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CRF supports interdisciplinary, scientific collaborations aimed at understanding the diversity, health and well-being of families while discovering solutions to the challenges family face.

Pilsner Interviewed for “Environmental Health Chats” Podcast

Richard Pilsner, associate professor of environmental health sciences, was recently interviewed for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ podcast series “Environmental Health Chats.” The series explores how environmental exposures affect our health, with each episode highlighting ways researchers work in partnership with community groups to understand and address environmental health issues.

Vandenberg Gives Talk at Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam

Laura Vandenberg, associate professor of environmental health sciences, who was recently recognized as among the world’s most highly cited scientists, gave a talk explaining her research on harmful chemicals found in plastic at the first annual Plastic Health Summit held in Amsterdam earlier this fall. Her presentation focused on how early life exposure to chemicals and chemical mixtures can predispose individuals to diseases that manifest later in life.

Robert Marcotte Recieves NEACSM Award

Three kinesiology students, including a member of the CRF Student Grant Writing Program Robert Marcotte, received awards and scholarships during the annual New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) Fall Conference held November 7-8 in Providence, Rhode Island.​

“We are so proud of our undergraduate and graduate students,” says Jane Kent, Professor and Chair of the Department. “These awards reflect the excellence and intent with which they pursue their studies here at UMass, and the long tradition of our faculty providing top-tier research experiences for our students.”

Doctoral student Robert Marcotte won the NEACSM Lawrence E. Armstrong Minority Scholarship, which is awarded to support and encourage professional development and academic excellence in minority students in the New England region.