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CRF Announces 2022 Student Research Awards Recipients

Meet our newest student awards recipients and learn about their research.

The Center for Research on Families understands the importance of supporting family researchers at all stages of their careers and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our competitive program recognizes outstanding students, from a broad range of departments and disciplines, who are conducting research on issues related to families.

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series - Spring 2022

Persistence and Change in Criminal Records, Voting, and Disenfranchisement 


A half‐dozen defendants sat in the courtroom, all described as “model probationers” living and working in Minneapolis. But they were facing a new felony and the atmosphere was tense. Their crime? Illegal voting.

They did not sell their votes or stuff the ballot box, they simply arrived at their polling place and cast ballots like so many of us did. Their new felony charges arose because in many US states it is still illegal to vote while serving a probation...

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series - Spring 2022

Aging, Lysosomes, and Neurodegenerative Disease

Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are incurable and debilitating conditions that result in progressive degeneration and / or death of nerve cells. Dr. Kao's work suggests that not only are lysosomes key players in neurodegenerative disease pathogenesis, but that they can be targeted for therapeutic intervention. She will discuss the different ways that protein degradation via the autophagy lysosome pathway can be disturbed in neurodegenerative disease. She will cover recent insights into tauopathy...