ItemRacial Residential Segregation, the Distribution of Health-Promoting Community Organizations, and Health Outcomes(2019-02-27) Anderson, Kathryn FreemanPrevious research demonstrates that within cities, some neighborhoods suffer from health problems at much higher rates than other areas. In my work, I propose that one reason for this disparity may be the distribution of community establishments. Organizations and service providers play an important role in a community and pattern access to resources which are vital to health and well-being. Yet, these places are not evenly distributed throughout society. In particular, I study how racial residential segregation is related to the distribution of community services across neighborhoods. Although no longer legally enforced, racial residential segregation remains a persistent feature of the American urban landscape. In an analysis of cities across the U.S., as well as specially looking at the case of Houston, I find that racially segregated communities are disproportionately less likely to have a wide variety of health-related establishments. Furthermore, this inequality has health consequences for those communities. ItemMothering as Health Security: Undocumented Mothers, Children and Medical Alienation in the United States(2019-01-30) Farfán-Santos, ElizabethOver generations of exclusion, undocumented Mexican immigrants have had to regularly confront a prohibiting health care system despite alienation, marginalization and the threat of deportation. In this talk, I discuss the impact of political exclusion and alienating discourses on the health practices and beliefs of undocumented Mexican mothers through the narrative of mothers in Houston, who find themselves at the painful intersection of political and medical alienation. These narratives reflect an analytical framework that center undocumented motherhood as a space of necessary resilience and resistance where women are forced to advocate for their children's health despite prohibitive barriers and dangerous potential consequences. ItemThe Power of Musical Play(2018-10-24) Kastner, Julie D.When thinking about “playing” music, many often think about listening to their favorite band or performing on an instrument. However, the term can also refer to playing with music, taking a hands-on approach to create something new. Educators have long recognized the importance of play in learning, and music educators have begun including creative music play in their classrooms. This musical play can take many of forms, such as student groups making a rock mash-up; an individual creating a multi-track, split-screen music video; or musicians performing in a virtual ensemble. Engaging in music play is a more informal, vernacular approach that allows students to develop many skills valued in 21st Century society, like collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking. More importantly, though, the real power of play with music is that it provides opportunities for human connection, artistry, and expression that individuals can take with them and use throughout their lives. ItemAn Inside Job: Using Tiny Robot Swarms to Heal the Body(2018-09-26) Becker, Aaron T.In the Disney Movie, “Big Hero 6,” the protagonist, Hiro, offers a profound view into the future by manufacturing a swarm of 100,000 microbots. Hiro controls them to self-assemble, to build structures, and to transport goods and materials. While the “microrobots” of the film are fantasy, the ideas are rooted in reality. Today, microrobots can be produced in extremely large quantities, but due to their tiny size they have limited autonomy. Instead, today’s microbots are usually simple particles that are steered from the outside, often using magnetic fields. In my talk, I’ll offer insight on how our techniques will enable physicians to steer large numbers of simple robots from the outside, and share how we are using MRI scanners to steer particles for targeted therapy, medical interventions, and drug delivery in regions inaccessible by large robots.