News & Events

Nov 2 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

"Managing Conflict: A Problem-Solving Approach"

Effectively managing conflict is a requisite skill for talking about issues, collaborating, and building or repairing relationships. This lecture will introduce the basics of managing conflict effectively.

Dr. Catherine Morrison

Catherine Morrison, JD

Catherine J. Morrison, JD is a negotiation and conflict management expert who helps academic professionals become more capable at resolving conflicts and negotiating effective change.  She brings extensive experience as an administrator in academic medicine and an award-winning professor. She employs negotiation and conflict management frameworks that are compatible with clinical diagnostic models and bioscience research approaches and that apply across diverse cultures.

Her consulting clients include Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Duke University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York University Langone Medical Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Association of American Medical Colleges, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and others.

Catherine is a two-time recipient of the Best of Hopkins teaching award from the graduates of Johns Hopkins University’s Business of Medicine MBA program. She has also received the Excellence in Teaching award from the Graduate Division of Business and Management at Johns Hopkins.

She has served in senior administrative roles at the University of Texas Medical Branch, University of Maryland Baltimore, and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; as a faculty member at Penn State College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School; and has practiced law.  She received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and undergraduate degree from Oakland University.

As both a participant and an observer in academic health care management and the practice of law, Dr. Morrison recognized the transformative potential of negotiation and conflict for individuals and organizations.  Her consulting, teaching, and research are grounded in the belief that individuals can use negotiation and conflict as a means to define themselves and others.  Effective negotiation can be an opportunity to engage in a collaborative, imaginative dialogue to develop unique ideas and agreements.  When thoughtfully analyzed and appropriately managed, the energy of conflict can be used to strengthen ideas and relationships. 


This lecture is free & open to the public. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 attendees. We hope you'll join us!

An RSVP is not required but highly encouraged. RSVP here 


This lecture is sponsored by: 
Powell Center for Women's Health, University of Minnesota
Office of Faculty Affairs, University of Minnesota
Co-sponsored by: 
School of Nursing, University of Minnesota
Center for Leadership Education in Maternal & Child Public Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Moos Tower, 2-620 (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, East Bank Campus)

Oct 19 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

“Zika Virus Disease: Fear and Uncertainty”

Dr. Danila will discuss the emergence of Zika virus disease as a worldwide crisis, its pathogenesis with particular emphasis on newborns, prevention aspects, and other concerns.

Dr. Richard DanilaDr. Richard Danila, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Epidemiology Program Manager, and Deputy State Epidemiologist

Minnesota Department of Health

Richard Danila received a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the University of Michigan in 1985, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota in 1989. He has worked in infectious disease epidemiology at the Minnesota Department of Health since 1985 and is currently the Deputy State Epidemiologist. He has managed a staff of over 40 professionals including physicians, veterinarians, and Master’s and doctoral-trained epidemiologists. He is the Principal Investigator of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emerging Infections Program Cooperative Agreement and the CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Cooperative Agreement. Dr. Danila is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology. Dr. Danila been a consultant to CDC on multiple infectious disease issues including HIV prevalence, bioterrorism, anthrax, and emerging infections, and is currently the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists  (CSTE) representative to the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Preparedness Policy  Committee. He is an elected member of the CSTE Executive Board and a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Public Health Committee. He is the primary or co-author of over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles.

This lecture is free & open to the public. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 attendees. We hope you'll join us!

RSVP* here.

*Not required, but highly encouraged. 


Moos Tower, 2-690 (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, East Bank Campus)

Sep 21 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

"5 Fields of Study That Don't Exist, But Should: Understanding Interdisciplinary Research By Going Beyond Traditional Thinking"

This lecture is free & open to the public. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 attendees. 

RSVP* here.



*not required but highly encouraged



Dr. Jake Jensen, PhD, MA

 The Powell Center for Women's Health is pleased to present our first lecture of the 2016-2017 Interdisciplinary Women's Health Lecture Series. Our guest lecturer is Dr. Jake Jensen from the University of Utah. He is a nationally renowned expert in health communications. His research focus is on strategic communication to the public with a specific focus on cancer. He is currently the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Utah College of Humanities, and serves as an Associate Professor in the University of Utah Department of Communication. We hope you'll join us!


Moos Tower, Room 2-520

University of Minnesota

515 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 

2016 Women's Health Research Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the Powell Center's 12th Annual Women's Health Research Conference: "Environmental Exposures and Hormones: Implications for Health" on Monday, April 4th.
Special thanks to our keynote speakers, Drs. Shuk-Mei Ho and Cheryl Walker, and our panelists, Drs. Sharon Allen, Shalamar Sibley, and June La Valleur.

If you would like a Certificate of Attendance, or if you registered on-site and would like a receipt, please contact us at

A New Era in Cervical Cancer Screening: Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Screening by Deanna Teoh, MD

Deanna Teoh, MD, Powell Center BIRCWH Scholar recently published an editorial in the Journal of Women's Health.  The article discusses the risks and benefits of cervical cancer screening, as well as the barriers that need to be overcome to improve adherence to the most recent screening guidelines.

Read her full editorial here.

Research Participation Opportunity: Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Abstinence in Hormonal Contraceptive Users

Dr. Alicia Allen, BIRCWH Program Scholar, is conducting a study  as part of the University of Minnesota Tobacco Research Program regarding Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Abstinence in Hormonal Contraceptive Users.  The purpose of this study is to explore how the hormones from birth control can influence women's efforts to quit smoking.  The study is looking for women between the ages of 18 and 35 who are currently taking birth control pills or the Depo shot, or have regular menstrual cycles.  

Details about the study requirements and compensation can be found here:

If you are interested in being a particpant or have questions about the study contact Kim or Himal at 612-626-7276, or email

March Lecture CANCELED

The March 30th Women's Health Lecture, "The Epidemiology of Chronic Pain in Women," has been canceled.  The next Women's Health Lecture will take place on April 27th.  

Register Now for the 2016 Women's Health Research Conference!

Register now for the 12th Annual Women's Health Research Conference, ""Environmental Exposures and Hormones: Implications for Health". This year's conference will take place on Monday, April 4th, at Coffman Theater in Coffman Memorial Union 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm. It will be followed up by a wine and poster reception in Campus Club from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. 

About the Conference

The conference will explore the effects of environmental exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that are found in everyday products such as plastic food containers, cosmetics, and sunscreen. Discussion will also focus on specific conditions (e.g., obesity, diabetes, and cancer) of altered hormone action and their impact on human health.

For more infomation and a detailed agenda, click here.


General admission - $25

Students - $15


Update on Menopausal Symptoms and Treatment Options, published in "Journal of Women’s Health"

The vast majority of women going through the period of menopausal transition, or perimenopause, will seek medical help coping with symptoms that can significantly impact their health and quality of life, such as hot flashes, poor sleep, depression, and vaginal dryness. The pattern of common perimenopausal symptoms, how they often interact to worsen the effects of each, and current hormonal and non-hormonal therapeutic options are examined in the article “Perimenopause: From Research to Practice.” Author Nanette Santoro, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, describes the stages of reproductive aging in women, linking common symptoms to the late reproductive stages, the early and late menopausal transition stages, and the early postmenopause. Dr. Santoro discusses strategies for treating multiple symptoms with a single medication when possible.  Read the full article in the Journal of Women's Health here.

Research Participation Opportunity: Exercise, Activity and Smoking in Young Adults (EASY-A)

Dr. Alicia Allen, BIRCWH Scholar, is currently conducting a research study entitled "Exercise, Activity and Smoking in Young Adults" (EASY-A), part of the University of Minnesota Tobacco Research Program.  The study is looking for male and female particpants between ages 18 and 40 who smoke and want to start exercising.  The study's purpose is to examine how physical activity changes in young adults who smoke while they start a new exercise program.  To find out more about particpation requirements and compenstation visit  

If you have questions or would like more information please contact Sam at 612-626-7276 or at


Powell Center for Women’s Health is a National Center of Excellence which is focused on promoting, facilitating and disseminating research on women’s health.

Transforming women’s health through science, education, and leadership.

Developing scientists focused on women’s health research and promoting women in academic leadership in the health sciences.


Interdisciplinary Women's Health Lecture Series

Attend free monthly lectures about innovative and cutting-edge research in women's health and/or sex/gender differences.

Annual Women's Health Research Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the Powell Center's 12th Annual Women's Health Research Conference: "Environmental Exposures and Hormones: Implications for Health" on Monday, April 4th.


Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program

An internal grant mechanism from the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health that fosters mentored research career development of junior faculty who are engaged in interdisciplinary women’s health or sex differences research.