• Seven people pose for a photo standing in front of an academic poster.

    New Program Gives Graduate Students a LIFT

    Ten students recently completed UMass Lowell’s Innovative Fellows Training (LIFT), a new program supported by a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institute on Aging that is designed to diversify career opportunities for early-career scientists in the field of aging and aging-related diseases.
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  • Public Health doctoral candidate Liam Fouhy sits behind a machine that measures bone density, in the Health Assessment Lab

    Researcher: Balance of Key Minerals Helps to Prevent Weak Bones

    Getting the right balance of calcium and magnesium in your diet may be more important to keeping your bones healthy than getting the recommended daily minimum of each mineral, says Liam Fouhy ’19, a doctoral student in public health.
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  • Illustration of the link of the gut and brain

    Researchers Study Link Between the Gut and Brain Health

    In a new study published in the Annals of Neurology, Assoc. Prof. of Public Health Natalia Palacios found that healthy, anti-inflammatory bacteria were less abundant among people who were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
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  • Nishi Shah at her internship as Bae Systems

    UML Students Earn While They Learn

    UML students, from a range of majors, share what they learned during their recent paid internships, co-ops and research experiences – and how it’s given them new perspectives on their coursework.
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  • Lawreta Kankan with counselors Danny Tran, Keanna Bouthsarath and Sierra Goodwin

    Learning is Social: New Program Sets Health Sciences Students up for Success

    The Zuckerberg: Ready, Set, Go! program hosted 20 first-year health sciences majors arrived on campus a week before classes start for social activities, community service and educational and cultural activities to help them get acclimated to campus and the city of Lowell.
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  • Tarlin Family

    Tarlin Triplets Thrive at UMass Lowell

    Triplets Jillian, Chloe and Sam Tarlin have carved out their own paths at UMass Lowell as they prepare to graduate together.
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  • MPH students Tanimul Islam and Samia Binta close up

    Couple from Bangladesh Earns MPH Degrees Together

    Married couple Samia Binta Rahman and Tanimul Islam, who are trained doctors from Bangladesh, are graduating from the Master of Public Health program together.
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  • Brenda and Rachel Mains

    Twin Sisters Choose Public Health Twice

    Twin sisters Brenda and Rachel Mains, who graduated with bachelor’s degrees from UML’s public health program in 2021, are graduating together from the Master of Public Health program.
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  • Lawreta Kankam, Heer Patel and Essi Havon

    The "Benefit of Youth" Needed to Transform Public Health Systems

    National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Micky Tripathi spoke on campus recently to students, staff and faculty about the modernization of public health systems in celebration of National Public Health Week.
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  • Public health master's student Kyle Fahey goes over a park evaluation form with UML student and faculty researchers and older residents of Lowell.

    City and UML Partner on Making Lowell ‘Age-Friendly’

    Students in health sciences are gaining research experience in Lowell, working alongside an adult advisory group and local agencies to help make the city an “age-friendly” community.
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  • Transene research team

    Students Help Local Company Find Safer Alternatives to PFAS

    With the help of a student research team, Transene Company is offering etching solutions to its semiconductor customers that don't contain the toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
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  • Gianna Sandelli '19, '22 does a wellness check. Sandelli works at Lowell House Addiction Treatment and Recovery

    Lowell and UML Partner on Opioid and Mental Health Grants

    The city of Lowell is working in partnership with university researchers to get people with opioid use disorder into services and out of the criminal justice system. New grants are expanding the city’s diversion efforts, including for police calls involving people experiencing a mental health crisis.
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  • Rachel Le interviews a research participant

    New Study Analyzes How Neighborhoods Impact the Likeliness of Falls

    A new study led by Prof. of Public Health Wenjun Li, with funding from a $4 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging, will analyze how older people move and use the outdoor space in their communities.
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  • firefighters put on fire

    Researchers Win $900K Grant to Protect Health and Safety of Firefighters

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a $900,000 grant to Research Prof. Anila Bello of the Department of Public Health for research into better protections for firefighters from harmful chemicals used to extinguish fuel-based fires.
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  • UML Public Health major Jordan Lippincott and Assoc. Dean Nicole Champagne at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic run by Lowell General Hospital

    UML Receives $3 Million for New Public Health Informatics Degrees

    UMass Lowell received more than $3 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop new undergraduate and graduate programs in public health informatics and technology. UML will work with community colleges and health care partners to educate diverse students who can fill vital jobs.
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  • An aerial view of the Merrimack River running through the UML campus

    With NSF Award, New Grad Program Focuses on Protecting Water Resources

    An interdisciplinary team of UML faculty, led by Assoc. Profs. Meg Sobkowicz-Kline and Chris Hansen, have received a nearly $3 million National Science Foundation Research Traineeship award for a new graduate student program focused on developing sustainable materials and chemicals that won’t harm water resources.
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  • UML health sciences faculty tour the new Health Sciences Hub

    ‘Health Sciences Hub’ Offers Tutoring, Advising and More

    The new “Health Sciences Hub” in the Health and Social Sciences Building is a one-stop center for student success. It includes space for advising, tutoring, exam reviews, faculty and teaching assistant office hours, health sciences club meetings, interprofessional education and more.
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  • Assoc. Vice Chancellor Julie Chen and her wife, Susu Wong, get vaccinated by Nursing Prof. Lisa Abdallah, who volunteers at Lowell General Hospital's vaccination clinic

    Should You Get Vaccinated?

    Starting April 19, anyone 16 years and older living in Massachusetts can get vaccinated against COVID-19. Campus health experts and researchers recommend vaccination for everyone who can safely get the shot -- so that we can protect ourselves and others in our campus community.
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  • UML Public Health Prof. Wenjun Li researches healthy ageing resources by neighborhood

    Public Health Professor Studies Aging, Health Inequities

    Public Health Prof. Wenjun Li researches people’s access to resources that support healthy aging, with a focus on how social and environmental factors such as income, race and residential neighborhoods contribute to inequities in health and well-being. He’s also collaborating on research projects involving veterans.
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  • More than 100 UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff are volunteering at Lowell General Hospital's Mass Vaccination Program for COVID-19

    Health Sciences Students Volunteer at Lowell Vaccine Clinic

    More than 100 students in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences have volunteered to help out at Lowell General Hospital’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic, which gives about 2,000 shots each day. In addition, some nursing students are earning clinical hours while giving vaccinations.
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  • UMass Lowell Public Health Prof. Emerita Margaret Quinn

    Public Health Researcher Makes Home Care Safer for Patients and Aides

    The need for home health care services has never been greater, or more challenging, than during COVID-19. Under a major federal grant, Public Health Prof. Emerita Margaret Quinn, lead researcher for the Safe Home Care Project, is using her expertise to address the hazards that home care aides face.
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  • TNEC trainers help someone with their hazmat suit

    TNEC’s Evolving Worker Safety Training Gets $6.6M Boost

    Thanks to a five-year, $6.6 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, The New England Consortium at UMass Lowell will expand its hazardous materials worker health and safety training under the direction of Research Prof. David Turcotte.
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  • Asst. Prof. David Cornell and the finger sensor research team

    Exercise Science Majors Earn Kudos for Research

    Four current and former exercise science majors won praise at a conference for their research on a heart rate finger sensor – and honors student Andreas Himariotis carried off the top undergraduate prize.
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  • UMass Lowell Asst. Prof. of Public Health Serena Rajabiun

    Health Professors Target Improved Care for Black Women with HIV

    Asst. Prof. Serena Rajabiun and two other Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences professors are leading a $3.9 million federal grant to help HIV treatment centers improve care for Black women, who have higher infection rates and worse health outcomes because of poverty, stigma and structural racism.
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  • Clinical Health Sciences grad Lindsey Roberts '14 '19 is the new director of the lab at Lowell Community Health Center

    UML Alumni and Volunteers Help ‘Stop the Spread’ of COVID-19

    When two alumni now working at Lowell Community Health Center wanted volunteers for their “Stop the Spread” COVID-19 testing campaign this summer, they knew whom to call: their former professors in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences.
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  • Person with green gloves spraying a cleaning solution on a bathroom handle

    Disinfectants Can Kill the Coronavirus, but Can Also Harm Health

    With the coronavirus pandemic persisting, people may be tempted to increase the use of disinfectants to help stem the spread of the virus. But these products contain Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered pesticides that can cause harm, especially if not used as directed.
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  • Katherine Mayer, front right, UMass Lowell EMT, outside the Tsongas Center

    Seniors Adapt Capstones to Online Learning

    With labs closed and all academic programs now online due to COVID-19, seniors are adapting their capstone projects. Some capstones have even taken on new relevance because they address aspects of the pandemic.
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  • Sam Codyer makes a contact tracing call from home

    Public Health Students Volunteer as Contact Tracers

    Thirty undergraduate and graduate public health students from the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences have volunteered to work with local boards of health on contact tracing efforts to help contain the coronavirus pandemic.
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  • A worker wearing PPE cleans a food delivery van.

    TNEC Offers Free Trainings on COVID-19 Worker Safety

    The New England Consortium, a UML-based institute, is offering free trainings on keeping workers safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, whether they’re front-line health care workers or employees in other essential industries.
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  • Four student EMTs stand by their vehicles on East Campus

    Student EMTs Answer the Call, Even During Pandemic

    The university has switched to remote operations because of the coronavirus pandemic, but student EMTs are still providing continuous emergency response services for the students and essential staff members who remain on campus.
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  • Healthy food in grocery cart

    Food for Thought: Experts Chew on Diet Fails

    Studies show that fad diets don't keep off weight in the long term. Faculty who are registered dietitians and students majoring in nutritional science share science-based advice to eat healthy for successful weight loss.
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  • Jen Keene Crouse in classroom

    Listen Up: Amplify Your Message by Using a Microphone

    College Based Advising, Disability Services, Hospitality & Event Services and the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences have joined together to launch the “Don’t Drop the Mic, USE a Mic” campaign. The initiative encourages presenters to use microphones at large meetings, classrooms, events and conferences.
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  • students and staff pose for a photo at the vape pen exchange table

    Healthy H.A.W.K.S. Help Students ‘Escape the Vape’

    Students traded in their vape pens for UML gear donated by the university bookstore during “Escape the Vape,” a two-day event hosted by the peer health education student group Healthy H.A.W.K.S.
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  • Home care worker helping elderly with medications

    Study Finds Home Health Workers Often Face Verbal Abuse

    Work environment graduate student Nicole Karlsson was the lead author on a published study that showed that about one in four home care workers reported at least one incident of verbal abuse by clients or their relatives during the preceding 12 months.
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  • Joseph Hughes, chief of the worker education and training branch of NIESH, speaks at UMass Lowell

    Opioids and Work: A Critical Connection

    Most people addicted to opioids are working – and job conditions can either contribute to addiction or help to prevent it and encourage recovery. The university was selected as one of four sites nationwide for a pilot training program on the critical connections between work, mental health and addiction.
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  • UMass Lowell Prof. Erik Swartz with football helmet equipped with sensors

    Research Tackles Head Injuries in Youth Football

    An athletic training method shown to reduce head injuries in high school football will be rolled out in Hawaii next week through an $800,000 grant to the UMass Lowell researcher who designed the system.
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  • Liam Fouhy, center poses with professor Sabrina Noel Feldeisen, left, and Lawrence Senior Center Executive Director Martha Velez.

    Grad Working to Improve Senior Life

    Nutritional Science student Liam Fouhy is part of a group partnering with Lawrence’s Council on Aging. Fouhy will pursue his MPH at UMass Lowell.
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  • CCI members pose with state legislators

    Faculty Experts Brief Legislators on Climate Change

    The university’s Climate Change Initiative hosted members of the state’s House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change for a roundtable discussion on climate science and policy at which faculty members shared scientific research and expertise to help inform policy decisions.
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  • public health students

    Reusable Bags are Green, but are They Clean?

    A team of public health students from the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, who are working at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) on their capstone project, found safer cleaning solutions for reusable bags.
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  • Ph.D. student Kelechi Adejumo explains the dangers of secondhand smoke to a family in the Healthy Homes project

    Turcotte’s Asthma Research Helps Children and Seniors in Lowell

    For almost two decades, Research Prof. David Turcotte’s “Healthy Homes” project has improved the lives of low-income children and seniors with asthma. His focus on environmental justice also includes research on wind turbines, community health and healthy workplaces.
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  • University therapy dog Ben with students

    Creatures on Campus Tame Student Stress

    Public Health Department Chair Nicole Champagne brings Ben, the university's first therapy dog, to campus twice a week and the Wellness Center recently brought baby animals to campus, all to reduce student stress.
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  • Lawrence High principal Michael Fiato speaks during the panel discussion

    ‘I’m a Human Being, Not a Target’

    “Confronting Gun Violence Against Kids” was the theme of the College of Education’s 23rd Panasuk Symposium on Educational Research, Policy & Practice, which featured Peter Cunningham, former assistant secretary for communications and outreach for the U.S. Department of Education.
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  • Carrie Blout

    For Genetic Counselors, Career Growth's in Their DNA

    At a recent career seminar, students from a variety of majors heard from three experienced genetic counselors about the various career options in the profession, as well as the challenges and rewards of their jobs.
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  • Assoc. Prof. Wilson Palacios talks about the advice a peer health advocate gives to people who inject drugs

    Professors Tackle Opioid Epidemic with Hands-on Research

    Assoc. Prof. Wilson Palacios is researching new approaches to prevent opioid overdoses and the spread of disease in Lowell. Meanwhile, Asst. Prof. Angela Wangari Walter is identifying barriers to prevention, treatment and recovery for fishing industry workers in New England.
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  • Little Leaf Farms and UML

    Toss the Toxics: Prof. Lauded at State House

    The Toxics Use Reduction Institute recently recognized Asst. Prof. Boce Zang as an Academic Champion of Toxics Use Reduction at the State House. He was one of 12 honorees that are working to reduce toxic chemical use across the Commonwealth.
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  • Dietetics grad students pose for a photo at the dip station

    Dietetics Grad Students Serve Up Taste of the Tropics

    Graduate students in the Master’s in Public Health with a focus on dietetics spent the semester interning on campus with University Dining Services, learning about everything from food prep and safety to knife skills and food waste composting.
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  • Business faculty members Nichalin Summerfield, Asil Oztekin and Karoline Evans

    Big Data Project Receives $10K IDEA Grant

    An interdisciplinary team led by Manning School Assoc. Prof. Asil Oztekin and Zuckerberg College Assoc. Prof. Margaret Knight received a $10,000 IDEA grant from the Office of the Provost to collaborate with the Lowell Community Health Center and use Big Data analytics to model health outcomes for risk groups.
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  • Margaret Quinn

    Margaret Quinn Recognized for Safe Home Care Research

    The American Industrial Hygiene Association named Margaret Quinn as the recipient of the Alice Hamilton Award, which is presented to an outstanding woman who has made a lasting achievement in the field of occupational and environmental hygiene.
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  • EIM manager Diana Davis stands in the weight room

    ‘Exercise is Medicine’ Supports Students’ Well-being

    A collaboration between Campus Recreation, the Wellness Center and the Exercise Physiology department, the Exercise is Medicine program teaches students how exercise can improve their overall well-being by providing them with 16 personal training sessions – free of charge.
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  • Jacquie Keeves, left, is the point person for sexual violence at the UML Wellness Center, while Marina Novaes is active in sexual violence prevention

    UML Leads the Way in Preventing Sexual Assault

    UML is working hard to educate students in sexual violence prevention in the classroom, on playing fields, in student clubs and through residence life. Faculty are also doing cutting-edge research in the field.
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  • Students Ralph Saint Louis ’18 (at rear, center) and Qin “Sal” Li distributing stuffed animals to children at the Lowell YMCA Preschool.

    Students Show They Care with Teddy Bears

    Students are collecting new teddy bears and other stuffed animals to give to children in Lowell and hurricane-ravaged areas for the holidays. The Student Alumni Ambassadors are collecting in Fox Hall and also taking online donations of money.
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  • Maura Walsh and Shortie McKinney

    Alum Shares Front Line Disaster Response Experience

    Maura Walsh '80, health care administration alumna and former leader of a 15-hospital health care system in Texas, returned to campus recently to share her experience managing a command center during and after Hurricane Ike.
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  • Allison Dunbar and Caroline Stark

    Faculty Teaching Methods Raise the Grade

    Faculty Teaching Circle Fellows integrate innovative teaching methods in classes to help students succeed.
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  • Butterflyfish on a coral reef.

    Biologist Looks Beyond the Bones for Clues to Evolution

    Biologist Nicolai Konow studies the structure and movements of backboned animals, including fish, bats, birds and axolotls, to understand how they evolved and how they fit into the ecosystem. A recent study looks at fish that eat coral.
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  • Brianna Trainor

    Students Teach Healthy Eating

    Students studying dietetics gain valuable work experience during their summer community internships.
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  • Natalia Palacios

    Public Health Prof Wins $2.1M Grant for Parkinson's Research

    The National Institutes of Health awarded Asst. Prof. of Public Health Natalia Palacios a $2.1 million, five-year grant to study the relationship between gut bacteria and the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
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  • Students in bike shop

    Students Dig Up Dirt at Campus Bike Shop

    Students working in the TURI Lab helped the campus bike shop adopt cleaning products that are safer for the environment and workers.
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  • Students at Summit ElderCare

    Students Find Collaborative Care is the Best Care

    A new “Interdisciplinary Experiential Learning” course gives students from five different majors — nursing, medical laboratory science, nutritional sciences, exercise physiology and public health — experience working in teams at Summit ElderCare in Lowell.
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  • Graduate students Katerin Ramirez Tejeda and Kelechi Adejumo worked on the health assessment.

    University Assesses Health Needs in Greater Lowell

    Prof. David Turcotte and a team of students carried out a community health needs assessment for Lowell and surrounding towns—and made some surprising findings.
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  • Liam plays basketball

    Students Help Boy’s Hoop Dream Come True

    Students from the eNABLE Lowell group fitted 8-year-old Liam Haggerty with a custom-made artificial hand at the South Campus basketball court.
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  • Gait Rehabilitation

    Improving Health Starts Here

    From improving rehabilitation for stroke survivors to reducing inflammation through diet in older adults, faculty members in the College of Health Sciences are conducting studies that have the potential to make a powerful impact on people’s lives.
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  • Robin Toof and Melissa Wall often partner with the Lowell PD on grants

    University Researchers Partner with City on Opioid Addiction

    University researchers helped the Lowell Police Department win two major grants totaling nearly $1.3 million over three years to study factors contributing to opioid addiction and come up with solutions.
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  • Health Workers

    CPH-NEW Secures $6.3 Million Worker Health Grant

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health awarded the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace a five-year $6,357,027 grant.
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  • Kevin Copson gets his M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies

    Peace and Conflict Graduate Networks Job with Startup

    Before he graduated, Peace and Conflict Studies student Kevin Copson lined up a job with a start-up that supports Weave open-source software, created by university researchers.
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  • Youngsters march in 2015 Lowell Earth Day Parade

    Earth Day Festivities Grow in Scope, Ambition

    Thanks to Prof. John Wooding's creative economy grant, the university is partnering with more than two dozen community groups for the monthlong Lowell Earth Day Celebration 2016.
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  • Worker Stress

    New Research Links Stress at Work to Unhealthy Lifestyles

    Stress at work is linked to unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, obesity and lack of exercise, according to two research studies conducted by the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW).
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  • TNEC

    The New England Consortium Lands $7.6M Grant

    The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences has awarded The New England Consortium a $7.6 million grant to protect the health and safety of workers responding to hazardous-materials and climate-change crises.
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  • TNEC

    The New England Consortium Lands $7.6M Grant

    The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences has awarded The New England Consortium a $7.6 million grant to protect the health and safety of workers responding to hazardous-materials and climate-change crises.
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  • Daniel Okyere and Homero Harari

    $2M Grant Trains Public Health Grad Students

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health awarded UMass Lowell a $2M grant that supports graduate students in their public health and occupational health and safety studies.
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  • UMass Lowell Image

    Health and Safety Expert Earns Prestigious Award

    Prof. Emeritus Michael Ellenbecker of Work Environment has been honored for going above and beyond in contributing to the improvement of the public’s welfare.