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International service and higher education: At the threshold of a new era
Experts from Washington University in St. Louis, Duke University and the Brookings Institution discuss international volunteer service in an academic setting and new research on how service programs impact both student and community.
New book on Latina suicide attempts uncovers reality behind grim statistics
Luis Zayas' commitment to U.S. Latinas and their struggle with suicide started in the 1970s when he encountered the pain and suffering that teenage girls and their parents were experiencing during his work in emergency rooms and mental health clinics. "Latinas have the highest rate of suicide attempt among teens in comaparison to white girls or African-American girls," says Zayas, PhD, the Shanti K. Khinduka DIstinguished Professor of Social Work at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Zayas brings compelling personal stories and nearly 40 years of research to his new book, 'Latinas Attempting Suicide: When Cultures, Families and Daughters Collide', published by Oxford University Press.
Food price crisis can lead to deteriorating nutrition
As fuel prices soar, food prices are beginning to creep up to crisis levels most recently seen in 2007. "Coupled with the financial crisis, high food prices can take a significant toll on nutrition, especially in developing countries," says Lora Iannotti, PhD, a public health expert and professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. "The same consequences can be true for wealthier countries, as households opt for less expensive, poor quality foods. Hidden hunger is a problem across the globe." Iannotti discusses her study that looks at the impact of high food costs on calorie intake in developing countries.
What is a Pow Wow?
Students from the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and community members discuss the elements of an American Indian Pow Wow and its importance. The 21st annual Pow Wow at Washington University will be held Saturday, April 9, in the Field House.
Autistic young adults missing out on much-needed services
Young adults with autism are essentially “pushed off a cliff” after high school once they graduate high school and are no longer entitled to services, says Paul Shattuck, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. In a first-of-its-kind study, Shattuck looked at rates of service use among young adults with an ASD during their first few years after leaving high school. He found that 39.1 percent of these youths received no speech therapy, mental health, medical diagnostics or case management services.
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