Dr. Connie Mulligan just received a $348,000 NSF award, “Intergenerational impact of violence exposure during pregnancy on epigenetic change.”  Dr. Mulligan is collaborating with Dr. Catherine Panter-Brick at Yale University and Dr. Rana Dajani at Hashemite University in Jordan.  Congratulations Connie!

Congratulations to UF Anthropology graduate students Cady Gonzalez, Megan Cogburn, Christine LeJeune, and Mohammed Mustapha! All received the 2019 UF International Center Office for Global Research Engagement Research Award for Graduate Students.

See details here: Call for Entries for Undergrad Video Contest

Make a video explaining either why anthropology is an important major or what you love about
anthropology at the University of Florida, and you could win $50 and have your video shown on
the department’s social media accounts. Videos should be less than two minutes and all material
must be original! The department will pick four winners who will each be awarded $50 (teams
will split the money).

Email your completed video to Pat King at
aok@ufl.edu no later than May 1 at 11:59 pm.
Email questions to Chris LeClere at

African Americans have significantly higher rates of hypertension than other racial groups and suffer from more serious negative outcomes associated with the disease. We investigate the sociocultural and biological factors that influence hypertension in African Americans, a group that is underrepresented in research, in Tallahassee, FL. Novel integration of both genetic and social network data allowed us to build and evaluate statistical models that described significant amounts of variation in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. We found that having many family members in one’s social network is associated with higher blood pressure in African Americans. This is important because other studies have shown that African Americans tend to have more family members in their networks than European Americans, which may help explain racial disparities in hypertension. Previous studies have reported that family and family support are often associated with positive health outcomes and can act as a buffer against stress and other factors that contribute to hypertension. Our study suggests that the relationship between family in social networks and health outcomes may be more complicated than previously thought. Interacting with family members or helping to provide for their emotional and financial needs may contribute to stress that significantly negatively impacts health.


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