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Advancing Research and Scholarship
at Boston College

global public health: policy, disparity, disease

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Sponsored by:

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John LaMattina '71

December 11, 2014
Murray Function Room
Yawkey Center

Global public health:
Policy • Disparity • Disease

This inaugural event will feature a keynote address by Boston College alumnus Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, FAAP, Class of ‘63; panel discussions by Boston College faculty; and a poster session highlighting the work of both undergraduate and graduate students across the University.

Event schedule


10:30 a.m.

Student Poster Session
Posters in each category to be displayed


12:30 p.m.

Welcome & Keynote

Philip J. Landrigan Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc., Class of ‘63
Dean for Global Health and Ethel H. Wise Professor and Chair of Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Director, Children's Environmental Health Center, Mount Sinai Hospital

2:00 p.m.



2:15 p.m.

Session I: Policy

An Integrated and Interdisciplinary Approach to Evaluating the Impact of Workplace Policies on the Safety, Health, and Well-being of Hospital Workers
Dean Hashimoto, Associate Professor, Law School and
Erika Sabbath, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

How Tobacco Control Policies Affect Maternal and Child Health
Summer Sherburne Hawkins, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Why do I Teach HIV/AIDS and Ethics?
James Keenan, S.J.
, The Peter Canisius Chair, Director of the Jesuit Institute, and Director of the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program


3:15 p.m.

Session II: Disparity

Childhood Health Disparities Driven by Housing and Neighborhood Contexts
Rebekah Coley,
Professor of Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, Lynch School of Education

The Effects of Neighborhood Age Segregation on Adult Health
Sara Moorman
, Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, College of Arts & Sciences

The African American Medical Profession and the Politics of Mental Illness, 1895-1945
Martin Summers, Associate Professor, History Department, and Director of the African and African Diaspora Studies Program, College of Arts & Sciences


4:15 p.m.



4:30 p.m.

Session III: Disease

A Distant Mirror: Viruses of the Past, Present, and Future
Welkin Johnson
, Professor, Biology Department,
College of Arts & Sciences

Nanotechnology-Enabled Disease Biomarker Detection for High and Low Resource Environments
Michael Naughton, Evelyn J. and Robert A. Ferris Professor and Chairman, Physics Department, College of Arts & Sciences

Violence Screening in College Health Centers
Melissa Sutherland
, Assistant Professor, Connell School of Nursing


5:30 p.m.

Award Ceremony & Reception

William P. Leahy, S.J., President, Boston College