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Visiting fellow Ravhee Bholah joins the center this semester

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news-bholah-inpostRavhee Bholah, an associate professor at the Mauritius Institute of Education, received a Fulbright Scholarship to study policy and community partnerships that promote adolescent sexual health, with a particular focus on school-based programs. He plays leading roles in curriculum development on sexual health, HIV prevention, and education for sustainable development in the Republic of Mauritius. Ravhee works closely with the United Nations Development Programme, UNESCO, the Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development, and the Southern African Development Community Regional Environmental Education Programme on regional programs addressing these issues. He has been a member of various committees at national and regional levels. For instance, he has been the chairperson of Network of African Science Academies Expert Group Committee since 2012 and a member of the South African Development Community Education for Sustainable Development Research Network since 2008. At national level in Mauritius, he is a member of steering committees at the Ministry of Education and Human Resources for the following: (1) Sexuality Education, (2) Health and (3) Climate Change Adaptation. He is a board member of the National Ramsar Committee in Mauritius. He has also done considerable work on climate change education. Ravhee will be working in the BCTR as a visiting fellow through the end of December.

He will be mentored by Jennifer Tiffany during his time at Cornell, and he will be working very closely with the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

Ravhee is joined his wife Rouma and their three sons, Divyesh, Sudhakar, and Prabhakar, ages 10, 12, and 15, respectively.

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BCTR welcomes visiting fellow Dr. Chiyoko Kobayashi Frank

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The Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research is hosting Chiyoko Kobayashi Frank, Ph.D. as a Visiting Fellow (October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013). Dr. Frank will collaborate with Dr. Barbara Ganzel, a faculty affiliate of the Bronfenbrenner Center, and be housed in Dr. Ganzel’s Lifespan Affective Neuroscience Lab - which is presently in G88 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall. Dr. Frank received her Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology at Cornell University in 2007 and she is currently an adjunct member of the clinical psychology faculty at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Frank is collaborating with researchers affiliated with the BCTR on a project in the area of translational human neuroscience. They will submit the results of this project for publication, with the hope of contributing to the advancement of scientific understanding of sources of social risk and maladaptation in children and adults.

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