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Melissa K. Melby ’92, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at Emory University, has received a Woodrow Wilson-Johnson & Johnson dissertation grant in women’s health for work on her dissertation, Biological and Cultural Influences on Menopause (Koonenki) in Japan. Melby is one of 10 winners chosen from 257 candidates.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, of Princeton, New Jersey, awards these grants to encourage original and significant research on women's and children's health. They are given to doctoral candidates who are focusing on the implications of research for the understanding of women's lives and its significance for public policy or treatment. Previous grants have been given for dissertations on breast cancer, AIDS awareness and prevention, dietary determinants of morbidity and mortality, physiological response to domestic violence, and the politics of reproduction. Every recipient receives a $2,000 grant toward the expense of research on the doctoral dissertation. Johnson & Johnson has been funding these grants since 1996.

Melby graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed in 1992. She received a British Marshall Scholarship for 1992-94, a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship from 1994 to 1998, and a Woodruff Fellowship from 1998 to 2000.

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