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Women’s Research Colloquium Slated for Nov. 19 at The Pointe

Published: November 17, 2008

CSULB’s Deborah Hann and Lina Kawar will be the featured speakers at the Fall 2008 Women’s Research Colloquium on Wednesday, Nov. 19, beginning at 5 p.m. at The Pointe in the university’s Walter Pyramid.

Hann, a coordinator in the campus’ Learning Assistance Center, will discuss “Maps in Children’s Literature: Their Uses, Forms and Functions.” Kawar, an assistant professor in the CSULB Nursing Department, will talk about “What Keeps Jordanian Immigrant Women from Participating in Breast Cancer Screening?”

Presented by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Women’s Research Colloquium was created in 1986 to highlight current research of CSULB women faculty and staff members. Founded through the joint efforts of the CSULB branch of California Women in Higher Education, the Women’s Resource Center and the Office of University Research, the colloquium is an occasion for these researchers to present their work to the entire university community.

The cost to attend the colloquium is $20 for faculty, staff and guests, and it includes a buffet dinner that begins at 5 p.m. The presentations begin at 5:30 p.m.

Hann’s presentation is based on her thesis, which won the Best Thesis Award for the CSULB College of Liberal Arts in May. Her discussion examines maps throughout children’s literature — from picture books, to Winnie-the-Pooh, to The Hobbit and beyond. Hann believes that looking at how maps function as part of the stories they are attached to reveals their true breadth and depth and illustrates their power in unlocking worlds of imagination.

Kawar’s presentation is part of a triangulation study of the effect of psychological and cultural variables on breast cancer screening participation. This study explored barriers related to breast cancer screening among a little studied group of Arabic Middle Eastern women – Jordanian and Palestinian immigrant women in the United States. Some five main categories were found to affect the women in the study.

Kawar’s research focuses on vulnerable immigrant population and acculturation in health issues. The ultimate goal of her research is to empower women to be active participants in their own health care decisions.

The colloquium is sponsored by the Office of University Research and the Women’s Resource Center. To reserve a seat or for more information, contact Cynthia Angiuli in the CSULB President’s Office at 562/985-1688 or e-mail her at