JWS Spring Sessions Address Violence and Sex Differences in Blood Pressure


Through its Jane Wilson Smith (JWS) Lectureship Series, MAC showcased research on sex differences in blood pressure control and violence in health and violence prevention. The spring season’s first lecture was in collaboration with the NIH-supported Tulane Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program, where Distinguished Speaker Dr. Jane F. Reckelhoff discussed “Sex Differences in Control of Blood Pressure.” Dr. Reckelhoff is the director of the Women’s Health Research Center at University Mississippi Medical Center. She has received numerous awards, including the Harry Goldblatt Award in Cardiovascular Research from the American Heart Association (AHA) Council for High Blood Pressure Research. She is an associate editor of the American Journal of Physiology, Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology and her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1998. Her lecture explained the mechanisms responsible for the sex differences in blood pressure control and renal disease, postmenopausal hypertension, and elevated blood pressure in polycystic ovary syndrome.

As part of a new Tulane 360 course, “Adverse Childhood Experiences: Intersections of violence, neuroscience, law, and public health”, a number of speakers visited the campus this spring and two in conjunction with our JWS series. James Garbarino, Ph.D., professor, Loyola University Chicago and the founding director of the Center for Human Rights of Children 2006-2009, visited Tulane in April to lecture to Tulane faculty, staff, students and community affiliates who work in violence prevention. Garbarino, who authored “Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder,” has a long-standing interest in a wide range of violence-related issues; war, child maltreatment, childhood aggression, and juvenile delinquency. His lecture addressed the interconnection between adverse childhood experiences and adult violent behavior.

Child advocate and award-winning author, Stacey Patton, Ph.D., partnered with Stacie LeBlanc, Ph.D., executive director New Orleans Child Advocacy Center and department head of the Audrey Hepburn CARE Center, Children’s Hospital, in Children’s Spring Care session. Patton lectured using examples from her book, “Spare the Kids: Why whupping children won’t save Black America,” and explained views on the connection between spanking, slavery, and Jim Crow practices. LeBlanc joined with an in-depth workshop on Painless Parenting, which offered alternative methods of parenting without the use of spanking. In a separate session, Patton lectured to parents and community members at St. Peter Claver Catholic School in New Orleans on the correlation between child corporal punishment and the probability of incarceration, a view she explicates in her book.