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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. 

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.