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Professor Mendenhall Researches Language, Culture, and Mental Health in Kenya

The words and idioms used to describe distress and mental health problems vary across cultures and languages. Research conducted by Professor Emily Mendenhall focuses on words and idioms used to describe feelings of depression in Kenya. Some use the phrase “thinking too much” (kufikiria sana in Swahili) to describe depression-like symptoms, but the significance that phrase carries is not the same everywhere in Kenya. Tracking and studying language surrounding mental health can be vital in determining who may need clinical support.

Professor Abraham Newman Discusses Bottlenecks in the Technology Industry

In article in The Economist, Professor Abraham Newman discusses how the US-China tech cold war has made companies more aware of the bottlenecks that exist in the technology industry. “All these bottlenecks, and America’s direct or indirect sway over many of them, makes it tempting for hardliners in Washington to ‘weaponise interdependence,'” writes Newman with his co-author Henry Farrell of George Washington University.

Mendenhall studies link between diabetes, food and medical insecurity in Ethiopia

Professor Emily Mendenhall co-authored an article in Social Science & Medicine titled “‘Wasting away’: Diabetes, food insecurity, and medical insecurity in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.” Mendenhall and American University Professor Lauren Carruth found that food insecurity, medical insecurity, displacement, and crisis fuel diabetes among Somalis in Ethiopia, and conclude that clinical care for diabetes patients must address the pathogenicity of food and medical insecurity.

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Centers and Institutes

GIWPS Cited in Statement By Senator Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) mentioned the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security in his opening statements chairing a hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Rubio is the chair of the subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and the hearing was titled “Women in Conflict: Advancing Women’s Role in Peace and Security.” In his opening statement, Rubio cited research by Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security which found that women are instrumental in building lasting positive peace agreements.

GIWPS’s “women, peace, and security index” helps lawyers win court case in Maryland

In a recent court case, Montgomery County lawyers from the county Department of Health and Human Services submitted the WPS Index as evidence, and won their case. One of the lawyers involved in the case, Mr. Alvin McIntyre Ehrlich said, “Our judge ruled that the WPS Index was judicially noticeable impliedly because the facts and data in the study were beyond dispute, among other reasons, because they were gleaned by such a reputable academic institution.”

IOM Iraq, along with Georgetown’s ISIM and CCAS, Publish “Access to Durable Solutions Among IDPs in Iraq”

The Georgetown Institute for the Study of Migration (ISIM) and Center for Contemporary Arab Studies partnered with the International Organization for Migration in Iraq to publish “Access to Durable Solutions Among IDPs in Iraq,” the second installation of a two-part study about challenges and survival strategies of Iraqi IDPs who were displaced by ISIL between January 2014 and December 2015 to the 4 governorates of Baghdad, Basra, Kirkuk, and Sulaymaniyah.