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Global Understanding Project
7th Annual Global Understanding Convention

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Global Understanding Project is pleased to support the following program by the

Center for Human and Community Wellness

9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Bey Hall
Outside HR Young Auditorium
Obesity & Physical Inactivity on a Global Scale – Poster Exhibit
James Konopack
This poster presents figures on global obesity, reflecting regional variations and potential explanations for these differences. This poster displays photographs depicting cultural distinctions in physical activity epidemiology. A primary objective of this poster is to encourage viewers to re-examine their own culture, how it values physical activity, and what this means for culture as an obesity determinant.

9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Wilson Hall Auditorium
Contemporary Clinical Practice with People Who are Transgendered
Program Moderator: Carolyn Bradley, PhD, LCSW
  • James T. Clark, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
  • Leslie Farber, Attorney
  • Alden Masonis, PhD, Neuropharmacologist
  • Lisa O’Connor, MD
  • Margo Saltzman, Parent
This workshop will address the unique needs of transgendered people. The program will cover the emotional, physical, medical, social justice, and human rights issues which impact the lives of transgendered people. This presentation initiates the Greta Singer Lecture Series in Clinical Social Work which recognizes the founder of the BSW program at Monmouth University.

11:30 a.m. — 12:45 p.m.
Bey Hall
HR Young Auditorium
International Professional Associations for Global Health — Panel Discussion
Panelists: Robin S. Mama, Ph.D., Laura Jannone, R.N., Ed.D., Bojana Beric, M.D., Ph.D.
The panel session will be devoted to three professional associations: International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW); School Nurse International (SNI); and International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). The mission, purpose, and directions they take in achieving Health for All will be presented by the panelists.

1 — 2:15 p.m.
Bey Hall
HR Young Auditorium
Forensic Biology: Forensic DNA Methods in History Puzzles — Lecture
Lecturer: Zoran M. Budimlija, MD, PhD
Dr. Budimlija is an employee of the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner; Department of Forensic Biology and professor at NYU School of Medicine; Department of Pathology, Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University; Department of Biology, and Pace University, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry - Forensic Science Program. He leads the Pathology Research Group at the NYC OCME, Department of Forensic Biology, and he is a former leader of the Group for special projects during 9/11 - the World Trade Center (WTC) human identification efforts.
In this lecture, the use of different scientific approaches and forensic DNA analysis will be discussed through the project of identification of the members of Russian Imperial Family Romanov executed in 1918, using their living relatives (members of different European royal houses) as reference samples. Presentation will be a basis for discussion of the up-to-date bioscientific methods applied in the resolution of forensic cases.
Forensic biology includes a complex multidisciplinary approach to the crime scene items, biological samples from victims and suspects, missing persons and during identification efforts in the cases of mass catastrophes.

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Bey Hall
HR Young Auditorium
Teaching and Learning in a Global Community: Closing the Achievement Gap
Speaker: Dr. Belinda Williams
Despite numerous education reform efforts, significant academic achievement gaps persist among high and low poverty, racial and ethnic subgroups. Recent research and theory identify conditions for teaching and learning (the impact of context/cultural environments on human development, attention to current understandings of intelligence, the role of motivation/effort in achievement, fostering resilience, etc.) that must be met to assure success in schools and classrooms.


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