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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%).

Katherine Reeves (FRS '014-'15) Publishes Study Examining Links Between Phthalates and Increased Breast Cancer Risk

In the largest study to date on phthalates and postmenopausal breast cancer, Associate Professor of Epidemiology Katherine Reeves found no association between breast cancer risk and exposure to the plasticizing and solvent chemicals used in such common products as shampoo, makeup, vinyl flooring, toys, medical devices and car interiors. Read more here.

Laura Vandenberg (FRS '15-'16) Advocates for Environmental Research in Cancer Prevention Efforts

Laura Vandenberg, a former CRF Family Research Scholar, was recently featured on the School of Public Health and Health Sciences news page for her opinion piece in Environmental Health News on cancer prevention. In the piece she discusses the current government's lack of focus on prevention and research regarding "the role that environmental exposures play in cancer risk."

Rebecca Spencer (FRS '10-'11) probes sleep’s role in learning and memory

Rebecca Spencer, a former CRF Family Research Scholar and current seminar instructor, was featured in UMass Amherst's Research Next publication for her research on sleep's role in learning and memory. Read more about it here

Spencer will be teaching a seminar this Spring through our Methodology department titled "Illustrating Your Grant: Strategic Graphic Design in Grant Applications for Beginners". The seminar will take place on April 5 from 1-3pm in Tobin Hall room 622. More information about the seminar and a link to register can be found here

Linda Tropp (FRS '09-'10) and Michelle Budig (FRS '06-'07) Among Six Faculty Named Chancellor Leadership Fellows for 2019

Six faculty have been awarded Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowships for 2019, according to John McCarthy, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and Anna Branch, associate chancellor for equity and inclusion.

Lori Goldner, professor of physics, is working with McCarthy in academic affairs. Two fellows, Melissa Wooten, associate professor of sociology and Linda Tropp, professor of social psychology, are working with associate chancellor Anna Branch in the office of equity and inclusion. Jennifer Ross, professor of physics, Angela de Oliveira, associate professor of resource economics and Karen Helfer, chair and professor of communication disorders, will work with Michelle Budig, vice provost for faculty development in the office of faculty development. 

These fellowships seek to cultivate future campus leaders by offering a half-time, one-year, temporary appointment to an administrative area on campus and by providing shadowing and mentoring from the leaders of the host units. In addition, fellows are expected to launch a significant program during the fellowship year. Read more here.

Scholar Feature: Mark Pachucki (FRS '18-'19) Researches Pubertal Timing, Social Networks and Pro and Anti-social Behaviors

If you are someone who develops earlier than your peers, will that affect your choice of friend groups? Will you end up selecting friends that are more similar in appearance, ones that are going through puberty at the same time as you? Mark Pachucki, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the UMass Computational Social Science Institute, believes that there may be important connections between pubertal timing, social networks and pro and anti-social behaviors. 

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