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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. 

Laura Vandenberg, FRS '15- '16, taught a course in Havana

Laura Vandenberg, FRS '15- '16, taught a course in Havana on “Controversies in Environmental Health,” which looked at topics such as pesticides (seldom used in Cuba) and fluoride safety. In addition to making close connections with students, she enjoyed the opportunity to explore Cuba’s community-based health system and consider its potential applications in the U.S. Read more here.

CRF Congratulates the new Director of the Institute for Social Science Research

Joya Misra,  CRF Family Research Scholar ‘04-’05 and ‘13-’14, has been appointed Director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR). Dr. Misra is a professor of sociology and public policy and her research broadly focuses on social inequality and how policies can mediate inequalities and create more equitable societies. CRF looks forward to our continued collaboration with ISSR. Read more about her new appointment here.

ICPSR receives the National Medal for Museum and Library Science

The Center for Research on Families offers joint courses with the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). ICPSR is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and started in 2005. The CRF/ICPSR SUmmer Program offers various courses from Hierarchical Linear Modeling to Analyzing Longitudinal Data and using HLM and SPSS software. 

Sarah Winokur receives Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award

Sarah Winokur has been awarded the 2019 Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award. Sarah is a rising fifth year student in the UMass Amherst Behavioral Neuroscience program. Her proposal is titled, “Evaluating estradiol fluctuations across pregnancy in a rat model of postpartum depression.” Sarah won the CRF Travel Award in 2019 which helped to fund her presentation at the Annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting in San Diego. 

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