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Mary Paterno, FRS '18, to facilitate digital story and panel discussion on women, substance abuse and recovery

Mary Paterno, FRS '18, assistant professor of nursing, will facilitate a digital story screening and panel discussion on women, substance abuse and recovery. The screening and panel discussion will take place Tuesday, July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Greenfield Community College Dining Commons. “Stories of strength, encouragement and hope: Local women’s experiences with substance use disorder and recovery,” is free and open to the public and will feature nine women on their journey to recovery. Read more here.

Neurobiologist Luke Remage-Healey, FRS '16 recently received a five-year, $1.7 million grant

Neurobiologist Luke Remage-Healey, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, recently received a five-year, $1.7 million grant, the renewal of a prior period of funding from the National Institutes of Health. He and colleagues plan to investigate fundamental mechanisms of how the brain learns and processes complex stimuli like birdsong.

Lynnette Leidy Sievert FRS '05 & '09, Receives $230,000 NSF Grant to Study if Brown Adipose Tissue Affects Menopause

Lynnette Leidy Sievert has received a three-year, $230,678 National Science Foundation grant to study whether brown adipose tissue – a type of fat that generates heat – may be a factor associated with hot flashes in women. The project will focus on peri-menopausal and early postmenopausal women aged 45-55, during the cold months – late October to early April – in western Massachusetts. 

Laura Vandenberg, FRS '15- '16, taught a course in Havana

Laura Vandenberg, FRS '15- '16, taught a course in Havana on “Controversies in Environmental Health,” which looked at topics such as pesticides (seldom used in Cuba) and fluoride safety. In addition to making close connections with students, she enjoyed the opportunity to explore Cuba’s community-based health system and consider its potential applications in the U.S. Read more here.

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