As the new year progresses, the Mary Amelia Women’s Center(MAC) gears up for another exciting Jane Wilson Smith (JWS) Lectureship Series. A major success in years past; the lecture series targets health care professionals, public health providers, and community leaders on women’s health issues. Some of the best and brightest, nationally renowned researchers and healthcare providers address considerable audiences regarding new developments in areas such as: domestic violence, managing stress and health disparities.

This year the series will include talks on violence and employment sick leave policies. The 2015 spring series will kick off on March 11 with a lecture on sexual assault on university campuses by Dr. Kevin Swartout, an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University. Dr. Swartout will share his research on social influences on aggressive behaviors, person-centered approaches to analyze violence and the relation between substance use and violence. Our next lecture on March 26 features Dr. Heidi Hartmann, President and Founder of the Washington-based scientific research organization, The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Dr. Hartmann will be speaking on the economic and health benefits of paid leave policies. JWS also co-sponsors the Tulane BIRCWH Distinguished Lecture Series in collaboration with the Tulane Health Sciences Research Days. This year’s speaker is Dr. Chloe Bird, Senior Social Scientist
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The 2014 fall lectureship series included co-sponsoring WIC’s 7th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Workshop, featuring Dr. Jose Rivera whose presentation focused on perinatal and teen implications of domestic violence. Ms. Tania Tetlow, from Tulane’s Domestic Violence Clinic, presented on Criminal Justice and Family Law. Another fascinating guest from last year was Dr. Vincent J. Felitti, Co-Principal Investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experience Study, a collaborative research study between the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program and the Centers for Disease Control. Data from the ACE study reveals staggering proof of the health, social, and economic risks that result from childhood trauma.

On an a more academic note, JWS and the Society for Epidemiologic Research co-sponsored a workshop on “Causal Mediation Analysis” presented by Dr. Jay Kaufman of McGill University. The workshop presented a new approach for analyzing causal effects in epidemiological research.