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News Items – June 7, 2012

Lesbian parental-rights case in Brevard County draws attention
The News-Press
The woman who provided the egg has received support in briefs from the ACLU, Lambda Legal, the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, the National Association of Social Workers and law-school clinics or centers that focus on children’s issues at the University of Florida, the University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University and Barry University.

Is Amelia Earhart Mystery Solved? Why the Aviator Lifts Our Hearts
Daily Beast
Good looks, good judgment, good temperament, a will to win, a sense of mission, a taste for adventure, a social worker determined to leave the world a better place than she found it, an extraordinary, record-setting pilot—those words describe Amelia Earhart. She hits every button. And then on her last record-breaking flight, on July 2, 1937, she went missing: No wonder the world won’t let her go. No wonder we are still so enthralled.

Ex-Ute and Taylorsville alum leaving softball for social work
Salt Lake Tribune
“In something like social work, you have to give and give and give, which is what Tia does. Sometimes though, you have to take care of yourself,” Hogue said. “Tia struggled with that a little bit at first, but she really matured in that way.

No vacation from hunger
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas Hunger Initiative, a statewide anti-hunger project within the Baylor University School of Social Work, is committed to turning around these alarming statistics. In partnership with Share Our Strength — the nation’s leading child anti-hunger organization — we recently launched the Texas No Kid Hungry campaign with the goal of increasing children’s participation in nutrition programs offered in Texas.

IUPUI professor and students create social work app
Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis
A professor and two students at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have developed what is believed to be one of the first smartphone applications for an introduction to social work.

No Need to Leave the House: Phone Therapy May Be as Effective as In-Person Therapy
Phone therapy is often considered as a temporary alternative to in-person therapy — when a doctor or patient is traveling, for example, or in an emergency. But a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that phone therapy alone can effectively treat depression.

Sattareh Farman Farmaian, 90, ‘mother of social work’ in Iran
The Washington Post
Sattareh Farman Farmaian, the daughter of a Persian prince who used her family’s power to found a trailblazing social welfare movement on behalf of women, children, prisoners and other disadvantaged Iranians in the years before the Islamic revolution, died May 21 at her home in Los Angeles.

Financial worries add to cancer patients’ burden
“There’s lots of different foundations and coalitions out there that are willing to help,” Hlubocky said. “Certain hospitals, you can just go and talk to the social worker and try and find out what’s the best way to help cover some of the financial problems. Many patients don’t know. A social worker is an absolutely wonderful person to have on your team.”

Accusers to be unmasked at Penn State trial
San Jose Mercury News
John Giugliano, a clinical social worker and associate professor at Widener University, said victims of childhood sexual abuse can suffer anew when their names are publicized because the most humiliating episode of their lives is suddenly open to public inspection and judgment. Common symptoms of abuse—depression, anxiety, substance abuse, difficulty connecting with others—can flare up or become more severe, he said.

Filmmaker to Tell Tale of Holocaust Heroism at UMass Amherst’s Institute for
PressZoom (press release)
Just days before the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in March 1939, Unitarian minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha, a social worker, left their young children and home in Wellesley to begin what would become a dangerous and heroic mission.

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