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Dean Gautam N. Yadama spoke at the University of Utah on February 5, making the case for transdisciplinary social work. On February 24, he discussed the challenges confronting public health in the modern world during the Barriers to Healthcare event sponsored by BC’s chapter of GlobeMed. Yadama was joined on the program by Vice Provost for Research Thomas Chiles, who is a fellow commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. Yadama also co-authored "Addressing Energy Poverty in India: A systems perspective on the role of localization, affordability, and saturation in implementing solar technologies," which was published online in Energy Research & Social Science.

David Takeuchi and a co-author contributed “Immigrants and smoking behavior: Reviewing the intersections of nativity, gender, and SES, and ethnicity” to a document on the social and cultural factors associated with tobacco use published by the National Cancer Institute. (See Chapter 7, page 235.)

Christina Matz-Costa was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Matz-Costa’s research focuses on understanding the changing needs and preferences of older adults with regard to engagement in paid and unpaid work and the extent to which programs, policy, and societal institutions are responding to these changes. Matz-Costa was involved in developing the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare's Grand Challenge focused on maximizing productive and meaningful activity throughout life.

Margaret Lombe was a respondent to former Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon following his talk at Boston College’s Robsham Theater on February 27. The former Secretary General spoke on Human Welfare and Global Citizenship.

Summer Hawkins published an article in BMC Public Health showing that higher cigarette taxes may increase the use of chewing tobacco and cigars in adolescents. Hawkins wrote a blog post highlighting the study, which was conducted with BC Economics Professor Kit Baum.

Westy Egmont was joined by Eva A. Milona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), for “Reflections on DACA & UN-International Convention on the Rights of the Child,” held on campus February 22. The event was sponsored by Boston College’s Office of Core Renewal. Egmont also penned an article in Conversations in Integration, a monthly newsletter from Cities of Migration. In "Words Matter," he laments the popular political “English only” rhetoric of the day, and he underscores how access to interpreters is a civil right for those immigrants who don’t speak English and are living in the U.S.

Tiziana Dearing continues to moderate panels on important topics critical to current events. In February, she led a conversation between Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Daniel Bennett, the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Public Safety and Security, at BC Law. The conversation surrounded the successful reform of Bridgewater State Hospital’s excessive use of seclusion and restraints, and was sponsored by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy. Dearing also delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of Womenade Boston, entitled “Rethinking Giving and Bang for your Buck.”