Week three guest lecturers

by Nicole VanKim

Guest Blogger, Reporting from the Summer Institute 2011

In addition to a very busy Monday, it has been a frenetic week here at the Summer Institute. On Tuesday, Deb Bowen returned and discussed designing interventions for sexual minority populations. She was followed by Heather Corliss, from Harvard University, who talked about her work looking at sexual orientation and substance use in youth. On Wednesday, we had David Chae, an assistant professor at Emory University, who led an interactive discussion on LGBT Asian-American populations and the challenges around categorizing race in health research and in general. He also highlighted the nuances of racial and sexual identity categories and used many examples across time and space. The following day, we heard from the Fenway Institute’s Co-Chair, Kenneth Mayer who presented on HIV trials and Patricia Case, a Senior Research Scientist at the Fenway Institute, who presented on mixed methods (i.e., using both qualitative and quantitative data). Ron Stall, a professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, led a double seminar session on Friday covering the topic of resiliency in MSM populations.

In the data lab this week, we scrambled to wrap up analyses as we prepare for final presentations next week. In addition to preparing our slides, meals have been filled with discussion of what outfits we will be wearing for our presentations next week. Which prompted a small shopping spree on Newbury Street over the weekend.

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