Can Meanings be Modeled? Exploring a Neural Networks Model of Culture

February 21, 2013
4:00 pm

Campus Center

Room: 904-8

UMass Amherst Campus

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Contact:
Center for Research on Families
413-545-4394

Christine A. Bachrach, Ph.D.

Research Professor at the Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland

Co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health and Society Scholars Program

Dr. Bachrach is a Research Professor at the Maryland Population Research Center in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland.  She co-directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health and Society Scholars Program, a fellowship program in population health and is President of the Population Association of America. She previously served as Acting Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and Acting Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health, and as Chief of the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  Her current research interests focus on the integration of cultural theory in social demography.  Previous publications span the areas of fertility, family formation, marriage and divorce, adoption, sexual behavior, contraceptive practice, population health, and survey methodology.  A demographer by training, Dr. Bachrach received her M.A. in Sociology from Georgetown University and her Ph.D. in Population Dynamics from John Hopkins University. 

 

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The Tay Gavin Erickson Lectures Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.