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Research indicates chemicals used as alternatives to bisphenol A in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins aren’t always safer

Laura Vanderberg, FRS '15, environmental health researcher at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst contributes to Chemistry World feature discussing alternative compounds to BPA and possible safety concerns. Read more here

Jennifer Whitehill, FRS '19 looks into cannabis-related poison control calls involving the commonwealth’s children and teenagers

Jennifer Whitehill, FRS '19 ,  Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Policy, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, looks into cannabis-related poison control calls involving the commonwealth’s children and teenagers. The UMass Amherst public health researcher says findings highlight the need to better protect youth from high-potency products.

Newly selcted FRS, Devon Greyson, investigates increase in vaccination rates over 50 years

A team of researchers, led by Devon Greyson, FRS '19, investigated the findings of 20 studies that looked at two forms of vaccination mandates to determine efficacy of the mandates. Analysis of the policy research on nearly 50 years of mandates is unable to determine if increased vaccination rates were result of school requirements, or increased access, education and awareness. Read more here.

Mary Paterno, FRS '18, to facilitate digital story and panel discussion on women, substance abuse and recovery

Mary Paterno, FRS '18, assistant professor of nursing, will facilitate a digital story screening and panel discussion on women, substance abuse and recovery. The screening and panel discussion will take place Tuesday, July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Greenfield Community College Dining Commons. “Stories of strength, encouragement and hope: Local women’s experiences with substance use disorder and recovery,” is free and open to the public and will feature nine women on their journey to recovery. Read more here.

Neurobiologist Luke Remage-Healey, FRS '16 recently received a five-year, $1.7 million grant

Neurobiologist Luke Remage-Healey, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, recently received a five-year, $1.7 million grant, the renewal of a prior period of funding from the National Institutes of Health. He and colleagues plan to investigate fundamental mechanisms of how the brain learns and processes complex stimuli like birdsong.

Lynnette Leidy Sievert FRS '05 & '09, Receives $230,000 NSF Grant to Study if Brown Adipose Tissue Affects Menopause

Lynnette Leidy Sievert has received a three-year, $230,678 National Science Foundation grant to study whether brown adipose tissue – a type of fat that generates heat – may be a factor associated with hot flashes in women. The project will focus on peri-menopausal and early postmenopausal women aged 45-55, during the cold months – late October to early April – in western Massachusetts.