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Events and Announcements
2018 COSSA Distinguished Service Awardee
The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) has named OBSSR Director William T. Riley, Ph.D., as one of the recipients of the 2018 COSSA Distinguished Service Award. The COSSA Distinguished Service Award recognizes leaders who have gone above and beyond to promote, protect, and advance the social and behavioral science research enterprise. Awardees are chosen by the COSSA Board of Directors, which represents COSSA’s governing member associations. The award will be officially presented at a reception on April 30th as part of COSSA’s 2018 Science Policy Conference.
11th NIH Matilda White Riley ESI Paper Competition Awardees
OBSSR has selected four early stage investigators (ESIs) to present their research and contribute to a moderated panel discussion at the 11th NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors. This year’s paper competition awardees were among more than 330 submissions. Register to attend this in person only event, to be held on Thursday, May 31, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the NIH's main campus, Wilson Hall (building 1).
Diego García-Huidobro Munita, M.D., Ph.D.:
Squeezing observational data for better causal inference: Methods for prevention research
Ruth T. Morin, Ph.D.:
Do multiple health
events reduce resilience when compared with single events?
Justin Parent, Ph.D.:
stress-related epigenetic regulation of the glucocorticoid receptor gene
promoter during early development: The role of child maltreatment
Bryan F. Singer, Ph.D.:
Understanding Drug Addiction in
Humans Through the Study of Animals
SOBC Grand Rounds Webinar: Nudging Mindset
The Science Of Behavior Change (SOBC) Program is hosting a Grand Rounds webinar on Monday, April 23, from 2pm to 3pm ET. Alia Crum, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, will present Nudging Mindset: Improving Health and Motivating Healthy Behaviors. Dr. Crum’s research focuses on how changes in subjective mindsets—the lenses through which information is perceived, organized, and interpreted—can alter objective reality through behavioral, psychological, and physiological mechanisms.
NIH BSSR Festival Meeting Summary and Video Recordings
On December 8, 2017, the OBSSR in collaboration with the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee held the 2017 NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival. The festival highlighted exciting research results, emerging areas, and innovations in health-related behavioral and social sciences research. The full meeting summary and video recordings are available on the OBSSR website. The website has a link to the videos where you can watch the whole day or scroll down to view a specific presentation.
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Declines in Childhood Obesity: Papers and Webinar
Childhood Obesity published six papers highlighting findings from the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research’s (NCCOR) Childhood Obesity Declines project. The supplement details the strategies and policies implemented in four diverse communities— Anchorage, AK; Granville County, NC; New York City, NY; and Philadelphia, PA—that experienced declines in childhood obesity prevalence from 2003 to 2011.
On Monday, April 30, from 1pm to 2pm ET, NCCOR is hosting a Connect & Explore webinar “Examining Declines in Childhood Obesity in Four Communities: Highlights from Six Papers Published in Childhood Obesity.” The webinar will examine the multi-level approaches, including policies, across all jurisdictions to improve the nutrition and physical activity environments through a socio-ecological lens. OBSSR’s Deborah Young-Hyman, Ph.D. is a guest presenter. She and other speakers will discuss research and evaluation implications and provide guidance for future studies of community-based childhood obesity prevention.
NCCOR brings together four of the nation’s leading research funders—the CDC, the NIH, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the USDA—to accelerate progress in reducing childhood obesity in America.
Webinar: Biopsychosocial effects of Qigong/Tai Chi on breast cancer survivors
Linda K. Larkey, Ph.D., CRTT, will review the broader evidence on Meditative Movement (MM) effects on cancer survivorship, supporting the goals of her research underway in breast cancer survivors. Extended models proposing various biomolecular and neurophysiological markers as mechanisms of effects on
physical and emotional symptoms, cognitive function and body composition outcomes will be discussed at this May OBSSR Director's Webinar to be held on Tuesday, May 15, from 2pm to 3pm ET.