University of Connecticut

Elizabeth Siembida accepted into the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention and Control Fellowship Program.

HDFS Graduate student Elizabeth Siembida has been accepted into the National Cancer Institute’s preeminent Cancer Prevention and Control Fellowship Program (CPFP) in Bethesda, MD.  This highly competitive fellowship (accepting only 10% of applicants from across the country) is designed to provide a strong foundation for scientists and clinicians to train in the field of cancer prevention and control.  As part of the program, Liz will be getting her MPH degree during her first year, followed by three years of mentored research with investigators and national leaders at the NCI or FDA.

Laura Donorfio recognized for “outstanding leadership in gerontology and geriatric education.

The Association of Gerontology in Higher Education has named Laura Donorfio, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, a new Fellow.  Donorfio is recognized for “outstanding leadership in gerontology and geriatric education.”

Rebecca Puhl receives 2015 Research Excellence Program Award

Professor Rebecca Puhl, along with her Co-PI Dianne Quinn from the Department of Psychology, received a 2015 Research Excellence Program (REP) award. The primary goal of the REP is to provide seed funding to promote, support, and enhance the research, scholarship, and creative endeavors of faculty at UConn, including (but not limited to) the strategic and emerging areas delineated in the Academic Plan and national and global priorities.

Dr. Puhl’s grant will examine factors that help or hurt weight loss maintenance, with a specific focus on the role of experienced and internalized stigma. Rebecca and Diane plan to use the results from this study as pilot evidence to apply for larger NIH funding.

Kari Adamsons selected to receive awards

Associate Professor Kari Adamsons has been selected by the University of Connecticut’s Center for Academic Programs to receive this year’s Student Support Services Faculty Recognition Award.  She was selected to receive the award, according to Bidya Ranjeet, the Executive Director for the Center for Academic Programs, for “her outstanding level of support and dedication to SSS students.”

Also, at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Kari received the School of Health and Human Sciences’ HHS Pacesetter Award. She was selected to receive this award for her outstanding accomplishments in research, teaching, and mentorship. The award is testimony to the ways in which Kari has distinguished herself as an alum of the Human Development and Family Studies program at UNC-G.

Linda Halgunseth serving on Latino Caucus of SRCD

Assistant Professor Linda Halgunseth has been elected to the position of Chair-Elect of the Latino Caucus within the Society for Research in Child Development. The membership of the Latino Caucus continues to rapidly grow within SRCD and it is great to have Linda working to strengthen the attention given to Latino scholarship within this important national organization.