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November 26, 2018

Four graduate students from the UMass Amherst Department of Kinesiology received awards and scholarships during the annual New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) Fall Conference held November 8-9 in Providence, Rhode Island.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Nutrition Professor Nancy Cohen
November 26, 2018

Nancy Cohen, professor of nutrition and senior planning officer in the Chancellor’s Office, has been appointed interim dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS), effective Jan. 6. She will replace Marjorie Aelion, who has accepted a position as the university’s associate vice chancellor for Research and Engagement.

University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences Dean Marjorie Aelion
November 26, 2018

Marjorie Aelion, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) since January 2009, has been named associate vice chancellor for Research and Engagement. Her appointment is effective in January, though she will begin her new duties after a year-long sabbatical supported by a Fulbright Global Scholar award.

University of Massachusetts Kinesiology alum Efosa Guobadia
November 21, 2018

Kinesiology alumnus and SPHHS Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient Efosa Guobadia '07, CEO of Move Together, recently appeared in the UMass Alumni Association's "Leadership Live" online series.

November 19, 2018

Sara “Sally” Bachman, an epidemiology alumna who received her MS degree from the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences in 1980, has been named dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.

November 19, 2018

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier comments in a story about how people in California are coping with smoke from wildfires and the health problems associated with breathing the smoke. “Short-term exposures to intense smoke can lead to lung and cardiovascular problems in some people, especially if they are already susceptible to these diseases,” he says.

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer
November 19, 2018

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer delivered an invited talk on trial design during the HIV Vaccine Trial Network’s symposium on “HIV Prevention Efficacy Trial Designs of the Future” held in Seattle, WA, on November 5.

November 14, 2018

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Laura Vandenberg says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is ignoring its own data about the chemical BPA.

University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Rachel Volberg
November 14, 2018

Epidemiology’s Rachel Volberg recently explained why people are attracted to playing lottery games like Mega Millions to the Boston Herald.

University of Massachusetts Community Health Education faculty Lisa Wexler
November 13, 2018

As the nights grow longer and winter settles in across the north, a team of health researchers is using a “community mobilization” approach to translate research into practice for an Alaska Native youth suicide prevention program in 15 remote Alaska towns. The intervention, “Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide” (PC CARES) was developed by Lisa Wexler and Cris Smith at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with colleagues from Northwest Alaska and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Wexler and colleagues pilot-tested the program in 10 far-flung Native Alaska communities over the past year. They recently received a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health to expand the project, “re-envisioning it to adapt to a new region,” as she explains.