Last week’s buzzword at the International AIDS Conference is marriage. Not the gay marriage debate currently raging in the United States, but rather the marriage of biomedical advances with behavioral interventions as the next step forward in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Certainly, biomedical advances alone are not enough, […]
I love to travel, try new foods (both simple and "exotic"), ingest caffeine, and watch political news coverage. Im a big pop culture junkie who isnt afraid to say she loves "In Touch" Magazine! A social marketing expert and psychologist by training who works in the public health field trying to bring a little common sense to it all.
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To quote the Beatles, “they say there’s gonna be a revolution”, when it comes to social media and HIV. Or maybe it’s already happened. Wikileaks, the Arab Spring (turning out to not be so Spring-like), and the various Occupy movements certainly demonstrate that social media, in which we […]
It’s not a coincidence that “meaningless” is synonymous with “academic”. Since the collapse of the academic job market in the 1970’s, universities have been cranking out doctoral students across a wide range of fields. And as the graduate student population sells, the relevancy of academic research shrinks. Smaller […]
We have much to learn from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For those of you who live under a rock and have never seen Buffy, the opening credits tell you what it’s all about – “In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the […]
Brazilian cardinal Claudio Hummes once said, “We know that social exclusion is closely tied to the new economic world order, globalized, with free and open markets, which isn’t bringing prosperity or social justice to all.” The degenerative effects of this social exclusion even extend to public health. How else […]
Okay, listen up conference attendees, I don’t often assume the mantle of Miss Manners and discuss etiquette, but this is where you’ve driven me. Here’s the background. I work out. I don’t love to work out, but I do like to be able to fit into my dresses. […]
The tradition of giving gift bags to attendees at professional conferences started with the Aztecs. As a courtesy, priests visiting from different cities were handed a complementary bag of human hearts to take home, because obviously, unless you can display a set of useless set of branded trinkets, […]
Like a lot of women in Manhattan, I’m a Red Carpet kind of girl – I want the opportunity to show off my keen fashion sense, my latest haircut, my tasteful jewelry, and my cool shoes. Oh definitely my shoes. There was an ad running in the New […]
Who you calling a girl? Oh, never mind… I used to pride myself on not being a girly girl. I had never visited a hair salon. I feel day spas violate my personal space. A pedicure would be an exercise in mortification. It’s pointless (and possibly toxic) for […]
The Zen of Attending the International AIDS Conference Partners in Conference-Crime @miriamyvega & @aspield As a tribute to the late Mr. Covey, a visionary who realized that managers never read more than seven bullet points, allow me to present to you, “The seven habits of highly effective International […]