Baker, Noland to speak in first ‘Women on Wednesdays’ of spring semester

Donna Noland (left) and Dr. Katie Baker

JOHNSON CITY (Jan. 22, 2015) – East Tennessee State University’s Dr. Katie Baker and Donna Noland will give a presentation on “The Campus-Community Interface: Examples from Women’s Health” on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from noon-1 p.m. in dining room 3 of the D.P. Culp University Center.

This is the first of five free public talks to be given this spring semester in the “Women on Wednesdays” Lecture Series sponsored by ETSU’s Women’s Studies Program.  A light lunch will be provided.

In their presentation, Baker and Noland will discuss the university-community interface and the impact of these collaborations on maternal and child health in Northeast Tennessee.  They will cite examples of successes and failures based on their experiences and those of their colleagues, and discuss their hopes for future collaborations designed to improve women’s and children’s health in the region.

Baker is an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health in ETSU’s College of Public Health.  Noland is a women’s health nurse practitioner and first lady of ETSU.

The “Women on Wednesdays” series is designed to raise awareness of the research, scholarship and community engagement of women on the ETSU campus; to provide a venue where women on campus and in the community can discuss and support each other’s work; and to give students an opportunity to meet faculty who could become mentors for their studies at ETSU.

Additional talks in the series include: “Raising Awareness about Cervical Cancer in Nicaragua: Working with Health Promoters to Increase Pap Smear Uptake” by Dr. Megan Quinn, assistant professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, on Feb. 11; “Behind the Lens: Women on Photography” by M.F.A. candidate Lyn Govette and ETSU art graduate Jessica Hillyer on March 4; “URSA: Music for Tuba by Women Composers” by Dr. Stephanie Frye, lecturer and brass area coordinator in the Department of Music, on March 18; and “Women in Literature: Kenyan Women Writers and Their Dialogues on Issues Affecting African Women” by Dr. Martha Michieka, associate professor of sociolinguistics and world literature in the Department of Literature and Language, on April 1.

For more information, call Dr. Phyllis Thompson, ETSU director of Women’s Studies, at 423-439-4135.  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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