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Sarah Fefer ('18-'19) Receives 2019 Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services Fellowship

Sarah Fefer (FRS ’18-’19) has been selected for the 2019 Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) fellowship. CHIPS is a “dynamic interdisciplinary training consortium, created to bolster mental health research in the areas of intervention, prevention, and the provision of services for children and adolescents.”

Adam Grabell (FRS '19-'20) Awarded $15,000 Seed Grant from the Institute for Applied Life Sciences for Research on Preschooler Tantrums

Adam Grabell, Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Science, College of Natural Sciences was recently awarded a seed grant of $15,000, with an additional $10,000 in facilities costs, from the Institute for Applied Life Sciences’ (IALS) Center for Personalized Health Monitoring to support a study of preschool children’s tantrums. Grabell will work with Jeremy Gummeson, information and computer sciences.

Lisa Wexler (FRS '07-'08) to Speak at Public Health Dean's Symposium on Suicide Prevention

Lisa Wexler, Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Policy will speak at the upcoming Dean's Symposium, "A Conversation in the Community: A Public Health Approach to Suicide Prevention" scheduled for Thursday, April 4 in the Old Chapel. Dr. Eric Caine, director of the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center has been invited to deliver the keynote address.

CRF Announces 2019 Graduate Student Grant Writing Program Cohort

In 2018, CRF developed a pilot program to facilitate and support graduate students in the development of successful graduate fellowship applications.  This pilot program is a 9-month program designed specifically for NSF and NIH pre-doctoral fellowship proposals. Six selected graduate scholars will receive mentoring and support from CRF faculty, staff and peers throughout the grant development process, including: development, refinement and communication of research ideas, approach, and methodology. 


CRF Co-Sponsored event: Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series

The UMass Amherst History Department's Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series and the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation Present: "PLUG IN!: Building Other Worlds Where We Are"


This year’s Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, "Another World Is Possible: Revolutionary Visions, Past and Present", hosted visionary scholars and organizers from across the U.S. and world, exploring how social movements have thought about – and worked towards – building other possible worlds. Hosted by the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation, this capstone event is a participatory forum to “plug in” and contribute to collective visions right here in western Massachusetts.

The Rudd Adoption Research Program at UMass Amherst is excited to announce the launch of a new Publication Series, The Future of Adoption!

Just as adoption practice and policy have changed substantially in recent decades, so will they surely continue to evolve into the future.  In April, 2018, the Rudd Program convened a conference on this topic, which generated considerable interest and discussion.  In order to make insights from the conference more widely available and extend the discussion to some additional topics, we have been working with a talented group of authors to develop a series of user-friendly papers for broad dissemination. Beginning in early March, and continuing every other Tuesday through May, The Rudd Adoption Research Program will release sets of thematically-related papers. Check out the Rudd Adoption Research Program website for pdf versions of the papers available to download at no cost. More information can be found here

Elizabeth Krause (FRS '11-'12) publishes ethnography about 'Fast Fashion'

Elizabeth Krause, a former Family Research Scholar and current Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UMass Amherst published an ethnography in 2018 titled, "Tight Knit: Global Families and the Social Life of Fast Fashion." Her book began with her research through CRF and her time as a Family Research Scholar where she studied family as a social unit in an industrial district in Central Italy. This industrial district was home to many transnational Chinese families and Krause focused on how different varieties of families persist or morph. To read more about Dr. Krause's book and/or the purchase, please check out the University of Chicago Press' site here

Former Family Research Scholars (Kang '09-10' and Sibeko '15-'16) awarded funding from the Worldwide Universities Network

University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty lead two teams of researchers to initiate global projects designed to impact millions of people in the developing world. They were awarded funding from the Worldwide University Network. Four UMass Amherst researchers also are working on projects led by other universities including two former CRF Family Research Scholars, Miliann Kang and Lindewe Sibeko. 

Tatishe Nteta (FRS '14-'15) Administers UMass Poll to New Hampshire Voters on 2020 Presidential Race

Tatishe Nteta recently administered a UMass Poll among likely Democratic voters in New Hampshire regarding their positions on the upcoming 2020 Presidential race. Results from the poll reveal that former Vice President, Joe Biden is the preferred candidate in spite of the fact that he hasn't formally announced his presidential bid for 2020. Following Biden who had support from 28% of voters, were Senator Bernie Sanders (20%), Senator Kamala Harris (14%), and Senator Elizabeth Warren (9%).