In the Media, July 2011
July 25, 2011
The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Ron Avi Astor on how schools can prevent incidents like the murder of a gay student at an Oxnard middle school. "I think schools need to take two to three steps back and look how we get along with each other as part of what they teach," he said. "It's all about academics these days and the social aspect is pushed aside."
New York Times
July 25, 2011
The New York Times, in an Associated Press story, quoted Ron Avi Astor on how schools can prevent incidents like the murder of a gay student at an Oxnard middle school. "I think schools need to take two to three steps back and look how we get along with each other as part of what they teach," he said. "It's all about academics these days and the social aspect is pushed aside."
July 25, 2011
Ralph Fertig was mentioned in a New Yorker story as one of the four organizers of a gathering of Freedom Riders in Chicago to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides and to rededicate themselves to the ongoing struggle to secure human rights for everyone, with a continuing focus on Mississippi and other states of the old "Jim Crow" South.
July 24, 2011
Ron Astor was quoted about a Philadelphia school district failing to maintain and monitor its safety cameras after spending $7.5 million to have them installed. The article reported those in opposition say that cameras really won't stop fighting students and make schools safer, that it takes personnel, who establish relationships with students and regularly move about the school. "The schools most effective in the long run are able to get their staffs interacting in spaces and at times not seen as part of the teachers' and principals' domain," he said. "There's nothing more effective than showing [students] that adults in their environment care about them."
July 21, 2011
Suzanne Wenzel was quoted in California Healthline about the latest results from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority's biennial Homeless Count Report, which cited a rise in the number of homeless seniors in Southern California, posing a significant challenge for the area's health care system. "Our awareness has profoundly increased, and people are making very valiant efforts, but stigma really prevents and complicates our ability to serve this population,” Wenzel said. "They continue to be at risk of very poor health due to the very fragile infrastructure for health care."
July 8, 2011
A blog mentioned a study by Suzanne Wenzel and her colleagues at RAND Corporation, which noted sexually active homeless men find “strange” excuses not to use condoms.
National Public Radio
July 5, 2011
Southern California affiliate KPCC-FM featured Dorian Traube on the Patt Morrison show to discuss the public’s interest in the Casey Anthony trial. “Last year, we had 43 children in Los Angeles, who were connected with the child welfare system, die while they were in care,” she said. “None of those homicides warranted or created the kind of attention this case has.” Traube also talked about America’s focus on teen moms and the amount of media attention they attract. “People seem to be getting entertainment value out of watching young single moms struggle, spin out of control and then watching their children suffer for it,” she said.
July 1, 2011
A study by Penny Trickett and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center colleagues was featured, which found that young girls who are the victims of sexual abuse experience lasting physical, biological and behavioral problems. The researchers discovered that these victims of incest had higher rates of depression and obesity, as well as problems with regulation of brain chemicals, compared to a control group. “These women are more likely to have problems in mental health and physical health than those who haven’t been abused. But it really varies to what degree they are disabled by these challenges,” Trickett said.
July 1, 2011
A study by Suzanne Wenzel and her colleagues at RAND Corporation was featured, which found that while homeless men are very aware of the risk of unprotected sex, they are not very educated on how to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases. The investigators interviewed dozens of homeless men on Skid Row in Los Angeles to understand how they viewed the risks of sexual encounters with women. “The men took into account everything from a woman's reputation and the location of the encounter to a woman's flirtiness and her earwax buildup to decide if a condom was worth the trouble,” Wenzel said. “Homeless men tend to be aware of the risk for STDs but many base their actions on visual cues and other erroneous ideas about sexual health. Accurate information and education could impact the health of this at-risk population.”
- Master of Social Work