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Global Cultures & Languages

Anna Keefe

Anna Keefe, Global Cultures & Languages, authored the chapter "Alain Gomis (1972-)" in The Art of Directing: A Concise Dictionary of France's Film Directors published on Sept. 12 by Peter Lang. Congratulations to Keefe for the publication of her book chapter on French Director Alain Gomis.

Submitted on: Sept. 25, 2023

Kimberly Morris

Kimberly Morris, Global Cultures & Languages, authored the article "When In Rome: Maximizing L2 Pragmatic Development in Study Abroad" in L2 Journal - Special Edition- published on Monday, Feb. 27 by eScholarship, UC Berkley.

Submitted on: Feb. 27, 2023

Astrid Lorena Ochoa Campo

Astrid Lorena Ochoa Campo, Global Cultures & Languages, authored the article "Todas íbamos a ser madres: raza, maternidad y violencia en la narrativa de tres escritoras colombianas del siglo XXI ('We all were going to be mothers: race, maternity and violence in the narratives of three Colombian writers in the 21st century')" in Revista Iberoamericana published on Jan. 31 by Liverpool University Press. Congratulations Lorena for the publication of this important article in such a prestigious press!

Submitted on: Feb. 8, 2023

Antonio Martin Gomez

Antonio Martin Gomez, Global Cultures & Languages, presented “Designing and Implementing an Intermediate-Low Level Course of Spanish for Mental Health Professionals” at Third Medical National Association of Medical Spanish (NAMS) on Nov. 5 in Chicago.

Submitted on: Nov. 14, 2022

Kimberly Morris, Anders Cedergren and Sarah Pember

Kimberly Morris, Global Cultures & Languages; and Anders Cedergren and Sarah Pember, both Public Health and Community Health Education; presented "The Health Belief Model as a predictor of the likelihood of pandemic mitigation practices among college students" at American Public Health Association 2022 Annual Meeting & Expo: on Nov. 8 in Boston, MA. Background: The global COVID-19 pandemic changed the nature of the university experience, while deeply affecting students’ mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Perceptions of the severity of the pandemic and the disease itself , as well as students’ attitudes towards preventative actions to halt the spread of COVID-19, could be important indicators of how likely they are to contribute to overall mitigation of future infectious disease outbreaks. The purpose of this study was to use the Health Belief Model as a theoretical framework to predict the likelihood of students performing various mitigation strategies. Methods: An online survey was emailed to a random sample of students at a midsized midwestern university in the Spring of 2021. Data from the final sample (n=516) were analyzed using stepwise logistic regression, with perceptions of disease seriousness, susceptibility, perceived benefits, and perceived barriers of the mitigation strategy used as possible predictors in 3 separate analyses: likelihood of avoiding large gatherings on and off campus and getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Results: The new models were significant improvements over baselines models, with predictors accounting for 36.9% (vaccinate), 45.3% (avoiding large on-campus gatherings), and 61.9% (avoiding large off-campus gatherings) of variance. Students who reported that avoiding off-campus gatherings was easy were 24 times more likely to say that they would. For avoiding large on-campus gatherings, ease was associated with a 9.9 times greater chance of likelihood. Finally, seeing the vaccine as helpful in reducing the spread of COVID was associated with an 87 times greater likelihood of choosing to get vaccinated. Interestingly, while the HBM traditionally states that increasing an individual’s perception of their likelihood of contracting the disease will lead to increased likelihood of performing preventative action, this study suggests that students were more willing to participate in certain mitigation strategies if they perceived the issue to be of great concern to the population globally, regardless of its individual impact on them. Conclusions: Understanding students’ beliefs and likelihood of performing specific public health actions can help health professionals better promote mitigation strategies and increase participation among the young adult population. Based on findings from this study, possible next steps to investigate could include the connection between mitigation intent and actual mitigating behaviors, as well as applied experimental research to test the impact of messaging specifically around ease and helpfulness.

Submitted on: Nov. 11, 2022