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News Briefs

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2013-14 Academic Year

April, 2014--Alexandra Minna Stern (IRWG’s Reproductive Justice Program Director, Professor of Women’s Studies, Ob/Gyn, American Culture, and History) was quoted in two articles about the impact of “conscience clauses” in state-level legislation licensing genetic counselors.

Professor Stern argues that such conscience clauses, which allow genetics counselors to refrain from providing test results to patients in some cases, make it difficult for patients to seek appropriate medical care. Professor Stern is quoted in "Fetal Abnormalities: The Next Minefield in the Abortion Wars?" in The American Prospect, and "How Virginia’s ‘Conscience Clause’ for Genetic Counselors Could Set a National Precedent" in RH Reality Check, a daily publication providing news, commentary and analysis on sexual and reproductive health and justice issues.

March, 2014--SHARP Center codirector and IRWG research investigator Michelle Segar was interviewed by Oprah.com about staying motivated to exercise. Click to read the full article.

February, 2014--SHARP Center codirector Kathy Babiak (Kinesiology) was interviewed by Mother Jones about women's participation in the Olympics. Click to read the full article.

January, 2014--“Animal Acts: Performing Species Today,” a collection of animal themed performance scripts with commentaries from leading scholars, co-edited by Holly Hughes and Una Chaudhuri, was recently published by the University of Michigan Press. The book features work by well known performance artists such as Rachel Rosenthal and Hughes, as well as original essays by Donna Haraway, Jill Dolan, Larry LaFontaine, and others. The project was born out of an IRWG Seed Grant given to Professor Hughes. The Press’s website includes video clips of performances in excerpt that were filmed last year in the Duderstadt Studio. Click to learn more about the book.

November, 2013--IRWG Researcher Quyen Epstein-Ngo published an article, Event-level analysis of antecedents for youth violence: Comparison of dating violence with non-dating violence in the journal Addictive Behaviors. Click to read the full article.

November, 2013--IRWG Researchers Philip Veliz, Quyen Epstein-Ngo, Elizabeth Meier, Paula Ross-Durow, Sean Esteban McCabe, and Carol J. Boyd published an article, Painfully Obvious: A Longitudinal Examination of Medical Use and Misuse of Opioid Medication Among Adolescent Sports Participants in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Click to read the full article.

MedicalXpress.com summarized the research findings and quoted Dr. Veliz. Click here to read the MedicalXpress article.

November, 2013--Kathy Babiak (SHARP, Kinesiology) is co-editor of a recently published book on corporate social responsibility within sport. Click to read more. . .

The Routledge Handbook of Sport and Corporate Social Responsibility includes case studies from around the world, including European soccer, the Beijing Olympics, and Major League Baseball. Dr. Babiak also co-authored chapters in the book, including "Perspectives on social responsibility in sport" (with Richard Wolfe), "A foundation for winning: athletes, charity, and social responsibility" (with fellow Sport Management professor Kate Heinze, and recent U-M Kinesiology PhD alums Seung Pil Lee and Matt Juravich), as well as "Conclusion", with co-editors Juan Luis Paramio-Salcines and Geoff Walters.

November, 2013--Philip Veliz (IRWG Research Fellow) was interviewed by MedPageToday.com about body image among male adolescents and substance abuse. Watch the interview...

November, 2013--Carol Boyd (IRWG, SHARP, Women's Studies, School of Nursing) received the Association for Medical Education and Substance Abuse’s (AMERSA) 2013 Betty Ford Award. It is given to an individual who has played a significant role in the treatment and recovery of drug-dependent individuals, particularly women.  Dr. Boyd has spent more than a decade studying the misuse and abuse of controlled medications by adolescents and young adults, in addition to her life-long focus on alcohol and drug abuse and recovery in women. Dr. Boyd received the award at the AMERSA National Conference in Bethesda, MD where she also presented her latest research on adolescents’ prescription drug abuse.

October, 2013--Carol Boyd (IRWG, SHARP, Women's Studies, School of Nursing) discusses the ABCD's of teen prescription drug abuse with University of Florida's Bill Latimer of WUFT Public Radio's Public Health Minute. Public Health Minute is a one minute segment devoted to public health topics aired throughout the day. Listen to the interview...

September, 2013--Maria Cotera (Women's Studies, American Culture) was interviewed by Feministing.com about her project "Chicana Por Mi Raza: Uncovering the Hidden History of Chicana Feminism." Read the interview...

September, 2013--Alexandra Minna Stern, (Director, Reproductive Justice Program), was interviewed by National Public Radio for a story on involuntary sterilization of women prisoners in California. Read the interview...

September, 2013--Sari van Anders (Director, Feminist Science Studies), was interviewed by News-Medical.net about her research on postpartum sexuality. Read the interview...

August, 2013--Prof. Carol Boyd (IRWG, SHARP, Women's Studies, School of Nursing) was highlighted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in a video interview following her presentation on Prescription Drug Abuse in Youth, June 14, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. Watch the interview here...

August, 2013--Prof. Paula Ross-Durow recently published a paper in the Journal of Adolescent Health about the alarming percentage of adolescents with unsupervised access to their prescribed controlled medications. She was also interviewed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Ross-Durow was interviewed by dugdug.com, an online news site that brings cutting edge research to the mainstream audience. Read her interview here. Read the press release here.

August, 2013--Prof. Elizabeth A. Armstrong (Sociology and Women's Studies) discusses her book, "Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality" with Tarmar Lewin in the New York Times.

July, 2013--Cookie Woolner (History, Women's Studies) named the Mary I. & David D. Hunting Graduate Student Fellow for 2013-14 at the U-M Institute for the Humanities.

Woolner was a 2011 Community of Scholars participant