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Knowing Your Risks: The Effect of Information Representation on Risk Literacy

April 10, 2018 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series -- The way in which information is represented can have implications for understanding.  Focusing on health risk communications, Dr. McDowell will illustrate how non-transparent statistical formats can impede understanding and mislead the public, doctors, and other health professionals about the benefits and harms of health interventions.

Reducing Chemical Risks to Families: Linking the External Chemical Exposure to Biological Effects and Reduction in Adverse Health Outcomes

March 22, 2018 -
4:00pm to 5:15pm

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series — The Center for Research on Families welcomes Damian Shea, PhD who will present "Reducing Chemical Risks to Families: Linking the External Chemical Exposure to Biological Effects and Reduction in Adverse Health Outcomes." 

We are exposed to thousands of chemicals every day through the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat and our contact with other contaminated substances. 

Student Research Awards Program: Applications due March 21st!

March 21, 2018 - 11:45pm

CRF recognizes the importance of supporting family researchers at all stages of their careers. The Student Research Awards Program at CRF provides funding for undergraduate and graduate students to work closely with faculty mentors on family research. Our awards also recognize outstanding student research on family issues. 

Applications for the following student awards are due on Wednesday, March 21, 2018:

The Conversation: PEP

March 21, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

You are invited to attend a presentation and training with The Conversation's Ari Fertig (Manager of University Editorial Relations) and Maggie Villiger (Senior Science and Technology Editor). The Conversation is a digital publication that helps research reach a wide audience. The session will address why academics should write for the general public, how academics can learn to pitch to media outlets, and the benefits of reaching a wide audience through our model. This event is sponsored by the Public Engagement Project.


Brown Bag Brunch: "Targeted Recruitment Using Facebook"

March 2, 2018 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

Researchers have begun using social media tools such as Facebook to recruit difficult-to-reach populations for their studies. In this informal brown bag brunch, advanced graduate student Rachel Herman will introduce the Work and Family Transitions Project lab’s experience with this recruitment strategy, provide concrete guidelines for how to use Facebook’s recruitment interface, and field questions from interested researchers about how to apply this novel tool to their own studies.


Opportunities and Challenges: Using Market-based Approaches to Encourage High Quality Nursing Home Care

February 8, 2018 - 3:30pm

The quality of nursing home care in the US is a longstanding policy concern. In response, the use of market-based approaches, like pay-for-performance and quality report cards, has grown in recent years. To date, these programs have been somewhat mixed in terms of improving performance. Dr. Grabowski will broadly review the policy issues and discuss several studies focusing on nursing home care and challenges to improving care.

CRF / ISSR Scholar Program Info Session

December 12, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:00pm

Join CRF Director Maureen Perry-Jenkins and Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Director Laurel Smith-Doerr for an info session on applying to be a CRF Family Research Scholar or ISSR Scholar. Prospective applicants for the Scholars Programs at CRF and ISSR will receive guidance on the application process, which program is best suited to them, and what reviewers will be looking for in competitive applications for the 2018 application deadline.