Public Health Sciences senior Hannah Weinronk and Real Food Challenge team win national award and $75,000 at Unite4:Humanity Awards Gala
Public Health Sciences senior Hannah Weinronk was part of a three-person Real Food Challenge (RFC) team that recently won first place and $75,000 from the unite4:good foundation’s national unite4:inspiration competition. Weinronk and two other RFC national steering committee members, Sunny Kim of Johns Hopkins University and Stephanie Yee of California State University, Monterey Bay, competed against four other teams from across the country to gather votes from supporters in two rounds of online balloting over several months. Winners were announced in mid-February during the unite4:humanity gala in Los Angeles. The unite4:good foundation was created in 2013 by philanthropist Anthony Melikhov.
Bertone-Johnson wins Fulbright award for upcoming research in Finland
Associate Professor of Epidemiology Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson recently won an award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) and the Fulbright Commission in Finland. Bertone-Johnson will teach and conduct research at the University of Eastern Finland's Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition during academic year 2015-16. Her project, titled “Cardiovascular disease in Finnish women: The intersection of gynecologic conditions and vitamin D for predicting long-term cardiovascular health,” will evaluate how the timing of menopause and early onset of menopause are associated with cardiovascular disease and whether vitamin D can affect them.
Pilsner travels to Moscow as part of Russian Science Foundation project
Richard Pilsner, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, has recently been chosen as a scientific advisor for a three-year grant funded by the Russian Science Foundation. The study, led by Dr. Oleg Sergeyev of Chapaevsk Central Hospital in Chapaevsk, Russia, is examining the relationship between exposure to pollutants and sperm quality. The researchers on the project will select 108 young men from Chapaevsk who had varying degrees of exposure to pollutants ranging from low to high levels. As part of the grant, Pilsner journeyed to Moscow in December 2014, spending three days at Dr. Evgeny Rogaev’s laboratory at the Vavilov Institute of General Genetic training his Russian colleagues.
SPHHS to host Research Day, Health and Wellness Panel as part of National Public Health Week
|Dean Marjorie Aelion with 2014 Research Day winners Iris Corbasson (Delta Omega winner); Catherine Wickham (1st Place, Practice Category); Katelynn Venne (2nd Place, Practice Category); Haotian Wu (1st Place, Research Category); Cory Greever (2nd Place, Research Category); and Carrie Nobles (3rd Place, Research Category).|
The SPHHS will hold its 18th Annual Research Day on Monday, April 6. The School holds this event, celebrated annually during the National Public Health Week, as an opportunity for the university, media and surrounding communities to learn more about the research, instruction and outreach conducted by its students. Students from all departments in the SPHHS will present posters of their work which will be judged based on content and presentation. Awards are made in Research and Practice categories, and one award will be presented by the Delta Omega Honor Society. In addition to its annual Research Day, the School will host its 2nd Corporate Health & Wellness Panel Discussion on Thursday, April 9. The panel will feature alumni representatives holding degrees in kinesiology, nutrition, and public health who have a shared interest in health and wellness in corporate and healthcare settings. The event will be moderated by Judi LaBranche, lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology, and feature representatives from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, the Continuum Performance Center, Plus One Health Management, and more.
Department of Nutrition hosts 27th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture
The Department of Nutrition will host the 27th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room on the third floor of the Mullins Center. Robert S. Chapkin, PhD, Distinguished Professor, University Faculty Fellow, Regents Fellow & AgriLife Senior Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M University will deliver the keynote lecture titled “Winning the Chemoprevention War: Reducing Inflammation through Nutrition” at 5:30 p.m. The lecture bears the name of the late Professor Emerita Virginia A. Beal, a pioneer in the field of nutrition and a longtime member of the Nutrition faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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SPHHS climbs to #25 in latest U.S. News & World Report rankings
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is ranked 25th in the nation in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.” The SPHHS was ranked 34th in 2012, the previous year in which public health programs were rated. The latest edition of the rankings, released March 10, includes new information in some fields and reiterates other rankings that are not measured each year. The following specialties within the Department of Communication Disorders were ranked most recently in 2013: audiology, 29th out of 73 programs; and speech-language pathology, 45th of 240 programs.
Western MA Health Equity Network and MPHA continue their collaboration with April 1st Western MA Health Equity Policy Forum
The Western MA Health Equity Network (WMHEN) and the MA Public Health Association (MPHA) will host the Health Equity Policy Assembly on April 1st, 2-4pm in the MA Department of Public Health's Western Regional Office in Northampton, MA. The assembly will be held to identify which state policy priorities the Western MA Health Equity Network will work on this legislative session to advance health equity in Western Massachusetts. Later in the spring, WMHEN will host strategy meetings and keep regional advocates informed about when they need to take action to advance their chosen priorities.