Stephen Berry: "CSI Dixie: Medical Science and Death Investigation in the 19th Century South"

This is a Throwback Therapies: History of Medical Science Series Lecture by Dr. Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era and co-founder of the Center for Virtual History at UGA.

The lecture focuses on the increasing role of medical science in establishing precise causes of death in the 19th-century U. S., which in turn created a more precise and robust understanding of public health. The data is drawn from two sources—the South's county coroners' office records, 1800-1900 and the federal Mortality Censuses, which began in 1850 and ended in 1890.

Historian Catherine Clinton: "The Assassination of Mary Lincoln"

Catherine_Clinton.jpgAward-winning historian Catherine Clinton, author of Mary Lincoln: A Life(HarperCollins, 2009) delivers a short lecture on the myriad tragedies suffered by Mary Lincoln in the aftermath of her husband's murder. Inconsolable in grief, Mary Lincoln was then herself the victim of character assassination in stories that were circulated first by her enemies, then by her biographers and her historians.

Jerry Shannon, "Stimulus or Stigma? Examining the expansion of Georgia's SNAP retailers during the Great Recession."

Jerry Shannon is an assistant professor in the department of geography and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia. He is a geographer studying how to make urban neighborhoods and food systems healthier and more equitable. Dr. Shannon’s broad interests are in urban development and inequality, geographic information systems, political geography, and place effects on health.

Mark Berg, “The Cultural Context of Adolescent Sexual Behavior: Anderson’s Player Hypothesis Revisited."

Mark Berg is an assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of Iowa. Berg’s research interests primarily include criminology, interpersonal violence, the mobilization of law, and the social context of adolescent development. He is currently investigating the situational characteristics of disputes as part of a project funded by the National Institute of Justice (U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC).

Tim Gill, "The Venezuelan Government and the Global Field: The Legislative Battle over Foreign Funding for NGOs."

Tim Gill is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Georgia. His areas of interest include political sociology, global/transnational sociology, and sociological theory. He is currently completing his dissertation on US democracy assistance programs in Venezuela under the Chávez Administration, and how the Venezuelan government has challenged them.

Tara Sutton, “Mechanisms that Link Childhood Economic Disadvantage to Intimate Partner Aggression: An Extension of the Family Stress Model.”

Tara Sutton is a doctoral candidate in the department of sociology at the University of Georgia. Her areas of interest are family and deviance and  her research addresses the influence of individual, family and community factors on adjustment problems during adolescence and emerging adulthood.  She is currently working on projects that that link social contexts and family of origin experiences to outcomes such as delinquency, risky sexual behavior, and family violence.

"Crash and Burn: Interactions between forest disturbance from wind and fire"

Jeff Cannon presents this exit seminar. His research interests include:

unraveling the complex ways in which common forest disturbances (such as wind damage and fire) can interactively influence forest regeneration. Currently, my research focuses on how wind damage can alter the amount and type of forest fuels which can lead to dramatic changes in fire behavior. I am also monitoring whether the combination of wind and fire disturbances can alter the path of forest recovery.


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