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Behavioral health expert Traci Green appointed new director of Opioid Policy Research Collaborative

Heller News Release
October 30, 2019

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University has appointed Traci Green to join the faculty as professor and director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative (OPRC) on January 1, 2020.

Green joins the Heller School from Boston University, where she was previously an associate professor of emergency medicine and deputy director of the Boston Medical Center Injury Prevention Center. In addition to her position at BU, Green held faculty positions at Brown University’s schools of medicine and public health. Green has over 17 years of experience as a faculty member and epidemiologist focusing on the areas of drug use, addiction and overdose prevention.

“This is a pivotal time in the opioid crisis,” says Green. “We need real science and informed policy now more than ever. I am delighted to be joining the faculty and leadership of the Heller School to shape the future of opioid policy research.”

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Heller in the News
December 11, 2019

sySTEMic Flow — Empowering Minority Women in STEM

The medium, sheds light on how the sySTEMic Flow, founded and led by Jessica Sanon, MBA'17, helps advance STEM learning by offering academic preparation, internship opportunities and mentorship with professional women in the field.

Heller in the News
December 11, 2019

Not every campus is a political battlefield

In an article for the Conversation, Graham Wright and Leonard Saxe discuss how their study, "Politics on the Quad", finds that the way students describe the political climate on their campus often differs dramatically from what news portray. "At the schools we surveyed since Trump became president, opposition to “Trumpism” actually unites liberal and moderate students," they write.

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia

Heller News Release
December 10, 2019

Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) convenes leading poverty experts at the Boston Fed

ICYFP’s Dolores Acevedo-Garcia and Pam Joshi brought together leading academic researchers and experts to discuss how policy design and research can address these wide racial and ethnic disparities in child poverty.

Robert Kuttner headshot

Heller in the News
December 10, 2019

12/10 Green New Deal: The Urgent Realism of Radical Change & the New NAFTA Folly w/ Robert Kuttner

In an interview with the Majority Report Radio, Robert Kuttner weighs in on the Green New Deal and the necessity of radical change on a relatively short time frame (begins at 25:00).

Heller in the News
December 09, 2019

Are Companies Too Reliant on Independent Contractors?

In HR Magazine, David Weil argues that misclassifying workers as independent contractors when they are employees has serious repercussions for workers, responsible employers and the public.

Heller in the News
December 09, 2019

Here comes the neighborhood

An opinion piece in the Boston Globe discusses Tom Glynn, MSW'72, PhD'77, the new CEO of the new Harvard Allston Land Company, and his aims to challenge stereotypes about Boston’s insular development culture.

Heller in the News
December 09, 2019

Cecilia Flores - 2019 El Mundo Boston Latino 30 Under 30

El Mundo Boston names PhD student Cecilia Flores one of its 30 under 30, honoring young individuals making an impact on the Massachusetts Latino community in a variety of fields.

Robert Kuttner, Meyer and Ida Kirstein Visiting Professor in Social Planning and Administration

Heller in the News
December 05, 2019

Green New Deal: The Urgent Realism of Radical Change

In a special issue of the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner argues that a socially just Green New Deal is not only urgent, but also "feasible". "There are aspects of a Green New Deal that command majority support: infrastructure, jobs, and aid to help localities get to zero carbon, incremental reforms whose cumulative dynamics can turn out to be transformative," he writes.

Heller in the News
December 05, 2019

Tufts Removes Sackler Name Over Opioids: ‘Our Students Find It Objectionable’

In New York Times, Andrew Kolodny questions some universities' reluctance to test their donors's ethics, commenting on Tufts University's removal of the the Sackler name from its facilities over the family’s role in the opioid epidemic. "The argument that this would open up a can of worms, where would it end. It’s very clear to me, at least, that this is blood money," he says.

Heller News Release
December 02, 2019

Remembering Robert F.X. Sillerman '69

With his wife Laura, Mr. Sillerman founded the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at the Heller School in 2008.

Heller in the News
November 26, 2019

Most OB-GYN Practices Fall Short In Caring For Women With Disabilities

In ctwatchdog, Monika Mitra warns that while awareness has increased "substantially" about disability, access is still not guaranteed. "Even with all the data that’s out there, you’ll often find a complete lack of inclusion. I’m talking about creating a supportive, accessible environment, beyond ramps and grab bars," she says.

Heller in the News
November 25, 2019

Why Disabled Workers Can Get Paid Less Than Minimum Wage

The Takeaway interviews Robyn Powell about the legal structures that allow employers to pay sub-minimum wages to people with disabilities and how this impacts the vulnerable group.

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