For his summer internship in public policy, Bob Proctor '12 visited gay night clubs in Baltimore and interviewed men about their sexual practices. It was part of an ongoing national study that examines HIV-risk behavior. Proctor's interest in the study had less to do with public health and more to do with qualitative analysis. As he explains in this audio interview about the internship, Proctor seeks to understand the cultural context and value systems that influence policy.
This is the first of what we hope becomes a running feature on the blog, where readers can listen to discussion of policy and IPS news. It's one way we hope to engage with a broader audience. Let us know what you think.
If you do listen to the link, we promise to provide further information on a few items. One correction from the interview: BESURE is an acronym of sorts. It stands for the Behaviorial Surveillance Research study (BeSuRe, if you will). For anyone interested in learning more about the BESURE study, click here, although perhaps the more informative link is this one, which takes you to the CDC's page on its national HIV/AIDS surveillance system.
Also, Proctor references a speaker he has invited to IPS. If you plan to attend Dr. Jane Guyer's talk about anthropology and international development, the event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Krieger 308. You can learn more about Guyer here.
IPS Editor J.B. Wogan '12 is a second-year student at the Institute for Policy Studies. Email him at email@example.com.