Jennifer B. Kane, sociology assistant professor, has been named a 2018 Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. The honor notes her exceptional research contributions as an early career scientist. 

Kane joined the UCI faculty in 2015 following a postdoctoral fellowship with the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She specializes in applying quantitative methods to study social inequality, population health, family, fertility, and the intergenerational transmission of health and wellbeing. She’s received more than $1.4 million from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study the causes of poor infant health. Her findings have been published in Social Forces, Demography, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Maternal and Child Health Journal, and Journal of Marriage and Family among others.

As a new fellow, Kane was invited to participate in the 29th Annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, held at the Beckman Center in February. The event brings together outstanding young scientists from academia, industry and government to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in a broad range of scientific disciplines. Since the program’s inception in 1989, more than 200 Kavli Fellows have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and 12 have won Nobel Prizes.


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