Sera has received the prestigious Margaret Mead Prize, given jointly by the Society for Applied Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association in recognition of exemplary skills in broadening the impact of anthropology. For more info, see the recent Chronicle story.
A film crew making a documentary about geophagy, called Eat White Dirt came to Ithaca to interview Sera and Dr. Kimberly O’Brien about their work on pica.
Our review on the role of food insecurity in adherence to HIV recommendations has been published in AIDS & Behavior.
Our review on measuring food insecurity is out in Advances in Nutrition.
The public radio program Big Picture Science interviewed Sera about her research on pica.
Roseanne and CARE Project Manager Octávio da Sousa with maternal child health nurses and health center birth attendants.
Começando Saudável (“Starting Off Healthy”), Roseanne’s performance-based incentives intervention in partnership with CARE Mozambique, launched in August. This one-year pilot is engaging health center staff, community volunteers, and traditional birth attendants in improving delivery of prevention of vertical transmission of HIV services to pregnant and lactating women living with HIV and their HIV-exposed children in rural Mozambique. The Começando Saudável team just completed the first of three timepoints of surveys measuring the motivation, knowledge, time demands, and resource available to these three cadres of health workers.
Community volunteers discuss prevention of vertical transmission of HIV messages during a training prior to the launch of Começando Saudável.
Congratulations to Devon McMahon, who has been named a Hunter R. Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar. This is a very big deal, and suggests her promise in the area of public health research.
Our metasynthesis on infant feeding attitudes and practices among HIV-exposed infants has been published ahead of print. Congratulations, Emily, on your first paper!
An article about Sera’s research on pica appeared in the Science Section of the NY Times.
Congratulations to Gretchen Seim on her first first-author paper! This paper presents the first ever data about the effects of geophagic earth on iron absorption in human cells. Many thanks to the Glahn lab for the use of their innovative cell model.
Welcome Alexis Steinmetz and Dr. Elizabeth Widen to the PreNAPS/PostNAPS team. Alexis is a medical student at Loyola University, Chicago and Beth is a post-doc at Columbia University.
Heather Larkin is heading to Singida, Tanzania, to conduct research on the potential for increasing legume consumption in complementary foods with Youjin Chung, a PhD student in Developmental Sociology. This is a project sponsored by the McKnight foundation, with Rachel Bezner-Kerr as PI.
Congratulations and good luck to our graduating seniors: Melanie Graber, Heather Larkin, Chloe Michel, Jacqueline Rivera, and Christina Son. You will be missed!
Roseanne passed her A-exam with flying colors. She is now officially ready for 7 months of fieldwork in Mozambique on the effects of performance-based incentives on the provision of care to prevent vertical transmission of HIV. On top of this, she has received a Summer Language Award to study Portuguese in Mozambique, Einaudi funding to travel to Mozambique, and a small grant from the Division of Nutritional Sciences to conduct ethnography with traditional birth attendants. Many congratulations, Roseanne!