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April 2015

Research Stories

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
School of Social Work, Rm 1.214,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78712 United States

A lively presentation and dialogue with faculty and students about how they each became interested and involved in research. Panel participants include:

  • Dr. Noel Busch Armendariz, associate dean for research
  • Dr. Lori Holleran Steiker, associate professor
  • Maria Renteria, BSW honors program
  • Naomi Peschke, BSW student

This event is part of 2015 Research Week, The University of Texas at Austin’s annual celebration of undergraduate research and creative activity.

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Lecture & Lunch

April 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX United States

Dr. Sara Goodkind, associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, will present “Gender-specific Services for Girls in the Juvenile Justice System.”

RSVP is required for this event, please register here.

When most people think of a “juvenile delinquent,” they picture a boy. However, recent portrayals of girls in the popular media and press suggest that girls’ delinquency, particularly their violence, is on the rise. Many of these media portrayals cite recent statistics demonstrating that girls’ involvement with the juvenile justice system has been increasing. Together, these media representations and justice system statistics convey an image of girls’ behavior as getting worse and suggest the need for interventions targeted toward the increasingly problematic behavior of young women. However, there is mounting evidence that girls are not, in fact, becoming more delinquent. In this presentation, Dr. Goodkind will demonstrate how societal responses to girls’ behavior have changed to account for these trends and then discuss how a system originally designed with boys in mind can best meet the needs of girls. She will consider how we can take gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, and age into account when we design and implement programs for girls, both within and outside of the juvenile justice system, and offer suggestions for meeting girls’ needs sooner and in less punitive contexts, so that we do not have increasing numbers of girls involved in juvenile justice.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Healthy Youth Partnership.

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Drug policy in the 21st century

April 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work,
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX United States

Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), will speak about federal perspectives and priorities on drug policy in the 21st century, including the importance of intervening early and helping youth and young adults achieve and sustain recovery.

Botticelli has more than two decades of experience supporting Americans who have been affected by substance use disorders. Prior to joining ONDCP, he served as Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he successfully expanded innovative and nationally recognized prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Botticelli has served in a variety of leadership roles for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. He has also co-authored many peer-reviewed articles that have significantly contributed to the substance abuse field . In 2008, Mr. Botticelli was the first recipient of the annual Ramstad/Kennedy National Award for Outstanding Leadership in Promoting Addiction Recovery. In 2012, he was awarded the Service Award from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.

Born in Upstate New York, Botticelli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Siena College and a Master of Education degree from St. Lawrence University. He is also in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder, celebrating more than 25 years of sobriety.

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May 2015


May 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bass Concert Hall

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