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June 14, 2007

Manners award winners named

The University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) has awarded the seventh annual Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Awards.

The awards were established in memory of the center’s assistant director, who died in 2000.

According to UCSUR director Richard Schulz, the awards are intended to “continue the trend begun by Steve Manners, which was to support faculty members and their research and to improve the research infrastructure at the University.”

Awardees are:

• Patricia Isabel Documet, assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, for “Groundwork for Testing a Collectivist Approach to Cervical Cancer Screening Among Latinas.”

The collectivist approach has the potential to deliver culturally sensitive competent care and improve compliance with screening guidelines, thus preventing disease and death.

This information can be used by researchers, practitioners, public health workers and Latinos, as well as policymakers and administrators.

• Jeffrey Shook and Michael Vaughn, assistant professors at the School of Social Work, for “The Back End of the Criminal Justice Process: An Exploratory Study of the Experiences and Outcomes of Juveniles on Adult Probation and Parole.”

Legislative changes over the last several decades have led to an increasing number of juveniles being tried and sentenced as adults. Many of these youth end up receiving a probation or short prison sentence.

The research will add to knowledge concerning the consequences of treating juveniles as adults and examine the feasibility of a project to expand understanding of the experiences and outcomes of juveniles at the back end of the criminal justice process.

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