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Nursing & Health Sciences News & Events

See news and events in Merrimack College’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences.


By: Michael Cronin
Dylon Grzenda M’24 is expected to graduate this spring from Merrimack’s athletic training graduate program.
By: Michael Cronin
Merrimack's new Shared Instrumentation and Research Facility (SIRF), will serve as an on-campus research hub for biology, chemistry and other life science initiatives.
By: Michael Cronin
What started as blog postings during the pandemic evolved into Professor Zi Yan becoming a published author in her home country.
By: Michael Cronin
The kitchen expands the College’s Food Recovery Network chapter.

Notable & Quotable

Elizabeth Natale, assistant clinical professor and program director of the master of science in nutrition and human performance program, has created a program that expands students’ capabilities and provides real-life experience within the field of dietetics. A two year program, it is designed to fulfill the education requirements for students to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) exam. The only program of its type in Massachusetts for nutrition and human performance, this is called a future graduate model – a new phase of accrediting programs to make it more streamlined for individuals to take the RD exam.

Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Athletic Training Birgid Hopkins, MS, ATC, was featured in a Board of Certification For the Athletic Trainer article on preparing students for the BOC exam.

April Bowling, Sc.D., assistant professor, Department of Public Health and Nutrition, School of Health Sciences was featured in WalletHub’s recent article Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle.

Associate Clinical Professor Brigid Hopkins was named a 2021 Board of Certification (BOC) Dan Libera Award Honoree. Hopkins has been a long-time leader and volunteer in the BOC community.

Assistant Professor Leena Bharath, who teaches in the School of Health Sciences, has received $434,000 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The awarded R15 grant will stretch over three years and is intended to support the training of undergraduate students.

Associate professor of health sciences, Zi Yan, was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal supporting the benefits of outdoor group exercise in the winter during the pandemic. Yan, who’s interdisciplinary research involves psychology, public health and exercise science offered that exercise classes provide physical benefits and much-needed social support, especially during the winter months.

Assistant professor of health sciences April Bowling was featured in a Boston Globe story April 13, 2020 on how people should continue to exercise during self-isolation. Adhering to a fitness regimen that incorporates cardiovascular and resistance training is important for overall health, she told the Globe.

Health Sciences Department assistant professorJuliana Cohenwas recently featured as an expert source for a KTVA televisionreport regarding a pilot programin Anchorage, Alaska to lengthen lunchtime and recess for school children as a means of improving academic focus.

Health Sciences Department assistant professor April Bowling was recently featured in a posting. The article is called “Why Are We Learning This? Teaching Physical Education Boosts Brain Power.”

Health sciences assistant professor Juliana Cohen was interviewed by both the Washington PostandGood Morning America(GMA) for a story on school lunches.Cohen says that because children learn better when they eat, schools should provideenough time to have lunch.



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