JANUARY 21, 2016
The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession. This year, two awards were handed out during a ceremony held on January 8th at McGuinn Hall, to Daniel Gill, MSW '06, and Judith S. Willison, MSW '87.
Daniel D. Gill is currently employed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs' VA Maryland Health Care System as a Team Lead in the HUD-VASH (Veterans Affairs Supported Housing) program.
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Judith S. Willison is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Bridgewater State University. She teaches social work practice courses, Dynamics of Diversity and Oppression, and an elective focused on a multisystemic approach to addressing violence. See bio »
January 29, 2016
McGuinn 5th Floor Conference Room
Gautam N. Yadama, Ph.D., Professor at Brown School of Washington University in St. Louis and Asst. Vice Chancellor for International Affairs-India, will be the featured guest at the BCSSW Speakers Series. Dr. Yadama will discuss his research that focuses on understanding the social and environmental challenges of rural poor in the regions of South Asia and China. His research also examines the interconnection and interdependent nature of households and communities; there is a particular focus on solutions to improve the social, economic, environmental and health outcomes.
Professor Gautam N. Yadama’s work focuses on understanding the social, environmental, and health challenges of rural poor in the regions of South Asia, Central Asia, and China. A significant thrust of his work is concerned with understanding and intervening in resource poor communities to improve social, health, economic, livelihood, and quality of life outcomes. Yadama’s research in India focuses on understanding the livelihoods of rural poor and ensuing strategies to achieve sustainability in their livelihoods. He is conducting a randomized control trial to study sustainability of new and efficient stove technologies in rural India to improve respiratory health and wellbeing of women and children. He is also collaborating with Center for Economic and Social Studies and UNICEF in India to leverage system science and dissemination and implementation science for understanding child and maternal undernutrition. Another study examines community engagement in the governance of health services in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and is funded by the Aga Khan Foundation. His research in China is directed at understanding the way rural communities in China engage in collective action and collaborate with the state in the supply and maintenance of quasi-public goods such as rural schools, health clinics, sanitation, and rural infrastructure. His book – Fires, Fuel & the Fate of 3 Billion: State of the Energy Impoverished (Oxford University Press) outlines an argument for transdisciplinary research to tackle complex problems at the intersections of poverty, environment, and health.