Conference examines health disparities in minorities

April 7, 2010

ASU’s Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center will host its 8th annual research conference, “Health Disparities: A Global Challenge, a Local Response,” from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 23, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 122 North 2nd St.

Eighteen national and local researchers will present their work and studies pertaining to health issues affecting minority and disadvantaged populations. Download Full Image

Challenges like the earthquake in Haiti and its related humanitarian cataclysm create the need for extending research studies from a community to a global level, according to Flavio Marsiglia, director of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, or SIRC. 

“Haiti is the least developed country in the hemisphere and one of the poorest countries in the world," Marsiglia said. "Haiti’s case makes us think very hard about global health and about health disparities as a global phenomenon.”

Nabila El-Bassel, professor at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, will discuss these complex issues from her perspective as a leading researcher in Africa and Asia, and with marginalized communities in the U.S. She also is director of Columbia University’s Social Intervention Group, and Global Health Research Center of Central Asia.

Conference participants can register to attend a morning and afternoon concurrent session from a selection of outstanding researchers addressing a wide selection of health and health disparity topics. The afternoon poster session will display 20 SIRC research projects by the center’s graduate assistants and associates. 

In lieu of conference costs, the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund will collect a suggested donation of $20 per person in support of the Haiti relief fund. This tax-deductible contribution includes eligibility for a drawing to win an original oil painting by Haiti artist L. Antoin.

Registration and a continental breakfast will start at 8 a.m. A reception will take place at 4:30 p.m.

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Planets, moon to be in focus at Astronomy Open House

April 7, 2010

A tradition at ASU’s West campus continues April 22, as the spring semester’s Astronomy Open House event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m.  Telescopes will be set up on the bike path west of the soccer field and near the Central Plant building on the campus at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix.

“The timing of this semester’s event is good for viewing the moon, Mars and Saturn," said Paul Schmidtke, senior lecturer in astronomy with ASU’s New">">New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. "Those who arrive early will get a chance to see Venus as well. We’ll also observe star clusters, nebulae and other objects in the springtime sky. Download Full Image

“The Astronomy Open House is fun for the whole family. For many participants, it’s the first opportunity they’ve ever had to see the night sky through a telescope,” Schmidtke said.

The event is free and open to the public. Visitor parking costs $2 per hour.

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