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Communitas Alumni Newsletter Vol. III Issue 1









            

C O M M U N I T A S 
The Newsletter of Fordham University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences | Vol. III  Issue 1 


due process
Lawyer-Turned-Forensic Psychologist Evaluates Victims of Human Rights Abuse  
As assistant attorney general of the State of New York and a lieutenant in the United States Naval reservem Stephen Reich, GSAS '70 and '72, gained experience in both prosecution and defense throughout the 1960s. 

While these experiences were exciting and rewarding, his true aspirations remained unfulfilled. He wanted more. more>>



Letter from Dean Nancy Busch
As dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), I have a responsilibity not just to oversee the programs that will help GSAS students grow intellectually, but also to ensure that these programs attain the potential inherent in the Jesuit tradition underlying Fordham.  more>>


the advocate 
A decade-long collaboration between a GSAS graduate student and a psychology professor helped ensure individuals with developmental disabilities enjoy equal rights.  
Christine Cea, Ph.D., GSAS '91 and '99, brought with her to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' graduate degree program in developmental psychology years of experience advocating on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities.  more>>


the forgotten minority
Professor Maps Out the Economic Well-Being of Disabled People in Developing Nations  
Sophie Mitra, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics at Fordham, is making use of several data sources to help bring more visibility to people with disabilities, a population that is up to five times larger than previously thought.  more>>


the big picture
UNICEF Economist Tackles Macro-Projects to Ensure Invaluable Resources for Children
It's not everyday, Ronald U. Mendoza, Ph.D., GSAS '97 and '08, gets to take measure of the full impact of his work. An economist at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Mendoza works on public finance policies and government budgets to help ensure that countries devote adequate investments in the education, health and protection of children.   more>>


ease the pain
Graduate Student Studies, Serves Victims of Chronic Pain and Trauma
Emily Sachs, GSAS '07, is curious about pain and torture. What, she wonders, are their long term emotional and physical ramifications on victims? And how can she help combat these issues? more>>



globalization and the ecology of caring: untold stories, unsung heroes
In struggles against poverty, disease or disaster, nothing can replace hands-on caring by familes , neighbors and aid workers. yet that caring can be dramatically affected by decisions made in far-away places - by government, corporate and NGO officers, among others. When the local meets the global, what are the untold stories? Who are the unsung heroes?  
Fred de Sam Lazaro, who reports many of these stories for the PBS Newshour and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, reflects on what he has learned in conversation with experts in international aid and development.  more>>


pediatric chief gives voice to victims of shaken baby syndrome
Edward E. Conway Jr., M.D., GSAS '79, has devoted his career to investigating the causes and effects of Shaken Baby Syndrome, which is responsible for more than 3,000 infant deaths in the United States every year. 
"They didn't do anything to deserve this," said Dr. Conway, chairman of the Milton and Bernice Stern Department of Pediatrics and chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Beth Israel Medical Center. "This work is important because it's an important way to protect innocence and give back to others."  more>>



  


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