Sharing Perspectives

Dean Marilyn Flynn, along with Anthony Hassan, director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families, and Carl Castro, assistant professor, traveled to Taiwan to share their expertise on the development of a military social work academic program and how it could benefit the country as it moves toward an all-volunteer military force.

Environmental Factors

Assistant Professor Benjamin Henwood has assembled a multidisciplinary team to study how the “built environment” of neighborhoods and surroundings influences the long-term health of homeless people who live in state and federally supplied housing.

New Report Blasts U.S. Prison Policies

The United States incarcerates too many people, a new National Research Council report concludes. The study's authors argue the U.S. needs to revise its current criminal justice policies -- including sentencing laws and drug enforcement. "We found the reason for the increase was not associated with rising crime rates but policy choices," said Professor Avelardo Valdez, who served on the committee that produced the 464-page report.

Study Finds LGB Teens More Likely to Binge Drink

Adolescence is an innately tumultuous period, and that transition can be particularly difficult for young girls and boys who identify as sexual minorities. Research by Associate Professor Jeremy Goldbach has found that stress factors experienced by lesbian, gay or bisexual youths, including internalized homophobia and victimization, are associated with patterns of heavy drinking.

Study Explores How Housing Affects HIV Risk

Transitioning from a life on the streets to permanent housing undoubtedly has benefits for chronically homeless individuals, such as seeking treatment for drug use and receiving medical care. But little attention has been paid to how this kind of move impacts risk behavior. Professor Suzanne Wenzel, principal investigator of a new four-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, will examine how housing affects HIV risk among the homeless in Los Angeles.

Spotlight

Relive this year's Commencement ceremony, with professor Robert Hernandez giving a riveting speech on how his personal experiences inspired him to become a social worker and educator. "Do not allow someone else to define your journey," he said.

People

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gathered 32 veterans to meet with members of Congress to discuss veteran suicide in its annual lobbying effort in Washington, D.C., Storm the Hill. Adam Renteria was one of those veterans.

Giving

The Hutto-Patterson Charitable Foundation will give $3 million to establish the Hutto-Patterson Institute for Community Health at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and the USC School of Social Work.