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HEI's Spring 2015 Student Interns

Welcome to our new interns from the SF State Master's of Public Health (MPH) program:
 
- Angelica Cardenas 
- Shaun Kennedy
- Liz Kroboth
- Emma Rubin

We are very excited to have them on board and working with us on HEI projects! To learn about what projects they are working on,
visit our website.

Dr. Cynthia A. Gómez visited University of Texas at El Paso 

Dr. Cynthia A. Gómez, HEI Director, recently gave a talk at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) titled, "Science in Context: How Can Discovery Lead to Health Equity?" 
 
In her talk, Dr. Gómez (pictured above at UTEP), discussed how achieving health equity depends on many factors including transdisciplinary innovation, community engagement, and science justice. She explained the social determinants of health model, highlighting how the HEI's research efforts attempt to reduce the historical mistrust of scientific inquiry among our most disenfranchised communities. To conclude, she presented considerations for how the academy itself may need to change the way research is developed and disseminated, if we are truly seeking discoveries for the social good. The talk was hosted through the Vulnerability Issues in Drug Abuse (VIDA) Project.

While at UTEP, Dr. Gómez was interviewed for the UTEP radio show, Science Studio.  Listen to her interview here.  
 
Laura Mamo will join the editorial board of a new journal, "Engaging Science, Technology, and Society."

Laura Mamo (pictured above), Health Equity Institute Associate Professor of Health Education, will join the editorial board of a new journal sponsored by the Society for the Social Studies of Science. ""Engaging Science, Technology, and Society" seeks to be relevant and accessible to a wide array of audiences from STS scholars and undergraduate students to science and technology practitioners, policymakers, and activists." To learn more about the journal, visit the website.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Charmayne Hughes to the Health Equity Institute

Dr. Hughes (pictured above) will be joining our team as Health Equity Institute Associate Professor of Kinesiology, starting Fall 2015. Dr. Hughes was hired as part of a new faculty cluster focused on Violence, Trauma, and Health. 

About Dr. Hughes: Dr. Hughes is a senior post-doctoral fellow in the Robotics Research Centre in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Dr. Hughes completed her PhD in motor behavior with a specialization in motor control from Purdue University in 2010. She previously worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Neurocognition and Action Research Group, Department of Psychology and Sport Sciences at Bielefeld University. She also held joint appointments with the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (COR-Lab), and the Center of Excellence: Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), both within Bielefeld University.

Her research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms underlying motor planning and control during goal-directed movements in neurologically healthy adults and children. In addition, she examines aspects of motor control in individuals with neurological deficits (e.g., stroke) and applies these results to the development of robotic devices that can improve their rehabilitation trajectories.

Learn more about Dr. Hughes and her current research. Learn more about the Violence, Trauma, and Health cluster.

Watch the latest HEI student films today!

Have you had a chance to watch the latest films from our Documentary for Health and Social Justice course? Documentary for Health and Social Justice is a transdisciplinary film production course co-led by HEI and the Cinema Department at SF State. The latest films (listed below) are available on our website and YouTube channel:
 
ENGENDER looks at drag queens as emblems of queer visibility, and drag culture as an inherently progressive force.

FIRE HAZARDS looks at how the constant exposure to toxins and chemicals firefighters face can lead to increases in cancer rates and what can be done to reduce these rates. (This film will be available soon.)

RESILIENCE UNDOCUMENTED explores the effects of globalization, poverty, and legal status on the well-being of the men who stand on San Francisco's street corners, the Jornaleros.

THE YOUNG AND THE TECHLESS explores how meaningful access to technology offers low-income youth the potential to achieve greater career opportunities and upward mobility, emphasizing an urgent need to bridge the digital divide. 
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