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Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series

When Disaster Strikes: Response, Research, and Recovery

How can we best understand and respond to environmental emergency-related contamination events such as hurricanes in Texas and North Carolina, large-scale chemical fires and flooding?

The complexities of hazardous chemical exposures, potential adverse health impacts, and the need to rapidly and comprehensively evaluate complex mixtures call for novel approaches. This presentation will describe the efforts of the Superfund Research Center at Texas A&M...

What Can Implementation Science Do for You? Moving Health Care Innovations to the Real World

It can take 17 years to turn 14 percent of research innovations to the benefit of patient care, potentially wasting millions of dollars of scientific investments into effective interventions that could ultimately benefit patients. Implementation science is the study of strategies that support health care providers and organizations in improving uptake of effective interventions into routine care settings.

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When I’m 64: Age Similarities and Differences in the Ways Emotional Events are Remembered

Life is filled with highs and lows, and the way we retain these events in our memories can have important implications for our mental health and overall well-being. How might the experience of emotion affect the likelihood that we remember an event and the types of details we remember about the event?

How might the effects differ with age? What are some of the important differences in the ways that older vs. younger adults remember emotional life events?
 
Dr. Kensinger will address these questions and describe how an expanded model of emotional memory...

TAY GAVIN ERICKSON LECTURE SERIES - BEYOND OPIOIDS: Adolescents' Misuse of Four Prescription Drug Classes

Dr. Carol Boyd will discuss the health implications of stimulants, sedatives and tranquilizer misuse among adolescents in context to current drug use trends.

 

Deborah J Oakley Professor Emerita Director of the Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health in
the School of Nursing Research...

 

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TAY GAVIN ERICKSON LECTURE SERIES - The Impact of Language Brokering on Mexican American Adolescent Immigrants and their Families

The Impact of Language Brokering on Mexican American Adolescent Immigrants and their Families

 

Dr. Su Yeong Kim will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of language brokering as it relates to parent-child relationships and outcomes on children’s adjustment in terms of stress, academic success, and health

 

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TAY GAVIN ERICKSON LECTURE SERIES - Understanding and Addressing Racial Disparities in Pain and Pain Treatment

Understanding and Addressing Racial Disparities in Pain and Pain Treatment

 

Dr. Burgess will discuss racial disparities in pain and pain treatment, in the context of the opioid epidemic.

 

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TAY GAVIN ERICKSON LECTURE SERIES - MATERNAL MORTALITY: How big a problem is it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATERNAL MORTALITY: How big a problem is it?

MYTH AND REALITY IN CURRENT EFFORTS TO ADDRESS MATERNAL MORTALITY IN THE US 

In the past several years a great deal of media attention has been paid to the rising rate of maternal mortality in the U.S. As one of the authors of the research paper that helped launch the national debate

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TAY GAVIN ERICKSON LECTURE SERIES - Reflecting on the positive past: Effects on Stress and Decision Making

March 19, 2019 - 12:00 to 1:30 pm

The ability to generate positive emotions serves the adaptive function of enhancing psychological resources necessary for coping with stressors in daily life. Dr. Delgado will present behavioral and neuroimaging data that suggests the recall of positive memories is intrinsically valuable to an individual and can influence emotion and decision making. He will also discuss the restorative function of self-generated positive emotions in coping with acute stress.

TAY GAVIN ERICKSON - The Arrival of Social Science Genomics

February 28, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Social science genomics is an emerging enterprise that involves using molecular genetic data to address social science questions. The field seems to be entering a new age with the advent of polygenic scores. Dr. Freese will define polygenic scores, why scientists are confident that they work in ways that previous approaches did not, and discuss what sorts of social science questions they may address. Dr. Freese will emphasize why polygenic scores are valuable for social science questions that do not involve genes per se. He will discuss...

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