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Seminar Series on Contemporary Social Issues Announced for 2013

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in foster care. The meaningful use of an electronic health record. The need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) master teachers. These are the issues the Contemporary Social Issues series will review the state of in its spring 2013 seminars.

The 2013 Contemporary Social Issues Seminar Series presents the opportunity for social scientists and researchers at the forefront of their study areas to present fact-driven, research-based findings on topics affecting the public.

Practitioners in the field bring the findings to life, with examples from real-world local settings.The seminars are sponsored by the Rockville Institute and the Universities at Shady Grove.

Each seminar, which is free and open to the public, is held in the Camille Kendall Academic Center, Building III, Room 3241, 9636 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland, 20850.

Seminar dates, topics, and speakers include the following:

LGBT Youth in Foster Care: Challenges and Strategies
(Thursday, March 14, 2013, 4:30 p.m.)

Youth in foster care have special challenges due to trauma, placement instability, and long-term effects of maltreatment. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) foster youth have additional challenges that make them particularly vulnerable. The goal of this seminar is to increase understanding and provide strategies for working with LGBT youth, especially those in child welfare systems.

Liz Quinn, MS, MA, Senior Study Director, Westat
Brandynicole Brooks, MSW, LICSW, Office of Youth Empowerment, DC Child and Family Services Agency
Mary Hicks-Pope, Youth Ambassador, DC Child and Family Services Agency

What Is a Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records?
(Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 4:30 p.m.)

An electronic health record (EHR) allows health care providers to record patient information electronically instead of using paper records. The Federal Government is implementing policies to increase the adoption of EHRs. What are the implications of these Federal requirements? Will EHRs decrease the cost of providing care? Will health records be more secure?

Helga Rippen, MD, PhD, MPH, Chief Health Information Officer, Westat
Zia Hassan, MD, Sibley Memorial Hospital
Tina DiFranco, RN, BSN, JD, Attorney, Cook & DiFranco; faculty, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Anita Samarth, President and Co-Founder, Clinovations

Enhancing Learning in STEM Through the Creation of Master Teachers
(Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 4:30 p.m.)

This panel will discuss the need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) master teachers and look at the reality of trying to support and be a STEM master teacher. The speakers will draw on their own experiences to share the challenges and lessons learned from both training and practice.

Joy Frechtling, PhD, Vice President, Associate Director, Westat
Tracy Irish, Science/STEM Academic Coordinator, MAE, Department of Education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Anne Spence, PhD, Professor of the Practice, Undergraduate Program Director, Director of Project Lead the Way, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
John Quinn, Ed.D, Co-Director, Baltimore County STEM Alliance; Executive Director of STEM, Baltimore County Public Schools; Instructor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County