Tom Vartanian, Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program, received a $40,000 grant from the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin. The study, titled "The Long-Term Outcomes of Food Stamp Program Participants," starts in July, 2007, and is being investigated jointly with Joe Harkness at the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Vartanian has recently published “Early Factors Leading to College Graduation for Asians and Non-Asians in the United States,” in the Spring 2007 Sociological Quarterly. It was is co-authored with David Karen, Chair of Bryn Mawr's Sociology Department; Page Buck MSS, a doctoral student at the Graduate School; and Wendy Cadge at Brandies University. Vartanain also authored “Intergenerational Neighborhood-type Mobility: Examining Differences between Blacks and Whites” with Page Buck MSS, and Philip Gleason, in the Fall 2007 edition of Housing Studies.
Cynthia Bisman has been appointed as the U. S. Associate Editor for, Ethics and Social Welfare, a new international journal. Drawing from data collected while in the UK as a visiting professor and resident fellow at the University of Durham's School of Applied Social Sciences, she is revising all chapters in her practice book to infuse a values and social justice perspective. (posted 8/2/07)
An article by Professor Toba Kerson was translated to French and published in the June 2007 edition of the journal "la lettre: Lettre d'information aux adherents d'Epilespise-France." The research tries to answer the question of why images of seizures continue largely unchanged in film and television when images of other illnesses are more clearly reflective of modern medicine and technology.
Kerson, who has taught at the Graduate School for 30 years, has collected 264 examples, in 14 languages, of images of seizures from film and television. (posted 8/2/07)
This summer, Sara Bressi Nath, an Assistant Professor at GSSWSR was selected to participate in the "Institute on Aging and Social Work" at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. The Institute is funded in part by the National Institute on Aging and the John A. Hartford Foundation. The program provides specialized training to social work faculty in the research methodology and skills necessary to advance a research agenda in the area of aging. Following the initial summer session, which was held from July 15th to July 22nd, institute participants will gather for two more training sessions in February and July of 2008.
Nath enjoyed the institute very much. She stated “the institute gave me an opportunity to meet other social work faculty engaged in aging research, and also helped me to formulate a research plan aimed at examining the integration of mental and physical health services for older adults with severe mental illnesses.” (posted 8/2/07)
The Graduate School is pleased to announce the hiring of Kevin Joseph Robinson, M.S.W., Dr.P.H. as an Assistant Professor. Robinson received his Doctor of Public Health in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in May, 2006, and has been a W.K. Kellogg Community Health Scholar at The University of Michigan School of Public Health during the 2006-07 year. His dissertation was a descriptive case study of a 51 year-old African American gay man’s experiences live with AIDS. His current research projects are extensions of his dissertation research and are integral components of two projects of the Prevention Research Center of Michigan – The Community Capacity Building to Reduce Health Disparities and the 2005 Speak to Your Health! Community Survey and Qualitative Assessment. In addition to HIV/AIDS education and prevention, his research interests include healthcare access, quality and delivery across ethnoracial and social strata. (posted 5/24/07)
On May 7, Professor Julia Littell gave two talks on evidence-based practice in St. Louis, MO. The first, at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University was a seminar for faculty and doctoral students. The second session included state legislators and human services agency administrators, and was sponsored by the Milbank Memorial Fund.
A co-chair of the Campbell Collaboration social welfare group, Littell led a series of meetings at the C2 Colloquium in London, England in May. In June she led a workshop on systematic review methods and meta-analysis in Stockholm, Sweden. Attendees included administrators of Sweden's health and social care programs and social work scholars at several Swedish universities.
Littell is currently working on a book, Meta-analysis in Social Work, for the Oxford University Press. (posted 6/7/07)
Virginia McIntosh, instructor and Field Instruction Liaison, honored with Outstanding Leader Award by her alma mater, University of Pennsylvania .