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CRF Director Perry-Jenkins Awarded Prestigious Fellow Status by National Council on Family Relations

Maureen Perry-Jenkins

Maureen Perry-Jenkins, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Research on Families (CRF) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named a 2013 Fellow by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). This prominent honor is given to less than 3 percent of NCFR members for “their outstanding contributions to family science.”

CRF Scholar Kathleen Arcaro Receives Award from Avon Foundation for Research on Women’s Health Issue

Kathleen Arcaro

Kathleen Arcaro, associate professor of environmental toxicology and Family Research Scholar (2012-2013), along with collaborator Allen Tsang at Wake Forest University, have been awarded $143,998 for the first year of a two-year grant from the Avon Foundation for Women. Her project is entitled, “Chlamydia- Induced DNA Methylation Changes in the Breast Tissue of Healthy Women.” This is the first study to look at DNA methylation in relation to Chlamydia infection in breast tissue.

CRF Affiliate Michelle Budig Talks Motherhood Wage Penalty with NBC News

Michelle Budig

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is pleased to announce that Michelle Budig (Family Research Scholar 2006-07) was recently interviewed by NBC News about her research on the motherhood wage penalty and the fatherhood wage bonus, where generally women make less money with each child they have while men’s earnings are likely to rise with marriage and children.

CRF Family Research Scholars Dr. Lorraine Cordeiro and Dr. Jerusha Peterman Receive Distinguished Research Partnership Award

Dr. Lorraine Cordeiro (Family Research Scholar, 2010-11) and Dr. Jerusha Nelson Peterman (Family Research Scholar, 2012-13), both assistant professors in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, were presented with The Distinguished Research Partnership Award this past weekend (Nov 2, 2013) by their community partner, The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc.

Lynnette Leidy Sievert, CRF Affiliate, Named Editor-In-Chief of the American Journal of Human Biology

Lynnette Leidy Sievert

The Center for Research on Families is pleased to announce that Lynnette Leidy Sievert is the new editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Human Biology, the official publication of the Human Biology Association. Lynnette is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, and CRF Affiliate (Family Research Scholar 2004-05 & 2008-09).

Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Ph.D. presents "The Role of Parents in Supporting Their Children’s Achievements"

Jacquelynne S. Eccles

Dr. Jacquelynne Eccles, Professor in the School or Education and Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan presented “The Role of Parents in Supporting Their Children's Achievements” to a packed room of faculty, students and families as part of CRF’s Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. 

Ana Celia Zentella Gives a Lecture on Linguistic Intolerance in the United States

Ana Celia Zentella lecture

Center for Research and Families (CRF) recently hosted a lecture by Ana Celia Zentella, Ph.D of The University of California, San Diego. Her talk was titled “The American Dream is Not Dreamt in English Only: Latin@s and Linguistic Intolerance in the USA.”  As an expert in her field, Zentella was chosen by CRF Scholar Jonathan Rosa to collaborate on his research on linguistic characteristics that influence culture and identity in the Latino community.