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Fall Speaker 2012 Series

The tentative schedule for Fall 2012 CHRS seminars is as follows. CHRS seminars meet on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:00 at Battelle T30. More details will follow soon.


October 3, 2012
Antwan Jones
, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, the George Washington University (with Hiromi Ishizawa, Dept. of Sociology, GWU) will give a talk entitled, “Child Obesity, Immigrant Acculturation and the Built Environment.”


October 10, 2012
With new member to the AU community, Jeffrey Kaplan, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Director, Center for Food and Health, AU will introduce his new center, Center for Food and Health to the CHRS community. The meeting will also involve discussions about possible synergies with CHRS.


October 17, 2012
Speaker/topic to be determined


October 24, 2012
Leslie Hinkson
, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Georgetown University will give a talk entitled, “The Right Profile: Mechanisms of Bias Guiding Race-Based Pharmacological Treatment of Hypertension.”


October 31, 2012
Nina Yamanis
, Assistant Professor of International Development, School of International Service, and American University will lead a work in progress seminar, focusing on her newly awarded qualitative research study, “Identifying HIV prevention strategies for Latino sexual minority young men living in DC.” The study is co-led by Maria deJesus, Assistant Professor, SIS, AU with support from SIS, AU.


November 7, 2012
Asoka Bandarage
, PhD, a scholar and practitioner in the fields of International Development, Environment, Conflict Resolution and Gender Studies, will give a talk based on her forthcoming book entitled, “Sustainability and Well-Being: An Integrated Approach to Environment, Society and the Individual”  to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.


November 14, 2012
Presenter: Kristen Springer, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University

Talk title: TBA


November 28, 2012
Typhanye Penniman Dyer
, Research Assistant Professor, University of Maryland and University of Florida will give a talk entitled, “Individual-Level and Social-Level Factors Impacting HIV Risk among Black MSM.”


December 5, 2012
Presenter: Joanna Dreby, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University at Albany

Talk title: TBA


December 12, 2012
Presenter: Sabrina McCormick, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University

Talk title: TBA

Spring 2012 Series

The following are seminars held and planned by CHRS for Spring 2012. CHRS seminars are held every Wednesdays from 2:30-4 p.m. at Battelle T-30, unless otherwise notified.

January 25, 2012
Presenter: Maria De Jesus, Assistant Professor, SIS.

In-progress proposal entitled: A Pilot Study Examining Impact of a Community Health Worker (CHW)-Delivered Mobile Health (m-Health) Communication Strategy Using Personalized, Culturally Tailored and Empowering Interactive Follow-up Text Messages to Increase Mammography Screening among Hispanic Women 

Discussants: Nina Yamanis, Assistant Professor, SIS and Kim Blankenship, Professor, Sociology Department served as discussants for this seminar 


February 1, 2012
Presenter: Kim Blankenship, Professor, Sociology Department, AU

In-progress paper: Incarceration and Black-White Disparities in HIV/AIDS: An Analysis across Metropolitan Statistical Areas

In-progress conference: Community Disruption and HIV Risk in Washington D.C. 

Discussant: Rachel Robinson, Assistant Professor, SIS


February 8, 2012
Presenter: Nina Yamanis, Assistant Professor, SIS

In-progress proposal: Social and structural factors associated with HIV risk behavior among homeless youth in the District of Columbia

Discussants: Jonathan G. Tubman, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research, and Maria De Jesus, Assistant Professor, SIS


February 15, 2012
Presenter: Larry Sawers, Professor, Department of Economics

Talk: Probably everything you have read about concurrency is wrong


February 22, 2012
"Improving HIV and Nutrition Outcomes in Rural Malawi:
Lessons from the Field"

Samson Njolomole serves as the primary liaison between Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo and local, domestic, and international partners and communities. Sam's unique story and approach to HIV prevention with focus on health communication, HIV/AIDS awareness, and project management has been a great inspiration for HIV prevention practitioners, activists, and academics. 


March 7, 2012
Elizabeth Rigby

Assistant Professor, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Administration, GWU

"Public support for redistribution to address inequality."


March 21, 2012
Sonya Grier

Associate Professor, Department of Marketing, Kogod School of Business will lead a work-in-progress seminar.

Paper title TBA


March 28, 2012
Jennifer Huang

Associate Professor, School of Nursing & Health Studies, Georgetown

"Migration Passage, Sexwork, and HIV/STI in China"

April 18, 2012
Jeremy Shiffman

Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, SPA, AU.

"A Comparative Assessment of the Effectiveness of Six Global Health Policy Networks (Tobacco, Alcohol, Tuberculosis, Pneumonia, Newborn Survival, Maternal Mortality)"

April 25, 2012
Lindsay Shade
MA Student, International Affairs, and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, AU
Dennis Stinchcomb
MA Student, Spanish and Latin American Studies, AU

"Health and Social Impacts of Rising Deportation Rates in the U.S."

This seminar was the result of a collaborative effort between the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and the CHRS. The presentation slides can be accessed here.

May 2, 2012
Jimi Adams

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, AU

"Formalizing the Many Possible Routes among Many Disciplined Science: The Case of HIV/AIDS Research."


Fall 2011 Series

Wednesday, September 7, "MSM & HIV Aids in the Middle East and North Africa" by Bryan Hoffman, MA candidate.


Wednesday, September 14, "Advancing HIV Prevention Through Transformative Behavioral & Social Research" Round table discussion.


Wednesday, September 21, "Social Network Influences on Young Men's HIV Risk Behavior in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania" by Nina Yamanis, Assistant Professor, School of International Service


Wednesday, September 28, "Moving to Health or Avoiding Equality" Residential Mobility and the Spatial Concentration on Racial Health Disparities" by Michael Bader, Assistant professor, Department of Sociology


Wednesday, October 5, "Local Food Prices & Child Insecurity/Obesity" by Taryn Morrissey, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration & Policy


Wednesday, October 12, "Perceptions of African-American Women on the Down-low Phenomenon Among Black Men," Lakshmi Goparaju, Assistant Professor & Women's Interagency HIV Study Director, Georgetown University Medical Center.


Wednesday, October 19, "Works-in-progress Seminar," involving presentation and discussions on Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research, Department of Psychology, Jonathan Tubman's paper titled, "Hetergeneity in Sexual Communication Among Adolescents Recieving Substance Abuse Treatment Services: Implications for HIV/STI Risk Reduction Efforts" and Assistant Professor, School of International Service, Daniel Esser's paper, "National Ownership in Development Assistance for Health: Success Factor or Smokescreen?" The format was based on pre-circulated papers to seminar attendees, which offered ample opportunity to discuss and share feedback at the seminar.


Wednesday, October 26, "Shifting Fortunes for Family Planning: The Role of Norms" by Jeremy Shiffman, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, SPA, and Katy Quissell, PhD student, Department of Public Administration and Policy, SPA.


Wednesday, November 2, "Reconsidering Wilkinson's income inequality hypothesis: new evidence from Argentina" by Dr. Fernando De Maio, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, DePaul University. See Event Flyer.

Dr. De Maio holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Essex. His work examines the social determinants of health, with ongoing research projects on the health effects of income inequality and the health transitions of immigrants. In recent years he has studied the social patterning of chronic non-communicable diseases in Latin America and has worked in collaboration with colleagues in Argentina's Ministry of Health. His work has appeared in Global Public Health, Critical Public Health, Health Sociology Review, the International Journal for Equity in Health, and Population Health Metrics. He is the author of Health & Social Theory (Palgrave Macmillan) and is currently working on his second book, Global Health Inequities.

Wednesday, November 9, "Work in Progress Seminar" Michael Bader, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology will discuss his paper tentatively titled, " The Fundamental Influence of Retail Disinvestment on Adolescent Health in New York."

Wednesday, November 16, "Achieving Universal Coverage: An Assessment of Policy Approaches and Outcomes in the Caribbean" by Tamara Hafner, Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs

Wednesday, November 30, "Social Resources and Health Disparities: The Impact of Local Nongovernmental Organizations on HIV Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa" by Rachel Robinson, Assistant Professor, School of International Service

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