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August 2009

Laura E. Harris testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity. Her testimony shared findings from her research on the case management of the HOPE VI program, a public housing redevelopment effort in Memphis. The program is intended to help families from public housing developments move toward economic self-sufficiency.  The model that has emerged in Memphis, funded by the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, has resulted in the creation of a new non-profit called Memphis Hope which is administering social services to residents. 

Sarah Clark Miller received the 2009 March of Dimes Young Scholar Award in Perinatal Bioethics from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Prof. Miller will present her award-winning paper, "Visual Intimacies: Ultrasound, Reproductive Autonomy and the Pregnancy Relationship," at a plenary session at the upcoming ASBH meeting in Washington, D.C.

Chrysanthe Preza recently attended an National Science Foundation ADVANCE workshop on mentoring women faculty in Engineering. The program was designed to build a strong community base among women junior faculty and to help develop the skills needed for a successful career. Program goals are to: (1) Train women engineering faculty in leadership, communication, risk and time management through an outdoor workshop, (2) Educate women about the academy through the shared perspective of senior women academic engineers and (3) Enable and foster peer-mentoring and networking among female junior faculty in engineering.  Program coordinators are Drs. Rosalyn Hobson  and Amy Throckmorton. The schedule  for the workshop can be found at http://www.egr.vcu.edu/advance/

Phyllis G. Betts testified last summer before the U.S.  House Ways and Means Domestic Affairs subcommittee on the neighborhood impact of the home foreclosure epidemic. This helped pave the way for the fall Neighborhood Stabilization Program legislation. NSP has delivered over $25,000,000 for Memphis and Shelby County community development corporations and other redevelopers --  to acquire vacant foreclosed properties and clean up neighborhoods where blight often follows on the heels of clustered foreclosed properties. Foreclosed homeowners, often the victims of abusive subprime loans, are disproportionately women and African American in Memphis and Shelby County – which links back to the economic status of women and the need for a progressive economic agenda and workforce investment locally.
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