Dani Brecher Cook Publishes First Book

UCR Library’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Dani Brecher Cook, recently published her first co-authored book, “Learner-Centered Pedagogy: Principles and Practice.”

Cook co-wrote the book with Kevin Michael Klipfel, who also contributes to their shared blog, Rule Number One.

Inspired by the research of the humanistic psychologist and educator Carl Rogers, the book presents an empathic approach to information literacy sessions, reference service, and outreach. It offers concrete, evidence-based practices to implement these ideas and to connect with learners at all levels.

“Most librarians who come out as credentialed MLSs don’t have a background in teaching, but when they come onto their job, a huge amount of their work is in teaching,” Cook explained. “We hope this book will help librarians who don’t necessarily have a background in education to put their students at the center of their work.”

At UCR Library, Cook’s primary responsibility is to provide teaching and learning services that support curricular and research activities of faculty, researchers, and students.

“Learner-Centered Pedagogy: Principles and Practice” is available for purchase at Amazon.com, the ALA store, and other online retailers.

Learn more about Cook and the UCR Library.

– Melanie Ramiro

Brandon Brown Publishes Paper on STI/HIV

Brandon Brown, an assistant professor in the Center for Healthy Communities in the UC Riverside School of Medicine, is the senior author on a paper published in BMJ Open that investigates the relationship between human papillomavirus (HPV) and sexual practices, identity, and role, as well as other sexually transmitted infection (STI)/HIV risk factors among HIV-uninfected men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM).

The study screened 600 MSM and transgender women in Peru. With respect to HPV, warts and some HIV/STI risk behaviors, the researchers found differences between the heterosexually and homosexually identified groups of MSM.

For example, heterosexually identified MSM were less likely than homosexually identified MSM to have: anogenital HPV or visible anal warts; given oral sex to a man; or used a condom with their most recent female sexual partner. They also were more likely than homosexually identified MSM to have: visible penile warts; used a condom during last anal intercourse; had transactional sex; and used drugs during sex in the previous month.

“Understanding the implications of these differences can lead to tailored HIV/STI prevention interventions for MSM based on sexual identity,” Brown said. “While this study was done at a community-based clinic for MSM in Lima, Peru, the results are largely applicable to heterosexually and homosexually identified MSM everywhere.”

To Brown’s knowledge, the study is the first to compare heterosexually and homosexually identified Latino MSM with regard to HPV and other HIV risk factors.

HPV can lead to several cancers and is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. About 630 million people are infected worldwide, with 500,000 new infections added annually.

“It cannot be stressed more that vaccination and education are key to reducing HPV transmission,” Brown said.

He was joined in the study by Jerome Galea at Harvard Medical School, Mass., and both scientists and community members in Lima, Peru.

– Iqbal Pittalwala


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