.

October 30, 2020

SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich and Rachel Volberg (both Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Edward Calabrese (Environmental Health Sciences), and Sofiya Alhassan (Kinesiology) comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic, reports on the social and economic impacts of gambling, and how to keep children active during the pandemic.

October 29, 2020

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alexander Suvorov has used an unprecedented objective approach to identify which molecular mechanisms in mammals are the most sensitive to chemical exposures. The study, published in the journal Chemosphere, advances the understanding of the interaction of chemicals, both pollutants and pharmaceuticals, on gene expression and the impact on human health.

Public Health Practice alumna Louise Valentine '17MPH
October 28, 2020

Public Health Practice alumna Louise Valentine ’17MPH is the author of The Art of Breaking Through, a new self-help book that outlines a simple, five-step approach to taking on life's most difficult moments.

Dean Anna Maria Siega-Riz
October 28, 2020

This month has been filled with many face-time activities, including our Dean’s Forum during UMass Homecoming and the UMass Foundation Board meeting, in which I participated as a panelist to discuss our School’s involvement in the COVID response.

Environmental Health Sciences doctoral student Abosede Sarah Alli
October 27, 2020

Environmental Health Sciences doctoral student Abosede Sarah Alli was named one of the winners of the 2020 New Researcher Abstract Award by the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). She received the distinction as part of the ISEE’s 32nd annual conference, held virtually this year with 1800+ participants from 70+ countries convening online to share valuable research and discussion for improving environmental health policy worldwide.

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