Controlling Research—Gun Control, Public Health, and Restraints on Research

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
136 S. Dubuque St. (Ped Mall)
Iowa City, IA 52245

Join us for this Obermann Conversation about research restrictions on gun violence. Learn about the history of the Dickey Amendment and current attempts to repeal it; how community organizers and public policy makers could use data and other information compiled from more extensive research; and the current landscape of gun violence in Iowa. This event is co-sponsored by the UI Public Policy Center.


Mark Berg is an associate professor in Sociology and Director of the Crime and Justice Policy Research Program at the UI Public Policy Center. His recent research examines the dynamics of interpersonal disputes and escalation, the developmental pathways of aggressive behavior, and the life-course determinants of adverse health outcomes. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on communities, criminology, and interpersonal violence.  

Carletta Knox-Seymour is a native of Cedar Rapids, a motivational speaker, writer, and anti-violence advocate. She served as the state board president for Iowans for Gun Safety in 2017.  She has been actively involved in lobbying against gun bills such as “Stand Your Ground,” and the ability for children to use handguns under the age of 14. She has written articles about violence as a public health issue in Cedar Rapids, and poverty as a form of violence. Carletta has participated in several panel discussions and has been on the Iowa Public Radio program, River to River, featured with Dr. Leana Wen, Corrine Peek-Asa, Ph.D., and Binnie Lehew, regarding violence as a public health issue.  She is serving a second term as branch president of the national organization, American Association of University Women (AAUW), an organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. 

Corinne Peek-Asa is associate dean for research for the UI College of Public Health and professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health; she oversees more than 66 research faculty and staff in the UI Injury Prevention Research Center  (IPRC). Dr. Peek-Asa’s area of expertise is injury and violence prevention. She has conducted research in the areas of global road traffic safety, interpersonal violence, workplace violence, residential fire injuries, poisoning, and acute care. Her work has included surveillance; risk factor identification; design, implementation, and evaluation of prevention programs; design and evaluation of safety policy; and, translation and dissemination methods. Dr. Peek-Asa is the past-President of the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research and received the SAVIR President’s Award in 2011.  She was named a 2009 ResearchAmerica! Public Health Hero and received the College of Public Health Faculty Service Award in 2011. She currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Driver Education Committee of the Transportation Research Board.

Free and open to all.