HEI News

New article by HEI Associate Director Laura Mamo examines ways researchers respond to causal links between viruses and a variety of cancers

HEI Associate Director Laura MamoIn her article, “The new sexual politics of cancer: Oncoviruses, disease prevention, and sexual health promotion,” published in the academic journal BioSocieties, Mamo and co-author Steven Epstein, investigate how viral cancer connections are entanglements among sex, science and biomedicine, specifically explore the varied places, processes and attributions that infuse this health domain with sexual meanings or exclude these from view.

We are delighted to welcome Sepideh Modrek, PhD to HEI as Assistant Professor of Economics this Fall

Professor Sepideh Modrek Professor Sepideh Modrek joins SF State from Stanford University where she is instructor of medicine in the department of General Medical Disciplines at Stanford School of Medicine, and also serves as an affiliate at the Stanford Center for Population Research. She earned her master's degree in Development Economics and her PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis from the University of California, Berkeley.
 
Dr. Modrek will join Rori Rholfs, Assistant Professor of Biology to complete the Big Data and Health faculty cluster launched by Provost Sue Rosser. The Big Data and Health faculty cluster aims to engage in critical scholarship on how biological, epidemiological, and other "big data" sets are transforming health and poised to improve or worsen health disparities. HEI, the Department of Economics and the College of Business as well as the Department of Biology and the College of Science and Engineering have partnered to bring the initiative to campus.
 

Project SHARe research presented at the SPSSI annual meeting

Project SHARe

Papers from the Project SHARe team were recently presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues held in Minneapolis, MN, June 24-26, 2016. The presentations were “Couple-Level Minority Stress in the Lives of Same-Sex Couples” and “Theorizing Couple-Level and Familial Minority Stress.” These are works relating to the conceptualization and measurement of “couple-level minority stressors” affecting the lives of same-sex couples and their children. Project SHARe researcher David Frost delivered the presentations, which were co-created by HEI Professor of Sociology Allen J. LeBlanc.

HEI Associate Director Laura Mamo gives talk at UC Santa Cruz workshop on big biodata and precision medicine

Rori Rohlfs, Laura Mamo, Martha Kenney, and Ugo Edu

From left, Rori Rohlfs, Laura Mamo, Martha Kenney, and Ugo Edu.

Dr. Mamo delivered a presentation at the UC Santa Cruz workshop, “Just Data:  Justice, Knowledge, and Care in the Age of Precision Medicine and Big Data” on May 18.

The workshop, coordinated by UCSC Science & Justice Center, sought to expand medical, basic, and social science inquiry around the ethical and justice questions surrounding big biodata, precision medicine, and health The outcome of which is to develop an agenda-setting document for a national policy discussion, and its circulation to policy institutions, especially the National Academy of Medicine and the Precision Medicine Initiative.

Three members of HEI's Science, Technology and Society Hub (the STS Hub) contributed to this important conversation: HEI Science, Justice, and Health Equity Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ugo Edu and SF State Assistant Professors Dr. Martha Kenney (Women and Gender Studies) and Dr. Rori Rohlfs (Biology, Faculty in Big Data and Health). Edu and Kenney coordinated the breakout sessions of the conference.

HEI Professor of Sociology Allen LeBlanc gives keynote address at same-sex couples and health summit

HEI Professor of Sociology Allen LeBlanc with Summit on Same-Sex Couples and Health organizer Deb Umberson.
HEI Professor of Sociology Allen LeBlanc with Austin Summit on Same-Sex Couples and Health organizer Deb Umberson.

HEI Professor of Sociology Allen J. LeBlanc delivered the keynote address titled, “Minority Stress and Well-Being Among Same-Sex Couples,” at the 2016 Austin Summit on Same-Sex Couples and Health hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, on May 6.

The Austin Summit is an annual event dedicated to research concerning LGBT families. LeBlanc’s address was co-sponsored by the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin as part of its Brownbag Lecture Series. This year’s Austin Summit explored a range of issues affecting same-sex couples, including illness and the demands of informal caregiving, and the experience of stressors that are unique to same-sex pairings.

HEI Post-Doctoral Fellow Ugo Edu presents her dissertation research as a theatrical piece

Rhodessa Jones and Ugo Edu

Rhodessa Jones and Ugo Edu

From left, the cast of “Securing Ties,” director Joshua Williams and Ugo Edu.

From left, the cast of "Securing Ties", director Joshua Williams and Ugo Edu.

HEI Science, Justice, and Health Equity Post-Doctoral Fellow Ugo Edu presented her theatrical reading "Securing Ties" at U.C. Berkeley on May 4, 2016 as part of the Contemporary Drama Working Group’s 2015-16 season.

"Securing Ties", based partially on Edu’s PhD fieldwork in Brazil, is a potent dramatic exploration of the politics of race and sexual health. Contemporary Drama Working Group was honored to partner with Rhodessa Jones’ “Performance: An African American Perspective” to make this reading a reality.

The play was directed by Joshua Williams and represents Ugo’s first full-length theatrical piece.

HEI Associate Director of Community Practice Jessica Wolin was a panelist at UC Berkeley interdisciplinary arts conference.

Jessica WolinJessica was a panelist on the “Health, Planning, and Art” breakout session at the Cross Sector Conference in Berkeley on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The conference explored what the arts bring to partnerships that work across non-profit, for-profit, and public sectors and resides at the intersection of different domains — public health, cultural policy, public education, urban planning, social entrepreneurship, and more.

HEI Director Cynthia Gómez delivered welcome speech at symposium focused on justice for the Latinx immigrant community at SF State

HEI Director Cynthia Gómez speaks at the “Justice for Latinx Immigrants!” symposium.

HEI Director Cynthia Gómez speaks at the “Justice for Latinx Immigrants!” symposium.

Left, Undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic artwork by Julio Salgad; right, symposium audience.

Left, Undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic artwork by Julio Salgad; right, symposium audience.

Dr. Gómez delivered a welcome for the “Justice for Latinx Immigrants!” symposium, a discussion on research, services and activism for the Latinx immigrant community, which took place March 10 at San Francisco State.

Latinx is an inclusive term that goes beyond the traditional gender binary to include the entire spectrum of gender and sexual identities. Read more about the term Latinx in this Inside Higher Ed article.

The symposium was sponsored by the Health Equity Institute (HEI), SF State Departments of Sociology & Sexuality Studies, Kahn-Hut Public Sociology Lecture Fund, Center for Research & Education on Gender and Sexuality, and the César Chávez Institute. Visit the “Justice for Latinx Immigrants!” Facebook page for more information about this event.

HEI Associate Director Laura Mamo presented at UC Berkeley surrogacy, queer kinship and reproductive justice symposium

Laura was a speaker at the “Making Families: Transnational Surrogacy, Queer Kinship & Reproductive Justice” symposium sponsored by The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies and The Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society at UC Berkeley on February 19.

The symposium brought together renowned scholars in the study of transnational surrogacy, queer kinship and reproductive justice to discuss the social impact of the expanding yet unregulated field of reproductive biomedicine. See the write up on the CGG website for a great description of this event. 

Laura presented “Queering Reproduction in Transnational Bioeconomies” which partially drew upon her 2007 book “Queering Reproduction: Achieving Pregnancy in the Age of Technoscience,” and updated with recent research with HEI researcher and current PhD student at UC Davis Eli Alston-Stepnitz. Mamo examined what role queer bodies play in the stratification of the structures of bioeconomies of human reproduction.

HEI was pleased to have Mercedes M. Morales-Alemán, Ph.D., as a visiting scholar

Mercedes M. Morales-Alemán, Ph.D.Morales-Alemán is a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Preventive Medicine in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her research studies the social determinants of sexual health and risk in young women of color, particularly Latinas. Morales-Alemán earned her doctoral degree in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University in 2011.

From 2011-2013, she was a research fellow in the Minority Health and Health Equity Activity of the Epidemiology Branch in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While at the CDC, her work studied the multi-level predictors of intimate partner violence and access to healthcare in ethnic minority communities at risk for or living with HIV and AIDS (including Latinos in the US South and young men who have sex with men).

In addition to her academic research, Dr. Morales-Alemán provides evaluation consulting services to local non-profit organizations.

During her tenure as visiting scholar, Morales-Alemán sought to achieve the following goals:

  1. Examine innovative conceptual models, theoretical approaches and methodological strategies being utilized by researchers at the HEI as part of enriching my knowledge and skillsets with regard to health equity research.
       a. Identify potential applications to my ongoing work.
  2. Present my ongoing research (in one-on-one meetings and to a larger group) and identify potential challenges and areas for improvement through interactive dialogue with HEI researchers and staff.
  3. Discuss and identify potential areas for collaboration with HEI researchers and staff.