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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.

Group-Based Trajectory Modeling for the Medical and Social Sciences

June 6, 2016 - 9:00am to June 8, 2016 - 5:00pm

Registration Information: 

For more information, registration and fees, please visit the ICPSR website. Fee for this course is $1500.

Course description

A developmental trajectory describes the course of a behavior over age or time. This three day workshop aims to provide participants with the training to apply a group-based method for analyzing developmental trajectories.

This methodology has four significant capabilities:

Social Regulation of Human Gene Expression

May 12, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:15pm

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—Dr. Steven Cole is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  His research utilizes molecular genetics and computational bioinformatics to analyze the pathways by which social and environmental factors influence the activity of the human genome, as well as viral and tumor genomes. 

Public Engagement Project: "Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis"

April 20, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

The UMass Amherst Libraries host a series of interactive climate change events which run between February 29 and April 20, 2016. The series is organized by Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis, a collaborative community comprised of UMass students, faculty and staff working together to integrate the intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions of climate change.

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Psychopathology and Stigma, Empirical Science and Narrative: The Need for Integration

March 24, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:15pm

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—This presentation will focus on clinical child and adolescent psychology and developmental psychopathlogy including the themes of diagnostic validity of childhood disorders, family and peer relationships and their effect on development and the early prediction of behavioral and learning problems.