Brandeis NOW Features Nail Salon Study

Students in the Environmental Health and Justice Program, taught by Professor Laura Goldin as a part of the Justice Brandeis Semester program, went out to the field to study Volatile Organic Compound Levels (VOCs) in nail salons. They found that many out of the 15 salons they visited had higher than acceptable levels, and gave advice on measures that could be used to lower these levels. You can read more about the study here.


Add comment April 4th, 2014

Intro to World Music Video Conference with Peru!


On Thursday, April 10th, from 2:00-3:20, Intro to World Musics will be piloting a special video conferencing call to Peru.  Two indigenous musicians from the Q’eros community (located in the Vilcanota range of the Peruvian Andes) will be joining the class.  Dr. Holly Wissler, an American ethnomusicologist who has lived in Cusco for the last twenty years, will introduce them and moderate.  All are invited to drop by and both experience this very special tradition while seeing this exciting technology in action.  Video conferencing (with BlueJeans as the technology) is a global portal for Brandeis – in this case, we have a chance to hear and speak with some very special musicians that cannot come to campus in person.  

“The Q’ eros  (with a current population of less than 3,000), more than most indigenous communities in Peru, have maintained cultural traditions surviving from the pre-Hispanic era. Ranging from agricultural to medical to spiritual, these customs reflect the community’s Andean belief system and its close connection to the Earth and surrounding mountains. The community’s practice of these traditions has earned it the distinction of being the last existing Incan Ayllu.”  (From ) Music, threaded throughout their everyday existence, is an essential cultural and social expression for the Q’eros that has historical and contemporary significance.

This exciting event will take place in Slosberg 212 on Thursday, April 10th, from 2:00-3:20 p.m. Please stop by and enjoy!

Add comment March 27th, 2014

How We Define the Street: Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria

Anthropology professor Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria just recently published an article, How We Define the Street in the Indian Express, one of India’s major national newspapers. In the article Anjaria discusses the new street vendors’ law in India. See the full article here.

Add comment March 12th, 2014

Brandeis Senior Dan Leisman presents at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ annual meeting in May

Brandeis senior Dan Leisman will be traveling to Vancouver this May to present at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ annual meeting. Leisman will discuss his clinical research study on 24 hour blood pressure variability (BPV) in children. (BPV is the degree of variation in a person’s blood pressure over the course of a day.)

Explaining a bit about his study Leisman writes:

“In the study children with primary and secondary hypertension underwent 24 hour blood pressure monitoring and echocardiography, from which we could calculate measures of BPV for the 24 hour, daytime, and night-time periods and look for evidence of heart damage or strain. We had a few interesting findings. First, body mass index and age were independent predictors of BPV.  Second, while there were no significant differences in overall or wake period variability secondary or primary groups, diastolic variability during the sleep period was significantly greater in the secondary group. Since secondary hypertension specifically tends to be more associated with nocturnal hypertension and diastolic hypertension, we believe this finding warrants further investigation. Last, contrary to expectations and to the substantial adult literature, we found no association between increased BPV and indicators of cardiovascular damage overall and in either group. So BPV may not hold the same clinical relevance in children that it does in adults. We think this could stem from the nature of cardiovascular illness in children, specifically, their shorter exposure to vascular strain. The possibility that variability increases as children get older and unhealthier is also consistent with this, and is supported by our findings concerning age and body mass index.”

The Pediatric Academic Society meeting is the largest international conference for pediatric clinical research and child health, and for more information about the event please see their website.

Add comment March 7th, 2014

For Social Emergencies “We Are 9-1-1”: How Journalists Perform the State in an Argentine Border Town

Recent Anthropology Ph.D. graduate, Ieva Jusionyte, recently published her article, For Social Emergencies “We Are 9-1-1”: How Journalists Perform the State in an Argentine Border Town, in the journal Anthropological Quarterly. For access to the article please see Project MUSE

Add comment March 3rd, 2014

The Crisis in South Sudan – Event on March 3rd


Add comment March 3rd, 2014

Justice Brandeis Summer offerings

Brandeis is expanding its offering of Justice Brandeis Summer programs, and these two might be of particular interest to any Sociology students. Check them out!

Joint Information Session for both Sociology programs next week!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
From 1:00-2:00 pm
Study Abroad Conference Room
Usdan 169

Why choose JBS this summer?

Are you interested in gaining work and research experience this summer while earning 12 academic credits in Sociology?  These two JBS programs may be for you!
Students say the JBS experience is unlike any they’ve found in a standard classroom setting. It offers an intensive, hands-on engagement in the field with first-hand exposure to issues related to social justice.  It’s a great way to earn 12 credits while getting work and research experience over the summer.
PLEASE NOTE:  The final application deadline for all JBS programs is March 15. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so sign up now!

Add comment March 3rd, 2014

“The Secret White House Cuban Missile Crisis: Getting it Right after Half a Century” – Sheldon Stern

Stern Talk

On March 12th at 5:00pm, historian Sheldon Stern will give a talk titled, The Secret White House Cuban Missile Crisis: Getting it Right after Half a Century. Stern received a B.A. in history from the City University of New York and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He taught at several colleges and universities before becoming Historian at the JFK Library and Museum in Boston (1977-2000). He was the first non-participant in the ExComm meetings and the first professional historian to hear all of the then classified Cuban missile crisis tapes. He is the author of many articles, as well as the books Averting ‘the final failure’: John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings (2003), The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis (2005), and The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths vs. Reality (2012), in the Stanford University Press Nuclear Age Series.

Add comment March 3rd, 2014

Futures Imperfect: Utopias and Dystopias in South Asia – March 7-8, 2014

The South Asian Studies program at Brandeis University is excited to host a 2-day conference, “Futures Imperfect: Utopias and Dystopias in South Asia,” on March 7-8, 2014.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to explore how utopic and dystopic visions shape subjectivities, geographies and texts in South Asia today.

Inspired by contemporary processes in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, we conceive of utopias and dystopias not as alternative worlds but as, in the words of Gordin, Tilley and Prakash, “conditions of historical possibility” which allow for the articulation of a diversity of experiences in the present.

We seek to shift attention from celebratory narratives such as “shining India” and the transnational novel, as well as from dystopic visions such as the “planet of slums” or Pakistan as a “failed state,” to look at how futurity animates the contemporary – in life and in text.

For more information, check out their website HERE.

Add comment February 22nd, 2014

“More and Less than Equal,” and article co-authored by Brandeis PhD Miranda Waggoner

Miranda Waggoner received her PhD in Sociology from Brandeis in 2011; currently she is a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University and her article, “More or Less than Equal,” co-authored with Rene Almeling of Yale University, has been featured on Slate and Time Magazine.

“In both social science and medicine, research on reproduction generally focuses on women. In this article, we examine how men’s reproductive contributions are understood. We develop an analytic framework that brings together Cynthia Daniels’ conceptualization of reproductive masculinity (2006) with a staged view of reproduction, where the stages include the period before conception, conception, gestation, and birth. Drawing on data from two medical sites that are oriented to the period before pregnancy (preconception health care and sperm banks), we examine how gendered knowledge about reproduction produces different reproductive equations in different stages of the reproductive process. We conclude with a new research agenda that emerges from rethinking the role of men and masculinity in reproduction.”

See the full article

Add comment February 10th, 2014

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