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Brigitte Holt (FRS '16-'17) Receives NSF Grant to Study Bone Structure of Bolivian Foragers/Horticulturalists

Brigitte Holt is the recent recipient of NSF funding for her Tsimane Project which aims to link bone robusticity patterns with observed physical activity levels in a living population-a group of foragers/horticulturalists in Bolivia called the Tsimane. The study aims to measure activity profiles and limb bone structure (arm and leg bones) of children and adult Tsimane in order to document and understand better the relationship between bone structure and physical activity.  Like many populations world-wide, the Tsimane are undergoing various levels of “modernization”, and are becoming more mechanized and sedentary. Because increased modernization and sedentism correlate with lower bone mass and increased incidence of fracture, Holt’s team also want to document differences in bone mass among Tsimane groups with varying degree of acculturation, and throughout the aging process. 

Rodrigo Dominguez Villegas (2016 Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Recipient) Co-Authors Migration Policy Institute Report

As U.S. deportations to Mexico continue at substantial levels and the numbers returned by both the U.S. and Mexican governments to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are increasing, it has become more urgent for countries in the region to develop successful reception and reintegration programs that meet the diverse needs of returning migrants. Rodrigo Dominguez Villegas co-authored a recent Migration Policy Institute report that highlights promising reintegration strategies and pressing challenges. The report offers a range of recommendations to governments and others, including: Prepare migrants for reintegration prior to their return, even before deportation; issue primary ID documents from abroad or upon reception; and ensure reintegration services tap into returning migrants' cultural roots. Read the report here

Agnès Lacreuse (FRS '13-'14) Featured in Article About Common Side Effects of Anti-Cancer Treatment

Results of a new study by neuroscientists Agnès Lacreuse, Luke Remage-Healey and their graduate students at UMass Amherst, collaborator Jessica Mong at the University of Maryland and first author Nicole Gervaisat suggest that a new treatment approach is needed – and how this may be possible – to address adverse effects of aromatase inhibitors, drugs commonly prescribed to both men and women to prevent recurrence of estrogen-positive breast cancer. Read more here.

2018 Fall Travel Award Recipients

The Center for Research on Families is excited to announce the recipients of the 2018 Fall Travel Awards. Every semester CRF provides funding for graduate students to present their family research at an academic conference. CRF’s award helps offset the costs of travel and allows students the opportunity to meet and present with other researchers in their field. Since we began to offer the award in 2010, CRF has helped dozens of students from a wide range of disciplines attend national and international academic conferences.

Laura Vandenberg (FRS '15-'16) Featured in UMass Magazine for Feature Article Titled "Target: Breast Cancer."

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Laura Vandenberg is among five UMass scientists profiled in the latest issue of UMass Magazine for a feature article titled "Target: Breast Cancer." The story examines researchers who are investigating the causes of breast cancer and how to prevent it. Read the article here.

Lisa Wexler (FRS '07-'08) Featured in UMass Magazine for Suicide Prevention Efforts

Associate Professor of Community Health Education Lisa Wexler's suicide prevention efforts are profiled in the latest issue of UMass Magazine. The story examines Wexler's work with Alaska Native communities to build resilience through community belonging and cultural continuity in an effort to lower suicide risk. Read the article here.

Aline Gubrium (FRS '17-'18) Assumes American Public Health Association Leadership Role

Associate Professor and Program Head in the Department of Community Health Education, Aline Gubrium has begun her two-year term as Chair of the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Section following the completion of her one-year term as Chair-Elect. The SRH Section works to improve the health of women, men and children by ensuring that population, reproductive and sexual health remain major domestic and international priorities. Read more here.

Alexandra Jesse (FRS '16-'17) Awarded $100,000 NIH Grant

The vast majority of speech perception research has focused on how we recognize what the speaker says through listening only, and has failed to capture the value of speaking face-to-face, says speech perception expert Alexandra Jesse. Now she has a two-year, $100,000 grant from NIH’s National Institute of Aging to explore the mechanisms underlying audiovisual speech perception, that is, investigating how listeners, in particular older adults with age-related hearing loss, combine information from both hearing and seeing a speaker to their benefit. Read more here.

How to Prepare an ISSR or CRF Scholars Proposal

Led by Center for Research on Families (CRF) Director Maureen Perry-Jenkins and Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Director Laurel Smith-Doerr, prospective applicants for the faculty Scholars Programs at CRF and ISSR will receive guidance on the application process, which program to apply to, and what reviewers will be looking for in competitive applications for the spring application deadline {TBA January 2018}. Free and open to UMass and Five Colleges Social Science faculty. Lunch will be provided. See additional event details here.

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