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Event Briefs

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Sept. 17, 2007

Hurricane Katrina’s effects on social development addressed today

Russell T. Jones, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Virginia Polytechnic and State University, will speak at 4 p.m. today (Sept. 17) in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History as part of the 4th annual Patricia F. Waller Lecture.

Jones, a clinical psychologist specializing in child and community psychology and issues related to disasters and terrorism, will speak on the “Psychosocial Consequences of Hurricane Katrina.” He was deployed as a member of a federal mental health disaster team following Hurricane Katrina and serves as a member of the scientific board of the Hurricane Katrina Community Advisory Group at the Harvard University Medical School.

The lecture is held in memory of Patricia F. Waller, a UNC professor who founded the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and was a pioneer in injury control. She worked for nearly two decades as a researcher at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, where she developed the concept for graduated licensing that became adopted nationwide.

The Waller lecture is sponsored jointly by the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center, the UNC Highway Safety Research Center and the UNC psychology department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Leatherman to discuss role of microcredit in global health

UNC School of Public Health professor Sheila Leatherman will give the Dean’s Lecture on Public Health Transformation for the 21st century at 4 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Auditorium in the school’s Michael Hooker Research Center.

Leatherman will discuss how microcredit – small loans given to individuals in developing countries – improves health care for families and, potentially, entire communities. She is a research professor in the health policy and administration department.

Space is limited and registration is encouraged. To register for the lecture, visit

UNC Injury Prevention Research Center contact: Karen Demby, (919) 843-3530,
UNC Highway Safety Research Center contact: Jennifer Bonchak, (919) 843-4859,

School of Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, (919) 966-7467,