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Professor Saks creates mental health institute

first_imgUSC Gould School of Law Professor Elyn Saks saw her expansive legal work in the mental health industry pay off — literally. The MacArthur Foundation selected Saks as a 2009 fellow, giving her $500,000 and no restrictions on what she could spend it on.Genius · Professor Elyn Saks will use her MacArthur Foundation genius grant to fund the institute. – Daily Trojan file photo Saks has decided to use a portion of her winnings to create the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics, a research-based facility that will use a legal lens to focus on critical issues in mental health.“I am totally honored and so gratified to be able to bring people interested in this issue together,” Saks said.Faculty members from seven different university departments plan to contribute to the institute’s investigations. Participating departments include psychiatry, psychology, social work, gerontology, philosophy, engineering and law.With its headquarters at the law school, the institute will feature lectures from mental health experts in the fall semester followed by a spring symposium aimed at producing innovative laws and policies that would expand the rights of mental health patients. The institute will then publish its findings and recommendations for reform.Saks was one of 24 recipients of the genius grant — the fellowship’s informal name — which the MacArthur Foundation annually awards to individuals who display “exceptional creativity” and “manifest promise for important future advances.”The foundation evaluates candidates on the significance and scope of their achievements. Saks has published numerous scholarly articles and books, including her 2007 memoir The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.Diagnosed with schizophrenia in her early 20s, Saks possesses the perspective of a patient as well as the legal knowledge of a professional.According to the MacArthur Foundation’s recipient descriptions, Saks’ firsthand experiences make her an “important contributor to national debates on mental health policy.”“Saks is a terrific scholar and the ideal person to start this institution,” said Scott Altman, the vice dean of Gould.Law professor Michael Shapiro, a colleague of Saks’ and a member of her institute’s executive board said she can offer her varied expertise to the institute.Saks has “a view from everywhere; she is a scholar, teacher, patient and psychologist,” he said.Shapiro said he believes this unique perspective will set Saks’ institute apart from others.Saks plans to use her institute to help spread ethical awareness among lawmakers and the general community.A chief priority will be “getting [patients] rights to refuse treatment and rights to receive expensive treatment,” she said.The Saks Institute will welcome students to participate in this ongoing project. They will have the opportunity to perform background research, receive stipends and possibly publish their work.Mechanical restraints in psychiatric hospitals will be the institute’s first topic of concern for the current academic year.Ultimately, Saks said she hopes to discover how to convince mental health patients to want treatment, so that there will be no need for legal protections against force-feeding and physical restraints.“It’s a wonderful addition to USC,” said Margaret Gatz, professor of psychology. “Saks’ vision and foresight should be commended.”last_img read more

Despite small size, Piacentini gives Syracuse powerful scoring boost on 2nd line

first_imgMelissa Piacentini doesn’t look like a force on the ice at first glance. Piacentini is only 5 feet 3 inches, but she brings a dominant presence to the Syracuse offense.“I think sometimes people think the size might fool you,” assistant coach Alison Domenico said. “She’s contributed for us a lot which is great. She kind of stepped into a big role.”The freshman forward from South Weymouth, Mass., has played in every game this season for Syracuse (5-5, 2-0 College Hockey America), scoring two goals and recording four assists. She’s on the team’s second line alongside Shiann Darkangelo and Laurie Kingsbury, who stand at 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 10 inches, respectively.“We call her ‘tiny,’” forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe said. “Her linemates are usually (Darkangelo) and (Kingsbury) and they’re humungous.”The trio has combined to score 12 of the team’s 29 goals while registering 10 assists this season. Mattimoe said the size difference between the players makes the unit more effective.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Having that little one on that line, she can get out of any situation, is great,” Carrie-Mattimoe said. “It’s a totally different dynamic to have on that line.”Kingsbury has missed the past four games due to injury, but in the line’s last game as a group, the three accounted for three goals and two assists.While Piacentini had made a difference on the ice, her teammates said she could be more vocal in the locker room.“She works hard, everyone can see that,” Mattimoe said. “But she can work hard on maybe being a vocal leader, which in a freshman position would be really great.”Amy Hollstein, Piacentini’s head coach at Thayer (Mass.) Academy, said both her height and quiet nature in the locker room are deceiving.“Melissa is very quiet,” Hollstein said. “But she leads by example. She’s not all that vocal on the ice in telling people what to do. But when she does, she can back it up.”During her senior year at Thayer, Piacentini was named the co-MVP of the Independent School League. She also was Thayer’s MVP and earned all-league honors.Besides her high school accomplishments, Piacentini was named to the 2012 All-New England Team for Division II. She also saw time on the ice while playing for Assabet Valley in the U19 Tier-I National Championships where her team won the gold.Piacentini said that ice hockey has been a big part of a her life and that once she got to high school, she knew she wanted to play in college.“I’ve played since I was like, 3. My brothers played, my dad played, it’s just a family thing,” Piacentini said. “Growing up, it was a dream of mine to play college hockey.”Defender Jacquie Greco said she is impressed by Piacentini’s play so far. She also said that having Piacentini on the team has helped SU play well against tough opponents.“At first when you look at her, she’s like 5 (feet) 2 (inches), so you think, ‘How is that girl at hockey?’” Greco said. “She’s actually really good, she’s fast, she’s quick.”Greco also said that when the puck gets stuck in the corner, Piacentini always manages to get out of the corner with the puck.While being 5 feet 2 inches might provide some challenges, Piacentini believes being small ultimately helps the team.Said Piacentini: “I think I can definitely use my size to my advantage.” Comments Published on November 7, 2012 at 1:32 am Contact David: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ghana Rugby final: Cosmos Buffaloes clash with Idas Sports

first_imgAll is set for the 2014/15 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) final as defending champions, Cosmos Buffaloes RFC come up against their Accra rival Idas Sports RFC on March 21, 2015.At the semi-final round of league matches of the ongoing Ghana Rugby Club Championship, the top two teams from Pool A of Greater Accra and Pool B of Central and Western Region, came face to face to battle out a spot for the final game at last Saturday March 14, 2015, at the Schools and Colleges Park in Cape Coast.The first game of the day was between top seed of Pool A, Cosmos Buffaloes and second seed of Pool B, UCC Spartans.The game kicked off with both teams treading cautiously until about 10 minutes when Cosmos Buffaloes penetrated the opponent’s defence and scored the first try of the day. From then onwards the Buffaloes took control of the game. The first half ended in favour of the Buffaloes, scoring 7 tries and 3 conversions.The second half saw some resistance from the home team but as it was in the first half, the away team found a way around their defence once again, scoring 11 tries and making 4 conversions. The game ended 106 points to 0 in favour of Cosmos Buffaloes.Speaking to the coach of Cosmos Buffaloes about his impression of the game, he reiterated his team’s philosophy that regardless of who they (Cosmos Buffaloes) play, they bring it on. “We respect every team we play and as such, it will be disrespectful if we don’t go all out.” He further stated, “Rugby has come a long way in this country and clearly the new administration via the leadership of Herbert Mensah has indeed brought prestige to this gentleman’s game that is called Rugby”.The second and final game of the day was between second place team of Pool A, Idas Sports and first placed team of Pool B, Westside Boys. This game proved tougher than the previous encounter. The Westside Boys clearly showed they were the champions of CentWest when they held Idas for the longest while during the first half. Idas showed experience and maturity by finding the weakness in the defence of the Westside boys and they started scoring tries. They scored 5 late tries in the first half.The second half continued with Idas scoring 3 more tries to seal their victory. They won the game by 50 points to 0.Abdul Samad, the coach of the winning side, said they had a very tough time playing the Westside Boys and they did not have it easy at any point in the game. “The Westside Boys gave us a run for our money today and their performance make me happy because it’s quite clear Ghana Rugby has a huge future”. He praised the President of Ghana Rugby, Mr. Herbert Mensah for organising arguably the best Rugby league so far in the history of this country, assuring that his team will win the first league trophy under his leadership.Mr. Steve Noi, the tournament Commissioner was highly elated by the general preference of the teams and also the general turnout of the tournament. “Clearly anyone who has been with Rugby before this new administration took over can see a tremendous improvement in this year’s Ghana Rugby Club Championship and I am certain that next year will even be bigger.”The final showdown of the 2014/15 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) will come off on Saturday, March 21, 2015 between Idas Sports RFC and Cosmos Buffaloes RFC. The big question is if Idas Sports can defend their title successfully and become the first team to win the title back to back or will the Buffaloes spoil their party this time round and win the coveted Ghana Rugby Club Championship title?Mr. Herbert Mensah, the President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union, said that he was pleased with the way the Club Championship has turned out and extended his gratitude to Accra Breweries who supported the semi-finals by providing water for the occasion.“The finals on the 21st of March is poised to provide an exciting event between the winners of the semi-finals, Cosmos Buffaloes and Idas Sports, and we invite everybody to attend the battle at the Legon pitch,” Mr. Mensah said.last_img read more

ATP: Šetkić and Bašić improved their ranking

first_imgBiH tennis players Aldin Šetkić and Mirza Bašić have improved their ranking at the ATP list, and by doing so they made the best ranking of their career, reports Fena.Šetkić improved for 6 positions, and he’s now 219th player of the world, and Bašić improved for one position, and he’s now 236th player of the World.There were no changes in the top of ATP list. The best player of the world is still Novak Đoković, followed by British player Andy Murray and Swiss player Roger Federer.last_img read more