Are you a social work, psychology, or education student who is interested in working with children and families? All of these professions have been impacted by the recent attention to bullying between adolescents. Reports have suggested an increase in suicide contagions in communities linking bullying behaviors with suicide rates. Public Health Departments in Colorado, Rhode Island, and Minnesota have begun exploring a response to the increase in suicidality. This presentation will provide some of the recent data related to suicide rates, national trends to suicidality and a glimpse into the practical application of social work, psychology, and education theory.
Thomas Maltman will read from his novel Little Wolves, which takes place in 1980s drought-plagued Minnesota and follows Grizz Fallon as he tries to understand why his son has killed the sheriff and committed suicide.
The impacts of atmospheric aerosols on human health and global climate depend on their chemical composition. Eastern Iowa provides a unique setting to examine anthropogenic, agricultural, and natural source influences on aerosol composition. At a natural location in Johnson County approximately 40% of fine particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) was found to be comprised of carbonaceous material. In this study, the sources of carbonaceous aerosol are explored by the measurement of molecular markers for gasoline vehicles, diesel engines, coal combustion, biomass burning, primary biogenic materials, and secondary organic aerosol. These species were measured by solvent-extraction followed by gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS) analysis. The resulting data were used in a chemical mass balance (CMB) source apportionment model to evaluate the relative impacts of aerosol sources. The impact of the May-June 2012 Iowa City Landfill tire fire on air quality will also be discussed.
With activity levels rising during adulthood as well as an increase in life expectancy, the long term consequences of injury are often ending in osteoarthritis and joint replacement. Drawing on his previous research, Dr. Brian Pietrosimone will present his research and experiences dealing with the long term effects of joint injury as well as possible interventions. The focus will be on current trends in sports medicine leading into future pursuits.
Laura Page and Dr. Melinda Coogan traveled to Puerto Williams, Chile and Antarctica last January. With the J. Leslie Rollins Fellowship, Laura conducted research about the cultural and knowledge differences of sub-populations in Puerto Williams. Come learn about her adventures of conducting research in a foreign language, traversing a country solo, and traveling to Antarctica.
Dr. Kirstin Cronn-Mills, young adult novelist and 2014 Stonewall Award winner (national award from the American Library Association) will discuss the challenges of writing and talking about traditionally taboo topics of sex and gender for teens. She will also offer insights into how to break into the publishing business.
Mike Donahue promotes the development of empathy and respect as an important piece in the complex problem of bullying on school campuses through the "Walk a Mile" program. This program is conducted in over 200 schools a year. This ACES presentation will discuss cyber bullying, bullying, the social pressures experienced by teens and what can be done to support students. This event is free and open to the public; educators, social workers, parents and all those who work with school aged children are especially welcomed to attend.
Reader's theater of Eve Ensler's work highlighting women's sexuality and violence against women performed by BVU students and community members. This event is free and open to the public; information and resources about sexual violence will be available. T-shirts, buttons and other items available for sale with proceeds benefitting CAASA.
Erik Gecas has been working as a casino dealer in Las Vegas for the last 13 years. During this time casino gambling has continued to become more and more widespread in the United States. Beliefs and behaviors particular to gambling are becoming adopted by a larger number of Americans. How are people being changed by gambling culture? How is gambling changing the way that people interact with others? How are ethics manifest in a casino environment? How are these ethics manipulated and maintained? Erik Gecas will talk about how the skills required of a professional dealer shed light on these questions. He will juxtapose the casino experiences of three different casinos where he has worked.
Professor Basuli Deb will discuss her research on Islamophobia - both past and present -in terms of US policy. Deb uses interdisciplinary sources -including literature, photography and social media- to examine wars of the 20th century in comparison with the US War on Terror.
Gary Sterling is the CEO of EP Dynamics, a cardiac medical device company. He will be presenting on taking an idea, whether it be a biologic or a device, and turning it into a commercialized product. Gary Sterling has over 30 years of experience working with medical device companies in business development, sales and marketing. He is especially passionate about developing new ideas and new technologies. In addition to his leadership role at EP Dynamics, Gary also works part time as a Business Development Associate for the Institute for Technology Advancement, School of Engineering, University of California Los Angeles.
Dan Grinstead deployed with 3500 other Iowa National Guard troops to active service in Afghanistan at the age of 60. He has unique knowledge, skills and the hands on experiences that he will share with us. The presentation will include post deployment issues for guard troops and their families, and how we can all make a difference in the lives of citizen soldiers. This event is free and open to the public.
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