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News Items – January 23, 2012

Jill Biden speaks about military life
Daily Trojan Online
Joining forces · Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, spoke to faculty and students in the USC School of Social Work at the Davidson Conference Center on Thursday. – Ani Kolangian | Daily Trojan The USC School of Social Work hosted the event to highlight a four-year, $7.6-million program focused on researching and offering support for K-12 students with family members in the armed services.

Speaker recalls social justice work
Buffalo News
Agnes Williams’ work on Native American issues and social justice as a member of the Seneca Nation goes back to the early 1970s, around the time she earned degrees in social work and Native American studies from Syracuse University and the University at Buffalo.

Opinion: New Law Helps Foster Youth to Succeed After 18
San Jose Mercury News
Sokhom Mao is a data specialist with the California Social Work Education Center at UC Berkeley, and a commissioner with the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission of Alameda County. She wrote this for the Contra Costa Times.

Professor considers factors behind childhood obesity
RU Daily Targum
Lenna Nepomnyaschy, a School of Social Work assistant professor, connects low-income with childhood obesity yesterday in Davison Hall on Douglass campus. Researchers have found a link between childhood obesity and father involvement among children with unmarried parents — a growing epidemic that is on the rise in the United States.

Outbreak of family tragedies
The Western News
According to many mental-health professionals, there is a stigma attached to the idea of seeking help from a professional — a therapist, counselor, clinical social worker, psychiatrist or psychologist — and is considered weak or embarrassing.

Interns help teens through unique program
Roseville Press Tribune
Now, the 23-year-old master’s student at Sacramento State said she has found her calling — social work. As part of her master’s program, Elias must devote 16 volunteer hours each week to social “field work” for hands-on experience, hours that she spends with the Roseville Police Department.

Reliance on shrinking government funds doomed Hull House
Chicago Tribune
Addams and Hull House eventually earned international reputations for public service. In recent decades, however, the association departed from Addams’ reliance on private donors and turned instead to government funding. That dependence — as much as 85 percent of its budget in recent years — along with the inability of its leadership to adapt to declining revenues eventually sealed the organization’s fate, those familiar with the association’s operations said.

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