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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 has been a longstanding policy concern. In response, the use of market-based approaches like pay-for-performance and quality report cards have 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.

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.

Jamie Rowen (FRS "17-'18) Presents at Four @ Four, Fall 2017

December 7, 2017 - 4:00pm

An evening of slam research presentations by SBS faculty members over hors d'oeuvres and beverages. This event will feature presentions from Ventura Perez (Anthropology), Jamie Rowen (Political Science), Kimberlee Perez (Communication), and Mwangi wa Githinji (Economics). RSVP here.

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

December 5, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:15pm

This lecture is postponed. We will post the new scheduled date as soon as it is available.


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. 

Lecture: "Why Do Humans Have Difficult Childbirth and Helpless Newborns?" Karen Rosenberg, University of Delaware

November 1, 2017 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm

A biological anthropologist, Rosenberg's work focuses on human evolution, with special emphasis on Neanderthals. She conducts research into the evolution of women and childbirth practices and is the co-editor of the journal PaleoAnthropology.

For more information, contact Jason Kamilar,Colloquium Coordinator at

This talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Families.

CRF Graduate Student Family Research: Fall Travel Awards

October 20, 2017 - 5:00pm

Fall Travel Awards of up to $300 will be given to selected UMass Amherst graduate students who are presenting original family research* at a national research conference before April 30, 2018. The student must be the first author on an accepted paper or poster presentation at the conference. The award money must be used exclusively for travel expenses associated with the conference.