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 as we honor alumna and former faculty member Dr. Jane Zapka, MS '69 in Community Health Education, with the SPHHS Award for Significant Contributions to the fields of public health and health sciences! Enjoy brunch while reconnecting with former classmates; visit faculty, staff and students to share your latest news; learn more about what is happening within the SPHHS and your department; and hear talks from special student speakers!
The Department of Kinesiology and the Daily Hampshire Gazette are co-organizing “Active Aging in the Valley” on the UMass Amherst campus on Saturday, October 24th, from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. The free event will offer lectures, workshops, and panel discussions on a variety of exercise-related topics. Booths featuring services and programs pertaining to health and physical activity for older adults will also be showcased. Attendees will learn about the science of aging and tips about physical activity for the older adult.
Visit the Active Aging in the Valley website for more information, or read this recent Daily Hampshire Gazette supplement which offers detailed information on the event and articles by Kinesiology faculty members.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology Brian Umberger is the co-principal investigator on a three-year, $630,331 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant led by Frank Sup of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, to develop revolutionary robotic prostheses for below-knee amputees. The researchers aim to create better fitting, more functional, and comfortable robotic lower limbs for amputees, especially those over 65. Umberger will collaborate with Sup to develop their new kind of robotic limb to relieve the commonly experienced discomfort and soft tissue injuries that many amputees suffer in their residual limbs from ill-fitting or poorly functioning prostheses.
Nozipho Maziya, a doctoral student in public health with a concentration in nutrition, was recently awarded $20,000 through an International Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW International Fellowships are awarded to international students pursuing graduate studies in the U.S. who are highly qualified scholars and have interest in work that helps women and girls. In her home country of Swaziland, Maziya worked with rural communities facilitating the establishment and implementation of projects aimed at promoting maternal and child health, reducing poverty and food insecurity, improving clean water access and sanitation, and preventing HIV/AIDS.