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March 24, 2015

Tuesday Talks is a special series of talks by Heller faculty and researchers on select Tuesdays throughout the year. All Heller faculty, students, staff and alumni are invited to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. For more information contact the Heller Events team. No RSVP required.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
12:30 - 1:45 pm

Room 163, Heller-Brown Building

Diana Bowser, Scientist, Lecturer and Director, MS Program in International Health Policy and Management: “MobileHealth: Improving Antenatal Care in Nigeria”

The use of mobile technology in the health sector (mHealth) is a new innovation that is being used in countries around the world to improve health outcomes and increase and improve both the demand and supply of health services.  Brandeis is collaborating with Pathfinder International and the Government of Nigeria to conduct a cost effectiveness analysis of a project that uses mobile technology (mHealth) to support health workers in decision making management, tracking of patients and improving overall quality of antenatal services in 20 health care facilities in the states of Abuja and Nassarawa, Nigeria.  The results of the cost effectiveness analysis show five pathways to mortality reduction for women and children through this antenatal care program.  The results also show that antenatal care programs are a relatively inexpensive way to save lives.

  • The defense of Meredith Bergey's dissertation, entitled "The Rise of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Coaching: The Social Meanings and Policy Implications of a New Approach for Managing ADHD," will be held on Tuesday, March 24 at 11:00 am in Heller-Brown room 147.

    The abstract is attached.

  • The defense of Nicole Schneider's dissertation, entitled "Factors that Facilitate Patient Activation in Self-Management of Diabetes: A Qualitative Comparison across White and American Indian Cultures," will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 10:00 am in Heller-Brown room 147.

    The abstract is attached.

  • The defense of Ann-Marie Matteucci's dissertation, entitled "Examining the Combined Effects of Environmental Prevention Strategies and AlcoholEdu for College on College Drinking Behaviors," will be held on Friday, April 3 at 1:00 pm in Heller-Brown room 147.

    The abstract is attached.

  • The defense of Erika Smith's dissertation, entitled "Stability and Success: The Role of Financial Aid and Assets in Postsecondary Education and Training Persistence of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care," will be held on Wednesday, April 8 at 10:00 am in Heller-Brown room 147.

    The abstract is attached.

  • The defense of Allyson Peller's dissertation, entitled "Influence of Alcohol Use on Psychological Response to Trauma among a Nationally Representative Community Sample," will be held on Wednesday, April 8 at 2:00 pm in Heller-Brown room 147.

    The abstract is attached.

  • The defense of Amity Quinn's dissertation, entitled "Alcohol and Drug Use Disorder Treatment Delivery and Payment Reform: A Mixed Methods Study in Massachusetts," will be held on Friday, April 10 at 2:00 pm in Heller-Brown room 147.

    The abstract is attached.

HellerSAVE salutes the Obama Administration’s ambitious goal of cutting emissions from all federal buildings and other government property by 40% over the next ten years. Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality has also launched a scorecard to track the emissions of the corporations that are major federal suppliers.  

Career Development Center


Students and alumni can make Career Advising Appointments in Heller Career Connect by clicking on "Request An Appointment" in the Career Tools and Advising Shortcut Button.

Linnea Löf, MSF '01, Assistant Dean, Career Development
(Room 100) 781-736-3362; llof@brandeis.edu
Adam Motenko, Associate Director, Career Development
(Room 103) 781-736-3938; amotenko@brandeis.edu
Nancy Pratt, Assistant Director, Career Development
(Room 108)
781-736-3789; npratt@brandeis.edu

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
10:15 - 10:45 am

Community Coffee with the Dean

Zinner Forum, Irving Schneider and Family Building

Join Interim Dean Marty W. Krauss for Coffee with the Dean. Have a coffee and spend a few minutes catching up with faculty, staff, and students from across the school. As always...don't forget your coffee mug!! This is a bring-your-own cup coffee break. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
7:00 pm

Film Screening: "Anita," presented by the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

G3, Irving Schneider and Family Building

In "Anita," acclaimed Argentine filmmaker Marcos Carnevale tells the remarkable story of a young woman with Down Syndrome whose routine life in Buenos Aires is tragically disrupted by the horrific 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association. As Anita wanders through the city following the attack she not only learns to care for herself, but touches the lives of those around her.

A panel discussion about Down Syndrome will follow this inspirational film. Panelists will include PhD student Tom Sannicandro, Lurie Doctoral Fellow and Massachusetts State Representative, JoAnn Simons, CEO of the Cardinal Cushing Center, and John Anton, a self-advocate and staff member in Rep. Sannicandro’s State House Office.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
12:00 - 1:45 pm

Social Movements, Legislation and Public Policy: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement for Today

Zinner Forum, Irving Schneider and Family Building

Julian BondJulian Bond will join a group of panelists in discussing the lessons learned from the civil rights movement of the 1960s and how it continues to inform the struggle for equality in America today. There will be a brief Q&A following the panelists’ comments.  All are welcome to attend.

Moderator: Sarah Gray, PhD student


  • Julian Bond, 2014-2015 Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life
  • Chad Williams, Chair, Department of African and Afro-American Studies & Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies
  • Maya Cooper ’15

For more information please contact Meaghan Cummings meaghanc@brandeis.edu

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 pm

How I Got in the Movement: A Civil Rights "Living Legend" Tells His Story

Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Taking his title from that of a Martin Luther King sermon, Julian Bond will speak about how he became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, and where his activism has taken him over the ensuing decades. He will highlight important people and events of the 1960s, and will discuss other movements that have grown out of the Civil Rights Movement, up to and including the fight for marriage equality and the opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Named a "Living Legend" by the U.S. Library of Congress, H. Julian Bond has been a driving force for social change for more than 50 years as a civil rights leader, politician, scholar, and writer. In 1960, he helped co-found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He went on to serve four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and six terms in the Georgia Senate. During his legislative tenure, Bond successfully fought to create a majority black congressional district in Atlanta and organized the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. He helped to found the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose mission is to seek justice for the most vulnerable members of society. He served as its president from 1971 to 1979. For 11 years he was chairman of the NAACP.

Julian Bond is this year's Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life. Richman Fellows are selected from among individuals active in public life whose contributions have had a significant impact on improving American society, strengthening democratic institutions, advancing social justice or increasing opportunities for all citizens to realize and share in the benefits of this nation. The Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life was created by Brandeis alumna Dr. Carol Richman Saivetz '69, along with her children, Michael Saivetz '97 and Aliza Saivetz Glasser '01, in honor of Carol's parents, Fred and Rita Richman. The award is funded by the generosity of the Richman and Saivetz families.

Hosted by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life on behalf of the Office of the President.

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