Thursday, Sep 20, 2018

Teen Vogue Highlights Research by CHW Visiting Scholar Jennifer S. Hirsch 


A Lack of Sex Ed May Impact How Some College Students Practice Consent, Research Says

From the article: 

For some college students, consent means a "You up?" text. For others, it means being in someone's dorm room late at night because "if it's 1:00 a.m. ...and you invite someone to your room, there is like this like non-verbal agreement." For some students, not saying no is an indicator of consent, and for others, consent is only present when you explicitly say yes. What's more, consent for some students is a bargaining chip. "I'll give you a blow job so I can...get out of here," one student recounted to researchers about oral sex she agreed to perform despite not really wanting to. If one thing about consent is clear from new research out of Columbia University, it's that many college students don't consider consent to be strictly verbal — and that may be costly.

In a newly published study in The Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers from Columbia University explored the difference between how many straight, cisgender students are taught to give and get consent through a college-mandated "Yes Means Yes" training course in their freshman year, and how they actually employ consent during sexual encounters. Through more than 150 interviews with undergraduate students over the course of 16 months, which included participant observations and focus groups, researchers revealed a social gray area — one in which young people are having consensual sex, but don't necessarily practice it in the way they were taught in that one freshman class. That may be because, researchers Jennifer Hirsch and Claude Mellins tell Teen Vogue, young people need much more than just a one-off course to educate them about sex and consent.

Read the rest at Teen Vogue

Best Photo Work Category: Teeto Ezeonu '19 - Morning Hike

Teeto Ezeonu Morning Hike

About this photo Teeto said: 

This picture illustrates a typical hike back from the designated trapping site for the day. On this particular day, we were hiking back from Bear Cliffs, our farthest and most elevated site, which usually took 15-20 minutes. Each day, the six of us who were working with the Mouse Crew rotated such that five people went trapping every day. Each morning we took approximately 15 clean traps each (75 traps total) up to the two grids of the site where we were trapping and checked/replaced the 64 traps at each grid for mice. During peak season, we usually caught about 22 Peromyscus mice every day and a plethora of other by-catch including chipmunks, flying squirrels, voles, etc. The traps we used were Sherman live traps which allowed the mice to stay in an enclosed rectangular box with grain seeds once it tripped the trap. After collecting measurements and samples, the mice were released near their home sites each day. This picture captures a period of time on the mountain of heavy rain in the afternoon and at night. This, consequently, made it foggy during our morning hikes (and often reduced the number of mice caught that day). These mice will provide an abundance of data for research on parasite infection and specifically on interactions between nematodes and the Hantavirus, commonly observed in these mountain mice.

Honorable Mention: Work Category

Driving in Mpala - Carly Bonnet '19

Carly Bonnet in Mpala


Sunglasses - Asia Kaiser '21

Asia Kaiser Fitting Sunglasses


In the Lab at the NCRC - Fares Marayati '19

Fares working in the NCRC

Best Photo Leisure Category: Maria Malik '19 - Lemur Friends

Maria Malik with Lemur Friend on a Boat

About this photo Maria said: 

I was in Madagascar doing thesis research when I took both of these photos. I spent the most of my time there surveying health centers and learning about the impact of cyclones on public health infrastructure and infectious disease incidence. Two days before I came back to the US, I went to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park and the Vakona Private Reserve to see some lemurs and other cool animals that can only be found in Madagascar. Since I'm concentrating in EEB, I was super excited about this trip and at the prospect of being able to see lemurs in their natural habitats. The picture of me with the lemur was taken at Vakona Private Reserve. The reserve has a small collection of islands that each hold different species of lemurs depending on whether they can coexist and their specific habitat needs. One of the islands that my guide and I canoed to had a small family of ring-tailed lemurs that were very friendly to humans. As we were rowing along the canal, the lemurs saw us and all six of them bounced alongside the boat until we docked. They bounce like kangaroos! I didn't realize the guide had put a piece of banana on my head so I was part surprised and part delighted when one of the really brave - and hungry - lemurs jumped on to the canoe and climbed up my shoulder. His friends climbed on to the boat too and I fed them them all little pieces of bananas. They were really soft and cuddly and although they don't like to be pet, they seemed to really enjoy climbing on me. 

Honorable Mention: Leisure

Repping GHP in South Africa - Kasia Kalinowska '19

Kasia Kalinowska Repping GHP in South Africa


Solitary Boat - Dylan Kim '21

Dylan Kim Solitary Boat


Hide and Seek - Maria Malik '19

Maria Malik Hide and Seek