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Environmental Influences on Human Reproduction: Moving Beyond Individuals to Couples

December 5, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—Many environmental exposures including lifestyle and endocrine disrupting chemicals have been associated with adverse reproductive outcomes, such as conception delay, infertility and pregnancy loss. However, much of the available evidence focuses only on one partner’s exposures despite many reproductive outcomes being couple dependent (e.g., pregnancy).  On December 5th, Dr.

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

November 29, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—On November 29th, CRF will welcome Suzanne Fenton, Ph.D., to campus to learn more about her research, the focus of which is increasing information on which environmental factors--chemicals, typically--may affect the regulation of fetal mammary gland development in males and females, breast development during puberty and relationship to mammary tumor risk, the ability to lactate, and children’s health, as it pertains to chemical exposure via breast milk.

"Ain't I A Woman?" and "I Am a Man": Intersectionality’s Travels from Black Feminist Theory to HIV Prevention and Sexuality Research with Black Men

November 3, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—On November 3rd, CRF will welcome Dr. Lisa Bowleg, Professor of Applied Psychology at The George Washington University, to campus. Dr. Bowleg's talk will provide an overview of intersectionality, its Black feminist activist and theoretical roots, and its recent odysseys into social science and behavioral research with understudied populations such as Black heterosexual and gay and bisexual men. Dr.

Apply Now: Fall Student Awards

October 21, 2016 - 5:00pm

The Center for Research on Families will give out awards of $300 to a minimum of two graduate students who have written an outstanding paper or created an exceptional poster on issues of family research and will be presenting the paper or poster at a national research conference before December 31, 2016. The paper/poster must already have been accepted for presentation at the conference and the award money to be used exclusively for travel expenses associated with the conference.

Is Exercise Medicine? An Evolutionary Medical Perspective

October 6, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—On October 6th Dr. Daniel Lieberman will discuss the extent to which exercise is medicine and explain the exercise paradox: Why do people tend to avoid exercise despite its benefits? Best known for his research on the evolution of the human head and body, Dr. Lieberman is also an expert on the biomechanics of barefoot running.

Dr. Daniel Lieberman is a paleoanthropologist at Harvard University, where he is the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences and chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology.

Keynote Panel: Women, Incarceration and Carceral Feminism

September 20, 2016 - 5:30pm

While the vast majority of incarcerated people in the US are men, the rate of growth for women's imprisonment has outpaced men by more than 50 percent between 1980 and 2014 and trans women have one of the highest rates of incarceration of any group. As a result, there are 8 times as many women--many of whom are mothers--incarcerated in state and federal prisons and local jails as there were in 1980.

The Environment of Childhood Poverty

September 12, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Growing up in poverty is not good for children, but it is much less obvious why. In this talk Dr. Gary Evans will briefly summarize some of the developmental correlates of poverty; describe environmental exposures, physical and social, associated with poverty; and then put the first and third together. Dr. Evans will suggest that one of the reasons why poverty is bad for children’s development is because of exposure to the accumulation of physical and social risk factors endemic to childhood poverty.

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