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A Summer Abroad
During the summer, Dr. Charmayne Hughes,  NeuroTech Lab Research Assistants Chloe Gordon-Murer (MSc in Kinesiology) and Selena Sun (Claremont High School) recently returned from a three week visit to the University of Gondar Medical Hospital in Ethiopia! In this short-time, they were able to validate the ability of the outREACH wearable sensor to detect differences in upper limb kinematics in Ethiopian acquired brain injury patients.They also completed data collection on a hospital-based retrospective study of the clinical characteristics and risk factors among stroke patients. The results of this research are guiding the development of evidence-based prevention programs to target individuals with risk factors, and facilitate physical rehabilitation in a country lacking experienced health professionals. We are proud of this informed and evidence-based research, and applaud Dr.Hughes commitment. 
HEI Website Update
With the end of the summer, came a whole new website! HEI is committed to streamlining our social media and the way we disseminate information. During the last few months, we re-vamped our website. We are one of the few websites within campus that has used this new format, and are proud of it! Take a look at our new website here!
#MeToo
HEI would like to congratulate Sepideh Modrek and Bozhidar Chakalov for publishing a paper this summer in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The paper, titled The #MeToo Movement in the United States: Text Analysis of Early Twitter Conversations used Twitter data to document, characterize, and quantify the content of sexual abuse disclosures in the first week of the #MeToo movement. The work highlights the spontaneous outpour of stories and how survivors chose to disclose intimate details in support of the #MeToo movement. Read the details here
GayBy Boomers Fifty Years after Stonewall
Our director, Jesus Ramirez-Valles, was featured in Discover Society for his work on Queer Aging. Titled "Fifty Years After Stonewall Gay Men Are Queer Aging", this article outlines the struggle of older gay men, specifically those from the baby boomer generation. These "GayBy Boomers" face the task of making sense of themselves and their friendships and connections with others. Check out the article here for more information!
HEI congratulates Dr. Charmayne Hughes

Dr. Charmayne Hughes was awarded a three month fellowship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to conduct research with colleague Dr. Tino Stöckel at the University of Rostock. During her research stay, Dr. Hughes seeks to elucidate cognitive and sensorimotor functioning across the lifespan, and how moderating factors such as socioeconomic status, loneliness, and social isolation moderate these relationships. Understanding how age impacts sensorimotor and cognitive functioning will have a tremendous impact on the quality of life of millions of older adults around the world. This is very exciting news. Congratulations!

Big Data Summer Program: A Success!
This summer, Health Equity Institute’s  Sepideh Modrek and her team launched the 6 week long Big Data Summer Program, where students were invited to learn about programming. This summer, they learned the program "R"  and had the opportunity to gain meaningful experience in conducting research and building concrete data science skills. During the last three weeks of the program, these students conducted a research project which examined if we can use Google searches as a measure for structural racism, and if there is a correlation between structural racism and Preterm Birth Outcomes
Inaugural Cohort of the STS Hub Fellowship Program

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Hub announces the inaugural faculty cohort of the STS Hub Fellowship. The STS Fellowship supports faculty and advanced students conducting scholarship at the intersection of science/tech/biomedicine and social justice. Congratulations to the inaugural class of faculty:

Christoph Hanssmann, Assistant Professor of Women & Gender Studies.
Carrie Holschuh, Assistant Professor of Nursing.
Julie Hua, Professor of Women & Gender Studies.
Arezoo Islami, Assistant Professor of Philosophy.
Martha Lincoln, Assistant Professor of Anthropology.
Blanca Missé, Assistant Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
Leslie Quintanilla, Assistant Professor of Women & Gender Studies.

The STS Hub and Fellowship Program is Co-Directed by Laura Mamo, HEI Professor of Health Education and Martha Kenney, Assistant Professor of Women & Gender Studies and is supported with funds from LCA, CoSE, CHSS, and HEI.  

HEI wishes you a great Fall semester!

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