UNM Psychology graduate student Kevin Hallgren has been awarded an NIH Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) through the UNM Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA). The fellowship will provide two years of support for a project that uses network analysis to better understand how drinking problems may be transmitted through social support networks. The results from this project may be useful for more effectively targeting treatments and prevention programs for alcohol use disorders.

Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein, for whom the awards below were named, died Oct. 6, 2009. Aside from Kirschstein's scientific accomplishments in polio vaccine development, and becoming the first woman director of an NIH Institute, she was a champion of research training and a strong advocate for the inclusion of underrepresented individuals in the scientific workforce. For more information on Kirschstein's life visit: http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Training/RuthKirschstein.