Dr. Raynard Kington (RAY-nard) has been the president of Grinnell College since 2010. With an MBA and Ph.D. in Health Policy and Economics, Kington’s research interests are in “socioeconomics and race and how they impact health and health care.”
Adriana Galván, is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. She is an expert on teenage brain development, behavior and related public policy. Her work is centered on the emotional reactivity, learning, and decision making process of adolescents. Galván is able to characterize neutral changes in the developing brain using brain imaging technology. She also serves as the Jeffery Wenzel Term Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience. Several organizations have funded her research including the National Science Foundation.
Diana Hernández is an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She is an expert on community-based healthcare, minority health, environmental risk factors, and urban health. She focuses her research on the intersections between infrastructure, poverty and health, with a stress on energy efficiency. Funding from several development organizations allows Hernández to serve as a Co-Investigator on projects for energy efficiency upgrades, improvement on public housing models and the relief of poverty-related health effects.
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
Areas of Expertise: Community-Based Healthcare, Minority Health, Environmental Risk Factors, and Urban Health
Our sources this week were handpicked by guest editor Alicia Cypress, who is the Investigations Digital Editor. She chose two experts to feature this week:
“Alexes Harris was one of Joe Shapiro’s sources in his year-long “Guilty And Charged” series, about the unfair use of fines and fees court systems impose on criminal defendants – many who are too poor to pay. She’s an associate professor of sociology at the University of Washington and is an affiliate at the university’s West Coast Poverty Center and Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology.”
“A nurse since 1978, Tony Hilton can talk about the physical stress people in her profession go through just by doing their everyday jobs. She can also explain the safest methods and proper techniques to handle patients, so nurses don’t get hurt. And she’s a good resource to talk about effective strategies for getting hospital culture to change.”
We’re still hanging out with NPR’s Science Desk this week, and our sources were recommended by Michaeleen Doucleff. Here’s what she said about these experts:
“Pediatric surgeon and Harvard grad Dr. Henri Ford is chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. And he’s a great source on neonatal surgery, medical education, inequalities in the U.S. healthcare system and global surgery.
After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ford returned to where he grew up – Port-au-Prince – and literally hit the streets looking for the wounded. When Ford returned to the U.S., he gave up a lucrative offer in Pittsburgh to take his current post in East Los Angeles. Why? He wanted patient diversity. A friend of mine, who worked under Dr. Ford, summed why he should be on the air: “Dr. Ford has a powerful, charismatic voice and his message is from the heart.”
“Dr. Purna Kashyap, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is a fantastic source for discussing the health implications of the microbiome and for diseases connected to the gut and diet, such as diabetes, IBD, celiac disease and food allergies.
What impresses me the most about Dr. Kashyap is his honesty – even when it comes to discussing taboo topics. Last summer I talked to him about the science behind … well, flatulence … and he explained how it’s actually a sign of a healthy microbiome. “A healthy individual can have up to 18 flatulences per day and be perfectly normal,“ he said. “Eating foods that cause gas is the only way for the microbes in the gut to get nutrients.”
We’re moving from the Education Team to the Science Desk this week, with Michaeleen Doucleff editing. Here’s what she had to say about her handpicked sources:
“Dr. Wendy Chung is about as close to a real-life Dr. House as it comes. Instead of a whiteboard and sardonic tongue, Chung’s secret weapon is DNA. Both a pediatrician and scientist, Chung runs the Clinical Genetics Program at Columbia University. Most recently she’s turned her attention to autism.
Chung is a fantastic source for any story about genetics, heart disease, obesity and autism. She was the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the ability to patent genes, and can speak about bioethics.”
“I met Dr. Pearl Chiu a few months ago at her office in Virginia Tech. Right away I was impressed by how easily and clearly she talked about complex topics, such as neuroscience, depression and addiction. Many researchers work in these areas, but only a few can discuss the science behind them in simple and engaging ways. Chiu is one of them.
Chiu is a rising star in an emerging area of neuroscience, called neuroeconomics. She and her team study the circuitry in our brain that controls how, when and why we make and change decisions. Chiu is also a good source for discussing PTSD, altruism and prejudice.”
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We’re with the Washington Desk again this week, edited by Domenico Montanaro. He chose two experts to feature:
Mo Elleithee, Founding Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service
If you’d like an expert who can comment on WHY politicians are saying WHAT they’re saying, Elleithee’s the person to talk to.
Maite Arce, Founder and President/CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation
The Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) strives to improve the quality of life of Latinos in the U.S. through community & faith leaders, local service providers and information. Arce has talked to news outlets about their work with organizing the Latino community in environmental causes.
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