Taking on Too Much?

The struggles accompanying the various roles held by care giving women with HIV/AIDS is of great concern to Stokes, who for her dissertation undertook a study of 24 Boston-area African-American women — mostly single and ranging in age from 30s to 60s — coping with HIV/AIDS even as they provide care for their children or other family members. Stokes’ findings suggest that women in such situations use available health care services, but eschew programs that provide assistance for child and family care. To read more please click here.

Native Tribal Scholars: Building an Academic Community

When I first started as interim director of the Institute for New England Native American Studies (INENAS) based at the University of Massachusetts Boston, I was given three studies that broadly identified specific needs and disparities of Native people in the region. These studies looked at demographic data provided by the U.S. Census, tribes and surveys of regional tribes and Native American nonprofits. The findings were clear, and, for me—a Native American from the Eastern seaboard—no surprise. To read more, please click here.

Toward Improved Lithium Batteries 

By tweaking tiny, web-like “nanonet” structures developed by his research group, Chemistry Assistant Professor Dunwei Wang reports creating a powerful, higher capacity, re-chargeable cathode material that could lead to improved performance in the next generation of Lithium ion batteries. His report recently was published by the American Chemical Society’s ACS Nano.  To read more, please click here.