This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
Baron takes on bioethics in new book. LDI Senior Fellow Jonathan Baron, Professor of Psychology, has written a new book challenging the "intuitive judgments" that underlie bioethics practice. Baron proposes an alternative, arguing that bioethics could have a coherent theory based on utilitarianism and decision analysis. For more information on his book, "Against Bioethics," click here.


Aiken wins first Graham Prize.
Congratulations to LDI Senior Fellow Linda Aiken, Professor of Nursing, who has been selected as the first winner of the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, funded by the Baxter International Foundation and administered by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). She will accept her award at a ceremony during the AUPHA Annual Meeting on June 24, 2006, in Seattle, WA.

Upcoming Seminars
Health Policy (2005-2006 Theme – Health in Context): Please join us as Thomas LaVeist, PhD, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University, discusses "Problems & Prospects for Health Disparities Research." His talk, co-sponsored with the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and Penn's Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD), will be given on Friday, March 31, 2006, at 12:00 pm.
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Research: Our series continues with Joseph A. DiMasi, PhD, Director of Economic Analysis, Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, Tufts University, who will present his work on "The Cost of Biopharmaceutical R&D: Is Biotech Different?" on Friday, April 7, 2006 at 12:00 pm.
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Recent Seminars
Health Policy: Recently, we've had two speakers discuss the relationship between neighborhoods and health. On February 24, Jane Golden, Director of the the City of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program, discussed the impact of the mural arts program on youth and communities. Ms. Golden’s slides can be seen here; on March 24, Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD of Harvard provided a tutorial on measuring the compositional and contextual effects of neighborhoods on health. If you missed Dr. Kawachi, you can see his slides here.

Research: On March 17, Tanya Luhrmann, PhD of the University of Chicago, described her ethnographic research with homeless, psychotic women and the reasons they often refuse housing assistance. Dr. Luhrmann's slides can be seen here.

Executive Education
UnitedHealth Group to attend capstone course on management at Wharton. Two business segments under the UnitedHealth Group umbrella, UnitedHealthcare and Ovations, will join us from April 17-21, 2006 for an executive management education program. Both groups participate in intensive training programs at their respective institutions, and these internal programs are augmented by a week-long capstone course at Wharton to integrate the learning and provide tools to apply the concepts on the job. The Academic Director for the program is Dr. Mario Moussa.

UnitedHealth Group was recently named the country's most admired health care company by Fortune magazine. Through six business segments, UHG serves the entire spectrum of health care participants. UHG has approximately 50,000 employees and operates in all 50 states and abroad.

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