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  1. A book from the 1950s helped form Douglas Wiebe’s study of gun violence. Wiebe, associate professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, presented the study as part of the Jane Wilson Smith Lectureship Series at the Tulane University School of Public Health and was co-sponsored by the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women's Health Education Center (MAC). Wiebe is working with MAC on a similar local project, too, said director Katherine Theall.
  2. Students of all grades across the country, including at Tulane, walked out of class at 10am (cst) on March 14th for 17 minutes to in memoriam for the 17 people who were killed in the Parkland school shooting.
  3. Charles Figley, a psychologist and director of the Tulane University Traumatology Institute, says thinking too much about traumatic events, whether it's a refugee crisis on the other side of the world or a school shooting in our own country, can make people too anxious or depressed to function in their daily lives. Figley says, "It's a natural response called compassion fatigue. We of course think about ourselves being in such a place, in which someone would suddenly burst in and shoot things up, but if we think about that too much, then it deteriorates our sense of confidence and our sense of trust and our sense of safety."
  4. Maeve Wallace, PhD, studies maternal mortality. Specifically, she studies the violent deaths of pregnant and postpartum women. After a 24-year-long ban, the federal government made funds available to study gun-violence and gun-violence prevention through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  5. “In a city like New Orleans, where the black male unemployment rate hovers around 50 percent, you’re going to necessarily have a whole lot of folks working in the black market economy of the drug trade,” Tetlow, also a former director of the Domestic Violence Clinic at Tulane Law School, said.
  6. In the wake of another mass school shooting, discussion about gun laws and how we think about and treat mental illness are brought back to the forefront of national conversations.
  7. Growing up in an environment plagued by high rates of gun violence can affect someone for the rest of his or her life, according to public-health experts. In the 1990s, the CDC and Kaiser Permanente partnered on a landmark study of more than 17,000 individuals, looking at the connection between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and children's long-term health. The more ACEs someone has—the higher their ACE score—the higher their risk of depression, drug use, and such health problems as diabetes and heart attacks, which disproportionately impact communities of color.
  8. The VPI has won a grant from the Pincus Family Foundation to create a Violence Prevention Scholarship which connects graduate students with VPI faculty and community partners! This interdisciplinary program will be based in the Master's of Public Health program, but will integrate faculty from across all schools at Tulane, particularly the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the School of Medicine and the School of Social Work. Scholars will be immersed in an innovative new training initiative focused on building skills to effectively integrate with community organizations and co-develop programs designed to mitigate the effects of violence and, in the long-term, prevent the intergenerational transmission of violence and its health impacts. The initiative will focus on the lives of children throughout New Orleans, with an emphasis on Central City, and places throughout the city where children are most affected by violence.
  9. Students of all grades across the country, including at Tulane, walked out of class at 10am (cst) on March 14th for 17 minutes to in memoriam for the 17 people who were killed in the Parkland school shooting.
  10. The spring, Tulane launched its new Violence Prevention Institute to bring together experts from across campus. Researchers with the Violence Prevention Institute are collaborating across disciplines to understand the causes of violence and how we can best prevent various forms of violence from child maltreatment to intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
  11. Tulane University and Loyola University’s Women’s Resource Center will present a screening of New Orleans filmmaker John Richie's 91%: A Film About Guns in America Thursday night, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium.
  12. As students participate in walkouts across the country to urge lawmakers to do something about gun violence, several universities, including Tulane, announced that they would not let discipline as a result of peaceful protest affect admissions decisions.

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