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University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Katherine Reeves
February 12, 2019

In the largest study to date on phthalates and postmenopausal breast cancer, associate professor of epidemiology Katherine Reeves found no association between breast cancer risk and exposure to the plasticizing and solvent chemicals used in such common products as shampoo, makeup, vinyl flooring, toys, medical devices and car interiors.

February 6, 2019

Researchers in the department of kinesiology are seeking young volunteers, ages 1.5-17, for a movement observation in children and adolescents (MOCA) study to improve methods of measuring physical activity using wearable sensors.

February 6, 2019

Researchers in the Department of Kinesiology are seeking volunteers for a study investigating how exercise and footwear can impact individuals with knee osteoarthritis.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Professor of Community Health Education Elizabeth Evans
February 6, 2019

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Evans will deliver a talk titled “Addressing Opioid Use Disorders among Criminally Involved Adults” on Monday, April 1, as part of the School of Public Policy’s spring colloquia series.

University of Massachusetts Department of Kinesiology Professor and Chair Catrine Tudor-Locke
January 31, 2019

In an ongoing study exploring walking for health across the adult lifespan, University of Massachusetts Amherst kinesiology researchers found that walking cadence is a reliable measure of exercise intensity and set simple steps-per-minute guidelines for moderate and vigorous intensity.​​​​​​​ Catrine Tudor-Locke, professor of kinesiology and associate dean for research, and postdoctoral researchers Elroy Aguiar and Scott Ducharme concluded that for adults, age 21-40, walking about 100 steps per minute constitutes moderate intensity, while vigorous walking begins at about 130 steps per minute. 

January 29, 2019

A team of four UMass Amherst students, including Public Health Sciences major Gabri Silverman and STEM majors Arianna Kazemi, Connor Kennedy, and Yugal Subedi, has won the American Statistical Association’s (ASA) Public Health Data Challenge.

UMass Amherst Kinesiology Senior Lecturer Judi LaBranche
January 28, 2019

The Office of the Provost has awarded Judi LaBranche, senior lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology, a Professional Improvement Fellowship for the Spring 2019 semester. She is among the first cohort of six individuals to receive the fellowship, which relieves senior lecturers of teaching and service duties for the semester to allow them to focus on professional development activities.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Nutrition Professor Nancy Cohen
January 28, 2019

It is an honor and privilege to begin serving as interim dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. As some of you may remember, I previously filled this role from September 2007 through December 2008. Much has changed in the past ten years at UMass Amherst.

January 25, 2019

Researchers in the Department of Kinesiology are seeking younger and older volunteers for a study on how fat affects muscle strength.

January 24, 2019

Jonathan Engel, an instructor in the MPH in Public Health Practice program, has published a book titled Fat Nation: A History of Obesity in America. In the book, he attempts to show that obesity is a symptom of complex changes that have transpired over the past half century to our food, our living habits, our life patterns, our built environments, and our social interactions.

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