Terence talks about the very contentious issue of affirmative action in Malaysia's context, where affirmative action policies favor the majority, unlike the US. The lecture sparked some interesting discussions with regards to what affirmative action means in practice, its implications on inequality, and the lessons that other countries could learn from Malaysia's experience.
Kate Sutcliffe (Nov 18, 2013)
Agricultural Water Use in the American West
An examination of water usage policies in the American West, how they evolved, and how they affect our country's agricultural practices and food supply chain. My pubspeak aims to explore what it means to have a culture based in the desert and the contradiction of the phrase "water conservation
Brianna Borrello (Nov 11, 2013)
Standardized Testing in the American Public School System.
This talk explored the attitudes surrounding standardized tests in the U.S including why the tests are designed to be so high stakes. We discussed pros and cons of testing and how these high pressure tests effect students, teachers, and schools.
Arielle Copeland (Nov 4, 2013)
What does Environmental Justice look like?
I discussed some of the hallmark cases in environmental equity, and discussed why there is a need for the conservation movement to consider the needs of communities of color/low-income communities. After a discussion of environmental justice, I talked about how the environmental movement do not meet the needs of these communities because of its racial and socioeconomic composition.
Annie Bashaw (Oct 28, 2013)
OSS: An Introductory Training
The Office of Strategic Services is pleased to extend an invitation into the field. You will learn a history and some basic skills at the start of your 6-week training. From now on you are to use your code name and understand that your mission is to protect the citizens and future of the United States of America through intelligence operations.
Eric Kim (Sept 30, 2013)
Positive Psychological Functioning and Physical Health.
A growing body of research suggests that one promising approach to simultaneously enhancing health and reducing health care costs is by examining the potential health enhancing effects caused by positive psychological functioning (e.g., purpose in life, optimism, life satisfaction). Randomized controlled studies show that various facets of positive psychological functioning are modifiable. With further research and proper tailoring, these existing interventions could become candidates for an innovative toolkit that improves well-being and health while also reducing health care costs. However, more basic research is needed to further this goal. In this talk, I discuss my contributions to this area of research. I begin by reviewing a study that examines positive psychological functioning and cardiovascular health. I then review studies examining potential mechanisms that explain this connection including: health behaviors, use of preventive health services, and the effect of spousal characteristics on individual health. I end by discussing future directions.
Ben Rogers (Sept. 16, 2013)
HIV Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM): A Growing Epidemic
My Pubspeak addresses the recent increase in HIV incidence among YMSM in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. After discussing the HIV epidemic in broad strokes, I focus specifically on youth epidemic in southeast Michigan and identify key structural barriers to prevention. You can access my PubSpeak online at http://prezi.com/xxs19gdbz_cm/
On 5 April, we hosted lunch and a guest speaker as part of a collaboration with the Taubman College of Architecture and Planning on their triennial graduate student conference, “BANKRUPT.” Our guest speaker, Jonathan Massey from Syracuse University, gave a fascinating talk entitled "Occupying Risk," which engaged with the conference's overall theme of bankruptcy, design and urban development.