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Center for Research on Families Hits "Sweet Spot" of Success

If a tenth anniversary isn’t enough cause for celebration, the UMass Amherst Center for Research on Families (CRF) is also riding high on the wave of its most successful year. Its scholars boast grant acceptance rates well above the national average and its flagship program has yielded upwards of $15 million in external funding— nearly $10 million of which was awarded within the past year.

CRF Affiliate and Renowned Sociologist Naomi Gerstel’s Research Broadens Vision of Work, Family and Inequality

Naomi Gerstel

Sociologist Naomi Gerstel’s research has brought to light the issue of gender inequality and how equality is promoted or discouraged through women’s and men’s participation in work and families. As she sees it, “I entered a field with arbitrarily narrow, even myopic, images of woman’s place, of work, of families, and their connections. And I worked throughout my career to change and broaden those images.”

Now Accepting Applications to the Family Research Scholars Program

Family researchers at CRF study the functioning and structure of families, both human and animal. Researchers look at the influence of biological, social, cultural, and environmental factors on families, and how they impact the physical and mental health of family members. Family research is broadly defined as research on issues affecting families and thus encompasses all disciplines.

CRF Announces 2012 Travel Awards to Young Family Researchers in Anthropology and Psychology

The Center for Research on Families is pleased to announce that Milena Marchesi, Holly Grant-Marsney and Rosanna Breaux are the recipients of its Fall Family Research Travel Award. Milena Marchesi, an anthropology Doctoral student, received the top award of $300 for her paper, “‘All in the Family’: New Solidarities and Moral Gift Economies in the Post-Welfare State in Italy.”

Scholar Feature: Dr. Lisa Wexler (’07-’08) Shares Findings from National Science Foundation Grant

Lisa Wexler

The Center for Research on Families is thrilled to highlight the research of Dr. Lisa Wexler, assistant professor of Community Health Education in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. As a 2008 Family Research Scholar, Wexler was granted a three year award from the National Science Foundation entitled,“Collaborative Research: IPY: Negotiating Pathways to Adulthood: Social Change and Indigenous Culture in Five Circumpolar Communities.