The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) invites alumni and friends back to campus for its 6TH ANNUAL SPHHS FALL CELEBRATION! Join us on Saturday, October 17th, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Fine Arts Center. Enjoy brunch while reconnecting with former classmates, and visit with faculty, staff and students to share your latest news and learn more about what is happening within the SPHHS. The event will include special student speakers and the presentation of the SPHHS Award for Significant Contributions to the fields of public health and health sciences.
Lizbeth Del Toro-Mejias, a doctoral student in the Community Health Education program, has received a two year, $40,504 award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health (award Number R01DA037117) under the Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research Program. The supplemental award is provided for Del Toro-Mejias to participate in data collection as part of a larger NIH grant titled “Injection Risk Networks in Rural Puerto Rico” being conducted by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, John Jay College CUNY, and the Medical School of the University of Puerto Rico.
Albert Mendoza, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Kinesiology, was recently awarded a 1-year, $27,857 grant through the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research program. Mendoza will use the funds for a study titled “Validation of activity trackers in estimating energy expenditure, activity minutes and steps in free-living settings,” which will examine the accuracy and precision of consumer fitness trackers. The study will be the first using these devices as well as direct observation to monitor individuals in their day-to-day lives rather than a laboratory setting.
Students in the UMass Amherst Pre-College program were recently on campus from July 27 to August 7 for an intensive course introducing principles of kinesiology such as exercise science, health, and fitness. Sharing an interest in future careers involving fitness and wellness, the students hailed from locations all over the United States and Canada. Kinesiology Lecturer Tom St. Laurent led the students through a combination of lectures and field exercises, introducing fitness testing techniques such as blood pressure, body composition and flexibility and then practicing these skills in hands-on lab experiments with their peers.