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News Items – February 3, 2011

Longest-Serving Woman Senator Looks After The Rest
Host Liane Hansen talks with Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who is the longest serving female senator in U.S. history. When Mikulski arrived in the Senate in 1986, there wasn’t even a woman’s bathroom. Since then, she has become the unofficial dean of the increasing number of women serving in the Senate.

Ft. Riley therapist charged with stalking soldier
Washington Post
Santiago is a clinical social worker who was working as a contract employee at the Irwin Army Community Hospital.

What’s a hoarder? Here are a few things to look for
Houma Courier
Although she’s not an expert on the topic, Dana Davis, a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Houma, said she’s seen cases of hoarding over the years.

Coalition for a Better Iowa: Governor takes “steps in wrong direction” (press release)
“In short, this budget avoids the balanced approach Iowans need if we are to recover quickly from the recent recession and provide opportunities for prosperity in the coming years,” said Kelli Soyer, spokesperson for the Coalition for a Better Iowa and executive director of the Iowa Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

UT-Arlington School of Social Work educate Bhutanese refugees on how to live
UTA The Shorthorn
Diane Mitschke, School of Social Work assistant professor, said the Common Threads project, also known as Worn, aims to enhance the financial stability of Bhutanese refugee families through education.

James Cappleman
Windy City Times
In addition to emerging as one of the leading candidates to succeed Helen Shiller as the 46th Ward’s new alderman—a feat he almost accomplished when he first ran against the incumbent in 2007—the 58-year-old social worker also is newly engaged to his longtime partner, Richard Thale.

Social work students respond to Obama’s education reform
Daily 49er
Among these salient topics, one vital issue that stood out for a group of social work students nearing commencement was that of higher education.

Our opinion: Cyberbullying data outlines concerns
New Philadelphia Times Reporter
Karen Slovak, a Dover resident and associate professor of social work at Ohio University at Zanesville for six years, surveyed 399 members of the 11-state Midwest School Social Work Council who nearly all agreed that cyberbullying can cause psychological harm, including suicide. The study called for more attention in schools.

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