Health and Well-being Articles & Blogs
June 27, 2016
When Ali Canino ’12 saw the campground for the first time, her heart sank. Due to severe drought, Sioux YMCA’s Camp Marrowbone in north-central South Dakota had not been used in seven years, and it was a disaster. The buildings were falling down, there were no bathrooms, barbed wire was everywhere and the electrical...
June 10, 2016
About 40 public health officials, city and state representatives and academics gathered at Clark University this week to celebrate the success of collaborative health initiatives in Worcester – and discuss next steps, including curbing opioid-related overdoses. The 2016 Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement...
June 2, 2016
Catalina and her foundation work in some of the toughest slums of Cartagena, dominated by gangs and largely avoided by police. During a visit we made to one such slum, gang members surged onto a nearby highway, set up a barricade, and robbed a vehicle. We asked whether the police would intervene, and one resident said...
June 1, 2016
Catalina Escobar '93 sees the girls everywhere. They are young, they are poor, very often they are pregnant. The babies they bear, if they are female, seem destined for the same lives of oppression and poverty as their mothers. That is, if they live. These children of children often do not survive beyond birth. Catalina...
April 11, 2016
The Geller Jazz Concert Series on April 6 included the virtuosity of trumpeter Tom Harrell, who performed in Razzo Hall, and a more discreet, though no less impactful, conversation in Dana Commons. Matt Malsky, dean of the college and professor of music, organized and hosted a panel of scholars who addressed the various...
April 8, 2016
Just months after graduating from Clark, Samantha Arsenault ’15 found a way to put her economics degree to good use. She conducted research with Associate Professor Laurie Ross to examine a daunting community problem: whether boys who witness or are victims of crimes in childhood may later be drawn to violence, criminal...
April 1, 2016
Room 428 in the Massachusetts State House filled up quickly the morning of March 30 as legislators, educators, students and observers came to hear leading clinicians and researchers unpeel hard truths about the debilitating impact of drug use on a growing number of people, often the young.
March 20, 2016
A new study by researchers at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and Professor Laura Graves at Clark University's Graduate School of Management reveals that the most effective way to motivate managers is by providing "intrinsic rewards” such as psychological well-being, joy, learning, and fulfillment.
March 17, 2016
Matt Maranz spent a chunk of his summer in Pennsylvania’s Beaver County, a tradition-rich region northwest of Pittsburgh that has been the breeding ground of NFL stars like Joe Namath and Mike Ditka. As the producer of the Esquire Network’s documentary TV show “Friday Night Tykes,” which devoted its first two seasons to...
March 11, 2016
Professor Deborah Merrill's new book, "When Your Gay or Lesbian Child Marries: A Guide for Parents"
February 25, 2016
A medical anthropologist and interim director of Clark’s International Development, Community, and Environment Department program, Ellen Foley has been collaborating with a multinational research group to gather baseline epidemiological data on changing health patterns in the urban areas of Saint-Louis, Senegal, and Bobo...
February 22, 2016
One in six Americans struggles with hunger. That's 49 million people. It's a disarming statistic, and it's also an unnecessary one, insists Doug Rauch, the former president of the Trader Joe's Company grocery chain.
February 22, 2016
Dr. Richard Pietras ’69 pioneered a groundbreaking treatment for breast cancer. Now he is taking on the growing epidemic of lung cancer in women.
February 19, 2016
Joel Simonson ’15, wasn’t sold on Clark right away. He liked it, but didn’t love it, when he first visited as a high school student. But as he saw the opportunities unfolding — the offer of a Traina Scholarship, the chance to do meaningful research in biology, a shot at playing on the varsity tennis team — Simonson grew...
January 28, 2016
The Boston Globe reported this stark statistic last fall: Halfway through 2015, more than 4.5 times as many people in Massachusetts had died from opioid-related overdoses than from car crashes. By the end of the year, opioid-related deaths numbered over 1,200, nearly a 400 percent increase since 2000.
November 24, 2015
The American Cancer Society launched the Great American Smokeout in 1977 as a way to encourage millions of Americans to put down their cigarettes, cigars and pipes for 24 hours in recognition of the dangers of their habit. Held on the third Thursday of each November, the event promotes the singular message: Quit. Now.
November 18, 2015
In the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, in what has been called the “Rape Capital of the World,” Dr. Denis Mukwege and his team treat as many as 3,000 women and girls each year for injuries due to sexualized violence by rebels, soldiers and civilians. Dr. Denis Mukwege, the founder and medical director of Panzi...
November 2, 2015
Traditional and new media alike love to opine about Millennials, and in many cases a generational divide, whether real or manufactured, rears its head. Recently, the Los Angeles Times' Chris Erskine, who writes the aptly named "Middle Ages" column, ignited the Twitterverse with his provocative piece, "Millennials, you...
October 12, 2015
Clark University Psychology Department professor and chair James V. Cordova Clark University Professor James V. Córdova, chair of the Psychology Department, may not be a household name — yet — but his research and comments featured recently in The Wall Street Journal nearly have gone viral.
October 1, 2015
Top prizes in the Hervey Ross ’50, L.H.D. ’07 LEEP Oratorical Contest went to (left to right) Themal Ellawala ’17, third place; Jules Ochoa ’16, second place; and Gabby Seligman ’16, first place. Gabby Seligman ’16 stood on the stage in Jefferson 320 and embarked on a walking tour — without ever leaving the building....
September 30, 2015
Clark alumnus Gary Cohen is the recipient of one of 24 MacArthur Fellowships — commonly known as “genius grants” — from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Fellows each receive a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant for their cutting-edge work that is transforming their fields. Cohen, a 1978 graduate of Clark...
August 28, 2015
Grant will support Nicole M. Overstreet, Ph.D., in examining the needs of those affected by intimate partner violence Nicole Overstreet, assistant professor of psychology at Clark University
May 6, 2015
JANICE CULPEPPER ‘77 remembers visiting a one-room hospital in Tanzania, with 30 children crammed onto five twin beds. Their mothers slept on the dusty floor, standing guard as their babies lay hooked up to IVs, receiving medicine to keep them alive. She knows better than anyone that this scene is duplicated in hundreds of...
May 1, 2015
Midway through this year’s National Basketball Association season, sport psychologist Dr. Joel Fish ’75 received a visit from a player mired in a slump. “I'm just feeling really tense on the court,” Fish remembers the player saying. “I'm not relaxed.” Dr. Joel Fish ’75
April 7, 2015
In this 90 second video, produced by Carlos Deschamps '16, members of the Clark Community pledge to create an environment on campus where everyone feels, and is, safe. A diverse group of students and campus leaders express their willingness to take responsibility and do something to prevent sexual violence on campus.