News

January 23, 2019

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier recently rebuked a study funded by members of the chemical and sterilization industry in a feature story appearing in the Chicago Tribune.

January 22, 2019

Twenty-five undergraduate students, including Public Health Sciences major Rebecca Piscia, have been selected from a pool of more than 100 applications to be 2019 UMass Women into Leadership (WUiL) fellows.

Zhenhua Liu
January 17, 2019

In two recent studies, Associate Professor of Nutrition Zhenhua Liu investigates whether high doses of vitamin D can be used as an effective dietary strategy to prevent obesity-related colorectal cancer.

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management Laura Attanasio
January 16, 2019

Attanasio is quoted saying that in the United States fewer than 9 percent of births are attended by midwives, compared with more than two-thirds of births in some European countries. She says that lack of awareness about midwives and a misconception that midwives only attend home births is a key reason for the comparatively low rate.

January 15, 2019

Boston Magazine recently featured Public Health Sciences alumna Eliza Shirazi ’13 in a story about her new partnership with the popular workout app NEOU. Shirazi, the creator of the popular workout class Kick It by Eliza, says the app will allow patrons to participate in her classes virtually from any location, or to follow along with previously recorded classes.

University of Massachusetts Biostatistics faculty Nicholas Reich
January 15, 2019

In what the authors believe is the first documented comparison of several real-time infectious disease forecasting models by different teams across many seasons, five research groups report this week that a majority of models consistently showed higher accuracy than historical baseline models. Led by Associate Professor of Biostatistics Nicholas Reich, the research teams formed a consortium called the FluSight Network and compared the forecast accuracy of 20 models compared to a historical baseline seasonal average.

UMass Amherst Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management John Zeber
January 7, 2019

In a recent study exploring the feasibility of introducing gun safety discussions and interventions into routine health care settings, investigators including Associate Professor John Zeber suggest that there is some support for promoting firearm safety in pediatric primary care as a universal suicide prevention strategy for adolescents.

University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences Dean Marjorie Aelion
December 21, 2018

Dean Marjorie Aelion reflects on her 10 years leading the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

UMass Amherst Kinesiology postdoctoral researcher Chad Straight
December 19, 2018

Chad Straight, a postdoctoral researcher in the Kinesiology Department, has been selected as a recipient of the Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award. The two-year, $102,500 award from The Medical Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Boston-based organization Health Resources in Action (HRiA), will fund Straight’s research on the “Sex-Specific Mechanisms of Obesity-Induced Muscle Weakness in Older Adults.”

University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Rachel Volberg
December 18, 2018

The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) research team has published a study finding little evidence of harm to society as measured by crime, divorce or home foreclosures due to the opening of a new area casino.