Kinesiology Professor and Chair Catrine Tudor-Locke has received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from NIH’s National Institute on Aging to develop a common metric that can be collected and interpreted across the variety of pedometers, accelerometers and other wearable trackers now in use for personal activity level monitoring. At present, the commercial aspect of accelerometry “remains a lamentable source of frustration to those who yearn for standard measures,” she says. Tudor-Locke says researchers need to establish an accurate and reliable measure of the relationship between ambulatory cadence and intensity no matter what device is used.
Community Health Education alumna Jane Zapka, MS '69, was honored by the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at its 6th annual Fall Celebration on Saturday, October 17, in the Fine Arts Center. A former UMass Amherst Health Policy and Management faculty member and Director of Health Education at University Health Services, Zapka was presented with the SPHHS Award for Significant Contributions to the field of public health and the health sciences in recognition of her distinguished career as a public health educator, researcher, and administrator. Nearly 100 alumni, faculty, staff, and students attended the brunch reception.
Organizers and faculty from the SPHHS and Department of Health Promotion and Policy gathered in Boston with panelists interested in aspects of marijuana legalization ranging from lawmakers to medical marijuana executives for the second Marijuana Policy Forum. The invitation-only forum, held in the Massachusetts State House on October 14, 2015, drew a crowd of 50 attendees with a wide variety of interest in the public health implications of legalizing the sale and consumption of marijuana. The schedule was devoted to presentations about social and criminal justice, marijuana and public health, and other policies to protect the public in the likely event of a ballot referendum on allowing recreational marijuana use in the state in 2016.
Jade Foster, a senior Kinesiology major, recently spoke about her experiences on campus in a video produced by the UMass Profile Series. "I love the opportunity to meet someone new every second. My UMass education meant a lot to me because it fostered this sense of community," she says.