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July 23, 2017

Our fifth week of academic training began in full swing on 17 July and this week was mostly spent with site visits and we had less academic sessions (and its our second last week of the fellowship – TIME FLIES).

Theme for Week Five: Public Sector Expenditures – Education, Public Health, and Criminal Justice

One of our academic sessions this week was on the topic of Water and Sanitation Issues and we were taught by Dr Christine Stauber. Dr Stauber is an Associate Professor in the Division of Environmental Health in the School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has over 15 years of experience in environmental health sciences.

Dr. Stauber has worked on international issues for over 20 years and has been the recipient of multiple international awards including a faculty Fulbright award to Brazil. The overall theme of her research is the examination of environmental exposures in resource-limited settings. The majority of this work has focused on the pivotal role of exposure to microbiologically contaminated drinking water and the associated health impact on children.

For more on Dr Stauber visit the AYSPS website





Another set of academic sessions for this week included the topic of Criminal Justice taught by Dr Dean Dabney,which was followed by a Panel Discussion on the topic of  The Intersection of Poor Educational Outcomes, Behaviour Health Problems, and the Juvenile and Criminal Justice Systems and the Drop Out Rates. Dr Dean Dabney is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia State University. His scholarly interests include the organizational culture within law enforcement agencies, forms of deviance and/or criminal behaviors that occur in organizational settings, and qualitative research methods. He has published 3 books and several dozen articles appearing in such outlets as British Journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Justice Quarterly, and Punishment & Society.

For more on Dr Dabney visit the website










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