SPHHS April 2017 eNews

The SPHHS E-Newsletter • April 2017


Dean Aelion to serve on HHS subcommittee

Dean Marjorie Aelion joins the Stakeholder Engagement Subcommittee of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee composed of national subject matter experts providing recommendations for developing and implementing the Healthy People 2030 initiative. Learn more



Researchers analyze risk factors for problem gamblers

The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) research team recently presented a deeper analysis of survey data on gambling and problem gambling to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Learn more

Qian develops statistical methods to study Alzheimer’s disease risk factors

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Jing Qian has received a two-year, $448,800 NIH exploratory grant to investigate new statistical methods for use in regression analysis to explore risk factors in Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more

Carbone named Nutrition and Dietetics Fellow

Elena Carbone, Associate Professor of Nutrition, has been named a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The designation recognizes Academy members who have distinguished themselves by their service to the dietetics profession and by optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition. Learn more

Dean's Advisory Board Member receives Distinguished Alumni Award

SPHHS Dean's Advisory Board member Robert Littleton, Jr., '71 was one of six alumni presented with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. Learn more

Impacting Our Community

EPA speaker keynotes SPHHS Dean's Symposium

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency epidemiologist Danelle Lobdell provided the keynote talk at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences Dean's Symposium on “Healthy Communities: Health Equity and Environmental Justice.” Learn more

SPHHS faculty groups involved in racial justice initiative

Nutrition faculty Lorraine Cordeiro and Lindiwe Sibeko, and Community Health Education faculty Melody Slashinski and Krishna Poudel, are among the UMass Amherst researchers involved in a new initiative to launch a Center for Racial Justice and Urban Affairs in Springfield. Learn more

Kinesiology department welcomes Williston students for Science Day

The Department of Kinesiology hosted middle school students from the Williston Northampton School and provided an introduction to different aspects of kinesiology. Learn more

In the Spotlight

Van Emmerik named 2017-18 Conti Fellow

Professor of Kinesiology Richard Van Emmerik is one of three UMass Amherst faculty named as a 2017-2018 Conti Fellow by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement. Learn more

Ford delivers keynote at Global Health Symposium

Timothy Ford, Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, recently gave the keynote address titled “Global Issues in Water and Health” at the University of Wisconsin’s annual Global Health Symposium. Learn more

Averill to examine benefits of Tai Chi for people with MS

Kinesiology doctoral student Julianna Averill will examine the effects of Tai Chi on physical and psychological balance for people with MS through a Dissertation Research Grant from the UMass Amherst Graduate School. Learn more

Public Health Sciences major Borofski receives Pfizer Travel Award

Public Health Sciences major Katrina Borofski traveled to the Society of Toxicology's annual meeting through a Pfizer SOT Undergraduate Student Travel Award. Learn more

Public Health Sciences majors featured in iCons video series

Public Health Sciences majors Aser Abrha, Angelina McKenna, and Alyssa McQuillan are among the students featured in the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) Program’s Student Showcase, a video gallery of student research. Learn more

Alumni Highlight

Elizabeth Chennamchetty MPH '04 publishes memoir

Community Health Education alumna Elizabeth Chennamchetty, MPH '04, is the author of a recently published memoir titled Bangles, Bindis and Babies: Becoming a Family, which recounts how she met her future partner – and MPH ’03 alumnus – Vijay Chennamchetty and their journey from "improbable romance" to multicultural marriage. Learn more

Featured Events

May 13, 2017: SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony

The SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony will take place Saturday, May 13, in the Fine Arts Center. Ceremony 1 (Kinesiology and Nutrition majors) will begin at 1:00 PM and Ceremony 2 (Communication Disorders and Public Health Sciences majors) will begin at 3:30 PM. Visit our commencement page

In Pictures

20th Annual SPHHS Research Day

The SPHHS is pleased to announce the 2017 SPHHS Research Day award winners: Alexandra Olmsted (1st place), Aurora Foster (2nd place), and Sridurgadevi Kolla (3rd place). Lindsey Russo was named the Delta Omega abstract winner. Visit our photo gallery

SPHHS Career Networking and Development Conference

The SPHHS welcomed representatives from over 25 organizations and nearly 500 students to its annual Career Networking and Development Conference for a series of networking roundtable discussions, vendor fair, and panel discussions. Visit our photo gallery

Around the SPHHS


Support the SPHHS

During #UMassGives, the School of Public Health and Health Sciences is inviting its alumni to make a gift to the school or your department. Your funds go directly to support students, research, and our faculty. These funds create opportunity and make an immediate impact allowing the school and its departments to push the boundaries of scientific exploration, expand community outreach, and to provide much needed student support.

Please come together with the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and participate in #UMassGives on April 27, 28!