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Former Family Research Scholars Folbre and Budig Weigh In on Lack of Support for Working Mothers in America

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The research of economist Nancy Folbre (FRS '07-'08) and sociologist Michelle Budig (FRS '06-'07) is featured in The Atlantic story "In Germany, Parents Can Sue the Government for Failing to Provide Child Care."  Folbre and Budig comment on the lack of public support provided to American working mothers as opposed to their European counterparts--in this case, Germany.

CRF Awards Five Fall Travel Grants

The Center for Research on Families is excited to announce the recipients of this year’s Fall Travel Awards. Every semester CRF provides funding for graduate students to present their family research at an academic conference. CRF’s award helps offset the costs of travel and allows students the opportunity to meet and present with other researchers in their field. Since we began to offer the award in 2010, CRF has helped dozens of students from a wide range of disciplines attend national and international academic conferences.

CRF Scholars Move Ahead with Successful Grants

Students in a UMass Lab

Three of CRF’s current and former Family Research Scholars were recently successful in their multimillion dollar federal grant applications. The scholars will embark on investigations which will address pressing national health concerns such as the link between breast cancer risk and household products, how African-American men cope with stress, and how technologies can help patients with chronic health conditions manage their fatigue and sleep.

Early-Life Chemical Exposures and Female Puberty-Related Outcomes in Animal Models

Early-Life Chemical Exposures and Female Puberty-Related Outcomes in Animal Models Video
Watch Sue Fenton's Tay Gavin Erickson lecture on the role of chemical exposure on the regulation of fetal mammary gland development. In the lecture she describes how her current research can strengthen our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the effects of early life exposures that lead to persistent changes in breast tissue and enhance disease susceptibility over one’s lifetime.