Profile: Kathleen Bachynski

Sociomedical Scientist, Columbia U

As an undergraduate Kathleen attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she received a BA in anthropology-zoology and medieval & early modern studies (2007), followed by an MPH in epidemiology with an interdepartmental concentration in genetics. Kathleen's master's thesis examined the prevalence of migraine headaches among college students, comparing athletes with non-athletes. Prior to coming to Columbia, she worked in the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System, for the French Ministry of Education as an English teaching assistant, and at the U.S. Army Public Health Command's Injury Prevention Program. She has studied suicide in the U.S. military, DNA testing for colorectal cancer, motor vehicle collisions, tobacco control policies, and sports-related injuries.

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Parents: Moral Duty to Forbid Football?

In March 2015, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland shocked football fans when he announced his decision to retire after just one season in the NFL. He explained that he was concerned over the long-term health hazards of football-related head trauma, and journalists and media personalities covered the story extensively. Some observers asked if Borland’s retirement might prove the “beginning of the end” for the NFL, while others suggested that the league would remain unchanged.

Category: Sports

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