SPHHS March 2017 eNews

The SPHHS E-Newsletter • March 2017

Dean's Message

This past February, I traveled to Thailand on behalf of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS). While there, I gave three presentations to administrators and faculty from Thammasat University in Bangkok and Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai.... Learn more



Campus collaboration to study adolescent health behaviors

A new $3.1 million NIH-funded research project led by John Sirard, kinesiology, and James Kitts, sociology, will study friendship and health behavior among students in four middle schools over three consecutive years. Learn more

Nutrition doctoral student awarded NIH internship

Fifth-year doctoral student Sharmin Hossain has accepted a 10-week paid internship at the National Institute of Aging. She was one of 24 candidates selected out of 200 applicants this year for the program. Learn more

Fellowship supports activity tracker research

The UMass Amherst Graduate School has awarded Kinesiology doctoral candidate Albert Mendoza a Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship, which supports doctoral candidates from diverse backgrounds while they complete their dissertations—promoting diversity on campus and in academia. Learn more

Balancing act: college student and pro bike racer

Junior Ellen Noble '18 - a four-time national cyclocross champion who finished second at the 2017 world championship - balances her college education studying Public Health Sciences with her career as a professional cyclist. Learn more

Innovation in Action

Kinesiology courses get a lift from alumnus’ fitness app

Kinesiology lecturer Judi LaBranche integrates LIFT, a fitness app developed by UMass Amherst alum Chris Blyth '96, into her Fitness Management and Exercise Testing and Programming courses. Learn more

In the Spotlight

SPHHS welcomes new faculty in spring 2017 semester

New faculty members include Timothy Ford, Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences; Associate Professor of Community Health Education Susan Shaw; and Assistant Professors Xiangrong Kong (Biostatistics) and Sara Mamo (Communication Disorders). Learn more

Tudor-Locke, Alhassan chosen as ACSM officers

Kinesiology faculty members Catrine Tudor-Locke and Sofiya Alhassan have been chosen as officers of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Tudor-Locke is one of two Vice Presidents for ACSM; Alhassan will be one of two Trustees for Education and Allied Health. Learn more

SPHHS faculty named 2017-18 Family Research Scholars

The SPHHS recipients were Aline Gubrium, Associate Professor of Community Health Education, Krystal Pollitt, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, and Ning Zhang, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management. Learn more

Kinesiology doctoral students receive dissertation grants

Doctoral students Carl Jewell, Brittany Masteller, and Jan Stenum will receive additional financial support from the UMass Amherst Graduate School in the form of $1,000 Dissertation Research Grants. Learn more

Featured Events

March 31 & April 1, 2017: DC-Area Alumni Networking Nights

The DC-Area Networking Group will hold two upcoming networking events, one in Bethesda, MD, on Friday, March 31st, and another in Baltimore, MD, on Saturday, April 1st. Learn more

April 4, 2017: 20th Annual SPHHS Research Day

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. Learn more

April 12, 2017: 29th Annual Virginia A. Beal Lecture

The Department of Nutrition will host its annual Virginia Beal Lecture on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, beginning at 4:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. Dr. Joel Mason of Tufts University will deliver a lecture titled "Micronutrients and Cancer Prevention: Making Sense of a U-shaped World." Learn more

April 22, 2017: Parkinson’s Unity Walk (New York City)

The UMass Amherst Unity Walk team invites students, faculty and staff from all departments within the SPHHS to join them in New York City as they raise awareness, money for Parkinson’s Disease. Learn more

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