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Frances Neal Presents Findings on Heat and Pregnancy During National Conference

February 2019

Frances NealSpelman health science major Frances K. Neal, C’2019, recently shared her research findings on heat waves and pregnancy outcomes during the 2018 American Geophysical Union conference.

Focused on the organization and dissemination of scientific information in the interdisciplinary and international field of geophysics, AGU’s conference attracts more than 70,000 people worldwide.

“There are many external factors that can negatively impact pregnancy outcome,” said Neal. “With Atlanta’s extreme temperatures during the summer months, I am looking to see if there is a relationship between Atlanta’s hot summers and pregnancy outcomes, such as low birth weight (less than 2,500 grams) or preterm birth (an infant born earlier than 37 weeks gestation).”

Neal strongly encourages fellow students to attend professional conferences. “They are a great way to network,” she said. “I believe the exposure gained during AGU will make me a better candidate for graduate school programs.”