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Scholars in the News: Spring 2017

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The Center for Research on Families is pleased to share some recent articles, activities and awards related to our Family Research Scholars (FRS) program affiliates.



Laura Vandenberg (FRS ’15-16)
In the first study of its kind, Laura Vandenberg examined the effects of the compound bisphenol S (BPS) on maternal behavior and related brain regions in mice. Subtle but striking behavior changes were observed in nesting mothers exposed during pregnancy and lactation and in their daughters exposed in utero. Learn more

Lee Badgett (FRS ’04-05)
With a $250,000 grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Lee Badgett will lead a first-of-its-kind study examining how federal contractors fare on gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination. Learn more

David B. Kittredge (FRS ’09-10)
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) has honored David B. Kittredge with the 2016 Brandl Award, given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of small-scale forestry research. Learn More


Noted and Quoted


Jennifer Lundquist ('FRS 06-07) weighs in on Tinder's recently released survey, which indicated its users are more likely to be looking for a committed relationship than offline daters, in The New York Times.

Sofiya Alhassan (FRS '16-17) was recently chosen as a 2017-18 officer for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Alhassan will be one of two trustees for Education and Allied Health. Learn more

Linda Tropp (FRS '09-10) shares her work on contact-theory, the belief that prejudices can be lessened or eliminated by direct contact between groups, with New York Magazine

Sue Hankinson (CRF Affiliate) named among ‘World’s Leading Scientific Minds’ in a 2016 Reuters citation study. Learn more

Research by Michelle Budig (FRS '06-07) & Nancy Folbre (FRS ‘07-08) illustrates the economic challenges of parenting in America in The Atlantic.

Michelle Budig’s 2014 study, which revealed that motherhood is linked to a four percent decrease in earnings per child, was also recently featured in the Chicago Tribune and USA Today

Rebecca Spencer (’10-11) advised that behavioral changes may be just as effective as new “sleep tech” gadgets for improving sleep in the Huffington Post.

Jennifer Lundquist (’06-07) found that non-Hispanic white veterans returning from military service are more likely to move into diverse communities than their civilian counterparts in a recent report shared on New England Public Radio.

Nilanjana Dasgupta’s (‘06-07; ‘12-13) research on the confidence gap between male and female STEM students was featured by Mashable.  

Lee Badgett (FRS '04-05) suggests that the recent record number of perfect scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index reflects a long history of discussion and campaigning of LGBT groups in The Christian Science Monitor.

Laura Vandenberg (FRS ’15-16) offers tips to avoid cancer-causing cookware on the Take Care radio show.