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Lisa Wexler (FRS '07-'08) Receives $3.5 Million Grant to Expand Suicide Prevention Pilot Program in Rural Alaska

The intervention, “Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide” (PC CARES) was developed by Lisa Wexler and Cris Smith at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with colleagues from Northwest Alaska and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Wexler and colleagues pilot-tested the program in 10 far-flung Native Alaska communities over the past year. They recently received a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health to expand the project, “re-envisioning it to adapt to a new region,” as she explains. Read more here.

CRF Director Launches Pilot Grant in Springfield

Reducing Depression and Stress in Low-income New Mothers and their Partners

CRF Director, Dr. Maureen Perry-Jenkins, has launched an exciting and innovative pilot project that aims to reduce depression and stress among low-income new mothers and their partners early in pregnancy. “We’ve always known that stress can have negative impacts on our health, but the latest literature is really showing that stress prenatally is very detrimental in terms of long-term health of both mothers and infants. Thus, the aim of our intervention is to reduce stress in the second trimester of pregnancy to enhance parental well-being and child outcomes,” she explains. 

CRF Co-Sponsoring Upcoming Lecture: Domestic Workers Building Dignity and Power, Past and Present

CRF is a co-sponsor for the upcoming 2018 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, "Domestic Workers Building Dignity and Power, Past and Present"

Thursday, November 1, 5:30 pm
Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall

Domestic workers are organizing on a massive scale to build economies that respect the labor of women of color. This panel of organizers and historians will discuss the goals and challenges facing the domestic workers' movement. Panelists will explore how the rich history of domestic worker organizing can inform present-day struggles for dignity and respect, and inform the creation of alternative feminist economies that respect the labor of women of color. Click here for more information about the event.

 

Agnès Lacreuse (FRS '13-'14) Receives NIH Funding to Investigate Etiology of Alzheimer's Disease

Agnès Lacreuse received $361,752 in supplemental funding from NIH to study whether Alzheimer's disease-like symptoms occur naturally in nonhuman primates with aging. Agnès Lacreuse is especially interested in determining whether female marmosets, like women, are more prone to such symptoms, and her work seeks to identify the factors that predict pathological aging in each sex. Read more here

Linda Tropp (FRS '09-'10) Honored for Influential 'Contact Theory' Analysis

Linda Tropp has been selected as a recipient of the 2018 Scientific  Impact Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), which “honors the author(s) of a specific article or chapter offering a theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological contribution that has  proven highly influential over the last 25 years.” Tropp and her group of researchers spent over five years “trying to find every study on intergroup contact we could,” she says. Tropp mined more than 500 studies gathered from the 1940s  through the year 2000, which together include more than 250,000  participants from 38 countries, to conduct a “meta-analysis,” a type of research study “where you try to find  every study ever done on a particular topic, and then using statistical  methods, you combine the results from those studies to see what  they show overall,” she explains. Read more here.

Collaborative Class Offered by CRF and Children's Trust an Educational Model for Home Visiting and Early Childcare Workforce

In the Fall of 2017, CRF partnered with the Children's Trust to offer an innovative, 3-credit course that brought together UMass undergraduates and Healthy Families' home visitors. There is mounting evidence that post-secondary education and specialized training in child development better prepares the early childhood workforce. The class, Risk and Resilience in the Lives of First-Time, Young Parents was recently highlighted as one of only two credit-earning options for home visitors nationwide in a recent article in ChildTrends. Read more here.

Heather Richardson (FRS Scholar '10-'11) Co-Publishes Study on Brain Maturation in Adolescent Rats

One of the outstanding questions in neurodevelopment research has been identifying how connections in the brain change to improve neural function during childhood and adolescence. Now, results from a study in rats just reported by neuroscientists Heather Richardson, Geng-Lin Li and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest that as animals transition into adolescence, specific physical changes to axons speed up neural transmission, which may lead to higher cognitive abilities. Read more here.

Michelle Budig (FRS '06-'07) Cited in Wall Street Journal About Workplace Inequality and the Gender Gap

Michelle Budig was cited in the article “Want Equality? Make New Dads Stay Home” published in the Wall Street Journal on September 28, 2018. The article explores a new trend in which some companies are beginning to require new dads to take mandatory leave for the birth of a child in an attempt to address workplace inequality and the gender gap. Budig’s research on the “motherhood penalty” was referenced in which the findings from a 30-year longitudinal study revealed that women’s earning decrease 4% after the birth of a child, while new dads receive more than a 6% increase, known as the “fatherhood bonus.” Read the article here

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