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Environmental Influences on Human Reproduction: Moving Beyond Individuals to Couples

December 5, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—Many environmental exposures including lifestyle and endocrine disrupting chemicals have been associated with adverse reproductive outcomes, such as conception delay, infertility and pregnancy loss. However, much of the available evidence focuses only on one partner’s exposures despite many reproductive outcomes being couple dependent (e.g., pregnancy).  On December 5th, Dr.

"Ain't I A Woman?" and "I Am a Man": Intersectionality’s Travels from Black Feminist Theory to HIV Prevention and Sexuality Research with Black Men

November 3, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—On November 3rd, CRF will welcome Dr. Lisa Bowleg, Professor of Applied Psychology at The George Washington University, to campus. Dr. Bowleg's talk will provide an overview of intersectionality, its Black feminist activist and theoretical roots, and its recent odysseys into social science and behavioral research with understudied populations such as Black heterosexual and gay and bisexual men. Dr.

Is Exercise Medicine? An Evolutionary Medical Perspective

October 6, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—On October 6th Dr. Daniel Lieberman will discuss the extent to which exercise is medicine and explain the exercise paradox: Why do people tend to avoid exercise despite its benefits? Best known for his research on the evolution of the human head and body, Dr. Lieberman is also an expert on the biomechanics of barefoot running.

Dr. Daniel Lieberman is a paleoanthropologist at Harvard University, where he is the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences and chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology.


Keynote Panel: Women, Incarceration and Carceral Feminism

September 20, 2016 - 5:30pm

While the vast majority of incarcerated people in the US are men, the rate of growth for women's imprisonment has outpaced men by more than 50 percent between 1980 and 2014 and trans women have one of the highest rates of incarceration of any group. As a result, there are 8 times as many women--many of whom are mothers--incarcerated in state and federal prisons and local jails as there were in 1980.

The Environment of Childhood Poverty

September 12, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Growing up in poverty is not good for children, but it is much less obvious why. In this talk Dr. Gary Evans will briefly summarize some of the developmental correlates of poverty; describe environmental exposures, physical and social, associated with poverty; and then put the first and third together. Dr. Evans will suggest that one of the reasons why poverty is bad for children’s development is because of exposure to the accumulation of physical and social risk factors endemic to childhood poverty.

Group-Based Trajectory Modeling for the Medical and Social Sciences

June 6, 2016 - 9:00am to June 8, 2016 - 5:00pm

Registration Information: 

For more information, registration and fees, please visit the ICPSR website. Fee for this course is $1500.

Course description

A developmental trajectory describes the course of a behavior over age or time. This three day workshop aims to provide participants with the training to apply a group-based method for analyzing developmental trajectories.

This methodology has four significant capabilities:

Social Regulation of Human Gene Expression

May 12, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:15pm

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—Dr. Steven Cole is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  His research utilizes molecular genetics and computational bioinformatics to analyze the pathways by which social and environmental factors influence the activity of the human genome, as well as viral and tumor genomes.